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Short's The WizardShort's The Wizard

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Blob77
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Served in a glass, Nice dark color with moderate head.

Smell: Sweet, Very sweet with a tingly alcoholness

Taste: Sweet with a slight fruitiness, but nice roasty flavor aswell. Not to heavy on the alcohol taste (for a barley wine).

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated

Drinkability: The alcohol is not overpowering. This is the most drinkable barley wine i have tried.

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Photo of inilegna
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this one into a small snifter. What an amazing beer!

A - Pours with almost no head. A rich, reddish brown -- amber -- and quite opaque.

S - Sweet, sun dried raisins and medium roasted malt. Strong fresh rolled oats. Syrupy and molasses-y.

T - Strong alcohol right at the tip, then sweet, malty raisin and molasses. Strong roasty malt, full bodied brown sugar. A bit of hops at the mid, citrus, like orange, in the nose and a caramely finish.

M - Smooth, syrupy, and slightly crisp. Not very carbonated. Tingly froth when swished around.

D - Very high -- but be careful @ 11%! Very good beer!

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Photo of Gorgoroth
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased "hot" off the shelf from Martha's Vineyard at $2.49, shared with BA mermatinger and our wives in the Allerton Hotel, Chicago on our New Years weekend trip. Thanks to them for contributions on the tasting! From notes taken on 01/01/11.

Presentation: Typical Short's label layout on a brown 12oz bottle. Though this label, as with all Short's labels, lacks pertinent information such as ABV, bottling date, etc., I'm willing to give it a pass this time because this is some of the coolest damn artwork I've seen on a beer. Of course, I'm probably a bit biased due to my love of fantasy and occult-related stuff, stoner and doom metal, horror film, etc. But I love this artwork!! "Brewed for 6 hours and 66 minutes" -- that's gold! (And the 6-pack carton also says "brewed on Devil's Night").

Appearance: Shared pours into small (10oz?) snifters from the hotel bar. It is a crystal clear but very dark blood red or raisin color with low carbonation, small amounts of golden or cream-colored foam, and no lacing.

Smell: Upfront we have sour cherries, a hint of light roast coffee, fresh hops, baker's chocolate, and more dried dark fruit.

Taste: Bitter, bitter, bitter, front, middle, and back (but not in a bad way). Raisin and dark fruit flavors are apparent with an overtone of dry nutty bitterness, like raw walnuts. There is also a fairly prominent resinous flavor of fresh hops and grapefruit-like citrus.

Mouthfeel: The beer is nearly flat with a complex mouthfeel: bitter, dry, and oily. It is chalky and dry on the palate and tongue after swallowing, like after drinking French pressed dark roast coffee. I can only assume (due to lack of further information) that the ABV is somewhere between 8.5-9.5% (barrel-aged Wizard on-tap is nearly 11% I believe), and here the flavors and mouthfeel mask the alcohol very well; almost none is detected.

Drinkability & Final Thoughts: This beer is complex and strong. It has bold, intense flavors and mouthfeel and certainly a fairly high ABV which hits you after a few sips. It is very delicious and very drinkable, though quite potent on all fronts. The strong, resinous hops in the smell and flavor work great now but also indicate that, since this is a high-ABV barleywine, this is going to age very well! In my opinion, this is going to be another high-quality, low-price barleywine that ages for years to come in the realm of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot and Brooklyn's Monster. I love everything about this beer (appearance, smell, flavor, label artwork, etc., etc.) and have had several bottles since the first one for this review. I'll continue to drink it as long as stock is available and will most certainly buy at least a sixer to age. Highly recommended!

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Photo of slowbie
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown -- nearly black. When held up to the light some brilliant ruby hues come through. Right now it's sitting pretty much directly below the overhead light and it almost looks as if there's a red LED shining from underneath the glass.

Aroma is of chocolate covered cherries, a hint of alcohol and dark fruits, and some floral hops.

Taste is surprisingly different than the aroma. Big hoppy taste up front that fades nicely to some plum/fig/raisin flavors. An almost roasted note comes through in the middle.

Thick mouthfeel but not too syrupy sweet. Carbonation is enough to make it's point but not enough to interfere.

It's tough not to drink this one too fast. Delicious.

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Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint glass.

A- Beautiful reddish amber color, almost like a sepia tone, with a sort of devilish look to it (reminds of the color of the moon during the recent lunar eclipse). Initially had about a one finger height head that reduced by about 80%, with very light lacing.

