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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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172 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 1,414
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 24.14%
Wants: 268
Gots: 377 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Spider889 on 12-16-2011

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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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Photo of KornWallace
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date: 4/26/14
Location: Hoptron Brewtique
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Black to Brown allowing colors to reach in and illuminate the beer. Some opaqueness. The beer leaves some cascading after pouring a half finger size off white head.
Aromatics: Big Bourbon head with strong, strong flavors of vanilla, toffee, a little oak and decent alcohol. I also get big smells of chocolate sweet and semi sweet.
Flavor: The vanilla explodes on the palate with a menagerie of other sweet notes including caramel toffee a very faint molasses. There is a soft nuttiness to the beer, pecans and walnuts which adds to the just outstanding flavor. The alcohol is available without looking for it isn't "hot", giving the impression that fresh Wulver is the way to go. Such a well balanced beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The mouthfeel is very smooth and balanced. The alcohol keeps my mouth nicely warmed as the carbonation bounces the flavors around for a while.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thirsty Dog Wulver


Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours dark murky brown. Almost reminds me of a soda just sitting inside a hollowed log kinda murky.

S: All I smell is bourbon . . . Maybe some dark fruits but mostly all I detect is booze. Pretty intimidating really.

T: Delicious ! Definitely a wee heavy now. Bourbon flavors bursting forth right from the start. Dark fruits such as raisins, figs and dates coat the mouth with a nice touch as this goes down smooth.

M: A big beer with smooth qualities. Drinks easy but you better just sip this beer fellas. Warming for sure but doesn't have that boozy burning you'd expect at the smell.

O: Wonderful beer . . . Period ! Been keeping an eye out for this one for a while now and glad I found it. It didn't disappoint. As a matter of fact it lived up to the hype and expectations I had for it. A bit pricey but I will go get more next pay day (hope it's still available)

Picture this . . . It's a cold, windy and rainy evening. You've just played a tough but rewarding 18 holes on the old course at St. Andrews. The rain still slowly falls as you make your way home winding your way through the meadows and cobble stone trails. The sky is a colorless grey as you spot the smoke rising slowly from the chimney of your stone cabin. The door creeks open . . . You drop your clubs on the floor and stroll to the fireplace to warm your hands for a spell. After the sense of feeling spreads back into your finger tips you fall into your favorite old rocking chair for a night cap. You sit there warming yourself by the fire. Staring into the burning abyss your mind is lost in thoughts of days past.
Wulver is that kind of beer.

This is the perfect beer for that moment.

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Photo of toppoop
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured out a nice amber with a tiny bit of sediment from the bottom. Nice head that lasted a few minutes with decent lacing.
S - Nice hints of caramel, butterscotch. Touch of bourbon and vanilla.
T - Extremely smooth and balanced flavors for a brew aged in bourbon barrels. Nice vanilla and bourbon up front which don't overpower. Nice toffee and dark fruit follow with subtle oak and sweet chocolate.
M - Nice and buttery and medium bodied.
O - Can't believe it took me so long to try this beer. Don't usually care too much for this brewery, but this outstanding. Got a few stored away to see how it matures.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour courtesy of stillmatic2232, thanks man!

Pours a murky brown, with a very small, half inch head. A little bit of lacing.

Aromas include caramel, coconut, oak, and sweet but subtle bourbon.

The taste tells the same story. Tons of vanilla, coconut, and caramel in this one, just decadent. Hazelnut, pecan, brown sugar, molasses, and incredibly well integrated bourbon. It doesn't smack you over the head with it- one of the most drinkable BA beers I've ever had. Just awesome.

Medium bodied, could be slightly thicker, but the thinner body does keep the drinkability at a good point. The pour went by way too quickly. I want a full bottle of this stuff ASAP.

My first beer tried from Thirsty Dog- and I am thirsty for more.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of ONUMello
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of tillmac62
4.61/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of Dope
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.