Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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1,318 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,318
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 248
Gots: 366 | FT: 84
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Spider889 on 12-16-2011

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Photo of torwart94
1.8/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Some of the flavors were far too stark.

Photo of Desp59
2.08/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of McUbermensch
2.92/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.13/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smell was overwhelming oak, and a bit boozy...as it warmed, went downhill...very astringent finish....feels like Jr High Wood Shop was making out on my tongue!!

I am local to the area...so this should be a "homer review"...but this was over-oaked in the bourbon barrels, as the acidity and astringency were a bit much for me...not a bad bad beer but at $6 a bottle ...not worth it - if this were a wine, TD would lose on this one...too much oak!! Bourbon flavor was nice, and good vanilla notes as well...

Overall not a bad BA beer, but not digging the wood and too long in the barrels....

Photo of bobhits
3.24/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.75

After just kinda not liking the effort to make this product seem premium that the gold foil does, I managed to cut my finger opening this one. I haven't a clue how I managed that but sure enough removing the foil cut my finger. So thumbs down on the packaging.

Pours a coca cola like color, very cloudy and dense. Next to no head or lacing.

The nose has some toffee, vanilla, oak, and of course bourbon on it.

I get what the bottle claims. Caramel, oak, vanilla....it's pretty straight forward, not much in the world of hops. Not much bitter balance. A pretty sweet beer made sweeter with the barrels. Nothing is wrong, but nothing gives this one that extra something either.

The mouth feel is where this one goes to hell. Just flat as it can be. Kinda runny, just not good. A 12% beer needs either body or carbonation. This has neither.

At these prices this is a no go for me. I will say make sure you drink this one on the colder side, it isn't an imperial stout that can be had at 60-70 degrees and still be wonderful. It needs to be in the 40's.

Photo of ajm5108
3.39/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bourbon definitely dominate the palette, overshadowing mostly all of the other flavors. Labeled as a wee heavy, you'd be hard-pressed to define it as such when compared to other brews of the same style. That's fine, of course, but there isn't experimentation or playfulness about its take on the style, it ends up tasting like most generic bourbon aged beers, which is to say, like watered down bourbon. It isn't bad by any stretch, it is a totally fine beer, just rather boring.

Photo of Sarge3130
3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin, heavy booze, and zero carbonation.

Photo of stakem
3.57/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a cask offering filled with cherries. Served in a nonic, the brew appears a dark amber with orange clarity aroubd the edges. A white filmoif head quickly receeds leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The smell is muted with caramel and toffee malt sweetnes. A touch of vanilla is also present. Some dark fruit character almost like current and brown sugar with an alcohol inclusion mix things up and get somewhat medicinal with a mild herbal hop inclusion.

The taste is very sweet with earthy pitty cherries. Somewhat medicinal coupled with vanilla and caramel/toffee sugar quality. Some alcohol and earth into the aftertase with faint hop addition to break up the sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light kiss of carbonation. Not bad but nit something I would have again in any quantity larger than a couple ounces. Its an interesting change of pace for the style but too sweet and medicinal for me to really dig.

Photo of Sky
3.64/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very strong. I expected this however it was a bit strong for my taste. I am a very big bourbon fan so I decided to give this a shot. Strong rich coffee sent with a similar bite to the tongue. Heavy in abv and you can tell. I feel like one or two of these 12% would knock me out. Not my favorite, but doable.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

2.75 A: Deep brown color. Just a thin skin of head formed during an aggressive pour and fell just as quickly as it formed.

4.0 S: The bourbon and barrel mix extremely well with the base beer. Big leathery component with molasses, melon, plum, raisin, and caramel. A touch of smokiness, a bit of roast, vanilla, oak.

3.75 T: Taste is like the nose. Leather, molasses, plum, raisin, caramel, smoky peat. Roast vanilla, oak. I'd prefer it to be a bit thicker and perhaps a bit sweeter, but it's still pretty good.

3.0 M: Heavier medium body. Undercarbonated by about half of what I'd want. Lightly creamy, which I imagine would be improved with more carbonation.

3.75 D: Pretty good beer. Only complaint is that I'd love some more carbonation.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with toffee and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a barrel aged presence that is slightly better in the aroma in my opinion.

