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Wolverine Dark - Wolverine State Brewing Company

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82
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wolverine State Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jale on 08-16-2011)
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I picked up a bottle of Wolverine's Dark Lager yesterday for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. This is my first time reviewing a beer from Wolverine State Brewing Company, I have tired some of their beers at festivals before, at first I didn't like them, but after giving them another try recently I decided that I should review some of their beers, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's clean and simple, but it's not that eye catching. It poured a medium dark brown color that took on a dark ruby color when held to the light. It had a finger and a half of off white head that quickly died down to a very thin ring that left no lacing. The head on this beer was prettty disappointing, but everything else wasn't that bad.

S- The aroma starts off with lots of roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart some nice roast, grains, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, with some black coffee sticking out the most and I also pick up a really slight hazelnut like aroma. I didn't get any hops in the aroma. I like this beers aroma, it's nice and roasty, pretty damn good for a Black Lager.

T- The flavor seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, it starts off with some nice medium roasted malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart some nice roasted and chocolate flavors along with some black coffee which still seems to sick out the most. I still don't get any hops, but I do get a slight cream flavor towards the end. This is a good tasting beer, it tastes like a lighter version of robust Porter, I like it.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a high amount of prickly carbonation. The carbonation really hurts this beer, it's just too high and prickly and unfortunately it makes the mouthfeel bellow average.

Overall I thought that this was an decent beer and a slightly above average example of a Dark Lager, it had some nice aspects to it, but it all had some downsides that held this beer back from being as good as it should be. It had good drinkability, the flavor held my attention but the prickly carbonation hurt the smoothness, but I still wouldn't mind drinking two or three of these in a row. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was damn good and one of the best I have encountered in the style, the taste was also noteworthy. What I liked least about this beer was the appearance and the carbonation, the carbonation hurt this beer the most and it was it's biggest flaw. I would buy this beer again, but it isn't something that I just have to have in the fridge, it's worth a try. This made for an ok first impression for this brewery, it tasted good and smelled great, but the carbonation was this beers biggest flaw, if it was fixed this beer would be one of my favorites in the style. Good job guys with a little more work this could be a great beer, I'll have to see what else you guys have to offer.

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A - Nothing of particular note - color to style, small head.

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T - Malt with some coffee-like roasted character, but no bitterness to speak of. Lightly hopped.

M - Medium body, not too heavily carbonated.

O - Wolverine Dark is the best among their standard offerings. The niche of lagering everything they serve left me wondering if they use lager yeasts on all of their beers or if the just cold condition some fermented with ale yeasts. The Dark was flavorful and appropriate to style, but only slightly better than average.

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A: Pours a clear dark brown with a finger of tan head. Good retention.

S: Mild roasted malt and a hint of coffee.

T: Flavor is a crisp and clean roasted malt upfront followed by mild roasted coffee. The finish is mild hoppiness that grows for a short while between sips.

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Wolverine Dark from Wolverine State Brewing Company
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