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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.3
dmac (6438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2012
16oz can from Spirits The Spot. Poured a super dark brown body with an average size foamy light beige head. Aroma of wet burnt toast, sour milk, citrus. Nice lighter creamy body with average carbonation and oddly enough a fuller finish than the forebody. Flavor is simar to the aroma with lots of roasted malts, lightly burnt toast, touch of sour milk and some citrus rind. I liked drinkin this one straight from the can far better.

3.3
Aniela (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
Draught at Ölbaren Copenhagen november 2011. Dark beer with a beige head. Sourish with coffee flavour and aroma.

3.1
Oakes (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2012
Can. Dark brown. The aroma is a bit roasty, with a bit of burnt coffee and maybe some dark sugars. Fairly full, creamy body but the malt character is thin. That’s a rare achievement, but not a good one. The taste is accented towards bland coffee and light roast, not a particularly complex beer and the flavour notes unfortunately aren’t the good one you find in genuine Baltic porters.

4
zathrus13 (1776) - 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.

3.3
DYCSoccer17 (3706) - 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.

3.8
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours a deep deep red. Aroma is black licorice all the way with a weird bourbon hint. Taste follows but tamed down a bit. A little fruity ester in there. No distinct fruit flavor, just a fruitiness to it. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
faroeviking (11119) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 20, 2012
Chopp. Deep dark brown colour, medium beige head. mostly lasting head. Roasty malty aroma with chocolate and some coffee. Good filling mouthfeel. Roasted malt in the flavour indeed with chocolate and coffee along with soem alcohol. Good bitter well alsting roasty finish.

3.4
mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
500mL can, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and a touch of espresso. Flavour begins with espresso, licorice / anise and molasses, with the licorice becoming more pronounced midway through, while most of the flavours die on the finish, leaving a licorice-y trace. Medium complexity with a bit too much licorice for my liking. Enjoyable nevertheless.

3.2
CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
(16oz can) Purchased at Hillside Liquor in Victoria, BC. Pours a thin, quick dissipating brown head atop a black body. Nose is rather mild, some cigarette among chocolate. Very smooth flavor, vanilla and tobacco leaves. No detection of ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
jesperhammer (4874) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2011
26-DEC-2011, draft @Bishops Arms. Black with rough beige head. Lovely roasted, hoppy, and spicy. Alcohol on the nose. Taste is burnt and hoppy. Really nice drinking although a bit messy.


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