Photo of mlhyatt
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%

Unfortunately quite thin and flat.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -13%
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%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

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

Photo of Stableatbest
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Good beer.....very heavy and boozy....def a sipper

Photo of schoolboy
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I called this a wee too heavy. I had one that I bought around Christmas, I think, and it sat for around four months in my fridge. That should not have done much one way or another to the taste. It might have allowed the hops to die down.

The appearance was of root beer. Nothing too special in the aroma - booze and sweet malts.

The taste was sweet and not too boozy. There were little hops or yeast tastes, I expected some. The aftertaste was also sweet.

It definitely is a sweet, boozy thing. Not something I really need to do again.

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber in the light, brownish amber to the eye, very slight layer of head.

Smell is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, toffee, oak and a little caramel

Taste is vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee, caramel, raison,

Mouthfeel is a little lighter then I expected. Wish it was a little less carbonated, and a little fuller mouthfeel. Alcohol is no where to be found. Dry

It is a good not great beer. Backwoods this is not. Mouthfeel makes it feel like way less ABV then 12 if it did not say on the bottle I would have guessed around 8.

My sister in law got this for me while in Ohio and she said it was pretty pricey, doubt I would grab it again but if you see it give it a try.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Igotmypistola
3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wanted something big tonight. since i've had bourbon county the last 3 nights, thought i'd give something else a shot. 12% and according to the bottle, best served at 43 degrees. and so i do as i'm told..

First thing i think.. and i keep thinking it.. is bourbon coca cola.. seriously. lighter mouthfeel, same color, very carbonated. like a jack and coke. i thought it would be a bit darker. i can see right through it. not much of a nose on it at all. the flavor profile is pretty nice though.

Was expecting a bit more from it honestly. but a very nice drinking brew. not that i'd trade for it, but if i saw it on the shelf i may pick a 4 pack up.. i'm waiting for it to warm up and see if more of the nuances come out..

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thirsty Dog : Wulver

LOOK: Pours a deep amber color, with a white head and decent retention.

SMELL: Fruit, malt, bourbon, oak. Strong aroma of mass amounts of sweet malts.

TASTE: Rich maltyness gives way to a full on bourbon flavor and dry oak. Suggestions of brown sugar, peat, molasses. Caramel flavors abound. Impressive bourbon flavor growing as it warms.

FEEL: Full bodied ale, well carbonated, oaky tannins in the drying finish.

OVERALL: A sturdy barrel aged scotch that can stand up to any occasion. A fine beer from Thirsty Dog. Would make a compliment to any pint glass or snifter.

Photo of NCalement
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a very dark ruby brown color. No head really with little to no lacing. Looks rich a good

S- Bourbon, molasses, dates, vanilla, brown sugar and alcohol. Its very smooth and bourbon forward. Not much oak.

T- Bourbon, lots of bourbon. Vanilla, sweet malts, caramel, and dark fruit flavors. Has a nice alcohol burn at the end. Small amount of tobacco on the back end.

M- Viscus and smooth. Rather velvety and rich. Leaves the mouth burning slightly from the booze. For the style its rich a dank like it should be.

O- Very good barrel aged wee heavy. Not the most complex I've had but it accomplishes the bourbon forward flavor that I like in the style.

Photo of neurobot01
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage into a snifter at (approximately) 43ºF.

Look: dark brown with a hint of garnet, ring of slightly off-white head.

Smell: Coke, vanilla, malt. Very little bourbon, no alcohol heat.

Taste: a ton of wood, not much sweetness. Surprisingly strong alcohol burn given the mild nose. Closest comparison is straight whisk(e)y—NOT other BA beers.

Feel: fairly thick, little carbonation, a bit dry.

Overall: given the reputation of this beer, I'm definitely disappointed. But, maybe BA wee heavy just isn't my style. Of Backwoods Bastard, Shaggin' in the Wood, Heidbanger, and Ride the Lion, I only really enjoyed the last.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that remained throughout. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, red wine spices, vanilla, and sweet barrel. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, sweet alcohol, vanilla, spices, wood, and barrel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The flavor and aroma on this one really screamed barrel to me. That nice sweet woodiness with a kiss of vanilla shined throughout and really made this one quite pleasant. With all of this it still managed to be quite well balanced and complex at the same time. I just hate that so few have gotten to try this one as of this review as it is definitely one of the better ones I’ve had from Thirsty Dog’s barrel program. This is saying a lot as I usually do not like this style. Well done Thirsty Dog, well done.

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