Wulver | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

217 Reviews

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 Lazhal
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Perhaps I made the mistake of trying the Rum barrel aged version of this beer before the bourbon barrel version, but I think the rum barrel just compliments the beer (and maybe the style) better.

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Photo of brandonlovesbeer
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Deep Amber in color. Very clear.

Awesome. Strong bourbon and vanilla.

Stong Bourbon. Boozy. But in an awesome way. Nice bite. Not a boring alcohol flavor like other Bourbon Beers. If you love boubon beers, you'll love this.

Mouth Feel:
It's not really thick and chewy. It's got a medium mouthfeel.

I loved this beer. It was awesome. Very Very comparable to Founders KBS.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a deep, vibrant, ruby-tinted caramel coloring with a halo of white head. Aromas of rich caramel, heavy booze overtones, apple, vanilla, molasses, wood spice, and earthy highlights. Flavors are extremely rich and heavy, with a solid dose of caramel, toffee, molasses, smoky highlights, wood spice, heavy booze overtones that build a solid warmth as you drink, and highlights of peat and earth. Very rich and very heavy, with a rich caramel, toffee, and boozy aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slick, and with a lingering booze and rich candy note. This is a good beer, and for all of the big and robust characters, surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glorious! Hands down the best Wee Heavy I've had! Normally not my style but this bad boy has been expertly barrel aged and is so damn smooth its ridiculous!! Great back end barrel notes with a scotch front end

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Photo of Zonk
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a thin quickly dissipating beige head Smell is buttery toffee with a bit of caramel. Noticeable booze on the nose but not overpowering. Toffee and brown sugar notes, not cloying but definitely sweet. Bourbon flavors add o sweetness. Mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. Amazingly smooth. Overall a nice beer. A bit sweet for my taste though.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish color with some amber hue. Light white head dissipates quickly. Smell is thick with bourbon, oak, vanilla and some caramel. Taste is reflective of the bourbon barrel, nice flavor notes of vanilla and oak as well. Incredibly smooth and doesn't overpower with the 12% ABV. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel color that looks reddish black until held in the light. Thin white head. Nice combo of bourbon and malt on the nose. Bourbon is balanced wonderfully on the taste. Getting a buttery caramel, toffee, and vanilla that keeps getting better as it warms. Wonderfully smooth. Mild carbonation and just oh so silky. Love this beer.

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Photo of pagriley
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a snifter, unsure how old bottle is, but I would guess about a year

L - Pours thick and oily. Chestnut hue, almost no head despite very hard pour; just a thin rim of lacing
S - Bourbon prominent, notes of molasses, caramel and vanilla behind
T - Caramel, vanilla and a slight oak smokiness with waves of sweet bourbon over the top
M - lighter than I expected, with a touch of prickly carb that required a couple of swirls to knock down

Overall a delicious beer. I would put the Central Waters BB Scotch ale slightly ahead, but still top of the heap and one of the best scotch ales out there. Only complaint is I would have liked a bit more body and heft for a 12% brew

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Photo of JakerLou
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown (like a root beer) with little to no head. Small amount of lacing.

Smells of caramel, coconut, and vanilla. It smells like it will taste sweet.

Taste is caramel, vanilla and some coconut. There is also a hint of dark fruit. I know this is a wee heavy but if I didn't know that I might think it was a Belgian Double or Quad. It doesn't have the bruised banana flavor but the dark fruit and caramel sweetness really reminds me of a Belgian.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

Overall I think this is the best Wee Heavy I've tried. Founders Backwoods Bastard is good but I'd take this beer over BWB every day.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - 4.25 Pours a clear brown into a nice dark brown in the glass with 1 finger of light brown head that fades quickly to a ring. Low retention and lace is forgiven because of the aging.
Aroma = 5.0 Really terrific aroma, strong. Sweat caramel maltiness you’d expect with a scotch ale but it’s complimented perfectly with bourbon and vanilla notes. A little smokiness in there too.
Taste = 4.25 Terrific blend of a scotch ale (caramel and toffee maltiness) sweetness mixed with strong bourbon flavors and vanilla notes. There is some alcohol present in the taste.
Feel = 4.25 Full bodied with medium carbonation, smooth, really nice feel.
Drinkability = 3.75 Boozy, big and strong.
Overall = 4.3875 Huge score here for Wulver. Terrific BB scotch ale.