S- Nice sweet aroma, with lovely notes of the raisins coming through. I seem to detect the slightest hint of alcohol, which i found complimentary.

T- A delicious, complex bouquet of flavors- the raisins come through fairly well, adding a unique dimension to the overall palate, kinda like the smell of a box of raisins. I detect a sweet malt flavor, sort of a fruity, with a slight hint of citrus notes, somewhat like orange juice-like in the finish and aftertaste.

M- A nice sharpness, with a smooth texture.

D- Very, very drinkable, to my mind. It goes down quite well, with a nice little warming effect from the alcohol

Yet another great beer from Short's, IMO. I would highly recommend this beer to all barley wine fans, as this seems to offer its own unique elements that make it stand out, sort of like the horny dog barley wine from Flying Dog. Its got great flavors, drinks well, and seems to have a fairly high ABV, making for a nice drink around the fireplace on on cold winter nights, or for when praising the dark lord :)

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Demons worry when The Wizard is near." - Black Sabbath

@ Lord Hobo for the Shorts tap takeover

Triple mashed, boiled for 6 hours and 66 minutes (wouldn't that be 7 hours and 6 minutes? Hell, why not 426 minutes? Why spoil the novelty I guess) and fermented in raisins.

Black with eggplant highlights (I think, it's dark in there). Arrived on a nifty Shorts Soft Parade coaster which is now protecting my Gatorade bottle from leaving moisture rings on my computer desk. Thin head is quick to dissipate. Foamwise it's a lackluster beer but so were many of the beers sent out tonight. Not sure if it's, Short's ,the bartenders, or the setup.

Not a subtle nose: blackberry brandy, black cherry and cocoa nibs erupt from the glass. Tastes like brown sugar coated raisins, blackberry and chocolate. One of the most raisin-y beers I can remember (Smuttynose Gravitation being of comparable raisin saturation). Bold, sugary, and awesome.

A very different barleywine due to the extreme dark fruit but also one of the best, off the top of my head.

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Photo of jmunsters
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle tucked away and pointed out by Rishi at International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI.

A: Deep brown with a redish hue to it. Very nice head and lacing from the pour.

S: Molasses, brown sugar, raisins, caramel, booze. My girlfriend described it perfectly as, "It smells like the holidays." The smell coming from this is amazing.

T: Oddly bitter. I didn't find it thin, and actually found it a bit boozey and syrupy. It takes like a very roasty barley wine to me. The raisins are abundant along with a very warm, roasted malt character.

A - A nice dark brown/red body with a small khaki head. Some lacing and retention. I knocked it down a peg due to the large yeast chunks. It otherwise looks like a solid barley wine.

S - Tons of raisins. Brown sugar, caramel, light alcohol, and sweet malts. The dominant aroma here is the raisins though. Very nice. Really quite boozy up front that fades away to a nice, warm, comfortable taste.

O: I love it. A hot August night is not the time for this, but if you happen to find yourself in need of a beer in front of a nice warm fireplace late November, I would strongly suggest this.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage bottle (12oz) poured into snifter on 3/1/11.
Pours a dark brown hue with a thin off-white topper. Recedes quickly and leaves no lace. The first thing I pick up is raisins and fig. My nose moves into some caramel, a drop of vanilla, and some brown sugar. The raisins, figs, caramel, and brown sugar play well after a few sips. Add to that a bit of earth and slight booze. The alcohol is not overwhelming and should be expected at 11%ABV. It provides nice warmth on a cold night. This tasty treat is full bodied and remains so as it warms. The low carbonation seems to be the norm for a barley wine of this gravity. The Wizard is pretty good and remains another unique brew from Short's. Some age will only improve this ale but from experience Short's doesn't recommend it. I will purchase again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gnemesis for filling my mailbox with shorts beers this evening. This was my third taste from the box.

a-Poured a deep brown stream into a duvel tasting glass which settled as a dark plum color with a thin head with decent lacing.

s-Tangy & earthy. Kind of like a vedgie beer or a sour.

t-Raisins jump in the taste. Very earthy almost grass-like. Mostly malt. A bit tangy like the nose suggests, bit taste is a different universe from the smell. Both are good, just different fron each other.

m/d-Has a real winter beer feel to it, almost like a BSDA. Leaves a touch of a tingle in my mouth. Not that thick and filling, and far from syrupy, which I like. Very good and on the deep and dark side of the barleywines.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Graciously shared by TCHopCraver.

