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Short's The Wizard - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
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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Photo of TurdFurgison


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

Bottle courtesy of jale (thanks Jim!). This pours a dark reddish-brown, slightly hazy, with a thin poof of off-white foam.

The aroma has a lot going on, fairly complex with dark fruit (prune, raisin) and lots of maltiness, more sweet than roasted malt character. Some pine needle hops, not too aggressive but strong nonetheless. Overall it smells like an American barleywine rather than English.

Very sweet tasting and strong, ethanol is slightly apparent behind the rich malts and sugars. The raisin/prune character is also fairly straightforward in taste.

Kind of burny feeling, not too much but definitely slows down consumption. I guess it was a pretty good barleywine, a style that I have trouble warming up to.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:37:18 | More by TurdFurgison
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 21:35:00 | More by nkersten
Photo of otto251068


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark brown with some hints of red when held up to the light. A thin layer of dense, dark brown head appears then fades to some wisps and a few spots.

Smell: A nice hoppy smell hits me first, a little piney, very interesting, leading to a touch of alcohol. Make that quite a bit of alcohol as the drink warms. Great roasted malts and some rich brown sugar round out the nose.

Taste: A lot going on here. There are some burnt and smokey flavors to kick it off, and then that 11% ABV takes over a little too much for my liking. The dark fruits are there, mainly raisins, but some plums, and with that comes the brown sugar sweetness. Nice maltiness to it. The sweetness really comes out nicely the longer I drink. To end it all there is a slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a medium carbonation. The carbonation really makes this beer more lively, (with the heavy chewy body), and enjoyable.

Overall: Very complex and there a lot of flavors that blend, compliment, and work nicely together. I could taste the 11% ABV a little more that what I would like, but as it warmed the sweetness really took over. Just not crazy about the burnt flavors and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 23:12:46 | More by otto251068
Photo of david131


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep dark red/brown liquid with just the slightest haze to it. The light brown head is thin but creamy and leaves nice lacing.

S- Raisins, caramel, and brown sugar. A bit subdued for the style and alcohol content.

T- Smooth malty goodness with some raisins. Not much of an alcohol presence, which is surprising.

M- Very thick and creamy with lasting flavors. Coats the mouth.

D- Pretty tasty for the style. Doesn't really "pop," but it is impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:29:37 | More by david131
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 22:02:10 | More by GRPunk
Photo of zoso1967


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Graciously shared by TCHopCraver.

The Wizard pours a very dark ruby color and is ever so slightly cloudy. This is one of those beers that looks very nice when held up to a light, showing an attractive garnet hue. A fairly aggressive pour leads to a small parchment head that fades quickly. The lacing is about what I would expect on a malty high ABV brew.

The aroma is malty, but with a definite hit of piney citrus. There is a super intense dark fruity sweetness that smells sort of like jam that has been cooked down for too long. Some dark cherry notes and a bit of a spicy, earthy character are also present. This beer definitely has that Short's high gravity aroma to it.

The flavor is very enjoyable with a nice round sweetness. It is malty, fruity, earthy and ever so slightly peppery. There are notes of raisin, black sweet cherry, caramelized sugars and also a nice citrus zest kick. There is also a bit of brown sugary sweetness present.

The mouthfeel is medium with a nice finish that is sweet, but not cloying. There is a sort of zing on the end that really lightens up the finish. Zesty sweet notes like rum soaked grapefruit linger on the palate after swallowing.

When I first heard about this beer I immediately thought it was a cool idea, but pretty gimmicky. It turns out that like some of DFH's best brews, the gimmick helps make a very interesting and enjoyable brew. This is definitely one of my favorite barley wines and I really hope I can get my hands on the bourbon barrel aged version someday.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 21:46:01 | More by zoso1967
Photo of SupaCelt


3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours blood stain red with a scanty amount of spitty tan head that dusts the surface. Lace clings above the ruby. A nice visual appeal.

The nose is heavy on crusty, caramelized sugars and slightly spoiled dark fruit with dirty brown oak leaves and rooty stench. The barleywine trademark dark fruit undertones are present. A significant hop aroma emanates from beneath these old textures creating a rarity among the style. Smells oddly vanilla oaky although this may be a figment. Oak chips.

The taste is surprisingly mellow. Somewhat dry on the end of earthy sweetness. Again vanilla chips come into range creating a nearly milky tone. A fair amount of astringency. None of the over ripe darkness seems to shine through. Hops show up and dominate in the finish. A bizarre barleywine. Just barely squeeks in past a strong ale categorization. There are no elements that would demand another sample or propel this brew to the top of a group of its barleywine peers.

The mouthfeel is medium. Suitable.

