Short's The Wizard | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by webmanspidey on 12-28-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
187
Reviews:
101
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of MMBrew
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/18/2011. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big toffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, raisin, prune, biscuit, toast, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, light roast, floral, pine, and floral earthiness. Light earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, biscuit, light chocolate, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt and fruit flavors; with a fair amount of hop presence and no cloying sweetness after the finish. The raisins are a touch astringent but not bad at all. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine style. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MgoJohnStamos
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of GinsuDave
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Cotton_27
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears an amber mahogany color with ruby clarity when held to the light. A yellowish head composed of big bubbles sits atop about a finger strong leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is liked candied raisins. Sweet toffee, molasses and hints of fruity alcohol. This brew is all about the burnt sugary character ans alcohol. Despite letting it warm up, there isnt much other character emitting from the glass.

The taste is toffee and molasses with raisins and chocolate. A bit of earthen aspect with the alcohol being quite aparent. It boasts almost a tangy whiskey inclusion into the aftertaste. The flavors meld well together but overall it seems a little one-dimensional. Sugar + alcohol and nothing else sadly.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low amount of carbonation. It is boozy and a decent sipper. I am glad I got to try this but I remain unimpressed with most everything ive had from Shorts. Some of my friends seem really nutty over this brewery, maybe one day ill understand why.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of soze47
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BlissJunkie
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scotthuller
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Namarsha82!

Appearance. pours an opaque orangey-brown with a skim of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel, some dank and piney hops, brown sugar and raisins.

Taste. Caramel malts, molasses, raisins and some piney hops. Quite dry, which I wasn't expecting. High alcohol is dangerously well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A fine barleywine. The raisins add a really nice flavour and the lack of big sweetness makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Pahn
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA mob2332 for including this as an extra in a sort-of trade.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing. Pours a very dark maroon and leaves spots of lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, raisins, brown sugar. Mildly boozy, but no indication of 11% ABV. Pastry sweetness. Very inviting.

Taste: Raisins and lots of hop bitterness up front. Brown sugar and raisin skin finish. Second sip brings a kind of pruny tartness that's unpleasant. In subsequent sips, it's sort of grape and raisin and a bit of cola up front, with pastry malt sweetness wayyyy in the background that gets obliterated by alcohol heat and a powerful medicinal astringency. Astringent aftertaste.

Started out 3.5~4.0 for taste, quickly went down to 2.5~3.0 for that huge off flavor. With time and warmth, it gets a bit sweeter, but never lives up to the aroma nor overcomes unpleasantness of the astringent finish. This isn't a "3.0-for-average," it's a "3.0 for lots good with one glaring bit of bad."

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Bit watery. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: I'm ambivalent about this beer. Great aroma, and I like the grape/raisin flavors mixing with the sweet malt. However, it's hard to get past that awful medicinal bitterness.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eh. This is an okay barleywine. Too boozy and the raisins seem to chip in oddly with that too, somehow. It certainly is smooth, but it seems to lack any distinct interesting character. At least that which would make it interesting and unique. Nice to drink, but could have been more inspiring.

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Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of GeezLynn
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a deep red hue and a sparse white head.

S: Brown sugar,butterscotch, roasted barley and a bit of alcohol. Smells like a sweeter, low-hopped barleywine.

T: Basically a dry, moderately hopped American style barleywine, with a very pronounced raisin flavor. While not particularly sweet, hopping in this beer is also somewhat restrained, which gives the raisins greater prominence. There’s also a slight roastiness that distinguishes it from typical. Alcohol shows up on the finished, but is pretty well disguised in this bottle (for 11%).

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. A bit dull.

This one pretty much falls in line with most Short's beers. Unique. For me half of their beers fall in the “that was interesting, but I won’t have it again”, and half fall into “that was pretty good. I’d have another”. This one is in the latter. Pretty nice beer, though I'm guessing it might be a bit gnarly fresh.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. No bottle date.

Appearance - Deep dark body. Not black, but a very dark burgundy. Small off-white head.

Smell - Brown sugar. I guess that's raisins I smell, but it's more of a generic dark fruit. Hops, but barely aromatic.

Taste - Sweet raisin flavor throughout. The malt isn't as dominant as a 6 hour 66 minute boil might suggest. Intensely bitter hop finish. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Alcoholic bite. Medium body, which seems light for the ABV. Crazy bitter. Slow to drink.

Overall - Definitely a sipper. Tastes ok, but really tough to drink.

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Photo of KCM
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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