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RATINGS: 295   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (4187) - 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 it’s 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, it’s a flavor bomb. Of dimensions may I add. As dark roasted as they come with a ton of dry 80%cocoa powder. Dammit. It’s 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 that’s refusing to let go. A thick and chewy mouthfeel with a prickling carbonation level. Lovely stuff 25.05.2013

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackafholmes (1000) - - DEC 25, 2014
Can from hop hideout, sheffield. pitch black small tan head. Aroma reeks of liquorice, also has treacle and tar. Taste is liquorice/treacle sweetness and roasty malts bitterness. Slight prickle and oily body. Excellent stuff. Think I’ll pick up more baltic from now on, although this does get a bit sickly after the first half.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14177) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Draft. Dark blackish color with a winey/beige head. Aromas of dark malt and red wine. Fulll bodied with mild carbonation. Flavors of really dark toast, port wine and light spice. Develops sturdy and persistent chocolate in the finish. Anise seems present. Not dry, but why should it be?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7883) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2010
On tap at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Shared with Borresteijn and DSG. Thanks for a wonderful time, lads! Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, spices, chocolate, vanilla, anise, dark fruit and liquorice. Wow! Light spicy flavour with notes of liquorice, roasted coffee beans and light chocolate. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (5021) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Grosses notes rôties en arôme, mélasse, anis également. En bouche ce qui me frappe c’est la présence presque littérale de cendres, dans le corps et l’arrière goût. Une certaine présence lacté encourage le reste des saveurs. Certainement unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace. S - Aroma is a mix of dark chocolate and roasted coffee with black licorice, light dark fruit, and a bit of earthy hops. T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with a bit of dark fruit sweetness and black licorice. Through the middle, some roasted coffee comes through with some light earthy hops and a touch of lactose sweetness. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate malts with some bitter coffee,, a bit of dark fruit, and some light earthy hops. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice Baltic Porter with a good body and balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Can. Pours black, thin tan head, quite a bit of carbonation. Aroma is malt - maybe a hint of the anise and licorice? Taste is roast malt, smooth finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopfemandli (108) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (2463) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
On draft at CASK in London. Black with virtually no head. Aroma is coffee, anise, chocolate, blackcurrant. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel, good bodied, long dry licorice and roasty finish with no bitterness. Well balanced.  Taste is chocolate, oatmeal, licorice, fig, cider vinegar.  

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
revnorm (3) - - MAY 23, 2012 does not count
I was taken a little aback by this beer. Poured out nice and dark with a tan head. A lot of herbal notes on the nose and it finished nice and smooth.

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