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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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967 Ratings
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Ratings: 967
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 209
Gots: 264 | FT: 68
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dbc5 on 06-04-2013)
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4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours into the glass a cloudy, opaque deep hickory brown, and forms a nice pale head that slowly settles into a thick cap and ring. Shining light through the beer reveals a ruby-red cloudiness, and some bubbles slowly rising.

S: Heady caramel and toffee toast malts, twined around a boozy, warm hardwood and vanilla waft out of the glass. The scent is plenty sweet, and contains little surprises here and there, like a tiny touch of anise or a bit of raisin.

T: That is a smooth, smooth barrel-aged wee heavy. Sweet as can be, caramel and toffee and fresh dark bread, all aglow with the warmth of oaky bourbon. Vanilla and raisin play along the edges of the flavor profile, along with some faint shadows of leather and figs. The finish is a quick blast of bourbon, followed by a lingering caramel-toffee sweetness tinged with vanilla. Alcohol heat settles in the belly, not in the mouth.

M: Since "perfect" is not actually all that descriptive, I'll try to be a little more detailed. This is a full, rich, creamy-smooth beer, the sort that feels like you can fold it with your tongue. It clings to the teeth and tongue rather well, and has just the right amount of carbonation for me not to notice it at all without the beer feeling flat.

O: This may be the single best execution of an aged wee heavy I have ever had, including the Founders Backwoods Bastard. Incredibly easy to drink, allows the malty sweetness to star with the bourbon barrel as the supporting cast, hides the ABV well - this is a really well done beer.

UrbanCaveman, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

adam42381, Nov 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Many thanks to WesMantooth for this bottle.

A - Pours a deep, dark burgundy color with a very fine caramel colored ring of lacing.

S - Toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T - Follows the nose: Bourbon boldness up front and throughout, followed with vanilla, oak, toffee, plumbs, and prunes. Light alcohol effervescence funnels up and into the nose.

M - Mild warming on the first few sips until the throat adjusts. Thick bodied, slippery, silky, sticky.

O - This is an outstanding beer.

jzeilinger, Nov 12, 2014
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2014 Release

Bourbon, caramel, and vanilla explode from the bottle just from opening it. In the glass, dark caramels are followed by oaky, boozy bourbon. Notes of vanilla waft into the nose. Pumpernickel bread and dark bread fruits appear along with hints of toffee. Rather soft. Complex and shifting. Great to explore.

The taste starts out with luscious caramels on oak. Dense, dark, and somewhat dry bread. A bit of molasses. Smooth, rich, deep, and complex. Cashmere. The back end of the swallow really shows off the bourbon and ABV, along with a bit of a burn into the tummy. It seems a tad hot, and I imagine a year or two of aging would mellow that quite nicely. The good news is that it's easy to adjust to this as I get into the glass. The finish lingers with brown sugar, dark fruit, and vanilla, but it's soft and not at all cloying.

This is simply an exceptional beer, and a wonderful expression of a Wee Heavy. It's hard to think of something that needs to be tweaked. They set out to create a beer whose purpose was to spend almost a year in bourbon barrels rather than simply be a barrel-aged version of an offered style, and they've succeeded in spades. Aging this in the cellar may well make it perfect.

BuckeyeSlim, Nov 09, 2014
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Wulver is the best wee heavy on the market!!!

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.