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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, 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 I’m guessing is partially by design and partially from the growler. D: It’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (13080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Draft sample. Poured dark ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy prune, dark fruit and bourbon aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bourbon bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bourbon bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Holy shit this beer rocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
(Growler, courtesy of northernbrews) Pours a brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, and chocolate. Flavor of bourbon, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Keg at RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color, viscous and with a very thin head. Dark malty aroma of bourbon, soy, vanilla and grainy notes. The taste is bourbon, toffee, vanilla, bitter hops, soy. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: August 11, 2010
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Tasting, wabc
Appearance: clear dark brown
Aroma: sweet caramel and chocolate aroma, good dose of bourbon
Flavor: rich chocolate and caramel flavor, lots of bourbon and vanilla
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
LCBS 2010. Damn happy to have tried this one! Dark brown pour. Aroma of toffee, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, oak...wow! Flavor is sweet with bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, light hops. Unreal. Just unreal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Hand bottle… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” TastingThis beer rocks!… Clear, deep copper ale without much of a head. The nose is a marriage of toffee, dark fruits, toasted nuts and caramel with touches of bourbon and dried prune. Medium-bodied with laid-back carbonation. The rich flavor leans roasted and bitter, but offers a malty-sweet caramel component as well. Roasty, moderately bitter finish with gentle alcohol warmth. World class barleywine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9762) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Sampled at the RBSG ’10 Grand Tasting. Thanks to Shorts and the organizers for setting this up for us. Poured a slightly murky dark brown with a yellowish brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was very bourbon forward with caramel and toffee backing the bourbon and maybe just a hint of pine. Flavor started with caramel and toffee with bourbon growing towards the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
j12601 (9300) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels at EBF. Pours a clear ruby brown. Big vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Too much bourbon, and way too sweet. Gag inducing. Struggled to put any of this down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Sampled from a growler at the STLHops Pinball Party- I believe Strykzone brought this one from a recent trip- thanks again! Pours a mostly clear amber color with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark and dried fruits, oak, butterscotch, and a faint mineral note. The flavor is a big dose of booze up front- bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and even a bit of sherry-like warmth. Medium-bodied, with a warming, boozy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Lost a lot of the notes from the regular Wizard to the barrel, and it’s sort of a clumsy aging. Still, I like bourbon so it worked for me.

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