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Late in the 18th century Britainís great brewing families were working hard to break into new markets. For the Baltic Sea ports they created an export version of the traditional British Porter. Styled like an IPA to preserve them for the voyage, those profound Baltic Porters served to ward off the chill winds of that northern sea. That said, we werenít satisfied with the Baltic Porterís traditionally subtle hint of black licorice. This ale features a blend of whole licorice root and star anise to create an uncommon addition to that traditional export Porterís hearty character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - SEP 26, 2010
Smelled very herbal and medicine-like. Looked damn good though, so i tried a sampler. Syrupy, thick, boozy, and altogether a bit too sweet for me to enjoy. Glad that i didnít have a pint because i think it would have made me sick. I love my beers, big, bold, and black...but this one seemed to lack character, malt, and most importantly...balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2010
Draught at BeerTemple. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate and liquorice. Roasted flavour of caramel, liquorice ad dried fruits with notes of alcohol and dark chocolate. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3240) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Pours muddy dark brown with no head. The aroma is mostly plums, prunes, and black licorice. The flavor is the same with some noticeable anise. Only hints of roasted/tobacco notes in the finish. Carbonation was a little low, just above flat. Interesting flavors, but lacks complexity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Pours dark and opaque, with slight roasty and chocolate aromas. Flavors are more of fruity (as in ale yeast at warmer temps) and dark fruit character, with some roast (darker malts, maybe mineral too) and lots of sugars. Mouthfeel is somewhat goopy. No hop bitterness or warming alcohol notes to balance. Not much here that is typical of a clean, lagered Baltic porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 3, 2010
6/2/10 notes: On tap, Beachwood BBQ. Pours dark brown-black with a small head and minimal lacing. Body is medium, creamy yet light enough so as to encourage another sip. Flavor starts with rich toasted brown bread, tobacco, coffee essence, chocolate. Mid-palate contributes an essence of nuts and dried dark fruit (might have been from the licorice/Star Anise), leading into a finish with again forefronts toasted grains and black coffee. Great balance, depth, flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (2941) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2010
Tap Beertemple,Amsterdam: Black brew with and roasted malts and dried fruits taste, and well balanced bitternesh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Getbetter (839) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
From Tap@Lucky Baldwins,This taste like a salty version of a porter,black,chocolate,and white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2010
Black with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with hard roasted malt, dark chocolate, liquerice and hops. Flavour had plenty of burned malt, dark chocolate, coffee, liquerice and hops. Finished dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2010
Draught@Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Dusky, dark looks with a thin tan wig. Nose and flavour was roasty with dark fruit and hops lurking. Smooth with a good malt profile, pleasing bitterness and nicely contained booze.Dryish finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dutchbeerpages (1590) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
This has to be one of the best beer styles around. Not as great as Red oakís Baltic Porter (best ever) but still very good. Had it on tap.

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