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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 231
Gots: 335 | FT: 74
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 dotes_on_dipas
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of gr8zehaman
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Roger85
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of rct
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of McUbermensch
2.92/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of frenchblood21
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bobhits
3.24/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.