Bourbon Barrel Canis Mexicanus | Wolf's Ridge Brewing

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4.34/5
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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:
#1,974
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
32
pDev:
8.06%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by frenchblood21:
Photo of frenchblood21
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
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 SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Photo of zimm421
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous, solid black color with a thin light brown head. The nose is bourbon, heat from the chilis, cinnamon and roasted malts. The taste is slightly sweet up front, followed by cinnamon, heat and bourbon on the finish. Overall, it's an excellent beer with great spice level - it may be too much for some, as it is intense - and good bourbon notes. Another Dire Wolf variant winner.

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Photo of MajorBuckeye
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdtfx
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Oh dear God. Old fasioned Christmas candy meets perfectly balanced spicing meets very well nuanced bourbon. This thing kills. Thick syrupy body carries sweet heat throughout. Touch of cloying sweetness on finish but a very present and pleasant burn continues.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.08/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of masterofsparks
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBucks
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ohiovania
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
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 Morey
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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 WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Duff27
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seeswo
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptional. Exactly the right amount of heat (more than Huna / Mexi Cake), but not too much. Really good integration of the barrel with the cinnamon and other adjuncts. I was basically shocked how good this was.

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Photo of bborche
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of Kuges
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zuidman
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RichH55
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FreshZ
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BWCampbell
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon Barrel Canis Mexicanus from Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 32 ratings