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Great Lakes Wolfhound Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Wolfhound Stout
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 55
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 04-06-2003)
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

ally24al, Apr 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Skott1123, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of jtw5877
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark black with a silky tan head. Rich chocolate, coffee taste with a chewy malty mouthfeel. I was told by the waitress this is a nitro tap, and it's the only beer you cannot buy in a growler. This is a fantastic stout. Very flavorful without an over the top ABV. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had.

jtw5877, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of paranosis
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. had this on tap tonight at the brewery, and can't get over it.

The look is amazing, a nice creamy tan head in the stout glass, and a rich dark color when held up to the light.

The smell is the ONLY thing i can critique, and it's not saying it wasn't great, it was, but it lacked a tiny bit of body in the smell. Overall, not an issue in my book, but it was definitely the weakest point of the beer.

Taste was fantastic. It reminds me of Guinness, but much more layered. Had a nutty, smooth, dry irish stout taste. Best of the style that I've had by far.

Mouthfeel was incredibly smooth, like drinking creamy, delicious, wonderful stout. What more could you ask for?

Drinkability... coupled with the mouthfeel, and the low ABV (4.5%), i could drink a bunch of these and enjoy every one.

once again, i reiterate, highly reccomended. Best of the style that I've tried (and it's my favorite style). Beats Guinness by a landslide.

paranosis, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of Briarbush
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewpub today (2007/03/24)
The beer looked delicious and as always at the brewpub it was served in the appropriate glassware. Light tan head held up through out most of the drink and was nearly opaque. Smell was very faint. You pick up some roasted tones though. Taste was out of this world. Guinness has nothing on this beer. The flavor was complex with a beautiful roasted malt flavor permeating with hints of nutty tones with just a tiny amount of hop flavor dancing around. The mouth feel was creamy and smooth and the finish was dry and satisfying. I only had one, but I could have had five. And at 4.80% it would make a great session beer.

Briarbush, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at Great Lakes. Pour looks exactly like Guinness, and smells strikingly similar to it as well. But the big difference is the mouthfeel. Its got the hints of roasted malt and nice subtle coffee presence, but its much more creamy and smooth than Guinness. So much so that my girl actually bought one for herself. I would buy this over Guinness every day of the week.

VncentLIFE, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another quality GLBC offering quaffed with my friends and fellow BA's at the 4/5 beer summit.

Appearance: IMMENSELY thick (I could probably have cut it with a knife) creamy-thick tan-colored head refuses to back down. Dark...opaque color. Huge lacing of the glass. Wonderful.

Smell: Roasted everything...nuts, chocolate, caramel, coffee. A bakery combined with a coffee shop in this glass.

Taste: Wow. This is one special beer. The aromas carry over to the flavor quite nicely. There are flavors of chocolate, malt, toffee, nuts, etc. Incredible flavor and (note again the underlying theme of all the GLBC beer I had that day) smooth!

Mouthfeel: Is "hugely creamy smooth" proper grammar? That phrase accurately describes the Wolfhound stout. Like a velvet slipper for your taste buds.

Drinkability: A well-deserved "5" in this category. So incredibly smooth and drinkable with just a hint of coffee aftertaste. Awesome.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 12, 2003
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4.56/5  rDev +6.3%

jay_schrock, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

GeoCait, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Richie24CLE
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Richie24CLE, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

MattPfeifer, Jul 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jmasc, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Stinger80OH, Jul 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

siege06nd, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

AHeaston8, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown ruby tone with a large thick frothy tan head leaves thick bands of lacing throughout the session with this brew. Aroma: Mild coffee and soft chocolate highlights decent dose of hops bu the Dry Iris stouts aren't really known for hop bitterness anyway. Taste: Flavor has chocolate cascading through it dry finish some herbal hop notes, great complex Dry Irish much more flavorul than a Beamish or Guiness ecellent and so damn smooth. Mouthfeel: Medium body creamy texture great refreshing stout, not a burden but a treat in every way. Drinkability: Wow excellent representation of the style big textures, flavors, and aromatics equal one decently complex and incredibly drinkable beer.

WVbeergeek, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of pwoods
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On nitro tap at the brewpub a little over a month ago. Review from notes.

20oz. imperial pint.

A: Opaque black pour. 2 fingers of nitro head, nearly pearl white. Great retention and lacing.

S: Pleasantly sweet. The head has that big nitro smell but still has a milky, creamy aroma. Dry roasted malts.

T/M: Dark roasted malts but not extremely dry and bitter... which is very much preferred. Nice chocolately taste and a light coffee background. Body is above medium and is obviously extremely creamy and silky.

