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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (4516) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2012
500ml can. Lots of licorice in the aroma and a big thick black colour wih a soft tan head. Very tasty and paced full of flavour again with plenty of aniseed and licorice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inbreak (3339) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humlelala (1172) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2011
(on tap @ Ølbaren) Pours black with medium, toffee head. Decent retention and lace. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, licorice, chalk and milk. Creamy on the palate, full-bodied, softly carbonated with a slightly boozy finish. The taste is smooth, balanced and dark - neither too bitter nor too sweet. Very complex and pleasant. Girlfriend says: "A bit disappointed by the taste after such a promising aroma."

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
astanford (34) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2015
caramel, chocolate, nuts, toast, roasty, licorice, black, hazy, frothy, lightly bitter, lightly sour, salty, medium body, fizzy, thin feel, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pitch black with a cocoa colored head and slight red hues with backing light. Nose of roasted coffee with some cream and sugar. Some licorice and bourbon character as well, similar overall to coffee liqueur. Flavor is very similar to the aroma but there’s a huge roasted character with moderate bitterness and nice dryness. Very interesting and tasty. A very good beer and another step in the right direction for Uncommon Brewers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2423) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Very dark. Aroma is powerful and full of dark fruits, roasted malts, some cocoa, light anise, and milk. Flavor is much the same with the anise slipping away and a light coffee note taking its place. Full and chewy body. Such a complete beer but I could drink it all night. So very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (534) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Black with tan head. Aroma of molasses and cola syrup. Rich texture with notes of dark fruits, some citrus, vanilla and brown sugar with a port like finish. This beer is made with Star Anise and Black Licorice. I wouldn’t have been able to discern either flavor without consulting the bottle but the combination results in a very unique and memorable taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoubleEh (12) - - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a black brown with very slight hints of amber, large frothy head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing to note. Mostly Coffee and chocolate malt in the nose... Little bit of licorice there. Taste is chocolate and licorice up front giving way to a bitter coffee and a little bit of booze. Medium bodied, a little over carbed I thought ... Think it would have been nice as a nitro but still very smooth and drinkable. Overall a great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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