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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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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
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.


3.6
Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2017
This brew is a dark brown color with a medium thick light beige head that dissipates gradually to a film. Patchy lacing. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate and anise. Medium body with flavors of burnt malt, black licorice, dark fruit and dark chocolate. The finish is roasty with a malt and anise aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.7
Travlr (25828) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Sample at Savor 2016. Dark ruby maroon color, beige head. Aroma has coffee with an edge of cocoa. Taste is fruity coffee. Tasty.

3.5
GenDV138 (7579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
2 oz pour at SAVOR 2016’s Saturday session. Black with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate and cocoa. Tastes of chocolate, cocoa, roast. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.7
radagast83 (8315) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
At SAVOR 2016. Poured a dark cloudy brown color with a creamy head. Aroma was dark fruits, chocolate notes, roasted malts. Some light herbal notes. Very light soy notes. Creamy.

3
AnG_BrgNor (791) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 3, 2016
Tap. Aroma is malt, chocolate and licorice. The taste is way to much dominated by the anis, but roasted also present.

3.4
Florya (2027) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2016
How : tap Appearance : almost black with a small light brown head. Aroma : liquorice, coffee, coconut, dark syrup and chocolate. Palate : medium body, soft carbonation.

4.3
astanford (52) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2015
caramel, chocolate, nuts, toast, roasty, licorice, black, hazy, frothy, lightly bitter, lightly sour, salty, medium body, fizzy, thin feel, long finish,

3.6
Bule (2240) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2015
On tap at Hoffman's. Pours a black color with a bit of tan head. Chocolatey malt flavors and some hop bitterness that lingers.

3.4
s_hartshorne (2801) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle 2nd midlands tasting. Black thin head. Aro a is dark fruits liquorice roast malts taste same ok sweetness light smokiness. Ok body. Decent.

3.9
Achel (488) - Ioannina, GREECE - AUG 24, 2015
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.


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