Great Lakes Wolfhound Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
92.5%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 53 ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AtLagerHeads on 04-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,417
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
53
Liked:
49
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
11.58%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Richie24CLE
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GeoCait
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at Great Lakes. Pour looks exactly like Guinness, and smells strikingly similar to it as well. But the big difference is the mouthfeel. Its got the hints of roasted malt and nice subtle coffee presence, but its much more creamy and smooth than Guinness. So much so that my girl actually bought one for herself. I would buy this over Guinness every day of the week.

 373 characters

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewpub on Thursday.

I admit I had reservations about this one: a ton of breweries are pushing milds and low abv "session" beers this year, and most are lackluster at best. Leave it to Great Lakes to prove me wrong on this one.

Served in a globed imperial pint glass, must have been 20+ ounces, nice. A mostly clear burnt sienna brown color, with off-white head that left an excellent wall of lacing.

Smelled of softer, sweet pale chocolate and caramel malt. Light roastiness. Very fresh grainy smell.

The taste was about as good as a Dry Irish Stout can get. A whallop of roasty malt goodness greets the palet. Sweeter caramel mixed with a bread crust and light char character. My only complaint is that I was wishing for more of a darker coffee flavor as well.

Very smooth, creamy, even pillowy on the tongue. Slick at first leading to a semi-dry finish.

Quaffable in every sense of the word. I was very pleased by this beer.

 951 characters

Photo of Jesse13713
2.82/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

 1,249 characters

Photo of MrDanno96
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown with tints of red. Pours with a huge fluffy off-white head and lots of sticky lace.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, hints of caramel and toffee.

T: Great flavor! Lots of chocolate and coffee flavor. A good dose of bitter roasted malt and hops in the finish. Excellent balance.

M: Very creamy from the nitro. Medium body, subtle carbonation. Dry and smooth.

O: Honestly, one of the best irish stouts I've ever had. Great flavor, balance; smooth and drinkable. And at sub 5% even Ding can session it!

 511 characters

Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rhinos00 hooked me up with this one in a recent growler swap. thanks alex!

64oz swingtop growler filled right to the brim. sampled may 1/09.

growler opens without a pop. seems to have been sealed, but not much sign of carbonation. an aggressive pour yields a thin layer of large tan bubbles that quickly retreat to a ring around the glass. the body is deep brown, neither black nor transparent, but still pretty dark.

aroma is good. medium roast coffee. a bit of dark and milk chocolate. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. just a touch of slightly fruity character, but not really anything specific. light alcohol. earthy.

taste is great. about medium-low bitterness level, which seems just right. medium roast coffee. a bit of dark chocolate. great malt character. lightly toasted whole-wheat bread. biscuit. touch of cracker. earthy. just a touch of alcohol. even less of a fruity component than i picked up on in the aroma, but it's still there.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation, likely due to its travels rather than anything else, but it works. really drinks like a nice cask ale. medium-light body with a pretty dry finish.

drinkability is great. low carbonation, low alcohol, and a great malt profile? sounds good to me. were a cask of this available near me, i'd happily sit there for the evening - and still be able to walk when it was time to leave. great stuff, and i'm glad i got a chance to try this one.

 1,433 characters

Photo of Viggo
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

 792 characters

Photo of TheNightbird
4.06/5  rDev -4%
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.

 345 characters

Photo of rhinos00
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After having this numerous times, finally got around to reviewing this one. Had on-tap at the brewery, served in a 16 oz. pint glass.

A- Nice dark, chocolate brown. As you look towards the bottom of the glass a ruby, garnet hue comes out a little bit. Reveals a healthy two fingers width of tan, creamy head. Left wonderful lacing throughout consumption.

S- Somewhat faint and mellow. Nice whiff of some cocoa and roasted malts.

T- Upfront it had a roasted characteristic that was just the perfect amount. Adding to the flavor was a nice amount of chocolate and coffee malts that really added to the complexity.

M- For a beer with a light body, such as a dry stout, it had a wonderful creaminess that gave it an edge. Absolutely wonderful.

D- Beers do not get more drinkable than this. I had no problem putting a pint of this away with 7 to 8 pulls. It was just so damn tasty and went down like water.

Overall, this beer may be one of my favorite that GLBC offers. Too bad it is only available at the brewery otherwise this would be my ultimate session beer. Well done.

 1,078 characters

Photo of endincolorado
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark brown with copper highlights. thick, ultra creamy, light tan head. Decent lace.

Smell- Dry cereal. Roasted malt. chocolate.

Taste- Very tasty. Rich cocoa. Some roasted malt. dry grain. light hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Lighter than expected but extremely satisfying.

