Wulver | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Spider889 on 12-16-2011

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Reviews:
203
Ratings:
1,577
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
23.22%
 
 
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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that remained throughout. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, red wine spices, vanilla, and sweet barrel. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, sweet alcohol, vanilla, spices, wood, and barrel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The flavor and aroma on this one really screamed barrel to me. That nice sweet woodiness with a kiss of vanilla shined throughout and really made this one quite pleasant. With all of this it still managed to be quite well balanced and complex at the same time. I just hate that so few have gotten to try this one as of this review as it is definitely one of the better ones I’ve had from Thirsty Dog’s barrel program. This is saying a lot as I usually do not like this style. Well done Thirsty Dog, well done.

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

Appearance - copper mahogany color with a thin film of tan head

Smell - bourbon, caramel, toffee, maple, booze

Taste - caramel, toffee, maple, bourbon, booze

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, low carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, barrel and booze on the back end

Overall - decent beer, but the booze from the barrel overwhelmed the characteristics of the scotch ale. Worth a try

Price point - $6.99/12 oz bottle

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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 GJ40
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

A - Brown with the slightest hint of red. A small beige head of large bubbles that tries but never really gets established.

S - Bourbon with sweet malts and vanilla. Also notes of molasses and brown sugar.

T - A firm kick of bourbon balanced by rich and somewhat sweet malts. Lightly roasted marshmallows and brown sugar give it a lingering sweetness.

M - Moderate consistency but smooth with a low carbonation.

O - Flavorful and interesting.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very, very dark amber with an off-white head that dissipates very quickly. There is some light cascading but no real lacing.

S-coconut, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, alcohol

T-Essentially the same as the nose with bourbon and coconut leading the way with some vanilla and caramel and a hint of oak-no real hop presence as the malts stand out the most

M-thick and creamy

D-Due to the high alcohol content and the barrel aging this should definitely be sipped-I find it hard to imagine drinking more than one bottle in a sitting.

Overall, I was a little disappointed by this beer because I expected more complexity but instead it was dominated by the bourbon. This is the first barrel aged beer I have had since Bourbon County Brand Stout so my expectations are slightly skewed. However, it is still a good beer and I would recommend it.

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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 mothman
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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 wedge
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure of the date, but I bought this a while ago. Deep mahogany colored body with a little creaminess on the surface that all but disappears. Smooth bourbon aromas, woody spice, molasses, toffee, berries, and coconut. Not particularly hot smelling, which is nice. Flavor is smooth and rich...wow. The bourbon blends nicely with the base beer, which results in something sweet like pure honey and toffee ice cream, vanilla, chocolate, and brown sugar, but absolutely no harsh barrel notes. Warm cinnamon way in the back along with some coconut. Super smooth, creamy body has some thickness and leaves a bit of heat in the throat. Sweet-as-fuck, which is my only gripe, but this is a dessert beer, right?

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Photo of marvin213
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Having a growler of this to enjoy @ home is a real treat! Thanks to Wade-O for bringing this over from the Grapevine @ Baxter Village.

A little darker than normal, as expected from the ol bourbon barrel doi g its thing. In fact, it's darn near black! A thin layer of head stays a while--this big boy beckons like a mythological siren.... The nose is straight bourbon. It's like I've hanged myself upside down in a bourbon barrel. Soggy wet oak with vanilla undertones bombard the malty wee heavy. The taste confirms an earthy, bourbony goodness. This makes me wonder why more wee heavys aren't BBA. I'm not really a fan of the basic style, but it's as if it hugs the bourbon influence with lots of love and kisses! That sweet oaky bourbon really imparts its influence to what might otherwise be a malty mess. I can't help. It compare it to the template of a Backwoods Bastard...and this one hold its own! I'd like to try 'em side-by-side. A deliciously done dog from Thirsty, Ohio! :-)

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper. Not much head, but a thin collar.

Smell - Really nice bourbon and barrel character. Vanilla and oak. Caramel. Slight bit of butteriness.

Taste - Sharp bourbon. Caramel. Alcohol. Some fruity flavors, like a bit of apple. Boozy in the finish and just a touch of butter.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and a little sweet. Medium low carbonation and a sting of booze.

Overall - Really nice. Not complex, but it's got a great barrel character.

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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 martinpfal
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely raises my eyebrow at thirsty dog. Probably the first i have tried of their beers and this one is impressive. Look is dark Amber (like a Coke or Pepsi) with even less head. Smell of bourbon sweetness but the taste is just not there as much as I was hoping. I believe this is a scotch ale and it sure has the taste there with that sweet maltiness and added bourbon aging (11-months per the side of the bottle). Surely one for me to seek out again!! Touché Thirsty Dog!

