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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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1,242 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 241
Gots: 355 | FT: 79
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Spider889 on 12-16-2011

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Ratings: 1,242 | Reviews: 156
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just an outstanding beer! Little boozy but smooth going down. Only real complain is I was saving a couple bottles but they already have heavy sediment.

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a romantic mahogany brown. Just a skim of head on the edges. Nose is of fine Crete brûlée and vanilla. Taste is very sweet but the alcohol balances. Woodsy and dry in the finish. Very complex flavored for a wee heavy. Incredible beer with awesome aging potential.

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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Again my local liquor store has surprised me; first with Siberian Night Bourbon Barrel and now Wulver!

A - Nice Ruby to brown color that is pretty clear. Bright white head with good lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon smell mixed with strong maltiness and some coconut and chocolate notes as well. Smells like very good bourbon mixed into a wee heavy as you would expect.

T - Initially the bourbon hits your tongue with the traditional vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and raw bourbon. Then in the middle there is the most pungent caramel flavor that I have ever tasted in a beer. The caramel sweetness is so strong is just sits there and sears into your memory. It is rich and complex but sweet and boozy.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with light carbonation. Overall it is thin for 12% ABV but with the sweetness and the softness of the bourbon it doesn't seem too watered down.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer definitely worth a high mark but not close to some of the better stouts on the market. If you don't like sweet beers or bourbon this one is probably not a good choice. I would recommend it to those who have already tried their Siberian Night Barrel Aged but I don't think this should be Thristy Dog's best beer.

Glass- Snifter

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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great aroma and taste of vanilla and bourbon. Maybe a little heavy on vanilla, but I like that.

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3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

A malt bomb to say the least. Very sweet to start, and the bourbon seems to make it even more sweet—not to the point of being cloying, though the bottle would be better shared. The Wee Heavy seems to be lost a bit or perhaps just clouded over by the bourbon barrel character. A good sip regardless.

STYLE: Wee Heavy
ABV: 12.0%

LOOK: Dark tawny brew, thin lacing

SMELL: Boozy, caramel, woody, brown sugar, cake batter, rose water, earthy

TASTE: Thick maltiness, smooth, creamy, sweet, alcohol, warming, woody, brown sugar, mildly peppery, mineral, wood tannin, bourbon, faint vanilla, sweet finish

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3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Why don't they age scotch ales on scotch barrels? Makes no sense.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had tasting with a friend of three scotch ales, Scotty Karate, Wulver and Backwoods Bastard, in that order. Expected ratings to be 3rd, 2nd and 1st. If you think BB is very good, as I do, Wulver is even better. More bourbon, more vanilla, really quite a treat.

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4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very boozy on the nose at first, as it warms this beer opens up and becomes a thing of beauty.

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4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the very best Wee Heavy's I've had! Smooth vanilla and booze finish.

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2.08/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Boozy bourbon. Not really my thing. It was a bit too much.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Pittsburgh Winter BeerFest.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Belongs on your bucket list.

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4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: deep dark brown ale with naught but a vague translucence... center-pour stirred up but a faint sheen of film with some bubbles near the center... a few lazy motes of lace trailed behind each sip

S: rich bourbon-soaked wood and dark overripe fruit with vanilla and molasses drizzled atop... smoky peat suggested with every whiff

T: lots of candied fruits soaked in booze; lighter notes of wood vapor and vanilla... sugars like molasses, toffee, and dark caramel... peat and smoke weave throughout...

M: medium-bodied without a trace of carbonation; vapors of bourbon caress the roof of the mouth, some slick slightly sticky traces in the corners... subtle aftertaste of charred bourbon wood and toffee

O: an excellent Scotch ale - one of the finest and as far as I've had, very true to style; these ales are perfect for barrel-aging, as the flavors and feels meld seamlessly together. This edges out the others I've had from the style, even - just barely - Backwoods Bastard...

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4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer, gorgeously presented.

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4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic sweet barrel aroma that reminds me of BA4D - very sweet pronounced coconut, vanilla, and sweet toffee. Wee heavy is a great style for a barrel as it allows for significant influence without being over-barreled. The palate is a bit thin and doesn't carry the complexity of the aroma. Still, though, a very nice scotch ale worth seeking out.

