Great Lakes Wolfhound Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
4.21/5 rDev -2.8%
Served in a pint glass from a nitro tap at the brewpub. Definitely took longer than 119.5 seconds to get a perfect pour of this one
A: Gorgeous. Immediately off the tap has a head that takes up 2/3 of the bottle but that slowly turns from white to black creeping up the glass. What's left is pure black still with a good 2-3 fingers of creamy foam at the top. Also of note- the lacing left as I was drinking the beer is some of the most beautiful I've seen
S: Roasted malts, some coffee/cocoa and a bit of creaminess
T: Matches the nose, quite tasty, very balanced
M: Super creamy though just a touch thin
O: One of the best dry stouts I've had, super tasty and drinkable
03-23-2014 16:42:54 | More by ONUMello
4.18/5 rDev -3.5%
This beer was served on nitro tap at Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, OH. It arrived in a curved pint glass, showing the deepest brown coloring, lightening up to shades of maroon towards the bottom of the glass. It held a two finger head of cakey, medium brown bubbles, showing great retention. This left thick patterns and rings of lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared moderate. The whiff gave sweet chocolates and faintly caramel malts as the base grain. These were complemented by cranberry fruitiness, white sugar, dried straw, medicinal phenols, big roast and smokiness, and faint booziness. With warmth came some far off milkiness and rich chocolate syrup. Our first impression was that there was nice robust flavoring, with a pleasant amount of char, but blended light enough to be extremely drinkable. As we sipped, roasted coffee and brown malts, sweet vanilla bean, and raw dark chocolate flakes started things off. The bitterness and strength of the roast enhanced to the peak, with mixing char and smokiness, and balancing smoothness of raw barley. The end came with spice of medicinal phenols, a seaweed vegetable quality, balancing sweetness of white sugar and melted chocolates, and lactic bitterness. The aftertaste breathed of char, distant metallics, baker’s yeast, roasted brown and chocolate malts, and the bitterness of black coffee. The body was lighter, and the carbonation was medium. There was excellent cream, froth, and lip, with nice sip, slurp, and glug. A soft, easy coating was left around the mouth, keeping it wet and satiated. This led to an eventual mild astringency that became a bit dusty and warm with time. The abv was sessionable, and the beer was very easy drinking.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was that ease of drinkability and the beautifully creamy feel. The latter was certainly contributed to by the nitro, but it fit the style, and this beer, so well with superb slurp and froth on every sip. Through the flavoring there is just the right amount of bitterness, roast, and depth to the malts, and it never becomes overly metallic. This eases the drinker, and again, contributes to drinkability and sessionability. This is simple, elegant, and just down right tasty.
03-19-2013 00:41:06 | More by TheBrewo
4.65/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
04-09-2012 15:22:05 | More by VncentLIFE
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
04-03-2011 19:39:59 | More by Spider889
2.8/5 rDev -35.3%
On-tap at the brewpub.
Appearance - The appearance immediately made me do a double take when they brought this beer out. Three fingers of thick, custard or ice cream head. When I say it's thick; I'm not exaggerating at all. The froth is so solidified that I scooped it into a spoon and ate it like custard. Milkshake-like qualities in the froth. The beer itself is a very dark brown that verges on being black in certain light.
Smell - Coffee hits me right up front with chocolate lingering in the background. A slight ethanol smell with hints of darker malts and barley.
Taste - A stout with Irish red ale properties. I would barely call this a stout with the exception of its appearance. Tastes of watered down barley. I really have to search for the hints of chocolate and malts. The coffee is consistently present throughout. All in all, a light coffee taste with barley in the background.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability - This stout is extremely light bodied and is perhaps too low in ABV for my personal tastes. It tastes watery, roasted and smooth. Even with keeping it in mind as a low ABV stout, this is still Not one of my favorite GLBC brews or stouts at all. Great Lakes makes phenomenal brews; but this one just didn't do anything for me.
03-22-2011 03:42:31 | More by Jesse13713
4.35/5 rDev +0.5%
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!
03-17-2011 22:30:18 | More by MrDanno96
4.33/5 rDev 0%
rhinos00 hooked me up with this one in a recent growler swap. thanks alex!
64oz swingtop growler filled right to the brim. sampled may 1/09.
growler opens without a pop. seems to have been sealed, but not much sign of carbonation. an aggressive pour yields a thin layer of large tan bubbles that quickly retreat to a ring around the glass. the body is deep brown, neither black nor transparent, but still pretty dark.
aroma is good. medium roast coffee. a bit of dark and milk chocolate. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. just a touch of slightly fruity character, but not really anything specific. light alcohol. earthy.
taste is great. about medium-low bitterness level, which seems just right. medium roast coffee. a bit of dark chocolate. great malt character. lightly toasted whole-wheat bread. biscuit. touch of cracker. earthy. just a touch of alcohol. even less of a fruity component than i picked up on in the aroma, but it's still there.
mouthfeel is good. low carbonation, likely due to its travels rather than anything else, but it works. really drinks like a nice cask ale. medium-light body with a pretty dry finish.
drinkability is great. low carbonation, low alcohol, and a great malt profile? sounds good to me. were a cask of this available near me, i'd happily sit there for the evening - and still be able to walk when it was time to leave. great stuff, and i'm glad i got a chance to try this one.
05-01-2009 22:58:31 | More by grub
4.18/5 rDev -3.5%
From growler, big thanks to grub for sharing!
Pours a light ruby brown, some orange in the edges, very clear, maybe a touch light on colour for a stout, thin big bubbled head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, maybe a touch flat. Smell is nice, very grainy, cereal and oats, light chocolate, biscuit, very toasty, some roast, very malty and delicious, this is a great smelling stout. Taste is similar, very biscuity and toasty at first, grainy, light roastiness and chocolate, cereal, oats, caramel sweetness, real nice toasty dryness in the finish, very smooth. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, growler flattened up a bit so I won't knock it down for that, but even in not perfect condition its great. Real nice easy drinking stout, nice flavour for the ABV. Thanks Russ!
05-01-2009 22:49:35 | More by Viggo
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