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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (1057) - 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 (916) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4903) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Can (16 oz). From dresden, thanks! Black with a medium tan head, ok retention and little lacing. Aroma if of roasted malt, liquorice, milk chocolate and ashes. Taste is moderately sweet with roasted malt, liquorice, milk chocolate, ashes, lactose and vanilla. Medium body. Silky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Good balance. Nice Baltic Porter!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (10759) - Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Old can. BPA aged. IT pours with a fizzy head, a denze brownish black. Smell is anise, cocoa, some coffee. Flavor is fruity, earthy spice, cocoa brownie, coffee. Its okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chuckstout (331) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Vanilla, licorice, smooth, bready, chocolate, dough, woody, creamy, black with red highlights, nice head. Good mouthful tasty brewdough,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2013
Poured black with a beige head. Aroma of sweet vanilla bourbon, caramel malt. Medium to full body, flavour of the aroma, seems more a standard stout than a Baltic Porter. Still very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1711) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2013
Pours totally black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, licorice, coffee with some dark fruit. Taste is medium sweet leading to a roasty and sweetish finish. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3639) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2013
On tap @ Crowbar. A deep dark black beer and the head is quickly gone. It had a lovely color when it stuck around though, deep dark brown in color. On the nose itís quite lovely to be honest. Really packed with dark, sweet flavors. Some boozy thing also, lots of dark Belgian chocolate, a ton of liquefied licorice, and even a little bit of vanilla! Oh yeah, itís a flavor bomb. Of dimensions may I add. As dark roasted as they come with a ton of dry 80%cocoa powder. Dammit. Itís like chewing on a chocolate bar that has been added something slightly acidic and vanillaish. The licorice is just extreme to the max. Warming dark aftertaste thatís refusing to let go. A thick and chewy mouthfeel with a prickling carbonation level. Lovely stuff 25.05.2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unm4rk3d (86) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2013
Quite a herbal/floral aroma. Taste of sweet chocolate and coffee with slight bitter after taste, a very distinct beer. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inbreak (4091) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 24.05.2013, tap @ Crowbar:
Nice brown creamy head. Aroma is rich, lots of salty licorice, caramel, coffee, grass, dark sugar. Taste is dry, strong rawlicorice, grass, cocoa, coffee, dark berries. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Damn good heavy shit, but a small taster is more than enough.

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