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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Late in the 18th century Britain’s 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 weren’t satisfied with the Baltic Porter’s 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 Porter’s hearty character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15524) - DENMARK - SEP 26, 2011
Tap @ FairBar. Black with small light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and and little liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, strong liquorice, chocolate, coffee, little caramel, spices, hops and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (10454) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2011
Tap @ Fairbar. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt. coffee, tart fruit, cherries. Taste is malt, light coffee, caramel, sweet and tart cherries, blackberries. Medium body, soft carbonation. 250911

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Thanks E for all these ticks Dark reddish brown with a small tan head that fades. Nose of dark fruit, roast, and booze. Flavor has lots of roast, some fruity notes, heavy licorice. Solid baltic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Dark ruby brown with one finger of dark tan head. Nose is sweet and caramelly with some chocolate and coffee and black cherry. Some fusel alcohols in the flavor and weak coffee and chocolate, mild dark grain acidity and roast. Some fruit skins. Medium body, light acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
16oz. Can: Faint aroma of malt, chocolate, a hint of toffee, and slight licorice. Poured dark brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, chocolate, light licorice, anise, slight toffee, and some ash. Medium body. Lightly tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, chocolate, roast, ash finish is dry. 7.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
Keg at Craft beer Co, Clerkenwell, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Roasty, malty, fruity aroma. Taste is quite unexpected, really rich, sweet, malty, dark fruit, hint of chocolate, almost port like. Could not detect any licquorice in there but a really interesting brew indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
16 ounce can from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin brown head that fades quickly. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, faint anise and a fainter bit of citrus. The taste is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, citrus, anise and an herbal note. Thin-medium bodied. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Nice chocolatey and black licoricey nose. Darker brown bread. Pours dark beown, no head or lace. Light roast, dark chocolate. Licorice, dark sweet brown bread, light earth, mild bitterness. Somewhat clean finish. Soft carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Pours black, nice head. Aroma is lightly of chocolate, faint note of anise. Flavor is chocolate, with the anise floating in the background, melding nicely. Considering I’m not a huge anise fan, this was actually quite good. The flavorings added complexity without beating you over the head. Nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpreo (2539) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Really has an "uncommon" taste to it. Aroma is delightful, flavor is just bizarre, but wholly recognizably a Baltic Porter. Good job making a Baltic in California!

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