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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 52
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mothman on 07-30-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +12.6%

cannot thank my kind friend enough for this one, this was one of the few beers i case forevr, while you are after your daves, etc, i look for this stuff. served into several pint glasses

nice hazelnut brown color and a smooth and even head of light tan that really seemed to show quite nicely how well it would be.

aroma was to die for with rich vanilla tones, tons of barrel and just a huge oaky and caramel presence. this was a monster for sue. it seemed each sip became more complex then the one before and soon i was totally sucked into its workd and just beaten down. nice light feel , a bit different then what i would have thought but overall i think it was quite nice.

mikesgroove, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

Thanks to Bobby and Derek for fills of this beer, sent back from RBSG 2010 (Michigan).

A: The pour is very dark brown with some hints of red and a thin layer of khaki/tan colored foam.

S: There is a ton of -bal on this one. Lots of great vanilla, oak, and bourbon. A nice chocolately note along with some brown sugar and licorice.

T: Things stay the same for the most part on the palate. The bourbon is again the dominant feature and perhaps even more so than in the nose. Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and licorice round things out.

M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation, which I'm guessing is partially by design and partially from the growler.

D: It's nice to have a more "straight forward" beer from Shorts, and this one was very well done. Not overly sweet or boozy, just very nice.

womencantsail, Aug 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

MasterSki, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

I had this on-tap at the brewpub and it was my favorite beer of the night. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The only problem with this beer. Very reddish brown with mild off white head and hardly any retention at all.

Smell: Strong bourbon with caramel, dark fruit, and mild vanilla notes.

Taste: The bourbon is hot up front, but not unpleasant at all. Sweet, but not overly so. Oak, vanilla, and maple syrup all show up in the taste. The finish is sweet and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A bit hot, but there was great depth in the flavor. I would have this again given the chance.

oline73, Sep 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

imperialking, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of beige head. Color is a dark copper brown with a ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Very rich and malty. Plum, licorice, raisins, cherries, oak, vanilla, spices, and bourbon.

Taste: Big bourbon flavors, oak, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits. Rich and malty again.

Mouthfeel: Warm and smooth. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends very malty and a bit dry.

Overall, this is a good -bal aged barlywine. Had some really great bwine flavors and the bourbon added a nice touch to it. A bit young imo, however.

mothman, Jul 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Zaphog, Jan 28, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%

5/1/2012

A: Pours black and viscous with a small bubbly head.

S: Toffee blends with brown sugar, fudge, and vanilla. Bourbon is really powerful and I get a little oak. Really nice aroma.

T: Bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. It's very sweet but damn delicious. There's a lot of vanilla and a little oak. There's a low level of bitterness with accompanying earth. The finish is boozy and decadent.

M: Lower full body with low carbonation.

Overall: This was boozy but had excellent barrel character. Delicious.

HopHead84, May 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

AgentZero, Oct 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

tectactoe, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

warnerry, Jan 02, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Sean9689, Oct 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

tommy5, Jun 04, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured a dark brown color, translucent, with a bit of beige foam on top. Great aromas here, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and black raisins. On the palate, this is a fairly full bodied barleywine, with flavors of cocoa powder, wood, vanilla, dark fruits and sticky caramel. Finishes with some light bourbon and lingering alcohol heat. Amazingly drinkable for a bourbon barrel aged strong ale. One of my favorites so far from this brewery.

emmasdad, Nov 20, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

500ml swingtop bottle.

pours red-brown with a faint ring of head. few spots of lace.

aroma is good. bourbon and vanilla. light coffee. dark and milk chocolate. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol.

taste is great. starts off much like the aroma but then a huge caramel and toffee component kicks in. bourbon and vanilla. light coffee. dark and milk chocolate. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. earthy and slightly woody. bit of dark fruit.

mouthfeel is excellent. medium-large body that kicks ass. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance and excellent barrel integration. good stuff!

grub, Feb 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

seeswo, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

mrebeka, Mar 02, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%

I had a couple Snifters of Shorts Bourbon Barrel Aged Wizard on draft at The Michigan Tap Room. I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I had the Wizard a few years ago and it was one of the main reasons I went to this Short's tap takeover, so lets see how it goes.

A- It Poured a nice very dark brown color that had a slight red tint to it and it took on more of ruby/crimson hue when held to the light along with a half a fingers worth of off white head that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like aroma to it followed by a nice caramel, toffee with some cocoa like chocolate aromas with the cocoa sticking out the most and there's also some dark fruit like aromas in the background. Up next come the barrel which really shows up in the aroma and it imparts some nice bourbon, a little boozy, vanilla and oaky aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma, the Barleywine base worked well with the Bourbon Barrel and the barrel really showed up.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness that bordered on being highly sweet and it still retained that brown sugar like aspect followed by the barrel being the first to show up and it imparts all those nice Oaky, Bourbon, and vanilla like aspects that I got in the aroma along with the dark fruit showing up a little more with raisin being the most identifiable, but not by much. On the finish comes some nice toffee and caramel flavors and there's a pretty noticeable amount of alcohol that's a little boozy and warming and it lingers into the aftertaste with a nice oaky, vanilla, and toffee like aftertaste. This is a very good tasting beer, the flavor is just what I would expect from a good Bourbon Barrel aged Barleywine, but it's on the sweet and boozy side.

M- Fairly smooth for how strong it is, a little boozy, rich, sticky, full bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer but it was a little on the sticky side.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and a very nice example of the style, it had all the aspects I look for in the style with the barrel showing up just a little more than it had too but it all comes together nicely and it worked good with the Barleywine Base. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, rich, sticky, fairly filling, but the taste really did a great job of delivering me what I wanted and keeping me entertained, so I had to order another snifter, I think two snifters was just the right amount and it makes for a great winter time beer. What I like the most about this beer is just about everything, it was a great all around Barrel aged Barleywine. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but It was a little on the sticky side for me. I would order this beer again in a heartbeat and if they bottle this again I will try very hard to get a couple bottles. I would recommend this to anyone who likes barrel aged barleywines. All in all I was very happy with this beer and it was just as good as I hoped it would be, I didn't plan on taking notes on this beer, but after I had one snifter I just had to get another one so I thought I should take some good notes on it because it could be a long time before I see this beer again. I have to say that I prefer this over the regular Wizard, but The Wizard is still a pretty nice Barleywine and it made for a great base for this beer. Awesome job guys, Short's really is the jack of all trades and they steady blow my mind and keep my guessing with their tasty and creative beers, keep up the kick ass work guys..

StoutHunter, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

beergorrilla, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

WeisGuy, Dec 04, 2011
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Short's Bourbon Barrel Aged Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.