The Wizard pours a very dark ruby color and is ever so slightly cloudy. This is one of those beers that looks very nice when held up to a light, showing an attractive garnet hue. A fairly aggressive pour leads to a small parchment head that fades quickly. The lacing is about what I would expect on a malty high ABV brew.

The aroma is malty, but with a definite hit of piney citrus. There is a super intense dark fruity sweetness that smells sort of like jam that has been cooked down for too long. Some dark cherry notes and a bit of a spicy, earthy character are also present. This beer definitely has that Short's high gravity aroma to it.

The flavor is very enjoyable with a nice round sweetness. It is malty, fruity, earthy and ever so slightly peppery. There are notes of raisin, black sweet cherry, caramelized sugars and also a nice citrus zest kick. There is also a bit of brown sugary sweetness present.

The mouthfeel is medium with a nice finish that is sweet, but not cloying. There is a sort of zing on the end that really lightens up the finish. Zesty sweet notes like rum soaked grapefruit linger on the palate after swallowing.

When I first heard about this beer I immediately thought it was a cool idea, but pretty gimmicky. It turns out that like some of DFH's best brews, the gimmick helps make a very interesting and enjoyable brew. This is definitely one of my favorite barley wines and I really hope I can get my hands on the bourbon barrel aged version someday.

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Photo of kohoutek
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle describes the beer as a barleywine, brewed with raisins. A six hour & 66 minute boil was employed. Bring on the Maillard reaction!

Pours a hazy deep garnet/brown with little light penetration. Head is almost tan/orange in color. Head quickly dissipates into 1/2 to 3/4 surface coverage.

Aromas and flavors of toffee, dried dates, raisins, smoky, malty, iron, freshly baked bread, vanilla, caramel, dried autumn oak leaves and the slightest hint of dried orange peel.

The sweetness of this beer is present, but it is very nicely offset by a bright, clean and present hop bitterness.

A very unique and drinkable barleywine that seems to be more of an American/English hybrid. Clearly American yeast and IBUs, but it has English toffee and a lack of potent finishing hops.

At first I thought this beer was a bit two dimensional, but after my fourth bottle (not in one sitting!) its subtlety is growing on me. A very fresh, local offering.

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Photo of DersOne
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a muddy brown with a shallow toffee-colored head, small bubbles with very thin lacing that dissipates quickly.

S-Sugar sweetness, licorice and sweet raisin, dark fruits with a hint of maltiness.

T-Malt and booze up front with a bit of bitterness, carbonation tingle (almost champagne-like) and raisins, finishing sweet with some dry bitter dark chocolate notes.

M-Smooth, contrasting with effervescence, minimal dryness, very pleasant.

O-4.25/5, it was interesting to see an over-sweet variation of a barleywine.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers from Shorts Now

A - Cloudy dirty brown and about a 1/4 inch of mocha colored head atop with mild carbonation bubbles throughout. Lacing is good.

S - As expected mostly raisin in the smell with plums and figs but some sweet malts and chocolate also. Little to no hops

T - The hops are mild but do assert their way into the finish along with a brown sugar sweetness, natural raisin flavors and some bitter chocolates.

M - Insane how well this drinks for the ABV. Medium to heavy but my guess would be 9 or 10 at most.

Overall the only thing better would have been if I got a six pack and am now envious of Michigan folk being able to buy this right off the shelf. Smooth body, natural flavors, and little to no noticeable ABV. What a world class barleywine.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured a hazy red-orange with a minimal off-white with slight tan hue head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, raisins, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, raisins, dark fruit, and slight sweet alcohol on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really like how the raisins were integrated into this brew. They were present but they were not in your face and really helped to hide the alcohol in this one quite well. Never would have guessed this one was 11% at all. The flavor was quite complex and enjoyable to me. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this one!

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Photo of Magpie14
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: the body is in the range of tawny and chestnut browns. The pour brought forth a cascading of golden bubbles and helped form a dingy white foamy top. Sleek and shiny bubbles rest atop. Some lacing is present, very small though

S: the nose is nice with plenty of presence. A lot of snappy hops (both citrus and pine), raisins, hefty malts, and caramel. The nose is rather complex and full of life. Good stuff so far

T: great flavors going on in this one. Things are also pretty balanced and inviting. Plenty of pine laden hops with roasted toffee type malt notes. Caramel flavors are rich and compliment the darker side of things...darker as in raisins and sugary figs. After each sip a crisp pine and fruity resinous character cuts through and the pleasant battle between sweet and bitter continues.
I like it. In some ways it stretches the boundaries of what I would normally expect from a barleywine

M: pretty lush. Really smooth and mildly carbonated. Warming is a super plus as flavors and drink-ability increase. Body is hefty with proper feel

D: great warmer for cold nights. It seems that I am not the only one who wonders where the 11.0 ABV is? Crafted and drinks great considering it is firewater. This beer will always be welcomed. Short's can do no wrong!

