Honey Badger - Short's Brewing Company
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4.19/5 rDev +15.4%
A- Black as midnight, very opaque, resembles a good stout in appearance in many ways. Has about an inch of thick creamy toffee colored head. Generous lacing that does not recede at all. Everything you would want a beer to look like of the style.
S- Very complex. At first glance I am hit with a pungent grapefruit essence and a funk of hoppiness. Then the subtle smells of black currants, anise, tobacco, a hint of mint of all things comes through. A little unbalanced as the hoppy smell steels the show but still very solid.
T/M- WOW! First really good new beer that I have tried in this new year! The flavors of dark malts and a nice dark chocolate/black currant flavor hit the palate first, but then metamorphosize into a bitter hop presence accompanied by a sweetness of honey combined with hints of citrus flavors. The hops become more and more prevalent in this one as it warms up. Mouthfeel is medium leaning toward full body with a tart, dry end feel that leaves your mouth feeling resinous and tacky.
Overall, I really like this one! One of the more complex black ales that I have had and one that I look forward to drinking again in the future. This one is better than expected and worth seeking out
01-22-2014 01:12:49 | More by king75
4.16/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured into my MI Brewers guild pint glass !
A: Pours pitch black with a white/khaki head- which is strangely "milk-stoutesq" look to it.. sugary-sticky sweet head... Intriguing and mysterious with big tan bubbles and leaves mild lacing as it sinks to the bottom of the pint.
S: Dark chocolate... coffee... and happy hops on the nose.
T: Hop presence is here right away. Then fades to a roasted carmelly honey flavor. definitly can taste the alcohol bite to this one, pretty bold. The honey taste is nice as it is subtle and plays the supporting role to the malts and hops in this one.
M: Medium balanced feel to this one, sticky and sweet but at the same time roasty and malty. I like this. Very much.
For the record im not and never have been a hop head. I love malty beer and balanced hops!! This one surprised me. Overall the highlight of the newest (at this time) of shorts variety 12 pack we have been blessed with in michigan. I swear, these guys can think of anything. Another home run for SBC.
01-25-2014 01:18:05 | More by Drk93TT
4.14/5 rDev +14%
Poured into a pint glass and noticed the black appearance with not a lot of head. Some with an agitated pour. Splotchy lacing develops along the sides as I take sips.
Aromas of charred oak, coffee, molasses and a touch of floral bouquet greet my nose.
As soon as this hits my tongue I am greeted with a huge hit of roasty, charred coffee tones which give the undertone and overtones of the brew. This is balanced against a flowery sweetness and resinous hops. I wish I could have had this fresh to taste the full hop profile.
The feel is medium to full in my mouth with ample drying in the end. The roasty notes keep on coming long after a sip...a reminder of the tastiness that was before me.
This is a really good black IPA and I can only imagine it was twice as good fresh on tap. It's hard to know how long it was sitting in the mixer 12 pack before I tasted it. Another solid Short's brew!
01-28-2014 00:22:05 | More by TCgoalie
3.81/5 rDev +5%
$2 single poured into a shaker pint.
Appearance: Pitch black. Aggressive pour still didn't yield much of a head at all. Reasonably good lacing.
Smell: Wow, no kidding. Floral as hell. That orange blossom isn't messing around. Actually smells a bit like some sort of sour orange candy, but that's probably just because I read "orange" blossom. Honey sort of sweetness. Very strange, but nice.
Taste/feel: Like the smell. Man this beer's complex. I don't know where to start. Alright, the first thing I notice going in is the mouthfeel. It's probably-maybe the honey, but there's a creamy feel to it with a very nice body. Then, all at once it seems, there's some dark, roasted, bitter malts, the orange blossom honey, an almost sour orange candy sort of flavor (that I think many people could think tastes like medicine), a slight alcohol warmth, more orange blossom/floral flavors, bitterness, and then a bit of a roasty+orange blossom aftertaste. It is a strange, strange beer. I keep taking sips of it to try and explain it. It is pretty nice, but damn is it strange.
This surely isn't a beer for everyone. Then again, if you read the label, you got what you had coming. The badger on the label makes me think of the slight slap of bitterness and roastiness this beer provides, the snake is for the slightly "venomous" alcohol flavor and warmth, and the orange blossom, of course, is for the only-Short's-would-do-it orange blossom flavor.
One hell of a unique beer. I don't LOVE it, but it's an awesomely different beer for those who are open to trying new things. Hey, "Life is Short's". Drink up!
02-06-2014 16:46:02 | More by Alextricity
Honey Badger from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.