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Twelve - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 15
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Risser09 on 07-15-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boozy barleywine. I do not know if it would have been less so not aged, but I think yes. Rye is still there, mellow because aged. Malt is there. Altogether drinkable with a big supper, however unexceptional. A big head that dissipates as it warms. Above average mouthfeel. Neutral coloured body. The edges of the barleywine were brought in, only a little bitterness. Some sweetness there.

Sammy, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.6%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished apricot beneath a creamy alabaster crown that just kept growing... and growing... and growing until it crested the edge of the snifter and overflowed. Now that things have settled down, the final result is a masterpiece of beer and foam. Frost-like lace definitely qualifies as eye candy.

Although the nose lacks depth and complexity, it makes up for it with power and plenty of rye malt goodness. It's earthy and lightly spicy, with an underlying fruitiness that doesn't bring to mind any particular fruit. This should be interesting (and probably pretty good) beer.

There can't be too many rye barleywines in existence. This one uses 50% rye malt and 50% barley malt, which seems a huge amount of the former. It works well, however, especially if you're a fan of the paler barleywines. Twelve is different enough that I predict it will hold my interest over all 12 ounces. It has also aged very well and could probably go a few years yet.

Flavors include rye toast (sans caraway seeds), orange peel, apricots, rock candy and a big splash of Stolichnaya Cristal. Complex it ain't. Sweet and bitter are nicely balanced, which is amazing considering how much residual sugar is present. The finish is fruity and lingeringly bittersweet.

Even though the mouthfeel isn't as full as expected, it still manages to be lightly viscous and slick, with a hint of chewiness as it warms. Just enough bubbles are present to keep things from feeling flat. So why the slow-motion foam explosion on the initial pour?

Weyerbacher Twelve is interesting without being especially complex. That's probably because it's one of the few rye barleywines that I can remember drinking. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's still a solid effort that deserves a look. If you can still find it.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of goryshkewych: Poured a light medium copper color ale with a medium size head with average retention but some very good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light alcohol phenols. Taste is a mix between some sweet barleywine style malt but with the special characteristics from rye with some average hops presence. Average body with good carbonation and light apparent alcohol. Not the best from the style but an interesting experiment that may lack some complexities. I don't know if time has done good to this beer but it was definitely better then some of the older ratings description.

Phyl21ca, May 23, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly 4 years old I decided to go for it during the epic weyerbacher tasting!

thick brown, though you can see some light through it, no head and a nice lace top it off. Smell is hopped for sure, but with a subtle sugary undertone, and a hint of alcohol too. Taste is not very strong at all. There is the natural piney hoppness you would expect from a barley wine, but not too strong, there is also a sugary, nuttiness about it as well. The alcohol is there, and that keeps this a sipper. It is actually nicely carbonated, and not harsh going down, has the warm feeling on the way. Overall this was a good brew, I would not mind having another and certainly kept me warm this evening.

mikesgroove, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as an orange color with some sediment floating around in the glass. The head was white and quickly disappeared. The aromas here are interesting big amounts of rye on the nose with some sweet fruits in the mix too. Not really what I expected, I like surprises though. This beer has a big flavor to it. It's pretty hoppy and has a good amount of rye too, but the best part of all is the peach flavor in the background. Such an interesting twist. The mouthfeel is thick as well, leaving a nice coating on the tongue.

Knapp85, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Spicy pale malts. Some vague piney hop hints, sure, but mainly it's a spicy pale malt scent.

Taste: Spiced toffee candy with a good amount of sweetness. A bit of peach fruitiness, but just a bit. There are some pine hints along with a clean hop bitterness present, but it can be hard to pick around the rye (and booze) at times. A bit of a hot finish with a tongue-prickling spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly different from most barleywines considering the ingredient list, it'll be fun to see how this changes with time.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear lighter amber with a nice tight one finger white head that never completely settles with a few broken bits of lace behind.A mix of caramel and fruit in the nose like apricot and orange,a tinge of toasted grain as as a whiff of brown sugar.Not as hot as I expected it to be being Weyerbacher brews in alot of my experience with their "big" beers are just overly alcoholic and hot this isnt to bad,flavors are malt tilted and on the sweeter side up front big caramell and brown sugar with some sweet alcohol and white pepper,the hops are fruity with the before mentioned apricot and orange with just a ever so slight sour rye punch in the finish.Ok the alcohol starts to rear itself after a a few minutes and its getting warmer but it could be worse,decent.

