Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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1,317 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,317
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 247
Gots: 363 | FT: 83
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 UrbanCaveman
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
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.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

Photo of rden4654
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wulver is the best wee heavy on the market!!!

Photo of wedge
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure of the date, but I bought this a while ago. Deep mahogany colored body with a little creaminess on the surface that all but disappears. Smooth bourbon aromas, woody spice, molasses, toffee, berries, and coconut. Not particularly hot smelling, which is nice. Flavor is smooth and rich...wow. The bourbon blends nicely with the base beer, which results in something sweet like pure honey and toffee ice cream, vanilla, chocolate, and brown sugar, but absolutely no harsh barrel notes. Warm cinnamon way in the back along with some coconut. Super smooth, creamy body has some thickness and leaves a bit of heat in the throat. Sweet-as-fuck, which is my only gripe, but this is a dessert beer, right?

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper mahogany color with a thin film of tan head

Smell - bourbon, caramel, toffee, maple, booze

Taste - caramel, toffee, maple, bourbon, booze

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, low carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, barrel and booze on the back end

Overall - decent beer, but the booze from the barrel overwhelmed the characteristics of the scotch ale. Worth a try

Price point - $6.99/12 oz bottle

Photo of Phigg1102
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours the deepest brown I could imagine, with the slightest red hints around the edges. Almost no head, but leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. Heavy oak and stone fruit in the aroma with some tobacco, vanilla and raisin. Chocolate came out in the taste particularly strong in the beginning then gave way to the bourbon, with an emphasis on oak and vanilla as well. Creamy mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation to carry everything. Nice amount of sediment at the end.

Photo of searsclone
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Bottle into a Duvel glass. Virtually no head, tan ring that leaves great lacing.
Murky burned brown sugar color. Smells dark fruit, wood, leather, caramel, booze, pretzels,
bread, brown sugar. The taste is much more of the same, touch of pepper in the end. Very
creamy mouthfeel, much more carbonation than I expected. Overall, extremely well balanced
and clean. Easy, maybe too easy, to drink. If you have a chance, try this one.

Photo of Roguer
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a small but creamy tan head. Retention is fine, settling into a thin topper. Brew is a dirty nut brown, barely allowing light through at all, with purplish-red highlights.

Boozy, port wine-like aroma. Oak features prominently, as does a smooth, vanilla hint of bourbon, all riding a wave of dark fruity malts and grains.

Flavor follows, but it's extremely delicate and balanced. Unbelievably smooth. Bourbon shows up a little up front, but rides heaviest in the back. Prunes and figs, dark bread, vanilla, and a woody, mild oak presence all around. Thick flavors. Actually a nice balancing bitterness that's easy to miss.

Extremely smooth beer, with the tiniest fizz up front, and no sting. Alcohol heat comes pretty strong on the back-end, but it doesn't seem near 12%. Medium to medium-full mouthfeel, with a long, extremely sticky finish.

This is one hell of a beer. It's incredibly dense with flavors, due in no small part, surely, to the masterful incorporation of the barrel.

Photo of mabermud
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%

This light brown brew was poured into a brandy snifter. The head was off-white, thin and wispy, and disappeared into a halo rather quickly. When held up to the sun, the body appeared ruby red. The aroma is sweet with, vanilla, bourbon, and straight alcohol.

To me, this tastes like sweet, vanilla soda bread first, then bourbon. It is warming going down. The vanilla stands out and there is a faint raisin aftertaste. The mouthfeel pairs well with the overall beer. Light carbonation, that is dense, and quickly disappears. This thing has some heat and energy.

This beer has some power. I like them strong, and Wulver has some all-around, strength.

Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%

Unfortunately quite thin and flat.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy brown with a thin skim of tan head. Little bit of bubbly lace.

Nose is rich on the bourbon barrel, tons of wood and coconut. Vanilla and wood mix well with strong caramely malt.

Oh my goodness...this is soooo good. The smooth malt blending with the woody bourbon is off the hook! After just a couple sips, this might be the best scotch ale I have ever had. One of the smoothest 12%'ers for sure, at the very least. I wish I could write more, but I already finished my 6 oz sample...want moar.

Photo of zimm421
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to #500, took my grand ole time. Saved a great local brew for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a rich dark brown with hints of ruby showing through. There is a very thin, fizzy off-white head. It dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass, with a touch of lacing.

The nose is deep and rich. Full of dark roasted malts, hints of raisin, oak, bourbon, vanilla and caramel. This keeps you going back for more; sip after sip. The taste is very deep and complex as well. The caramel hits up front, followed by loads of dark fruit. Then the vanilla and oak follow through, finishing with the bourbon. There is a bit of heat in the finish, but it isn't overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is heavy-bodied, with low amounts of carbonation. The finish is sticky and leaves the taste hanging around for a while - works really well. Overall, this is an excellent brew. It is extremely drinkable for the ABV, and the complexities are crazy. Everything works together in beautiful ways and keeps you going back for more. The price is a bit high, but understandable for this brew.

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Apparently I didn't review this bad boy the last few times I had it. Glad to say that I have a few bottles at the house.

