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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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189 Reviews
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Reviews: 189
Hads: 1,499
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 23.68%
Wants: 275
Gots: 401 | FT: 91
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

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 Phigg1102
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of searsclone
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glad NC is seeing this pretty often now. Pours a dark, murky brown. Smells of bourbon, dark fruits and some sweet toffee and caramel notes with a touch of vanilla in the back. Tastes of all the things the aroma indicated. Mouthfeel is actually pretty thick for the style, with a touch of boozy warmth as it goes down. This is easily one of my favorite wee-heavys!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of zimm421
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Zacemy
4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Sky
3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of NathanBunn20
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of StoutHunter
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of Vonerichs
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown with an aggressive head for being such a high abv. Solid retention.

Real sweet smells. Vanilla wafers, butterscotch, english toffee.

Sweet and robust flavors. More nilla wafers and ton of butterscotch with toffee. More vanilla in the finish. Light leather.

The mouthfeel is a real treat. So soft and smooth. Full bodied with low carbonation. Big, yet delicate.

One of the best, if not the best, wee heavy I can recall trying. I'd definitely recommend seeking this out and hope to have it again sometime.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I called this a wee too heavy. I had one that I bought around Christmas, I think, and it sat for around four months in my fridge. That should not have done much one way or another to the taste. It might have allowed the hops to die down.

The appearance was of root beer. Nothing too special in the aroma - booze and sweet malts.

The taste was sweet and not too boozy. There were little hops or yeast tastes, I expected some. The aftertaste was also sweet.

It definitely is a sweet, boozy thing. Not something I really need to do again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

2.75 A: Deep brown color. Just a thin skin of head formed during an aggressive pour and fell just as quickly as it formed.

4.0 S: The bourbon and barrel mix extremely well with the base beer. Big leathery component with molasses, melon, plum, raisin, and caramel. A touch of smokiness, a bit of roast, vanilla, oak.

3.75 T: Taste is like the nose. Leather, molasses, plum, raisin, caramel, smoky peat. Roast vanilla, oak. I'd prefer it to be a bit thicker and perhaps a bit sweeter, but it's still pretty good.

3.0 M: Heavier medium body. Undercarbonated by about half of what I'd want. Lightly creamy, which I imagine would be improved with more carbonation.

3.75 D: Pretty good beer. Only complaint is that I'd love some more carbonation.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a scotch ale this is not bad looking. It is murky and brown, but there is a decent head and decent belgian lacing. The initial aroma is a blast in the face of super fresh bourbon barrel, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, etc. As the beer warms you can pick up some more earthy notes. Downside it is kind of a one note aroma, uni-dimensional. To start with the flavor mirrors the aroma, as the beer warms though it becomes easier to pick out chewy raisin, vinious flavors, and a smokey maple syrup quality. It's nice. Thick, sticky, slick, however not cloying over the palate. Really good beer here. Actually....love it. Here is the problem...it is 28 dollars a four pack, that's a lot and I think value is important.

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.