Abnormal Genius | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by hoppymeal on 07-16-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of hopdog
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Poured a medium and hzay golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of honey, sun flower seeds (or is that just because I read the label 1st!), and caramel. Tastes of honey sweetness, caramel, sun flower seed, and a little fruity. I give Shorts props for making this (but Honey is just not my cup of tea - but I did like the sun flower seeds!).

Notes from 12/17/07

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4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of fuzzy rocky light tan head crackles as it fades quickly from a quick pour. Body is a murky honey orange amber in color. No lace is left after just two minutes of fading. Nose is invigorating with notes honey comb, butter scotch, peanut butter and soft wheat. Enters the mouth with a very striking peanut based smoothness. It kind of reminds me of a chick-o-stick. A consistant honey sweetness is there throughout the palate. If you were to liquify gold this is probably what it would taste like. Mouthfeel is sweet, thick and grainy. Nicely drinkable sipper, but only in small doses. Split this bottle with someone you love.

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Photo of barrelman
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"She'd fix me a dinner of sunflower seeds
and ready-whipped topping inhalers."

Thanks to the Short's guys for giving our brewery the chance to try this one.

Orange/deep gold with good head.

Aroma brings peanut butter and honey (just like the after-school sitter used to make). Slightly hot.

Flavors are earthy sunflower, along with slight burn and yeast esters. This beer is awesome. It comes of like a homebrew experiment molded by master hands.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Poetry has failed me on this one as I am blown away by the guts and sense of adventure it took to brew this beer.

Well done.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my two or three favorites at this years
Extreme Beer Fest. Extreme beer sums up this
concoction, I got a nice whiskey flavor in their, could have been the high alcohol 9.6%, the slight
sweetness form the honey and a sunflower seed
fermentation add up to one delicious favorite this year.
This is a great brewery that makes really cool

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Imperial golden ale with earthwork honey and sunflower seeds

as orange as you can get short of red. only golden in the way the sky is when the sun rises and illuminates a dark sky. enough poetry, more beer. solid ring of tight bubblage and some wispy islands of film float atop the viscous brew. smells like a traditional belgian strong gold, duvellian if you will. something about it is different though, more autumnal. the honey is there along with burnt candy corn, kettle cooked popcorn and fresh-fried doughnuts. sipping is rather nice, mouthfeel is brisk with carbonation skillfully coating the alcohol notes. a bit boozy still, i'm enjoying the tart sweetness of fermented honey. looking for those sunflower seeds, not really apparent at first. in the finish, though, i notice a roastiness that doesn't match the malt profile here. yeah, that's sunflower. if you've ever had anything with/fried in sunflower oil, you'll catch wind of the utilization here. i'm glad it's not more, those nuances would work better when strongly applied in a stout perhaps. here, it's just one more flavor to wrap your mind around. and now that i think about it, the popcorn in the nose could be related.

judged as an option to la fin or duvel or something similar, it's a fucking home run. as something 'freaky', i was certainly expecting more but completely satisfied nonetheless. highly recommended, as have most beers in this series been.

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3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle # 9 of 798. A high gravity golden ale fermented with sunflower seeds and earthwork honey.
Pours peach to medium copper in color, fairly hazy, with a good sized, fairly effervescent off white head that slowly recedes. Aroma is at first a light sweetness along with a strong alcohol note, some lemon and fruity notes as well. As it warms a good sized nutty aroma as well. Taste is also a light sweetness up front quickly followed by the sunflower nuttiness and finishing with a big warmth of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, slightly thick with sugars, a good effervescence of carbonation helps to cut that, a strong bite of alcohol in the finish. The sunflower seeds definitely are adding a unique character, this is one of the first beers I've tried with a peanut butter like flavor, maybe more like a co-op health bread is more accurate. Also, of the beers I've had that have large doses of honey in them, they really seem to show their alcohol and this one is no different. Not too much but very forward and not shy to show all 9.6% A good story on the neck tag about Joe's ideal creative thinker role in the brewery, this beer may not be my personal favorite in the imperial series but is definitely unique and creative.

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Abnormal Genius from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 31 ratings