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

Notes / Commercial Description:
We made this beer specifically for bourbon barrels. The result is our most acclaimed bourbon barrel beer. Bourbon barrel aging and specialty malts create flavors of vanilla and caramel that blend in perfect balance.

Added by Spider889 on 12-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#568
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
1,654
pDev:
8.26%
 
 
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287
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found.
Deep brown colored body. Not much head, but there is a thin ring. No lacing.
Aroma is heavy with bourbon barrel, and roasted malts.
Taste is sweet bourbon barrel, with roasted malts that express caramel and vanilla.
Medium to silky mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
The bourbon barrel is a big part of the experience, but booziness does not intrude. Other flavors of dark malts and caramel blend in well.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, no date shown... poured into a snifter)

L: clear, ruby-hued liquid; loose, spongy, off-white foam struggles to form on pour, ends up remaining only in honey-comb like, fish-eye collar... beer color is dead on, but collar looks suspect... last oz of bottle carried with it fair amount of speckled sediment

S: booze, bourbon barrel (char), berry-scented hard candy a la Belgian dark noel ale... vanilla scent slowly fades in, then stands out... bold inviting aromas, bit of a spicy coloring to the potent, but not overpowering booze

T: bit of a darker, maltier, more chocolaty base beer than smell suggests, and deliciously so... caramel, dried cherry, toasted wood in the finish... only delicate spicy booze lingers at the back... the bourbon influence is undeniable but falls just short of overpowering what's an fortunately-designed wee heavy; great balance, if a bit heady

F: marginally syrupy viscosity, some of the long drag in its finish likely lubricated by the strong booze... finish and afterglow nicely cut and 'dry'... by the last few sips, I do declare this was a stellar drop, wow

O: purchased cold at Top Hops in NYC; did lose chill in transit home... lovely bold flavors and the Scotch Ale base does seem to poke through more than other BBA examples on the market... damn does it grow on ya exponentially with each sip (probably the booze talking, haven't eaten yet today)... not an avid fan of BBA Scotch Ales, but this is one of the best - one of the better displays of malt density and layering... mmm

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

Photo of Benish
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a viscous dark murky brown color. Very little head. Aromas of vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Very rich and heavy. The flavors were no different, there were tons of dark fruits, toffee, caramel with a hint of vanilla. The bourbon character was definitely there at the finish giving an added warmth and depth. Mouthfeel was full bodied with a rich and sticky finish. This was a spectacular brew! It drinks like a heavy barleywine. I loved every sip of this and one bottle was not enough.

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Photo of GRap
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 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

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,654 ratings