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

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Ranking:
#341
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
1,638
pDev:
8.26%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
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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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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

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,638 ratings
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