Great Lakes Wolfhound Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AtLagerHeads on 04-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
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59
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of mcgeeblesnelson
2.24/5  rDev -47.7%

Photo of Jesse13713
2.82/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Appearance - The appearance immediately made me do a double take when they brought this beer out. Three fingers of thick, custard or ice cream head. When I say it's thick; I'm not exaggerating at all. The froth is so solidified that I scooped it into a spoon and ate it like custard. Milkshake-like qualities in the froth. The beer itself is a very dark brown that verges on being black in certain light.

Smell - Coffee hits me right up front with chocolate lingering in the background. A slight ethanol smell with hints of darker malts and barley.

Taste - A stout with Irish red ale properties. I would barely call this a stout with the exception of its appearance. Tastes of watered down barley. I really have to search for the hints of chocolate and malts. The coffee is consistently present throughout. All in all, a light coffee taste with barley in the background.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - This stout is extremely light bodied and is perhaps too low in ABV for my personal tastes. It tastes watery, roasted and smooth. Even with keeping it in mind as a low ABV stout, this is still Not one of my favorite GLBC brews or stouts at all. Great Lakes makes phenomenal brews; but this one just didn't do anything for me.

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Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beercanman
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of whitenads
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of C_Adams
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TheNightbird
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with a nice fluffy coffee colored head.

S- Roasted barley, black patent and malt. Little hops in the smell.

T- Lots of roasted barley and carmel malt with a early dryness, which cuts into the taste. Almost no hops in the taste.

M- Very nice and unique, smooth mouthful which is attributed to the nitro-tap.

D- Good drinkability.

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Photo of bobbyred9
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jrp54
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Joshhersh
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lelampp
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrewo
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served on nitro tap at Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, OH. It arrived in a curved pint glass, showing the deepest brown coloring, lightening up to shades of maroon towards the bottom of the glass. It held a two finger head of cakey, medium brown bubbles, showing great retention. This left thick patterns and rings of lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared moderate. The whiff gave sweet chocolates and faintly caramel malts as the base grain. These were complemented by cranberry fruitiness, white sugar, dried straw, medicinal phenols, big roast and smokiness, and faint booziness. With warmth came some far off milkiness and rich chocolate syrup. Our first impression was that there was nice robust flavoring, with a pleasant amount of char, but blended light enough to be extremely drinkable. As we sipped, roasted coffee and brown malts, sweet vanilla bean, and raw dark chocolate flakes started things off. The bitterness and strength of the roast enhanced to the peak, with mixing char and smokiness, and balancing smoothness of raw barley. The end came with spice of medicinal phenols, a seaweed vegetable quality, balancing sweetness of white sugar and melted chocolates, and lactic bitterness. The aftertaste breathed of char, distant metallics, baker’s yeast, roasted brown and chocolate malts, and the bitterness of black coffee. The body was lighter, and the carbonation was medium. There was excellent cream, froth, and lip, with nice sip, slurp, and glug. A soft, easy coating was left around the mouth, keeping it wet and satiated. This led to an eventual mild astringency that became a bit dusty and warm with time. The abv was sessionable, and the beer was very easy drinking.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was that ease of drinkability and the beautifully creamy feel. The latter was certainly contributed to by the nitro, but it fit the style, and this beer, so well with superb slurp and froth on every sip. Through the flavoring there is just the right amount of bitterness, roast, and depth to the malts, and it never becomes overly metallic. This eases the drinker, and again, contributes to drinkability and sessionability. This is simple, elegant, and just down right tasty.

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Photo of Viggo
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From growler, big thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a light ruby brown, some orange in the edges, very clear, maybe a touch light on colour for a stout, thin big bubbled head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, maybe a touch flat. Smell is nice, very grainy, cereal and oats, light chocolate, biscuit, very toasty, some roast, very malty and delicious, this is a great smelling stout. Taste is similar, very biscuity and toasty at first, grainy, light roastiness and chocolate, cereal, oats, caramel sweetness, real nice toasty dryness in the finish, very smooth. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, growler flattened up a bit so I won't knock it down for that, but even in not perfect condition its great. Real nice easy drinking stout, nice flavour for the ABV. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this on-tap at the brewery last night. This beer is one of their many on-tap only "pub exclusives." This beer is a opaque color that lets in to light at all. The tan head was about 1/3 inch thick once the glass was handed to me after being drawn from the tap. Head settles to a decent surface covering without very much lacing though. Some roasted, malty aromas were present along with coffee and dark chocolate hints. The taste is bitter upfront with the roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee certainly coming through and is followed by some sweet nuttiness and a hint of hops. Nice balance indeed. Has a creamy, frothy mouthfeel with a full body and light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Overall this beer reminds me of a much superior version of Guinness and A-B's Bare Knuckle Stout. An excellent warm weather, summertime stout. Another very good beer from Great Lakes.

Eric

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at the brewery - looked and tasted great. The feel isn't real heavy, and this isn't a overly strong stout. Very drinkable with a meal. All-in-all I was very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass from a nitro tap at the brewpub. Definitely took longer than 119.5 seconds to get a perfect pour of this one
A: Gorgeous. Immediately off the tap has a head that takes up 2/3 of the bottle but that slowly turns from white to black creeping up the glass. What's left is pure black still with a good 2-3 fingers of creamy foam at the top. Also of note- the lacing left as I was drinking the beer is some of the most beautiful I've seen
S: Roasted malts, some coffee/cocoa and a bit of creaminess
T: Matches the nose, quite tasty, very balanced
M: Super creamy though just a touch thin
O: One of the best dry stouts I've had, super tasty and drinkable

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Photo of DiscGolfRobot
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jmw4437
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bruachan
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sipped this guy over an artichoke crock (i had to mix up the sausage platter) and bbq pizza

its' roasty, rich and creamy with a modicum of bitterness and dry finish

some ruby highlights punctuate the deep blackness and a nice, nitro head sits up top. i have my qualms with this, but that's another story

this is a tasty beer and the food i had was great again, confirming my belief that GLBC has found a nearly perfect equations

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Great Lakes Wolfhound Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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