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Black Licorice Lager - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

177 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 60
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Osky88


1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

08-30-2012 02:03:42 | More by Osky88
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-25-2012 19:15:23 | More by Zaphog
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -22.7%

06-02-2012 14:59:30 | More by JohnQVD
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-13-2012 21:28:03 | More by klipper
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antoines15

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-01-2012 00:53:34 | More by antoines15
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 -5.2%
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 +14.7%
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 +0.5%
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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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-20-2012 23:33:26 | More by imperialking
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Pecafaced

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2012 00:36:03 | More by Pecafaced
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ngeunit1

California

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
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 -7.7%
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 +1.8%
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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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-05-2012 06:31:22 | More by Ryan011235
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Spider889

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9%
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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Marti403

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-01-2012 23:31:06 | More by Marti403
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BrewerB

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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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amrozga

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-09-2011 21:10:53 | More by amrozga
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Florida9

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -42.5%
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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jz989

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-02-2011 15:53:21 | More by jz989
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brandoman63

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.7%

11-30-2011 03:04:46 | More by brandoman63
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-25-2011 21:01:32 | More by JAHMUR
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-25-2011 19:53:33 | More by Exiled
Black Licorice Lager from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.