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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10883) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
northernbrews (25) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2010
First I have to thank Joe Short for graciously donating a keg for the RBSG grand tasting. Considering how limited this beer is I would have been happy with a growler but as usual Joe and the rest of the Short’s crew go well above and beyond with their generousity!! I’ve had this from the keg @ RBSG, a growler, and some handbottles. All have been great though I’d say the handbottles we not quite a good as the keg and growler due to less carbonation but still awesome........APPEARANCE.....pours a dark redish brown with a nice 1 finger khaki head. The handbottle/growlers had very little head........AROMA......very nice blend of bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak w/ hints of butterscotch and alcohol......TASTE.....follows the aroma quite nicely with some bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruits with some notes of brown sugar and butterscotch.......PALATE.....medium mouthfeel and carbonation allowing the flavors to linger for quite a while......OVERALL......One of my favorite shorts brews and one of the best BA Barleywines I’ve had.....up there with BA Numbskull and Wooden Hell and maybe even better. I hope they decide to brew this again and put some in bottles. Definitely worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Growler shared at LCBS 10. Wow, this was a show stealer. Big bourbon, sweet malt, and caramel aromas. The taste followed suit with caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon flavors working their magic.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (2591) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Thanks cloudskipper. Poured dark reddish brown, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, little chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, 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 (13618) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Tasted at the big “SeaBass has got to go” tasting courtesy of HOPSHUNTER. 12oz bottle pours amber and ruby with tiny white head. The aroma is molasses, a touch of vanilla, spicy oak, cherries, a little bit of prune and more molasses deep into the draw. The taste is rich for sure with prunes and aged ripe cherries and quickly moves into rich yummy molasses, smooth mild spicy oak and modest sweet smooth bourbon getting just a touch boozy into the finish. It almost has a yummy chocolate covered molasses for moments here and there. Into the finish prune, cherry and dates help take this to a tasty closure. This is way richer and smooth and yummier than the non barrel aged version I had just a few minutes ago. The barrel compliments perfectly here and doesn’t get in the way of this beer rich barleywine beeriness. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2011
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 Many, many thanks to Sean! Big, elegant molasses, prune, raisin, and fig aroma. Oooh. This is dense, creamy and luxurious. A big tidal pool of sweetness runs into a glacial wall of crisp bourbon. Wonderful wood dryness and booze aromatics balance with the intense dark malt presence for a fantastic pairing. Reminds me of an American interpretation of some of the JW Lees vintages. Love the super intense raisin malt with the Bourbon aging. Special to try. Very appreciative to have had the opportunity to try this and find a perfect tipple for an evening of near-April snow.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
sample at GABF on 9/20/11. dark amber pour with a small tan head. tame bourbon nose with light vanilla and dark fruits. full body with lots of dark fruit layers, bourbon, oak and sweet malts. sweet bourbon finish.

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