Short's The Wizard - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 29
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: webmanspidey on 12-28-2010)
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Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A- A normal pour left a thin brown head atop a mahogany body with ruby edges. There were some nice sticky spots left on the glass.

S- Raisins and grassy hops at first. Sweet malts remind me of caramel or toffee. There's a hint of underlying alcohol, that's not harsh in any way. Some warmth brings out brown sugar and even rum-like qualities. More spice and leathery tones are in the background.

T- Very nice. Definite raisin notes. It's quite sweet. More toffee and almost a butter-candy flavor. Spicy hops take the edge off and offer some balance. Pleasant alcohol kicks in near the finish along with the hops that dry things out.

M- Way smoother than expected. It's lightly carbonated and pleasantly, full-bodied (staying just the right side of thick or syrupy). There's a really pleasant warm alcohol in the finish. It ends up pretty clean in the end.

D- Though not a "winter warmer" per se, it's a great beer for warming up on a cold winter day. I could see this as an awesome nightcap. While I'm not going to drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting, I can really sit back and enjoy the complexity on this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes written on 1/24/11.

The Wizard (Fred Savage, anyone?... "Get your power glove off her!") pours dark mahogany to brown with a beautiful ruby hue when held to light. The head is a half-finger tall and has a light khaki color with a tinge of brown. The lacing is nice- splashy and dotty.

The smell is very malty and fruity; I think the raisins play a huge role in this. There is a caramel and brown sugar smell, but it is more in the background than it is with most Barleywines. A sweeter citrus smell is also evident in the mix, as well as some plum and tropical fruit. The Shorts earthy-spice house smell leaves its trademark in the aroma on top of everything else.

This is a very cogent taste at first, with all of the component flavors blending well. Caramel, citrus hops, raisins, and darker fruits all harmonize to produce a tasty beer. The finish is nicely dry. It must be pretty heavily hopped to balance the boil time of six hours and sixty-six minutes.

The feel in my mouth is a medium to full bodied creaminess with a a nice hoppy and spicy finish. This is satisfyingly creamy, but very well balanced by a crisp and refreshing end.

For a big Barleywine this is very drinkable. I will have this again, for sure. The taste is smooth and the overall vibe of the beer suits me well.

Photo of warnerry
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep amber/ruby red with a good 3 fingers of creamy tan head. Head has excellent retention.

Raisins are predominant in the aroma, along with other dried dark fruits like figs. Decent grapefruit hop presence as well, and a lot of caramel malt. Alcohol also present in the aroma.

More bitterness in the taste than I was expecting, and some alcohol is clearly present. Beyond that, raisins dominate initially. Overall, I'm not sure how I feel about the taste. Definitely some notes that I enjoy, but taken together, seems a little disjointed. Not bad, but not outstanding. After the raisins, some bread and caramel come through.

Medium mouthfeel, with low carbonation. Some slight numbing alcohol.

Overall I enjoyed this, but wasn't blown away. Some time may do it some good, especially since it isn't as hop forward as some other barleywines.

Photo of BigE90
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of madeofsteel
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, picked it up for New Year's and am eager to see how it's aged (slightly).

A - Pours a thick mahogany, almost purplish-brown, very minimal carbonation, spotty lacing.

S - Raisins, maybe dates? And fruity booze. Lots of spicy booze.

T - Syrupy sweet raisins, slight sour pucker, and the alcohol packs a little bit of heat. A little bit of bitterness that isn't entirely pleasant.

M - Certainly warming, thick and syrupy. Quite dry.

O - An overall pleasant brew, but it will whoop you if you're not careful. I can probably drink two reasonably in a sitting.

