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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company


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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%

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:
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(Beer added by: dbc5 on 06-04-2013)
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Photo of ohiobeer29


4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a medium brown
smell of Scotch carmel and vanilla
smooth taste of Scotch Carmel and vanilla
smooth mouth feel goes down real easy
overall as crazy as it is to say this definitely worth the 23.99 for a 4 pack will be buying this one.again coukd easily go through a 4 pack its so good

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 04:48:54 | More by ohiobeer29
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark town pour, almost no carbonation except a thin tan halo around the edges. The nose is potent, overwhelming butterscotchy caramely sweetness, little bite. The taste is relatively potent barrel-y sweetness, a bit of prune, tobacco, heavy flavors that coat the palate. The mouthfeel is relatively heavy/syrupy as well, pure caramelized wood sugar sweetness, and almost no bite. Really rounded flavors, masked ethanol, drinkable, and certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:17:21 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of aleckpa

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured this into a Founders snifter.

The appearance is a dark color with a hint of some amber. No head. The nose is a lot of bourbon and sweetness. As soon as I took a sip, I was blown away. I literally said aloud, "Wow. Wow." I was really shocked by this beer. I taste a lot of vanilla, and the mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat like velvet. It's creamy. You taste the bourbon but oaky, caramel, vanilla sweetness balances everything out. To be honest, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. Excellent beer from Thirsty Dog.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:28:41 | More by aleckpa
Photo of superspak


4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:15:16 | More by superspak
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is clear, reddish-brown, and very dark, allowing only a trace of light to escape when held to a lamp. There is a small rocky head that quickly dissipates (not surprising in a barrel-aged beer with this gravity). The smell is quite something. Very assertive notes of bourbon, toffee, oak, sweet malt, vanilla, and fresh bread.

Very full body, a nice velvety feel, and a massive punch of sweet vanilla booziness. There are sweet, bready, cake-like malt flavors on the front of the palate. Then the boozy bourbony flavors charge in and get big very, very quickly. The beer swells with huge notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Just when you think this beer is going to turn into a syrupy, boozy mess, it suddenly backs off, leaving behind a creamy vanilla, toffee, and fruit sweetness and a nice lingering warmth.

What a beer! It's everything I hoped it would be. As much a big, bourbon-barrel-aged English Barleywine as a Scotch Ale. It packs a sizable, sweet, boozy punch, yet still insists on teasing you with its power. The brewers took this one right to the limit. One more microbe of booziness, and it would slide completely over the edge and become a chore to drink. It is wonderful how it toes the precipice without falling in and serves itself up as a classic sipper. If I had to compare this to Backwood's Bastard, I'd say this compares to Backwood's Bastard like BCBS compares to KBS. Interpret that any way you like. Me, I'm gettin' back into this here glass. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 01:01:24 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Krakistophales


4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: Huge notes of bourbon barrel aging, obviously. Afterwards, hints of vanilla, caramel, and honey. All this doused by about 100 bags of the darkest espresso known to mankind.

T: Right up front, a great sweetness of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel that's followed by a boozy bourbon haze, finished with an almost vinous, sweet/sour note. Fantastic.

O: What a surprise. One of the best scotch ales I've ever had. Would buy and recommend all day long.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 04:06:36 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of MikeWard


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Fullers goblet. No dating that I could find, but beer is aged 11 months in bourbon barrels.

Poured a beautiful dark brown with some copper, amber, and even burgundy tones. carbonation was visible throughout. The head was small, and dissipated fairly quickly, no lacing. If you want to indulge another sense, the carbonation bubbles can clearly be heard bursting into the head.

Smell was just amazing, bourbon, sweet malts, and vanilla. The bourbon was not overpowering at all, seemed like a good balance

Taste confirmed the smell, the bourbon was smooth, with no angry bite. vanilla maintained throughout, with a delicious sweetness from the malt base. Aroma and taste maintained balance down to the last drop.

Mouth was a little less than full, slight syrup, so smooth rolling around the tongue.Only the vary slightest alcohol burn on the back of the mouth, which was very much appreciated.

Overall, a great way to end the evening's drinking , after a couple of summer ales early on, Nursed this for an hour or so, and enjoyed every minute. Have one more in the fridge, will try to pour a bit more agressively, to see if head can be maintained. Nicely done, Thirsty Dog.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 03:04:26 | More by MikeWard
Photo of ucsbmullet


4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Wee Heavy I've had to date. Smooth & tasty. Akron Ohio? WTF? Way to bring it!

Its malty and sweet. The smoothest scotch wee heavy I've tasted.

Balanced with strong aromatics. Dark brown sugar notes but not too sweet. It just tastes damn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 05:04:13 | More by ucsbmullet
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:30:37 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 17:20:34 | More by avalon07
Photo of thecheapies


4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown with dark red tones. No real head to speak of. She is a twelve-percenter.

Smells of rich dark caramel, soft leather, vanilla extract, sweet Bourbon, smooth dark malts, raisin sweetness, light port, and a kiss of smoke. A damn fine aroma for a beasty beer. Sweet, but not quite cloying. The booze is beneath... somewhere. I'm having trouble detecting it.

Raisin-y and caramelly with a nice roasty malt presence. Brandy-like qualities with the Bourbon barrel-aging working with the malty meats of the Wee Heavy. Whiskey-soaked dates, vanilla, dried fig, leather, Cabernet grapes, and mineral notes. The smokiness didn't really survive after the whiffs of the nose. Port-like sweetness, and with a rearing head of alcohol extending the finish to long. Phenomenal creation.

Carbonation is almost gone; needs a little more than just a back-of-throat tickle. Body is staunchly thick and a little sugary. Has lots of stick.