This delicious brew pours dark tan with no head (ginger pour on my part). After 20 minutes out of the fridge, Bourbon and vanilla hit the nose immediately, a little maple and a small amount of booze.

As far as taste, BIG bourbon and brown sugar. Vanilla washes over the sides of my tongue. Not a lot of alcohol presence on the tongue as you'd expect for a barrel-aged 12% brew.

A year has done wonders for this marvelous beer. I can't wait too see what happens to this one with time.

Photo of Zacemy
4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a great tasting brew. Must enjoy strong bourbon barrel brews. This is a whopping 12% alcohol and the taste is unreal. I highly recommend this for those who enjoy a strong beer. I cannot wait to try others from Thirsty Dog! The flavors are unbelievable, making it a tasty beer.

Photo of Immortale25
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Here it is. Celebrating my 1000th review. Only took me approximately two years and ten months.

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with an 1/8 inch off-white head that barely retains at all before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and almost zero surface foam.

S- How'd they do that? They've somehow captured all the great notes of sweetness you get from a bourbon barrel aging including brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, molasses, raisin, lots of fig and especially coffee cake. I get huge wafts of coffee cake off of this and it's spectacular. All with this undercurrent of bourbon that ties everything together. I could smell this beer all day but I don't want it to get too warm.

T- At first there's raisin, dark fruit and a hint of sherry. Some caramel sweetness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is magnificently masked but there are little shots of booze on the palate here and there, especially after multiple sips are taken. This drinks almost like a nice port but better.

M- Slick, semi-creamy but not incredibly viscous even for a Scotch ale. Low carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- My mind is properly blown. Easily one of my top 5 BBA beers. The aroma alone makes me wish I had more than just one of these.

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Damian
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355 ml.) bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Served in a tulip

The almost clear, garnet hued liquid was topped by a near three-finger tall, tight, creamy, khaki-colored crown. Very solid retention. Patchy, odd-shaped streaks of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was sweet, robust and very malt forward. Loads of deep, caramelized malts and toffee. Fruity with a noticeable brown sugar-like sweetness. Somewhat boozy. Bourbon notes were apparent. Good dose of vanilla as well. As the beer warmed, the nose became sweeter, richer and more robust overall.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma, but perhaps a half step less impressive. Caramel malts and rich brown sugar notes led things off. Fruity. Somewhat biscuity. The crisp, yeasty notes reminded me of something I might find in a traditional beer of this style from the UK. There was a noticeable bourbon-like kick on the dry, slightly tannic, minerally finish. Some steeliness came through as well. With time, the flavor profile intensified. The beer also became sweeter and the booziness mellowed out.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style and contained a light, spritzy effervescence. Slightly creamy. All in all, fairly non-descript.

Wulver is an enjoyable Wee Heavy that stays rather true to the style. A slightly more robust flavor profile and a bigger mouthfeel however might have lent itself well to the barrel aging.

Photo of dvmin98
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, that is one sweet SOB. Barrel is really prevalent, but man, the sweetness takes this b*tch to a whole new level. And the ABV is VERY noticeable. Tasted like liquor at times. Also, it got sweeter as it warmed up. I loved the first few sips, then the sweetness started to get a bit much. Glad I shared it with a buddy because it would have been too much for me.

Photo of Sky
3.64/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very strong. I expected this however it was a bit strong for my taste. I am a very big bourbon fan so I decided to give this a shot. Strong rich coffee sent with a similar bite to the tongue. Heavy in abv and you can tell. I feel like one or two of these 12% would knock me out. Not my favorite, but doable.

Photo of NathanBunn20
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - dark rich brown color, like a stout. S - nutty hint, strong coffee stout aroma. Hint of alcohol. T - tasted like a stout with a smack of yummy bourbon at the end. M - Thick and rich, no complaints. O - about what I expected, not gonna have to drink to many of these to enjoy a good night.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

$ 6.99/12 oz bottle
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma very malty and oaky
Head average (3.5 cm), very light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing – none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins very sweet with flavors of oak and malt. After a few moments, the alcohol is just detectable; no hops, no diacetyl. Ends with a lingering sweetness and an alcohol stomach burn.
Palate medium to full, creamy, carbonation lively

This is a very good beer and well worth the price. The flavor is excellent, the aroma is excellent, the palate is very good, and the appearance is good but somewhat lacking because of the absence of lacing.

Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a murky dark brown. Hints of copper and red coming through in the light.

The aroma has wonderful sweet vanilla and bourbon. Then toffee, caramel, deep brown toasty bread, wet raisins, boozy cherries, dried dates.

The flavor hits of a punch of bourbon and vanilla in the front. Then again the toffee and sweet fresh caramel. Then some hints of tobacco and leather. Dark fruits simmer on the surface of boozy raisins, dried figs, dates, and plums. The finish is of some alcohol, bourbon, some drying oak.

The beer has a medium plus to full mouthfeel.

This beer has a beautiful melding of flavors. The beer is quite similar, but with a better melding of the sweet and fruit notes of the beer and bourbon.

I had this blind against Backwoods and this knocked that beer off its feet.

Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,317 ratings.