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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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159 Reviews
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Reviews: 159
Hads: 1,357
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 2.75%
Wants: 250
Gots: 372 | FT: 90
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 CraftFan5
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (1,699 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (657 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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! (2,472 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a murky deep reddish brown with a very thing off-white head that quickly fades to nothing. Small amount of light coming through on the edges.

S- Raisin, vanilla, oak, alcohol. Nice sweet, sticky malts.

T- Similar to aroma with dark dried fruits, vanilla, oak, the alcohol kinda takes over a bit too much as it gets more up to serving temp.

M- Given the flavor and alcohol content I found this to be a bit thin in the mouth.

O- This is a very good beer but when Backwoods Bastard is one of my favorite beers naturally I will compare it to that beer. I just think that it is very close to BB but not quite there, plus the fact that this is over twice the price per bottle really is a negative on Wulver. Still a fine example of bourbon barrel wee heavy. I found this beer interesting in that at 12% it pushes Ohio's ABV law about to the limit. (905 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with hints of mahogany and a decent off-white head, good lacing

S-toffee, dark fruit, butterscotch, bourbon, oak, vanilla

T-caramel malt, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, slight smokiness

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-one off the best BA Wee Heavies I have tried, great for sipping on a cold night (359 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy tall glass.

A deep mahogany brown, faint red edges and quite dark. Head barely makes one finger of tan bubbles but settles slowly to a simple 4mm tall puck and collar.

Bouquet is standard and classic. Lots of caramel, and thick butterscotch. Hints of vanilla and thick toffee but not with a large sweetness. Classic bourbon barrel aged wee heavy greatness presented, very nice. Wonderful nose.

Palate comes nicely but not as big as the bouquet suggests. Soft malts and light toffee. Some good caramel thickness and a nice controlled sweetness of molasses and brown sugars. Slight bit of carbonated pop on the finish. A nice spicy quality to of brown spiced nutmeg and clove to go along with it. A carbonated aftertaste and prickly finish slightly but not distracting.

Overall it's a nice much subtler version of a barrel aged wee heavy, but it's done very well and enjoyable to drink all around. (939 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If rum is too sweet... If scotch is too smoky... If bourbon is too caramelized... If beer is too soft... Then this ale is for you! It hits all the right chords and does so on the back of a surprisingly drinkable finish.

Wulver pours with a medium-dark brown beer. Hazy as it is, the ale allows for ruby, garnet and rust low-lights to penetrate; giving the ale a soft and dim glow. As its initial creamy sand-stained head forms, it swirls into something more akin to coffee creme. Its light trailing lace is kept under wrap by the beer's enormous complexity.

Its aromas and all things of boozy sweetness. Unmistakable bourbon parlays into a rummy, scotch-like scent as its spice and wood character tickle the nose. The peated ale underneath is lightly smoky, densely scented with molasses and burnt toffee, and offering hints of walnut and chocolate. As the beer warms, a light vinous woody scent of sherry pulls forth.

The taste is highly malty as its molasses and toffee seems to fold in a honey character that gives the ale a praline-type sweetness. Nutty with everything from buttery cashews to robust walnuts and pecans and almonds to boot- the earthen taste is greeted with vanilla, caramel and light coffee. A mild chocolate underpinning pulls from the toasted grains and dives right into those booze-soaked tastes of bourbon, scotch, rum, and again... light sherry wine.

Its body is full, rich and round. As the malty sweetness of the beer wraps around the tongue and saturates the taste buds fully, a more dessert-like "sipping" session seems to override the need for drinkability. But the sweetness breaks apart just enough to let the dry toasted malt textures and spicy alcohols dry the beer considerably and seems to lighten the beer in a more friendly manner.

Wulver is a near-perfect wood aged beer. Where the scotch industry has used bourbon barrels for centuries, its no surprise to find all that wood-aged character playing out on a base beer that supports the wood seamlessly. (1,998 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle sealed with pressure cap and gold foil. Classy looking label art & bottle.

poured into tulip glass.

Thanks to waratdenison for this extra!