What a kickass Scotch ale! Up there with Founders Backwoods Bastard. Dessert, in beer form.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 02:37:23 | More by thecheapies
Photo of mjm47


4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

"The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,
The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes..."

This beer reminds me of the opening of Prufrock. Soft. Velvety. Rich and delicious. The smell is total overload - bourbon, vanilla, etc. The barrel really comes through. It's a bit hot, but it's balanced well.

OVERALL: Delicious. I wish that I had another and will stop at no lengths to acquire one (that's a lie). If you see this beer, buy it and drink it immediately.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:53:10 | More by mjm47
Photo of tectactoe


3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 11:19:09 | More by tectactoe
Photo of t_carterb


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received in trade from a very generous trader in Ohio.

Apperance: Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Dark brownish color. Small half inch of kaki colored head.

Smell: Great aroma of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon.

Taste: Excellent flavor. The taste follows the nose perfectly. This is a real treat so far.

Mouthfeel: A good amount of carbonation and full-bodied.

Overall: This is the best BA Scotch Ale I've had. Thirsty Dog really set a new standard for BA scotch ales with this beer. For me, it beats out Backwoods by just a little. I had them side by side, and I felt the Wulver was just a little better. It was also very hard to compare though, since both are world class beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 22:46:01 | More by t_carterb
Photo of WillCarrera


4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date that I can locate, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a clear dark ruby brown color, produces a tiny tan head, leaves no lacing.

S- Sweet, rich aroma of caramel, vanilla, bread, bourbon, and sweet, spicy booziness.

T- Flavor is similar to the aroma, very sweet and rich, lots of caramel, vanilla, some dark fruit and bread, along with bourbon and oak.

M- Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a bit of warmth.

O- A very nice BBA wee heavy, a bit on the sweet side but the flavors are nice overall and the booze is very well-hidden.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:00:29 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. a deep mohoghanny pour, just a ring of off white bubbles.

Aroma, solid malty caramel, vanilla and some bourbon char.

Taste, more raisin and prune to go with the heavy caramel maltyness and vanilla oak barrel. A nice toasted malt with some chocolates in the finish.

Probably mid bodied, coats well enough though with a lower fine carbonation. No alcohol hear anywhere. Almost unbelievable that it is that high an abv.

One of the better brews I've had in a while. Weakness being this slight thinness, but drinks very easy. For the style this is great, For the price probably only a one time try though. Glad I picked this up before the fourth of July going through Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 01:55:55 | More by Bung
Photo of BB1313


4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark auburn with ruby hues. There's a small off-white head, which is expected, and it has solid retention and lacing. The aromas are full of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, raisins, dark fruit. The bourbon is noticeable, but it's subtle. They did a good job of letting the bourbon blend harmoniously with the aromas and flavors. There's more dark fruits found in the flavors. More cocoa, caramel and there's a touch of butterscotch. Lots of malts. The flavors are sweet, in a good way. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and doesn't diminish the flavors. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, moderate carbonation and slightly syrupy. This is too easy to drink and it's dangerously drinkable.

This is a great beer. I've had it on-tap before and it's nice to see it in the bottles. I'm sure this would age well, but it's definitely ready to drink right now. This one gets extra credit for being so easy to drink. Recomended.

Grade: A-

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:49:40 | More by BB1313
Photo of nickapalooza86


3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:32:42 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:04:16 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Justin_Neff


4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown. Fizzy bubbles form up and settle quickly. Leaves small silky ring around outside.

S: Upfront strong bourbon. Vanilla. Caramel. Tons of sweet malt. Almost has a smell of root beer or coca cola.

T: The bourbon is strong upfront. Sweet caramel, vanilla, and hazelnut tones balance wonderfully. A bit of booze.

M: Full body. Nice boozy warmth. Creamy.

O: I was completely surprised by this one. It was my first Thirsty Dog experience, and it was a good one. I'm a pretty harsh critic of this style, as its one of my favs, but this definitely delivered.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 18:43:14 | More by Justin_Neff
Photo of bluejacket74


4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 21:47:03 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Igotmypistola


3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
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..

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 06:01:42 | More by Igotmypistola
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Photo of screamking


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance- pours a very dark red brown, with a thin off white head which disappears very fast. Lacing is slim to none. 4.25

Aroma- strong bourbon nose, vanilla and oak are the major players here. Coconut and some dark fruits hang around the edges. Butterscotch is also heavily present. 5

Taste- tons of vanilla and coconut dominate the front of the tounge. Butterscotch and caramel hit about midway and linger for awhile. Dark fruit sweetness comes through in the aftermath. 4.75

Feel- thick and heavy, ABV feels big and is big but that's to be expected, coats plate and stays. 4.5

Overall- this and the BA Siberian Night have to become regular yearly releases. These beers are far to good to release once. This is quality. 4.75

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 04:37:26 | More by screamking
Photo of schwemjw


4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark, almost like coca cola. No head whatsoever. in my snifter it almost looks like port.

S: Vanilla, oak, bourbon with a hint of smoke. Here come the malts, caramel, toffee. A port quality in here actually! anise, candied apricots. A sweetness that loosely reminds me of twizzlers. A touch of spice at the end. There is alot going on here. i could just sit here smelling it and enjoy myself OR I COULD DRINK IT!!

T: Candied figs. canilla. maple syrup and sugar cane. Bourbon on the end. A big nutty quality. roast on the end. Everything you smell comes through in the taste- and then some. This is a big complex beer that hides the booze fairly well.

M: Smooth. it sits on the tongue. warms you as you drink. medium bodied.

O: WOW. I'm impressed. there is a lot of interesting flavors and the bourbon barrels just amp everything up. great bourbon. its balanced. This is one of my favorite wee heavy's. If you can find it get it. you won't be disappointed!!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 20:51:39 | More by schwemjw
Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.