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

Thanks to seeswo for yet another stupidly fine beer.

Very cloudy and nice brown, red hints, not much head, spome spotty islands and a ring, but stupid legs on glass after a gentle swirl

Smell is full of prune and raisin, some candi, gentle alcohol which adds rather than detracts, hints of toffee and floral hop. Like perfume.

Taste starts caramel and toffee picking up some darker roast notes, nothing charry by any means, just a touch of darker sugars and toast, into lots of fruit that comes into the sip with herbal bitter, and the bitter stays with a lingering sweet and dark ripe fruit that taste a bit vinous as it warms. Nice.

Mouthfeel is light despite its look of light syrup, very low carb. alcohol very well hidden, lasting flavors, they stay pretty clean, could be a touch cleaner, nice finish, could be a bit better to play with the big boys in this style.

Overall a delicious beer that pushes the boundaries of flavor blasts, from a brewer who specializes in it.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Demons worry when The Wizard is near." - Black Sabbath

@ Lord Hobo for the Shorts tap takeover

Triple mashed, boiled for 6 hours and 66 minutes (wouldn't that be 7 hours and 6 minutes? Hell, why not 426 minutes? Why spoil the novelty I guess) and fermented in raisins.

Black with eggplant highlights (I think, it's dark in there). Arrived on a nifty Shorts Soft Parade coaster which is now protecting my Gatorade bottle from leaving moisture rings on my computer desk. Thin head is quick to dissipate. Foamwise it's a lackluster beer but so were many of the beers sent out tonight. Not sure if it's, Short's ,the bartenders, or the setup.

Not a subtle nose: blackberry brandy, black cherry and cocoa nibs erupt from the glass. Tastes like brown sugar coated raisins, blackberry and chocolate. One of the most raisin-y beers I can remember (Smuttynose Gravitation being of comparable raisin saturation). Bold, sugary, and awesome.

A very different barleywine due to the extreme dark fruit but also one of the best, off the top of my head.

Photo of VinnieVanGogh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Tod28
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A little different then the majority of the barley wines I've had.

Has a raisin/fig taste to it. With a slight citrus hint. Tasted better on palate after letting air hit your tongue. Had a much more complex taste.

Deep copper color, light brown. Had a nice amount of head(served extremely cold). Though it didn't last all to long. Has a nice rich look to it.

Would drink and will drink again. Recommend drinking two!

Cheers

Photo of sublime313
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BeRanger
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a murky brown, has sort of a red/amberish hue. About a half finger of off-white head. No real lacing.

S - Very sweet, lots of dark fruit - you can certainly smell the raisins. You can certainly smell the alcohol.

T - Slight hop taste, almost has a pepper flavor profile. The raisins and dark fruits are there, just not very bold. It has a dry finish, no real alcohol flavor however.

M - Medium body with a little carbonation. Finished very dry.

O - This wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. I'm fairly new to barleywines and I was worried this wasn't going to meet expectations. The flavors were pretty good and the alcohol was hidden well.

Photo of crosamich
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of schwee
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of pest
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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

A - This beer pours a dark mahogany brown color. It has a nice 2-finger light tan head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and leaves a good amount of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of roasted malt to it. There are some nice aromas of dark fruit such as raisins, fig, plum, and cherry. There are also some scents of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and booze.

T - The taste starts off with a good bit of roasted maltiness. The dark fruit aromas that were in the nose all come into the taste as well. There are some other good flavors of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and a medium hop presence. There is a noticeable booze presence. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, caramel, hops, and booziness behind on the palate.

M - This has a body that is on the heavier side of medium, and the carbonation is good. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a good amount of sweetness, but the roasted malt balanced it nicely. There is some hop bitterness that comes through, as well as some boozy warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a sipper for sure, but the flavor is very nice. I could have a few of these in a night, even though I'm sure I'd be pretty tipsy. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a good representation of the style. I really liked the dark fruit flavors in this one. I definitely recommend trying it out. It is a nice interesting beer, and I don't think it will disappoint.

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bernardo06
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of surlytheduff
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of superjose
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of vande
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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 TasteTester
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Marti403
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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