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Short's Anniversary Ale Part One 2007Short's Anniversary Ale Part One 2007

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 01-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter. Big thanks to Jon (aqsprint) for this one. Very interesting beer, really glad I got to try this one.

Pours murky rich red-brown, almost no head despite an aggressive pour - a flaw that's not very surprising in a 15% abv beer. The thin, light tan, fizzy head that does appear fades quickly into a fine ring around the edge of the glass. Has that "viscous" look when it moves that you only get from the biggest beers - very sticky around the edges.

Nose is massive and rich - caramel and toffee, rum-soaked fruitcake, bourbon and loads of vanilla, tangerines and candied oranges underneath. Quite boozey, massive and massively delicious. You know some huge flavor has to be backing that aroma up.

Wow. Taste is massively sweet up front, very complex, loads of caramel and fuity toffee, toasty, huge bourbon, while at the same time supporting an underlying, crisp bitterness from the hops. Perfectly balanced, and there's a depth to it that leaves you feeling like you can't quite identify everything that's going on with each sip. Finish is long, carrying notes of rum-soaked toffee and a light lingering bitterness. Clearly, at this point in its evolution, a fantastically done barleywine. Lots of alcohol heat in this one, very boozy. Absolutely beautiful beer, though.

Mouthfeel is slick, sticky, with a light underlying carbonation. Just a bit sticky, but hell, it is what it is. Could be better, but still works.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, despite the big booziness of it. The heat and booziness is what inevitably holds it back.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, bring it home to Daddy. I'm looking face to face at a 15%-ish abv "triple IPA" that was aged in bourbon barrels for eight month. Yeah, my hop fix was taken care and this one will be the night cap. Bright reddish amber color, good clarity. Nicely formed ring of lace stays for a good while. Yeah, bourbon is present in the aroma. A bit boozy with tone of vanilla and wood, deep caramel maltiness is noticeable. Seems to be a three way tie between the boozy bourbon character, the sharpness of the hop bitterness and the massive crest of caramel malt sweetness which meld well with the note of vanilla. Very warming but not excessively hot. Hop flavor is there but with everything else going on it is trying to keep balance.

Here is a perfect example of why beer is more complex than any other beverage on planet earth. Beer can mimic as well as have its own flavors at the same time. A sipping brew for sure, but it is a sheer pleasure to sip it over the rest of the night.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed August 12 2007. 2007 Release Bottle. Nose presents a candied corona of caramel, wheat sugar, pineapple skin, fresh papaya, yawning green fruits. A whole swirl of fine alcohols, from brandy to bourbon to cognac. Rich, syrupy cask of bourbon right up front, blessing with vanillas, residual yeast products, and tangy esters. Pours in a clean, clear garnet, edge in gold and cored with fire. No head, yet a steady stream of center bubbles. Flavor has a bit of those soapy bubblegum sugars on top of a pillowy mound of fire. The crisp tongue tartness of a fresh shot of Scotch etches a solid beginning into a creamy sugar base. A touch hot for 11%. The middle of this beer is somewhat indistinct. A run of esters, lots of alcohol, a medium malt, and then a black curtain of old hops. However, they stay away from the celery and grass and edge more towards pine residue and citrus skin, which is pleasant. After the beer and all smack flavors leave my mouth, I feel like I've just taken a shot of Scotch, with that burn. But the flavor isn't all that incendiary, so the hops and malt do a good job of guising that. A light lemon and lime outburst in the background. I think this is a bang up job for a Triple IPA. A good effort of brewing mastery. Depth never really develops. So, it doesn't excel for that reason, but doesn't get slammed for all the typical reasons a beer like this would. For that, I applaud it. Smack feels a little soapy, but it's alright as there's lots of tangerine-like high citrus. Right up there with the best of Triple IPAs. I like the lightly oxidized conglomerating that signs these slightly mellowed hoppy monsters. Thanks Sean!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks goes out to the kind BA who sent this one my way. I had been dying to try these for the longest time and this was the first one that I was ever able to get a hold of. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/02/2009.

