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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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166 Reviews
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Reviews: 166
Hads: 1,381
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 261
Gots: 381 | FT: 90
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 UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was a recent release. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, clove, oak, molasses, light chocolate, pepper, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with amazing complexity and balance of malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, vanilla, clove, oak, bourbon, brown bread, molasses, chocolate, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, clove, oak, bourbon, chocolate, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of malt and barrel flavors; with absolutely perfect balance of barrel/malt and zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class barrel aged scotch ale. All around insane complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Amazing.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.57/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave.

The beer is chestnut brown with a thin beige collar. The aroma brings a huge dose of bourbon, followed by malt, brown bread, oak. Bourbon steals the show. Delicious flavor, following the aroma. An almost tannic character. The aroma is the star of the show here. Thin body with a light feel on the palate. A touch of spice with a hearty malt body. Very tasty.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy tall glass.

A deep mahogany brown, faint red edges and quite dark. Head barely makes one finger of tan bubbles but settles slowly to a simple 4mm tall puck and collar.

Bouquet is standard and classic. Lots of caramel, and thick butterscotch. Hints of vanilla and thick toffee but not with a large sweetness. Classic bourbon barrel aged wee heavy greatness presented, very nice. Wonderful nose.

Palate comes nicely but not as big as the bouquet suggests. Soft malts and light toffee. Some good caramel thickness and a nice controlled sweetness of molasses and brown sugars. Slight bit of carbonated pop on the finish. A nice spicy quality to of brown spiced nutmeg and clove to go along with it. A carbonated aftertaste and prickly finish slightly but not distracting.

Overall it's a nice much subtler version of a barrel aged wee heavy, but it's done very well and enjoyable to drink all around.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper. Not much head, but a thin collar.

Smell - Really nice bourbon and barrel character. Vanilla and oak. Caramel. Slight bit of butteriness.

Taste - Sharp bourbon. Caramel. Alcohol. Some fruity flavors, like a bit of apple. Boozy in the finish and just a touch of butter.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and a little sweet. Medium low carbonation and a sting of booze.

Overall - Really nice. Not complex, but it's got a great barrel character.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a deep, vibrant, ruby-tinted caramel coloring with a halo of white head. Aromas of rich caramel, heavy booze overtones, apple, vanilla, molasses, wood spice, and earthy highlights. Flavors are extremely rich and heavy, with a solid dose of caramel, toffee, molasses, smoky highlights, wood spice, heavy booze overtones that build a solid warmth as you drink, and highlights of peat and earth. Very rich and very heavy, with a rich caramel, toffee, and boozy aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slick, and with a lingering booze and rich candy note. This is a good beer, and for all of the big and robust characters, surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A – Nice mahogany body. Kahki head pours a quarter finger high and settles quickly into medium halo. Very low lace.

S – Thick and sweet with caramel, molasses, boozy amaretto, spiced rum, and hints of cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T – Wow. Deep, rich and complex. Amaretto and cinnamon into a deep cola and syrupy black cherry center, with a dark, smooth finish of tobacco, molasses, spiced rum, and bitter dark chocolate.

M – Medium-full body with a booziness that lightens the frame.

O - Worth the hype. A thick, complex Wee Heavy in the spirit of an Old Ale loaded with dark tobacco flavor.

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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into a snifter. No bottling date.

Pours a dark brown color with a red hue when held up to the light. Very mild head. Smell is extremely nice. Bourbon upfront and vanilla on the back end. Not overpowering, just right. Taste is amazing. Sweet whiskey flavor with vanilla and caramel and sweet chocolate all mixed in together. Alcohol is not present at all (except for the fact that your mind relates whiskey to alocohol i suppose.) Drinkability is insane. Being 12% ABV is a crime. You could honestly GUZZLE this beer its so easy drinking. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall this is the best wee heavy that I have ever had. So smooth and delicious, at $7.99 per bottle i wasnt going to pull the trigger but an employee was raving about it, so i gave it a shot. WOW. i was not disappointed. Going to be picking up a 4 pack of this despite the heavy price tag. It's that good.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.15.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a few tan bubbles that quickly form a ring around the edge.

S - Strong bourbon, oak, some chocolate.

T - Bourbon and chocolate, and lots of it. Delicious.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very tasty and nice. Low carbonation, but it doesn't take much away.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a thistle glass, the beer pours a mostly clear reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very sweet, the brew smells like caramel, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruit, and molasses. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some nuts and a bit of chocolate. It's a very sweet tasting brew full of malty goodness! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick, smooth and very easy to drink. It certainly doesn't drink like a 12% ABV brew. I think this is a pretty good brew overall. Yeah, it's pricey at $23.99 a 4-pack, but it's tasty and I don't regret buying it. Luckily I have 3 bottles left! Worth trying for sure!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks great not very pitch black it does have some mild chestnut hues at the base. The head does seem to be fizzing out rather quickly but for 12% its understandable. Deep mocha hue on this with moderate lacing.
S - Solid bourbon notes, thick sweet caramel notes, and some balanced smokey peat smells. It doesn't smell boozy or too bourbon like so the 11 months aged must have worked!
T - Whatever barrels they used for this they should be used for everything. Smooth balanced bourbon tones with an almost maple like sweetness. Peaty smoke flavors give it an almost meaty like flavors and I have never experienced so balanced yet so sweet.
M - Man where is that ABV? I have been drinking beers 8-9% all night and this beer is by far the smoothest. Medium bodied and slick is all I have to say.

Overall quite a damn good bourbon barrel ale in fact it might single handed be the best Aged scotch ale I ever drank. The $6.99 a single is a real ball buster but worth to try at least once.

Thirsty dog really knocked it out of the park.

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Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of malt, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Lots of caramel, vanilla, a boozy whisky-like quality, and some malt as well. A forceful, dynamic, and complex flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp, almost harsh finish. Full-bodied.

O: This Wee Heavy is as good as any of the style made in Scotland. Well made and delicious.

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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Huge caramel, toffee, deeply toasted, nutty malt notes, with a balancing peaty character in aroma. Smells decadent and sweet.

Flavor is rich and boozy, with significant vanilla and caramel notes, finishing dry and oaky. Lots of deeply caramelized, sweet malt throughout. There's a hint of dark fruit, which becomes more distinguishable as raisins and cherries as it warms. Truly complex. The heat overwhelms a bit, but this should age well. Notes of cocoa surface late.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some strong bourbon notes with a lot of maple, vanilla and peat malt character. The flavor is similar. The Scotch and peat notes come through up front, but are complimented by a heavy dose of bourbon character. I get a lot of maple, oak, vanilla and whiskey notes that really add to the base beer. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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