Photo of Magpie14
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: the body is in the range of tawny and chestnut browns. The pour brought forth a cascading of golden bubbles and helped form a dingy white foamy top. Sleek and shiny bubbles rest atop. Some lacing is present, very small though

S: the nose is nice with plenty of presence. A lot of snappy hops (both citrus and pine), raisins, hefty malts, and caramel. The nose is rather complex and full of life. Good stuff so far

T: great flavors going on in this one. Things are also pretty balanced and inviting. Plenty of pine laden hops with roasted toffee type malt notes. Caramel flavors are rich and compliment the darker side of things...darker as in raisins and sugary figs. After each sip a crisp pine and fruity resinous character cuts through and the pleasant battle between sweet and bitter continues.
I like it. In some ways it stretches the boundaries of what I would normally expect from a barleywine

M: pretty lush. Really smooth and mildly carbonated. Warming is a super plus as flavors and drink-ability increase. Body is hefty with proper feel

D: great warmer for cold nights. It seems that I am not the only one who wonders where the 11.0 ABV is? Crafted and drinks great considering it is firewater. This beer will always be welcomed. Short's can do no wrong!

Photo of nkersten
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Erik, thanks! Poured into a NB globe, medium brown with a tiny tan collar, not a lot of active carbonation. Smell is not very much like a barleywine, lots of raisins, some caramel malty sweetness, plums, figs, a bit of alcohol. Taste is very subtle, sugary, dried fruit, raisins, prunes, pine hops in the finish to balance, some alcohol. Not mind blowing but decent. One of the first Short's beers I have had that didn't have a strange off flavor. Medium bodied with a very light carbonation, slightly hot. Overall, not a bad beer but not great for the style.

Photo of danp14
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. No bottle date.

Appearance - Deep dark body. Not black, but a very dark burgundy. Small off-white head.

Smell - Brown sugar. I guess that's raisins I smell, but it's more of a generic dark fruit. Hops, but barely aromatic.

Taste - Sweet raisin flavor throughout. The malt isn't as dominant as a 6 hour 66 minute boil might suggest. Intensely bitter hop finish. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Alcoholic bite. Medium body, which seems light for the ABV. Crazy bitter. Slow to drink.

Overall - Definitely a sipper. Tastes ok, but really tough to drink.

Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Sunset Grill & Tap (Allston, MA) on 3/11/11. Served in a tulip glass. This was listed as 13% ABV on the tap list here.

Pours a clear deep copper, topped with a ½ finger cap of stiff off-white head. This has a very robust looking retention going on with it, leaving back a rich cascade that settles into some thick spotty swathes of lacing. The aroma smells freshly floral, piney, and citric, which is layered on top of a powerful mix of chocolate, toffee, and burnt roast. The malts are big in the nose but those fresh American hops are even bigger here and pretty much control things. The high alcohol that is present gives this some robust heft in the nostrils.

Malts take over a bit more in the taste here, with notes of cocoa, brown sugar, and toffee and roast character that combine to give off a bit of a sweet molasses flavor. Hops add a good bit of citric fruit (bitter grapefruit is in abundance) and sticky pine resins to the profile. That big 13% ABV gives this warm notes of sweet alcohol and spice, which linger in the finish with leftover burnt malts and pithy bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a big creamy feel that fills the mouth but then dies down some as you near the swallow. Overall, this is pretty lively in the mouth and succeeds in showcasing off all of those fresh hop flavors. As mentioned before, the hefty alcohol presence keeps itself confined to adding some extra complexity to the profiles and keeps any stinging heat out of the equation for the most part.

Well I'm glad that I got to experience this beast of a Barleywine on draft, where all of that fresh American hop character could shine but luckily not outshine those thick delicious malts and sweet spicy alcohol notes that were present as well. At 13% ABV, this is a sipper, but I was pleased to find that it was a smooth and complex one. I was really looking forward to this one during this Short's takeover and it did not disappoint.

Photo of beergorrilla
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of zachraymer
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Omensetter
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured a hazy red-orange with a minimal off-white with slight tan hue head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, raisins, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, raisins, dark fruit, and slight sweet alcohol on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really like how the raisins were integrated into this brew. They were present but they were not in your face and really helped to hide the alcohol in this one quite well. Never would have guessed this one was 11% at all. The flavor was quite complex and enjoyable to me. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this one!

