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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SAUER70 (15) - Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
This is one of the best Porters I have ever had. Lots of CO2 throughout. Had it in the can. Was awesome.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (8203) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2015
Draught at 3 små rum, May 18, 2015.
Black color, dark brown head. Light acidic, roasted scent. Light acidic, metallic taste. Metallic aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6926) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Can. Pours a pitch black hue with a small beige head. A big sweet malty chocolate nose. The flavor is tobacco, dark fruit, dark cherry especially, some ash and very milky. Solid. Drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (3176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2015
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen - dark brown verging black coloured pour. Roasted malty aroma and taste, chocolate, caramel, some dark fruits. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rick_91709 (224) - USA - APR 7, 2015
Poured from a can. Inky black with an enormous tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and something sweet. Very creamy. Bitter coffee flavor. Pretty good. Would drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4119) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Can. Pours a near black color with a moderate frothy light brown head on there. Nose is a mixture of dark fruits, roasting, and licorice. Taste is definitely roast and just a bit sour. OK, but not my favorite.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresthepath (1743) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Can from the Grumpy Goat, Reading. Black with a tan head. Good strong chocolate aroma. The chocolate is less strong on tasting but still the main flavour. There’s some light roastiness, some sweet cola and- yes- a little liquorice (fortunately not too much). Generally sweetish with some dryness at the end. It’s fine, if a little underwhelming.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The taste was of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some earthy. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of chocolate and caramel with notes of plums, vanilla and a trace amount of licorice. There is barely any noticeable hops in either aroma or taste. Noticeably complex from the first sip. Light chocolate and caramel without the bitterness of roasted barley makes this distinguishable from a stout. Licorice, vanilla, and some slight alcohol noticed in the finish. The many flavors are not distinct, but combine into a great tasting, enjoyable porter with complexity and balance.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alphadelic (1880) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2015
I was hesitant going in, about the anise and licorice additions but was pleasantly surprised by their relaxed presence. Definitely a complimentary flavor to the beer rather than the star. The beer itself is robust and meaty with a nice, roasty bitterness in the finish, a light and puffy texture and hints of not-too-much sweetness appearing throughout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5375) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Sampled at ESBLS. Almost black with amber. Roasty but something else in the aroma. Flavor is chocolate and roasty but also has a lot of hops. West coast fruit. This is almost black IPA but with more rich malts. Good, actually.


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