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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 ďWizardĒ 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3235) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Dark pour with a little off white head. Aroma of bourbon and dried fruits. Lots of sweetness and vanilla and oak. Flavor is similar. Bourbon is kept in check by strong sweetness of the fruits. Thick mouthfeel, some carbonation. Iím a bit let down because itís a tad to sweet and one-dimensional, but itís still pretty solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
pours dark red no head, nose bourbon and dark fruit, alcohol and vanilla. flavor is bourbony dark fruit, pitty and vanilla, good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1496) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival on September 16, 2010. Aroma is definitely of the wood-aged variety. Black, semi-translucent with a yellowy-brown head. Aroma is actually very strong, could be too strong, but Iím not going that far. Flavor is amazing - itís almost fruity. Canít taste much of the wood/barrel in the flavor as itís been masked by the bourbon. Holy cow... this is some good freaking beer. I almost want to say thereís a bit of sourness to this (guess I did). A little hard to finish, this is a very strong-palated (and bodied) beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2010
thanks to northernbrews, ruby and brown colored pour with no head, caramel and bourbon aroma with a flavor of hot vanilla, cocoa, butter, caramels and a little hot on the finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5276) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/17/2010. This barley wine pours a eclipse black color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit and raisins. A medium to full bodied barley wine. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet, raisins and wood. The hops are floral and herbal. Very full mouthfeel, nearly thick. Very smooth tasting. Touch of alcohol at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Sampled at GABF! Dark chestnut pour with a crimson hue and small eggshell head. Lots of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and roasted malt accompany dark fruit. Moderate carbonation consistent with the style. Pretty enjoyable brew...thatís what Iím talkiní bout and expect from them!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4766) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
handbottle thanks to northernbrews. poured a deep brown with ruby highlights. nose is bourbon, vanilla, licorice, and caramel. thick on the palate, sticky caramel, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, and syrup.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10527) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
A: The pour is very dark brown with some hints of red and a thin layer of khaki/tan colored foam. S: There is a ton of -bal on this one. Lots of great vanilla, oak, and bourbon. A nice chocolately note along with some brown sugar and licorice. T: Things stay the same for the most part on the palate. The bourbon is again the dominant feature and perhaps even more so than in the nose. Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and licorice round things out. M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation, which Iím guessing is partially by design and partially from the growler. D: Itís nice to have a more "straight forward" beer from Shorts, and this one was very well done. Not overly sweet or boozy, just very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2600) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Tasted at DDOS tasting. Dark brown pour. Huge vanilla, oak, malt aroma. Smooth malt, oak, vanilla sweetness in the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5937) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2010
RBSG 2010: Clean dark mahogany hue with some coppery highlights topped by a small but lasting beige frothy head and spotty lacework upon the glassware, some oily legs as well. The aroma has notes of roasted, chocolate, and crystal malts along with moderate vanilla, coconut, oak and bourbon influences. A slight hint of charred smokiness followed by a bit of dark fruits. The taste starts with a heavy sweet maltiness that got a bit cloying. While you can not miss the bourbon barrel character it seems to work well and not over dominate the beer. Prune, plums, fruit cake and a bit of anise is found as well. Finishes with an ashy smoky quality. The mouth feel is sticky and oily, soft carbonation and slight alcohol warming. Overall a successful BB Aged Barleywine but I only wished it was dry hopped prior to being placed in the keg. I would easily drink it again.


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