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Shorts Anniversary Ale 2006/2007 Part One

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Actually this one is our second Double IPA, brewed to celebrate the survival of our second year in business. It was brewed on March 7th 2005. I remember it being what I call a ¾ high gravity batch. A ¾ batch is simply using the first three quarters of the wort extracted from the mash. This was the bulk of the beer recipe. We used four different malts at a weight of our regular IPA (the Huma) for our base and boiled the wort for two hours, instead of one hour (to further strengthen the recipe by evaporation). Throughout the boil, we added two different high alpha hop varieties, and lots of them. It was only appropriate to hop the hell out of this beer. Hoppy beers are our trademark. The original gravity stuck around 20.8 plato and finished around 3.4 plato, resulting in a beer in the high 8% ABV range. Hop bitterness was calculated at 240.72 IBU’s. This beer still exists and is apart of our growing vintage beer collection. Anniversary Ale 2006 My first real example of being “crazy” really coming into play. The Start of this 4 part beer was initiated on March 20th 2006. This is hard to follow so stay with me. It began as a triple brewed, triple hopped, and triple boiled Imperial IPA. What I was trying to achieve was a super high gravity full batch of beer. Since my mash tun could not accommodate the amount of grain required to get the original gravity I wanted, I used multiple mashes. These mashes start at regular brew weight, 450 lbs. I take the first half of the most concentrated runnings and save them in a holding tank. The gravity of the final (last of the first runnings) stops at 8 plato. The final runnings of the first half (8 plato and less) gets saved in a different tank. So we have just split the worts from the first mash. This is done a second time, with the exact same mash ingredients. The first half (down to 8 plato) is saved with the first half of the first mash. And the second half of the second mash is saved with the last half of the first mash. So now we have 2 tanks full of wort. One is super high gravity and the other is low gravity. The low gravity batch of wort is transferred into the kettle to heat for a third mash. Yes, the third mash was made with all wort, resulting in a super high gravity 3rd mash runnings. Ultimately, we ended filling the kettle full of super high gravity wort. This was the bulk of the Anniversary Ale 2006. The reason I say it was a four part is because the fourth part I tried to push with the left over worts I had from the final runnings of the third mash (The mash which was mashed in with wort and not water). This was foiled however due to the lag time the wort sat idle. So we scrapped the 4th mash due to potential infection. So now we have a kettle full of super high gravity wort. I boiled that basterd for over three hours, and put a total of 62# of high alpha hops. I put a stand pipe in the kettle to accommodate all the hop trub for knock out. It was about a foot too short. The K.O. was a bitch because the entire hop kept clogging the heat exchanger. This resulted in poor aeration of the wort, resulting in a struggled fermentation. However after a struggled 2 month fermentation the beer turned out amazing. Most of it is being aged in bourbon barrels. There is one control ½ barrel. 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. So I brewed the Anniversary Ale Part Duex.



3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (4527) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
12 oz. bottle purchased at Shorts and consumed in Feb. 2012. Pours a clear deep amber color with a small bubbly ring. The aroma has some citrus and resiny hops remaining, bourbon, caramel and oxidation. The flavor has a sweet caramel malt base, herbal and citrus hops, bourbon and wood. Still a touch hot after all this time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, and faint fruit. It pours a transparent reddish-orange with a small beige head. The flavor starts with moderate caramel and toffee. The finish has brown sugar with some aged citrus hops. It’s medium-heavy bodied with mild carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
4th July 2010
Clear red - brown beer. Creamy tan head. Obvious bourbon nose. Smooth, low carbonation palate. Smooth bourbon - strong though! Phew! A little coconut sweetness. Palate turns creamy in the mid. Finishes with aniseed alcohol and good grapefruit hop bitterness. Warming afterglow. A full on bourbon beer - boozy and heady.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted caramel malt, citrus, fruit, complex wood and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet toasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. This is a standout beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Thanks andrewsdad. Yes I am drinking this beer in 2012. Very distinguished smell though I cannot put my finger in it. Malt mellowed with bourbon. Taste follows and is exactly like it smells. Not bad but would like tp try it freah

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2011
Tasted 3/10/11. 12oz bottle. Pours hazy with an amber ruby hue. Layer of bubbled khaki head. Aromas of cocoa and bitter grapefruit, lemons, apples, cinnamon, honey, caramel and cooked sugar. Super full bodied with an apparent alcohol burn. Flavors of burnt sugar and caramel malts mixed with fudge and mild chocolate and mocha notes. Delicious and a wonderful complexity!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9030) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of bourbon, wet cardboard, sherry, carmel and lkight citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, bourbon, oak, light citrus and light sherry with a smooth dry lingering oak finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle. Reddish-brown body. Clear. Minimal tan head. Malty aroma of caramel, toasted grain, vanilla, barnyard, leather, alcohol and honey. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture turning slightly sticky in the finish, fading lively carbonation. The finish is stongly alcoholic. The hops in this anniversary ale seem to have faded substantially. Tastes more like an aged English style barley wine than anything with 240 ibus. But then, this was brewed in 2005. What’s left is a comfortable and warming sipping beer, though the ethanol finish was a little too hot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2704) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Beautiful crimson/ruby red pour with an eggshell ring that circles the glass and a cloudy film that slides over the body. Really interesting and extremely delicious. Didn’t know what to expect but this is what I discovered...aroma is aggressive and shows heavy bourbon, vanilla, and oak accompanied by caramel malt, brown sugar, and honey. Flavor possesses many woody notes: oak, cedar, and of course, pine. Tons of sweetness with toffee, molasses, and candied fruit present but there is a bit of a hop kick in the finish. A bit syrupy but absolutely amazing!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle shared by BOLTZ7555 – thanks J! Pours deep cloudy amber with a thin tan head. The nose is vanilla, caramel and sweet bourbon. The taste is fruit, malt, oaky vanilla, bourbon and some bitter hops in the finish. Medium slick mouthfeel. Very unique and very good. Thanks again Jason!


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