The Wolf
3 Sheeps Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #519
Ranked #2,124
4.26 | pDev: 7.51%
3 Sheeps Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
The WolfThe Wolf
Notes: *ABV varies by year*

This beer is a bit dangerous. It’s packed with flavor — rich bourbon, warm wood tannins, and notes of sweet caramel and chocolate. Yet it’s so easy-drinking that you won’t notice the 13.5% ABV. Yes, 13.5%. The Wolf is a simple beer at heart, a classic imperial stout with a robust malt bill, but has a science-y trick up its sleeve. We treated the alcohol sweetness as an ingredient instead of an afterthought, using it to to harness the strong bourbon notes and maintain the beer’s light body. The result? The liquid equivalent of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 6/9/21; consumed on 9/27/21

Pours a stark cola-brown body capped with a finger and a half of bubby, pale beige foam; the head fades quickly to a spotty few islands of paper-thin cap, a chunky, frothy collar, and the occasional splotching of firm, webby lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

Aroma shows spotty cacao husks slowly developing into more defined milk chocolate upfront; caramel meets sarsaparilla and a more barnyard-forward oak over the middle, while toffee candies, burnt maple, and barrel char establish a slightly more defined bittersweetness into the close.

Taste offers light cocoa upfront, overshadowed by wispier tones of sarsaparilla, brown bread, and tinges of caramel over the mid-palate; smoked toffee details, though weaker notes of cola into the back end are cut with a delicate char and wisps of bourbon lingering in the background and a vanilla fade through the finish.

Mouthfeel features a thinner body, deftly silky in texture with a mild-moderate carbonation; intermittent grit us sparse over the mid-palate, becoming almost watery in spots, though largely consistent through the back end; the finish follows suit and is similarly mild, with a clean, indistinct gritty sensation through the swallow.

Comprehensively underdeveloped, from overall thinness to weak barrel, this stout rides the unique line between being too passive to enjoy and unassuming easy-drinking; ultimately, at least the bance of those qualities there can be appreciated.

Sep 28, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Plum-tinted dark mahogany with two fingers of fizzy tan head. It quickly settles into a thick wisp and sloppy crown. Decent lacing.

Dry-ish aroma with leather, cola and a little poop.

Leather, cola and a little chocolate in the taste. A hint of walnut. Almost gives a watered-down barleywine vibe.

Thing feel with some very slight creaminess and lively carbonation.

Probably shouldn’t have tried this after a BCBS. Pales in comparison. Far below average for a BBA stout these days. Not sure what people see in this.

Aug 03, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thin and "unbourbony" this year. More like a Wolf in Sheep's clothing. A 16-oz. can of Narwahl BBA Stout exceeds in both mouthfeel and Bourbon flavor for the same price.

Jul 20, 2021
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown small khaki head that fades quickly, moderate lacing.
Coffee, leather, toffee, chocolate maybe some ash. Taste matches the aroma on this one. This is a bit thin for the style, carbonation is moderate. Easy drinking, at 13.5%, that makes this dangerous. My first beer from them, damn good!

Jul 18, 2021
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: complex, dark roasted malts, big bourbon, sweet, spicy, earthy, wood oak notes, boozy finish. Same with the nose. Black, brown hue, semi clear, smaller head, barrel aged film on glass. Full body. A refined sipper.

Jun 20, 2021
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Lucular from Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can from June 2020. Poured into a wine glass. Pours a deep mahogany with a moderate head. Aroma feature sweet fruity bourbon with some dark malts. Flavor is surprisingly fruity (reminiscent of a Belgian quad) and not very stout-like. Decent amount of vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrel. At least it hides the abv quite well. Then again, if I'm going to drink a 12%+ BBA stout, I want it to be worth it. And this one isn't, not even close. Overall a bizarre and confusing drinking experience.

Mar 08, 2021
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black. 3 finger tan head. The head retention is quite good for such a beer. There's beautiful lacing on the glass.
The nose is not too strong actually. I do get some barrel notes, I do get some caramel, and dark chocolate, but it's not too strong at all.
Taste - Unlike the nose, this beer is packed with flavor. Up front I get a raisin flavor. I get more of caramel on the backside, along with molasses.
This is one thick beer, but there's minimal alcohol burn from the high ABV. It's very smooth.
This beer is quite good, and I'm glad to have been able to try it.

Aug 09, 2020
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank goodness for my close proximity to Wisconsin, effectively doubling the possibility of finding new beers in our pandemic depleted world. 12 oz. can, cool black label with a camouflaged wolf worked in. Canned 6/23/20 this version stands at a robust 12.0% ABV.

Black. Cold. The nose is classic: straight malts with a touch of roast & a nice, smooth barrel presence. Smells dangerous.

