ReggieDunlap (2928) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an opaque brown with a medium foamy tan head...nice lacing. Aroma of light, spicy anise...almost oddly minty. Flavor has notable anise...still getting a minty taste...definite soury note that Iím not sure is intended. Mouthfeel is light and lively and the finish has a nasty licorice/soury flavor.
markwise (4347) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one was interesting, not nearly as different as I imagined. Thanks to GatorGuy92 for sharing this one. Pours a clear brown with a tan head. Nose is licorice, anise, slight tartness, and a minty quality. I did not get a lot of vanilla, but it may have been the licorice and mint blending together. Flavor is similar- light mint and big licorice and anise. Light in body and no lager taste at all in this one. Interesting, noteworthy twist on the lager style.
Drink4Satan (670) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Churchkey, DC (full pour). Completely black with a solid mocha head. The nose gives the impression itís going to be cloyingly sweet, and there is certainly licorice there. Massive amounts of anise, but lucky for me, I like that stuff! The mint ads an interesting tinge to the whole profile. Some rich caramel malt and woody notes are there to back it up. Not much perceivable bourbon here. The flavour is just as advertised, and not cloying. Pleasant actually. Very! This beer wasnít getting too much love from my friends who also tried it and a couple members of the staff, but I dug it. Chewy mouthfeel with a velvety texture and long palate duration, coating tooth and gum. Not something Iíd like to drink a lot of, but one is definitely appreciated. Great job, Shorts! Stay weird!
brokensail (9948) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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. Itís also a little bit metallic, sort of like many other Shortís 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.
phaleslu (5878) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle shared by Keir at the STLHops Pinball Party- thanks, Keir! Pours a semi-cloudy amber color with a small tan head. Aroma of black licorice, anise, rubber, brown sugar, wet grass, dark chocolate, and earth. Flavor of licorice, earth, nutes, leaves, rubber, and even some booze despite the 7% ABV. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a bitter, almost chemical mouthfeel. Not really my thing but damn interesting to try.
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours dark brown and bubbly with a big creamy caramel head. The aroma is light notes of the mint, refreshing, with hints of the sweet bourbon from the vanilla. The flavor is light roasted sweet malts, not much vanilla or black licorice as expected. The body is smooth and carbonation is medium, just right. Very Shortsy, as usual.
mixmasterob (880) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from rayl101. Thanks a ton. Itís beers like this that make Shortís appealing. Black pour with a decent beige head that faded and left bits of lace. Aroma was full of different things. The anise imparted a licorice presence, light sweetness from the vanilla bean and of course mint. Hints of cocoa and a light roast in there too. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, carbonation medium. Interesting stuff, a good one to share.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz Bottle: great beer if you are only having one. Aroma and flavor of black licorice. Actually tastes like a jager bomb - which I like, just not more than 12ozs at a time.
Enjoyit (3086) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black of color with an off white head. An aroma of liqurice, dark fruits and sweets. A flavor of roasted malt, weak coffee and liqurice.
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle courtesy of rayl101! Pours black with a nice fluffy khaki head. When held up to the light, you can see its actually dark brown with some ruby hue. Active carbonation, but the bubbles are very small. Wow! Aroma is very powerful. Anise, chocolate and mint are prominent . Iím having trouble detecting the vanilla initially. There is a mint chocolate chip ice cream (which happens to be my favorite) thing going on with the aroma. Taste is sweet with a nice mix of anise and chocolate mint again. There is some bitterness, but its mostly roasty rather than hoppy. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Finish is smooth and seems like it cleanses the palate as anise and chocolate mint tend to do. This is a pretty unique beer and one that I enjoyed. If you donít like anise or chocolate mint, then you will have a tough time with this.