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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%


Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dbc5 on 06-04-2013)
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GOBLIN

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thirsty Dog Wulver

Exciting

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours dark murky brown. Almost reminds me of a soda just sitting inside a hollowed log kinda murky.

S: All I smell is bourbon . . . Maybe some dark fruits but mostly all I detect is booze. Pretty intimidating really.

T: Delicious ! Definitely a wee heavy now. Bourbon flavors bursting forth right from the start. Dark fruits such as raisins, figs and dates coat the mouth with a nice touch as this goes down smooth.

M: A big beer with smooth qualities. Drinks easy but you better just sip this beer fellas. Warming for sure but doesn't have that boozy burning you'd expect at the smell.

O: Wonderful beer . . . Period ! Been keeping an eye out for this one for a while now and glad I found it. It didn't disappoint. As a matter of fact it lived up to the hype and expectations I had for it. A bit pricey but I will go get more next pay day (hope it's still available)

Picture this . . . It's a cold, windy and rainy evening. You've just played a tough but rewarding 18 holes on the old course at St. Andrews. The rain still slowly falls as you make your way home winding your way through the meadows and cobble stone trails. The sky is a colorless grey as you spot the smoke rising slowly from the chimney of your stone cabin. The door creeks open . . . You drop your clubs on the floor and stroll to the fireplace to warm your hands for a spell. After the sense of feeling spreads back into your finger tips you fall into your favorite old rocking chair for a night cap. You sit there warming yourself by the fire. Staring into the burning abyss your mind is lost in thoughts of days past.
Wulver is that kind of beer.

This is the perfect beer for that moment.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 02:07:02 | More by GOBLIN
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toppoop

Ohio

4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured out a nice amber with a tiny bit of sediment from the bottom. Nice head that lasted a few minutes with decent lacing.
S - Nice hints of caramel, butterscotch. Touch of bourbon and vanilla.
T - Extremely smooth and balanced flavors for a brew aged in bourbon barrels. Nice vanilla and bourbon up front which don't overpower. Nice toffee and dark fruit follow with subtle oak and sweet chocolate.
M - Nice and buttery and medium bodied.
O - Can't believe it took me so long to try this beer. Don't usually care too much for this brewery, but this outstanding. Got a few stored away to see how it matures.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 20:35:47 | More by toppoop
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour courtesy of stillmatic2232, thanks man!

Pours a murky brown, with a very small, half inch head. A little bit of lacing.

Aromas include caramel, coconut, oak, and sweet but subtle bourbon.

The taste tells the same story. Tons of vanilla, coconut, and caramel in this one, just decadent. Hazelnut, pecan, brown sugar, molasses, and incredibly well integrated bourbon. It doesn't smack you over the head with it- one of the most drinkable BA beers I've ever had. Just awesome.

Medium bodied, could be slightly thicker, but the thinner body does keep the drinkability at a good point. The pour went by way too quickly. I want a full bottle of this stuff ASAP.

My first beer tried from Thirsty Dog- and I am thirsty for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 23:58:01 | More by GreesyFizeek
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scottfrie

California

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into snifter. A very warm thank you for this one, Eric.

A: Pours a very deep and woody brown with a short lived thin tan head that faded to a thin collar. A very fine film of lace was left down the glass.
S: The nose is rich and decadent with sweet notes of caramel, oiled leather, dates, raisins, chocolate, mellow bourbon and slight vanilla. Very complex and integrated; smells delicious.
T: Flavors are so very delicate and rich at the same time. Extremely smooth and mellow notes of dates, bourbon, sweet brown sugar and caramel, slight licorice, slight peat, leather and milk chocolate. The finish is lightly sweet with a slight touch of musty attic and faint faint oxidization, and the aftertaste is full of leather, raisin, sticky hop oil, and a kiss of brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla.
M: Sticky and slick mouthfeel, low and soft carbonation, smooth, rich and decadent full body. Not as thick and heavy as a stout, nor am I expecting/think it should be. I get no trace of the double digit alcohol.
O: How is this beer so underrated?! I was blown away by its complexity and decadence. This bottle must be a few years old because of how mellow and integrated the flavors are. I could sip this all day. Thank you again, TurdFurgison!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 01:08:26 | More by scottfrie
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Initially it appears pitch black but holding it up to light you can tell it's dark brown with a red tint. One-finger head
S: Melted milk chocolate, molasses, bourbon, vanilla
T: Matches the nose. The chocolate comes first, then vanilla, then bourbon, a hint of heat then a toffee/caramel/molasses finish
M: Sweet, full-bodied, only a hint of alcohol
O: Wow is this tasty. I paired it with a piece of chocolate cake I had at home and it was a match made in heaven. It would probably make a nice dessert by itself too- given its smoothness and 12% I could see it creeping up on you in a hurry. Definitely give this one a try

