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Twelve - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 211
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Risser09 on 07-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 171 | Hads: 211
Photo of Viggo
1.83/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Biergotter Club Brew marathon tasting. Thanks for bringing this up DrJay!

Pours a clear yellow, not much head, forms a thin ring, no lacing, looks kind of unhealthy. Smell is very buttery, alcohol fusels burn my nostrils, citrus, caramel, more alcohol. Taste is similar, lots of butter, some caramel, citrus, super fusels, hot and bitter finish, really lingers but not in a good way. Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation. Tastes like burning! Kind of feels like heartburn going down. Thanks Jay?

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Photo of jrodvog148
1.84/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

went to the Weyerbacher Brewing Co and found this there. Thought it would sound interesting even though I am not a fan of the barleywines to often. Strong smell upon opening, taste was just too overpowering with the alchohol. Might having gotten a bad bottle but just not a fan, but still a fan of the brewery.

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Photo of DrJay
2.04/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm a little surprised by all the positive reviews for this one. I know I was really looking forward to it, given that "rye barleywines" aren't very common (unless you brew your own). Boy was I disappointed. It poured a deep gold with a slight chill haze that disappeared after a little warming. The white foam was made up of fine bubbles that thinned slowly to a collar and left some streaky lacing behind (this was a little more spotty later on). The aroma was quite fruity, lots of apple, sugary caramel and a bit of spiciness. Alcohol was very forward, and of the solvent, nail polish remover variety. The flavour was fruity up front with a relatively light bitterness. Lots of green apple, acetaldehyde throughout. Mild grapefruit and a little rye spiciness were present, along with an apple skin dryness and salty finish. There was a flash of short-lived, hot alcohol at the end too. Full bodied and sticky, with lowish carbonation. Lots of warmth/heat throughout. It definitely has problems, like acetaldehyde and too much heat. Overall, quite the mess.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.19/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

poured into a flaired tulip glass fro a 12oz brown long neck bottle crimped cap.
Hazy, golden amber with a dense,creamy head leaving some nice lace curtians down the glass. Very lively looking the bubbles remined me of looking into a snow globe lots of stringing off the sided of the glass.

Could really smell the rye malts has a bisquityness also. Yeasty with fruityness has a green apple aroma. Very boozy,grain alcohol like aroma burning up the inside of my nostrils. Had a somewhat of a graham cracker like aroma also,would guess from the rye malts and a bit of spicyness.

Rye in the taste also,with a syrupy feel loaded with boozieness. Deep carmell sweetness with an overripe fruitiness had a sour/tart aftertaste with a warming effect from the alcohol.

Thick and chewy with some creamyness was rough and grainy. A sipper for sure had a hard time finishing this one. This beer needs some aging to mellow out a bit would like to try this after some cellaring

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Photo of shbobdb
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks Muenchenerkindl!

Well, I drank this beer in March 2008, and it is waaay too early. Can't fault a beer for being too young, they even suggest aging it on the bottle. Sure, I wish they were more clear about how this beer needs more time, but again, I can't fault them for having released it early.

Part of the problem is the rye. People think rye has this nice spiciness to it, because of breads that use it. Having homebrewed with it extensively, it really doesn't. Rye is more a mouthfeel, a slick oily mouthfeel. The spices in the bread comes from either the spices used (as in American rye breads) or from wild fermentation (as in German rye breads). It is a pretty boring grain aside from that slickness. That is why rye+hops=good, because the oily slickness coats the tongue and covers it in the hop oils.

So, combine a boring ingredient (rye) with another boring ingredient (american 2-row), lightly hop it, and use a fairly neutral yeast and what do you get? Not much. The whole medley is vaguely sweet mish-mash with a medicinal bite to it, Pretty unpleasant really, which is a pity since Weyerbacher normally delivers.

The overall impression is that of apple juice. Again, I just think I had this beer young. Let it sit for a few years and maybe it'll be something worthwhile.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.43/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber, served in a tulip glass.