D: They really should put this in bottles. Guiness, eat your heart out.

pwoods, May 16, 2008
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey, this is how you bring your new BAs and fizzy yellow drinkers up to stouts. This is just the ticket to get someone interested in going dark. The smoky roasted flavor and smell is much less threatening than Edmund Fitzgerald, but gives great flavor, is quite complex in roasted barley, and exudes super aroma. A beautiful dark brown, black with super ruby highlights. The head is creamy tan and the lacing is very impressive for a stout. Get this when in Cleveland; you won't regret it.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of rhinos00
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After having this numerous times, finally got around to reviewing this one. Had on-tap at the brewery, served in a 16 oz. pint glass.

A- Nice dark, chocolate brown. As you look towards the bottom of the glass a ruby, garnet hue comes out a little bit. Reveals a healthy two fingers width of tan, creamy head. Left wonderful lacing throughout consumption.

S- Somewhat faint and mellow. Nice whiff of some cocoa and roasted malts.

T- Upfront it had a roasted characteristic that was just the perfect amount. Adding to the flavor was a nice amount of chocolate and coffee malts that really added to the complexity.

M- For a beer with a light body, such as a dry stout, it had a wonderful creaminess that gave it an edge. Absolutely wonderful.

D- Beers do not get more drinkable than this. I had no problem putting a pint of this away with 7 to 8 pulls. It was just so damn tasty and went down like water.

Overall, this beer may be one of my favorite that GLBC offers. Too bad it is only available at the brewery otherwise this would be my ultimate session beer. Well done.

rhinos00, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Ahhdball
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a profound black sucking the light from the room. A great beige head tops this presentation and adds lacing through the drink.
Small hints of coffee and chocolate give the mouth anticipation for the future.
Taste has a nice baking chocolate and coffee flavor with a dry finish, smooth but dry. Great!
Smooth as silk with a creamy mouthfeel.

Refreshing and a fantastic Dry Stout, and now a favorite.

Ahhdball, May 10, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewpub. Pours pitch black with a thick and frothy light tan head. Sticky rings of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied and very creamy, with a nice roasted coffee character. Dark chocolate, malt and hops flavors are nicely balanced. The finish is dry and lightly hoppy. I have had 2 excellent Dry Stouts recently (Cadillac Mountain being the other) that have reminded me what a great beer style this can be. This is a keeper.

Dogbrick, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of Spider889
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewpub on Thursday.

I admit I had reservations about this one: a ton of breweries are pushing milds and low abv "session" beers this year, and most are lackluster at best. Leave it to Great Lakes to prove me wrong on this one.

Served in a globed imperial pint glass, must have been 20+ ounces, nice. A mostly clear burnt sienna brown color, with off-white head that left an excellent wall of lacing.

Smelled of softer, sweet pale chocolate and caramel malt. Light roastiness. Very fresh grainy smell.

The taste was about as good as a Dry Irish Stout can get. A whallop of roasty malt goodness greets the palet. Sweeter caramel mixed with a bread crust and light char character. My only complaint is that I was wishing for more of a darker coffee flavor as well.

Very smooth, creamy, even pillowy on the tongue. Slick at first leading to a semi-dry finish.

Quaffable in every sense of the word. I was very pleased by this beer.

Spider889, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of MrDanno96
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown with tints of red. Pours with a huge fluffy off-white head and lots of sticky lace.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, hints of caramel and toffee.

T: Great flavor! Lots of chocolate and coffee flavor. A good dose of bitter roasted malt and hops in the finish. Excellent balance.

M: Very creamy from the nitro. Medium body, subtle carbonation. Dry and smooth.

O: Honestly, one of the best irish stouts I've ever had. Great flavor, balance; smooth and drinkable. And at sub 5% even Ding can session it!

MrDanno96, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with red on the edges when held up to the light. Has a creamy thick tannish colored head that leaves some light layered lacing.

S- Roasted malts all over the place on this one. Could also pick up some nuts, chocolate, caramel, and a touch of coffee.

T- Tastes of chocolate, malt, toffee, and nuts pretty much follows the nose really well.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Body was maybe a little thinner than I'd thought and light carbonation. Very solid none the less.

D- Outstanding brew and very easy to drink all day long here.

nrbw23, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of endincolorado
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark brown with copper highlights. thick, ultra creamy, light tan head. Decent lace.

Smell- Dry cereal. Roasted malt. chocolate.

Taste- Very tasty. Rich cocoa. Some roasted malt. dry grain. light hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Lighter than expected but extremely satisfying.

Drinkability- Light abv and well-balanced flavors make this a great session beer.

endincolorado, Apr 12, 2009
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Great Lakes Wolfhound Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.