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 05:20:53 | More by ONUMello
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber pour with a deep dark ruby cast. Nice head and lacing that retains for 3 minutes. The nose is bourbon over sweet dark fruit, mostly plum and raisin, coupled with notes of vanilla, caramel and oak over molasses. Almost full bodied with a very rich creamy texture. The superb flavor profile is complex, yet balanced. Unlike Founder's Backwoods Bastard, bourbon doesn't predominate. You get a complex balance of bourbon against the flavors of the nose. It begins with the dark fruit, progresses to the caramel and molasses based sweetness, then bourbon and the associated vanilla and oak notes. The finish is a smooth bourbon forward sweetness counter balanced with an oak astringency that flows into that nice alcoholic burn at the back of the throat. Compared to FBB, the Wulver wins by a nose for the Wee Heavy title.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 19:14:13 | More by tillmac62
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a mid-sized and fizzy tan head. Head fizzes out fast with no lacing. Moderately decent head retention.

S: Oh yeah. Big dark fruits. Figs, dates and molasses. Prunes? Molasses and toffee and caramel. Dense and sweet. Decent chunk of oak in there too. Finally, some peat but it's subdued.

T: Big bourbon notes up front. Sickly sweet molasses and caramel. Oakiness covers everything. Huge super sweet dark fruits everywhere too. Bursting with raisins and figs. Like drinking concentrated raisin juice sometimes. Lingering sugary molasses and oakiness with some peat mixing in here.

M: Big, heavy, cloyingly sweet.

O: Interesting brew. It's big and complex. Pretty well balanced too. But boy is it sweet. Like drinking maple syrup sweet. It's got that same cloying sweetness that you get in a lot of the bigger He'brew beers. Like drinking pure molasses. I am glad this bottle was only 12 ounces because I don't think I'd make it through a larger format. Sipper for sure. Dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 05:50:39 | More by Dope
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy dark brown with a one-finger white head.

S - Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and oak.

T - Follows the nose with vanilla, bourbon, and oak taking over the flavor. Alcohol is fairly strong and becomes stronger as it warms.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - One of the best wee heavies right up there with Backwoods Bastard. A really nice sipper for a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:03:29 | More by TreyIsWilson
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a murky deep reddish brown with a very thing off-white head that quickly fades to nothing. Small amount of light coming through on the edges.

S- Raisin, vanilla, oak, alcohol. Nice sweet, sticky malts.

T- Similar to aroma with dark dried fruits, vanilla, oak, the alcohol kinda takes over a bit too much as it gets more up to serving temp.

M- Given the flavor and alcohol content I found this to be a bit thin in the mouth.

O- This is a very good beer but when Backwoods Bastard is one of my favorite beers naturally I will compare it to that beer. I just think that it is very close to BB but not quite there, plus the fact that this is over twice the price per bottle really is a negative on Wulver. Still a fine example of bourbon barrel wee heavy. I found this beer interesting in that at 12% it pushes Ohio's ABV law about to the limit.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:18:40 | More by PaulyB83
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with hints of mahogany and a decent off-white head, good lacing

S-toffee, dark fruit, butterscotch, bourbon, oak, vanilla

T-caramel malt, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, slight smokiness

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-one off the best BA Wee Heavies I have tried, great for sipping on a cold night

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 18:41:08 | More by MDDMD
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy tall glass.

A deep mahogany brown, faint red edges and quite dark. Head barely makes one finger of tan bubbles but settles slowly to a simple 4mm tall puck and collar.

