My friend Josh brought over a bottle of Short’s Brew Black Licorice Lager to share. The beer pours dark brown color with a bubbly off-white colored head. The aroma consists of chocolate, licorice, and a hint of mint. The taste is big on licorice, spicy toasted malts, and lightly puckering, very similar to licorice candies. There are hints of chocolate and caramel in the background and a coffee and vanilla finish. The after taste brings licorice back and is wonderful. The alcohol content is 8.0% ABV. Admittedly, I really enjoy the flavor or licorice, and I think that Short’s was able to capture that flavor nicely in a bottle without being too overpowering, even though it was clearly the focus of the beer.