Wulver | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

WulverWulver
BA SCORE
4.36/5
1,626 Ratings
WulverWulver
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Spider889 on 12-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#350
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
1,626
pDev:
8.26%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
278
Gots:
407
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,626 |  Reviews: 221
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. "Wulver"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$2.17 @ Giant Eagle, Indiana, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label, and I like the gold foil cap as well. Is this beer really worth it? Worth the gold foil cap I mean. I got it for just $2.17. Is it that good of a beer? And I remember having had Thirsty Dog beers before and they were just OK. So let's see. Typical appearance for a wee heavy Scotch ale... Scotch-style ale, I apologize. It's pretty hazy though, a hazy deep mahogany brown shall we say, beneath a short head of creamy khaki froth. The aroma is malty with caramel and dark sugar, perhaps even almost burnt sugar, and a bit of grain, but also darkly fruity. There's also some Bourbon and wood there but it's mild. The flavor is just a slight bit tart but with a lot of supple, sweetish caramel and brown sugar to balance it. The Bourbon and oak remain. Except for the fruitiness and the subtle tartness I think it's pretty much as I'd expect it to be. The fruitiness in the flavor, however, is much more than the style calls for. It's got a combination of juicy dark skinned fruits and dried dark skinned fruits, but there's also a sugary malt component that adds to that. As I sniff it again I get much more dark raisin, and in the flavor that's sticky sweet raisin. Not that it's too sweet, because it's not, but it is sweet. A moderate bitterness balances it and that's OK for the style. In the end it finishes mainly dry with residual notes of raisin and plum (did I mention those before?) and drying oak. So, in the end it's a little fruity but pretty much right on for the style. The alcohol makes an appearance but it's a background appearance and it doesn't really step forward. How strong is this? 12% ABV, whoah! I wasn't expecting that. There's a little bit of alcohol to it but nothing more that you might expect. But what about the Bourbon barrels? Well there's a bit of wood to it as well, so OK. Bourbon itself, there's a bit, and to be honest I think it takes the beer up a notch. It gives it another level. Looking back the lacing is pretty good but the head retention remains limited. Medium-light in body and gently crisp then smooth. Very nicely done and remarkably well balanced.

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Photo of golf4collet
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BergBeer
3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blaze5445
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of grilledsquid
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wanderingpints
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

2015 bottle. Pours a very dark brown almost opaque in color with tan colored head. Dark fruits, fig, date, some light grains, and sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with more dark fruits and a lingering sweetness.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdlb44
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KT123
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevem68
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neil2me
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Radome
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle in a snifter glass.

L - Dark copper or medium brown color with orange highlights. Slightly hazy. Light tan head is made up of miniscule bubbles that float in a thin cloud on the surface and form shitfing sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Super malty aromas of molasses, dried fruits, graham crackers. Over top is a strong bourbon whiskey character and light oak.

T - Strong, rich flavors. This is a malt-bomb of a wee heavy, with huge amounts of sweet malt, molasses, dates and raisins. Later in the palate is a strong bourbon punch, with some oak remaining after the swallow. The flavors go on and on, shifting and changing constantly.

F - Thick body with low but silky carbonation. Strong alcohol burn that combines with moderate hops bitterness to keep the beer from being too sweet. Nevertheless, the alcohol note is not out of place or excessive in a beer this rich.

O - It's as if a massive wee heavy had a shot of bourbon dropped into it like a boilermaker, except the flavors are blended and layered in a much smoother way than a mixed drink could be. A delicious, memorable beer.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date, served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark amber. Translucent. Thin white ring. Some fine lacing that slowly slid back down the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee.

Taste: Very much like it smells. In fact, nearly identical to how it smelled. Very rich flavors. The bourbon whiskey flavor is a bit stronger at the finish. There is a Wee Heavy in with all this, and it is well blended with the bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, light carbonation, warming whiskey bite at the finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A very slow sipping beer. I think pairing the sweetness of a wee heavy with bourbon was a very smart move - this beer works out really well. It's a dessert all in its own right, but it's not cloying. Sweet, but not overpowering. The bourbon however, reminded me to slow down on this one and sip and savor. One per evening with a beer of this potency.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aquabears
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sliiiiightly cloudy (clear but can see particulates in suspension), amber, deep red when the light shines through it. No head. Smell is heavy bourbon. Some vanilla, woody almost. Caramel. Taste is rich and sweet, creamy vanilla and caramel, nutty almost, bourbon, no real alcohol burn but there is definite heat. Oily and low carbonation, heavy body.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Crystal clear beautiful deep amber to copper red with an off white head that stays at the surface. Laces well.

A: Smells like vanilla and caramel was drizzled over freshly baked snickerdoodles! A nice bourbon and wood presents itself as well. I could smell this all day long.

T: Wow. Everything I said above carries over with an added layer from the bourbon goodness. It's like drinking an adult version of the best cookies ever made. Seriously... Wow.

F: Smooth, surprisingly a little thinner than expected, but also has a mild creaminess and slick coating quality as well. Definitely on the sweeter side with a good amount of alcohol warmth.

O: My final of the trio at trial; Founders Backwoods Bastard, Central Waters Scotch Ale, and now Thirsty Dog Wulver. The winner is... Wulver! Granted this is not a side by side and just off of notes and memory, but this beer is Out...Friggin... Standing!!!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful muddy brown which then clears up and forms an autumn brown-to-ruby color. 1/2 Finger of frothy head.

Aroma of lots of peat, smoked malts, nutmeg, caramel, and vanillin.

This is like delicious beer candy. It reminds me of CW BBA Scotch Ale, but perhaps even a touch sweeter. Lovely caramel, root beer, vanilla, chocolate, cherry, a touch of ash, and at the end, sweet bourbon and barrel.

Feel is sticky, hot, and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a total killer beer. Will ask for again :-)

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,626 ratings
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