Vibrant Forest Salted LiquoriceJanuary 22, 2017
Vibrant Forest BrewerySalted Liquorice
Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom Style: Stout w/ Liquorice Root & Salt ABV: 5.1%
A curious beer inspired by the salty liquorice sweets (salmiakki) of Scandinavia.
This is a near-black beer with lots of charred malt aromas—ashy roasted grain, coffee, chocolate and just a little licorice. It’s in the taste that the added licorice really comes through, blending nicely with the dark grain, with the additional salt more a sensation than a taste at this point. Licorice builds even more in the dry, bitter, roasted finish where salt becomes more prominent. You have to like licorice to appreciate this beer, and the salt is perhaps ultimately just a touch too evident, but it’s still an interesting drink with a light, quaffable texture.Jeff Evans is author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide, The Book of Beer Knowledge, Beer Lover's Britain and So You Want to Be a Beer Expert? More of his writing can be found at insidebeer.com.
The brewery is in the New Forest area of Hampshire in southern England: The forest is not new at all but was grown in medieval times so kings could go hunting there. The stout is bottle-conditioned and is jet-black with a heavy barley-colored head of foam. The aroma delivers what the name promises: a big hit of licorice with salty notes, roasted grain and floral/herbal hops. The bittersweet palate offers creamy and roasted grain with licorice, molasses and butterscotch notes and light hops. The finish is dominated by roasted grain, licorice, gentle hop bitterness and a continuing salty note. Lip-smackingly good.Roger Protz is the author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and protzonbeer.co.uk.