A - thick pouring, hazy, deep golden color with a nice rising, white foamy head that fell to a ring, leaving some sticky lacing.

S - sort of a Belgian yeast aroma, I checked the style to be sure.

T - a bit harsh, rough alcohol, sourness and bittness.

M - thick, yet fizzy.

D - not impressed.

Final Note: for a brew made with 50% Rye Malt, I barely tasted any rye at all. I don't know if this brew will get better with age?...but I'm not buying another one to find out.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

well this beer starts off looking good in the snifter. It smells like rye bread dipped in barleywine as well as high octane gasoline! This tastes like grain alcohol and rye whisky, pretty gross. I will be surprised if this doesn't end up in the drain, uh oh, there it goes! This is a very bad beer in my opinion and I actually love barleywines. This was sadly unsatisfying.

I popped a 22oz of this today (12/20/08) and warned my friends that it was bad...it was just slightly more drinkable than last year and didn't taste as horrible but it was still similar to Olde English 800, foul. Its fair to say that this improved with age but it was horrible to begin with so WTF?

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Photo of charlesw
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very clear pale amber. Tiny head. Smells like bubblegum. Oh. Tastes weird, too. Bubblegum, caramel and citrus? Bleh. Slippery and alcoholic. Sticky in the back of the throat (like drinking milk when you have strep. Um. If you follow me).

I guess... I'm pretty amazed at this one. I really don't think that it's a bad bottle - it's just not something that I like. I am very grateful to lupe for the chance to try this one! 'Cause it's better knowing what you like and don't, isn't it? Besides... It's way better to trade and keep the love flowing than to just sit on your beer in your own corner, darn it!

On how to make it a better beer... Wow. Yeah, boy, that could be tough, huh? I've heard of step mashes you can do to cut down on the slippery feeling. I'd throw in more and darker crystal malts. Cut way down on the citrus hops - they so do not go with the rest of the stuff in here. Maybe up the bitterness. Work on getting a head. In short, well, I'd completely change the recipe. Oh, right, and ferment at lower temps in addition to changing the yeast, of course!

Edit: Aha! I have the answer! I have this experimental brew... Anyway, I mixed the Twelve with an extremely pale and fairly dry IPA and the result was great. About 2/3 Twelve and 1/3 dry IPA. Try it yourself!

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Photo of number1bum
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Part of NEPA BC split #12.

As this one is pouring I couldn't believe how thick it looks. It looked like a thin syrup coming out of the bottle. Rich orange color with some sedimentation, yeast maybe (?) suspended alongisde slowly rising bubbles. The suspension and slow rise of the bubbles confirm that this baby is thick as hell. I'm both intrigued and scared. It sort of looks like cough syrup. Head is also incredibly thick and creamy and retains very well. It's a light tan color and leaves a lot of stick, too.

Smells sweet and malty, with a good dose of alcohol and citrusy hops, too. Prominence of the alcohol detracts.

Tastes like it smells, sweet and malty with some citrus flavor and a big dose of alcohol. I find it interesting though that for a beer that is so incredibly thick it's not packing more in your face flavor. The flavors are subtle, maybe even a little bland for a barleywine, imo. Rye complements the citrus hops nicely, and the flavor overall is good. Some honey flavor, too, and a bit of spiciness to go with the alcohol. As it warms the alcohol gets even more apparent, and this severely hurts the flavor. It's probalby a 3.5 on taste initially, but more like a 2.5 as it warms. I'll split the difference and call it a 3.

This baby is incredibly full in the mouth but it's to the point of being syrupy, almost like cough syrup, and that's not a good thing. Soft carbonation and incredibly chewy, but the syrupy factor really takes away from it. I had a hard time getting through the whole bottle because it was so unpleasantly thick and boozy.

