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Bourbon Barrel Aphasia - Short's Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aphasia
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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jale on 12-12-2011)
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2014 21:47:18 | More by TheBrewo
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Bourbon Barrel Aphasia from Short's Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.