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Photo of GRPunk
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A- A normal pour left a thin brown head atop a mahogany body with ruby edges. There were some nice sticky spots left on the glass.

S- Raisins and grassy hops at first. Sweet malts remind me of caramel or toffee. There's a hint of underlying alcohol, that's not harsh in any way. Some warmth brings out brown sugar and even rum-like qualities. More spice and leathery tones are in the background.

T- Very nice. Definite raisin notes. It's quite sweet. More toffee and almost a butter-candy flavor. Spicy hops take the edge off and offer some balance. Pleasant alcohol kicks in near the finish along with the hops that dry things out.

M- Way smoother than expected. It's lightly carbonated and pleasantly, full-bodied (staying just the right side of thick or syrupy). There's a really pleasant warm alcohol in the finish. It ends up pretty clean in the end.

D- Though not a "winter warmer" per se, it's a great beer for warming up on a cold winter day. I could see this as an awesome nightcap. While I'm not going to drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting, I can really sit back and enjoy the complexity on this one.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to see another new bottled Short's offering at the store...have got to try it. Poured into an oversized snifter, the hue is brownish red. Not much head upon pour but some foam on the sides of the drink stick to the glass forming a bit of lacing.

The smell is fantastic lending a nose full. All kinds of brown sugar, and dark fruits lend an almost brandy type smell. Within the nose, there is some lighter notes such as spiced apples.

Tha taste is a good balance of brown sugar, raisin, molasses, red grapes, and spiced apple. It is rich and full featuring a good amount of sweetness and heat.

The feel is medium-full in the mouth with a lot of warming in the aftertaste. There is also a pleasant drying in the end.

This is a very solid barleywine with ample complexity providing a nice warming drinker.

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Photo of cavedave
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for yet another stupidly fine beer.

Very cloudy and nice brown, red hints, not much head, spome spotty islands and a ring, but stupid legs on glass after a gentle swirl

Smell is full of prune and raisin, some candi, gentle alcohol which adds rather than detracts, hints of toffee and floral hop. Like perfume.

Taste starts caramel and toffee picking up some darker roast notes, nothing charry by any means, just a touch of darker sugars and toast, into lots of fruit that comes into the sip with herbal bitter, and the bitter stays with a lingering sweet and dark ripe fruit that taste a bit vinous as it warms. Nice.

Mouthfeel is light despite its look of light syrup, very low carb. alcohol very well hidden, lasting flavors, they stay pretty clean, could be a touch cleaner, nice finish, could be a bit better to play with the big boys in this style.

Overall a delicious beer that pushes the boundaries of flavor blasts, from a brewer who specializes in it.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Believe it was Jeff who sent me this one (I should really start keeping better track). In any case: thanks!

A: The pour is a dark brown color with red highlights and a thin layer of tan head.

S: Strong aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and raisins. A nice dark fruit character with minimal hop notes. A touch of chocolate to go along with some toffee and a hint of booze.

T: The flavor is fairly heavy on the fruits. Lots of raisins and plums with a hint of chocolate. Big brown sugar, molasses, and toffee flavors giving a nice sugar note. Again, minimal hop presence.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not as good as the bourbon version, but still really nice. A solid barleywine.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark transparent red with a thiner tan colored head.

S-an assertive dark malt quality dominates the aroma, hints of roasted coffee lie underneath, sticky malt sweetness in the back, pruney and plum like.

T-huge roasted malt flavors dominate the taste, very sticky and chewy malts with some light notes of roasted coffee. pretty well integrated flavors and a nice malty sweetness in the back adding notes of raisins and plums.

M-syrupy full body and very soft and creamy on the palate with lightly prickly carbonation in the finish.

D-this is a pretty nice barleywine with a nice balance of flavors and complexity. tasty stuff.

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Photo of BigB415
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red with no head. Light retention.

S: Heavy raisin smell.

T: Hops, more raisin, and alcohol. The raisin is the most dominant throughout.

MF: The raisin notes still lingers with some faint hops.

