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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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3.9
nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
Sampled at SF International Beer Fest. An excellent offering from an up-and-coming brewery. Black color with a medium tan head. Roast and coffee on the aroma. Flavor is coffee, roast, chocolate, bourbon, and licorice. Fairly full, smooth palate with a dry finish.

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IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Can shared at RBSG Grand Tasting. Nose of chocolate, and some light raosted coffee. Black with a medium beige head. Flavor is slightly sweet chocolate, a licorice note, and background coffee.

3.9
Borresteijn (7491) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2010
On tap at Beer Temple. Pitch black, just the slightest reddish hue, creamy beige head. Aroma was just superb, liquorice, raisins and rhum (boerenjongens), some star anise, roasted malts. Lovely. Flavour didn’t hold up to the aroma, but still very nice, with lots of drop (english liquorice), star anise, a bit of brandy, sweet roasted malts, ending in a nice dry but sweet coffee finish. Medium bodied. Becomes a bit cloying towards the end, but remains interesting and drinkable.


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