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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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1,212 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 243
Gots: 347 | FT: 78
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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Ratings: 1,212 | Reviews: 153
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4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Thirsty Dog's Wulver a few weeks ago for $5.89 at The Lager Mill. It's been awhile since I've had a beer from Thirsty Dog and I was little on the fence with it because of the price, but since I heard it rivals Backwoods Bastard I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a foiled brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a sleek and classy look to it with some decent information about the beer, I think it's fairly eye catching. IT poured a murky brown color that took on a little bit of mahogany hue when held to the light with a little under two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer and it look true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a nice brown sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice sweet malt, caramel, toffee, butterscotch and light chocolate like aromas with the caramel sticking out the most by a good amount. Up next comes a light boozy aroma followed by the barrel which imparts some nice oak, bourbon and vanilla aromas with the vanilla sticking out the most. This beer has a great aroma, the caramel and vanilla like aromas really come through and I like that.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that is right on the border of being highly sweet and it has a nice brown sugar like flavor to it and it's followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart all those great aspects that I got in the aroma with the caramel aspect still showing up the most and there's some nice butterscotch and toffee flavors in the background. Up next comes a very light boozy flavor that's just slightly warming and it's followed by the barrel which imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with vanilla still sticking out the most. On the finish there's no bitterness with a little sweetness taking it's place and it had a caramel, toffee, butterscotch and vanilla like aftertaste. This was a great tasting beer, it had great balance and the flavors blended together perfectly.

M- Very smooth, a little rich, a little sticky, not crisp, a little silky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of low carbonation. The mouthfeel was fantastic, it fit this beer perfectly.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and I thought it was a great example of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, I think they weren't joking around when they said this beer was made just to be aged in barrels, the flavors work so well with barrel and I can see a good amount of thought went into the base beer and it seems like it sat in the barrel for the perfect amount of time and it achieved some killer balance. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth, a little rich, a little sticky, not crisp, a little silky, not too filling and the taste did an awesome job at holding my attention, I wouldn't mind sipping on this all night and it really amazes me how smooth it is. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel and drinkability, they were among some of the best I've experiences in a Bourbon Barrel aged beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything I would change, but I did think it was a little pricey and it would be great to see it at around the same price point as Backwoods Bastard. I would for sure buy this beer again, and I'm kicking myself for not picking up more when I had the chance. I would recommend this beer to just about anyone and it's a must try if you like bourbon barrel aged beers. All in all I was straight up impressed with this beer, i had some high expectations and it met every single one of them and even surpassed them in some aspects. This is without a doubt my new favorite beer from Thirsty Dog and it's right up there with Backwoods Bastard as my favorite of the style, these beers are very similar and I would have to have them side by side to fully get an idea as to which is the better beer. Fantastic job guys, keep up the great and impressive work.

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4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle..wish I recalled who sent this my way. Regardless, thank you!

Rusty crimson with a thin froth that dips to minimal cap and light ring.

Vanilla, caramel, butterscotch (the nice non-infected kind), big brown sugar, oak, and mounds and mounds of additional brown sugar. Deep and decadent on the nose.

Drinks like a liquified sundae...melted butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, toffee, pralines, bourbon leaves a light whisper of a lashing across the finish. Non invasive but complimentary and supportive.

Low carbonation, heavy on the tongue but slick enough on the back end to make this eminently approachable.

12%? Booze is expertly kept in check. Flavors weave together seemlessly....Alex, Geddy, and Neil at their best. Hold Your Fire? A debate for another night...

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.