Drinkability- Light abv and well-balanced flavors make this a great session beer.

 380 characters

Photo of flexinwext
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the brewery the other day wanting to try this stout. Dark brown opaque color. Pretty decent head retention. Definite smell of coffee and chocolate. Upon first taste, I knew this was going to be a repeat order. The flavors were great while not being too overpowering. The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth and creamy. At a rather low abv, this would be a great session stout and I will definitely come back for more!Its only too bad they don't bottle it.

 461 characters

Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with red on the edges when held up to the light. Has a creamy thick tannish colored head that leaves some light layered lacing.

S- Roasted malts all over the place on this one. Could also pick up some nuts, chocolate, caramel, and a touch of coffee.

T- Tastes of chocolate, malt, toffee, and nuts pretty much follows the nose really well.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Body was maybe a little thinner than I'd thought and light carbonation. Very solid none the less.

D- Outstanding brew and very easy to drink all day long here.

 559 characters

Photo of pwoods
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On nitro tap at the brewpub a little over a month ago. Review from notes.

20oz. imperial pint.

A: Opaque black pour. 2 fingers of nitro head, nearly pearl white. Great retention and lacing.

S: Pleasantly sweet. The head has that big nitro smell but still has a milky, creamy aroma. Dry roasted malts.

T/M: Dark roasted malts but not extremely dry and bitter... which is very much preferred. Nice chocolately taste and a light coffee background. Body is above medium and is obviously extremely creamy and silky.

D: They really should put this in bottles. Guiness, eat your heart out.

 587 characters

Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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

 904 characters

Photo of bruachan
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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

 437 characters

Photo of Briarbush
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewpub today (2007/03/24)
The beer looked delicious and as always at the brewpub it was served in the appropriate glassware. Light tan head held up through out most of the drink and was nearly opaque. Smell was very faint. You pick up some roasted tones though. Taste was out of this world. Guinness has nothing on this beer. The flavor was complex with a beautiful roasted malt flavor permeating with hints of nutty tones with just a tiny amount of hop flavor dancing around. The mouth feel was creamy and smooth and the finish was dry and satisfying. I only had one, but I could have had five. And at 4.80% it would make a great session beer.

 669 characters

Photo of paranosis
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. had this on tap tonight at the brewery, and can't get over it.

The look is amazing, a nice creamy tan head in the stout glass, and a rich dark color when held up to the light.

The smell is the ONLY thing i can critique, and it's not saying it wasn't great, it was, but it lacked a tiny bit of body in the smell. Overall, not an issue in my book, but it was definitely the weakest point of the beer.

Taste was fantastic. It reminds me of Guinness, but much more layered. Had a nutty, smooth, dry irish stout taste. Best of the style that I've had by far.

Mouthfeel was incredibly smooth, like drinking creamy, delicious, wonderful stout. What more could you ask for?

Drinkability... coupled with the mouthfeel, and the low ABV (4.5%), i could drink a bunch of these and enjoy every one.

once again, i reiterate, highly reccomended. Best of the style that I've tried (and it's my favorite style). Beats Guinness by a landslide.

 948 characters

Photo of Dogbrick
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewpub. Pours pitch black with a thick and frothy light tan head. Sticky rings of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied and very creamy, with a nice roasted coffee character. Dark chocolate, malt and hops flavors are nicely balanced. The finish is dry and lightly hoppy. I have had 2 excellent Dry Stouts recently (Cadillac Mountain being the other) that have reminded me what a great beer style this can be. This is a keeper.

 478 characters

Photo of Ahhdball
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a profound black sucking the light from the room. A great beige head tops this presentation and adds lacing through the drink.
Small hints of coffee and chocolate give the mouth anticipation for the future.
Taste has a nice baking chocolate and coffee flavor with a dry finish, smooth but dry. Great!
Smooth as silk with a creamy mouthfeel.

Refreshing and a fantastic Dry Stout, and now a favorite.

 419 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown ruby tone with a large thick frothy tan head leaves thick bands of lacing throughout the session with this brew. Aroma: Mild coffee and soft chocolate highlights decent dose of hops bu the Dry Iris stouts aren't really known for hop bitterness anyway. Taste: Flavor has chocolate cascading through it dry finish some herbal hop notes, great complex Dry Irish much more flavorul than a Beamish or Guiness ecellent and so damn smooth. Mouthfeel: Medium body creamy texture great refreshing stout, not a burden but a treat in every way. Drinkability: Wow excellent representation of the style big textures, flavors, and aromatics equal one decently complex and incredibly drinkable beer.

 717 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Great Lakes Wolfhound Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 53 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.