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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2012
On tap at the Chicago Beer Fest ’12. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has lots of rich chocolate with a light milky and dark bittersweetness, a moderate roast, a good amount of dark fruits with some licorice, nuts, and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Roasts and licorice up front with some creamy chocolates and nuts in the middle. A few dark fruit notes towards the end as this finishes smooth and clean with a light, earthy and roasty bitterness as well as a good amount of rich chocolates. Lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, medium body and a creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid Baltic Porter. Nice chocolates, roasts, and dark fruits with a balanced, easy drinking body and a clean finish. Good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KeefOz (1038) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2012
Poured an opaque black colour. Upon the first pour the beer had a 15-20cm tall foamy tan coloured head that slowly diminished to a four-finger thick head and that was maintained until the can was emptied. The head then diminished to a thin bubble line covering the entire surface of the beer. Lacing was absent. Low carbonation. Initially the aroma was strongly of roasted grain but once used to this the subtle liquorice aroma came out as did a hint of chocolate. Taste was similar – initially dominated by bitter, heavy, roasted grain but again once used to this the subtle but sweet liquorice flavour came through. Medium body. First up I didn’t like it but once over the roasted grains and the beer has a bit of warmth on it the flavours are more pronounced. A good drop!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (5441) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2012
Can from brewdog.com. Very dark brown color with huge light brown head. Roasted malt, coffee, licorice, dark chocolate in aroma. Taste, roasted malt, milk chocolate, ash, licorice, alcohol. Long, strong coffee bitter finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2012
(Can) Pours a dark brown body with a medium cream head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, toffee, and dark fruit. Flavor of roasted malt, nuts, caramel, prunes, raisins, and grass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4222) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Can. Black pour with tan head. Roasted dark malts tones very bitter and dry finish with a bit of licorice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Narnad (1485) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Found in a can. Pours a deep black color with a tall, dense tan creamy head. Aroma has a very sweet nose to it, light floral notes mixed with a strong chocolate, light licorice and some modest roasted notes at the finish. The flavor starts off with a strong black licorice flavor and moves into a light chocolate sweetness. Some very light earthy hops are present with a light roast finish that evens out some of the sweetness from earlier in the tasting. Alcohol is pretty strong and comes through with light heat after the beer goes down. Body is light/modest with very small fine carbonation that accentuates the alcohol. Overall the brew is good. My one problem with it was the alcohol really comes through and I think part of it is the fine alcohol and black licorice. These two really seem to have made it pop. Not a fan of licorice but the anise flavor in this brew was much more subdue than I would of expected after reading the above description.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yorker (1466) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2012
50 cl can @ home. Pours dark brown with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, spices, dark fruits, anis, and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malt, anis, and liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mR_fr0g (4520) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2012
Can. Pours pitch black with a light tan head that quiockly disappears. initial aromas have some german whaeat charactistics some banana phenols. These fade somewhat. Also a little alcohol heat in the nose. Flavour is rich, but in my view the roasted malt do not play well with the star amise. Dry finish which lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Can with Carla from Lovejoy. Pours dark brown/black with almost no foam. Smells lightly sweet and bitter of dark roast. Tastes roasty, earthy with hints of star anise, alcohol and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4828) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2012
On tap @ Schouskjelleren. Practically black body with a nice, dense tan head. Strong aroma of dark roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is quite sweet, dark, roasted malt, chocolate, liquorices and fruit. Moderate bitterness. Fine body and sweet malty aftertaste. Sweet and nice.

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