I used 1 dry ounce of licorice root for the first time in this last brew, The Home Brewery London Stout. It's not part of the box recipe.
The smell and taste of the root in the bag had me thinking I was making licorice flavored beer, not beer flavored with licorice. The smell and taste were strong, in the bag.
The licorice was added during the boil, a few minutes after the DME. It smelled a bit strong then too. That smell weakened as the boil continued.
After 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks final and near 3 weeks in bottles, the taste is great! Not at all licoricey (ok spell check, let's step outside). Really, if I didn't know it was in there, I may not be able to pick out the flavor at all.
It should be noted though, though not entirely duly, that there were other ingredients- or rather, stuff, added to the recipe. An additional half pound of dark grain and half pound of chocolate grain, 3 camping gear sized coffee cups of brewed Community coffee New Orleans blend, about a cup of brown sugar (some Hawaiian brand), a handful of peanut butter Marry Janes and a handful of Milk Duds. Yes. Really.
This beer is not sickeningly sweet or even candy sweet. It's desert beer sweet without being overly coffee flavored either. There is definitely a coffee and chocolate taste.