Wulver | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

1,614 Ratings

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Radome
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +0.2%
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 aquabears
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Lingenbrau
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +0.9%
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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Photo of muchos
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L. Murky dark burgundy-brown, small dense off-white head reduces to a film in a minute. Leaves a sticky lacing.
S. Sweet caramel, nutty, sweet vanilla (cream soda), cola, slightly woody.
T. Caramel, a bit of wood and smoke, dates, plums, figs, sugary vanilla, warming alcohol toward the finish with caramel and a Hershey bar with almonds.
F. Despite previous reviews of a thin body, I am definitely getting a fuller side of medium bodied beer, very smooth and somewhat dry yet sweet on the finish.
O. Satisfies my sweet tooth, pleasantly warming, an excellent sipper. Bourbon barrel does not dominate but compliments the full flavors the base wee heavy ale. Cheers!!

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Photo of richj1970
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Thanks to @somethingclever for the opportunity to check this one out!

A: Rich dark reddish brown with one finger light tan head. Fairly short retention and moderate lacing. Amazingly clear for a darker beer.

S: Caramel and bourbon dominate. Some vanilla, raisins, and dates.

T: Toffee, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Subtle hints of cherries.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. A little thin and watery in texture. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Excellent BA wee-heavy. Very enjoyable and a real treat.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a deep rust color. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves very little lacing.

The smell is nothing like I remember. This bottle smells fruity. It has a ripe, red fruit aroma and some booze. I would never guess that this is a barrel aged wee heavy from the smell.

The taste is like a strong, barrel aged fruit beer. I don't know what happened to the delicious caramel and vanilla flavors that the 2013 version had.

Full mouthfeel and smooth

This is the first bottle of Wulver that I have bought since I bought a case back in 2013 when it was released in bottles. I wanted a fresh bottle to review compared to the 2013 version. This tastes absolutely nothing like the 2013. It tastes like a barrel aged fruit beer. I have one bottle of the 2013 left and will have to drink it and revise my review based on what it should taste like. If I let my bias go, I actually like this beer. I am just surprised at the vast difference three years can make.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Recipient of fine generosity whilst in Ohio. Poured dark brown, muddled out of the bottle with a thin head that fades quickly. Hyperactive carbonation with lots of bubbles at work. Aroma is dark fruit, cola, burnt sugar, caramel. Taste is sweet malt, prunes, plump raisins, booze, caramel, vanilla...and cola. There's a soda-aspect at play in both taste and feel. Bourbon heat at the end lingers for a warming second or two.

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Photo of mschrei
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish brown, thin tannish edges. Very light foam and lacing. Smell is roasty malt and bourbon. Bourbon and malt notes on taste, light sweet caramel present. Slightly thin feel with a mild alcohol presence.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade 2014 vintage. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear chestnut hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of loads of cheap bourbon, fair amount of woody bourbon. Some malt sweetness.

T - Taste is loads of caramel, nice sweet bourbon, good barrel notes. Malts are sweet, nice bourbon. Solid.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, thin, watery. Alcohol hidden verry well.

O - Overall this was a solid wee heavy. Decent caramel, the bourbon is a bit on the generic side.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud

Light fizzy head, dark murky molasses brown color, little lacing

Nose is interesting, bourbon candy booze and fruit, very raw young cheap bourbon, pretty much a glass of cheap bourbon, oaky, sweet candy malt, syrupy.

Taste brings sweet syrupy candy malt, reddish candy malt, caramel, etc, but tons of cheap bourbon, sweet simple sugar and molasses, loads of caramel, little toasted oak and vanilla, big bourbon finish, oaky sweet candy, basically a cheap bourbon like him beam with caramel and oak in it.

Mouth is med to syrupy fuller bod, lighter carb, no real booze, little thin.