The Wolf is like a no-friction waterslide – smooth, cool, ever-accelerating, & you just hope there’s a safe ending. Reviewing backwards, there are minor notes of molasses, mild roast, & fudge. But up front is where it is: a seamless, unique melding of barrel & beer. Long, smooth huggle of bourbon tight to a deeply sweet malt base with a hefty contribution of vanilla with sharp oak & light alcoholic burn. So smooth. So drinkable.

It’s hard to describe a “plain old” barrel aged stout when the beer is executed so well that it separates itself decisively from the crowd of the merely good to the glorified home brews. This is a remarkable beer.

Jul 25, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is pretty slick like James Dean’s beautiful quaff. Like, vroom vroom like it’s “Rebel without a Cause”! But we ain’t gonna stop there. Also on the scene is Nicholas Ray with an eye patch telling Bogie how to sip his scotch and eat his ham and eggs. Believe that! All smooth like Gloria Graham before she ditches you.

Can Raul holla at that!?

He can!

Jul 21, 2020
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basaywhat from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours a nearly pitch black in color and capped by a small tan layer of foam that settles in quickly to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, molasses, toasted caramel, and dry roast along with notes of bourbon and oak laden vanilla over a dark roasted malt base. The flavor follows suit with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and molasses up front to go with notes of dry roast, bourbon oak, and a touch of woody vanilla with some bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied and smooth with subtle carbonation that leads to a dark chocolate, caramel, and bourbon oak on the finish with some lingering dryness that I appreciate. Solid and drinkable barrel aged stout with just a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

Jul 13, 2020
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 18 months ago. Poured into a snifter. Dark, dark brown color with a thin tan head that settled. Smooth whiskey aroma along with fudge and vanilla. The bourbon also led the way on the palate, but was met by a rich, fudgey malt presence. Feel was big and thick, but not overly sweet. Vanilla was also there, along with floral hops. The finish was sweet but from the alcohol, fading away and making this beast even more drinkable. Well done.

Feb 08, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Received as an extra in a trade. 2019 vintage (my bottle also states it is 12.0%)

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin half finger mocha head that faded relatively quickly to leave a creamy halo and light wisps. Legs are decent but not great. Hard swirls foam the head back up to that half finger creaminess.

S - Aromas of lightly charred dark malts, flashes of almost a licorice aromas, the barrel notes are incredibly faint. touch of vanilla, not much bourbon, and rather heavy flashes of that 12.0%. Flashes of cookie dough as well but overall the aroma coming out of the glass is incredibly dull and muted.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more of that slightly charred dark malts. Little bit of nuttiness as well. The chocolate is incredibly light, decent amount of sweetness going on like a sticky caramel sauce. The sweetness of the malt plays into the sweetness of the bourbon which makes this not quite cloy but pretty close. Decent vanilla and flashes of oak. The alcohol comes and goes; one minute it's hard and hot and the next it's sticky.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit sticky, alcohol pops, finish is a bit sticky too and somehow thin.

O - Overall...this beer was a mess. Hot and boozy, really sweet, next to no actual stout notes. Reminded me of trying to drink fresh Black Tuesday; an utter chore.

Serving Type: Bottle

Jan 02, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3 Sheeps The Wolf BBA Stout, 12% ABV. Pours black with no head, and obviously no lacing. Nose is brown sugar and chocolate. Taste is roast malt, strong sweet caramel, some chocolate, bourbon, slight bitterness, caramel in a long-lasting aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel, though thin and a tad over-carbonated. Overall outstanding and complex.

Nov 28, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from GreenBayBA
2019 edition
Smokestack Snifter

Deep inky black with a thin beige ring of head, no lace.

Aroma of clay and smoke, some bakers cacao, some chalk dust, a little bourbon oak.

Flavor brings burnt popcorn, smoke, vanilla, raspberry chocolate syrup, soy sauce, butter, tobacco, more soy sauce, a touch of infected coconut, and then a downright disconnected shot of straight whiskey.

Feel is hot and thick, very viscous, very nice alcohol heat and appropriate for the beer.

Overall, I was told to expect something great and it did not deliver. Got two bottles - first one I found out was definitely infected, but the second one was just plain terrible. It was like bourbon barrel aged chocolate soy sauce. Would not revisit. I think I might have even liked the infected one a bit better.

Nov 24, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with ruby edges at 51 degrees; a finger of tight fizzy tan head upon aggressive pour reduces to a small island of micro dots and solid ring; soapy lace and thin legs on swirl. Bourbon and vanilla nose; somewhat boozy exhale. Intake is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut, toffee and oak; chocolate emerges as liquid warms. Moderately prickly carbonation; medium minus body; dry oaky tongue coating/finish; minimal warming from 13.5% ABV. Overall a very tasty BBA Stout with a pleasing bourbon barrel and caramel malt finish; it has a cola feel especially with the carbonation and I would have liked the body to have been fuller feeling; otherwise, lots of complimentary flavors between the malts and barrel; and I hardly notice the alcohol - easy drinking and sneaky dangerous.