The drinkability is fine. No offensive qualities are appreciated and no striking elements come through.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 22:10:48 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of slowbie

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown -- nearly black. When held up to the light some brilliant ruby hues come through. Right now it's sitting pretty much directly below the overhead light and it almost looks as if there's a red LED shining from underneath the glass.

Aroma is of chocolate covered cherries, a hint of alcohol and dark fruits, and some floral hops.

Taste is surprisingly different than the aroma. Big hoppy taste up front that fades nicely to some plum/fig/raisin flavors. An almost roasted note comes through in the middle.

Thick mouthfeel but not too syrupy sweet. Carbonation is enough to make it's point but not enough to interfere.

It's tough not to drink this one too fast. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:08:04 | More by slowbie
Photo of jrallen34


3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, provided by Nate, drank from a Matilda tulip...Pours a watery semi translucent dark brown with lots of amber mixed throughout. A light tan head, not much of a looker...The aroma is really good, however, not reminiscent of a barleywine at all. Very sweet, lots of brown sugar, plums and raisins. Reminds me of a sweeter quad...The taste is off and a big let down, none of the sweetness of the nose comes through, chalky, flat, cardboard, a very rough slightly bitter. Toffee on the finish with mint, is weird and interesting. Wish more of those notes came through from the beginning.

The taste is really weird, not enjoyable. Can't recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 04:03:16 | More by jrallen34
Photo of kohoutek


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle describes the beer as a barleywine, brewed with raisins. A six hour & 66 minute boil was employed. Bring on the Maillard reaction!

Pours a hazy deep garnet/brown with little light penetration. Head is almost tan/orange in color. Head quickly dissipates into 1/2 to 3/4 surface coverage.

Aromas and flavors of toffee, dried dates, raisins, smoky, malty, iron, freshly baked bread, vanilla, caramel, dried autumn oak leaves and the slightest hint of dried orange peel.

The sweetness of this beer is present, but it is very nicely offset by a bright, clean and present hop bitterness.

A very unique and drinkable barleywine that seems to be more of an American/English hybrid. Clearly American yeast and IBUs, but it has English toffee and a lack of potent finishing hops.

At first I thought this beer was a bit two dimensional, but after my fourth bottle (not in one sitting!) its subtlety is growing on me. A very fresh, local offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 20:43:57 | More by kohoutek
Photo of joshuaseresse


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

Got this bottle in a recent trade with semibaked. Thanks a bunch! Poured into my town hall snifter:

A - Pours a damn near jet black with creamy brown hues toward the bottom. The strange thing is that when I first poured it it appeared to be black but the more time it sits in front of me the more brown it turns...interesting. An inch thick foam head that dies to foam ring around the edges with spotty white patches in the middle.

S - This one appears to smell more like a dark fruit, slight hoppy barley wine. Little bit of brown sugar and caramel, but the smells of dark fruit are black cherries and some apples. Interesting smell for a barley wine...

T - Wow, what a change from the smell. There are flavors of tabacco, leathery and oaky wood. A bit of burnt sugar, but lots of leather and tabacco. I'd give it a 4.25 but had to go with a 4 since I've never tasted a barley wine like this before.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and tingling vibrations in the after math. A bit drying but that's ok.

D - Pretty easy to drink. It seems that I encounter this with every Shorts beer; I get certain smells that are really unique and then once I taste it it does a total 180 and gives me way different flavors. I like Shorts and haven't had anything bad from them. I will say that all the brews I've had from them has been interesting to say the least. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:54:54 | More by joshuaseresse
Photo of JordanEllwanger


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

Pours a dark cola color with a lighter transparencey. A toffee mocha head leaves laces and some small to medium bubbles. A faint tracing of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Smell is a hop aroma mixed well with some roasted malts. Can't really smell the raisins. Sweet on the tongue with a lot of hop bitterness the raisin flavor is there in the aftertaste bringing the fruity flavor to the taste. The alcohol is there but masked pretty well among the sugary sweet raisin and the oily bite of the hop. Lots of punch there. One of the better barleywines I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 06:01:54 | More by JordanEllwanger
Photo of gford217


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

Another Shorts bottle from hoppymeal.

Pours dark chestnut brown that shows dark amber in the light with a one-inch beige head that recedes slowly to a thin collar.

First thing I notice in the nose is the hefty hop profile with some oranges and perfume-like floral notes. There is also a noticeable sweet caramel and raisin presence.

Taste has an initial floral hop kick with some tropical fruit thrown in. The backbone is sweet with caramel, vanilla and dark fruits, maybe some licorice. Finish is slightly astringent from the hops with some flowers.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very slick with soft carbonation.

