Massacre | Wolverine State Brewing Company

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Wolverine State Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Euro 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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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of AdamSteve
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gaddabble
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breakingbland
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +6.3%
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 -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of detroitpat
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wolvmar
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of maximum12
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
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 +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochraneg
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
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%
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 +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Prost76
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottP
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Wolverine State's Massacre for $4,29 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to try this one for a while and I'm interested to see what it's all about, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz waxed bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it has a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that takes on more of a mahogany color when held to the light with half a fingers worth of creamy and slightly darker tan head that died down to a thick bubbly ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of patchy and spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the bourbon barrels being the first to show up and they impart some nice bourbon, oak and light vanilla aromas that are followed by a big caramel aroma with a little bit of a butterscotch, buttery and light toffee liker aroma in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart some caramel malt, toasted malt, sweet malt, light bready, slight dark fruit and candied like aromas showing up towards the end. This beer has a very nice aroma, it's complex and all the aspects work well together.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, it's slightly lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the bourbon barrels still being the first to show up, they are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart all the same aspects. Up next comes the alcohol which is noticeable and a little warming and it goes into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma along with those caramel, toffee and butterscotch aspects which come through just about as much as they do in the aroma. Towards the end comes a light amount of dark fruits with no single fruit sticking out the most just like it did in the aroma. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness followed by a little more warming alcohol and some sweetness with a bitter, caramel, sweet malt and toffee like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, but it would be even better if it had a little less bitterness.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly booxy, a little warming, a little cloying, a little sticky, a little viscous, full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation, The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, wolverine really pushed the boundaries with the lager yeast with this beer and it really shows, but it comes together to make for a good and unique beer. This beer had nice drinkability, one would be my limit, anymore than that and it might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and how well the different aspects work together, those are the highlights to me. What I like the least about this beer is the bitterness, I think it would be better if that aspect was toned down. I would buy this beer again when looking for a strong and unique Lager and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I was happy with this beer, it didn't blow my mind or anything, but it was unique and I found it to be a little memorable. It's the best beer I've had from this brewery and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty and unique beer, keep it up.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a dark brown, fairly viscous, with a small amount of light tan foam.

It smells like bourbon, oak, molasses, dark fig like fruit, and syrupy with a lot of caramel malts.

It smelled great. Tastes even better. Carmalized brown sugar and malted grains, bourbon, lots of oak, molasses, a bit of figs/raisin, and just a hint of chocolate.

It is thick and chewy, a bit syrupy and velvety smooth. A Bourbon County like body.

This beer features plenty of barrel character and strikes me as a doppel bock in a lot of ways. Maybe a little thicker than it is supposed to be, but I thought it was phenomenal.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drbenderdo
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Massacre from Wolverine State Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 126 ratings