Beer 332/365 – Short’s Black Licorice Lager

Shorts Black Licorice Lager

Style: Euro Dark Lager

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Sent to me in a trade.

What makes this beer different: It almost tastes like root beer!

Will I be drinking this again: I would if it were local.

Grade: B+

10/6/2010: So just as a heads up before I get into the review of this beer… I HATE black licorice. Especially during Easter when you grab a handful of jelly beans thinking that the dark purple ones are grape, but no they are black licorice and ruin the whole mouthful.

Lots of chocolate in the nose, and a hint of black licorice. The flavor is not what I was expecting, mostly roasty chocolate, some dark fruit flavors, and only a little bit of Black Licorice flavor (thank god). Something about the flavor is really reminding me of a good root beer, can’t quite put my finger on what it is though. Alcohol is hidden very well which is a huge bonus. Smooth medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Very unique beer to say the least!

Picture of the day: Children are tasty.

Beer 41 – Saranac Season’s Best Nut Brown Lager

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Pine Taste

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe

Grade: B

12/19/2009: We ended up getting about a foot of snow here in Pittsburgh on Saturday, and I will have you all know I froze my @$# off to take this picture. Figures as soon as I poured the beer and went to set it on the rail I realized it was frozen. This is why the pint glass looks like it is about to slide off.

Anyways onto business. At first sip this has a very unique flavor, and it took be awhile to realize what it was; pine. I can’t really decide if it is a taste that I like or not, but it is very unique. The only other flavor I can pick out is a little bit of caramel in the aftertaste. Overall this is a pretty good beer, a little bit hoppy, and a little bit malty. Could have used a little bit more flavor overall.

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