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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

(view ratings)
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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Reviews by techfed87:
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techfed87

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderately sized head.

Color is jet black. Gives off a VERY anise-full scent, combined with a darker roasted character. I can definitely say that I've never smelled anything like this!

First sip is a bit of a surprise. What appeared to be something smelling quite heavily of liquorice has suddenly turned into a very satisfying, well balanced lager. And being about as heavy as one can get before turning it into an ale, I can definitely say I enjoy its malt complexities as well as its overall mouthfeel. Its carbonation is also nice, giving just enough of that bite that you expect from a drink that should be served cold, rather than at cellar temperature.

Cheers to you, Shorts, you really know how to make them!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:30:24 | More by techfed87
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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!

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Black Licorice Lager from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.