Oct 15, 2019
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Dankacheese from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little bit bitter and a little bit thin. Mouthfeel is bigger than it's appearance. A lot of barrel that really masks a lot of the base flavors a bit too much instead of heightening or adding to those flavors.

Sep 08, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark appearance with minimal tan head. Aroma is a sweet chocolate and caramel with a touch of bourbon. Taste is also a slightly sweet chocolate and caramel with some bourbon and a lot of alcohol bite even after months of aging. A little thin.

Jun 25, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 review.

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a snulip, this beer pours out a very dark brown and forms in the glass as black as night. It forms thin, light caramel colored crown that dissipates very quickly. 4

The nose brings a lot of charred, burnt and roasted sweetness layers. Roasted barley, burnt chocolate, toasted brown sugar. It’s heavy and thick. 4

The taste brings in that heavy thick sweetness too. Burnt brown sugar mixing with layers of chocolate and molasses. Dark fruit; raisins. Not a huge barrel presence; but it does have a slight barrel “warmth” to it. It reminds me a lot of the regular dark lord. 4.25

The body is thick and full; very good. The sweetness clings making this body heavy. 4.5

O: 4

2019 ratings

Apr 25, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: crystal clear black when poured a some
A little light
S: big nose of fig booze and bourbon
T : follow the nose oak and bourbon with some nice dark fruit and figs .
F nice that is not super sweet and well in balance
O: overall this a great stout to be sipped

Apr 07, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 6/6/18, had 8/14/18.

Pours near black, mostly opaque, with a half inch head and some soapy lacing. Smells terrific. Aromas of bourbon, malt, oak, chocolate, toffee, figs, caramel, some cocoa and tobacco. The taste is similar and as good as the aroma. Flavors of bourbon- more as it warms, malt, chocolate, oak, caramel, some figs, light cocoa, a little coconut. Smooth, a very good full body, well carbonated.

This is outstanding. Great bourbon flavor, lots of depth to the aroma and flavor. Definitely, well worth a purchase.

Mar 19, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Beer Bazaar on January 22, 2019. Notes of rich bourbon, warm wood tannins, sweet caramel and chocolate. Light in body.

Jan 25, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottling date marked on label as '06/05/18'. Textured label has slogan of 'BREWED WITH HEART + SCIENCE'.
Black colored body with a dark brown back lit edge. Half a finger of light tan head, settles back to thin, interrupted cap and ring. Most of the lacing on each sip slides back down into the beer but there is left a few scattered spots of lacing on the glass.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, rich char flavored oak barrel tannins (with bourbon), chocolate, and sweet molasses. Quite decadent and strong with the bourbon.
Taste is dark roasted malts, and an expressive array of bourbon tinged oak barrel tannins that suggest coconut and dark fruit. Has chocolate and sweet caramel. Not a bit of bitterness.
Medium plus mouth feel, with slight syrup. Good supportive carbonation. Generally smooth across the tasting experience.
Very tasty bourbon aged stout that is sublimely smooth and expresses no bitterness. Slightly sweet, but the alcohol is well hidden. Tremendously well done barrel aged stout.

Jan 25, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. This stout does well to bring dark, robust flavors: roasted malt, barrel wood, earthiness, molasses, licorice, coffee, and bourbon to the taste, but then opens up into a world of vanilla, toffee, fig, date, plum and dried cherry. And yet for all of this beefy flavor, the body is medium at best, and the smell is less complex and somewhat subdued in comparison. So really packs a ton of punch for composition. A rewarding beer experience.

Dec 19, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a fairly dark brown color, almost black, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like barrel char, vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon, and coffee.

Though this is slightly thin, the flavor is great. It's got that great dark chocolate and charred barrel feel that I crave in barrel aged stouts. It's got that in spades. There's also vanilla and lots of bourbon here. It's a touch boozy, but this is to be expected, I suppose.

This is medium bodied, and a touch thin, with a good level of drinkability.

This brewery and beer was completely unknown to me before tonight. I'm impressed.

Dec 16, 2018
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timmy2b from New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon hits right on the tip of the nose as soon as you open the bottle. Pours a very dark brown with an off white almost tan laced head. Taste of mild chocolate and the bourbon is mellow and more in the aftertaste than up front. Very well blended and 13.5% is well hidden. Almost too easy to sip but would try again without hesitation. Thanks @azuelke

Dec 06, 2018
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