Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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Reviews by hustlesworth:
4.99/5 rDev +13.7%
A- reddish brown in color initially, but blood red when held up to the light. The thin beige head is barely there to begin with and settles quickly. Perfectly acceptable for a bourbon barrel aged beer of this style as well as the drippy spots of lace.
S- the nose abounds with bourbon aromas. Vanilla, toffee, caramel, maple, and stinging booze fume out of the snifter, with vanilla and booze being the most dominant. Brown sugar and praline come through with an earthy nutty sweetness. Undertones of Nutella, cocoa, oak, leather and pipe tobacco appear with another swirl of the glass.
T- the taste perfectly mirrors the aroma with alcohol warmth and the same nutty vanilla sweetness balanced by toasted grain and a pinch of earthy hops flavor with almost no bitterness. Vanilla and toffee, pecan and hazelnut, a hint of smoke and maple syrup. Exquisitely balanced, and never too sweet or cloying. Masterful alcohol execution keeps everything in check. Finish is long on oak as the sweetness fades.
MF- velvety smooth and atomically small carbonation abrades the tongue lovingly, leaving some residual sugars behind to compliment the tannic and alcohol dryness. All the alcohol makes the body feel lighter than it actually is but make no mistake-- this is a total sipper, if that wasn't obvious already. Which it should have been.
D- this is an insanely good beer that earns its high price tag. Between this and BBA Siberian night, thirsty dog has some of the best beers in the galaxy. I prefer BBA Siberian night because I favor the style, but this is the best damn wee heavy to cross my face, thanks to the precise 11 month bourbon barrel aging that fits this style so well. I love you, thirsty dog. I love you with all my senses.
06-05-2013 01:12:03 | More by hustlesworth
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4.51/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a deep rich amber with a thinner but well sustained slight off white head,just great color clarity going on here.Wow the aromas are mind blowing,big sweet caramel and vanilla with a toastiness from the barrel,it has almost a pecan pie-like element to it to go along with dark fruit dipped in vanilla tinged bourbon.Mellow but full feel in the mouth,quite creamy with low carbonation.Vanilla and caramel flavors,almost like spiced rum ball,(if you have ever had one you know what Iam talkin about),there is this faint nuttiness that keeps me harkening back to pecan pie.Damn Thirsty Dog have hit home runs in their barrel aged beers,do more!
06-24-2013 23:00:08 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev -10.5%
Big thanks to Kevin for this gem. It's got a dark and seductive, caramel colored body with some decent edge clarity; the middle is too dark-hued to be translucent. Over the course of a few minutes, the creamy, beige head settles down to a sifting skin that quietly sifts across the top of the brew. No lacing, but the beer has some nice legs that show up when tilting the glass.
Whoof... The aroma is straight up whiskey, at least right away. I'm talking Jack & Coke, hold the Coke and double down kind of whiskey; drop by drop, through ten feet of sugar maple charcoal. A sturdy, yet underlying malt body can be found beneath the heavy liquor and oak; faintly sweet with hints of caramel, toffee, and a touch of dark fruit.
I'm pretty stoked to find out that the booze isn't nearly as hefty on the palate as it is on the nose, or this would have been one tough mamma jamma to trudge through. Some "dark" sweetness jumps out first and lays the groundwork; burnt brown sugars, caramel, and mild date-like fruits topped with a light cocoa powder covering.
Now imagine all of that being fed to you on a dry, oak slab. Barrel notes are heavy; strong wood and heavy oak with a faint reminder of vanilla. Bourbon/whiskey is of course present, but again, not so overpowering like the aroma made me think it would be. It does get boozier with warmth, but never reaches unapproachable levels, though the nose remains boozily-stringent. Heavy bodied with a lightly sticky mouth feel and reasonable carbonation.
Very nice barrel aged Scotch Ale that drinks pretty nicely. The bourbon pounds its chest and flexes hard in the aroma, yet still shows you that it has a softer side when you finally decided to take a sip. It's like when you find out that the 240 pound, weight lifting, muscle head jock cries whenever he watches the Notebook. Get your Kleenex ready, bro. Thanks again, Kevin.
07-25-2013 11:19:09 | More by tectactoe
4.36/5 rDev -0.7%
A - dark rich brown color, like a stout. S - nutty hint, strong coffee stout aroma. Hint of alcohol. T - tasted like a stout with a smack of yummy bourbon at the end. M - Thick and rich, no complaints. O - about what I expected, not gonna have to drink to many of these to enjoy a good night.
06-30-2014 19:29:42 | More by NathanBunn20
4.08/5 rDev -7.1%
Having a growler of this to enjoy @ home is a real treat! Thanks to Wade-O for bringing this over from the Grapevine @ Baxter Village.
A little darker than normal, as expected from the ol bourbon barrel doi g its thing. In fact, it's darn near black! A thin layer of head stays a while--this big boy beckons like a mythological siren.... The nose is straight bourbon. It's like I've hanged myself upside down in a bourbon barrel. Soggy wet oak with vanilla undertones bombard the malty wee heavy. The taste confirms an earthy, bourbony goodness. This makes me wonder why more wee heavys aren't BBA. I'm not really a fan of the basic style, but it's as if it hugs the bourbon influence with lots of love and kisses! That sweet oaky bourbon really imparts its influence to what might otherwise be a malty mess. I can't help. It compare it to the template of a Backwoods Bastard...and this one hold its own! I'd like to try 'em side-by-side. A deliciously done dog from Thirsty, Ohio! :-)
03-18-2012 20:43:12 | More by marvin213
4.49/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-16-2014 02:02:44 | More by frenchblood21
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