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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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172 Reviews
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Reviews: 172
Hads: 1,413
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 24.14%
Wants: 267
Gots: 378 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Spider889 on 12-16-2011

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Photo of vfgccp
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a deep murky brown color with a small creamy cream colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving some alcohol legs behind

S- classic scotch ale aromas jump out of the glass; notes of caramel malt, toffee, rum soaked raisins, walnut, molasses, brown sugar & light smoky malt. Bourbon aroma is definitely present, adding notes of oak, alcohol & subtle vanilla

T- big & boozy caramel malt up front adds a sharp sweetness with complimenting flavors of brown bread, dark fruit & molasses. Subtle bourbon presence at the mid-palate with some oak flavors as well, warming alcohol pokes through on the linger with fading notes of raisin and bourbon

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety smooth warming finish

O- a nice slow sipper with controlled bourbon presence, nice caramel notes

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Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1827th Review on BA
Bottle to TB 10oz wine glass

Thanks to JM03 for this one.

App- Out of the shoot, watching this cascade into the glass it poured a mixture of brown and red. When it settled and held to the light it was a crimson red with some great highlights. A good puffy 1 -1/2 finger head was there and then fell to some good sticky lace. Nice looking frothy beer.

Smell- It took a while for all the aromas to come up on this one. Needed more time to develop. When it was right, it was quite nice with caramel, toffee, vanilla with bourbon, oak and a small sweetness behind it.

Taste- This was very good!!! A huge vanilla bomb. Funny it wasnt a stout. I thought it was a bit malty, but then realized what style I was holding. A big flavorful beer, well layered and integrated with the vanilla, caramel, sweetness and the oaky booze flavors.

Mouth- A good and solid medium body with a medium carbonation level. Lots of oak on the back end with a finish similar to a Dr. Pepper.

Drink- This was a wonderful beer. Layered, flavorful, integrated with a lot going on. Takes a while to warm up and bring all the flavors. But when it does. Fantastic.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep mahogany, it smells of toffee, vanilla, date and worn leather. Smokiness explodes as it hits the tongue, then the taste opens into lots of sweet smoky bourbon, cinnamon toast, fig and a touch of lemon. Lighter than Backwoods Bastard, Wulver is easy drinking, though it’s as strong as a Wee Heavy gets.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.39/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a wide-mouth flute glass.

Appearance: Deep dark brow body with which comes off semi-hazy. Head is light brown tinted white that rises to maybe 1/4" at best with clean lacing.

Smell: Deep toffee scent with slight roasted sugar. Hard to keep the glass down just trying to sniff it.

Taste: Sweet sugars with the feel of toffee and vanilla extract. Slight malts but I cant imagine a better beer that becomes your dessert. Not sure if that was intention but it's what th recipe asked for.

Mouth: Sticky and sweet, medium carbonation with a maple feel that just hugs your cheeks

Overall: From drinking this brew from the first sip in my head I have an idea of where this beer stands as far as rating. You will fall in lust with this beer. Biggest mistake is leaving it on the shelf. A liquid dessert. Salud!

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4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just an outstanding beer! Little boozy but smooth going down. Only real complain is I was saving a couple bottles but they already have heavy sediment.

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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a romantic mahogany brown. Just a skim of head on the edges. Nose is of fine Crete brûlée and vanilla. Taste is very sweet but the alcohol balances. Woodsy and dry in the finish. Very complex flavored for a wee heavy. Incredible beer with awesome aging potential.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Again my local liquor store has surprised me; first with Siberian Night Bourbon Barrel and now Wulver!

A - Nice Ruby to brown color that is pretty clear. Bright white head with good lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon smell mixed with strong maltiness and some coconut and chocolate notes as well. Smells like very good bourbon mixed into a wee heavy as you would expect.

T - Initially the bourbon hits your tongue with the traditional vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and raw bourbon. Then in the middle there is the most pungent caramel flavor that I have ever tasted in a beer. The caramel sweetness is so strong is just sits there and sears into your memory. It is rich and complex but sweet and boozy.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with light carbonation. Overall it is thin for 12% ABV but with the sweetness and the softness of the bourbon it doesn't seem too watered down.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer definitely worth a high mark but not close to some of the better stouts on the market. If you don't like sweet beers or bourbon this one is probably not a good choice. I would recommend it to those who have already tried their Siberian Night Barrel Aged but I don't think this should be Thristy Dog's best beer.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
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%

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

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had tasting with a friend of three scotch ales, Scotty Karate, Wulver and Backwoods Bastard, in that order. Expected ratings to be 3rd, 2nd and 1st. If you think BB is very good, as I do, Wulver is even better. More bourbon, more vanilla, really quite a treat.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: deep dark brown ale with naught but a vague translucence... center-pour stirred up but a faint sheen of film with some bubbles near the center... a few lazy motes of lace trailed behind each sip

S: rich bourbon-soaked wood and dark overripe fruit with vanilla and molasses drizzled atop... smoky peat suggested with every whiff

T: lots of candied fruits soaked in booze; lighter notes of wood vapor and vanilla... sugars like molasses, toffee, and dark caramel... peat and smoke weave throughout...

M: medium-bodied without a trace of carbonation; vapors of bourbon caress the roof of the mouth, some slick slightly sticky traces in the corners... subtle aftertaste of charred bourbon wood and toffee

O: an excellent Scotch ale - one of the finest and as far as I've had, very true to style; these ales are perfect for barrel-aging, as the flavors and feels meld seamlessly together. This edges out the others I've had from the style, even - just barely - Backwoods Bastard...

