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Svaneke Liquorice Stout

Brewed by Svaneke Bryghus
Style: Stout
Svaneke, Denmark


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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Editor’s note: made in cooperation with the gourmet licorice producer "Lakrids by Johan Bülow".

Danish: En brun-sort øl med beige farvet skumhat. Duften præges af lakridsrod og karamel. Smagen hviler et sted mellem en lakridssnegl og et pænt Piratos-punch. Den solide maltbasis bestående af Münchner, Wiener, Melanoidin, Karamel og Hvede malt, samt ristet byg, formår at bære lakridsen fint. Humlen er nedtonet og har kun til opgave at afbalancere lakrids og maltsødme. Der er anvendt både rålakrids og lakrids sirup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (5327) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 14, 2015
330ml bottle. Jet black colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, beige to tan head. Roasty dark malty aroma with hints of liquorice and a touch of blueberry. Taste is sweet, slightly roasty dark malty, notes of liquorice, a touch of treacle; viscous texture, sirupy, viscid palate. Focused, slightly too sweet and mono-thematic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jahe (133) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2015
Nice straight porter with distinct liquorice toasted malt in the aroma. Pours very dark brown from bottle small brown head. Liquorice in the taste medium body

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
timmwillum (87) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2015
Johan Bülow og Svaneke Bryghus har slået pjalterne sammen og brygget englesaft. Kulsort og stort set uden skum. Mellemkraftig næse af lakrids med et nyk kaffe. Smagen er intens ... lakrids fra starten komplimenteret med en kort bitterhed, som straks afløses af en lang sødlig smag sprængfyldt med kraftige toner af engelsk lakrids ... af den gode slags :-) Eftersmagen giver næsten en fornemmelse af at have nydt et godt stykke rålakrids. En af de bedste danske øl jeg har smagt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fredd_an (224) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2015
En halv tydlig lakrits betonad doft med en stark smak av lakrits, ganska lätt i kropp, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (2570) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 5, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours black with moderate head. Aromas of dry licorice. Flavors of oily coffee and anise seed. Okay

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (3675) - BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2015
Danish stout in, according to the label, "English style" and flavoured with actual liquorice, so I’m expecting sweet stout here... Creamy but fairly thin and opening, pale yellowish beige head over a very dark mahogany coloured beer, not quite black, at least not on the edges. Aroma shouts (typically English) liquorice candy all the way through, next to more subtle odours of bitter chocolate, fried mushrooms, cappuccino, candied figs, soft balsamic vinegar, caramel, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, dried flowers, raisins, hints of aniseed liqueur (in a dull kind of way - probably that liquorice again), dried leaves, sourish blueberries, bayleaf, some ’natural’ iron. A refined candied sweetness opens the palate, very much like the old liquorice sticks I remember from when I was a child (and it’s always nice when a beer brings back long-forgotten memories), raisins, some dried banana, with a soft umami edge and a vague sourishness underneath; very soft carbo, oily and ’greasy’ mouthfeel but remaining very smooth and supple, with a slick caramel maltiness to it, nutty, becoming more chocolatey and coffeeish roasted bitter in the end but staying gentle; there is a very subtle amount of ’metallic’ effect as well, but feeling very natural for a stout and therefore not disturbing at all. Finish consists of persisting malt sweetness, a lot of liquorice both in taste and retronasally, and, all the way at the back, some peppery, leafy hops for balance. An almost ’medicinal’ liquorice flavour remains in the throat along with a long lasting, drying ’bittersweetness’ combining the sweet dark malts and the spicy hops. Still, it is still the liquorice which gets the last word here: even after swallowing, an ethereal, volatile but strong flavour of English liquorice candy remained for a long time. The description ’liquorice’ is often used for stouts and other dark beers and can be the result of fermentation, but in this case there is no way to get around it, this beer effectively uses (artisanal) liquorice and you’ll know it. Absolutely not recommended for those who hate this flavour, but for those who don’t, this is an enjoyable beer, and it is a clever thought putting this particular spice in what is basically a medium dry stout. Interesting and not lacking in complexity, but admittedly the liquorice is all over the place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PLundsgaard (420) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2015
En rigtig god øl meget flot lysebrunt skum en meget flot mørk farve smagen er bare uovertruffen :):):):):):) sådan en øl er bare mig

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (4951) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle 33cl, a dark beer with low head. Nose is dark chocolate, vegetable and chili like notes. Aroma is on smooth dark chocolate, toffee, licorice wood, kind of chili or pepper notes, coffee beans, quite sweet. Long licorice wood notes on aftertaste, pleasant beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nevalainen (339) - FINLAND - AUG 14, 2015
The color is black with high beige head. Aroma is roasty, licorice and somekind of licorice bakery. Taste is quite sweet and has a smokey flauvour, well balanced. The beer has a long licorice testing finish. Very nice experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2015
Foam is creamy and durable. The aroma is not atypical for a stout, but contains the familiar notes of licorice, coffee and roasted malt. The first mouthful is a little light, a little like a dry stout. A little burnt taste stands out and then proceeds quite quickly to the taste of licorice root are slowly growing in strength and become English liquorice in abundance. Licorice taste lasts long and only slightly hop bitterness is to track towards the end.

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