Wulver | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Spider889 on 12-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#355
Reviews:
231
Ratings:
1,649
pDev:
8.26%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
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Ratings: 1,649 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of stortore
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of travelguy
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A milk chocolate brown beer fills my glass after an aggressive pour that yields a minimal tan head. The aromas hit my schnoz before I can lift the glass - HUGE vanilla notes, then booze from the barrel, and rich toffee notes. I am now ready to eat my own arm.

The taste has the barrel, of course, but the vanilla and toffee flavors bring this back before it can approach “booze bomb” territory. There’s also a creamy feel that adds to the entire drinking experience. Magnificent.

This is better than Central Waters BA Scotch Ale, IMHO, and also better than Backwoods Bastard, again IMHO.

Yes, I typed that.

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Photo of woemad
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received through the incredible generosity of WesMantooth. I presume it is a fairly recent release as there's no date that I can find, but I'm not too worried about a barrel aged 12% abv beer being too old. It's why I saved it for last from the three mighty boxes I received from Corey for NBS BIF #6.

Poured into a snifter, this didn't look like much to get excited about. Dull opaque dark brown color, a more russett color and visibly cloudy when held up to light. Kinda reminds me of unfiltered non-alcoholic apple cider. Decent, beige head for such a strong beer, but after a rough pour. Modestly short lived lace.

Whoa! Incredible nose to this! Vanilla, from the bourbon barrel aging was to be expected, and a little vanilla goes a long way with me in beer, whether or not actual vanilla has been added. Not to worry, though, because like all good barrel aged beers, that is balanced with other elements. Brown sugar, caramel, an almost-licorice thing I tend to get from Wee Heavies that I've never been able to figure out, it's all here and smell delicious together.

Flavor, wonderfully, goes hand in hand with aroma. This is rich and delicious. I may be drinking this in the middle of the day, but it would make a superb dessert or nightcap beer. Starts off like a great typical example of the style, then midway through the bourbon barrel flavors really kick in with an astonishing amount of depth of flavor without being overly boozy, somehow. Waiting for an alcohol burn is a wait made in vain! The flavor in general is more complex than even the nose. I get elements of dark fruit, pipe tobacco (not being pompous, I actually have smoked pipes extensively at one time, so I know the flavor), toffee, even cola.

Yes, this is a big-bodied beer, with a creamy, velvety mouthfeel.

Holy shit! I saved this for last because I expected it to be great, but WOW! I honestly can't remember the last time I gave a 4.75 to anything on BA (probably when I was still finding my way and was easily impressed), but I had to for the flavor of this. I'm actually concerned I will go through the type of depression normally reserved for returned astronauts when this is gone. I may have to move to Akron to be close to this beer. Thank you so much, Corey, both for this and all you dropped on my porch!

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Photo of GlennFreeman
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yes, it is extremely expensive. Yes, it is much better than Backwoods Bastard. Is it really worth the extra cost? Why is it so expensive? Please make a lot more of it, lower the price, and you might put the Backwoods Bastard back in the woods where he belongs!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cub7
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SerMosh
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JCaweinstein
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tbone2131
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rootscipio
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zuidman
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blogjackets
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Luckily Thirsty Dog's brewery is not too far from home, so I have had many glasses of this beer at their tasting room (before it was even publicly called Wulver). Seeing the BBA Wee Heavy on the board means I'm drinking nothing else. Note: if you don't like bourbon don't drink this beer. The genius pairing of a wee heavy with bourbon yields at worst their second best beer (IMO the barrel aged Siberian Night is the best). The flavors are a malty mix of deep vanilla caramel that approach but never cross the line into bourbon overload. Take note that this heavy, malty, bourbony beer packs a wallop at 12 ABV. Despite 12% with a big bourbon nose, it's a real drinker. Not too boozy. Definitely on my list of beers in heaven. Here's hoping ;n)

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Photo of tjwarren
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One word for this beer. Heavy. Not Wee Heavy. Just heavy. Very well done. Pretty close to perfect balance on the bourbon. The smell is Boozier than it turns out to be. A truly enjoyable sipper. One swallow at a time drives you deeper and deeper to relaxation.

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Photo of DIM
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured without much of a head; a vigorous swirl produced a few short lived big bubbles. As a result this was too still on the tongue.

Lots of sweet raisins, peats, bourbon, light heat, and vanilla in the aroma. Very robust and appealing despite the low carbonation.

Tastes almost as good, but this came across as a little too sweet and boozy at times.

This was very enjoyable, probably a little better than the backwoods bastard I buy a case of every year.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gardner254
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chill hazed chestnut with a thumb of tan head, much carbonation. Average-ish head retention & lacing, stays effervescent throughout the pour

S: Peatyness, booze, raisin & figs

T: Follows the nose, a touch of dryness, booze warmth & plenty of figgyness up front. Some dryness, more figgyness once warm, boozey peat notes as well, some brown sugar too. Finishes with booze presence, peat, dryness& figgyness

MF: Medium body, slight over carbonation, was hpoing for more body

Lovely Wee Heavy, not perfect, but flaws are miniscule

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The tan head builds to half an inch, with the cola colored liquid underneath; scads of lacing drape down

Smell: Caramel, Bourbon, vanilla, and almond, with undertones of sweet cherry and toasted coconut

Taste: A sugary caramel tone flows from start to finish, with the vanilla and almond tones joining early; through the middle, the Bourbon builds, with toasted coconut and sweet cherry lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth

Overall: This is an aged bottle (at least two years, perhaps more) and is drinking beautifully; I would like to see more peat and less sweetness overall, but I enjoyed the bottle

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Photo of Hari46
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best barrel aged beers I've had.
Medium body
Strong mid pallet
Beautiful smooth finish w a lingering taste of bourbon.
Love it - would've paid full price but it was on sale, so cleaned out the store.

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,649 ratings