Appearance: dark murky brown bodied beer with a red hue when held up to light. Thick cap of beige colored head that drops down to a ring around the glass. Nice legs on the side of the glass after each sip of the beer.

Smell: Primary components of the aroma are bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Overall this beer has a fairly sweet nose. Hints of tobacco, peat moss, and cola. Subtle meaty smoke. Very complex nose. This is the best smelling BA Wee Heavy that I have put my nose into!

Taste: The taste is very similiar to the nose it tastes as sweet as it smells, but its a little smokier than the nose leads onto and less dark fruits are present than I was expecting. Primary components of the flavor profile of this beer are the barrel notes. Loads of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Almost, but no quite moderate notes of meaty smoke, peat moss, molasses, and leather. Hint of dark fruits, caramel, butterscotch, and cola. The bourbon, cola, dark fruits, smoke, and leather all linger in the aftertaste. As the beer warms up booze soaked raisins, dark fruits, caramel, butterscotch, and leather notes become more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer drinks like its a 7% barrel aged beer. So very smooth and drinks so easily. Slightly chewy. Though it doesnt necessarily need more carbonation, I think this beer would benefit from a little bit more carbonation.

Overall: This is the best beer that I have drank from Thirsty Dog! Wulver is effortlessly the very best BA Wee Heavy that I have drank. Backwoods bastard doesn't even hold a candle to Wulver. Wulver has many layers of flavors and fantastic complexity found in this beers aroma and flavor profile. A great beer to slowely sip on and contimplate its many complexities. I cant remember enjoying a BA Wee Heavy as much as I am enjoying this beer right now! I hope this is a yearly release by Thirsty Dog, they would be crazy not to release this brew on a yearly basis. (2,135 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with less than a finger of tan head that enjoyed some decent retention. The nose has soft but distinct bourbon notes. The malt profile is weak for the style and the body is also too thin to properly balance with the bourbon flavors. The bourbon almost completely takes over on the finish and this offering ends up tasting like a shot rather than a beer. (377 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Mportnoy for this extra!

A- Settles into the glass with a very dark brown body and a foamy cream-colored head. Some carbonation bubbles can be seen around the edges of the glass, rising from the body.

S- The nose is fantastic. Oak, coconut, caramel malts, hints of toast, slight hints of vanilla and burnt sugar.

T- Not as sweet as I would have thought. Lots of smooth caramel malt with influences from the bourbon barrel. Some toasted oak, hints of vanilla, a little bit of sugary sweetness towards the end.

M- Very smooth, incredibly easy to drink for the abv. Carbonation is medium, with a full-bodied mouthfeel.

O- A very nice barrel-aged scotch ale. The barrel works really well to add some sweetness and complex flavors to the big maltiness. (768 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.15.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a few tan bubbles that quickly form a ring around the edge.

S - Strong bourbon, oak, some chocolate.

T - Bourbon and chocolate, and lots of it. Delicious.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very tasty and nice. Low carbonation, but it doesn't take much away. (326 characters)

Photo of xseanprimex
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: A dark auburn brew with a thin off-white head that recedes into a lace on the rim of the glass. Could remind you of cola.

S: Sweet and hot from the bourbon. Wet, dark fruits come through.

T: Bourbon, yet so smooth compared to others of the style. Vanilla and oak are obvious.

M: Smooth all the way across the palate. It's like this brew just spreads across your entire mouth leaving an aftertaste of sweet vanilla. Not too heavy for a wee heavy.

O: Overall, the best wee heavy I've had. Makes me want to stand in the cold rain wearing a kilt while bagpipes play in the distance. 10/10 will drink again. (649 characters)

Photo of charlzm
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed January 24th, 2014 from a bottle obtained in Cleveland, Ohio in May, 2013. Poured into a hybrid tulip/goblet.

Beer is a clear dark garnet when held to light. Almost no head from a standard pour: just a little ring of light tan foam that clings to the sides.

Aroma - mild bourbon and sweet, melanoidin maltiness.

