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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KeefOz (892) - 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 Ė 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 didnít 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (2419) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Overall awesome porter deep in the beer tasting second to last so it wasnt easy but i really enjoyed it

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (3791) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2010
Deep black pour, light creamy tanned head. Aroma of smoke, coffee and branded fruits. Long and smokey coffee-fruit taste, but too thin and watery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3207) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Pours muddy dark brown with no head. The aroma is mostly plums, prunes, and black licorice. The flavor is the same with some noticeable anise. Only hints of roasted/tobacco notes in the finish. Carbonation was a little low, just above flat. Interesting flavors, but lacks complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (5750) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 7, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 [9/23/10] Draught at Beer Temple in Amsterdam. Black with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of dark fruit hints and smoky notes. Sweet flavor with fruits, sugar, roasted malt, a bit of coffee and alcohol. Medium-bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2011
Tin. Pours dark brown with thin beige head. Full aroma of walnuts, licorice and roast. Lots of licorice in the flavour. Full bodied, Anise finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
matthewjk (902) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Poured from multiple 16oz cans- Damn, I really wanted to enjoy this more, but quite astringent and medicinal. What an "uncommon" brew, but not in a good way this time. Looking for something smoother and less harsh. Iím not opposed to trying UB in the future.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
20 oz sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this has more coffee notes at first. Some medium roasted chocolate notes are also present. Some anise and some sweetness are also present. Mildly transparent dark mahogany body with a fair fizzy beige head. Weak lacing. Sweet, sugary start, before some chocolate and anise come through. Finishes with more sugary sweetness. A bit cloying, and a bit thin. Meh.


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