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Black Licorice Lager | Short's Brewing Company

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Black Licorice LagerBlack Licorice Lager

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

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by hoppymeal on 06-06-2007

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of BrewerB
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Florida9
2.33/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of amphion1065
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
2.26/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

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Black Licorice Lager from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 185 ratings
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