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Black Licorice Lager - Short's Brewing Company

Black Licorice LagerBlack Licorice Lager

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BA SCORE
87
very good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%


Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"A high gravity American dark lager aged on anise seed, Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and fresh chocolate mint leaves."

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 06-06-2007)
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joe1510

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml

Brewed: 12/19/06
Bottled: 12/13/07

Bottle #507 of 744

A huge thank you goes out to Dukedevil0 for picking me up this bottle on a recent trip to Michigan, cheers Dave! Black Licorice Lager is one handsome beer. My big ol' goblet fills with a liquid the darkest of browns and a creamy, microbubbled beige head rises nearly overflowing the glass. The head slowly recedes to a thick cap while leaving impressive, sticky lacing down the glass. Garnet waves highlight the body but only when directly backlit.

Damn, this is one unique smelling beer. The nose leads off with an intense amount of high cocoa content dark chocolate before it perfectly segues into woody anise. The black licorice aroma is rich and powerful and there's a crazy interesting note of mint throughout. A touch of vanilla whispers in the back but each deep pull I take goes directly back to the intense dark chocolate and licorice. A quick swirl of the glass brings the mintyness to the surface before slowly receding back to the licorice. This beer gets my salivary glands working overtime.

Holy shit this is a wild beer! Somehow the licorice doesn't come off as strong as I was expecting but the other flavors are rich and intense. That deep, dark chocolate is back and it's so vivid I can almost feel the grittiness. Mint comes in and adds a cooling refreshness before my tongue is coated with vanilla of the finest kind. The anise actually comes along on the rear with a nice woody flavor and a hint of bourbon peeks through the backend. The aftertaste is lingering and all about dark chocolate and mint. I'm thoroughly impressed with the flavor of this brew.

The body is medium with a lively enough carbonation to keep things moving. The vanilla adds enough, of what appears to be stickiness, to bring along the feel of heft. The mint and gritty chocolate lingers for a long time after each sip seamlessly coating the tongue and cheeks.

I didn't think this would be the case with the odd ingredients added but this beer is a breeze to drink. I actually haven't set the glass down yet and don't plan to until it's empty. The mint adds a refreshing quality I didn't expect to find in such a beer.

Black Licorice Lager is one hell of a creation! I don't know how Joe Short pulled all these flavors together but it was done nearly flawlessly. If any of you have a chance to pick a bottle of this up do not hesitate, I can't recommend it enough. Shorts can do no wrong in my book. Thanks again for the bottle, Dave!

Reviewed: 11/28/09

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:06:04 | More by joe1510
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottle date and I don't even know where this came from. Maybe Marc? Just found it in the fridge and figured it needed to be consumed sooner rather than later.

Appearance - Nearly black body with just the faintest of red coming through when I hold it up. Nice khaki head that clings to the glass and maintains a thick collar with nice surface foam.

Smell - Musty mint leaf aroma. Chocolate malt and just a touch of licorice in the nose.

Taste - A lot more licorice here. Hits immediately with a dose of chocolate. Mint lends a bit of acidity to the flavor throughout. The blend is odd at certain points. I find myself focusing on different aspects with each sip. I don't discern the vanilla, though.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thin. Easy drinking, except for some of the wild flavors. Well carbonated.

Overall - Not sure how I feel about it. Sometimes I like the flavors, sometimes they seem off. As I click Review, I like it. That could change by the end of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 00:13:57 | More by Alieniloquium
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BentLegBrewer

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at tasting. vintage was 06 or 07 one of about 850. first appearance was great, it pour thicker than 10w50 moter oil dark as a cave 50 ft under the earth with a finger width tan to cream white head. aroma is certainly overloads of black licorice, hints of cookie dough and vanilla. taste see above with a short alcohol burn for the back of your throat very cream and full the whole way through. My advice is split it if ya have it it does have a level of sweetness and licorice to it that would make it hard to finish more than half a bomber. Overall a homerun especially in tasting eviroment

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 22:07:12 | More by BentLegBrewer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit I put two strikes against this one since it was a licorice beer. However, interestingly enough, there seems to be a nice minty tone to this from the licorice. And thankfully the licorice doesn't overpower things at all. What you get is a nice, evenly robust lager with a nice little flavor ride. Odd as it seems for me to say, this may end up being one of my favorite Shorts brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:08:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark muddy brown, almost black. Beige head looks very creamy. Good retention, slim rings of lacing. Looks appetizing.

