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Short's Bourbon Barrel Aged Wizard - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Bourbon Barrel Aged Wizard
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 55
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mothman on 07-30-2010

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer in a flight at Shorts Brewery in Bellair Mi. The beer was a very dark brown, almost black with a thin head and nice lacing. It had a strong caramely bourbon aroma and the flavor reflected that with every sip. The flavor was extremely rich, with heavy notes of bourbon and a caramel/vanilla aftertaste that lingered on the tongue. The smell and initial flavor were excellent but the after taste had a little too much alcohol flavor for my preference.

I normally enjoy bourbon beers but this one was a shade strong for me. In the same flight I tried had Bourbon Magician and the flavor was spot on perfect with about half the % ABV.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for picking up this longtime want of mine.

A - Reddish, muddy brown colored beer with a tan head that left a little bit of random stick on the sides of the glass.

S - Kind of a grainy alcohol smell on this one. It's odd. There is your normal barleywine characteristics such as the caramel, toffee, vanilla, etc. Good amount of bourbon. Doesn't smell bad, but smells unique in a not great way.

T - Some caramel and burnt sugars, hearty bourbon, some scottish peaty notes. Not bad, it's not great but it's enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied with pretty active carbonation.

O - I was hoping from great things from this beer, but I got solid things. It's not bad, but there's many other BA barleywines I'd take over this one.

Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this. I also got to try it thanks to klipper a while back.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin ring, some wisps, and a few tiny spots of lace. Dark reddish-brown body with some transparency to it.

S - Aroma is quite strange - the oak character is more evocative of sawdust than of barrels. There's a fusel note that reminds me of gasoline too. Otherwise it's a ton of bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, wood, caramel, and toffee - all the stuff that you'd expect from a barrel-aged barleywine.

T - Caramel, light chocolate, smooth treacle, bourbon, and a bit of smokey peat character. Thankfully the off notes have vanished and left behind a solid take on the style.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, with some tannic, dry oak. Medium body that is slightly undersized for the alcohol. Otherwise pretty enjoyable.

D - The aroma seemed off - perhaps the growler didn't travel well, as I don't remember those flavors from the last time I tried this beer. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden, but there's not much here that blows my mind. Worth trying, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark copper with light head; actually decent retention and lacing

S - bourbon and salted caramel; the earthiness reminds me of some delicious pink Himalayan salt

T - sweet caramel and some mild toasted bread; bourbon vanilla on the finish. Nice bitterness inthe finish.

M - good carb ad pretty full bodied.

O - decently drinkable, with a solid amount of bourbon but not overpowering; one of the better short's brews I've had.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Sean9689
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to eyebrews! Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a reddish/brown color, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - Bourbon, caramel sweetness, malty burnt sugars, smooth alcohol. Very sweet and the booze is smooth...

T - Pretty much like the nose. Smooth bourbon, caramel, some dark fruit, vanilla, booze oak. Very sweet, nice level of booze, enjoyable.

M - Medium to full body, good carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - Not mind-blowing, but still good. I had another pour after the first one, so that says a lot when you're talking about an 11% beer. Would have again for sure, but not gonna go crazy to get it.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at hopcat

appearance- brown with mahogony hues. a bit of yellow head that doesn't look too impressive

smell- bourbon bourbon and more bourbon. some light fruit smells coming through but not much else

taste- strong malt profile underlying bourbon flavours. Maybe some dark fruits. The bourbon is getting in the way on this one I fear

Mouthfeel- not thick enough to support the nose. Smooth but too light for me

Drinkability- very drinkable for an 11% beer.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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Short's Bourbon Barrel Aged Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
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