Bouquet is standard and classic. Lots of caramel, and thick butterscotch. Hints of vanilla and thick toffee but not with a large sweetness. Classic bourbon barrel aged wee heavy greatness presented, very nice. Wonderful nose.

Palate comes nicely but not as big as the bouquet suggests. Soft malts and light toffee. Some good caramel thickness and a nice controlled sweetness of molasses and brown sugars. Slight bit of carbonated pop on the finish. A nice spicy quality to of brown spiced nutmeg and clove to go along with it. A carbonated aftertaste and prickly finish slightly but not distracting.

Overall it's a nice much subtler version of a barrel aged wee heavy, but it's done very well and enjoyable to drink all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:13:15 | More by smakawhat
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If rum is too sweet... If scotch is too smoky... If bourbon is too caramelized... If beer is too soft... Then this ale is for you! It hits all the right chords and does so on the back of a surprisingly drinkable finish.

Wulver pours with a medium-dark brown beer. Hazy as it is, the ale allows for ruby, garnet and rust low-lights to penetrate; giving the ale a soft and dim glow. As its initial creamy sand-stained head forms, it swirls into something more akin to coffee creme. Its light trailing lace is kept under wrap by the beer's enormous complexity.

Its aromas and all things of boozy sweetness. Unmistakable bourbon parlays into a rummy, scotch-like scent as its spice and wood character tickle the nose. The peated ale underneath is lightly smoky, densely scented with molasses and burnt toffee, and offering hints of walnut and chocolate. As the beer warms, a light vinous woody scent of sherry pulls forth.

The taste is highly malty as its molasses and toffee seems to fold in a honey character that gives the ale a praline-type sweetness. Nutty with everything from buttery cashews to robust walnuts and pecans and almonds to boot- the earthen taste is greeted with vanilla, caramel and light coffee. A mild chocolate underpinning pulls from the toasted grains and dives right into those booze-soaked tastes of bourbon, scotch, rum, and again... light sherry wine.

Its body is full, rich and round. As the malty sweetness of the beer wraps around the tongue and saturates the taste buds fully, a more dessert-like "sipping" session seems to override the need for drinkability. But the sweetness breaks apart just enough to let the dry toasted malt textures and spicy alcohols dry the beer considerably and seems to lighten the beer in a more friendly manner.

Wulver is a near-perfect wood aged beer. Where the scotch industry has used bourbon barrels for centuries, its no surprise to find all that wood-aged character playing out on a base beer that supports the wood seamlessly.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 16:45:03 | More by BEERchitect
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle sealed with pressure cap and gold foil. Classy looking label art & bottle.

poured into tulip glass.

Thanks to waratdenison for this extra!

Appearance: dark murky brown bodied beer with a red hue when held up to light. Thick cap of beige colored head that drops down to a ring around the glass. Nice legs on the side of the glass after each sip of the beer.

Smell: Primary components of the aroma are bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Overall this beer has a fairly sweet nose. Hints of tobacco, peat moss, and cola. Subtle meaty smoke. Very complex nose. This is the best smelling BA Wee Heavy that I have put my nose into!

Taste: The taste is very similiar to the nose it tastes as sweet as it smells, but its a little smokier than the nose leads onto and less dark fruits are present than I was expecting. Primary components of the flavor profile of this beer are the barrel notes. Loads of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Almost, but no quite moderate notes of meaty smoke, peat moss, molasses, and leather. Hint of dark fruits, caramel, butterscotch, and cola. The bourbon, cola, dark fruits, smoke, and leather all linger in the aftertaste. As the beer warms up booze soaked raisins, dark fruits, caramel, butterscotch, and leather notes become more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer drinks like its a 7% barrel aged beer. So very smooth and drinks so easily. Slightly chewy. Though it doesnt necessarily need more carbonation, I think this beer would benefit from a little bit more carbonation.

Overall: This is the best beer that I have drank from Thirsty Dog! Wulver is effortlessly the very best BA Wee Heavy that I have drank. Backwoods bastard doesn't even hold a candle to Wulver. Wulver has many layers of flavors and fantastic complexity found in this beers aroma and flavor profile. A great beer to slowely sip on and contimplate its many complexities. I cant remember enjoying a BA Wee Heavy as much as I am enjoying this beer right now! I hope this is a yearly release by Thirsty Dog, they would be crazy not to release this brew on a yearly basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 04:33:22 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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dar482

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a murky dark brown. Hints of copper and red coming through in the light.

