Short's Bourbon Barrel Aged Wizard | Short's Brewing Company

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4.28 w/ 113 ratings

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mothman on 07-30-2010

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 27
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was so so happy when i looked at the beer menu at shorts pub and saw Bourbon Wizard on there! :)

Poured into a nice big tulip glass.

Nice dark amber color with a thick creamy off-white head. That sank down and hung out till the very end of the glass.

Smells like bourbon barrel aged Heavan! Lots of bourbon.

Taste Oak, Bourbon, Caramel, Figs, Toffee. and Raisons.

Overall a super BABW. Had two glasses then went up and bought a growler of it to take home.
Cant wait to head back over there this weekend to get some more.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cannot thank my kind friend enough for this one, this was one of the few beers i case forevr, while you are after your daves, etc, i look for this stuff. served into several pint glasses

nice hazelnut brown color and a smooth and even head of light tan that really seemed to show quite nicely how well it would be.

aroma was to die for with rich vanilla tones, tons of barrel and just a huge oaky and caramel presence. this was a monster for sue. it seemed each sip became more complex then the one before and soon i was totally sucked into its workd and just beaten down. nice light feel , a bit different then what i would have thought but overall i think it was quite nice.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby and Derek for fills of this beer, sent back from RBSG 2010 (Michigan).

A: The pour is very dark brown with some hints of red and a thin layer of khaki/tan colored foam.

S: There is a ton of -bal on this one. Lots of great vanilla, oak, and bourbon. A nice chocolately note along with some brown sugar and licorice.

T: Things stay the same for the most part on the palate. The bourbon is again the dominant feature and perhaps even more so than in the nose. Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and licorice round things out.

M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation, which I'm guessing is partially by design and partially from the growler.

D: It's nice to have a more "straight forward" beer from Shorts, and this one was very well done. Not overly sweet or boozy, just very nice.

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4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - odd for a barleywine, a ruby red with a hint of mahogany. minor head which is off white. good lacing.

smell - wow, bourbon and chocolate, brown sugar and caramel and vanilla coming in a bit.

taste - even more impressive. vanilla and cream chocolate dominate. bourbon barely in there and not aggressive.

mouthfeel - no cloying, or at least very minimal and not offensive. light carbonation, thick bodied.

overall - this is almost exactly what i want from a barleywine. abacus has nothing on this. except appearance

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Short's Bourbon Barrel Aged Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.8% out of 100 with 113 ratings
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