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4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Pours a dark opaque brown, yellowish white lacing head.

Smells of scotch, oak, brown sugar and spice.

Flavor is of scotch and brown sugar over biscuit malt, light grape sweetness, and a rich woody finish.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Warms going down.

Top notch sipper. Drinks slow and with potency. Definitely worth seeking out.

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4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, ruby red with tons of carbonation flowing up the side of the glass. Very little head fades to a nice spider-web like lacing.

S: Bourbon, dark fruit, cherries, toffee, warm booze and a slight hint of chocolate

T: Taste is very similar to the aroma, but very well balanced. The smell is dominated by bourbon and dark fruit, but all the different flavors blend together perfectly. Also virtually no alcohol presence on the palate, besides the delicious bourbon. Some vanilla and molasses on the back end, which is right up my alley.

M: Very smooth and silky. Easy drinking for big ABV, BA beer.

O: A very good representation of BA Scotch Ale. Honestly prefer this one over Backwoods Bastard, which is one of my favorite beers.

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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with light lacing and minimal retention,. This beer has the look of a beer that has seen considerable barrel aging. The nose is pretty glorious, as I pick up considerable bourbon, butterscotch, light toffee and a hint of brown sugar and chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this sweet, rich beer. Mouthfeel is interesting. There's a lightness to this beer on the palate that is surprising, given the abv. The beer delivers plenty of flavor otherwise, and the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile. I noticed the beer's strength mid way through the glass, but you really don't pick up any heat or booziness on the palate.

Delicious beer. One of the best things I can recall having from Thirsty Dog.

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4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one amazing brew. If it weren't for BA, I wouldn't have bought this. If I can't get BCBW, I'm going for this!

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1.8/5  rDev -59%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Some of the flavors were far too stark.

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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

(From notes, tasted 01-Dec-14):
On tap at Torst (Brooklyn, NY), 5 oz poured into a wine glass. Clear, light cola brown color. Molasses, sweet malty aroma. Big malty, nutty, lightly toasted taste without deeper burnt notes; vanilla, barrel notes. Relatively light bodied given full flavors; low carbonation.

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3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a strong mahogany, hints at black through the thick of things. a two finger tan head with good retention and a big streaky lacing. mostly opaque due to the dark color but some clarity along the corners.

Smell: huge whiffs of whiskey and vanilla. covers up a sweet backbone of toffee, caramel, hints of dark fruits and some tobacco to peat.

Taste: opens up with whiskey, notes of wood and strong vanilla. the taste starts sweet and remains so for a bit with caramel, toffee, and raisins. the sweetness dies down a bit but doesn't completely leave as the finish is earthy, peaty and tobacco-y.

Mouthfeel: thick, chewy, sticky. strong alcohol warmth and linger.

Overall: man there is a lot going on with this one. I usually like beers nice hot and fresh but this one is a bit much. almost spot on with the look and feel but I think the flavors just need some time to get along beer and mellow out a bit. next time I plan on putting some years on it.

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4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was a deep black color with mocha colored bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - In the aroma, I detect notes of vanilla and bourbon. The intensity of the aroma is striking initially, but mellows.

Taste - The vanilla and oak really come through in the initially taste. Sour bourbon, raisins, and prunes are also very present. What I find to be most striking in the among of vanilla and oak that comes through in the taste. The bourbon in the aftertaste strikes me as warming, though I would not describe this beer as hot.

Mouthfeel - Keeping the barrel aging in mind, the beer is quite smooth.

Overall - The is an exceptional version of the style with barrel aging. The barrel aging works well in conjunction with the style of beer. Well done!

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4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very heavy on bourbon, but super smooth for a 12% BBA beer. Much better than Backwoods Bastard.

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4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very good. As a comparison to Founders BWB, I have to say it falls short. For me, the bourbon is a little too pronounced in this beer and the mouth feel is a little less creamy then BWB. All in all, this is a fantastic beer that I would buy again. A sipper Wee Heavy with a nice barrel aging touch but when lined up against BWB, my bench mark...it's second best.

Bottom Line: Excellent beer.

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.