S: Everything promised on the label is here. Fragrant black licorice is most prominent, but creamy vanilla, mint leaves, and layers of milk and baker's chocolate are all apparent too. Brown bread, toasted malt, grass, and that clean lager smell underneath. The nose doesn't beat you over the head with all this; everything is well-balanced and sometimes subtle, but in a good way.

T: Wave of creamy bourbon vanilla bean at the outset. Mint is more prominent than it was on the nose, as is the layered chocolate. The mint and chocolate really play well together. Dries a bit toward the end, and the black licorice really begins to come out at that point. Brown bread and grass too, though they are more subtle than the nose suggested. Finish is a pleasing wash of warm bourbon vanilla bean and baker's chocolate.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and silky-smooth. Moderate carbonation.

O: I'm pleasantly surprised. I've been very critical of Shorts to date. Of the beers that I've had from them to this point, I've felt they've been forced, gimmicky, or too busy and discordant. This beer has done a lot to restore my faith in them. It is delicious and perfectly balanced. Great idea, even better execution.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 04:33:25 | More by ryan1788a5
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Stephen for this beer...

A: Pours a completely opaque black, with about a half finger of tan head. The foam settles quickly and leaves a nice rocky ring around the edges.

S: Wow. The nose is exactly how I imagined it. It smells of mint and black licorice. There is also an bit of mollasses underneath the dominating scents.

T: It starts out sweet and minty, and transitions into big hits of black licorice. But uhh ohh, I'm getting some of that familiar Short's funk. Another refermented beer? The back end is stinging tart, and off flavors.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out smooth with the flavors developing nicely, but the twang in the finish is puckering and drying.

O: It's a decent beer, but the funky end is really off putting. I have had so many bad experiences with Short's beers that I will never trade for any of their stuff again. I guess I'm just gonna have to make it out to their brew pub someday.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 18:47:35 | More by trxxpaxxs
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark ruby/black with a huge head of tan foam
Aroma-heady mix of chocolate and fresh mint leaves.
Taste-Liquid peppermint patty, chocolate, mint leaves, roasted coffee, vanilla bean. Exceptional flavor and character. Every sip has a different flavor nuance. An excellent, flavorfull brew. Seek it out if you can. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 18:15:10 | More by hosehead83
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottling date. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, mint leaves, licorice, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, biscuit, dark fruit, and a bit of bourbon. Nice and very interesting aromas as I would have expected. Taste of big chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, biscuit, mint leaves, dark fruit, and some herbal spiciness. Some light licorice tartness on the finish; with some lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, mint, and licorice on the finish for a bit. Finish is fairly dry. Very nice overall balance of flavors, with no cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink at 8%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is a surprisingly nice and interesting black lager; that is very drinkable and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 05:29:02 | More by superspak
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ngeunit1

California

4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with some brown around the edges and a thin covering of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted sweet chocolate malts with some anise, bourbon, vanilla, and mint. Really nice and complex nose.

T - Starts out with a mix of sweet roasted chocolate malts with some mint and anise in the background. Through the middle, some vanilla and bourbon come through alongside some more mint and a touch of burnt malt. The finish is a mix of sweet roasted chocolate, anise, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big an bold flavors, but they come together really nicely and taste balanced. I really like the vanilla been and anise combination.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 06:28:28 | More by ngeunit1
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bourbon, corn and then I was getting mostly the mint here, the concoction tasted off, yes lactose. Lager secondary, black coloured body. Some chalky taste, a little roasted malt. Whole thing does not carry together. Rather ordinary though drinkable.Stephen’s bottle from a previous batch.Tried again with Steve's bottle, and much better. Soft bodied, licorice and mint, better drinkable..

