Bourbon Barrel Aphasia - Short's Brewing Company
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.75/5 rDev +11.5%
Aroma:Caramel, bourbon, sweet malt. It smells rich and inviting.
Appearance:The beer is a dark caramel-brown color but not opaque. Low head and visible carbonation.
Taste:Caramel, malt, dark fruits, and bourbon flavors stand out nicely in this beer. There is a very nice sweetness.
Mouthfeel:The hot alcohol flavor stands out in this beer. The body is thick and syrupy. Low carbonation.
Overall:I really enjoyed this bourbon barrel old ale, it's got everything I look for, and then some.
12-30-2011 18:44:27 | More by fear025
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
On tap at Crunchy's Short's Takeover. This was one of many beers I tried that night, and I must admit I was RUI (Reviewing Under the Influence)
The pour is somewhat amber, cross up between dark and light, with zero head.
Smell comes with bourbon, fruity, bordering on lambic.
Oh, hell to the yeah on the taste. Potent wallop of bourbon, fruit, malt. A delicious sipper. Letter perfect on taste. Love.
Mouthfeel was right on thickness, but could have used a little more carbonation, bit on the flat side, almost like a casked beer.
The night of course was studded with Short's freakshow beers (I seem to remember one beer being infused with taco meat and another aged in correction fluid barrels. I may be exaggerating here, but just a tad). BB Aphasia is the big winner. I'm sure it will tough to find in Lansing going forward, and that is a shame. Great drink.
12-21-2011 15:43:07 | More by lurpy1
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
This gem was enjoyed at Vinsetta Garage in Berkley, Michigan. It arrived in a generic thinned, stemless snifter, showing a deep maroon chestnut coloring. It held a half finger tall head of creamy straw colored bubbles that maintained a brief retention. No lacing was noted, and only a mild chill haze marred clarity. There was no sediment present and carbonation appeared to be light to medium. The aroma gave notes of brown and cloying caramel maltiness, sweet ethanol, clean and airy bourbon fumes, raisin, big juicy red cherry freshness, mashed blueberry fruitiness, brown sugar, vanilla bean, and corn. With warmth came notes of chlorine, musk, maraschino cherries, and honey syrups. Our first impression was that the bourbon was beauteous throughout the flavoring, with impeccable quality to it, and just the right amount of burn. The taste opened with malted milk chocolate and instantaneous buttery and diacetyls glory of the bourbon, sweet cherry and strawberry fruitiness, light cranberry acidity, and softly roasted caramel and Munich maltiness. The middle picked up a bit with more of a burn to the booze, but didn’t really hold the bourbon back from being any more smooth than when it started. Along with this came notes of musky oak, lemon wedges, syrupy cloy of soaked nectary fruitiness, brown breadiness, dried figs, milk chocolate sweetness, and more of that drying malted milk ball crunch. The end washed through with soy sauce, tahini, musty brown maltiness, soft grassy hops, continued cleanliness of high quality bourbon, vanilla woodiness, black pepper, butterscotch caramels, metallic yeast, lime zest, musk, and general oaky warmth. The aftertaste breathed of toasted coconut, cereal and brown malts, chalk, straw, buttery diacetyls, bourbon, soft woody sweetness, corn husk, caramel corn, and granular brown sugar. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Sips carried nice slurp and smack, with only slightly lesser cream, froth, or pop. The mouth was left slickly and stickily coated, with wet satiation giving way to tannic-toasted dryness. The abv was appropriate and gently warming, and this guy goes back way too easily.
Overall, our favorite thing about this beer was its taste. Simply put, the bourbon held here is amazing. You get all of the robustness and savory swill of it that you could ever want, with only minimal burn or offensive fumigation. This beer was unique in that each component of its taste held to a certain quality. Nothing seemed cheap and no expense seems to have been spared. This is certainly not the case for many of the other Short’s beers we’ve sampled. The comparatively lighter abv here (for something barrel aged, anyway) helps you keep on this one all day should you so desire, while the lighter heeled body doesn’t weigh you down, even on a hot day like today. Even more impressive is that this was true at first sip, when the beer was nicely chilled, and equally so by the last sip, when it had sufficiently warmed. We are so happy to have gotten to try this beer, and couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to Short’s barrel program. This is the best Short’s beer we’ve had to date, by far.
05-30-2014 21:47:18 | More by TheBrewo
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks Jake the Big Mistake!
After looking at other reviews this beer has clearly gone sour. I thought it strange but really enjoyed the beer this way. Interesting . . .
A: Dark tan to light brown coloration with a small off-white rocky head with little retention. Fairly cloudy. Ruby red highlights . Very slight lacing.
S: Bourbon, cherry and vanilla dominate. A nice woody aroma compliments. Slight peppery phenols poke through, but no overwhelming solvent alcohol. Low dark fruity esters. No diacetyl and no real hop or malt aroma.
T: Cherry dominates with a good amount of wood and vanilla. Slight caramel malt and low-moderate hop bitterness. Bourbon makes itself known but does not dominate. Alcohol is there, but fairly smooth; not hot. No hop flavor. Moderately sour. Moderate dark fruity esters of plum and dried cherry. No diacetyl, but a slight astringency due to the sour and dry, woody flavor lingering in the finish. Some tannins give this a red wine-like quality.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly warming. Finishes dry with a tannic, red-wine like quality. Somewhat astringent.
O: Got a bottle from the world beer cup and thought this was going to be a bourbon barrel stout . . . clearly not. Excellent beer nonetheless. The bourbon is very subdued and overwhelmed by the sour cherry. One of the best sour beers I've had in awhile. Very complex . . . seems like something Avery would brew up. It's a pretty ugly looking beer, but otherwise it is simply amazing. If I can ever find anymore of this I will be a very happy man. Until this bottle's empty I there already!
09-08-2012 07:29:05 | More by bluetravlr
Bourbon Barrel Aphasia from Short's Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.