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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Spider889 on 12-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#340
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
1,635
pDev:
8.26%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
278
Gots:
407
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,635 |  Reviews: 226
Photo of Krakistophales
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: Huge notes of bourbon barrel aging, obviously. Afterwards, hints of vanilla, caramel, and honey. All this doused by about 100 bags of the darkest espresso known to mankind.

T: Right up front, a great sweetness of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel that's followed by a boozy bourbon haze, finished with an almost vinous, sweet/sour note. Fantastic.

O: What a surprise. One of the best scotch ales I've ever had. Would buy and recommend all day long.

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Photo of Vivs85
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GOBLIN
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark murky brown. Almost reminds me of a soda just sitting inside a hollowed log kinda murky. All I smell is bourbon . . . Maybe some dark fruits but mostly all I detect is booze. Pretty intimidating really. Delicious ! Definitely a wee heavy now. Bourbon flavors bursting forth right from the start. Dark fruits such as raisins, figs and dates coat the mouth with a nice touch as this goes down smooth. A big beer with smooth qualities. Drinks easy but you better just sip this beer fellas. Warming for sure but doesn't have that boozy burning you'd expect at the smell. Wonderful beer . . . Period ! Been keeping an eye out for this one for a while now and glad I found it. It didn't disappoint. As a matter of fact it lived up to the hype and expectations I had for it. A bit pricey but I will go get more next pay day (hope it's still available)

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Photo of BNarc
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is rather hazy brown in color and has traces of yellow near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short whit head that quickly died down, leaving lacy threads of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose. Slight hints of alcohol are also perceptible once the beer warns up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging process—vanilla really stands out in particular. Only hints of toffee from the underlying beer are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of warming from the alcohol are also perceptible.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong, but rather manages to mask most of the alcohol from the taste (except for the bourbon). It is a very nice beer to sip and savor.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful muddy brown which then clears up and forms an autumn brown-to-ruby color. 1/2 Finger of frothy head.

Aroma of lots of peat, smoked malts, nutmeg, caramel, and vanillin.

This is like delicious beer candy. It reminds me of CW BBA Scotch Ale, but perhaps even a touch sweeter. Lovely caramel, root beer, vanilla, chocolate, cherry, a touch of ash, and at the end, sweet bourbon and barrel.

Feel is sticky, hot, and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a total killer beer. Will ask for again :-)

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Photo of TooHop4U
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Josholson666
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

at long last, i finally got my hands on this thing. just sitting there for the plucking, one single bottle, at thirsty pug in auburn, ny. what a treat and a score, especially for a colorado guy who has no access to this stuff. i wish more breweries did this kind of thing, there really isnt another beer like this out there, even the alesmith one doesnt have nearly this level of complexity and nuance. sure its sweet, rich burnt sugars and molasses notes in nose and taste, but its a lot more than that. the base scotch ale is earthy and peaty, plenty of smoke on it too, i wonder what the grain bill looks like here! has to be enormous. deep red in color, past copper to mahogany, with more head than expected. has that sweet barleywine smell, with raisin and toffee and plenty of bourbon. instead of bringing out sweetness in the flavor though, the oak seems to bring out the more earthy elements, smoke and char and peat and gritty whiskey. its insanely flavorful and huge, and the alcohol is prominent, especially as it warms up. thick to drink too, throat coating like cough syrup, and sweet, but this isnt the run of the mill strong ale. absolutely worthy of its position in the top beers here on BA, its one of a kind. would love to get my hands on a few more bottles to see how it ages, but it really doesnt need any cellar time. impressive to say the least, and it has made me a full on fan of thirsty dog!

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shawnadams330
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of kwgduke
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheLefty1616
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of malt, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Lots of caramel, vanilla, a boozy whisky-like quality, and some malt as well. A forceful, dynamic, and complex flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp, almost harsh finish. Full-bodied.

O: This Wee Heavy is as good as any of the style made in Scotland. Well made and delicious.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of ONUMello
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Initially it appears pitch black but holding it up to light you can tell it's dark brown with a red tint. One-finger head
S: Melted milk chocolate, molasses, bourbon, vanilla
T: Matches the nose. The chocolate comes first, then vanilla, then bourbon, a hint of heat then a toffee/caramel/molasses finish
M: Sweet, full-bodied, only a hint of alcohol
O: Wow is this tasty. I paired it with a piece of chocolate cake I had at home and it was a match made in heaven. It would probably make a nice dessert by itself too- given its smoothness and 12% I could see it creeping up on you in a hurry. Definitely give this one a try

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Photo of NoProblem
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great aroma and taste of vanilla and bourbon. Maybe a little heavy on vanilla, but I like that.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a quick trade. Big time thanks! Pours dark brown with very little head, which is off white and recedes quickly. Not completely opaque with some ruby showing through the edges of this one. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla. Flavor is boozy bourbon up front alongside some sweet chocolate, then fades nicely into overwhelmingly vanilla and caramel notes. The oaky bourbon and vanilla lingers a good while. The body in this is not as thick and chewy as I had expected, with solid medium carbonation to go along with a medium heavy mouthfeel. It nevertheless tastes excellent with lots of layers of flavor coming across the palate. A nice exhibition of the bourbon barrels here. Yum.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Oakhtar
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of tjwarren
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One word for this beer. Heavy. Not Wee Heavy. Just heavy. Very well done. Pretty close to perfect balance on the bourbon. The smell is Boozier than it turns out to be. A truly enjoyable sipper. One swallow at a time drives you deeper and deeper to relaxation.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown with an aggressive head for being such a high abv. Solid retention.

Real sweet smells. Vanilla wafers, butterscotch, english toffee.

Sweet and robust flavors. More nilla wafers and ton of butterscotch with toffee. More vanilla in the finish. Light leather.

The mouthfeel is a real treat. So soft and smooth. Full bodied with low carbonation. Big, yet delicate.

One of the best, if not the best, wee heavy I can recall trying. I'd definitely recommend seeking this out and hope to have it again sometime.

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Photo of ROBSTARR
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joeeberhardt7
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wulver from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,635 ratings
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