Wulver - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 215
Gots: 287 | FT: 65
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: dbc5 on 06-04-2013)
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
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...

Photo of OldManRJM
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very dark brown - brownish head that lasts throughout and sticks to the glass I used a snifter.

Smell is quite oaky, some vanilla and some smoke.

Taste is smooth like a mix of a heavy beer, almost chewy and nice bourbon. Very smooth and consistent from start to finish

Not much carbonation

Overall, this was a very nice beer. Yes it is a bit on the pricey side, but treat yourself once in a while.

Photo of wellsnb
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of dtm426
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of tillmac62
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of jjveverka
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of bt931912
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of msscott1973
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

$ 6.99/12 oz bottle
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma very malty and oaky
Head average (3.5 cm), very light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing – none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins very sweet with flavors of oak and malt. After a few moments, the alcohol is just detectable; no hops, no diacetyl. Ends with a lingering sweetness and an alcohol stomach burn.
Palate medium to full, creamy, carbonation lively

This is a very good beer and well worth the price. The flavor is excellent, the aroma is excellent, the palate is very good, and the appearance is good but somewhat lacking because of the absence of lacing.

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours almost a golden brown in color that appears dark brown in the glass. Almost no head to speak of.

S - Good amount of smooth bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, and heavy on the malt. Very great blend here.

T - Incredibly smooth bourbon taste up front, moves into vanilla, molasses, and dark fruits. Very nice finish with just a tinge of bitter hop.

M - Very, very smooth. Well carbonated.

Overall - Superb BBA Wee Heavy here. Right up there with the very best of them.

Photo of schwemjw
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark, almost like coca cola. No head whatsoever. in my snifter it almost looks like port.

S: Vanilla, oak, bourbon with a hint of smoke. Here come the malts, caramel, toffee. A port quality in here actually! anise, candied apricots. A sweetness that loosely reminds me of twizzlers. A touch of spice at the end. There is alot going on here. i could just sit here smelling it and enjoy myself OR I COULD DRINK IT!!

T: Candied figs. canilla. maple syrup and sugar cane. Bourbon on the end. A big nutty quality. roast on the end. Everything you smell comes through in the taste- and then some. This is a big complex beer that hides the booze fairly well.

M: Smooth. it sits on the tongue. warms you as you drink. medium bodied.

O: WOW. I'm impressed. there is a lot of interesting flavors and the bourbon barrels just amp everything up. great bourbon. its balanced. This is one of my favorite wee heavy's. If you can find it get it. you won't be disappointed!!

Photo of toppoop
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of PVMT
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ohiobeer29
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a medium brown
smell of Scotch carmel and vanilla
smooth taste of Scotch Carmel and vanilla
smooth mouth feel goes down real easy
overall as crazy as it is to say this definitely worth the 23.99 for a 4 pack will be buying this one.again coukd easily go through a 4 pack its so good

Photo of Bonis
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mctizzz
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xJMFCx
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of leitmotif
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of winningwes91
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Chris00710
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.