oberon, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I could feel the viscosity of this beer as I poured it, translating through the glass, into my hand, and then on to my brain. Yet it looked as if I was pouring a golden lager! The head barely rose at first, so I gave it a little more distance between the bottle and the glass and - wham - that did it, maybe too much in fact, and I had to wait for the head to settle. It seemed to take forever, and it maintained a thick thumb of slightly yellowish off-white foam beneath an inch high wall of solid lace. Quite nice! The beer beneath was a clear deep-gold / amber with only an occassional bubble seen rising very slowly through the malt. The carbonation is there though, as it had churned like a pint of Guinness as I poured it.

The nose was bright and welcoming. It was malty and hoppy, but not really descript on either count. It was floral, fruity (loads of apples - maybe too much apple!), mildly sweetish with malt, and slightly spicy and grassy.

In the mouth it was quite full as expected, with a stunning creaminess. I'm not sure I've had a beer this thick since Big Hole Wisdom Cream Ale. The carbonation was just enough to keep it from becoming syrupy, and it crossed the palate like velvet.

The flavor was very much like the aroma in that it was bright and welcoming, combining the fruitiness of the yeast (again, tons of apples... acetaldehyde) with the very subtly caramelish-tinged rye-like malt, and grassy, perhaps citrusy hops. And it was decidedly spicy but I couldn't determine if that was just the rye, or a combination of the rye and the hops. It started malty, but not sweet (I thought of marzipan cheese), and then the fruitiness kicked in. By mid-palate it had started to foam up as it warmed, and the maltiness opened a bit, becoming honeyish. Honey and rye! Very nice. Throughout the hops kind of swirled in the background, omnipresent, but always allowing the malt to dominate. At the swallow the spiciness kicked in, and again, I'm not sure how much was due to the rye and how much was due to the alcohol that lingered into the finish along with some rye, fruitiness, and a snap of grassy hops.

As to drinkability, I have to give it a lot of credit as it's quite unique. But I was pretty much done with it after one ten ounce glass. It looked great, it smelled great, it tasted great... Still, it's a really nice sipper. I paired my second glass with some buttery triple cream cheese on an almost burnt slice of crusty bread and it was quite magnificent. And since it's such a heavy brew, I then went low-calorie with a small spinach salad drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with feta cheese and that worked well as it played off the tanginess of the cheese. It's just sweet enough and just spicy enough to work well with a lot of dishes, and I'm thinking that if I had another bottle I'd try it next to some pumpkin soup or even a bowl of mild chili. Worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, citrus, rye malt, floral hops and a little alcohol.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of rye, citrus and some spice up front. Then strong hops presence comes in with a significant alcohol sting. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style while adding a very unique twist. I'm typically unsure of what to expect of beer using rye malt, but I like the fact that this one went 50/50 with it and think it quite well done. This is a good beer to drink for a while until the high ABV catches up with you.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle cool into a snifter.
A - A very tranquil amber w/ a about an inch of whit microfoam.

S - A rich malty, vinous scent w/ rye overtones and spiciness. A fragrant herbal sweetness in the nose that is slightly floral.

M - Rich, slightly astringent w/ a warmth of boozy barleywine strength, yet not over the top. Dry w/ a tinge of sweetness, creamy and round w/ subtleties. The feel is a tad spiced w/ tinges of piney acid.

T - A smattering of rye flavor w/ a toasty boozy taste and a sweet spicy blend. A very smooth malty taste, slightly sugary, and candy-like, yet the rye flavor comes through w/ a gentle spiced hop + woody hop taste. A tinge of fusel comes out slightly as it warms.

D - A very well made ale. I can't say I can see drinking more than 2 barleywines consecutively, but this is one I could see having. The taste is mellow for 10% and the rye makes for a semi-dry, less cloying big ale. The herbal accents and hops add to the mix making this a very drinkable barleywine.

Slatetank, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of MasterSki
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade with someone in New England - sorry that I can't remember who it was. Served in a World Class Beverages taster glass.

A - Pours with late-rising white foam that quickly settles to a thin cap and ring. Transparent bronze color.

S - Very vinous and fruity. Lots of white grape, pears, and apples - all soaked in alcohol. It's very unusual, although I would attribute some of that to the three years of age on this bottle. Strangely compelling.

