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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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Bourbon Wizard has a monstrous malt bill, and a boil time of 6 hours and 66 minutes, which creates a dark amber color and a full-body. There is also a high residual malty sweetness of caramel and toffee. To help make this barleywine a little more balanced, and ensure that there is not an overwhelming alcohol flavor, we add raisins for sweetness and a large amount of hops.

The name “Wizard” hinted at the origin of the malt bill, which was the same recipe as our Magician, just three times larger. Upon its original release at the pub, the Bourbon Wizard has become a yearly staple and is often brewed in the late fall or early winter.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
paintedmaple (408) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
On tap...this barley wine has the complexity and character of fine aged wine as well as some great bourbon notes. The sweet dark fruits are well balanced with perfumed hops and finishes with a bittersweet bite. Nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5424) - Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2014
Draft sample at RBSG from notes (2nd time from growler). Pours a dark cola brown with reddish highlights and a small off white head. The aroma and flavor had sweet caramel malts, heavy bourbon, vanilla, wood, with some dark fruits coming in mid palate. A bit boozy, but flavor is good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1880) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Growler: Thanks to Jeff for this other awesome Shorts hook-up! Deep, deep brown body with slightly translucent edges... no head forms, only a very fine, tan ring. Aroma is full of unattenuation, sweet residual sugars, warming & sweet bourbon, perfume, light toffee, caramel covered candies, anise, & dried, dark fruits like plums & raisins. Flavor is a sticky caramel & bourbon bath up front, covered a big profile of oak. Date & prune purée, light black licorice, wood, & a big, finishing perfume-y floral presence... from the hops, I’m assuming? Boozy, bourbon soaked dark fruit finish. Medium-heavy mouth feel, lightly sticky. This is some seriously great stuff! Certainly showcases what Shorts is capable of. Not the best barrel aged barleywine I’ve had, but it’s definitely a winner.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpar73 (472) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, and chocolate. Flavor of bourbon, caramel, roasted malt, and. vanilla, Great stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (669) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Growler share thanks to homer321. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, yummy. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (1889) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Growler thanks to mikem409. Fairly dark brown with minimal head. Nose is mostly bourbon. A light toastiness I the nose as well with some caramelization sugar notes. Taste is mostly bourbon with a moderately sweet malt presence. Fairly bitter. A significant amount of alcohol warning. Pretty tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (783) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Growler share thanks to Homer321. Bourbon barrel sweet choco mamma oaky vanilla and more bourbon. Sexy choco mamma roasty chocolate bourbon and oak...boost = detected. Yum

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (676) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Draft at Logans Alley - pours a deep brown with off white head. Big vanilla and bourbon oak aromas. Taste is toffee meets raisins. Medium sweetness. Alittle alcohol is noticeable . Good , one of the better offerings from Shorts that I’ve had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Draft at HopCat in East Lansing. Pours a deep dark ruby, with essentially zero head with not a lot of lace to speak of. The smell is overwhelmingly bourbon filled with heavy vanilla notes. The taste is the complex barleywine taste I’m looking for. There is a lot of vanilla that fades into a roasty malt complexity that begins to show heat. By the time the beer finishes, the booze is there, and at 11.8%, it is something that can be expected. The beer coats your mouth, allowing that flavor and boozyness to just hang for a few moments, which is surprisingly enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (472) - Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Really tasty. Pours dark brown, no head. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Taste is lots of smooth bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, and some wood characteristics. Great stuff.


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