Photo of Tod28
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A little different then the majority of the barley wines I've had.

Has a raisin/fig taste to it. With a slight citrus hint. Tasted better on palate after letting air hit your tongue. Had a much more complex taste.

Deep copper color, light brown. Had a nice amount of head(served extremely cold). Though it didn't last all to long. Has a nice rich look to it.

Would drink and will drink again. Recommend drinking two!

Cheers

Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for the bottle.

A- Pours a nice darker brown color with red hues that really shine when held to the light. Half finger khaki colored head shows poor retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass round out the appearance of the beer.

S- Carmael malts and hints of plum in the front of the aroma. The darker fruit really turns to raisin from the middle of the nose to the ending. Light brown sugar notes in the middle as well. The ending of the aroma has citrus hops in it which took me by surprise and a nice settle alcohol hint. Not a typical barleywine aroma for sure.

T- Caramel malts in the front of the beer with a hint of darker fruits give a nice malty start. Raisin does come in next but does not overly saturate the flavor. Bready caramel malts come back in the ending of the beer with a nice citrus hops. This almost balanced out the beer but there is a nice warming alcohol in the ending of the beer which went with the maltiness.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light but fitting for Short's. Caramel malts, raisin, and citrus hops. Aftertaste is a lot of alcohol, caramel malts, raisins, and citrus hops. Flavors were not balanced and malty till the end but the hopping in the end brought it back a little. No off flavors were present when drinking this beer. High alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a nice drinker. A little age on this beer would do wonders I think. The ABV is high which limits the beer itself to only a couple before moving onto something else. There was a nice raisin flavoring to this that didn't go over the top but did add a nice layering to the flavoring.

Photo of buffs9
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of fishmich
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of brudz2134
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for this great beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany color into my Russian River Tulip. Less than a finger of slight tan head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates relatively fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Slight floral hops, orange, raisins, caramel and malts.

Taste - An interesting flavor profile. Definitely taste some piney citrus hops up front. Heavy caramel, malts, toffee, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Creamy Mouthfeel, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - A sipper, though I have little if any alcohol taste or warming. A good beer by Short's but not one I'd probably seek out.

Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Dark mahoghany pour, just a whispy layer of white head that turns into just a ring.

Malty caramel, light red fruits, heavy raisin. Some light booze.

Slightly tart with some red fruits. Strong chocolate and cocoa in the finish, kind of different. Also some herbal bitter hops.

Warming, but alcohol is not overly present. Medium bodied, enough carbonation to keep it from being too sticky. Might like this one to feel a bit "bigger".

Another unique brew from Shorts, not bad either.

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big bastard... served in a tulip glass, it pours a deep ruddy chestnut color, with crimson glints in the light. A thin layer of yellowish ecru foam sits on the surface and slowly dissipates into clusters of bubbles around the edges.

Piney herbals, dates, specialty malts, and vinous alcohol in the aroma.

Rich and resiny taste, massively dry and bitter with a middle full of different flavors. Peanut butter, pine needles, aspirin, dried fruit. Burly body, creamy texture, low to medium carbonation levels. Bitterness is somewhat abrasive, more so than the alcohol which is surprisingly hidden. As i warms, the maltiness comes out a bit more, enhancing some raisin bread flavors. Intensely hoppy though, sort of a different riff on the Bigfoot school of barleywines.

Thanks to Amanda & Justin for sharing this one!

Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Namarsha82!

Appearance. pours an opaque orangey-brown with a skim of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel, some dank and piney hops, brown sugar and raisins.

Taste. Caramel malts, molasses, raisins and some piney hops. Quite dry, which I wasn't expecting. High alcohol is dangerously well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A fine barleywine. The raisins add a really nice flavour and the lack of big sweetness makes it quite drinkable.

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Short's The Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
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