Flavor is similar to the aroma: sweet juicy malts up front segue into warming bourbon. Vanilla fills in the cracks. Delicious. Bourbon barrel aging a wee heavy has to be one of the best ideas ever.

Mouthfeel is warming almost to the point of hot. Slightly thick and slightly chewy but the lightness of the beer works very well with what could have been an oppressively heavy flavor. Nicely done.

Best wee heavy I think I've ever had. (759 characters)

Photo of dotes_on_dipas
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- deep brown coloring with a small head with hardly any lacing
S- huge hits of bourbon
T- by far the best wee heavy I've had. Get tastes of bourbon but huge vanilla which I love.
M - good medium mouthfeel leaving good vanilla bourbon on the tongue.
O-best wee heavy I've had. Will seek out again asap. (302 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a quick trade. Big time thanks! Pours dark brown with very little head, which is off white and recedes quickly. Not completely opaque with some ruby showing through the edges of this one. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla. Flavor is boozy bourbon up front alongside some sweet chocolate, then fades nicely into overwhelmingly vanilla and caramel notes. The oaky bourbon and vanilla lingers a good while. The body in this is not as thick and chewy as I had expected, with solid medium carbonation to go along with a medium heavy mouthfeel. It nevertheless tastes excellent with lots of layers of flavor coming across the palate. A nice exhibition of the bourbon barrels here. Yum. (703 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Great looking bottle that is very classy looking but very eye catching. Label has a cool looking logo in the traditional Thirsty Dog K-9 theme with a gold overlayed metallic font. Gives a small description of the beer, ABV+IBU info, states “Aged in bourbon barrels”, states “Aged 11 months”, small bit of brewery info, web info, and signatures of Masterbrewer and Owner. Neck is wrapped in gold foil.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 21oz thistle glass led to a 3 finger very light brown head of medium density atop a deep dark ruby reddish brown beer. Excellent head retention of 6min before fading to a thick coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Nose is intoxicating with heavy oak and vanilla aspects along side a heavy bourbon accent. Also evident are the aroma of caramelized dark fruits and a bit of coconut.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very rich with a deep bourbon flavor along with a heavy vanilla and oak taste on the front end. Midpoint is dominated by brown sugar molasses, and caramel flavoring before giving way to a toasted malt and bourbon finish and aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Full bodied and thick with above average carbonation. Very drinkable even at the high ABV.

Overall/Comments: Wow. An extremely complex and interesting beer that was excellent. A great beer that will probably age very well. More that one of these would be dangerous. A must try beer. Consumed 7/22/13. Classified as a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy @ 12.8% ABV. (1,541 characters)

Photo of McUbermensch
2.92/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter at a tasting.

I had hyped this beer up and it was one of the beers I was most looking forward to trying. The appearance was a little light and pale for a beer of the style. The nose had faint vanilla notes that were hardly detictable. The taste was lacking as well, it seemed watered down and lacked any complexity. Mouthfeel was watery and thin. If I hadn't seen the bottle opened I would swear that this beer was cut to serve more people. Maybe it's because the night started with a big barrel aged stout but I found this beer lacking in every category. I would try it again just to see if I was given a bad bottle. (641 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks great not very pitch black it does have some mild chestnut hues at the base. The head does seem to be fizzing out rather quickly but for 12% its understandable. Deep mocha hue on this with moderate lacing.
S - Solid bourbon notes, thick sweet caramel notes, and some balanced smokey peat smells. It doesn't smell boozy or too bourbon like so the 11 months aged must have worked!
T - Whatever barrels they used for this they should be used for everything. Smooth balanced bourbon tones with an almost maple like sweetness. Peaty smoke flavors give it an almost meaty like flavors and I have never experienced so balanced yet so sweet.
M - Man where is that ABV? I have been drinking beers 8-9% all night and this beer is by far the smoothest. Medium bodied and slick is all I have to say.

Overall quite a damn good bourbon barrel ale in fact it might single handed be the best Aged scotch ale I ever drank. The $6.99 a single is a real ball buster but worth to try at least once.

Thirsty dog really knocked it out of the park. (1,037 characters)

Photo of frenchblood21
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Date is 1/15/2014.

