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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2012
16oz. can. Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, smoke, and licorice. Body is medium, but a little lighter than I thought it would be. Overall, a pleasant surprise in a can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1605) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 16 oz can. Pours black with red tints. Medium head of big tan bubbles that dissipates very quickly. Aromas of sweet chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of dark fruit. Flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate powder, and burnt malts. Maybe a little licorice. Fizzy. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stantheman (732) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2012
From a 16 oz can. Pitch black, with a generous tan head. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts on the nose. Taste-wise its sweet malts, suggestive of fruits. A very satisfying porter; good to the last drop. It left me wanting more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3602) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
Sampled at SF International Beer Fest. An excellent offering from an up-and-coming brewery. Black color with a medium tan head. Roast and coffee on the aroma. Flavor is coffee, roast, chocolate, bourbon, and licorice. Fairly full, smooth palate with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Can shared at RBSG Grand Tasting. Nose of chocolate, and some light raosted coffee. Black with a medium beige head. Flavor is slightly sweet chocolate, a licorice note, and background coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5258) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2010
On tap at Beer Temple. Pitch black, just the slightest reddish hue, creamy beige head. Aroma was just superb, liquorice, raisins and rhum (boerenjongens), some star anise, roasted malts. Lovely. Flavour didn’t hold up to the aroma, but still very nice, with lots of drop (english liquorice), star anise, a bit of brandy, sweet roasted malts, ending in a nice dry but sweet coffee finish. Medium bodied. Becomes a bit cloying towards the end, but remains interesting and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 3, 2010
6/2/10 notes: On tap, Beachwood BBQ. Pours dark brown-black with a small head and minimal lacing. Body is medium, creamy yet light enough so as to encourage another sip. Flavor starts with rich toasted brown bread, tobacco, coffee essence, chocolate. Mid-palate contributes an essence of nuts and dried dark fruit (might have been from the licorice/Star Anise), leading into a finish with again forefronts toasted grains and black coffee. Great balance, depth, flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (12980) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2011
Black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, ashy and a little liquorice. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Smooth. 260911

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