Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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1,047 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 211
Gots: 285 | FT: 65
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: dbc5 on 06-04-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of scottfrie
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into snifter. A very warm thank you for this one, Eric.

A: Pours a very deep and woody brown with a short lived thin tan head that faded to a thin collar. A very fine film of lace was left down the glass.
S: The nose is rich and decadent with sweet notes of caramel, oiled leather, dates, raisins, chocolate, mellow bourbon and slight vanilla. Very complex and integrated; smells delicious.
T: Flavors are so very delicate and rich at the same time. Extremely smooth and mellow notes of dates, bourbon, sweet brown sugar and caramel, slight licorice, slight peat, leather and milk chocolate. The finish is lightly sweet with a slight touch of musty attic and faint faint oxidization, and the aftertaste is full of leather, raisin, sticky hop oil, and a kiss of brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla.
M: Sticky and slick mouthfeel, low and soft carbonation, smooth, rich and decadent full body. Not as thick and heavy as a stout, nor am I expecting/think it should be. I get no trace of the double digit alcohol.
O: How is this beer so underrated?! I was blown away by its complexity and decadence. This bottle must be a few years old because of how mellow and integrated the flavors are. I could sip this all day. Thank you again, TurdFurgison!

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Joint review of Backwoods Bastard and Wulver (only using whole numbers as usual):

A: Poured both aggressively into identical Stone IRS snifters. Backwoods had about a half finger of head, Wulver with about 2 fingers. Both poured a deep ruby red / bronze, with Wulver just a tad darker. Score Backwoods a 4 and Wulver a 5.

N: Backwoods screams bourbon, which is a very good thing. A slight bitterness lies beneath the bourbon and scotch aromas. Wulver was slightly more subdued on the nose with the bourbon less pronounced and no bitterness whatsoever. Score Backwoods a 5 and Wulver a 4.

T: Backwoods is a delight, as usual. Definitely a bit boozy at 10.2% ABV, and I definitely get that hint of bitterness. Should improve as it warms. Bourbon takes a bit of a backseat to the booze and bitterness, as well as the classic scotch ale flavors of caramel and toffee. Now for Wulver after a quick palate cleanser. Wow, these taste very different, considering they're the same style. I don't get nearly the booziness on Wulver despite its 12% ABV. The bourbon and caramel/toffee flavors are blended much better, although I'm not certain that's a good thing, as it's robbed of some complexity. Still extremely tasty. Score both a 5.

M: Backwoods is a bit thin, although I get some coating around the teeth and mouth. This is really where Wulver shines; it's a full-bodied, frothy mouthful of heaven. Score Backwoods a 4 and Wulver a 5.

O: Both incredible, but different beers, and standard-bearers of the BA Scotch Ale style. I've yet to try BA Big Sound, but I'll pull it out of the cellar next year. Very well played by Founders and Thirsty Dog. 5 for each.

Happy Holidays, BA!

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4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Initially it appears pitch black but holding it up to light you can tell it's dark brown with a red tint. One-finger head
S: Melted milk chocolate, molasses, bourbon, vanilla
T: Matches the nose. The chocolate comes first, then vanilla, then bourbon, a hint of heat then a toffee/caramel/molasses finish
M: Sweet, full-bodied, only a hint of alcohol
O: Wow is this tasty. I paired it with a piece of chocolate cake I had at home and it was a match made in heaven. It would probably make a nice dessert by itself too- given its smoothness and 12% I could see it creeping up on you in a hurry. Definitely give this one a try

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber pour with a deep dark ruby cast. Nice head and lacing that retains for 3 minutes. The nose is bourbon over sweet dark fruit, mostly plum and raisin, coupled with notes of vanilla, caramel and oak over molasses. Almost full bodied with a very rich creamy texture. The superb flavor profile is complex, yet balanced. Unlike Founder's Backwoods Bastard, bourbon doesn't predominate. You get a complex balance of bourbon against the flavors of the nose. It begins with the dark fruit, progresses to the caramel and molasses based sweetness, then bourbon and the associated vanilla and oak notes. The finish is a smooth bourbon forward sweetness counter balanced with an oak astringency that flows into that nice alcoholic burn at the back of the throat. Compared to FBB, the Wulver wins by a nose for the Wee Heavy title.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a mid-sized and fizzy tan head. Head fizzes out fast with no lacing. Moderately decent head retention.

S: Oh yeah. Big dark fruits. Figs, dates and molasses. Prunes? Molasses and toffee and caramel. Dense and sweet. Decent chunk of oak in there too. Finally, some peat but it's subdued.

T: Big bourbon notes up front. Sickly sweet molasses and caramel. Oakiness covers everything. Huge super sweet dark fruits everywhere too. Bursting with raisins and figs. Like drinking concentrated raisin juice sometimes. Lingering sugary molasses and oakiness with some peat mixing in here.

M: Big, heavy, cloyingly sweet.

O: Interesting brew. It's big and complex. Pretty well balanced too. But boy is it sweet. Like drinking maple syrup sweet. It's got that same cloying sweetness that you get in a lot of the bigger He'brew beers. Like drinking pure molasses. I am glad this bottle was only 12 ounces because I don't think I'd make it through a larger format. Sipper for sure. Dessert beer.

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4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy dark brown with a one-finger white head.

S - Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and oak.

T - Follows the nose with vanilla, bourbon, and oak taking over the flavor. Alcohol is fairly strong and becomes stronger as it warms.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - One of the best wee heavies right up there with Backwoods Bastard. A really nice sipper for a cold night.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into my Founders snifter. First four pack was courtesy of michaelg137, next four pack courtesy of recently expanded distro into western and then eastern Michigan. This beer is killer on the wallet ($25/four pack), but it's worth it as an occasional treat.

Wulver pours a caramel-chocolate brown from the bottle, settling a deep ocher in the glass with a ring of foam that lingers a few millimeters above the beer all the way down. The more agitated center of the pour yields a few carbonation bubbles, but only enough to make me suspect that this beer isn't especially fizzy. Some lacing up the sides, but the residue is negligible. Wulver wants to make sure you focus on the liquid, not what the liquid leaves behind. The appearance suggests high alcohol and prolonged barrel aging, if such a thing is possible. Why eleven months and not a year? Points off for pervasive, if not extremely noticeable, sediment.

I can smell some of the sweeter aspects straight from the pour, so I'm hesitant to stick my nose right in, but I give it a swirl and work up the courage and dive in. Mmm, deliciously candied. The scent packs at first a hint of isopropyl alcohol, underscored by the sweet fragrance of sugar, caramel, and something richer, like cinnamon and cocoa.

The taste follows the smell (after all, what is taste but smell?). Some subtle differences present themselves: there's a savoriness at the back of the mouth that complements the sweetness of the bourbon. The bitterness I expect from the oak or the caramelized malt is diminished by the intense, almost cloying sweetness. I'm not sure how many of these I could drink, between the high alcohol content and the dessert-like character. Still, in moderation Wulver is delicious.

Sweetness and a lack of bitterness lend themselves to high points for the mouthfeel. The alcohol, of course, is present at 12%, but it's in no way overwhelming. What little bitterness is present sticks to the sides of my mouth. Wulver is very drinkable, if not overwhelming in certain respects.

Overall, I would call this an occasional treat for more reasons than the price. It's sweeter than other barrel-aged Scotch ales (like Backwoods Bastard), but executed better than most (Central Water's for example). The availability of Wulver makes it an excellent contender as a flagship beer for a brewery that should work to emphasize their higher ABV offerings. Do they barrel age Bernese? If not, they should try!

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.