Bourbon Barrel Canis Mexicanus | Wolf's Ridge Brewing

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4.33/5
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Bourbon Barrel Canis MexicanusBourbon Barrel Canis Mexicanus
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dire Wolf Canis Mexicanus aged for over 8 months in bourbon barrels.

Added by gopens44 on 01-23-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,182
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
33
pDev:
7.85%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
4
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0
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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
2016

This beer pours black and is topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves no lacing.

Cinnamon is the dominant aroma. I get muted coffee and chocolate. Also get some light caramel and vanilla notes.

The taste is highlighted by coffee and cinnamon. Chocolate and bourbon seem to be an afterthought. I know this was aged for a year, but the bourbon is weak like the Ukraine.

Full bodied with super smooth, slick mouthfeel

I had a 2015 Dire Wolf Canis Mexicanus earlier today. It was a lot more flavorful than this version. I think the barrel aging killed off the great flavors that the base beer contains.

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Photo of Rristow
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from bottle. Original batch which is think was Jan 16 so it’s aged over 2 years. Pours black with tan head. Huge robust aroma of cinnamon, coffee, chilies, bourbon. Taste up front cinnamon, coffee, cocoa, bourbon and chilies. Then the heat hits. Huge cayenne heat on the finish. More than I like. Would be incredible with less heat but still a very well done beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of durwood64
3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I think this has too much pepper.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slack
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light brown and clear on the edges to deep brown in the middle. A minor head ring remains after settling. Some lacing present.

Nose is bourbon, oak, coffee, a bit of smoke, and a bit of sugar.

Taste is initially soft bourbon, caramel, spicy peppers, muddled spices - vanilla, cinnamon, and a spicy coffee / oak finish.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and smooth. Carbonation is low. Finish is semi dry.

This truly a spicy stout and I can see why some would shy away. It definitely reminds me of Thai food where there is a lingering warmth, almost to a sweat. The peppers do dominate though and it is unfortunate. The other elements are very nice but some are muted. I would recommend this to anyone who likes spicy stouts.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bourbon really comes through in the aroma with strong vanilla and oak. The coffee is pretty noticeable too.

The barrel seems to get burried in the flavor though. Mainly because the peppers are so dominant. Very spicy. A lot of heat/burn. Just short of being really overwhelming for me. The cinnamon does manage to come through along with a good amount of chocolate and coffee.

Nice thick, heavy body and it goes down velvety smooth.

Dial the chilis back just a bit and impart a hair more bourbon flavor this jumps into a small group of world class beers.

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Photo of xdtfx
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuges
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duff27
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of halo3one
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBucks
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into can glass

A: Deep black with little to no head.

S: Peppers, coffee, cinnamon

T: Lots of cinnamon, coffee, peppers play nicely, really can't taste the bourbon

M: Nice thickness cloying

O: Very spicy imperial stout, nice tastes of peppers cinnamon and coffee. As it gets very warm light bourbon toffee vanilla comes out.

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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with flaming red edges and a thick, tan collar leaving behind some creeping wisps on the glass.

Lots of oaky bourbon on the nose is cut by a good, strong cinnamon kick with maple, wafer, and vanilla.

Maple flavor comes through big, apparently from the barrel. Oak and tons of chili heat take over, tingling the back of the throat, putting this just on the edge of being too much like Mexican Cake, but just barely not teetering over. I can see some being turned off by it, but this won't have you sweating. Cinnamon and vanilla complement nicely, but I like the complexity of the nose a hair better.

BB Canis is spicy, full-bodied and smooth. Complex like the Mexican coffee a favorite restaurant of ours makes...now if only I had gotten to try the espresso version!

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3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells of spicy vanilla brown sugar and it tickles my nose and back of the throat just a tad. Chocolate and cinnamon are also pretty present. First sip is spicy, very spicy. Spice dominates and leaves little room for anything else. a little pipe tobacco and vanilla but not what I was expecting after all thy hype. Mouthfeel is pretty week also.

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6/10/16. Poured from bomber into large Bell's snifter.

Look- Almost jet-black, but not quite. Very thin light tan head that disappears instantly. Great lacing on the glass.

Smell- Cinnamon and vanilla burst through first. Smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch with beer poured on top. I also get a touch of twang from the bourbon and a tiny tickle from the peppers. Outstanding!

Taste- Wow! Cinnamon and heat are the first two tastes. Kind of like Red Hots, but less sugar and touch of bourbon. Way more heat than Mexican Cake or Huna, and I mean in a good way. I get a tiny taste of bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel- I am a sucker for chili heat in my beers, so this is amazing to me. My mouth and throat are tingling and the scent won't leave my nose. Good carbonation for a barrel-aged beer and the beer is thick without being syrupy.

Overall- Wonderful example of what a spiced beer can be. For me, this beer is better than Mexican Cake or Huna, but not quite as good as BA Abraxas or DBH.

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Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and is topped by a thin layer of brown head. You can pick up on all the different aromas and flavors (chilies, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon) with ease as you work your way through this beer. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Just a fantastic beer that is right up there with GNVP from Voodoo.

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Photo of bborche
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best spiced stout I have had from anywhere. The spice is hot but not so over powering that you cant drink it. the bourbon is quite nice. Just a smooth big beer with in your face cinnamon spice.

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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of masterofsparks
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FreshZ
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon Barrel Canis Mexicanus from Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 33 ratings