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Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 220
Gots: 315 | FT: 68
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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: dbc5 on 06-04-2013

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Thirsty Dog brewery, served in a snifter, and loved it so much that I brought a $25 growler of it home. They say they're working on bottling it, and I hope they succeed.

This is a strong beer, both in flavor/aroma and in alcohol (11.5% ABV). The creamy smoothness of some barrel-aged beers sorta mellows 'em out. Not this baby. Creamy and smooth, yes, but it will make your head spin while steam comes out your ears.

It looks gorgeous in the snifter -- dark chocolatey brown, not a lot of head (it's not very carbonated even for a wee heavy) but nice light lacing.

The nose is thick and heavy with vanilla, caramel, toffee, and such -- nothing unusual for a barrel-aged beer, but a good deal stronger than the usual run. Imagine that you're bobbing for apples, except that the "apples" are scoops of vanilla ice cream and they're floating in a barrel of bourbon.

The first sip feels a bit like getting whacked in the mouth with that barrel. (I mean that in a good way.) In the middle bit, the wee heavy character comes out, and there's a deep soft brown maltiness that gradually fades as . . .

. . . the alcohol kicks in. Some high-alcohol beers hide their alcohol under other flavors; this one doesn't. Being a wee heavy, it's not very strongly hopped, and the alcohol bite grows gradually throughout the finish, lingering long after the other flavors have gone.

It's medium-bodied for a wee heavy, not at all watery but not quite "chewy" either. The high ABV gives it an ever so slightly oily mouthfeel.

I'd describe it as well-balanced, by which I really mean that it's deliberately and wildly *un*balanced in a way that I like. The wee heavy character never quite takes center stage because the beer is so strongly flavored by the barrel aging and the alcohol. But I think that's kinda the point -- and anyway, wee heavy isn't my favorite beer style so the downplaying in this variant suits me just fine.

It may not be to everyone's taste, but overall it's a great beer for those of us who like strong flavors and tend to chuckle whenever someone offers us a beer with an ABV under 8%. It's also a nice change of pace for those of us who like barrel-aged beers and appreciate an "extreme" version. It's for sipping, and one snifter at a sitting is enough, but I'd be happy to have it a couple of times a week. If it does come out in bottles, I'll be stocking up.

LATER NOTE: It did come out in bottles, at least in a limited run, and the bottled version is as good as the draft. (The brewery tells me they had some trouble getting the label approved by the US government, so it took a while.) I wasn't able to make good on my word to stock up on it because it sells for six bucks a bottle, but I've been buying it while it's available as my budget permits.

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4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to #500, took my grand ole time. Saved a great local brew for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a rich dark brown with hints of ruby showing through. There is a very thin, fizzy off-white head. It dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass, with a touch of lacing.

The nose is deep and rich. Full of dark roasted malts, hints of raisin, oak, bourbon, vanilla and caramel. This keeps you going back for more; sip after sip. The taste is very deep and complex as well. The caramel hits up front, followed by loads of dark fruit. Then the vanilla and oak follow through, finishing with the bourbon. There is a bit of heat in the finish, but it isn't overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is heavy-bodied, with low amounts of carbonation. The finish is sticky and leaves the taste hanging around for a while - works really well. Overall, this is an excellent brew. It is extremely drinkable for the ABV, and the complexities are crazy. Everything works together in beautiful ways and keeps you going back for more. The price is a bit high, but understandable for this brew.

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4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rich amber with a thinner but well sustained slight off white head,just great color clarity going on here.Wow the aromas are mind blowing,big sweet caramel and vanilla with a toastiness from the barrel,it has almost a pecan pie-like element to it to go along with dark fruit dipped in vanilla tinged bourbon.Mellow but full feel in the mouth,quite creamy with low carbonation.Vanilla and caramel flavors,almost like spiced rum ball,(if you have ever had one you know what Iam talkin about),there is this faint nuttiness that keeps me harkening back to pecan pie.Damn Thirsty Dog have hit home runs in their barrel aged beers,do more!

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4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is clear, reddish-brown, and very dark, allowing only a trace of light to escape when held to a lamp. There is a small rocky head that quickly dissipates (not surprising in a barrel-aged beer with this gravity). The smell is quite something. Very assertive notes of bourbon, toffee, oak, sweet malt, vanilla, and fresh bread.

Very full body, a nice velvety feel, and a massive punch of sweet vanilla booziness. There are sweet, bready, cake-like malt flavors on the front of the palate. Then the boozy bourbony flavors charge in and get big very, very quickly. The beer swells with huge notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Just when you think this beer is going to turn into a syrupy, boozy mess, it suddenly backs off, leaving behind a creamy vanilla, toffee, and fruit sweetness and a nice lingering warmth.

What a beer! It's everything I hoped it would be. As much a big, bourbon-barrel-aged English Barleywine as a Scotch Ale. It packs a sizable, sweet, boozy punch, yet still insists on teasing you with its power. The brewers took this one right to the limit. One more microbe of booziness, and it would slide completely over the edge and become a chore to drink. It is wonderful how it toes the precipice without falling in and serves itself up as a classic sipper. If I had to compare this to Backwood's Bastard, I'd say this compares to Backwood's Bastard like BCBS compares to KBS. Interpret that any way you like. Me, I'm gettin' back into this here glass. Cheers!

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4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.