This is worth a try if only because it's got to be the thickest, chewiest beer I've ever experienced. But you can experience that in a few sips. It's tough to get beyond that, at least for me. I doubt I'd ever come back to this, even with some age. I have a hard time believing it will improve substantially in the cellar. The cough syrup thickness factor is just awful. Just another strange Weyerbacher offering that just isn't on point.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem, poured into dimple mug. This one is a bit old, but i think it was in the fridge at Abe's the whole time (maybe, who really knows), so here goes.

Filter clear orangey gold color with a modest white head that settles to a thin, partial covering with a tiny bit of lacing. Color is certainly unusual, though i guess I didn't know what to expect from the pale and rye malts. Some visibile CO2 bubbles rise up lazily from the bottom.

Smell is unusual, a bit boozy which increases a lot as it warms. There is also some spiciness from the rye, some hop bitterness and maybe some grassy hop flavors (not a lot of exposure to rye so it's a bit hard for me to place). Not really a good combination, though. Doesn't work for me.

Taste is pretty unpleasant--a bit syrupy right off the bat and lots of booze. Can't really describe this one, it might be bit skunked because the taste, for some reason, is reminding me of green-bottled lagers. Weird.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light despite my lips sticking to the glass from the syrupy sugariness. Probably the best part of the beer.

Drinkability is low because of the unpalatable (at least for me) taste but I was able to finish it so far from the worst that I have had.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I guess I tried this one when it was first released back in 2007 but I wasn't thrilled by it and I felt the 50 % rye added a syrup texture that I wasn't ready for, overall not impressed first time around I wrote a review but wasn't happy with my description, well here it is about a year later and I ran into this bottle at a six pack shop in Moon called the Beer Store for around 4 bucks, a beergeeks second shot. Appears the same as I recall bright orange around the edges with a hazy copper middle to the body custard like off white pours out of the bottle and you can layer it and shape it as it falls from the bottle, kinda cool. Fine even lacing all around my chalice with each sip. Aromatics, what a sweet boozy mess upfront, citrus notes and perfume like accents follow close behind. Spicy rye develops as it warms really pungent sugary sweet barley and rye ridden alcohol notes that kind of singe the inner nostrils. Flavor contains just way too much booze and syrup sweetness for me to fully enjoy, peppery herbal spiced rye notes but alcohol and sweetness just coat the palate in a pretty unrelenting nature. Warming like some whiskey more citrus and tart though with sticky sugars resting on the palate, no doubt mouthfeel is full bodied. Drinkability overall comes across very inventive and intriguing but the concept is much better than the outcome of the brewing process and the one year aging. Another heavy hitter gotta love Dan Weirback and company for inventiveness and ballsy brewing methods that are definitely a cut above in the extreme department. overall drinkability is low for both flavors and desirability. Too much booziness for me to respect as a well brewed beer, it's hot still after a year.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Makes you want to sing the Sesame Street song. Pours a golden straw color with a light copper hue through out. A bit light for style but ok. Mostly hazy with a soft white head. Limited retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose has a nice malty aroma and very distinct rye characterizes. To start the malt has a nice spice note from the rye with some minor bready notes. A light caramel as well. Some noticeable stale, aged notes that are boarder line butyric. Some minor hop notes but limited overall. Some minor fruity notes with a light bitter orange smell. Noticeable oxidation notes with mostly paper but some sherry notes as well.

The taste is a bit different than the nose. The rye character is note as distinct as the nose. This could be because the malt notes are a bit muddled. Some bready and a light plastic/medicinal tastes. Some minor butyric in the finish as well. More esters come out, with pear, orange and a hint of pineapple. Some yeasty notes with a light diacetyl in the finish. Some salty notes in the finish. Not much on the hops but some bittering notes that blends odd with the rye. Not much finishing leaving a sweeter finish.