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 04:36:18 | More by Sammy
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this one surprised me in a good way. Thanks again Scoot69!

A: Pours a dark black licorice color with a two finger tan head.

S: Aroma of lactic and tart sourness along with a good bit of malt and anise but less than you would expect with a name of Black Licorice lager.

T: Lactic sourness off the bat, with a healthy malt bill. I had assumed wrongly that this would be a light lager, but was surprised to find the depth that it had and even more to find out it was an 8% lager. The mid body is mostly sweet roasted malt flavors and finishes with a bit of charred malt flavors. Very light noble hopping that brings the malt bill out more and a bit of caramelized sugars behind the chocolate minty flavors. Sadly I did not pick up a whole lot of vanilla but this was probably from age.

M: Medium body to thick for a lager although I have not had any of the other beers in this category. Tough call

O: Definitely very drinkable and delicious. A nice surprise

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 00:48:07 | More by alpinebryant
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Spider889

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 vintage bottle shared by rogue at a beer tasting. Really cool beer to bring, even if it's not typical to cellar a lager for so long!

A - Black in color, nice tall coffee colored head.

S - Licorice and chocolate with loads of vanilla. Age has not quieted the vanilla beans, though I wasn't smelling any of the bourbon aspect of the Madagascar beans.

T - Light bitterness, toasty, some char, and also chocolate sweetness. The licorice/anise is much heavier on the nose, it's barely notable in the flavor. No mint is left remaining (which is very likely a good thing imo).

M/O - Bitter up front, a bit hot - maybe this is partially due to the vanilla bean, but overall drinks smoothly. I'll bet this beer is really something when fresh, and while odd, this was not bad at all, even at a ripe old age of 3.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 07:59:08 | More by Spider889
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BrewerB

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this on a mid-Summer trek through the Great Lakes region.

Poured into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass this brew is a dark brown/reddish hued elixir. Slightly rocky, light tan foam perched atop the glass maintains good retention and a sticky lacing.

Chocolate minty upfront in the nose with less noticeable vanilla.

First on the palette I detect a vanilla but that quickly steps aside to show the chocolate mint. Anise is present but not as recognizable to me as these first two flavors.

Medium-light body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Interesting offering as always from the folks at Short's. Certainly not your typical "Euro Dark Lager" but I like what they've done here. Flavors working well with one another.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 22:28:50 | More by BrewerB
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Florida9

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Appears black in the glass, but holding it up to the light shows it to a have a deep, dark ruby color to it. Forms a weak light tan head that quickly reduces to a thick ring around the edge. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly anise with some mint or peppermint in the background. The slight nose of alcohol mixed with the anise makes this smell almost like Sambuca.

T: Oh god, why did I put this in my mouth? Holy fucking tongue terror. A fake chocolate mint taste assaults my tongue. It fades ever so slowly to an even more foul minty mouthwash flavor highlighted by lightly roasted malts and toasted anise seeds. The flavor sticks on the tongue with a artificially minty saccharine sweetness. Why? why? why? I think I'm going to cry.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Cloying, sticky, and unrelenting in the mouth. As minty fresh as that cheap ass mouthwash you get for free in hotels rooms.

O: Wow, this has to be one of the worst beers I've had the misfortune of trying as of recent. Unbearably heavy on the anise, with virtually no redeeming quality that I can think of. It's as if someone took a subpar dark beer and thought they might spice it up a bit by adding mouthwash to it. It simply doesn't work on so many levels.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:42:44 | More by Florida9
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle - thanks for this extra Shumista. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a an almost pure black, quite similar to licorice. No head to speak of, and unfortunately no lacing.

The smell is incredibly similar to Fernet, though without the sharp hint of alcohol. There is a ton of mint at work here, with a significant amount of chocolate, too. The combined effect of these two flavors is a smell somewhat close to licorice, but that specific flavor is not terribly present.

Very, very smooth flavor. Again, the mint is quite strong here, and I really enjoy the flavor. Unlike the aroma, the licorice taste is quite strong. It reminds me a little bit of anise, with an added element of chocolate.

