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RATINGS: 290   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - FEB 11, 2013
Exposing my inner n00b, but canít say Iíve had a Baltic porter from a can before. The cashier agreed nodded blankly in agreement. Doesnít take much to be considered a beer geek in Canada. Lots of roasted caramel, a thick syrupy porter with some tobacco on the nose and chocolate, dark but not a bitter dark. Molasses and licorice, of course. Itís a simple and extremely tasty version of whatís becoming one of my favourite styles, a style which honestly Iíd expect a local brewery to have made by now. Though each time Iíve had a BP with someone Iíve been the only one who cared for it... I guess itís like licorice, most people canít stand it, but its fans like it very, very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
CitrusP (61) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2013
lovely balance of liqourice, star anise and smokey flavours that are also present in the aroma. That said, the palate is far to carbonated and spritzy, why for a porter? Good overall but could be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Can from PD. Deep brown-black pour with a persistent, creamy beige head leaving heavy lace. Nose is lightly roasty and spicy. Medium body, creamy carbonation. Then it starts to go awry. An opening tartness and spiciness surprised the heck out of me. None of the traditional sweetness of a BP and only a bit of licorice. Some chocolate, toffee and dark roast accompany. Finish is shortish and fairly dry. At 7.8%, this is more of a FES. Second mediocre beer Iíve had from Uncommon, will give them a miss for a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (7438) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
50cl can shared with and courtesy of Kermis. Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Some liquorice but not overpowering. Very nice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2013
16-oz can. Pours black with a towering sudsy light tan head. Light licorice nose. Sticky watery body...kinda flat. Overwhelmed by sweet licoricey anise on the mid palate. Flat and out of balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (5569) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2013 Can. Pours clear deep brown to black with a large brown head that dissipates with some lacing. Aroma is very today, coffee, tobacco, ashtray. Flavor is the same plus anise, lightly sweet, light to medium bitter, light ashy astringence. Interesting, but a bit too anise and cigarette butty for me. BlackIPA where are you?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopfemandli (107) - Zug, SWITZERLAND - JAN 15, 2013
On tap @Erzbierschof - very dark brown with huge lasting beige head. Aroma is dark roasted malt with hints of lemony freshness. Taste is roasted malts with traces of coffee and dark chocolate. Has an old fashioned flavor. Some sweetness combine well with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is hidden. Some more bitterness is missing. Top fermented.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Overall awesome porter deep in the beer tasting second to last so it wasnt easy but i really enjoyed it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7466) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Canned. Poured medium-deep brown with a tall, but quickly-receding tan head. The aroma picked up dry-roasted black, molasses, and lesser chocolate malts with faint detergent and rye alcohol notes around.. just OK. The flavor stepped it up a notch.. dry, burnt black malts and molasses at the core with tangy malts, a bit of spice, and licorice on the edges.. finished spritzy with a lot of carbonation and semi-sweet, burnt malts. Medium-bodied with too much carbonation on the palate.. filling mouthfeel, but not big-bodied.. OK overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7754) - Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2013
16 ounce can shared by b3shine. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head that disappears quickly. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, mild anise. The flavor is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, anise with a mild earthy note. Medium bodied.

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