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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 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Very roasty, dark chocolate heavy porter, bit of cola, and quite dry. Lots and lots of licorice. Interesting, but not so great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10111) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Almost black, tan head. Very roasty and toasty aroma with some light coffee and chocolate. Flavor is extremely roasted and toasted. Slightly bitter. Pretty nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2010
(Draught@Pikkulntu) Very dark brown with a small, beige head. Aroma of anise and licorice, with caramely malt and a touch of roastiness. Flavor is very anisey-licoricey, smoky-ashy, slightly acidic, not very bitter. Almost medium body, lowish carbonation. Basically a nice anise/licorice bomb, but unfortunately also slightly thin and acidic. 5-3-3-4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (10240) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2010
Keg (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Black and flat. Chocolatey aroma. Lowish carbonation, slight tingle thatís all, it basically feels flat like stale coffee. Pleasant biting burnt taste, liquorice not so dominant, and not getting anise at all. Covers the alcohol reasonably, but there is instead some slight hint of acetone instead. Flat and sticky, but the chocolate and coffee are nice. Tired?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
16oz can. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of licorice, toasted nuts, roast, and spices. Tastes of licorice, nuts, some roast, and some spices. Thinner body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Nice chocolatey and black licoricey nose. Darker brown bread. Pours dark beown, no head or lace. Light roast, dark chocolate. Licorice, dark sweet brown bread, light earth, mild bitterness. Somewhat clean finish. Soft carb.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
odinstyr (587) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Pours dark brown with a lively tan head. Smells of licorice, anise, cough syrup, bread, nuts. Taste is mildly bitter and sweet, with a kick of licorice to it, profound but not overwhelming

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (9056) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
250ml draught at Gaasa. Black as pitch, almost. Fawn-coloured head leaving spotty lacing. Smell of semi-sweet malts. Dark fruity and salty liquorice in flavour with notes of spiced berries. Bittersweet ending. Fine bodied. Likable (Oslo, 19.09.2012).

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (10215) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 20, 2012
draught@erzbierschof - black beer with a little yet persistent beige foam and a beautiful lacework; aroma of pralines and black chocolate, walnuts; low carbonation and full-bodied; some sweetnessand almost no bitterness; feels strangely plastic-like on the tongue; moderately long chocolatey and vanilla finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12112) - 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.


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