Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 1,340
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 245
Gots: 368 | FT: 90
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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 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 jds16
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Very little tan head which didn't last long and no lacing. Deep reddish color. Smell is bourbon, vanilla, and caramel, very enticing. Taste is caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. In the first few sips bourbon dominated but as it warms up bourbon starts taking a back seat to the other flavors. Sweet, but not cloying. Sticky and chewy with just a prickle of carbonation.

Overall, a great sipper. Not for a long night of drinking, but perfect for staying in on a cold, winter night. I will go out of my way to get more of this beer. (573 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some strong bourbon notes with a lot of maple, vanilla and peat malt character. The flavor is similar. The Scotch and peat notes come through up front, but are complimented by a heavy dose of bourbon character. I get a lot of maple, oak, vanilla and whiskey notes that really add to the base beer. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (379 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. a deep mohoghanny pour, just a ring of off white bubbles.

Aroma, solid malty caramel, vanilla and some bourbon char.

Taste, more raisin and prune to go with the heavy caramel maltyness and vanilla oak barrel. A nice toasted malt with some chocolates in the finish.

Probably mid bodied, coats well enough though with a lower fine carbonation. No alcohol hear anywhere. Almost unbelievable that it is that high an abv.

One of the better brews I've had in a while. Weakness being this slight thinness, but drinks very easy. For the style this is great, For the price probably only a one time try though. Glad I picked this up before the fourth of July going through Ohio. (680 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (364 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 John_M
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with light lacing and minimal retention,. This beer has the look of a beer that has seen considerable barrel aging. The nose is pretty glorious, as I pick up considerable bourbon, butterscotch, light toffee and a hint of brown sugar and chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this sweet, rich beer. Mouthfeel is interesting. There's a lightness to this beer on the palate that is surprising, given the abv. The beer delivers plenty of flavor otherwise, and the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile. I noticed the beer's strength mid way through the glass, but you really don't pick up any heat or booziness on the palate.

Delicious beer. One of the best things I can recall having from Thirsty Dog. (798 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown. Fizzy bubbles form up and settle quickly. Leaves small silky ring around outside.

S: Upfront strong bourbon. Vanilla. Caramel. Tons of sweet malt. Almost has a smell of root beer or coca cola.

T: The bourbon is strong upfront. Sweet caramel, vanilla, and hazelnut tones balance wonderfully. A bit of booze.

M: Full body. Nice boozy warmth. Creamy.

O: I was completely surprised by this one. It was my first Thirsty Dog experience, and it was a good one. I'm a pretty harsh critic of this style, as its one of my favs, but this definitely delivered. (571 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A word to those who read reviews before pouring: Pour heavily. I only started pouring aggressively halfway through, and still got less than half a finger of head. This rapidly disappeared, leaving me with a rich ruby-brown body. Lace is absolutely missing.

This beer smells like bourbon. Beneath the bourbon, I get notes of vanilla and wood. I think I'm also getting caramel and malt, but I can't clearly smell it through the bourbon.

Vanilla starts at the beginning. This goes into a maltiness, which breaks through into a woodiness. Molasses comes in with the bourbon, with the vanilla just growing to a crescendo with a strong combined finish with the molasses. As jarring as the bourbon aroma is, that is how smooth the flavor is.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It is surprisingly very smooth the whole way through. It leaves just the faintest residue at the back of the throat. Carbonation is just right- subdued. (923 characters)

Photo of NathanBunn20
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Again my local liquor store has surprised me; first with Siberian Night Bourbon Barrel and now Wulver!

A - Nice Ruby to brown color that is pretty clear. Bright white head with good lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon smell mixed with strong maltiness and some coconut and chocolate notes as well. Smells like very good bourbon mixed into a wee heavy as you would expect.

T - Initially the bourbon hits your tongue with the traditional vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and raw bourbon. Then in the middle there is the most pungent caramel flavor that I have ever tasted in a beer. The caramel sweetness is so strong is just sits there and sears into your memory. It is rich and complex but sweet and boozy.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with light carbonation. Overall it is thin for 12% ABV but with the sweetness and the softness of the bourbon it doesn't seem too watered down.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer definitely worth a high mark but not close to some of the better stouts on the market. If you don't like sweet beers or bourbon this one is probably not a good choice. I would recommend it to those who have already tried their Siberian Night Barrel Aged but I don't think this should be Thristy Dog's best beer.

Glass- Snifter (1,232 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of themind
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very good. As a comparison to Founders BWB, I have to say it falls short. For me, the bourbon is a little too pronounced in this beer and the mouth feel is a little less creamy then BWB. All in all, this is a fantastic beer that I would buy again. A sipper Wee Heavy with a nice barrel aging touch but when lined up against BWB, my bench mark...it's second best.

Bottom Line: Excellent beer. (405 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap

Pours a dark opaque brown, yellowish white lacing head.

Smells of scotch, oak, brown sugar and spice.

Flavor is of scotch and brown sugar over biscuit malt, light grape sweetness, and a rich woody finish.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Warms going down.

Top notch sipper. Drinks slow and with potency. Definitely worth seeking out. (372 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 ThePorterSorter
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark town pour, almost no carbonation except a thin tan halo around the edges. The nose is potent, overwhelming butterscotchy caramely sweetness, little bite. The taste is relatively potent barrel-y sweetness, a bit of prune, tobacco, heavy flavors that coat the palate. The mouthfeel is relatively heavy/syrupy as well, pure caramelized wood sugar sweetness, and almost no bite. Really rounded flavors, masked ethanol, drinkable, and certainly worth trying. (464 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark cola brown with a thin half finger eggshell head. Some swaths of lacing.

S - Plenty of bourbon, vanilla, and wood up front. Nice blend of caramel, butterscotch, and other sweet notes.

T - Bourbon and wood, with hints of vanilla. There is a presence of caramel and butterscotch. Nice scotch ale with big barrel notes.

M - Medium bodied with little carbonation, to be expected after aging for 11 months in a bottle.

O - Very nice scotch ale, and it is similar to Central Waters BBSA. The difference is that CW is $10 less a 4 pack. BWB remains my favorite BBSA. (611 characters)

Photo of Krakistophales
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: Huge notes of bourbon barrel aging, obviously. Afterwards, hints of vanilla, caramel, and honey. All this doused by about 100 bags of the darkest espresso known to mankind.

T: Right up front, a great sweetness of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel that's followed by a boozy bourbon haze, finished with an almost vinous, sweet/sour note. Fantastic.

O: What a surprise. One of the best scotch ales I've ever had. Would buy and recommend all day long. (451 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of malt, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Lots of caramel, vanilla, a boozy whisky-like quality, and some malt as well. A forceful, dynamic, and complex flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp, almost harsh finish. Full-bodied.

O: This Wee Heavy is as good as any of the style made in Scotland. Well made and delicious. (556 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 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 Vonerichs
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (523 characters)

Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.