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Short's The Wizard - Short's Brewing Company

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86
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 29
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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 mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy dark, burnt ruby amber. Very intresting hue as the reddish tint was very noticeable even though the haze made it almost opaque. A one inch head formed on the top upon pour, that faded almost immediatly. What was left was a thin film of decent quality lace that circle around the glass. Smell was very sweet, caramel sugars hitting almost immediatly. The deeper smell after some warming indicated a nice bready, earthy malt back with a hint of alcohol, which at 9%abv and being a barleywine should be expected. The taste for me was just too light. I expect barleywines to make me sit down and to be a definite sipper, but this just did not have the fullness I would have expected. The finish on it was very dry, and did last a good bit though. The taste itself was very hoppy, with piney flavors the most noticeable, a slight malt back was trying to form with flavors of grain and bread, but was just too thin to really be noticed. There was a huge amount of carbonation, again for a barleywine, on this one. Lots of fizz and contributed to the feeling of lightness

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Believe it was Jeff who sent me this one (I should really start keeping better track). In any case: thanks!

A: The pour is a dark brown color with red highlights and a thin layer of tan head.

S: Strong aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and raisins. A nice dark fruit character with minimal hop notes. A touch of chocolate to go along with some toffee and a hint of booze.

T: The flavor is fairly heavy on the fruits. Lots of raisins and plums with a hint of chocolate. Big brown sugar, molasses, and toffee flavors giving a nice sugar note. Again, minimal hop presence.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not as good as the bourbon version, but still really nice. A solid barleywine.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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!

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eh. This is an okay barleywine. Too boozy and the raisins seem to chip in oddly with that too, somehow. It certainly is smooth, but it seems to lack any distinct interesting character. At least that which would make it interesting and unique. Nice to drink, but could have been more inspiring.

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. Interesting. Beer is dark brown with an average head that leaves good lacing behind.

Beer is forward with the malt but not in a syrupy sort of way but in a more balanced here I am sort of what with some caramel and mild roast at teh back. The hop character is light overall and the doughiness of the yeast comes through in the midpalate. The beer hides the alcohol well incorporating it into the beer. Overall I really liked it.

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3.1/5  rDev -18%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears an amber mahogany color with ruby clarity when held to the light. A yellowish head composed of big bubbles sits atop about a finger strong leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is liked candied raisins. Sweet toffee, molasses and hints of fruity alcohol. This brew is all about the burnt sugary character ans alcohol. Despite letting it warm up, there isnt much other character emitting from the glass.

The taste is toffee and molasses with raisins and chocolate. A bit of earthen aspect with the alcohol being quite aparent. It boasts almost a tangy whiskey inclusion into the aftertaste. The flavors meld well together but overall it seems a little one-dimensional. Sugar + alcohol and nothing else sadly.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low amount of carbonation. It is boozy and a decent sipper. I am glad I got to try this but I remain unimpressed with most everything ive had from Shorts. Some of my friends seem really nutty over this brewery, maybe one day ill understand why.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/18/2011. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big toffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, raisin, prune, biscuit, toast, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, light roast, floral, pine, and floral earthiness. Light earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, biscuit, light chocolate, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt and fruit flavors; with a fair amount of hop presence and no cloying sweetness after the finish. The raisins are a touch astringent but not bad at all. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine style. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is dark brown, with a thick head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

The aroma is malt forward, with caramels soaked in alcohol, and dark fruits.

The flavor is nice, with the 11% abv hidden very well. Malt driven with raisin and caramel flavors, this is a solid example of an American barleywine. The beer is sweet, making a snifter sized portion just right for me.

The feel is full bodied and pretty smooth for a double digit abv brew.

Good stuff. I would have this again.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of billab914
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It had a darker brown, raisin like color to it. It started with a thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer, which lasted pretty well into drinking it.

The aroma shows a lot of the, dark fruit, fig and raisin like qualities to it. I also get a good dose of sweeter, brown sugar, malty flavors as well as some piny citrus as well. Some boozy alcohol seems to bring it together some.

The taste is very strong with the raisin and dark fruit flavors. The piny, grapefruit, citrus flavor comes through and adds a resiny bitterness to it. In the finish I get a lot of sweet, sugary, fruit flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being average for the style. Overall it was an interesting beer, but not an amazing one. I liked the dark fruit, raisin flavors up front, but it felt very sweet and sugary in the finish That hurt the drinkability for me some. I liked the aroma a lot though. It was a cool beer to try, but nothing I'd buy regularly.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Short's The Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.