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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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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-26-2013 23:55:44 | More by spycow
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-24-2013 23:36:34 | More by Sparky44
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soze47

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-22-2013 01:33:01 | More by soze47
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-02-2013 02:17:00 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-11-2013 19:50:27 | More by BlissJunkie
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-05-2013 04:16:08 | More by t0rin0
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

12-21-2012 15:34:59 | More by beergorrilla
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Scotthuller

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-19-2012 02:46:59 | More by Scotthuller
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-04-2012 03:30:53 | More by chippo33
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 02:22:18 | More by Rutager
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rolandboy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-20-2012 03:35:00 | More by rolandboy
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Pahn

New York

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA mob2332 for including this as an extra in a sort-of trade.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing. Pours a very dark maroon and leaves spots of lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, raisins, brown sugar. Mildly boozy, but no indication of 11% ABV. Pastry sweetness. Very inviting.

Taste: Raisins and lots of hop bitterness up front. Brown sugar and raisin skin finish. Second sip brings a kind of pruny tartness that's unpleasant. In subsequent sips, it's sort of grape and raisin and a bit of cola up front, with pastry malt sweetness wayyyy in the background that gets obliterated by alcohol heat and a powerful medicinal astringency. Astringent aftertaste.

Started out 3.5~4.0 for taste, quickly went down to 2.5~3.0 for that huge off flavor. With time and warmth, it gets a bit sweeter, but never lives up to the aroma nor overcomes unpleasantness of the astringent finish. This isn't a "3.0-for-average," it's a "3.0 for lots good with one glaring bit of bad."

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Bit watery. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: I'm ambivalent about this beer. Great aroma, and I like the grape/raisin flavors mixing with the sweet malt. However, it's hard to get past that awful medicinal bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:33:30 | More by Pahn
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:47:42 | More by RblWthACoz
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-26-2012 17:41:04 | More by mothman
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a deep red hue and a sparse white head.

S: Brown sugar,butterscotch, roasted barley and a bit of alcohol. Smells like a sweeter, low-hopped barleywine.

T: Basically a dry, moderately hopped American style barleywine, with a very pronounced raisin flavor. While not particularly sweet, hopping in this beer is also somewhat restrained, which gives the raisins greater prominence. There’s also a slight roastiness that distinguishes it from typical. Alcohol shows up on the finished, but is pretty well disguised in this bottle (for 11%).

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. A bit dull.

This one pretty much falls in line with most Short's beers. Unique. For me half of their beers fall in the “that was interesting, but I won’t have it again”, and half fall into “that was pretty good. I’d have another”. This one is in the latter. Pretty nice beer, though I'm guessing it might be a bit gnarly fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 04:36:47 | More by GeezLynn
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-13-2012 23:09:06 | More by Dactrius
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 02:06:43 | More by Alieniloquium
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KCM

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-11-2012 15:16:03 | More by KCM
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jmich24

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-08-2012 04:34:45 | More by jmich24
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MSEGUIN

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

08-03-2012 02:58:54 | More by MSEGUIN
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small, straw colored, foamy head. Brew pours purple with lots of browns.

Lots of brown sugar and raisin sweetness.

Big, bold bitterness. Lots of dry raisin and fig flavors. Not much sweetness. Medium-high carbonation. Slightly distracting thickness. Lacks a strong hop profile.

A good brew, but I won't seek it again. Recommended, but I wouldn't go crazy for it... Thanks Adam!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:13:17 | More by chugalug06
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madeofsteel

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:41:39 | More by madeofsteel
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-18-2012 00:43:33 | More by duceswild
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-17-2012 01:17:35 | More by Pencible
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DersOne

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a muddy brown with a shallow toffee-colored head, small bubbles with very thin lacing that dissipates quickly.

S-Sugar sweetness, licorice and sweet raisin, dark fruits with a hint of maltiness.

T-Malt and booze up front with a bit of bitterness, carbonation tingle (almost champagne-like) and raisins, finishing sweet with some dry bitter dark chocolate notes.

M-Smooth, contrasting with effervescence, minimal dryness, very pleasant.

O-4.25/5, it was interesting to see an over-sweet variation of a barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 14:06:01 | More by DersOne
Short's The Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.