The pour was not what I expected. A deep amber that was tinted with a nice light ruby note to it. Nearly opaque in look with a cloudy presence hanging over it and a nice one inch layer of foam that crept up and over the top. Smooth, silky look to it I have to say. Rich hop aroma is what I first notice. Pine mostly and as it warms it just becomes a mix of nearly everything I have ever come in contact with. Light orange and tangerine notes peak their head out of a murky, earthy, and herbal concoction. Really quite interesting. The first sip you think will be this huge hop monster but what you actually find is that it is a rich, toffee infused old ale like flavor. Huge flavor I have to add, as it was like the finest caramel, butter scotch like flavor dashed with piercing citrus hops and rolled over into a earthy, almost like peat like flavor in tobacco leaves. Just insanely good, it is hard for me to put it into words. Each sip, each minute seemed bigger and more complex then the one before that. Truly magnificent. The last few sip carried almost a medicinal like flavor with a touch of cherries maybe? Nothing I have had comes close to this flavor.

Overall it was a very big beer, but I have to say it was masked very well. This was truly unique for me, something I am sure I will not get to try again, but I am very, very happy that I did. Big time score for shorts.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bring shared this one. Thanks, Barry. Pours with a clear caramel body and a surprising finger of white foam with solid retention. The nose is solventy and sweet, caramel meets bourbon, oak, vanilla and a hint of citrus. This is still very hot. The taste is sweet but not cloying, caramel balanced by a massive hop bite that I'm amazed hasn't mellowed yet. Very piney and woody, tannins and grapefruit showing up mid-palate to balance the malt. Rich and full-bodied, bitter as hell in the finish with an equally large boozy harshness. I find it hard to call this an IPA - it's got a huge bitterness, but there's much more to it than that. This would be an interesting beer to try with 10 + years of age on it. Good stuff as it stands, however.

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Photo of hopdog
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!).

Poured a deeper orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, wood, caramel, citrus, and coconuts. I was really into this aroma. Tastes of bourbon, melons, tropical fruits, citrus, and wood. The tastes a bit of a let down compared to the great aroma. Heavy alcohol burn in the finish.

Notes from and tasted on 1/10/08

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Photo of BRLockwood
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schmittymack for sharing this one at his 50th birthday party earlier this month. Poured a beautiful dark red color with a minimal amount of foam on top. Aromas of hops (still), wood, caramel and sherry. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and dry, with flavors of toffee, earthy hops, oak and chocolate.

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Photo of stakem
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear ruby mahogany color with an offwhite film. The brew looks flat but a swirl releases a thin film that hangs around the edge of the glass.

The smell contains notes of raisons and toffee with a huge kick of alcohol that slightly feels like bourbon. At times, there is a slight suggestion of oxidation trying to poke through but dusty grain and alcohol are the leading factors of this aroma.

The taste is really boozy. Some burnt toffee malt comes across with a mildly fruity and floral alcohol quality that sorta feels like hops but really, hop character still there after 7 years? Like the nose, a bit of cardboard-like oxidation is present blending with the dusty grain inclusion.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. DIPA? Maybe at one time. But at 15% abv...maybe I wasnt that much in the wrong for aging this as long as I did. If only the oxidation wasnt starting to creep in, it is boozy enough that it could mellow further.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Javier, thanks! Appears deep burgundy with a tiny bubbly head. This may have originally been a barrel aged IIPA, but now it's essentially a -bal barleywine. The nose is of bourbon and oak with strong caramel malt notes and a dash of toffee. A little citrus is apparent but the rich and luscious malt profile is the main attraction. The flavor is much like the nose indicated, rich caramel and prominent bourbon, but there's more of a citrus presence here (grapefruit?) and bitterness is at a low level. The finish is bitter grapefruit with lingering caramelized bourbon. An interesting and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of gford217
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of the overly generous hoppymeal poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, clear reddish brown with a small, short-lived cream head that recedes to a ring very quickly leaving only a trace of lacing.

The aroma is spectacular. There is a subdued citrus hop presence that I imagine was more dominant when fresh. More dominant now is the huge sweet caramel malt base with toffee, vanilla and dark fruits all over the place. The bourbon makes its presence felt as well but in a perfectly balanced way.

The taste is almost as good as the aroma with the sweetness of the caramel malts overtaking the initial hop kick of the first sip. There are raisins and toffee in the middle before giving way to the utterly massive bourbon presence that leaves a burn through the finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy with little carbonation and with some serious alcohol burn.

This is one big ass beer with a whole lot going on. Personally, I loved it and could sip one of these every night, with an emphasis on the sipping. Big thanks to Derek for the opportunity to try this beauty.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

Pours a deep plum with cola-like bubbles and a wispy thin head. Nose is malt forward and pretty big on bourbon. Dark fruits and brown sugar shine. Extremely sugary in the mouth, but bitter enough that it isn't maddening. Huge, bold flavors. Bourbon, brown sugar, some faint hops, more bourbon. More bourbon than fruit here, maybe too much? Strong and intense, but a bit too extreme for my tastes. Thanks Scott!

