Dire Wolf Canis Mexicanus
Wolf's Ridge Brewing

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Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Ohio, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #111
Ranked #1,888
4.29 | pDev: 9.09%
Mar 07, 2023
Feb 08, 2015
Dire Wolf Canis MexicanusDire Wolf Canis Mexicanus
Notes: Drawing on the bold flavors found in ancient Aztec and Mayan beverages, we've infused our gold medal winning Dire Wolf to create "The Mexican Wolf". The base beer showcases flavors of coffee, roast, and dark chocolate and is brewed with a heavy hand of hops and copious amounts of oats. We then add chili peppers, cinnamon, and cacao nibs, One Line Coffee and vanilla beans to layer complex flavors of heat and spice to this fearsome brew.
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Black pour with a healthy layer of caramel colored creamy foam resting on top.

S - Nice chocolate char with coffee roast and a peppery spiciness.

T - The chocolate roast base gets quickly squashed with cinnamon and chili peppers, there's a slight bit of vanilla that pokes through.

M - Big medium body that leaves the mouth wet and the saliva coagulated from the peppers.

O - This variant is definitely on the warm and spicy side and packs a zing.
Mar 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Blogjackets from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a pint can, the beer looks like motor oil, dark and opaque. Good initial head and lacing.

Aroma is coffee and the spice bill (cinnamon, an earthy chili pepper and cacao). Delightful and reminiscent of Stone Xocoveza, a stout I enjoyed in the past but haven't seen for a while.

Taste follows nose and adds a background hoppy flavor. The malty char from the base Dire Wolf is perceptible despite all the other flavors involved here.

Mouthfeel is good, soft with light carbonation.

I prefer the Dire Wolf base, but this is a solid beer that is a good variant.
Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Deep, dark, brownish-black body, opaque; one-finger thick head; creamy, light tan in color. Fantastically complex aroma; dark roast grains, cocoa, chili pepper, and earthy spices; sweet; mocha. An exquisite taste with an initial rush of sweet, rich chocolate quickly followed with a spicy chili pepper flavor; cinnamon slowly makes its presence known; vanilla. Heavy body; smooth and oily with an intense chili pepper heat.

The brewery calls this a "fearsome brew", and they're not far off with this one. I love the intense chili pepper flavor and heat as it melds nicely with the rich, sweet malts, cacao nibs, and vanilla. Complexity and tremendous depth are key features of this stout.

Poured at 56 °F; bottled 06/09/21
Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Sep 01, 2021
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22oz bottle packaged on 06/09/21.

Very dark brown color with a finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and slightly smoky malt. First sip I was taken aback by how much chile heat was present. This Mexican stout brings the spice and after I adjusted my expectations, I dug the heat. Strong flavors of cinnamon and coffee. Very much of an adjunct driven stout. Alcohol flavor is hidden but some warmth in the finish is noticed. Nice texture with good carbonation. A fun, nice drinking Mexican stout.
Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by paulish from New York

Jul 30, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bomber from Tavour. Almost black pour, a few brown bubbles then flat. Aroma is Mexican chocolate, savory notes, peppers. Taste pops with a healthy dose of cinnamon and chilis, coffee accents. Spicy, mildly sweet.
Sep 20, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by TylerJ from Iowa

Feb 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice little brew pours a
dark brownish black with thin cola highlights and a moderate head of
khaki foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin light layer, and shows light
lacing. Nose of cocoa, cinnamon, char, pepper notes, and coffee.
Flavors pack the punch with dark cocoa and moderately bitter coffee
with light char notes surrounding layers of cinnamon and cayenne with
earthy malt flavors. Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, warming from the
pepper notes, light carbonation, and a bitter malt and char finish.

Overall, more excellence from a fantastic little brewery!

Nov 20, 2019
Rated: 4.63 by TheOakKing from New York

Nov 02, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Oct 13, 2019
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
1 Pint 6 Fluid Ounce bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours blacker than a lump of bituminous coal. Barely any head is achieved.

The smell is chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon right off the bat. There are hints of pepper.

The taste begins with black coffee, dark chocolate, and cinnamon. The pepper creeps in towards the end. It finishes with lingering coffee.

Full bodied with velvety smooth mouthfeel

This has held up way better than I thought it would. It kind of got lost in the cellar. It was a happy accident.
Dec 21, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Dec 11, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Mar 25, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Mar 09, 2018
Rated: 5 by SerMosh from Ohio

Feb 14, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by Bum4ever from California

Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Jan 02, 2018
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Rated by Furlinator from California

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Cocoa, coffee and LOTS of cinnamon!
Dec 25, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by DaveCash from New York

Dec 16, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

Nov 08, 2017
Rated: 4.46 by Missygurl3133 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by VaTechPhilly from New York

Oct 07, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by grilledsquid from California

Jul 14, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by McAndrew from North Carolina

Jul 03, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Swettenham_Shire from Ohio

Jul 01, 2017
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Reviewed by pda22 from California

4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Great looking dark chocolate colored beer with a great caramel colored head.

Awesome aroma with coffee and tons of cinnamon.

Strong cinnamon taste, but not overpowering. Just the right amount of heat on the back end.
Jun 25, 2017
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Reviewed by NMA from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Strong smell of cinnamon w a medium smell of coffee and some chocolate notes. No hint of pepper in the aroma. Cinnamon is balanced out by the coffee, chocolate and heat. Speaking of the heat...I think it's spot on...warms the back of the throat on the first sip. Great job!
Jun 25, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 4.66 by Brian29 from Ohio

Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 5 by wilhelmr3 from Ohio

Jun 04, 2017
Rated: 4.79 by Chackman151 from Arizona

Jun 04, 2017
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Reviewed by JohnnyMc from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours out pitch black.

Aroma is heavy cinnamon, coffee, bit of vanilla, chocolate & roast too.

Taste has a lot of cinnamon, peppers, then fades into coffee, roasted malts, chocolate & vanilla. Really nice!

Full bodied, creamy, silky & the ABV is crazy well hidden!!

A lot like Oro Negro from Jackie O's which is a huge compliment. Great beer.
May 26, 2017
Rated: 4.94 by akopczyk from Ohio

May 25, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by bgold86 from New York

Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by Kurmaraja from California

Mar 22, 2017
Dire Wolf Canis Mexicanus from Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 97 ratings