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a scotch ale this is not bad looking. It is murky and brown, but there is a decent head and decent belgian lacing. The initial aroma is a blast in the face of super fresh bourbon barrel, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, etc. As the beer warms you can pick up some more earthy notes. Downside it is kind of a one note aroma, uni-dimensional. To start with the flavor mirrors the aroma, as the beer warms though it becomes easier to pick out chewy raisin, vinious flavors, and a smokey maple syrup quality. It's nice. Thick, sticky, slick, however not cloying over the palate. Really good beer here. Actually....love it. Here is the problem...it is 28 dollars a four pack, that's a lot and I think value is important.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Amber, brown with a foamy off white head and nice lacing
A - caramel, bourbon and booze
T - pretty much what I've come to expect from barrel aging - caramel, vanilla, bourbon flavors
F - medium body, sweet - but not too much, well carbonated

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy tall glass.

A deep mahogany brown, faint red edges and quite dark. Head barely makes one finger of tan bubbles but settles slowly to a simple 4mm tall puck and collar.

Bouquet is standard and classic. Lots of caramel, and thick butterscotch. Hints of vanilla and thick toffee but not with a large sweetness. Classic bourbon barrel aged wee heavy greatness presented, very nice. Wonderful nose.

Palate comes nicely but not as big as the bouquet suggests. Soft malts and light toffee. Some good caramel thickness and a nice controlled sweetness of molasses and brown sugars. Slight bit of carbonated pop on the finish. A nice spicy quality to of brown spiced nutmeg and clove to go along with it. A carbonated aftertaste and prickly finish slightly but not distracting.

Overall it's a nice much subtler version of a barrel aged wee heavy, but it's done very well and enjoyable to drink all around.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, not sure of the bottle date. Pours a gorgeous dark amber with, a quarter inch off white head, that leaves behind some attractive lace. Smell is all about the toffee, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar bourbon dipped raisins. Taste is really the same, but vanilla and toffee dominate, with the other flavors in a supporting role. Body is medium, with enough life, a touch dry, and a sipper for sure. This is a fairly smooth monster of a beer, that really deserves its recognition and tickles the palate in the best way. Reviewed on barrel aged beer day and a delicious treat.

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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 thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown with dark red tones. No real head to speak of. She is a twelve-percenter.

Smells of rich dark caramel, soft leather, vanilla extract, sweet Bourbon, smooth dark malts, raisin sweetness, light port, and a kiss of smoke. A damn fine aroma for a beasty beer. Sweet, but not quite cloying. The booze is beneath... somewhere. I'm having trouble detecting it.

Raisin-y and caramelly with a nice roasty malt presence. Brandy-like qualities with the Bourbon barrel-aging working with the malty meats of the Wee Heavy. Whiskey-soaked dates, vanilla, dried fig, leather, Cabernet grapes, and mineral notes. The smokiness didn't really survive after the whiffs of the nose. Port-like sweetness, and with a rearing head of alcohol extending the finish to long. Phenomenal creation.

Carbonation is almost gone; needs a little more than just a back-of-throat tickle. Body is staunchly thick and a little sugary. Has lots of stick.

What a kickass Scotch ale! Up there with Founders Backwoods Bastard. Dessert, in beer form.

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Photo of Dope
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a mid-sized and fizzy tan head. Head fizzes out fast with no lacing. Moderately decent head retention.

S: Oh yeah. Big dark fruits. Figs, dates and molasses. Prunes? Molasses and toffee and caramel. Dense and sweet. Decent chunk of oak in there too. Finally, some peat but it's subdued.

T: Big bourbon notes up front. Sickly sweet molasses and caramel. Oakiness covers everything. Huge super sweet dark fruits everywhere too. Bursting with raisins and figs. Like drinking concentrated raisin juice sometimes. Lingering sugary molasses and oakiness with some peat mixing in here.

M: Big, heavy, cloyingly sweet.

O: Interesting brew. It's big and complex. Pretty well balanced too. But boy is it sweet. Like drinking maple syrup sweet. It's got that same cloying sweetness that you get in a lot of the bigger He'brew beers. Like drinking pure molasses. I am glad this bottle was only 12 ounces because I don't think I'd make it through a larger format. Sipper for sure. Dessert beer.

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Photo of timc100
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic sweet barrel aroma that reminds me of BA4D - very sweet pronounced coconut, vanilla, and sweet toffee. Wee heavy is a great style for a barrel as it allows for significant influence without being over-barreled. The palate is a bit thin and doesn't carry the complexity of the aroma. Still, though, a very nice scotch ale worth seeking out.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The nose on this beer is all booze.

The taste follows. There are some nice sweet notes present, but they are subtle. The barrel and the strong alcohol heat dominate the flavor.

Overall, very nice for the style.

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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 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 LAp
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
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 WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date that I can locate, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a clear dark ruby brown color, produces a tiny tan head, leaves no lacing.

S- Sweet, rich aroma of caramel, vanilla, bread, bourbon, and sweet, spicy booziness.

T- Flavor is similar to the aroma, very sweet and rich, lots of caramel, vanilla, some dark fruit and bread, along with bourbon and oak.

M- Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a bit of warmth.

O- A very nice BBA wee heavy, a bit on the sweet side but the flavors are nice overall and the booze is very well-hidden.

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Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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