Wulver | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of richj1970
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -1.4%
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%
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 +1.6%
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 -9.9%
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 -9.2%
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 +2.1%
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 +4.8%
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 +0.7%
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 -4.6%
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 -0.2%
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 +13.1%
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 +5.8%
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 +7.1%
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 -14.3%
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 +10.8%
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 +5.1%
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 -2.1%
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 THSdrummer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light tan head. Caramel brown color.

Very oaky. Caramel and toffee. Sweet. Malty. Oaky with vanilla and some whisky.

Medium bodied. Warming. Ends malty.

Overall, solid, but not sure how this is top 250.

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Photo of von_kaiser
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not understanding the world-class rating, BA's. opaque, puce appearance w/ a finger-nail of head that i'm still in disbelief existed. scent is borderline sour(!)......must be a wee-bit heavy on the yeast (brett)? taste is a barrel forward BUTTERscotch bomb (not in a good way). mouthfeel is kind-of-a carbonated-stale whatever you want to call it...but leaves the tongue pulsating. O: bad batch? crazy preceeding ratings? who knows! just going to say that you can afford a six pack of dog dookie for the price of a single of this.


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Photo of LAp
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours an amber-cola color - translucent with suspended yeast - with a 1 finger off-white to tan head. The nose is raspberry compote, sweet red wine (almost port or even rose), with hints of speyside scotch on the backend. The raspberry flavor is perhaps overly saccharine, like a raspberry simple syrup. The palate follows the sweet vinous qualities of the nose, leading with a touch of malt, but closing with a sweet bourbon, almost white-wine finish. The palate is far thinner than I had anticipated before I'd opened the bottle, but entirely consistent with the foreshadowing of the nose and palate. Ultimately, this beer falls on the lighter, thinner side of the Scottish Wee Heavy spectrum. It has far more in common with a barrel aged Innis & Gunn than with Backwoods Bastard or Gravedigger Billy. Overall, this beer is disappointing given the price and buildup. It's not a bad beer by any means, but there's nothing remarkable here either.

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Photo of k8kruk
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A glimmering red with a bit of brown and tons of sediment. Virtually no foam or lacing.

S: Smells of spice and dried fruits with a hint of smoke and some booziness.

T: Tastes of burnt caramel, sour fruits, spice, spoke and a solid helping of bourbon. It's boozy, sweet and reminds me of Skullsplitter. Dried fruit, vanilla and sweet cream. Yummy! And strong.

F: Sticky, thick and substantial but creamy and filling.

O: The flavor is out of this world. Sweetness and bitters are well balanced and the bourbon aging rounds out this sophisticated brew.

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Photo of gopens44
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Head started out thick, fuzzy and beige, falling back to a thin layer on top this dark, translucent ruby beer.

Nose is big bourbon with a little sweetness coming through. Beyond that I could swear there's something maple-ish.

First swig carried a slightly tart vinous thing, but after that the taste follows the nose with big bourbon, but more along the line of purely in taste with almost no heat. Beneath bourbon there's sweet dark fruit.

Medium bodied, slick finish on an otherwise dry tongue that battles through a pretty sweet aftertaste.

Yep, it's good.

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Photo of Kasabear
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Scored this bottle over a year ago, kept it in the basement and today is the day. Kinda wish I had one at time of purchase for comparison..
Let's start with the look of the label.
Kinda classy looking showing off the 11 month aging logo along with signatures of the master brewer and who ever approved the bottling.
Even tells the perfect temp to serve at. 43' .
I start a bit cooler and let it warm as I sip the glass.
Look is good but all dark bourbon ales are dark and pretty. Head does not hang around long just like all bourbon barrel beers.
A bunch of sediment in the bottom of my class.Like a bunch. I like that.
Smell is fantastic. Sweet like bourbon without the 90 proof. Very nice.
Taste is dried fruits, vanilla, just a touch of booze.
Mouth feel is a hanger on'er and pleasant.
Overall a great sipper on a cold night.
As it warms up it gets even better.
12 percent will get you there quick.
I may need a good IPA to sober up.
Great job Thirsty Dog.

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 1,598 ratings.
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