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Photo of Rutager
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Buschbeer sent me this one a while back. Cheers, man!

Pours a dark amber-brown with a half finger of khaki head. Big nose of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, coconut, and oak. Taste is pretty amazing. Smooth bourbon, toffee, toasted oak, a touch of coconut, vanilla, and smokey peat. Maybe a bit of chocolate too. As far as the style goes (which isn't one of my favs), this is some really great stuff ...despite the style!

Full body, a little sticky on the lips, medium-low carbonation, nice warming in the throat but none of the boozy astringency. Great stuff!

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Photo of angelmonster
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown body with a 1/4th inch off white head. Head retention is good and lacing is great.

Smell is of burnt brown sugar, caramel malt and charred oak. As beer warms, bourbon becomes more apparent. Hops weren't detected.

Taste is definitely a malt bomb. Biscuit malts, caramelized sugar, and burnt oak dominate the palate. Bourbon is definitely in there but isn't too harsh for a 12 percent alcohol beer.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy, carbonation is a tad on the low end. Head was present throughout the beer and added a nice amount of creaminess.

Overall beer was good but malt and sweetness were overpowering. Would have liked something to distract from the cloying sweet malt, maybe more barrel aging?

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Photo of matt_duthie
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a two-finger eggshell head which keeps a nice 1/8" cap for quite a while. Circulating flaky sediment amidst the mostly translucent amber-copper beer, not awesome but not bad looking. Smells really good...bourbon,caramel, toffee, raisins/cherries, vanilla, oak and some wine-ish tannins...sweet sweet goodness. The taste follows pretty similarly, with sweet caramel malt and the vanilla and bourbon hitting first, with the dark fruits coming in through the middle (moreso as it warms), and a nice oaky dry finish that still has the delightful barrel flavors lingering for some time after swallowing. Nearly no bitterness or hop character, which doesn't really hurt here. Amazingly smooth and pretty thick mouthfeel with significant warming, but very little alcohol burn. A Scottish Barleywine (if only that were a style...) of very high quality. Hate that it costs so much, but ranks up there with Backwoods Bastard, even if they are significantly different in presentation and character. Very very solid brew.

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Photo of papat444
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says it was aged 11 months in bourbon barrels.

A bit of peat in the flavor as well as some caramel sweetness. Mouth filling but found the body a bit too mellow, lacked a little complexity.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best wee heavy ive tried yet, even better than a backwoods bastard. Its stronger than a backwoods but doesnt knock you on you arse after 1 beer, definitely a little more refined.as far as wee heavys go this is world class.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin off white soapy head. Ruddy brown body.

Wood, booze, vanilla, toffee, cocoa powder, cherry, and raisiny plum dark fruits.

Smooth drinking medium bodied brew that has a mild level of carbonation.

Barrel aging adds some nice elements, but could come across better.

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Photo of Pencible
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled at SAVOR 2015. Amazingly smooth and rich and decadent. The bourbon and oak character blended perfectly with the brew. One of the best in SAVOR.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage into a snifter at (approximately) 43ºF.

Look: dark brown with a hint of garnet, ring of slightly off-white head.

Smell: Coke, vanilla, malt. Very little bourbon, no alcohol heat.

Taste: a ton of wood, not much sweetness. Surprisingly strong alcohol burn given the mild nose. Closest comparison is straight whisk(e)y—NOT other BA beers.

Feel: fairly thick, little carbonation, a bit dry.

Overall: given the reputation of this beer, I'm definitely disappointed. But, maybe BA wee heavy just isn't my style. Of Backwoods Bastard, Shaggin' in the Wood, Heidbanger, and Ride the Lion, I only really enjoyed the last.

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Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Huge caramel, toffee, deeply toasted, nutty malt notes, with a balancing peaty character in aroma. Smells decadent and sweet.