Appearance- Real dark brown with slight hues of red and pink. Not quite a whole finger of creamy light tan head. Barely any light behind the beer when held up to light.

Smell- Sweet, peaty bourbon is what I get right away. Prunes, malt and a dank basement is what I get in the back.

Taste- Vanilla and fig followed by bourbon and brown sugar. Maybe just a hint of hops at the end. Call me crazy, but lemon is just barely there too.

Mouthfeel- More carbonation than I had anticipated. It is a bit thin too, but 11 months in bourbon barrels will due that to a beer. Just the perfect amount of alcohol burn at the back of your mouth.

Overall- One of Ohio's best offerings. A must try for all serious craft beer drinkers. At $25 per 4-pack, the beer isn't cheap, but worth every penny. (861 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into tulip. 2013 vintage.

A: a hazy dark ruby body. head is slightly brownish white. reasonable retention with very thick lacing.

S: nose starts with a decent amount of bourbon, but not overwhelming. caramel and oak. lots of wood for sure. a big mound of brown sugar. or maybe that is the drink talking. certainly inviting.

T: tons of vanilla, toffee, and a soft woodiness to back it all. bourbon is there, warming, but not hot. flavor transitions to more dark fruit as it warms. raisins. finish has some residual sugars and more bourbon oak flavor, but not overwhelming. perhaps even some dry dark chocolate.

M: really smooth. subtle carb. full bodied.

D: really good stuff and one of the best bourbon barrel aged brews Ive had. unbelievably smooth. I have one in the cellar, but I really don't know what it will do to this brew. might even be better fresh. (880 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.24/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.75

After just kinda not liking the effort to make this product seem premium that the gold foil does, I managed to cut my finger opening this one. I haven't a clue how I managed that but sure enough removing the foil cut my finger. So thumbs down on the packaging.

Pours a coca cola like color, very cloudy and dense. Next to no head or lacing.

The nose has some toffee, vanilla, oak, and of course bourbon on it.

I get what the bottle claims. Caramel, oak, vanilla....it's pretty straight forward, not much in the world of hops. Not much bitter balance. A pretty sweet beer made sweeter with the barrels. Nothing is wrong, but nothing gives this one that extra something either.

The mouth feel is where this one goes to hell. Just flat as it can be. Kinda runny, just not good. A 12% beer needs either body or carbonation. This has neither.

At these prices this is a no go for me. I will say make sure you drink this one on the colder side, it isn't an imperial stout that can be had at 60-70 degrees and still be wonderful. It needs to be in the 40's. (1,058 characters)

Photo of MattBeer
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my dear god. I love good bourbon and I love beer.

After you read the ABV (12) and pour it and see as much head as you get (half an inch), you think "Oh man you idiot. You're lucky enough to get your hands on a bottle of this and you screw up the pour." By the time you're done thinking this, the head is gone, and you realize that everything's gonna be just fine.

The beer is the color you'd want your hardwood floor to be: Dark enough that light has to hit it for you to see the deep crimson in it.

You know how you like the tastes IN bourbon but you don't really like the taste OF bourbon because it's too burny and not smooth enough unless you pay way too much per bottle? Imagine if you took the tastes you like and made them smells. Oak, leather, vanilla, molasses, caramel.

Those are the tastes too. Maybe a little bit of plum or raisin, but you're already sipping it too fast, and you're sharing it with your friend so there's only half a bottle, and you need to calm down and enjoy it slowly.

The slick, oily mouthfeel and light carbonation aren't really enough to slow you down. It's obviously not for sessioning but you could forgive yourself for wanting 16 of these at a time.

Once, I was at a burrito restaurant in a place you wouldn't expect to find delicious burritos. I'd never been. It was two in the morning and the guy in front of me was drunk. I asked him how the food was. He grabbed me by the shirt and said "I'd kill my mother for this s**t." He thought he meant those burritos (which are indeed the best on the planet), but that kind of accolade should be reserved for a beer like Wulver. Amazing. (1,631 characters)

Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.