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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5085) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 27, 2010
Dark brown color. Dar brown head. Mollasses, dark chocolate, dark fruit, nose. Rich, dark fruits and molasses dominate. Rich, but some how drinkable. Well balanced alcolhol is well hidden. Whisky and molasses infinish. Excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1765) - 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 (2436) - 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 (3158) - 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 (904) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (7986) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2012
On tap at Gaasa, Oslo. Pours very dark brown, like Coke, with a small tanned head. Aroma of dark malts, liquorice and light smoke. Taste is strong liquorice delights, black coffee. Almost full bodied. Lovely baltic porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swans (130) - FRANCE - OCT 16, 2012
On tap@Kitsch, Nice spicy porter with a perfect creamy head. Iím so glad to find this on tap in Spain. Really addictive saisonal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
dark pour with nice beige creamy foam. nose is sweet roast malts. flavor is similar with a touch of alcohol and highly drinkable.great beer. Hand with Northyorksammy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - FEB 11, 2013
Exposing my inner n00b, but canít say Iíve had a Baltic porter from a can before. The cashier agreed nodded blankly in agreement. Doesnít take much to be considered a beer geek in Canada. Lots of roasted caramel, a thick syrupy porter with some tobacco on the nose and chocolate, dark but not a bitter dark. Molasses and licorice, of course. Itís a simple and extremely tasty version of whatís becoming one of my favourite styles, a style which honestly Iíd expect a local brewery to have made by now. Though each time Iíve had a BP with someone Iíve been the only one who cared for it... I guess itís like licorice, most people canít stand it, but its fans like it very, very much.

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