Basically a cheap bourbon with sweet caramel oak and nothing else, not bad but not much for the beer side, yet booze hidden well.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter. It pours a dirty brown-cola color with a thin, ecru-colored head and lacing. The head dissipated quickly. It smells of roasted malt, oak, vanilla, peat smoke, and bourbon. It's a very appealing aroma. The taste features vanilla, caramel, molasses, oak, tobacco, and a strong dose of cherry. You can also taste the bourbon and it finishes with a slight bitterness. It starts out quite sweet but finishes with just a touch of sourness. It is medium-bodied, creamy, and lightly-carbonated. I was really surprised that the ABV is 12% because it isn't overly boozy. The bourbon taste is really mellow and pleasant. Overall, it is a well-crafted and delicious Wee Heavy. The cherry flavor gives it a different feel from any other example of the style that I've had. It's a sipper; you have to be careful because the alcohol is so well masked. It would pair well with a hearty meal or for sipping on a cool Fall afternoon with friends.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage on draft. Pours dark brown with scant tan head. Smell is bourbon, toffee and sweet malts . Tastes of butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, oak and caramel. Great mouthfeel and alcohol totally hidden

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Not what I anticipated. Looks thin. Pours a light brown color that looks dark amber in the glass. Effervescent head that quickly bubbles away. 3.5/5

Smell: Actually a lot of somewhat tart cherry for me overlying a bit of maple syrup barrel thing -- maybe even some molasses. A bit of bourbon, oak, and vanilla, but really, this smells like boozy cherries and molasses. I really dig it. 4.5/5

Taste/feel: Hits with the cherry right away before there's a rush of bourbon and booze that hits and burns a bit before some oak and vanilla come in to simmer it down. Definitely on the thin side with a surprising amount of carbonation, but I'm loving it. 4.5/5, 3.75/5

Tastes more like a bourbon and cherry cocktail than beer given its thin body and strange carbonation, but I really like it. It tastes delicious and has an excellent depth of flavor, with the cherry flavor offering a modest tannin vibe as it warms. Outstanding beer.


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Photo of kemoarps
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The glass is populated by an almost murky deep deep russet brown. Minimal head, really just more an accumulation of fine grain around the corner of the eye with one outpost floating from point to point. Surprisingly decent lacing, considering.

Nose is a delicious melange of rich sweet hard candies: caramel and toffee and even some butterscotch vie with a subtle proffering of oak and vanilla. This is all cold of course. Tobacco and leather add their wisdom to the folds.

Flavour brings forth many of the same notes, but with more of an emphasis on the leather and tobacco than on the caramel and toffee (they're still there though, don't you worry!). There's some dried fig in there as well and the oak and vanilla and bourbon layer in beautifully. Alcohol is stowed away wonderfully here.

Much love to @WesMantooth for including this in his NBS BIF#3 box. Really really glad to have gotten the opportunity to give it a try!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- The beer pours a deep caramel with a modest one finger off white head. Lacing is patchy and when tipped back can be seen to be formed with many fine bubbles.
S- The barrel aging dominates the nose. It is full of oaky vanilla and bourbon. The alcohol can be detected faintly behind it all. The barrel aging on this beer is superb.
T- Diving into the beer, the first thought I have is how smooth it seems. There are vanilla and caramel notes in spades. The bourbon lingers to the finish with a slight alchohol bite.
F-The carbonation is light but prickly. This combined with the alcohol bite in the finish, makes the beer finish dry. Overall mouthfeel is on the higher side of medium.
O- On the merits of execution I find this beer to be every bit as good as Backwood's Bastard. However the exorbitant price difference makes me lean towards Backwood's Bastard as the better overall value. Still I wouldn't hesitate to enjoy this beer if you can handle price. It's a superb barrel aged wee heavy.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a perfect Wee Heavy. This beer is almost unfair to rate amongst the others because this is a man amongst per-pubescent boys. Big and pow with caramel, slight smoke, bourbon...it's got it all going on. And 12% and smooth. Amazing beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gold foil cappped 12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 7.75. No discernible bottling date but purchased 04/2016. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours an orange hued chestnut with almost two fingers of ecrue head. The froth recedes to a few surface splotches and a narrow halo that leaves several scattered spots of lace.

Aromas od vanilla, coconut, oak, caramel, earth and some faint chocolate. Delightful.

Huge flavor of coconut right up front and throughout along with a decadent blend of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, wet oak, bread pudding, faint cocoa and a healthy kick of booze. I've caught hints of coconut from barrel aging before but never with the near dominance that I get here. Delicious.