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Photo of timc100
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic sweet barrel aroma that reminds me of BA4D - very sweet pronounced coconut, vanilla, and sweet toffee. Wee heavy is a great style for a barrel as it allows for significant influence without being over-barreled. The palate is a bit thin and doesn't carry the complexity of the aroma. Still, though, a very nice scotch ale worth seeking out.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Pours a dark opaque brown, yellowish white lacing head.

Smells of scotch, oak, brown sugar and spice.

Flavor is of scotch and brown sugar over biscuit malt, light grape sweetness, and a rich woody finish.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Warms going down.

Top notch sipper. Drinks slow and with potency. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, ruby red with tons of carbonation flowing up the side of the glass. Very little head fades to a nice spider-web like lacing.

S: Bourbon, dark fruit, cherries, toffee, warm booze and a slight hint of chocolate

T: Taste is very similar to the aroma, but very well balanced. The smell is dominated by bourbon and dark fruit, but all the different flavors blend together perfectly. Also virtually no alcohol presence on the palate, besides the delicious bourbon. Some vanilla and molasses on the back end, which is right up my alley.

M: Very smooth and silky. Easy drinking for big ABV, BA beer.

O: A very good representation of BA Scotch Ale. Honestly prefer this one over Backwoods Bastard, which is one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Compared side by side with Backwoods Bastard. I preferred Wulver slightly. Reminds me of a rum and coke. I remember this being so much better 1st time I had it. Is it the year or have my tastes have changed? Ale Smith BA scotch ale still #1 in my book.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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 HipCzech
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

(From notes, tasted 01-Dec-14):
On tap at Torst (Brooklyn, NY), 5 oz poured into a wine glass. Clear, light cola brown color. Molasses, sweet malty aroma. Big malty, nutty, lightly toasted taste without deeper burnt notes; vanilla, barrel notes. Relatively light bodied given full flavors; low carbonation.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.87/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was a deep black color with mocha colored bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - In the aroma, I detect notes of vanilla and bourbon. The intensity of the aroma is striking initially, but mellows.

Taste - The vanilla and oak really come through in the initially taste. Sour bourbon, raisins, and prunes are also very present. What I find to be most striking in the among of vanilla and oak that comes through in the taste. The bourbon in the aftertaste strikes me as warming, though I would not describe this beer as hot.

Mouthfeel - Keeping the barrel aging in mind, the beer is quite smooth.

Overall - The is an exceptional version of the style with barrel aging. The barrel aging works well in conjunction with the style of beer. Well done!

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Photo of themind
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very good. As a comparison to Founders BWB, I have to say it falls short. For me, the bourbon is a little too pronounced in this beer and the mouth feel is a little less creamy then BWB. All in all, this is a fantastic beer that I would buy again. A sipper Wee Heavy with a nice barrel aging touch but when lined up against BWB, my bench mark...it's second best.

Bottom Line: Excellent beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wine glass at District Tap House.

Pitch-black liquid under an off white, fluffy head. Persists well. 4.5

Oaken and tobacco-heavy on the nose. Bourbony notes like sour mash. Mellow vanilla notes. 4.25

True to nose with the tobacco, oak, vanilla, but Caramel notes emerge too. There's a subtle smokiness and peaty that suggest a good scotch. The way the malts complement the scotch character here is impressive. 4.5

Barrel-aged but not a trace of booze. Smooth and caramel-like with the slightest carbonation that seems perfect. 4.5

This beer puts the scotch in scotch ale.

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Photo of Mikus
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

This wolf can hunt. Split with the wife from 12oz into stem less wine glasses. Looked great. Nose was amazing, bourbon, vanilla, caramel. Vanilla & oak hints and nice bourbon (balanced though) on the tongue. Velvet mouthfeel. Wulver dominated Backwoods in my reviews. Need to do a side-by-side. Get it. Get it, now.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

This was one of those great beer moments for me. I was given a bottle and did not know anything about it. Felt like something bourbon ahead and it was in the front of my cellar/fridge. Gave it a quick whiff and had to do the double take. Wonderful caramel bourbony nose. First thing that came to mind after taste was was a fizzy JD single barrel with a splash of coke, yet it was somehow not too boozy. I loved every sip of this. If you have friends who love bourbon but not beer, i highly suggest you get them to try this. Awesome.

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Photo of FLima
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ps. Name suggests in Portuguese, and after trying it does make a whole lot of sense.
Black brown color with a thin head with short retention.
Delicious aroma with notes of raisins, bourbon, mild anis, oak, toffee, plum, rum and Port Wine. The most elegant I have had from Bourbon barrels.
Complex and rich flavor with notes of cinnamon, honey, grape jelly jam, bourbon at the perfect level, vanilla, cinnamon rolls, some chocolate, fresh tobacco, port wine and maple syrup. Dry, delicious boozy and mildly bitterness aftertaste.
Full body with perfect carbonation. Velvety, just a bit sticky. Alcohol of 12% is there only and only to add flavors.
That is an awesome beer with incredible complexity. It is hard to understand how this can be so bold, not tiresome and smooth at the same time. Sure the 11 months aging at the brewery did some good.
Just had the Founders Backwoods a couple of days ago and this sure beats that excellent beer. I am simply in love. Tried, but hard to give any suggestions. Worth it every cent.

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.