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Wolverine State Wolverine Massacre Imperial Dark Lager

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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If you have never called a lager ďferociousĒ then you havenít tried Massacre. We start with an imperial dark lager and age it in heavy-toast Kentucky bourbon barrels until itís ready to package, at which point we dip each precious bottle in red wax to seal in the deliciousness. Very limited production, sold only in October. Make sure to get yours while it lasts.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2014
12 oz. bottle shared by Willrunforbeers. Dark brown color with thin lasting head. Aroma is mild bourbon upfront with vanilla oak, with deep caramel and raisins.

Wow... Pretty impressive brew. The flavor is a mellow bourbon, vanilla and mild oak enveloping a dark fruit and caramel lager. Kind of like drinking a bourbon soaked raisin dipped in sugar. The body is on the leaner side but itís not an issue with the amount of flavor I am getting from all sensors on my tongue. The rich bourbon flavor is here without any heat. But the ABV does pack a punch to make you feel happy. Damn fine brew!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (94) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Poured from bottle dark chocolate color with nice tan head. Sweet aroma of caramel and bread super smooth mouth feel with a nice heat at the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6937) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
12oz bottle with red wax, big thanks to umich03jm. Shared with DanielCoor. 2014 bottle. Hazy dark brown color. Thin off-white, khaki head. Dots and bits of lace. Vanilla, dark fruit in the nose, light spiciness. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of creamy, lighter carbonation. Light slick. Moderate sweet taste, light bit of bitter, mild warmth to it, nothing uncomfortable. Pretty solid, tasty ba doppelbock. It works. Has a bigger, thicker chewiness that I like in a doppelbock, and it works well as a base for the barrel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (888) - New York City, TURKEY - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with reddish tint, small beige foamy head, caramel aroma with alcohol undertones, strong alcohol taste with caramel, coffee and sour cherry in the background, medium carbonation, long bitter finish with alcohol aftertaste. Quite strong and shows it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flatmatt (1155) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours deep red brown with a tan head. Potent smooth bourbon aroma, woody molasses and vanilla. Bourbon is the dominant flavor, brown sugary and woody, though with roasted malts supporting it. Still has some of the lightness of a lager, even with the chewy flavors. Itís pretty enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lutz2jm (141) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Pour is deep black with a tan head. Minimal lace. Heavy mouth feel that hides the apv well. Notes of dark chocolate, black cherries, and definitely a kick from the bourbon barrels. (2014)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (777) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Pours a very dark dark brown color with dark tan nice head. A solid bourbon aroma with a touch of chocolate. A big creamy feel. Actually quite smooth for the strength. A chocolate background with a decent bourbon flavor. The very last flavor is a little wheaty with lager qualities. Itís interesting. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, vanilla, raisin, light toasted coconut, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some significant red highlights. It has a one finger beige head that eventually fades to a thick soapy film. There is some drippy soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate with touches of cocoa powder and light caramel. There is a touch of molasses and raisin in the middle. The finish has light-moderate vanilla, coconut, light bourbon, faint oak, and a hint of roasted malt. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a touch of stickiness in the mouthfeel. Overall, Iíd say flavor-wise itís kind of an Imperial Stout/Doppelbock hybrid aged in bourbon barrels. It sounds like previous yearís batches were a little boozy and hot. This batch from 2014 isnít. I really dig it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Similar in presentation to an imperial stout but lighter in body and flavor than the abv suggests. Barrels show themselves nicely but otherwise just ok. Slightly sweet malty lager with hints of vanilla and booze."

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Sharp, plenty of heat, astringent, lacks depth. A mediocre barleywine (though it's a lager somehow?). Strange; pass.


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