Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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Reviews by Bung:
4.31/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. a deep mohoghanny pour, just a ring of off white bubbles.
Aroma, solid malty caramel, vanilla and some bourbon char.
Taste, more raisin and prune to go with the heavy caramel maltyness and vanilla oak barrel. A nice toasted malt with some chocolates in the finish.
Probably mid bodied, coats well enough though with a lower fine carbonation. No alcohol hear anywhere. Almost unbelievable that it is that high an abv.
One of the better brews I've had in a while. Weakness being this slight thinness, but drinks very easy. For the style this is great, For the price probably only a one time try though. Glad I picked this up before the fourth of July going through Ohio.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2013 01:55:55 | More by Bung
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4.25/5 rDev -3.4%
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
4.44/5 rDev +0.9%
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
Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.