Wulver | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

BA SCORE
96
world-class
1,618 Ratings
WulverWulver
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Spider889 on 12-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,618
Reviews:
218
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.28%
 
 
Wants:
276
Gots:
411
For Trade:
77
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,618 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of luke12345
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 1,076 characters

Photo of tbryant21
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 1,356 characters

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klourie
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 1,162 characters

Photo of Muss42
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoneguy
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brown120
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TooHop4U
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

 160 characters

Photo of ER527
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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.

 215 characters

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NJB145
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

 589 characters

Photo of Tracker83
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dabear85
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gtg642
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,618 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.