I poured a 22oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date.
Appearance: Opaque black color. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.
Smell: Strong whiskey aroma. Hints of chocolate. A touch of butter.
Taste: Green Wolf is the first (and so far only) microbrewery in all of
Schoharie County. They finally opened their doors recently and began
selling several beers in bottles. A friend of mine who brews there
part-time gave me this bottle. It was certainly intriguing considering
it’s a hefty 9.5% ABV imperial porter aged in whiskey barrels. And while
it is indeed a good beer, it’s not a great one. The palette is rather
simplistic, though the flavors that are here are pretty nice.
Up front I get a rather sweet flavor cocoa powder and coffee, followed
by roasted malt. It’s not especially rich or cloying, though there’s
plenty of sweetness here. The whiskey barrel character is quite
prominent as it definitely upstages the base brew. Not much in the way
of hoppy bitterness nor flavor, though the beer doesn’t strike me as
unbalanced. I do enjoy this whiskey flavor as it adds some smoky
astringency, plus a touch of pepper or spice. There’s also some butter
lurking on the finish, but it’s easily overlooked.
Drinkability: For a big brew weighing in at 9.5% ABV, Green Wolf Dire
Wolf drinks and tastes like something much lighter. There’s no alcohol
taste nor heat, so it doesn’t distract the drinking process at all. The
mouthfeel is a tad thin, but it’s comfortable and smooth. It finishes
fairly clean, with just a slightly dry aftertaste from the whiskey. For a
startup brewery, this is a commendable brew and I definitely foresee it
improving over time.