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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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HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Can. Pours black, thin tan head, quite a bit of carbonation. Aroma is malt - maybe a hint of the anise and licorice? Taste is roast malt, smooth finish. Nice beer.

4.1
Hopfemandli (108) - Zug, SWITZERLAND - JAN 15, 2013
On tap @Erzbierschof - very dark brown with huge lasting beige head. Aroma is dark roasted malt with hints of lemony freshness. Taste is roasted malts with traces of coffee and dark chocolate. Has an old fashioned flavor. Some sweetness combine well with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is hidden. Some more bitterness is missing. Top fermented.

4
SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Draught at The Red. Black with a small tan head. Sweet coffee and licorice aroma. Full bodied with a very silky texture and dark chocolate flavor. Lots of dark, rum soaked fruits, coffee, and a bitter finish. Very smooth, rich, and boozy in a good way. Great baltic porter.

4
HighWine (991) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Draft at California State Fair Brewfest. Dark black pour...thick but not syrupy. Nose and taste are true to the description, lots of anise and licorice. Excellent mouthfeel and overall a very, very pleasant surprise.

4
TimE (6130) - 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

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.

4
GothGargoyle (2588) - 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.  

4
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.

4
Gerbeer (4020) - 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.

4
stantheman (1098) - 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!


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