Massacre | Wolverine State Brewing Company

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Wolverine State Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: European Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by trxxpaxxs on 10-21-2012

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - trace head atop a cola black body.

S - bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar.

T - lots of barrel. Oak, vanilla, dark fruit, char, booze. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Moderate booziness.

F - medium body with low carb.

O - would never have guessed this was originally a lager. Quite boozy. But that barrel is hella tasty.

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Photo of jduprey007
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sauced4life
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kemoarps
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 edition. @FlintB sent it along as part of NBS BIF#007. Poured into my Lopez Island pokal-ish.

Clean looking deep deep brown that's garnet red in the thinner corners. Nice little brown head that settles in to a reasonably consistent cover and sticks around leaving lacing along the lanes as the lager leaves the glass.

Big and boozy and dark on the nose. Bourbon spice with thick heavy oak and some chocolate and fig as it warms up.

Rich sweet cocoa leads the charge here with alcohol burn being the next contestant up to bat. Almost some raisins as well and smoothe darkness.

Body is silky smoothe if a bit thin, with fine pinpricks of carbonation. Incredibly smoothe, but very hot as well.

This is a really interesting and really tasty brew. Very sweet and decadent, but silky smoothe with the lightness of silk as well. My biggest complaint is just that it is still incredibly hot, and the alcohol can be a little bit overwhelming at times. Would love to see what this could be like with a couple of years on it to mellow a touch.

Do I feel guilty drinking Wolverine State Massacre the day after Michigan got... massacred in the national title game? Eh, not really. Am I enjoying the beverage in the glass? Absolutely. Thanks Brian for sending it along!!

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AdamSteve
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gaddabble
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breakingbland
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours as an essentially completely opaque brown/black. There is a bit of foam on the surface but this quickly devolves into a tiny ring of bubbles around the edge. The aroma is typical of bourbon barrel aged beers: sweet, vanilla and oak. The taste is similar but with less vanilla and oak. The aftertaste is nice but I can't really identify it: sweet, a bit sour with a slight astringency. The beer feels thick in the mouth but not overly so. The carbonation is appropriate. There is no alcoholic hotness in spite of the 14.5% ABV as stated on the label.

Overall, I like this one a lot. I might get some more of these and cellar them to see how it matures. (The above review is of the 2017 batch.)

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Photo of MIBeerGeek
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable for a bigger beer. I have a few 16’s cellared so I decided to crack one.

This “lager” is definitely worth trying a time or two.

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Photo of MSU_Swit
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of detroitpat
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wolvmar
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Original numerical review around Oct or Nov 2017. Look 4 smell4.25 taste 3.5 feel 3 overall 3.75. I recall not really liking it a lot. To in your face.

Updated review Jul 26 2018.
Pour: 2017 vintage, so about 9 months old. 12oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful mahagony color with light coming through on the edges. 1-2 finger tan head that dissaptes into clouds and a nice ring with small amounts of lacing. Really attractive.

Nose: lots going on here. Caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, raisins and brandied dark fruits dominate. As label notes, sweet bourbon and malt also present.

Taste: definitely follows the nose but maybe even more molasses and bourbon on the front end. Definite chocolate, dark fruit as well. Some hoppy bitterness on the backend keeps the sweetness well balanced. 14.5% ABV is well hidden. Alcohol is there but really well balanced.
Not sure why I didn’t like this as much the first time but suspect aging has helped mellow the alcohol bite into a soft embrace (lol). I really like this.

Mouthfeel: fair amount of carbonation but still a thick, viscous, syrupy feel. That’s right up my alley. Bitterness on the backend lingers a bit but quickly clears. Maybe the lagering gives it a clean finish? Really have no idea why I ranked this relatively low the first time. Maybe the carbonation has mellowed?