The aroma has wonderful sweet vanilla and bourbon. Then toffee, caramel, deep brown toasty bread, wet raisins, boozy cherries, dried dates.

The flavor hits of a punch of bourbon and vanilla in the front. Then again the toffee and sweet fresh caramel. Then some hints of tobacco and leather. Dark fruits simmer on the surface of boozy raisins, dried figs, dates, and plums. The finish is of some alcohol, bourbon, some drying oak.

The beer has a medium plus to full mouthfeel.

This beer has a beautiful melding of flavors. I would say that it is slightly better than Founders Backwoods Bastard. The beer is quite similar, but with a better melding of the sweet and fruit notes of the beer and bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:42:11 | More by dar482
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with less than a finger of tan head that enjoyed some decent retention. The nose has soft but distinct bourbon notes. The malt profile is weak for the style and the body is also too thin to properly balance with the bourbon flavors. The bourbon almost completely takes over on the finish and this offering ends up tasting like a shot rather than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 21:30:48 | More by 57md
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Mportnoy for this extra!

A- Settles into the glass with a very dark brown body and a foamy cream-colored head. Some carbonation bubbles can be seen around the edges of the glass, rising from the body.

S- The nose is fantastic. Oak, coconut, caramel malts, hints of toast, slight hints of vanilla and burnt sugar.

T- Not as sweet as I would have thought. Lots of smooth caramel malt with influences from the bourbon barrel. Some toasted oak, hints of vanilla, a little bit of sugary sweetness towards the end.

M- Very smooth, incredibly easy to drink for the abv. Carbonation is medium, with a full-bodied mouthfeel.

O- A very nice barrel-aged scotch ale. The barrel works really well to add some sweetness and complex flavors to the big maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 01:05:57 | More by stephenjmoore
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.15.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a few tan bubbles that quickly form a ring around the edge.

S - Strong bourbon, oak, some chocolate.

T - Bourbon and chocolate, and lots of it. Delicious.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very tasty and nice. Low carbonation, but it doesn't take much away.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 06:12:08 | More by HuskyinPDX
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: A dark auburn brew with a thin off-white head that recedes into a lace on the rim of the glass. Could remind you of cola.

S: Sweet and hot from the bourbon. Wet, dark fruits come through.

T: Bourbon, yet so smooth compared to others of the style. Vanilla and oak are obvious.

M: Smooth all the way across the palate. It's like this brew just spreads across your entire mouth leaving an aftertaste of sweet vanilla. Not too heavy for a wee heavy.

O: Overall, the best wee heavy I've had. Makes me want to stand in the cold rain wearing a kilt while bagpipes play in the distance. 10/10 will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 11:30:30 | More by xseanprimex
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charlzm

California

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed January 24th, 2014 from a bottle obtained in Cleveland, Ohio in May, 2013. Poured into a hybrid tulip/goblet.

Beer is a clear dark garnet when held to light. Almost no head from a standard pour: just a little ring of light tan foam that clings to the sides.

Aroma - mild bourbon and sweet, melanoidin maltiness.

Flavor is similar to the aroma: sweet juicy malts up front segue into warming bourbon. Vanilla fills in the cracks. Delicious. Bourbon barrel aging a wee heavy has to be one of the best ideas ever.

Mouthfeel is warming almost to the point of hot. Slightly thick and slightly chewy but the lightness of the beer works very well with what could have been an oppressively heavy flavor. Nicely done.

