Bourbon Barrel Aphasia - Short's Brewing Company
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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!
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2012 07:29:05 | More by bluetravlr
4.75/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.
Serving type: growler
12-30-2011 18:44:27 | More by fear025
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-21-2011 15:43:07 | More by lurpy1
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Had on tap at Crunchy's
A: Pours mahaghony with little head.
S: Bourbon and that old ale aroma
T: Bourbon upfront folowed by figs, raisins and some burnt sugar. Slightly acedic. Nice mild hop bitterness in the finish.
M: Medium body that could use more carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer. Very drinkable.
Serving type: on-tap
12-12-2011 23:44:41 | More by jale
Bourbon Barrel Aphasia from Short's Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.