The body is closer to moderate than full. Carbonation is light even for style. There is some astringency from the rye and bittering hops. Overall a bit disappointment. Noticeable off yeast notes, but at least the rye comes out nicely.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep, almost flourescent orange in color. Looked very thick as it poured. Nice lacing as it goes down. Ok aroma-somewhat metallic and sulfury. Rather 1 dimensional flavor. Has a solid malt flavor but just lacks something in general. Somewhat citrusy, almost like watered down OJ. Overly sweet. There just isnt anything going on. Body tends to be heavy and a lot of stickiness to it. I am a tad dissapointed. The guy at the beer store said this was "interesting" and did not elaborate. I dont even see laying 1 down and trying it later. Pass for me.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light and clear stale orange color with lots of carbonation and no head. Light fruity aroma, fresh apples and oranges. Very sweet and pungent oranges with some grapefruit. Palate is very sweet and syrupy, with some honey sweetness and thick viscosity. Alcohol is extremely well hidden behind the big sweet syrupy malt palate with some honey and melon hints. Finishes clean with some fresh fruit. full and viscose, syrupy on the tongue with warm apple cider alcohol. despite high abv% this was fairly easy to drink. great big beer with lots of sweetness.

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Photo of nickd717
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle via trade.

Cloudy amber pour with a nitro-looking one-finger white head that leaves thick foam and lacing.

The aroma is malty and sweet with a little caramel, rye, sherry, and light fruits.

The flavor is also sweet and malty with a caramel malt base. Fairly boozy without too much to it really. Rye, pear, and a strange menthol flavor.

From the mouthfeel of this, I really can't believe it's not nitro. Insanely full and smooth with very soft carbonation.

Overall, well, it's unique. Not a really big fan though.

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Photo of hero27
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber.
10.2% abv

Bottle courtesy of DrJay.

Pours a clear amber..round beads cascade from the bottom of the glass & form a substantial head of off-white foam.
Forward aroma of fresh fruit..apricot, green apple, and orange..with a hint of peppery spiciness & bold rye malt.
flavor is a touch of rye, slick pale malt, some light spice, and alcohol...lots of it. i was hoping for more of a fruit aspect since i picked that up in the nose, but this is just overwhelmingly malt & booze as soon as you take the first sip.
..thick, syrupy mouthfeel..even for a barleywine...while it coats the mouth, it still drinks somewhat well. The real turn-offs here are the unrelenting sugary caramel flavor and alcohol presence in each sip.

I can definitely see why there are some mixed reviews for this one.. the first few sips I had were not remarkable to say the least.. it's a little shallow overall and the rye malt really doesn't add anything beneficial to the flavor (and i typically enjoy rye brews)...plus the alcohol flavor is way too prominent and a little distracting.

Overall, an interesting barleywine that seems to be suffering from a boozy identify crisis. Decent, not great.

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Photo of mcallister
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Almost bright ruby reddish orange in color. Pours with very little head of white and leaves spotty lacing.

One thing I can say is that this is 100% Weyerbacher from the nose. Just has that spicey alcoholy aroma that most of their beers possess. Needless to say alcohol overwhelms the nose with some acidic notes and berry fruits. A bit of caramel malt and than a rye endeavor. Dried fruit aromas than come into play.

Big alcohol in the mouth and throat and chest. Seems to overpower all else. Same spicey character with an earthy finish. Again some dried fruits and berries but just too much alcohol, which leaves it thin and lacking.

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Photo of BlindPig
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- 1" off white head on a light cloudy golden body.
S- Lighter fruits like pear and banana, sweet caramel body, and alcohol. Isn't true to the style on smell at all. If someone put this in front of me I would say a strong belgian pale ale.
T- Rye, light banana, hints of other light fruits, spice, light apple, and a hint of alcohol. Alcohol warms back of throat just a touch.
M- Full body with medium carbonation.
D- Glad I got to try it but doubt I will again. Doesn't seem true to the style at all and just not a big fan of it.

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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt., 6 oz. bottle.

Pours golden amber with thin bubbles as a head.

The smell is faint. Some alcohol and rye with plenty of swirling.

