Bourbon Barrel Aphasia | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jale on 12-12-2011

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Drank 5/31/14 on draft @ 8th Street.

Brown/purple murkiness.

Minimal white head; almost no lace.

Caramel, fig @ oak nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Bourbon, oak & caramel sweetness. So fucking boozy! Over-the-top, the beer is dominated. Misfire.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at hopCat Grand Rapids
Appearance: dark redish,little head
Aroma: little aroma, malty, bourbon
Taste: begins very malty, then bourbon flavor takes over not an extremely complex ale, but very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Crunchy's
A: Pours mahaghony with little head.

S: Bourbon and that old ale aroma

T: Bourbon upfront folowed by figs, raisins and some burnt sugar. Slightly acedic. Nice mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body that could use more carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Very drinkable.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at HopCat Detroit's grand opening.

First sip I was thinking, "Hm. Good. Different... tastes like bourbon and barrel. But why was this $9 for a snifter?", but after it warmed, it really opened up and tasted a lot better. I haven't had a huge number of Old Ales, but this is one of the best beers I've had from Short's. Once the beer warms up a little bit it seems to get a little warmer, a dark fruit flavor comes through, and there's a great aftertaste on it. Awesome stuff.

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jake the Big Mistake!

After looking at other reviews this beer has clearly gone sour. I thought it strange but really enjoyed the beer this way. Interesting . . .

A: Dark tan to light brown coloration with a small off-white rocky head with little retention. Fairly cloudy. Ruby red highlights . Very slight lacing.

S: Bourbon, cherry and vanilla dominate. A nice woody aroma compliments. Slight peppery phenols poke through, but no overwhelming solvent alcohol. Low dark fruity esters. No diacetyl and no real hop or malt aroma.

T: Cherry dominates with a good amount of wood and vanilla. Slight caramel malt and low-moderate hop bitterness. Bourbon makes itself known but does not dominate. Alcohol is there, but fairly smooth; not hot. No hop flavor. Moderately sour. Moderate dark fruity esters of plum and dried cherry. No diacetyl, but a slight astringency due to the sour and dry, woody flavor lingering in the finish. Some tannins give this a red wine-like quality.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly warming. Finishes dry with a tannic, red-wine like quality. Somewhat astringent.

O: Got a bottle from the world beer cup and thought this was going to be a bourbon barrel stout . . . clearly not. Excellent beer nonetheless. The bourbon is very subdued and overwhelmed by the sour cherry. One of the best sour beers I've had in awhile. Very complex . . . seems like something Avery would brew up. It's a pretty ugly looking beer, but otherwise it is simply amazing. If I can ever find anymore of this I will be a very happy man. Until this bottle's empty I there already!

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Bourbon Barrel Aphasia from Short's Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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