Feel is a little flat, and on the thin side. I couldn't imagine drinking a lot of this stuff, but 6-8 oz. would make a nice digestif.

A beguiling brew, and I'd expect nothing less from Short's. I'm a big fan of both licorice and the combination of chocolate and mint and I found this very interesting, though likely not a beer I'll seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 01:38:54 | More by amphion1065
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque black with a very small tan head that fades immediately.

Nose definitely lives up to the name. Black licorice and a bit of anise.

Similar to the nose, but a little weaker flavor profile. Black licorice and anise are heavily present throughout with that slightly tangy finish similar to most Short's beers.

A bit watery on the mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Another interesting idea comes up short. Too watery and the yeast strain doesn't play nice with the initial licorice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:24:55 | More by jmarsh123
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks brewdan for this extra, I've been wanting to try some Short's.
Poured from a bottle to a tulip, this beer comes out pitch black with no visible light penetrating, builds a finger tan bubbly head that fades quickly and is easily revived.
The nose is almost identical to some cookies my wife just baked last week. Smells like crushed up mint oreos, chocolate chip and anise, very appealing nose.
Woah the taste is nothing what I expected or was hoping for from the nose. The taste is almost somewhat offensive, liquid anise, some mint chocolate flavors. It improves a little as it warms but not much.
It has a light to medium body with hight carbonation and a lingering after taste that I wish would go away.
This beer was a roller coaster, it looks amazing. Possibly only smells amazing to me because it reminds me of those cookies but it goes downhill from there.
Thanks a ton Dan for the opportunity to try this, hope to try more Short's too.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:22:50 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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womencantsail

California

2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Thorpe for this one.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Heavy licorice/anise aroma with a lot of lactic notes to it. There are some herbal hop notes and a little bit of roasted malt. It's also a little bit metallic, sort of like many other Short's beers.

T: Sweet malt, a light smokiness, and tons and tons of licorice and anise. As with the aroma, there is a little bit of a lactic tartness. Sort of watery, too, and a little bit of metal.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Just a really weird, funky, flavor and aroma to this. Not very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 21:09:06 | More by womencantsail
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Jayli

Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Acquired from decadance via our most recent trade so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!!!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep opaque brown with a 1/2 inch of khaki colored head. Head recedes quickly with minor lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is black licorice. Ouch. I knew by the name it had licorice, but I'm hoping that there isn't THIS much licorice. Big notes of anise as well.

T: Taste is nothing but anise and licorice. Wow. I was hoping that the nose was deceiving. Not so much. Licorice and anise is huge, a decent amount of mint notes also come through. LIghter sweet malts hit the finish.

M: Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and clean.

O: Goes down ok, not very tasty, well hidden kick, interesting represntation of style. I wanted to like this beer, but it just didn't do it for me. It was a licorice beer, it was licorice with beer...and it was a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 04:42:12 | More by Jayli
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottled April 2011. Tasted 31 August 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, coffee-colored at the edges. Big thick two-finger head, a light tan color, nice retention. Tons of sticky lacing, so abundant it actually looks like lace.

Smell is interesting - dark malts, but also black licorice. About half black licorice, a quarter dark malts, and a quarter warm and slightly sweet (vanilla). It's a crazy cacophony that almost works, but doesn't quite come together for me. The licorice is a little too dominant.

Sadly, I don't like licorice. And this doesn't taste like beer with licorice highlights, it tastes like licorice beer. There's a little bit of dark roasted malts before the licorice kicks in, but the middle two-thirds of the taste is strong licorice and slightly bitter. I don't like it. Fortunately, it gets less licorice-heavy as it warms up, but still not enough that I really want to drink it.

Mouthfeel is quite thin and light. Carbonation is medium-low - with the heaviness of the flavors, it could use some more.

