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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
• A sagacious formula of inherent elements within a beautiful cold fermented darkness
• Beer Type: High Gravity American Dark Lager aged on anise seed, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans and fresh chocolate mint leaves


2.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5007) - , Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
Reviewed from notes. On tap at The Union in Clarkston, MI. Pours near black with a thin head and not much lacing. The nose is quite nice with a good dose of black licorice. After that, a tad bit of vanilla and light molasses. Taste is all black licorice. Slightly sweet. Tastes fairly authentic. Good feel with a nice sweetness and good carbonation. Nice feel. A fairly one dimensional brew, but quite good and spot on in nailing the flavor. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-25-2010

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle. Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex chocolate and licorice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark licorice bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderated to long duration. Complex interesting beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Another huge thanks to Sean for bringing this...Pours a dark brown with a super light tan head...Aroma is medium lots of stuff going on, black licorice dominates, get some of the mint on the back...Taste is lighter than the aroma, the black licorice does not prenent as much as you would think. Light feel for sure, lager totally shows.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Part of the 13 Shorts in one night tasting at the Mikes on 2/18/11. Thanks Mike. Light and sweet. Light sweet. Mid fruity. Light (wimpy) finish. Was expecting a lot more based upon the description.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
12oz bottle from deyholla, thanks Derek! Pours a black body with a thin, brown, creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is big on the black licorice spice with a good amount of dark chocolate behind it. Some sweet jelly beans, a light roast, caramel, vanilla-mint, and a hint of lime. Flavor is similar. A good amount of roast, black licorice spice, lime with some sourness, vanilla-mint, bitter dark chocolates, and light caramel. Finishes with a hard roast, minty licorice spice, and a slightly tart lime that leaves a light bitterness and completely dries before a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light, creamy body and soft, creamy, moderate carbonation. Definitely drinks way less than the listed 8% ABV. Overall, a really nice offering from these guys. I don’t know what it is about them, but they consistently have this slightly sour lime flavor in their beers which is somewhat annoying. However, I feel the licorice, roast, minty chocolate, vanilla, and exceptionally creamy body overpower the somewhat strange tart lime enough to make this quite pleasant. 8% ABV?! Damn, this drinks waaaay lighter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. I’ll preface with a notice that I’m not a big fan of black licorice. I basically hate it. 3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head with below average retention and no real lacing. 4.0 S: Not surprisingly smells a lot like black licorice. Also a fairly strong roasted component and graininess. Sweet molasses behind all that. 4.5 T: There’s black licorice in the taste, but it isn’t as strong as in the nose. In fact, I might have identified the taste as a mixture of roastiness mixed with caramel and molasses had I not known the name. In any case, lots of graininess and roastiness again. Hints of lactose. Not mindblowing, but definitely solid and tasty. 3.5 M: Lighter body, perhaps a bit too light. Otherwise, good moderate carbonation and very smooth. 4.5 D: Another tasty and innovative beer from Short’s. Usually you won’t find both of those words in the same sentence, but Short’s seems to do it like clockwork. I like this a lot as it is, but if it were a bit thicker, it could be great. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-04-2010 00:40:46

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7137) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle number 577 of 744 thanks to Styles. 2006 vintage. Pours black with beige head. Interesting nose of black licorice, star anise, vanilla bean and lager yeast. Taste is very smooth. Some chocolate, mint, black licorice and vanilla.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2471) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2010
12oz Bottle thanks to Santa. I have been wanting to try this. I love Short’s crazy stuff. Pours out dark brown with red highlights topped with a small tab head. Aroma is of light black licorice, spice, and sweetness. Taste opens up after about an hour the licorice starts to show along with some pitfruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1210) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2011 Bottle, has a brown-black pour with light tan and tan colored head, there was a lot of effervescence flowing in the glass but the beer is dark, so, I could not see it until I held the glass up to a light, left some lacing on the glass, there was a thin layer of dark sediment in the bottle, this beer had aromas of chocolate, earth, light roasted malt, and there is some fresh mint in the background, there are flavors of chocolate, licorice, gentle roasted malt (dark malt flavors like a Schwarz beer), a little chocolate and vanilla sweetness, the bitterness is less than medium, there is dry chocolate and licorice trailing after the finish, flavor starts with some sweetness and ends pretty dry on the tongue, medium mouth feel, this is a tasty beer, I found the mint to be in the background on the nose but more present on the palate, the mint adds a nice freshness to the beer, the mixture of licorice, chocolate, vanilla and mint go well together, the alcohol is hidden well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Brown with ruby lowlights and a foamy slowly disappearing medium tan head and sheet lacing. Aroma of black licorice, vanilla, dark malts, grains and light chocolate. Taste of licorice, dark malts, mild chocolate and nut bark. Semi sour and plenty of licorice.


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