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RATINGS: 296   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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3.6
BillKismet (4058) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Chocolate colored body with ample foamy milk chocolate cover. Thick, deep roastiness with a vein of anise/black licorice that melds to contribute an enjoyable depth and complexity. Rough roasty body. It definitely has unrefined edges to it, but that adds a high seas boldness to it. The body seems a tad thin, and this is more akin to an imperial stout/imperial porter than a Baltic Porter, but regardless of style, this is a substantial and at least somewhat memorable brew. "Uncommon" would not be too far off as descriptors go.

3.8
Ratman197 (14834) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2013
16 oz can poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, licorice, roasted malt and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, licorice, light bitter chocolate and a hint of vanilla with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.

3.8
Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Poured from a can thanks to my sister. Pours dark with a tan head. Aroma of toffee, very clean. The flavor is woody, chocolate,.hint of coffee. There is a slight off note, but overall a well made beer.

2.9
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Can. Pours black, thin tan head. Aroma is OK, flavor is a lot of pine... not a fan of this at all.

3.7
Dorwart (2589) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out. Accidentally froze it then thawed it out in the fridge for a couple of days. Thin brown head of fine bubbles. Rich malty and smokey aroma with some raisins and roasted malts. Color is a very dark brown. Still lively in the mouth. Thank goodness. Lots of roasted grains, more raisins, smoked malts, a bit of peaty earthyness and some spices. Minimal alcohol presence. This is a pretty tasty brew and pretty spot on for the style which is one of my favorites. Even better since I bought this on the discount rack. Woohoooo!!!

3.6
jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Deep dark brown body with a very large, slightly soapy milky brown head, about six centimetres tall. Aroma of raisins, malt, prunes, nuts, earth and a bit of metal. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasted malt flavour with a lot of pit fruit and raisin sweetness, some metallic notes, a hint of milk and a little earthiness. Aftertaste shows a lot of peanuts, some earth, toffee, roasty bitterness and a little grapiness at the end. Overall, a fairly nice baltic porter, but perhaps a bit too much sweetness and not enough complexity throughout, with less of a focus on malt than others from the baltic region, like the gold standard: Zywiec. I sampled this 50 cL can purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 12-December-2012 for US$3.35 sampled at home in Washington on 17-February-2013.

3.9
WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - FEB 11, 2013
Exposing my inner n00b, but can’t say I’ve had a Baltic porter from a can before. The cashier agreed nodded blankly in agreement. Doesn’t 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. It’s a simple and extremely tasty version of what’s becoming one of my favourite styles, a style which honestly I’d expect a local brewery to have made by now. Though each time I’ve had a BP with someone I’ve been the only one who cared for it... I guess it’s like licorice, most people can’t stand it, but its fans like it very, very much.

3.3
CitrusP (66) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2013
lovely balance of liqourice, star anise and smokey flavours that are also present in the aroma. That said, the palate is far to carbonated and spritzy, why for a porter? Good overall but could be better.

2.7
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Can from PD. Deep brown-black pour with a persistent, creamy beige head leaving heavy lace. Nose is lightly roasty and spicy. Medium body, creamy carbonation. Then it starts to go awry. An opening tartness and spiciness surprised the heck out of me. None of the traditional sweetness of a BP and only a bit of licorice. Some chocolate, toffee and dark roast accompany. Finish is shortish and fairly dry. At 7.8%, this is more of a FES. Second mediocre beer I’ve had from Uncommon, will give them a miss for a while.

3.5
deanso (10133) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - JAN 26, 2013
50cl can shared with and courtesy of Kermis. Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Some liquorice but not overpowering. Very nice


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