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

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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%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Photo of claytong
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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Photo of Sean9689
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this. I also got to try it thanks to klipper a while back.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin ring, some wisps, and a few tiny spots of lace. Dark reddish-brown body with some transparency to it.

S - Aroma is quite strange - the oak character is more evocative of sawdust than of barrels. There's a fusel note that reminds me of gasoline too. Otherwise it's a ton of bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, wood, caramel, and toffee - all the stuff that you'd expect from a barrel-aged barleywine.

T - Caramel, light chocolate, smooth treacle, bourbon, and a bit of smokey peat character. Thankfully the off notes have vanished and left behind a solid take on the style.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, with some tannic, dry oak. Medium body that is slightly undersized for the alcohol. Otherwise pretty enjoyable.

D - The aroma seemed off - perhaps the growler didn't travel well, as I don't remember those flavors from the last time I tried this beer. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden, but there's not much here that blows my mind. Worth trying, but not something I'd seek out again.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark copper with light head; actually decent retention and lacing

S - bourbon and salted caramel; the earthiness reminds me of some delicious pink Himalayan salt

T - sweet caramel and some mild toasted bread; bourbon vanilla on the finish. Nice bitterness inthe finish.

M - good carb ad pretty full bodied.

O - decently drinkable, with a solid amount of bourbon but not overpowering; one of the better short's brews I've had.

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Photo of GoldenChild
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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Photo of oline73
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub and it was my favorite beer of the night. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The only problem with this beer. Very reddish brown with mild off white head and hardly any retention at all.

Smell: Strong bourbon with caramel, dark fruit, and mild vanilla notes.

Taste: The bourbon is hot up front, but not unpleasant at all. Sweet, but not overly so. Oak, vanilla, and maple syrup all show up in the taste. The finish is sweet and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A bit hot, but there was great depth in the flavor. I would have this again given the chance.

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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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