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Short's The Wizard - Short's Brewing Company

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85
very good

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 27
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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: webmanspidey on 12-28-2010)
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Reviews by techfed87:
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techfed87

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with minimal head. Color is a very dark brown/purple. No sediment can be seen and although dark, the color is quite clear. Smell is quite aromatic, with a clear sense of hop presence.

First sip is quite a bit less hoppy than I expected it to be. Instead, there's a huge malt presence that I hadn't expected. Flavors are a mix of these darker, bitter grains right alongside something sweeter, softer. It may be that the raisins act as a softening agent in this beer.

For me, barleywines usually fit into two categories: those that are sweet and those that are quite hoppy. This beer does a pretty good job of skirting both categories.

A very good beer from Shorts, you really should try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 01:44:04 | More by techfed87
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S-brown sugar, raisins, little malt, toffee

T-caramel malt, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, hint of spice, moderate bitterness

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Smell: A solid punch of alcohol soaked raisins. Miscellaneous dark fruit with some fig and plum and red grape, and even more raisins. Crazy caramelized malts. A bunch of caramel, toffee, and even some molasses. Crazy sugar. Caramel malt with a slight roasted malt. Sherry and raw sugar. Minimal hop influence, maybe some herbal notes and citrus.

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Short's The Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.