As usual, an interesting effort from Shorts. I've never had a barleywine quite like this one with lots of hops but a very fruity backbone and lots of flowers, perfume almost. Unique.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:57:01 | More by gford217
Photo of alcstradamus


2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:48:24 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of Gorgoroth


4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased "hot" off the shelf from Martha's Vineyard at $2.49, shared with BA mermatinger and our wives in the Allerton Hotel, Chicago on our New Years weekend trip. Thanks to them for contributions on the tasting! From notes taken on 01/01/11.

Presentation: Typical Short's label layout on a brown 12oz bottle. Though this label, as with all Short's labels, lacks pertinent information such as ABV, bottling date, etc., I'm willing to give it a pass this time because this is some of the coolest damn artwork I've seen on a beer. Of course, I'm probably a bit biased due to my love of fantasy and occult-related stuff, stoner and doom metal, horror film, etc. But I love this artwork!! "Brewed for 6 hours and 66 minutes" -- that's gold! (And the 6-pack carton also says "brewed on Devil's Night").

Appearance: Shared pours into small (10oz?) snifters from the hotel bar. It is a crystal clear but very dark blood red or raisin color with low carbonation, small amounts of golden or cream-colored foam, and no lacing.

Smell: Upfront we have sour cherries, a hint of light roast coffee, fresh hops, baker's chocolate, and more dried dark fruit.

Taste: Bitter, bitter, bitter, front, middle, and back (but not in a bad way). Raisin and dark fruit flavors are apparent with an overtone of dry nutty bitterness, like raw walnuts. There is also a fairly prominent resinous flavor of fresh hops and grapefruit-like citrus.

Mouthfeel: The beer is nearly flat with a complex mouthfeel: bitter, dry, and oily. It is chalky and dry on the palate and tongue after swallowing, like after drinking French pressed dark roast coffee. I can only assume (due to lack of further information) that the ABV is somewhere between 8.5-9.5% (barrel-aged Wizard on-tap is nearly 11% I believe), and here the flavors and mouthfeel mask the alcohol very well; almost none is detected.

Drinkability & Final Thoughts: This beer is complex and strong. It has bold, intense flavors and mouthfeel and certainly a fairly high ABV which hits you after a few sips. It is very delicious and very drinkable, though quite potent on all fronts. The strong, resinous hops in the smell and flavor work great now but also indicate that, since this is a high-ABV barleywine, this is going to age very well! In my opinion, this is going to be another high-quality, low-price barleywine that ages for years to come in the realm of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot and Brooklyn's Monster. I love everything about this beer (appearance, smell, flavor, label artwork, etc., etc.) and have had several bottles since the first one for this review. I'll continue to drink it as long as stock is available and will most certainly buy at least a sixer to age. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 15:54:01 | More by Gorgoroth
Photo of DannyDan


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a blackish hue with red highlights that has a thin tan head that has decent retention and good lacing along with good carbonation.
S. It has a raisin, plum, floral hops and coffee aroma to it.
T. The taste is raisins followed by some sweet malts, floral hops, coffee, and than some citrus and alcohol hit the taste buds strongly and than get some plum and a slight hint of bitter chocolate. The aftertaste seems to be a combination of raisins, citrus, alcohol and bitter chocolate.
M/D. A sticky, chewy medium body feel that is easily drinkable. I'm not sure if I'll drink this beer again, but will try a few other barleywines before I decide whether or not I like this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 07:25:59 | More by DannyDan
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gnemesis for filling my mailbox with shorts beers this evening. This was my third taste from the box.

a-Poured a deep brown stream into a duvel tasting glass which settled as a dark plum color with a thin head with decent lacing.

s-Tangy & earthy. Kind of like a vedgie beer or a sour.

t-Raisins jump in the taste. Very earthy almost grass-like. Mostly malt. A bit tangy like the nose suggests, bit taste is a different universe from the smell. Both are good, just different fron each other.

m/d-Has a real winter beer feel to it, almost like a BSDA. Leaves a touch of a tingle in my mouth. Not that thick and filling, and far from syrupy, which I like. Very good and on the deep and dark side of the barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 01:45:54 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of B0bD0bbselbock


4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint glass.

A- Beautiful reddish amber color, almost like a sepia tone, with a sort of devilish look to it (reminds of the color of the moon during the recent lunar eclipse). Initially had about a one finger height head that reduced by about 80%, with very light lacing.

S- Nice sweet aroma, with lovely notes of the raisins coming through. I seem to detect the slightest hint of alcohol, which i found complimentary.

T- A delicious, complex bouquet of flavors- the raisins come through fairly well, adding a unique dimension to the overall palate, kinda like the smell of a box of raisins. I detect a sweet malt flavor, sort of a fruity, with a slight hint of citrus notes, somewhat like orange juice-like in the finish and aftertaste.