Looking back on this -- I've grown to enjoy blatant bourbon presence in this type of beer so I would up my score, but I think my biggest issue was that it came across more of an oxidized IIPA aged in bourbon than as a barley wine.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sparkling clear ruby red, with a half inch head of off-white. A few errant dots of lacework remain after the humble foam cap dissolved.

Aromatics are brash, boozy, and intense.
Black pepper-studded earthy wood gets quickly smothered by boozy whiskey, sweet malt, and alcohol-spiked grapefruit.
Some additional citrus tries to step forward, but the bourbon is dominant, and almost nostril clearing.
A hint of vanilla and cedar trails behind.

Thick and chewy body, with a syrupy, sticky mouthfeel.

Sweet malt, bourbon, and juicy citrus lead off the pallet. A building blaze of whiskey fusels steps up and towers over resinous hopping and firm bitterness. Only after a good duration does the whisky start to fade, and some earthy wood makes it's presense known. Hints of Schezuan peppercorns, grapefruit pith, and vanilla swim in the lingering sweet malt and bourbon fumes.

Finishes with lingering boozy heat, a cedar-like earthiness, and juicy malt.

This is a big, bad, barleyine. It should be called "no bones about it".
This is the beer that would beat up on Angels Share, Arctic Devil, and Fred from The Wood in the sandbox.

Very nice, a good follow-up to Black Albert.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into my Short's Imperial pint glass.

A: Syrupy, reddish brown, with almost no head. What was there receeded quickly and left no evidence of its existence.

A: Strong burbon aroma. The grass hops, and caramel malts are interesting, but the strong burbon smell overpowers this one.

T: The burbon is sooo strong, that this is almost like drinking Jack Daniels. But almost. This is probably the most complex beer I have ever had. Just everthing going on.

M&D: Syrupy, no carbonation, full body. A creamy, thick mouthfeel. The drinkability is very limited due to the very high ABV and burbon taste. Triple IPA, yeah, and then some. This is one strong offering. Overall, a little too much for my taste. But nonetheless, very original, and complex. Skal.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think I got this from heliosphann - thanks Scott! Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a dime of tan foam that settles to a persistent thin ring and partial cap. The body is a murky prune brown color, with some visible tiny bubbles at the fringes. I wasn't expecting a ton at 15%, and that's exactly what was delivered.

S - Bourbon, caramel, toasted and earthy grains, a light solvent note, and surprisingly some herbal hop character is still present. Still, this smells like a barrel-aged barleywine. I would never have guessed this was a three-year old triple IPA.

T - Big caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and some sort of nebulous citrus character. There's some hint of alcohol flavor late that mingles with wood and a bit of papery oxidation. There's a decent amount of bitterness in the finish that reveals the ridiculous hop bill.

M - Alcohol is better hidden than I expected for 15%, although it's still boozy. Some surprising carbonation tingle, but otherwise smooth, creamy, and viscous.

D - For 15% this was shockingly drinkable. I plowed through most of my glass in about 20 minutes. This was a total surprise, and I think it demonstrates the point that only a special type of imperial IPA will translate to a good barleywine after a few years. I wouldn't mind snagging another bottle of this for the cellar, as I think my wife would like it.

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Photo of mentor
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-brown with little tan head. Smells soured caramel and fallen hops. Clean alcohol, toffee, and brown malt. Mild chocoate. Grapey, raisiny. Wow, what a transition from a year ago. Tannic oak rides on an alcohol wave. Rich caramel is just fantastic.

Taste caramel soured gorgeous oxidation. Rich malt with strong alcohol sting. Caramle explosion cleaned by alcoholic sting. Raisin fruitiness with dry malty chalk. Light body due to alcohol that is sooo strong. Wonderful sipper with decent drinkability. Needs more time to age.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppymeal for this one.

Hard to judge a beer this big but I will give it a shot. Pours out a very thick, dark and ruddy, slightly magenta color with an eggshell colored head. A pretty good amount of lacing.

Aroma is mostly malty and slightly hoppy. I fear I have let this one sit too long as it was lost in the back of my closet. Alcoholic in the nose as well.

