Black Licorice Lager - Short's Brewing Company
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Reviews by alleykatking:
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to semibaked for this wonderful new Short's beer.
A- Pours a almost black color...more of a super deep brown. When held to the light there is amberish tint to this beer on the sides. One finger tan head shows light retention like most Short's beer. Light streaks of lace are left on the glass.
S- Anise shows in the front of the aroma profile for a quick second before retreating behind of chocolate malt profile. Middle of the beer shows a strange mint aroma that I wasn't expecting with this beer. Towards the end of the nose there is a lingery breadness to it along with a hint of darker fruit which is then covered by a mint/anise combo. A very interesting beer aroma.
T- Darker bready malts in the front of the beer interact with a darker fruit as well. Anise comes into play toward the ending of the front of the beer giving off a nice black licorice flavor. Middle of the beer calms with hints of chocoalte and toasted malts. Ending shows the chocolate mixing with mint which gives off a nice girl scout cookie flavor. Anise comes back in the backend with a hint of alcohol to finish it up.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Anise, chocoalte, mint, and hints of bready malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, chocolate, mint, and anise. Flavors were actually well blended together. No off flavors at all where present while drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying left on the palate.
O- This beer was interesting to me as to be honest I didn't think I would like it. The flavors were very well blended and no one flavor outshined the others. ABV is a little high but it never really shows itself while drinking this beer. Overall another great beer from Short's!
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2011 03:00:16 | More by alleykatking
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4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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!
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2013 23:06:04 | More by joe1510
3.38/5 rDev -12.9%
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
4.66/5 rDev +20.1%
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
Black Licorice Lager from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.