The Wolf
3 Sheeps Brewing

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3 Sheeps Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #868
Ranked #2,791
4.23 | pDev: 7.8%
Apr 03, 2022
Jun 05, 2016
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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Ratings by drdiesel9483:
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3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - Black and thick with a great tan head and great lasting rimming
Smell - earthy leather chocolate caramel woody barrel
Taste - chocolate caramel wood barrel, slight black licorice cola in there as well
Feel - medium full body with a medium light carb
Overall - ton of different flovors and smells but all and all not a fan of the cola black licorice and the lighter body than expected

Apr 03, 2022
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3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 08, 2022
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3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by emerge077 from Illinois

Canned 6/21.
Jet black with a halo of drippy lacing and compact head of mocha tinged foam. Faint barrel aroma and toasty brownie crust sweetness. Barrel heat, bourbon, vanilla, malted milk balls, aftertaste of carob. Not especially malty or chocolatey, the barrel seems to steamroll it. Medium bodied, boozy and astringent. Could be a little smoother and creamier. Thanks to Tom for this one!

Jan 16, 2022
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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

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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3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

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 -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by PhilboBaggins59

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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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

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
4.16 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin on Jul 08, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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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3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by Lucular from Maryland

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
4.21 by SWChi from Illinois on Dec 28, 2020
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2020
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Nov 02, 2020
4.5 by admonster00 from Illinois on Sep 19, 2020
4.09 by TrojanRB from Texas on Sep 11, 2020
4.19 by d5001986 from Wisconsin on Aug 20, 2020
4.34 by ahuey333 from Wisconsin on Aug 18, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

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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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RaulMondesi from California

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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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by basaywhat from Illinois

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
4.31 by EMH73 from New York on May 08, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Buck89 from Tennessee

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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3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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
4 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Dec 30, 2019
4.15 by stanale from Illinois on Dec 24, 2019
4.06 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 12, 2019
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 04, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by bbtkd from South Dakota

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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3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by DoctorZombies from Florida

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
4.5 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Oct 04, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Dankacheese from Illinois

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
4.03 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Sep 08, 2019
4.23 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin on Aug 23, 2019
4.52 by travelguy from Ohio on Aug 20, 2019
4.27 by hoosier222002 from Illinois on Aug 01, 2019
4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Jul 30, 2019
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Jul 14, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

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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