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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoisirius (1715) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Tap at Chucks Greenwood. Nice black pour, little head. Aroma of faint cocoa, faint roast, and wet dark malts. Flavor is wet chocolate up front, hints of burnt malts and licorice in the middle, and a nicely done sour from a Baltic Porter in the finish. Little hint of booze there in the end too. Good, not a standout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2222) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 8, 2014
16oz can in Seattle. Creamy, darkest brown with purple glow with nice foamy head. Very vinous and sweet, prune and fig, raisons. Big hit of licorice sweetness and anise spicing, not normally my thing but it works well in this beer. Quite nice balance and palate, drying bitter is a great finish to the sweetness (soy and licorice) up front. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3252) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2013
From a pint can shared on boxing day. Pours black with a tan head. Smoky coffee nose. Flavors of licorice and anise. Medium bodied, low carbonation and a bitter sweet roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1269) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Appearance: medium dark brown, short, creamy medium tan head, minimal lacing and retention. Aroma: licorice, anise, chocolate, coffee, cardboard. Taste: strong roast, coffee, blast of syrupy licorice, but unsweet. Finish: slightly watery, with lingering roast and star anise. Notes: The licorice notes were prominent as advertised, but the palate of this was hardly worth the baltic porter moniker. Beer #14 of Beerdvent 2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (736) - Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2013
16 oz can. Dense black with one finger tan head. Aroma malt, licorice and roast. taste similar to aroma. Palate thinner than most Baltics Iíve tried. Roasty finish.

Essentially none of the sweetness I generally associate with this style. Iíd describe it as a roasty porter with some licorice. Just OK

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Poured from 16 oz can at George street pub. Black with off white head. Can definatly taste the licorice. Sweet and oily. Plum and chocolate notes. Tasty beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattH (646) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2013
16 ounce can from 41st street Liquor in Capitola. A great price at $2.25. Enjoyable brew with a nice chocolate and black licorice flavor. I want to try more beers from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2013
16oz can, uncommon is a good name for them, they are doing some oddball additions to their beers, most of them work pretty well and this is no exception, though I donít feel the addition gains much. Slightly smoky flavor with a decent anise punch that black licorice taste lingers and holds on.. not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (634) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Smooth tasting, foamy porter with an interesting licorice-like note to it; something herbal, too, perhaps. I like it! Very nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (621) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
Visual: Good visual of the licorice plant and star anise on the front, as well as a decent description of the beer itself. Pours jet black with a large lasting cream-foamy head, CO2 activity at the surface. Nose: Roasted coffee and thick sweet malts; (8/10-aroma strength) Attack: tingly-fizzy-creamy mouthfeel Mid-palate: roasted coffee syrup, 7/10-sweet caramel, licorice Finish: fizziness, hints of cola (star anise), malty phlegm, mild coffee sourness, medium-deep roast coffee bitter finish. Summary: This beer dispels my belief that no good beer comes out of a can; on the contrary, this Baltic Porter has good depth, decent complexity, good length and pleasant smoothness. The sourness grows as it warms up however. Recommended at least 1x.

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