O: I really like barleywines but was hesitant about this one being that it was brewed with raisins but I'm really liking it. It is extremely well balanced with nothing overpowering.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Described on the bottle as a "barleywine ale aged with raisins".

Poured into a pint glass, this is a dark brown color but translucent with half an inch or so of head. Smell is exceptionally sweet with hints of brown sugar, raisins, and a slight burst of floral hops. Taste is sweet, with loads of sugar coated raisins, molasses, and syrupy flavors. Alcohol is present but is balanced very well, making this one of the more drinkable barleywines I've tried.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Sunset Grill & Tap (Allston, MA) on 3/11/11. Served in a tulip glass. This was listed as 13% ABV on the tap list here.

Pours a clear deep copper, topped with a ½ finger cap of stiff off-white head. This has a very robust looking retention going on with it, leaving back a rich cascade that settles into some thick spotty swathes of lacing. The aroma smells freshly floral, piney, and citric, which is layered on top of a powerful mix of chocolate, toffee, and burnt roast. The malts are big in the nose but those fresh American hops are even bigger here and pretty much control things. The high alcohol that is present gives this some robust heft in the nostrils.

Malts take over a bit more in the taste here, with notes of cocoa, brown sugar, and toffee and roast character that combine to give off a bit of a sweet molasses flavor. Hops add a good bit of citric fruit (bitter grapefruit is in abundance) and sticky pine resins to the profile. That big 13% ABV gives this warm notes of sweet alcohol and spice, which linger in the finish with leftover burnt malts and pithy bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a big creamy feel that fills the mouth but then dies down some as you near the swallow. Overall, this is pretty lively in the mouth and succeeds in showcasing off all of those fresh hop flavors. As mentioned before, the hefty alcohol presence keeps itself confined to adding some extra complexity to the profiles and keeps any stinging heat out of the equation for the most part.

Well I'm glad that I got to experience this beast of a Barleywine on draft, where all of that fresh American hop character could shine but luckily not outshine those thick delicious malts and sweet spicy alcohol notes that were present as well. At 13% ABV, this is a sipper, but I was pleased to find that it was a smooth and complex one. I was really looking forward to this one during this Short's takeover and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a recent trade with semibaked. Thanks a bunch! Poured into my town hall snifter:

A - Pours a damn near jet black with creamy brown hues toward the bottom. The strange thing is that when I first poured it it appeared to be black but the more time it sits in front of me the more brown it turns...interesting. An inch thick foam head that dies to foam ring around the edges with spotty white patches in the middle.

S - This one appears to smell more like a dark fruit, slight hoppy barley wine. Little bit of brown sugar and caramel, but the smells of dark fruit are black cherries and some apples. Interesting smell for a barley wine...

T - Wow, what a change from the smell. There are flavors of tabacco, leathery and oaky wood. A bit of burnt sugar, but lots of leather and tabacco. I'd give it a 4.25 but had to go with a 4 since I've never tasted a barley wine like this before.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and tingling vibrations in the after math. A bit drying but that's ok.

D - Pretty easy to drink. It seems that I encounter this with every Shorts beer; I get certain smells that are really unique and then once I taste it it does a total 180 and gives me way different flavors. I like Shorts and haven't had anything bad from them. I will say that all the brews I've had from them has been interesting to say the least. Worth a shot.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes written on 1/24/11.

The Wizard (Fred Savage, anyone?... "Get your power glove off her!") pours dark mahogany to brown with a beautiful ruby hue when held to light. The head is a half-finger tall and has a light khaki color with a tinge of brown. The lacing is nice- splashy and dotty.

The smell is very malty and fruity; I think the raisins play a huge role in this. There is a caramel and brown sugar smell, but it is more in the background than it is with most Barleywines. A sweeter citrus smell is also evident in the mix, as well as some plum and tropical fruit. The Shorts earthy-spice house smell leaves its trademark in the aroma on top of everything else.

This is a very cogent taste at first, with all of the component flavors blending well. Caramel, citrus hops, raisins, and darker fruits all harmonize to produce a tasty beer. The finish is nicely dry. It must be pretty heavily hopped to balance the boil time of six hours and sixty-six minutes.

The feel in my mouth is a medium to full bodied creaminess with a a nice hoppy and spicy finish. This is satisfyingly creamy, but very well balanced by a crisp and refreshing end.

For a big Barleywine this is very drinkable. I will have this again, for sure. The taste is smooth and the overall vibe of the beer suits me well.

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Short's The Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
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