Best wee heavy I think I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 06:46:35 | More by charlzm
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dotes_on_dipas

South Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- deep brown coloring with a small head with hardly any lacing
S- huge hits of bourbon
T- by far the best wee heavy I've had. Get tastes of bourbon but huge vanilla which I love.
M - good medium mouthfeel leaving good vanilla bourbon on the tongue.
O-best wee heavy I've had. Will seek out again asap.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:06:19 | More by dotes_on_dipas
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a quick trade. Big time thanks! Pours dark brown with very little head, which is off white and recedes quickly. Not completely opaque with some ruby showing through the edges of this one. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla. Flavor is boozy bourbon up front alongside some sweet chocolate, then fades nicely into overwhelmingly vanilla and caramel notes. The oaky bourbon and vanilla lingers a good while. The body in this is not as thick and chewy as I had expected, with solid medium carbonation to go along with a medium heavy mouthfeel. It nevertheless tastes excellent with lots of layers of flavor coming across the palate. A nice exhibition of the bourbon barrels here. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 02:14:38 | More by BMMillsy
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Great looking bottle that is very classy looking but very eye catching. Label has a cool looking logo in the traditional Thirsty Dog K-9 theme with a gold overlayed metallic font. Gives a small description of the beer, ABV+IBU info, states “Aged in bourbon barrels”, states “Aged 11 months”, small bit of brewery info, web info, and signatures of Masterbrewer and Owner. Neck is wrapped in gold foil.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 21oz thistle glass led to a 3 finger very light brown head of medium density atop a deep dark ruby reddish brown beer. Excellent head retention of 6min before fading to a thick coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Nose is intoxicating with heavy oak and vanilla aspects along side a heavy bourbon accent. Also evident are the aroma of caramelized dark fruits and a bit of coconut.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very rich with a deep bourbon flavor along with a heavy vanilla and oak taste on the front end. Midpoint is dominated by brown sugar molasses, and caramel flavoring before giving way to a toasted malt and bourbon finish and aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Full bodied and thick with above average carbonation. Very drinkable even at the high ABV.

Overall/Comments: Wow. An extremely complex and interesting beer that was excellent. A great beer that will probably age very well. More that one of these would be dangerous. A must try beer. Consumed 7/22/13. Classified as a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy @ 12.8% ABV.


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:26:27 | More by thegodfather1076
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McUbermensch

Kentucky

2.93/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter at a tasting.

I had hyped this beer up and it was one of the beers I was most looking forward to trying. The appearance was a little light and pale for a beer of the style. The nose had faint vanilla notes that were hardly detictable. The taste was lacking as well, it seemed watered down and lacked any complexity. Mouthfeel was watery and thin. If I hadn't seen the bottle opened I would swear that this beer was cut to serve more people. Maybe it's because the night started with a big barrel aged stout but I found this beer lacking in every category. I would try it again just to see if I was given a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:28:24 | More by McUbermensch
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks great not very pitch black it does have some mild chestnut hues at the base. The head does seem to be fizzing out rather quickly but for 12% its understandable. Deep mocha hue on this with moderate lacing.
S - Solid bourbon notes, thick sweet caramel notes, and some balanced smokey peat smells. It doesn't smell boozy or too bourbon like so the 11 months aged must have worked!
T - Whatever barrels they used for this they should be used for everything. Smooth balanced bourbon tones with an almost maple like sweetness. Peaty smoke flavors give it an almost meaty like flavors and I have never experienced so balanced yet so sweet.
M - Man where is that ABV? I have been drinking beers 8-9% all night and this beer is by far the smoothest. Medium bodied and slick is all I have to say.

Overall quite a damn good bourbon barrel ale in fact it might single handed be the best Aged scotch ale I ever drank. The $6.99 a single is a real ball buster but worth to try at least once.

Thirsty dog really knocked it out of the park.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:32:37 | More by DrDemento456
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frenchblood21

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Date is 1/15/2014.

Appearance- Real dark brown with slight hues of red and pink. Not quite a whole finger of creamy light tan head. Barely any light behind the beer when held up to light.

Smell- Sweet, peaty bourbon is what I get right away. Prunes, malt and a dank basement is what I get in the back.

Taste- Vanilla and fig followed by bourbon and brown sugar. Maybe just a hint of hops at the end. Call me crazy, but lemon is just barely there too.

Mouthfeel- More carbonation than I had anticipated. It is a bit thin too, but 11 months in bourbon barrels will due that to a beer. Just the perfect amount of alcohol burn at the back of your mouth.

Overall- One of Ohio's best offerings. A must try for all serious craft beer drinkers. At $25 per 4-pack, the beer isn't cheap, but worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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