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Short's The Wizard - Short's Brewing Company

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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 32
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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: webmanspidey on 12-28-2010

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to FlandersNed for this, one of two surviving bottles from an epic springtime trade. Pop. And then there was one.

Pour is dark brown with a reddish stain, close to zero carbonation. Nose is overdose of sweet malting, with twinges of the raisins, caramel, brown sugar. Marvelous. Not a raisin fan as food (what a waste of grapes!) but it sets off & complements the malt here.

The Wizard doesn't get that ratio right in the mouth. The raisins aren't just an addition, I believe the entire beer might have been made with a mash of raisins - no malt or hops or water necessary. Yikes. All the gorgeous subtlety in the nose is obliterated in a tornadic blast of raisin. Can't even detect the malt base. The minimal carbonation vanishes quickly, leaving a big, heavy raisin puree. Not very appealing.

The smell on this brew is unique & lovely, but the taste corkscrews close to vile territory. Sadly, this beer actively repulses me.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.57/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Clear dark copper with a bunch of orange thrown in for good measure. No head, cap, collar, nothing. Minimal carbonation on the pour. A bit darker than is typical, but not unexpected given the listed boil time.

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.

Taste: Sweet and then sweet. Raisins soaked with booze. Straight alcohol heat through the entire sip. So much raisin and ripe plum. Some grape skin and almost honey. Caramel and rich toffee. Slight bitterness coupled with a hint of citrus and herbal hop flavors. Slight alcohol spiciness. Molasses and even more raisins. Straight sherry as it warms. Some slight roasted elements as well. Decently complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium pushing full body with negligible carbonation. Slightly dry.

Overall: Probably in Hufflepuff.

Now with two scoops of raisins and sprinkled with sugar. Hard to finish a bottle.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber color with a finger of head that dies down to a collar.

Aroma is rich and malty with notes of flowery hops and raisin sweetness. Smells "thick"...if that even makes any sense??..??

The flavor is not what I was expecting at all. The raisin sweetness comes through but has a charred ashy quality on top of it that is kind of off-putting. Doesn't seem to be an off flavor...it really seems purposefully done but it just doesn't mesh well with my palate.

The body is medium/full and carbonation is low and appropriate.

Overall this beer had the makings of being something special, but in the end the flavor profile was a huge letdown.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark brown with ruby red highlights leaving an ok tannish head which faded very fast

S: A muddied dark fruit nose and caramel mainly.

T: Caramel and fruit driven, with some sugar and booze behond it.

M: Sticky, sweet, nice body to it

D: An average bwine. Drinkable yes, go back to it? Nope

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 03/09/12 notes. Thanks to Thorep429 for opening this one.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raisins, dark fruits, figs, sugar, and fruity malts. Lots of sugar and fruit; a bit too sweet for me.

t - Tasted of dark fruits, raisins, sugar, molasses, alcohol, fruit malts. Same as the nose with a little bit of alcohol as well.

m - Medium body and moderaye carbonation. Little bit of alcohol to it.

o - Overall an okay beer, though a bit too sweet for me. Also a little too much alcohol in the taste, probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mahogany brown with white dusty head that is mostly just around the edges of a snifter after a few minutes.

Smell of strong Caramel, raisin and figs. Healthy dosing of citrusy hops.

Taste of sweet brown sugar, oakey raisin and fig components and a slightly astringent bite / aftertaste. It is relatively cardboard in flavor but could be from raisins in the primary fermentation, not sure. Strong hop presence that is both floral and citrusy that when mixed with caramel crystal and raisins creates a pretty potent flavored barleywine. The taste is not quite clean though, I like it enough , but its not quite done cleanly enough to enjoy more. Drinkability suffers from the aftertaste. High carbonation , medium body, very dry.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a garnet-purple with a thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing and a thin collar. The nose has raisin and a moderate amount of caramel. Heavy raisin actually. Some molasses throughout. Flavor is raisin and sweet malt, nothing complex. Persistent finish that is too dry and has some light booze. A bit of sherry later on. Decent.

Photo of mikereaser
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shorts Brewing The Wizard
A - Pours a dark amber color with a little bit of foam that ended up leaving some decent lacing
S - dark malts, raisins and other dark fruit, sweet malt, caramel & brown sugar. Very sweet smelling, a bit too sweet for my taste.
T - hmm, well this is interesting. Raisins, lots and lots of raisins. Way too many raisins. Oh yeah, there is a bit of dank hops in there, and then well raisins. A bit too much for me. It has a sort of plum like finish. not very appealing.
M - Alot lighter bodied than I was expecting. Light carbonation and the alcohol is well hidden.
D - for me, I'm having a hard time finishing a 12 oz. bottle. I'm not saying its bad, its just not for me.
4/3.5/3/3/3

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3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to steebo777 for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a deep and dark brown with ruby red highlights. Produced a good frothy tan head. Plenty of lacing.

(S)- A dark fruit profile with lots of raisin and caramel.

(T)- Similar profile as the smell was. Primarily a fruit driven beer and a raisin base. The background is primarily grain, barley and bread notes.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A tad thin for a barleywine, but the flavor is there. I never would have thought this was 11%ABV.

(D)- A decent barleywine. Was expecting something richer, but this does have some depth; just a straightforward one.

Photo of brew3crew
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No bottle date but this one has a little bit of age on it. Purchased in February.

A-Dark drown, almost black with a tan head that quickly disapates.

S-getting a very boozy scent on the nose. can't quite make out anything else.

T-Booze, faded hops and a little bit of dark fruit

M-medium body. kind of sweet.

O-Decent, worth a try but not the buy. Poured out after a few sips...

Photo of vande
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - interestingly enough, pours looking like the bottle -- bottle brown with the slightest hint of a sandy colored lace...otherwise a nice mohagony looking brown..

s - smells like a stronger version of Kronic...hoppy, malty, coppery...

t - somewhat sweeter, with a bit of bite at the end...orange peel, kinda dirty taste..funky aftertaste...

m - sorta thinner then expected

o - i'm not sure if this one is sittin' how it was supposed to be...i've generally enjoy the beers shorts offers, but unfortunately have ran into a few bad bottles too...this maybe one of 'em

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I bought this bottle in summer of 2011, although there is no date anymore on the bottle.

Appearance: The Wizard is a murky burgundy brown color with a small tan cap that fades immediately to a small collar and leaves no lace.

Smell: Lots of raisins dominate the nose. Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and some other dark fruits provide support.

Taste: The flavor starts sweet, with a very distinct brown sugar flavor. Caramel malt adds some further sweetness. The dark fruits are noticeable but kind of flat tasting; raisins are the most noticeable but plums are also there. There is a mild tartness at the back end. Some earthy notes are present on the back end.

Mouthfeel: This has a body on the fuller side of medium, but it drinks fairly light for the style. There is a residual stickiness that grows with each sip. The carbonation is more on the fizzy side than creamy, which brings the score down a tick.

Overall: It is not a good sign that at this point I am happy just to have a Short's bottle that has not refermented. By its own merit, this is is an average barleywine. At this point, I love Short's creative beers on tap, but I will most likely avoid bottles.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Short's The Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.