This fine Sunday W.L. Wittstruck brings us a review of a beer I’ve never seen or heard of before. Interesting little beer with the giant red ABV tag and all. Seems a little tacky to me, screaming “HEY ALCHY…COME BUY ME AND GET TRASHED!”. That said, the bottle makes up for it with a bad-ass picture of a werewolf. If you didn’t catch Mr. Wittstruck’s review of Lagunitas Maximus or Elysian The Immortal IPA, I recommend you take a peek. I’ll stop babbling now. Let’s do this. *hooooooowwwwwlllll*
While on a recent beer run to Gravity Beer Market, our local beer specialty shop, I found myself face to face with the Werewolf. With a red tag boasting 8.2% alcohol by volume, I was intrigued and decided to stray from my usual IPA fixation and give it a try. I was very curious to see how the higher than normal alcohol content would impact the taste and drinkability. In past brewing experiences as a home brewer, I’d occasionally had a batch turn out with a much higher alcohol content than planned and it wasn’t always for the better.
I opened the bottle and was immediately greeted with a very sweet, malty aroma. After giving it a second to breath, I poured it into my glass and watched as a moderate head of 1-2 fingers formed on top of the amber colored body. While there was a decent amount of carbonation it was definitely not a “sparkly beer.”
The first sip was interestingly sweet with a strong hint of alcohol. The sweetness was familiar, but not quite recognizable. For such a strong brew it was actually pretty smooth although it was obvious from the first taste this would be a sipping beer. There was a slightly fruity sweetness to it, but I wasn’t able to identify it as much as I tried.
Each subsequent sip was as enjoyable as the previous and eventually a sweet hop flavor with a hint of soapiness began to emerge. Lightly carbonated, the Werewolf didn’t leave much brewer’s lace as I worked my way through the glass, but it was an interesting flavor to say the least. The strong alcohol presence eventually crept up on me as I neared the end of the glass – again reminding me this was a sipper.