Pours a deep ruby brown, almost black in color with a huge frothy tan head. I had to wait a few minutes to finish the pour as the head needed time to settle. The head settles out slowly leaving a thin layer of foam resting on top. Watery lacing.
The aroma is a blend of slightly sweet roasted malts, licorice, and light coffee.
The taste is very impressive. Milk chocolate, roasted malts, licorice and burnt sugars all work together with some dark fruit flavors, possible cherries, showing up near the finish. Some boozy warmth shows itself on the finish and has a warming effect between sips.
Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth maybe a hint watery with a slight sweetness on the finish.
Overall, a very nice beer. Great flavors that are nicely balanced and very drinkable. Wish I knew where to find more of this one as it was given to me. Makes for a great winter beer that will warm you up and satisfy on a chilly night. Try one!
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.