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

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mothman on 07-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 27
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Pours black and viscous with a small bubbly head.

S: Toffee blends with brown sugar, fudge, and vanilla. Bourbon is really powerful and I get a little oak. Really nice aroma.

T: Bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. It's very sweet but damn delicious. There's a lot of vanilla and a little oak. There's a low level of bitterness with accompanying earth. The finish is boozy and decadent.

M: Lower full body with low carbonation.

Overall: This was boozy but had excellent barrel character. Delicious.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for picking up this longtime want of mine.

A - Reddish, muddy brown colored beer with a tan head that left a little bit of random stick on the sides of the glass.

S - Kind of a grainy alcohol smell on this one. It's odd. There is your normal barleywine characteristics such as the caramel, toffee, vanilla, etc. Good amount of bourbon. Doesn't smell bad, but smells unique in a not great way.

T - Some caramel and burnt sugars, hearty bourbon, some scottish peaty notes. Not bad, it's not great but it's enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied with pretty active carbonation.

O - I was hoping from great things from this beer, but I got solid things. It's not bad, but there's many other BA barleywines I'd take over this one.

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4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
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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3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to eyebrews! Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a reddish/brown color, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - Bourbon, caramel sweetness, malty burnt sugars, smooth alcohol. Very sweet and the booze is smooth...

T - Pretty much like the nose. Smooth bourbon, caramel, some dark fruit, vanilla, booze oak. Very sweet, nice level of booze, enjoyable.

M - Medium to full body, good carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - Not mind-blowing, but still good. I had another pour after the first one, so that says a lot when you're talking about an 11% beer. Would have again for sure, but not gonna go crazy to get it.

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Short's Bourbon Barrel Aged Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 117 ratings