Short's Anniversary Ale 2006 | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 20.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The public will see this released on our 3rd birthday party. April 28th 2007. This beer was scheduled to be released on our 2006 anniversary, but it was not done in time.

Added by BeerBeing on 02-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by logansboat15:
Photo of logansboat15
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Joe Short's epic brew is worthy of his amazing and exhaustive website description on how it was created. Incredibly, my bottle was presented to me by a good friend who had misplaced it in his car's glove box over a period of several months. In spite of the harsh treatment of temperature extremes, the bottle held up well, as did the quality of the beer.

Served at 60 degrees F., Anniversary Ale 2006 poured a somewhat cloudy, appealing dark brown color. The smell was equally intriguing with a strong, rum-like initial wave followed by a complex aroma of caramel, malt and raisins. The taste had a deep alcohol warming quality with a delicious malty bite, followed by a mellow hop finish that was more sweet than bitter. Overall, a smooth, well-balanced flavor that is unlike any Imperial/Double IPA that I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, chewy and excellent. This brew can easily stand up to the bigger names in the extreme beer category. It is worthy of extended aging and could easily be marketed in a fancy decanter, like Samuel Adam's Utopias. My only regret is that my bottle is gone, and Lake Michigan stands in the way of a quick visit!

Anniversary Ale is very drinkable from the standpoint of enjoying a high-quality brew in small doses in an appropriate glass. The high ABV prevents this from being a session beer, so take care.

I look forward to trying Joe Short's other offerings in this series of beers.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for unleashing this high gravity beast...
Appears a dense crimson toned amber with a small, off white head that fades into a mild collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bourbon, vanilla, coconuts, tropical fruit, and oak. Not getting a ton of abv in the nose but it's burning my eyes when I hold it up to my face.
Taste mimics the aromas with some harsh rocket fuel in the flavors with molasses, and light citrus mixed with roasted nuts.
Mouthfeel is of harsh alcohol, vanilla, mangos, molasses, and heavy sugar. In need of age. Reminds me a bit of a young aged bourbon with notes of nuts.
I could only imagine how nicely this one would age.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear bright chestnut brew. Head is down a layer of bubbles pretty quick, with froth around the rim and nice lacing, esp for the abv and style. Aroma is heavy sryupy sweetness and alcohol, no hiding the power of this brew here. Flavor is, umm, overpowering to say the least. Alcohol overpowers all, leaves little room for any other brewing art to shine. Mouthfeel and drinkability are just so rough, I'm not sure if I'll be drinking this. Probably be numb in a few minutes and be able to choke it down, but why bother? Seemingly another case of harsh for harshness' sake.

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Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.62/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by a fellow BA at Lost Abbey/Port Brewing last Friday. Thanks mate!

I know this beer is billed at 20% by the BA website, but the label on the bottle says 23%. It's also billed as a double IPA on the bottle, but this was an intense American barleywine more than anything else. Appellations aside...

The beer poured a brilliant copper hue with a small tan head.

The aroma of the beer was laden with alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel malt. The beer probably had the most intense alcoholic aroma of any beer I've ever smelled - and I mean that in a good way.

The flavor of the beer was intensely caramelly with strong bourbon notes. I'm a huge bourbon fan, so this went well with my palate. There were some faint oakey notes in the background that danced with hints of vanilla. The hops were there in enough presence to balance out some of the residual sweetness. One thing that makes this beer so brilliant considering its ABV is that it was very dry. None of that sticky sweetness that plagues those novelty beers that DFH puts out.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was dialed in just right.

This beer was supremely drinkable considering it's earth-shattering ABV. Cheers to the first ultra-mega high alcohol beer that I've had that wasn't a novelty. This beer was an experience to remember.

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Photo of mentor
2.16/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Something like $9 per bottle. Purchased by my mother at the brewery and carried in her luggage all the way out here to Colorado. Thanks a million to her for the opportunity, and to Joe for making and bottling it. Cheers!

Pours a grogeous ruby red nearly clear liquid with some brown hints. Half a finger tan head fades quick to not even a ring. Smells of Mackinac Island fudge ice cream, sherry, oranges. Hot clen alcohol is the nose, tannic, and an off (and dark) musty smell.

Tastes of dry wood. Vanilla is spread thin, strong but not deep. Hot edgy alcohol, grassy alcohol. Very unpleasant to put this in my mouth. As delicious as rubbing alcohol. Underlying sweet is there, but can't compete. With the sweet is cherries and a sour. Md thick mouthfeel and mild/fine carbonation.

Way too oaked and alcoholic. I can't imagine this improving with age and am surprised it was even released. Brutal and a dumper.

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Photo of Crosling
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burgundy color. Beautiful nose of bourbon barrel (vanilla, coconut, whiskey), along with some spice character from the yeast and some complex malt components of caramel and toffee. Flavor has a lot of strength and definition. Very hoppy with a lot of bitterness. Lots of taste overall, with caramel, toffee, oak barrel and a lot of hops. It's a nice ale.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Southern Tier tulip. Huge thanks to Matt for sharing this old, obscure monster.

A: Clear ruby-orange body with a thin, coarse head of tan foam. Ok retention for the strength, no real lace. Pretty good for what it is.

S: Holy ethanol, Batman! Huge bourbon, oak, tobacco, grapey alcohol, and just gigantic booze. Super hot, super harsh, and yet somehow hugely inviting.

T: Treacle, bourbon, vanilla, and gigantic, red-hot booze. Super harsh, and the alcohol just destroys the potential of all the other flavors. Still, it's kind of fun in a masochistic way.

M: Surprisingly thin medium body with moderate carbonation. Not bad.

O: I've got to say that I was really disappointed with how this hot this still was after over four years of aging. I never had it fresh to compare, but I seriously can't imagine a much boozier beer. If you want crazy-high alcohol in a Michigan-brewed beer, I'd look to Kuhnhenn.

It did pair pretty well with my wife's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, though...


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Photo of hoppymeal
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served 'fresh' at the Michigan Brewers Summer Fest 06 and then was barrel aged and released in bottles in April 07 for their 3rd Anniversary, I believe it was originally intended to be their 2nd anniversary ale, but wasn't ready at the time. I sampled the festival beer, but this review is of the barrel aged and bottled version.
Pours amber to ruby red in color with a yellowy cream colored flash of a head, mainly clear. Aroma shows some big maltiness, sweet and sticky-like, followed quickly by a big blast of booziness. Also some nice fruitiness, berry, raisin, and also some citrusy hops. First taste is the big sweet malts followed by a growing alcohol that finished with a very sharp, warming bite. There is also citrusy hops and sweet fruity malts, but the taste is at first dominated by the alcohol strength. Mouthfeel is how I like my dipa's, thick and chewy, with a big malt backbone.
Definitely a barleywine-dipa crossover, the alcohol is enough to knock you out at first. After pushing through the first couple of sips, the harshness subsides, either that or my mouth numbs, allowing some of the flavors to shine through. The alcohol is always present however. I am slightly torn on drinkability as the alcohol is a little too dominant for my own tastes, but once it subsides slightly, the bw-dipa characteristics are very nice. Congrats Joe Short on 3 years!

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Short's Anniversary Ale 2006 from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 9 ratings