The Wolf
3 Sheeps Brewing

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3 Sheeps Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #934
Ranked #2,783
4.23 | pDev: 7.57%
Mar 27, 2023
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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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -22%
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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Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Mar 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured Imperial stout dark (You know, black coffeeish) and was impenetrable black in the snifter, capped with a light brown head.
The aroma was largely lost on my chemically damaged nose, but I did get an almost sweet malt scent out. Interesting.
The taste was a solid foray into the now crowded arena or bourbon barrel aged stouts. There is no harsh edges to get in the way, it's almost sweet in presentation. Dark fruit, chocolate, a touch of tannin and bourbon. Quite pleasant.
The feel is just viscous enough for sipping, no slamming this one down. It really is sneaky in how high the ABV is.
Glad I got to try this tasty treat.
Jan 04, 2023
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Another Wisconsin offering I received from @Danmullens1!

L- Deep ebony amber color.

S- Strong bourbon aroma with a subtle
maple syrup note.

T- Bourbon heat upfront with a pleasant
maple aftertaste.

F- The mouthfeel is a little thin. The
carbonation is almost like soda.

O- I really enjoyed this. The only thing
that holds it back is the mouthfeel.
Dec 18, 2022
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Reviewed by IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2022 edition, poured from the can. Color is imperial brown ale, the label is way darker than the beer, head is practically white. Nose is a healthy barrel with a vanilla/marshmallow note. Flavor is excellent, but while there's plenty of barrel, there's a light vanilla/marshmallow note and some burn on the finish. However, the beer itself seems to be a serving tray for the barrel. Very enjoyable, but not show-stopping.
Oct 21, 2022
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Reviewed by LunchMoney from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From a can into a tulip.
Looks like a cola. Color is very dark, but thin. You can see through it.
Carbonation fades very fast. The head was gone in a few seconds.
Smell of figs and molasses is wonderful. I don’t get any bourbon or typical malt smell.
Taste is great. Matches the smell with its dark, dried fruit sweetness. But it also has a touch of bourbon warmth. Really good taste.
Feel is not as smooth as I like. I think the beer is not as thick and the carbonation also adds a sharp tingling that comes on strong in the thinner beer.
Overall, a pretty good beer. Above average BA imperial stout. I’m glad I was able to try it.
Sep 04, 2022
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12 oz can into snifter. Canned on 06/08/22. 13.8% ABV.
A: Pours a very dark brown with 1 inch bubbly tan head with decent retention.
S: Smooth dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, almond nuttiness, caramel, oak, and a hint of vanilla.
T: Super smooth dark chocolate, almond, caramel, sweet bourbon, oak, and vanilla.
M: Medium feel…lighter than expected. Caramel and malty sweetness with mild bourbon burn.
D: A very easy drinking beast at 13.8%. Nice bourbon barrel elements. Good fall sipper.
Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Resistance88 from California

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to @basaywhat for this one
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Well made stout with perfect balance of Barrel and a base stout. What everyone would call a good complex BA Stout and what i would call "Gimme more of this now!"
The finish on this is excellent .
Aug 17, 2022
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Rated by Brimstonebaritone

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is a phenomenal beer and should win awards. Top notch in every regard.
Aug 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz can, with 6/8/22 dating.

Pour near black, minor cap and leaving some ringed low lacing.

Fudge brownie sniff. With some rum soaked raisins and milk chocolate qualities.

Mighty tasty offering, sniff Carrie’s onto the palate. More chocolate, more fudge brownies, more imply stout goodness …. Well crafted with the 12% well concealed,,,,dangerous and delicious
Jul 07, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
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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Reviewed by PhilboBaggins59

3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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
Rated: 4.16 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin

Jul 08, 2021
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
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
Rated: 4.21 by SWChi from Illinois

Dec 28, 2020
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Nov 02, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by admonster00 from Illinois

Sep 19, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by TrojanRB from Texas

Sep 11, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Aug 20, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by ahuey333 from Wisconsin

Aug 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Reviewed by basaywhat from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev 0%
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
Rated: 4.31 by EMH73 from New York

May 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -18%
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
Rated: 4 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by stanale from Illinois

Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 04, 2019
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
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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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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
The Wolf from 3 Sheeps Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 139 ratings