Bitterly hoppy with some very sweet maltiness. Citrusy and very fruity. A ton of malt to give this beast some backbone. Tons of hops too, especially is served fresh.

This was a bit alcoholic for me. Slightly hot and very warming from the abv. Tons of hops and malts make this one huge beer. Certainly glad to have had the chance. Again, not sure how to judge a beer this big but it was drinkable so it is 4's all around.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby red into my giant snifter. A thin wispy head sticks around for a few minutes, but doesn't lace. I'm not knocking more points tho, because what do you expect from this big of a beer?

S - Bourbon comes pretty much straight through. Slight hops in the nose, as well as wonderful caramel malt back end. Alcohol undertones, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, perfection.

T - This is a journey in brewing. Overwhelming alcohol on the first half of the first sip, then finishes with a melted caramel delight. The more you sip, the more the alcohol fades up front, and starts to transform into a hoppy bite... with the same wonderful finish. Bitterness is there but it's...dare I say... "balanced" on the back with the wonderful sweetness. To call this anything but a true marvel of the beer world is doing it a disservice. Truly an amazing beer. I've never tasted anything like it, and really don't think I ever will.

M - Syurpy but not overly thick. Coating but not gross. Carbonated but not sparkly. Great.

D - Amazingly drinkable for what it is. I only have 2 bottles left and they will be genuine "special occasion" beers.

Notes: I had this once at the brewery prior to this review and all I kept saying (I was a bit tipsy mind you) was, "The aftertaste is phenomenal! OMG THE AFTERTASTE."

Short's makes my favorite beers in the world, and this one is no slouch. This is a real gem in the wide world of beer: utter perfection. If you like JW Lees Harvest Ale, this is a must try.

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Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of alexgash
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle obtained from the brewpub. Served at 45 degrees F.

Slightly hazy, dark copper amber body. Small, ringy, light beige head with okay lacing. Big bourbon and oak notes on the nose. Whew! Good thing I like bourbon. Caramel, vanilla, and fruity alcohol notes as well. Not much hop aroma. Maybe a hint of pineapple.

Sweet sugary and caramely malts up front. Very sweet. Bourbon flavor mixed with the heat of the alcohol give a very big "shot-of-bourbon" feel to each sip. Pine and herbal hop bitterness detectable, but gets a little overshadowed by the bourbon and the alcohol. Oak, vanilla bean, and caramel sweetness in the finish. Quite warming and intense. Medium-bodied with a dry finish. Might be hard to drink more than 12 oz. of this in one sitting!

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Photo of younger35
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew in a recent trade with Northerbrews. I consider myself a Short's groupie/stalker/fan and I can't wait to suck down this beauty. Anything that's triple mashed, triple boiled and triple hopped, called me interested. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip while watching the Steelers vs. Titans.

Appearance- Pours a surprising dark reddish orange with a hefty two finger creamy dark tan head. Loads of carbonation permeates throughout the beer helping to maintain a nice cap and collar. Surprisingly not a lot of lacing on a beer with a triple hop load (probably from the obscene amount of alcohol).
Smell- Loads and loads of sweet oaky bourbon and booze. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses and cherry all do there part to add a big malty backbone. The vanilla character of the wood really comes through as the beer warms. The hops aren't the focal point of this beer (in the nose at least) although they are there. Some deep dark citrus comes through as pineapple and grapefruit but nothing fresh and vibrant. Really big nose that sets me up for what I can expect in the taste.
Taste- Slight alcoholic sting from the start as that 15% really smacks me in the throat. Tons of bourbon and vanilla meld well with the caramel/toffee sweetness. The woodiness is somewhat tannic and harsh but the alcohol seems to overshadow it. Booze soaked black cherries and cabernet grapes add a bit of fruitiness. The sweetness is balanced with a sharp bitterness but really the bourbon rules all here. Tobacco and leather with some caramel sweetness and MORE alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Heavy and rich with a ULTRA smooth finish and super low carbonation. VERY warming and somewhat burning but I'd shy away for calling it hot. It's had some time to mellow in the bottle and I can only imagine what it was like last year.
Drinkability- This is a definite sipper from start to finish. Considering I opened this brew at kickoff and its 2 now, that should tell you the full story (perhaps not the best choice of beverages at noon on a Sunday). I think that instead of calling this brew a Triple IPA, they should have just called it a Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine. Semantics aside, this is a damn good brew. Big thanks again to Jeff for his generosity!

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Short's Anniversary Ale Part One 2007 from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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