This beer doesn't work for me. My big caveat, though, is that I don't like licorice, and I don't like the way it combines with beer. Adding sharpness and bitterness on top of something that's already bitter and sharp doesn't help. Adding black licorice to a rich, sweet stout might work, but here it just accentuates the qualities I don't like: the acrid and thin bitter flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 22:12:00 | More by zeledonia
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep cola-brown in the glass (with some ruby along the edges) and is topped with a finger of foamy mocha colored head. This retains with a tight ½ finger of creamy froth, which leaves back a robust and sticky cascade of lace. The aroma smells just as advertised, with notes of licorice, vanilla, and a dark and ripe fruity tanginess. There’s a touch of fresh mint flavor across the back of the nose as well, while just a touch of floral accents round out the edges. This is nice.

The taste changes things up a bit, with more malty notes of cocoa and caramel being at the forefront of the profile but I’m always picking up some vanilla and a ripe (and slightly tart) fruitiness to this as well. An earthy bitterness is present and adds a bit of assertiveness to this. Anise comes out across the back, lingering in an overall tart and tangy feeling finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness to this that glides along easily in the mouth. Maybe just a smidge of light warmth to this but nearly enough to tell me that this is 8%.

My experience with this beer pretty much mirrored the one that I had with it on draft last year. The nose really delivering the promised flavors (and it seemed even a bit more here in the bottle) but the flavor, while still good, just didn’t bring it as hard. This is still a really tasty and unique offering from Short’s though and I’d definitely recommend checking it out if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 14:28:24 | More by Kegatron
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Tripphop

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very pretty beer, deep mahogany with crimson glow in the light. Minimal head, but carbonation is present in the sip. Nose is stront of anise, black licorice and sweet malt dominate the nose. Flavor overall is very confusing. Avery complex beer, but almost too many flavors. Mint comes through near the finish, but the licorice and chocolate flavors linger throughout. Sweet vanilla front with lingering licorice and a touch of bitterness.
Very unique brew, glad I got to try it. Not really a fan of licorice though..

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 19:33:09 | More by Tripphop
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 or 2008 vintage 750ml bottle shared at a tasting by rogue.

Appearance
The beer is really a dark, dark ruby color. The thinner parts of the glass relinquish it's red hues. Lots of little pearls of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma
There is plenty of oxidation, but the papery notes work well with the other aromas of this beer. Anise is very strong, but its kept in check by vanilla and even a little bit of bourbon.

Taste
I think I can handle the smell of anise a little better than the taste of it. This beer is loaded with black licorice, but it has enough stuff going on that it begins to sit back. There is a lot of nutty vanilla bean sweet earthiness, some bourbon, a nutty husk cocoa nib like flavor and some dry oxidation.

Mouthfeel
Thinnish body with a tame carbonation. There is a surprising level of heat to this beer.

Overall
A really cool beer to be able to try. This lager aged quite well, I'd say. The anise is strong, but probably at the highest level it can be without ruining the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 21:48:38 | More by MbpBugeye
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Gorgeous appearance, with a healthy cap of dark custard foam that retains well and paints the glass with lacing. Body is a deep mahogany brown with cola at its edges. Very nice aroma, too, with licorice at the forefront followed by more hidden notes of vanilla beans and mint leaves. Fragrant lager, and the maltiness comes through a bit with hints of chocolate and nuttiness.

I had assumed the flavor would be overwhelmingly of black licorice, but happily it's nicely integrated into the 'dark lager' experience. Dark, gummy fruit notes make an appearance, too, suggesting fig and sweet prunes. Slightly hoppy, herbal finish with a kiss of mint sharpness. Mouthfeel is medium-thin in consistency with a creamy carbonation and smooth body. Another absurd, yet well-crafted beer from Short's. Is there any flavor they can't capture in a pint?

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 21:36:51 | More by wagenvolks
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mcallister

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut with a large tan head fluffy and plump leaving sticky lace.

First aromas to hit the nose are that of mint girl scout cookies. Light milk chocolate, minty, cookie smells. Than the anise shows through and adds a nice touch. Than more mint intermingled with a spicy ester, vanilla, and hints of roast.

Hmm a very odd beer yet good Something weird happening on the finish, like a balloon swelling on the tongue? Very minty and full of bitter anise. Light vanilla on the finish and again the mint girl scout cookies. Some almost bourbon notes but more like a canadian whiskey. Milk chocolate, dark bready malts, and more. A oddly interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

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