Overall: I really like this. A BBA lager is unusual but this is absolutely worth trying. Again, aging seems to have improved it in my opinion but maybe I just didn’t appreciate it the first time. Or, just in a great beer mood tonight!?! After thinking I would not buy again, I will seek out he 2018 vintage when available. One 2017 left that I will save for a meaningful Wolverine victory, hopefully, this fall.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to the docoman for this beer, an extra in an excellent trade for many, many Michigan beers. My first barrel-aged lager. Not sure if I should be excited or revolted. 12 oz. can with thick red wax.

The wax, while thick, is easier to remove than anticipated, though I had to get my special tool. I have no idea where this tool comes from, but it has a handle like a screwdriver & a sharp, nasty point. Looks like it was created to kill Walking Dead. The beer is dark, like in the name, Smells like barrel-aged prune juice. I don’t like prune juice.

Massacre exceeds my minimalist expectations. Still too much prune - I’m feeling my bowels move as soon as the liquid hits my lips. Prunes, raisins, black grapes, meat candy bars. Fainter are vanilla from the barrel, pinot, leather rolled in brown sugar. The finish is more prunes. Great mouthfeel, but with the colon-moving taste, I’m glad I split this with my wife.

A lager only in the loosest sense of the word, like an imperial session stout, this is odd, somewhat tasty, & veers from the norms violently. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of Isarnan
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochraneg
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was actually a gift from my father who has been a craft drinker for over thirty years. Of course not in the same depth that I am. He grabbed one of these at a bar one night and said it reminded him of a rochefort 10. After reading the label, I'm starting to think he may be a touch insane considering nothing on this bottle seems like it would be reminiscent of the former brew. An imperial dark bourban barrel aged...lager? Lmfao. Alright we'll see about that. Should also note that this is my first beer out of this brewery. Lets do it.

From the 12oz bottle is pours a penetrable black with a finger and a half of mocha colored head. Body looks more cola like than depth driven. Light can be seen through the other end depending on the wattage. Minimal lace on a finished glass

Smell open up with a butterscotch and caramel covered nutty goodness. Oak and bourbon are all apparent BUT I hides the alcohol well IE no nose hairs shall be synged upon a heavy and hard whiff. Smells like a welly perfected scotch ale almost.

Taste follows the noise which I am beyond thankful for. The butterscotch nuts with a smack of caramel are all over this profile. Definitely nothing like the rochefort 10 he had mentioned. Big bourbon levels with just a touch of oak upon the finish.

Feel is a bit thin...HOWEVER this is NOT categorized as a scotch ale for whatever reason so I'll rate it to style. Thin to lower level medium with a high level of creaminess. Swallows easy and the alcoholic bite as it sits upon the tongue is perfectly executed and just enough. Actually a fantastic body style wise.

Overall this is a world the fuck this is classified as with all the flavor and a perfectly hidden booze level, AND a thin enough body for quick and easy sipping minus all the heft that comes along with the typical of the style. A euro strong lager is what this is classed as? Lol. Beyond that. Lovely, lovely, lovely 13% brew that I want to see more of. Try this.

Eat it. Drink it. Best " lager " ever. And if we're being real, best scotch ale ever. Easy bodied, tasty as all get out with a kick that'll knock you on your ass. Dare I say...quaffable?

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Initially pours a nutty brown that forms into a mahogany colored body. Very small fingernail of head that forms and sticks.

Aroma is extremely barrel forward, almost scotch-like. Oak, plums, currants, whiskey.

Flavor is basically all barrel. Some harsh astringency, with more oak, a burnt scotch flavor, and faint maple on the finish. It's so harsh and astringent that it's hard to make follow-up sips. The burn in the gut isn't helping matters, either.

Hot, boozy, and dry. Like chugging a distilled liquor.

Overall, if you like booze and barrel, this is your beer. But just be aware - there's nothing else to supplement it. Yes, lagers can be good, and especially aged lagers - but Wolverine, take some notes from August Schell in this arena. I couldn't finish it.

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Photo of chillin
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Prost76
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottP
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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