Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a mostly clear, golden colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big black licorice with a light vanilla and touches of citrus. I’m loving this aroma. Flavor is big black licorice, but not too intense or overpowering. More vanilla throughout with light citruses towards the end as this finishes with a nice licorice spice, a light bitterness, and a few citrus notes. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, I’m really digging this beer. I love black licorice and the aroma really makes the licorice pop. The flavor is surprisingly, and thankfully, really well balanced with a big licorice aspect, but nothing to take away from the drinkability. This was unique and a bit weird, but I really liked it.
Tmoney99 (12404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate hop and sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium licorice bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.
mikem409 (1913) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at founders. Pours crispy gold with medium white head. Aroma of black jelly bean. The licorice taste is not as big as aroma. The vanilla comes through as it warms
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Founders Brewery. Weird but it works in small doses. Clear amber with a faint remnant of a white head. Aroma of its namesake – a licorice whip, black to be exact. Malt and faint hops beneath but the licorice really mask the fact that this is an APA. Taste is weird, pretty much liquid licorice whip with caramel and faint citrus underneath.