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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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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.

Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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.

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of bruachan
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sipped this guy over an artichoke crock (i had to mix up the sausage platter) and bbq pizza

its' roasty, rich and creamy with a modicum of bitterness and dry finish

some ruby highlights punctuate the deep blackness and a nice, nitro head sits up top. i have my qualms with this, but that's another story

this is a tasty beer and the food i had was great again, confirming my belief that GLBC has found a nearly perfect equations

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.

Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this on-tap at the brewery last night. This beer is one of their many on-tap only "pub exclusives." This beer is a opaque color that lets in to light at all. The tan head was about 1/3 inch thick once the glass was handed to me after being drawn from the tap. Head settles to a decent surface covering without very much lacing though. Some roasted, malty aromas were present along with coffee and dark chocolate hints. The taste is bitter upfront with the roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee certainly coming through and is followed by some sweet nuttiness and a hint of hops. Nice balance indeed. Has a creamy, frothy mouthfeel with a full body and light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Overall this beer reminds me of a much superior version of Guinness and A-B's Bare Knuckle Stout. An excellent warm weather, summertime stout. Another very good beer from Great Lakes.

Eric

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.

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.

Photo of whitenads
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.8/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jmw4437
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

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Great Lakes Wolfhound Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.