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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#342
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
1,631
pDev:
8.26%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
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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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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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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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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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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,631 ratings
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