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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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722 Ratings
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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 177
Gots: 205 | FT: 50
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbc5 on 06-04-2013)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.7%

04-09-2014 02:33:32 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 04:31:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.7%

12-22-2012 23:41:18 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is rather hazy brown in color and has traces of yellow near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short whit head that quickly died down, leaving lacy threads of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose. Slight hints of alcohol are also perceptible once the beer warns up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging process—vanilla really stands out in particular. Only hints of toffee from the underlying beer are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of warming from the alcohol are also perceptible.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong, but rather manages to mask most of the alcohol from the taste (except for the bourbon). It is a very nice beer to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 20:22:25 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3%
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

12-22-2012 23:54:42 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-18-2014 04:42:44 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-20-2013 02:39:53 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-18-2014 04:42:55 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -31.5%

04-15-2014 19:40:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 23:00:08 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No head but bits of lacing on a clear copper with amber hues body. Aroma of oak, wet towels, bourbon, caramel, red wine and molasses. Flavor follows with an excellent complex mixture including notes of vanilla, caramel, bourbon and oak with a nice balance between sweetness and boozy bourbon although not at all overwhelming boozy. The base beer is still well represented it seems. Light carbonation and medium to full, oily body. Very nice beer. Easy to drink for the style. Would love to come across this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:09:20 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

09-01-2013 03:49:13 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-07-2014 02:43:43 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

03-09-2014 05:28:05 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-08-2014 03:44:35 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-31-2014 04:40:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle with foil wrapped neck poured chilled in a stout glass.

The color is dark cocoa brown with thick rapidly falling head with fine bead with spots of lace that sticks and clarity is translucent. The smell has intense bourbon in the nose with some vanilla elements and light custard-like sweet caramel creamy scent with light toasted grain and yeast with bready quality and mild alcohol and sweet woody accent. The feel has a thick body up front with moderate carbonation and light wooody texture with gentle sweet feel in the middle and gentle alcohol w/ slightly thick body and spice element as it finishes.

The flavor brings a lot of malt with moderately woody flavor and light caramel with buttery toffee-like taste with slight toasted character and mild warming flavor from bourbon in the background. The taste has a good cohesive sweetness with barrel blended well into the base and nicely balanced malt with scotch ale flavor smooth yet still strong as it finishes more on the sweet side. Overall this is a great mix of scotch ale with bourbon in an almost seamless combo -this is like a match made in heaven with malt complexity enhanced nicely by the woody barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 18:40:30 | More by Slatetank
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-21-2014 05:07:46 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 01/05/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross, this was a want of mine. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with two inches of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, caramel, and vanilla. Nice nose, with more bourbon and vanilla as it warms up...I like it.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, oak, toasted malts, bourbon, caramel malts, toffee, roasted malts, and light chocolate. More vanilla than the nose and a little more fruit. Very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. No heat and very easy to drink. A little bit thicker of a mouthfeel and it would be great.

o - Overall a very nice BA scotch ale, and another really good BA beer from Thirsty Dog. I liked the BA Siberian Night a little bit better but this is up there with it as one of the best beers I've had from them. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 14:30:55 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-25-2013 02:12:00 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-26-2014 18:43:21 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-25-2013 20:07:37 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3%

10-18-2013 11:43:19 | More by beernads
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured the color of a Coca Cola with a tannish colored head with a thin half finger head which leaves some light lacing

S : A healthy dose of bourbon, vanilla, and wood up front with some caramel and toffee.

T : Initial cramel/toffee sweetness with a bit of smoke. Bourbon and wood, with hints of vanilla are all over this beer but subtle and sweet, not overpowering. Complimentary.

M: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation. A bold and assertive mouthfeel with a lot of silky sweet flavors and fell

O: Very good!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 22:05:19 | More by barleywinefiend
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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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