M- A nice sharpness, with a smooth texture.

D- Very, very drinkable, to my mind. It goes down quite well, with a nice little warming effect from the alcohol

Yet another great beer from Short's, IMO. I would highly recommend this beer to all barley wine fans, as this seems to offer its own unique elements that make it stand out, sort of like the horny dog barley wine from Flying Dog. Its got great flavors, drinks well, and seems to have a fairly high ABV, making for a nice drink around the fireplace on on cold winter nights, or for when praising the dark lord :)

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 04:11:49 | More by B0bD0bbselbock
Photo of StoutHunter


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

Got this one as a birthday present from my friend ben, thanks man. I am excited to try this beer since shorts rarely dissapoints and I haven't seen this beer before. Lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer poured a nice deep brown color with two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thing ring that left lots of nice lacing.

S- The aroma is full of lots of sweet roasted malts. brown sugar, and some nice floral hops.

T- The roasted malts impart a lot of brown sugar that mixes with some raisins and other dark fruits. The hops make for a bitter aftertaste that I wasn't really expecting in this barley wine, but it helps balance out the large amount of sweetness this brew has. Alcohol is detectable but I have no idea what the percentage is.

M- Medium bodied and nicely carbonated, little bit of alcohol burn.

D- I like barley wines but for the most part they are not too drinkable, this one is a little more drinkable then the average but not by much. One of these is good enough for me.

Overall this was a good brew. I found this to be the hoppiest barley wine I have had, but I think it worked well with this brew and it helped keep the sweetness at bay. This is a good brew for a cold winter night, my only complaint is that the raisin didn't come through as much as I would have liked, other then that it was fine. Keep making good beer shorts.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:31:20 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of TCgoalie


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

I was glad to see another new bottled Short's offering at the store...have got to try it. Poured into an oversized snifter, the hue is brownish red. Not much head upon pour but some foam on the sides of the drink stick to the glass forming a bit of lacing.

The smell is fantastic lending a nose full. All kinds of brown sugar, and dark fruits lend an almost brandy type smell. Within the nose, there is some lighter notes such as spiced apples.

Tha taste is a good balance of brown sugar, raisin, molasses, red grapes, and spiced apple. It is rich and full featuring a good amount of sweetness and heat.

The feel is medium-full in the mouth with a lot of warming in the aftertaste. There is also a pleasant drying in the end.

This is a very solid barleywine with ample complexity providing a nice warming drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 23:54:59 | More by TCgoalie
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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
Photo of jale


3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: medium dark color with a light head

smell: sweet roasted malt

taste: initially sweet follewed by piney hops

mouthfeel: slightly thin. I prefer a little more alcohol burn from a barleywine.

drinkability: Glad to try it,but one is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 23:32:55 | More by jale
Photo of Blob77


4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Served in a glass, Nice dark color with moderate head.

Smell: Sweet, Very sweet with a tingly alcoholness

Taste: Sweet with a slight fruitiness, but nice roasty flavor aswell. Not to heavy on the alcohol taste (for a barley wine).

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated

Drinkability: The alcohol is not overpowering. This is the most drinkable barley wine i have tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 01:40:56 | More by Blob77
Photo of Mitchster


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

$2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Barleywine ale with raisins, boiled for 6 hours and 66 minutes.

Pours out to a clear dark walnut, forming a small light khaki head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild. The aroma opens with resinous hops (maybe Centennial because I smell mango), vanilla, and the suggestion of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is syrupy and rich with a dense body. Taste opens with the green hops, followed by the vanilla and prunes, then in the middle there is a pleasant roasted sweetness, a moderately strong bitterness, and in the finish, a nice sweet raisin taste to balance it out. The aftertaste is of hoppy bitterness, maybe some grapefruit, and wood. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off flavors.

This is one of Short's more enjoyable bottled offerings. I haven't had it on tap, but I bet it's probably even better. I'm not sure I'd buy it again soon, but I would recommend trying this one out. A solid American Style Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:14:32 | More by Mitchster
Photo of alexgash


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Reddish, burnt-sienna body. Clear. Pinkie finger of dense, sandy brown head. Good lacing. Nose of caramel, toffee, Madeira, plums, vinous tannins, and some almost-citrus hops.

Toasted malts up front give way to deeper, richer, sweeter fruit and caramel. Caramel and toffee flavor is decently big. Scotch tape and herbal pine hop bitterness flit around in the background. Toward the finish the fruitier side of the malty sweetness becomes tangier and slightly woody. This woody, tangy fruit combines with a mild herbal bitterness to dry the beer out a bit. Still, there is still plenty of residual caramel and fruit sweetness in the long finish. Full-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel. Pretty drinkable, and not very hot at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:17:57 | More by alexgash
Short's The Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.