Flavor is rich and boozy, with significant vanilla and caramel notes, finishing dry and oaky. Lots of deeply caramelized, sweet malt throughout. There's a hint of dark fruit, which becomes more distinguishable as raisins and cherries as it warms. Truly complex. The heat overwhelms a bit, but this should age well. Notes of cocoa surface late.

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

A – Nice mahogany body. Kahki head pours a quarter finger high and settles quickly into medium halo. Very low lace.

S – Thick and sweet with caramel, molasses, boozy amaretto, spiced rum, and hints of cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T – Wow. Deep, rich and complex. Amaretto and cinnamon into a deep cola and syrupy black cherry center, with a dark, smooth finish of tobacco, molasses, spiced rum, and bitter dark chocolate.

M – Medium-full body with a booziness that lightens the frame.

O - Worth the hype. A thick, complex Wee Heavy in the spirit of an Old Ale loaded with dark tobacco flavor.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a deep murky brown color with a small creamy cream colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving some alcohol legs behind

S- classic scotch ale aromas jump out of the glass; notes of caramel malt, toffee, rum soaked raisins, walnut, molasses, brown sugar & light smoky malt. Bourbon aroma is definitely present, adding notes of oak, alcohol & subtle vanilla

T- big & boozy caramel malt up front adds a sharp sweetness with complimenting flavors of brown bread, dark fruit & molasses. Subtle bourbon presence at the mid-palate with some oak flavors as well, warming alcohol pokes through on the linger with fading notes of raisin and bourbon

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety smooth warming finish

O- a nice slow sipper with controlled bourbon presence, nice caramel notes

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Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1827th Review on BA
Bottle to TB 10oz wine glass

Thanks to JM03 for this one.

App- Out of the shoot, watching this cascade into the glass it poured a mixture of brown and red. When it settled and held to the light it was a crimson red with some great highlights. A good puffy 1 -1/2 finger head was there and then fell to some good sticky lace. Nice looking frothy beer.

Smell- It took a while for all the aromas to come up on this one. Needed more time to develop. When it was right, it was quite nice with caramel, toffee, vanilla with bourbon, oak and a small sweetness behind it.

Taste- This was very good!!! A huge vanilla bomb. Funny it wasnt a stout. I thought it was a bit malty, but then realized what style I was holding. A big flavorful beer, well layered and integrated with the vanilla, caramel, sweetness and the oaky booze flavors.

Mouth- A good and solid medium body with a medium carbonation level. Lots of oak on the back end with a finish similar to a Dr. Pepper.

Drink- This was a wonderful beer. Layered, flavorful, integrated with a lot going on. Takes a while to warm up and bring all the flavors. But when it does. Fantastic.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep mahogany, it smells of toffee, vanilla, date and worn leather. Smokiness explodes as it hits the tongue, then the taste opens into lots of sweet smoky bourbon, cinnamon toast, fig and a touch of lemon. Lighter than Backwoods Bastard, Wulver is easy drinking, though it’s as strong as a Wee Heavy gets.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.39/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bourbon definitely dominate the palette, overshadowing mostly all of the other flavors. Labeled as a wee heavy, you'd be hard-pressed to define it as such when compared to other brews of the same style. That's fine, of course, but there isn't experimentation or playfulness about its take on the style, it ends up tasting like most generic bourbon aged beers, which is to say, like watered down bourbon. It isn't bad by any stretch, it is a totally fine beer, just rather boring.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a wide-mouth flute glass.

Appearance: Deep dark brow body with which comes off semi-hazy. Head is light brown tinted white that rises to maybe 1/4" at best with clean lacing.

Smell: Deep toffee scent with slight roasted sugar. Hard to keep the glass down just trying to sniff it.

Taste: Sweet sugars with the feel of toffee and vanilla extract. Slight malts but I cant imagine a better beer that becomes your dessert. Not sure if that was intention but it's what th recipe asked for.

Mouth: Sticky and sweet, medium carbonation with a maple feel that just hugs your cheeks

Overall: From drinking this brew from the first sip in my head I have an idea of where this beer stands as far as rating. You will fall in lust with this beer. Biggest mistake is leaving it on the shelf. A liquid dessert. Salud!

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,609 ratings.
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