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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2013
tap at 2013 michigan winter beer fest. pretty dark with minimal head. big boozy beer. intense with lots of bourbon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1955) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Draft at the brewery. From memory of visit on 1/19/13. Aroma and taste was dominated by bourbon and raisins, with a hint of vanilla. Low complexity but fairly tasty. A decent barrel barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
growler. pours brown with not much head. sticky almond aroma. taste is lots of dried fruit and vanilla barrel i like it

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Growler: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, toffee, fruit, vanilla, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and toffee. The finish has fruit, vanilla, bourbon, and faint citrus hops. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackflag321 (481) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Draft in snifter. Milky, bourbon aroma, but not boozy. Caramel, with just a hint of fruit. Very smooth with no big alcohol kick.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2012
On draft in a snifter - a dark murky liquid with bourbon notes among dark fruits. Raisin, plum, grapes, and vanilla woody character as well. Tannic and full-bodied, booze is nicely covered. Warming and smooth, and overall a tasty barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2331) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Standard sweet flat barleywine base with a nice barrel treatment. The barrel character really made the beer with light bourbon vanilla and nutty tones.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Growler, sweetish barleywine, light bourbon flavors. Good carbonation, light finish

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (525) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Michigan Winter Beer Festival. Outstanding barley wine. Quite tangy with sweet notes. Bourbon barrel adds just the right amount of spice/tannin.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1301) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2011
12oz bottle pours dark amber almost brown with off white head. minimal lacing on the glass. the aroma is of a barley wine style with kicks of bourbon, dark fruit (raisins) and alcohol. the flavor is of warm alcohol burn with the bourbon and fruit in the for front. wondering and thinking if you let this one age a year or so what changes will take place i have another bottle that will go in the vault for future use. the body is almost thin but yet the fruitiness of this is a bit on the strong side.


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