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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2012
500mL Can. My first Baltic Porter from a can! Dry, lightly spiced warm woodsy aroma. The carbonation on this beer is way too high, it’s really screwing with the body of the porter. The overcarbonation blows the spice and licorice (strong) all over the place. A hint of molasses and lots of dark malt round out the complexity. If they could tame the carbonation, this would be better, but it still wouldn’t deal with the fact that this is mostly a spice porter and that there’s not much Baltic about it.


3.6
Dogbrick (13146) - 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 (25268) - 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 (7285) - 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 (8137) - 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 (767) - 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 (2024) - 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 (51) - 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 (2188) - 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 (2784) - 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 (486) - 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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