Smooth, creamy full feel with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste of coconut, toffee, bourbon and caramel.

Wulver is a truly outstanding barrel aged scotch ale. I'd often seen it mentioned as exemplary for the style but it was a treat to experience for myself. Despite the price I would certainly buy more if I come across it again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thirsty Dog Wulver Wee Heavy Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels
IBU's 22, 12% ABV.

Look: It looks exactly like a very chunky apple cider. It is dark brown with highlights where the light hits it. It has some kind of sediment in it(little white flakes) and it is very cloudy. I can not see my hand through the glass, not even a shadow. I like it when beers are cloudy!!! It is very active with carbonation and has a small tan head that dissapates to a tiny ring.
Smell: bourbon, whisky, boozey
Taste: bourbon, caramel, toffee, whisky, sweet and slightly syrupy, alcohol flavor, but not the harsh burn that comes with drinking hard liqour. It takes the good things about bourbon and whiskey and gives you those without a harsh burn as an aftertaste. The aftertaste is still that bourbon that lingers for a bit and has a nice warming effect.
Feel: The feel is syrupy, nice and thick. There is quite a bit of carbonation, but it doesn't really change things as far as the mouth feel goes.
Overall: I would say this is a success for my first bourbon barrel wee heavy ale(I did have Old Chub and Skullspliter). I like the elements it takes from the bourbon. My only gripe with it is the bourbon flavor dominates the entire profile. I like it, but they could brew it so that there might be a bit more to it. I do like it alot and will have it again.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2015 Bottle served cold in a snifter glass.

Appearance: great bottle presentation with the gold foil and bottle art, really classy. Poured a fairly thin deep ruby with a small head that sank to nothing. Nice small bubbles and some carbonation visible. Lots of sediment floating in the glass from the bottle.

Nose: dark fruits right as the bottle was opened, tons of barrel character, vanilla, oaky, coconut, sweet and malty, very ripe fruit to point of turning alcoholic before rancid

Taste: Thin mouthfeel, cola (weird, I know), sweet cherries, raisins and other dark fruits. The Barrel qualities are a bit more hidden in the taste over the nose. The beer is fairly sweet and has a warming alcoholic finish.

Overall: I'm conflicted here. This is rated as the highest Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy on BA but from where I'm sitting it isn't worth the nearly $7 per 12oz bottle. I would go for a Founders Backwoods Bastard over this one any day of the week. The barrel character is lacking, the weird flavors and thin mouthfeel really detract from the barrel aged Wee Heavy experience for me. It's a good beer but, IMO, there are certainly better examples out there.

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Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

BBA Wee Heavy might be my favorite style of beer period, especially in the fall and winter. This is right next to Backwoods Bastard as my favorite of the style.

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Photo of GregBinder7
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark maple syrup brown color. Very thin head. Lots of vanilla and caramel notes, strong bourbon boozy finish. Not as great as Founders Backwoods Bastard, but then again I'm bias and this is definitely close.

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Photo of SFNC
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass.
Look; Hazy, muddy color wit h ruby highlights. A minimal whitish head that left some impressive lacing at the onset, but less as I proceeded drinking.
Smell; Not strong, but burnt caramel, some oak, a little boozy.
Taste; Sweet, but muted sweetness, caramel, oak, vanilla, not too much of a bourbon presence. The alcohol is less present than in the smell.
Feel; Creamy, soft, sticky and light but persistent carbonation. One of the best feeling beers I've had. I savored every sip.
Overall; A treat, good flavor, a great feel. Pricey, but worth trying.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark burgundy brown. Little off white sits atop briefly before fizzling out. No lacing. Sweet candy malt, oak, bourbon, and caramel form a sweet, but not quite cavity inducing aroma. Caramel and malt notes work with oak, and bourbon to form a balanced flavor that leans a little on the sweeter side, but nothing crazy. Mouth feel is rich, with a low carbonation feel. It still feels good, and lively - not watery. Well done. Overall, a fantastic barrel aged wee heavy. Sweet, without being overly done in that regard. It is performs across the board.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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