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Dire Wolf | Wolf's Ridge Brewing

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4.16/5
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58 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Ohio, United States
wolfsridgebrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GOBLIN on 02-08-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,136
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
58
pDev:
9.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
14
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of hydrate
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The short version: f**ing fantastic! Slightly sweet. Dark. Caramel. Slightly burned flavor. Strong flavor. As good within this category as I've had (Russian Imperial Stout) .

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Photo of Missygurl3133
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwarren82
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fee
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth imperial Stout, but with a slight aftertaste that takes away from an otherwise excellent beer. Good nose, and a good coffee taste - no real chocolate presence.

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Photo of DaveCash
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpolewan
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a very dark, almost black color that's not interested in letting in any light whatsoever. Has a very tan head that's over an inch thick when first poured. has good retention and eventually settles to a very thick surface coating with a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of roasted caramel and sweet milk chocolate malt sweetness along with roasted coffee notes and some dark chocolate hints. There's also a bit of a woody presence. The taste is pretty much the same, with roasted, milk chocolate and caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to some roasted black coffee and a bit of dark chocolate bitterness. My taste buds also detect a woody bourbon flavor a bit, but this beer is not wood aged, in either bourbon barrels or otherwise. Rounded out with a bit of an earthy hop flavor that adds minimal bitterness. Good balance of flavors, and they really gel together nicely once this beer has sat and warmed up a bit. Has a crisp, slightly oily and chewy, smooth and silky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth with a clean finish and a nice, sweet aftertaste. Very easy to drink, especially for a beer with a 10.3% ABV. An excellent beer all around!

Eric

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

6/3/17 bottle

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Photo of durwood64
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle:
Pours a medium-thick looking oily black. A nice brown head forms and fades, but resurrects quickly with a swirl. Spots hold the glass but slide slowly down the coated surface.

Nose is a mix of cola and deep roasted malt, bordering on charred wood. With warmth and a quick whiff, deep roast coffee is the impression. There's a woody bitterness in there as well that seems more hops-based than roasted.

Slick, bordering on silky feel with subdued carbonation. The overall impression is more chocolate after the beer warms. Initially on a colder beer there was a little more division in the beer, roasted malts, then a little root cola, then a general bitterness. There's a little spice, as if from alcohol, on a warner beer, but chocolate (with maybe a few small bits of raisin) is mostly what I get.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AJmon13
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeLacy
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zanico
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark and thick, almost motor oil like. Very little head even with an aggressive pour. Smooth, thick and chewy mouth feel. The alcohol is hidden well. Way easy to drink too fast and too much. This is a very good Imperial Stout. Glad I picked up the 4 pack.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akopczyk
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasant stout from a local brewery that I need to visit and try more beers from!

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as night, small tan head, lacing that fades away. Huge roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate notes balanced by caramel toffee notes. Mouthfeel is everything I love in a stout. Slick, full and thick. This is a top notch Imperial Stout.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Dire Wolf from Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 58 ratings
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