The taste is of lemon drops, rye and subtle citric fruitiness. Mild. Slightly metallic, it has a courseness/astringency to it that is not so endearing to me. Syrupy with a raw phenol alcohol presence. Magnum hops give some balance to the rye malt, but doesn't go with it so well, IMO.

A syrupy, yet medium- body. Odd mouthfeel, but not awful at all.

A slow sipper do to raw astringency on top of the high abv. Flavors are rather muted. Certainly a different spin on a barleywine, but not one that I would return to.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color with some orange hues, very small head with little to no lacing.

Smell catches me off-guard, alcohol is quite present. The malt and hops do try to conceal this, just not good enough of a job though.

Taste is a bit better, but the warmth is definitely there. Malt sweetness up front, bit candied with some fruit spiciness, mild hop bitterness at the end.

Glad I tried it, but also glad I won't be getting it again.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Just opened the bottle I have been cellaring since 2007. Noticed the floaties right away after getting the bottle out. Not as noticeable in the glass, but I am not enjoying the look. Smell is quite fruity, with faded hops, citrus and a bit of alcohol mixed in. The flavor is similarly fruity, but with some medicinal qualities. Definitely has the apricot flavor mentioned in other reviews. Mouthfeel is thick, slick, but not too syrupy - pretty good. Overall, I am not really enjoying this beer too much due to the overly sweet and fruity taste.

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Photo of rallison
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks limesmut!

Pours a clear amber (very apple juice in appearance) with a 1/2 finger white head that dies but leaves some lacing.

Smells very fruity, almost too much so. An odd smell for a barleywine, and not necessarily one I am really digging. Touches of toffee malts in the nose as well.

The taste caries over this fruity component quite a bit. This is an odd beer. Barleywine may be a bad classification as this takes on some Belgian Tripel characteristics. Some green apple here. Acetaldehyde? Some toffee sweetness. Slightly yeasty. Not a good flavor profile overall. And the rye? Not really working for this beer. Bummer of a beer.

Mouthfeel is decent with medium to low carbonation and decent richness.

Drinkability is ok.

Not recommended. The flavor here should be much better. But, alas, Weyerbacher fails.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jasonm for this extra from a while back.

Golden color with a creamy inch of foam. Excellent retention and a bit of lacing.

Lots of rye on the aroma, peppery, sweet malts, hints of orange, tangy and fruity rye. Since this beer was done with magnum hops there really isn't any distinct hoppy aroma in this beer, which is a shame because it could use more complexity. Rye bread with some sweet orange and tangerine. A bit more fruity esters begin to appear as the beer settles for a few minutes. Faint grape and apples in the background, some caramel as well. Not bad but nothing really outstanding and the aromas are very subtle and almost timid.

Sweet malt, bready, rye fruitiness, pale malts, and some fruity pear, apples and grapes in the finish. Again, not much complexity in this beer, very pale in flavor with some tropical fruits for subtle again. I'm also tasting a bit of peach mid-palate.

Low and soft carbonation, a tad syrupy from the lack of hoppiness in this beer.

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Photo of mltobin
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bout the Weyerbacher Twelve today after enjoying other offerings from this brewery in the past. However, this has not matched up to some of their other offerings in my humble opinion.

Upon being poured, the beer looks fairly appealing. While the smell is not great by any means, along the lines of an old carmel candy. The taste is better. It is strong and a little spicy. I always am interested in a beer from a good brewery with a high abv, and this one was pretty good, but not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From the dbf and allowed to warm up for 30 minutes. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Appears a mildly hazy golden honey amber color with barely a quarter of an inch of off white head that quickly fades into oblivion. Smells of white grapes, wheat, white sugar, rye spiciness, and bread. Tastes of spicy rye malt, sweet grapes, alcohol, pears, apples, sweet, sweet malt, sugar, sweet plums. Finish is sweet, and dry. The sweetness lingers. Alcohol is quite subdued, but still makes it's presence known. Full bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation. Too sweet for my tastes which leads to poor drinkability. I couldn't finish the bottle.

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Twelve from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.