T - The taste is more in line with what I expect from a barleywine. Burnt sugars, earthy rye character, booze-soaked fruits, raisins, and a touch of cardboard and sherry oxidation character. Aftertaste is full of estery spice.

M - Body is full, chewy, and sticky. However, it finishes somewhat dry. Carbonation is medium-low. There's some warmth after only a few ounces.

D - While I probably could have finished the 12oz bottle on my own, I ended up contributing about half to a dessert reduction.

MasterSki, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Light creamy head fades at a med pace over mostly clear golden orange color.

Nose has sweet reddish malts, a bit syrupy, light booze and oak and light booze like bourbon, lots of sweet malts, light tart sour malt fruit maybe infection? -nope.

Taste brings lots of sweet fluffy malts, tons of red malts and crystal malts light sweet caramel and bourbon like flavors, candy and light syrup, light booze more warming and light tingle but too heavy, slightly creamy and fruits. Finishes sweet with more fruit, light booze, lots of malts, sweet caramel and syrup as well as bourbon like candy all linger with a touch of booze.

Mouth is heavier bodied, a bit syrupy, decent carb some warming and slightly tingly booze.

Overall great, nice malts, hints of bourbon and sweet malts booze has dropped out nicely but still lets you know its a big beer. Hops are all gone as well.

jlindros, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent blend of pale and rye malts. The spiciness blends well with alcohol aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth, malty flavor that's quite drinkable despite the high abv.. It goes downeasy and finishes warm with a mild rye spiciness. This beer is incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel is outstanding. The rye adds a fuller body and the carbonation is just right. This is a tremendous beer. Rye beers are becoming more available these days. It adds some very desirable qualities to the beer.

WesWes, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/25/11 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this bottle; thanks Justin.

a - Pours a hazy amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of burnt malts, light fruit, bready malts, rye, and toasted malts. Nose smells a but burnt; not horrible but not the best.

t - Tastes of light fruit, fruity malts, wood, rye, bready malts, and toasted malts. A definite step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a creamy body.

o - Overall an interesting beer, but didin't really remind me of a barleywine. The nose wasn't great, but it tasted better as you drank it. Wouldn't seek out but would give another shot.

mdfb79, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark yellow color with a white head. The aroma is malty sweetness with some toffee, caramel and honey. The flavor is caramel and toffee malts with honey. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 19, 2010
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.

jwc215, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color with a haze. Low head with slight lace.

Relatively mild aroma: predictable in that it is malty, although it is with little alcohol bite.

Strong malty flavor with lots of alcohol warmth. Slightly sweet with a sour finish. The aftertaste is short, but has a more malt/alcohol feel to it. The body is predictably full with good balanced carbonation.

I cannot detect any rye, but this makes a very nice entry for a Barley Wine.

smcolw, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am not sure I have ever seen a beer pour with a more viscous, thick body than this brew. It is moderately well carbonated, but the viscousness of the brew causes it to form a four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a light, amber color and shows a clear, ruddy, copper color when held up to the light. The carbonation bubbles really struggle to the surface in this brew and as the head slowly subsides it leaves a bit of cream colored lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma is interesting, it is certainly a bit different than a typical barley based beer; there is an earthy grain note, a certain savory spice character. The beer aroma finishes with a touch of warming alcohol and a bit of grassy hop character. As my nose gets used to it I pick up some soft, citrus hop character and perhaps a bit of herbal notes.

Very thick and viscous tasting, I almost feel like it could be cut with a knife. Lightly tart tasting, which accentuates the hoppy citrus flavors, but there is also a fair amount of herbal hop notes. The beer finishes with a solid, noticeable hop bitterness, but it is still thick and viscous throughout. Somehow the flavors and tartness remind me of watered down tangerine juice. I am not sure if it is the viscous body of this brew or what, but all of the flavors in this brew seem to be quite muted for a beer of 10% strength. The alcohol provides a spicy, warming note to the finish at times, though the body of this brew seems to hold it mostly in check.

This really is a sipping brew, the flavors certainly are not horrible, though it is awfully light flavored for such a big brew. I was eagerly anticipating the texture of this brew and it certainly has not disappointed me, but that seems to be the only really interesting thing about this beer. I am actually fairly surprised how uncomplicated this brew is.

Gueuzedude, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear yellowish to light orange color with a fluffy 2" head that lingers quite a bit. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness, alcohol, and a hint of grassiness is picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, sweet apples, and pears make up the sweet side. Some grainy rye bread, warming alcohol, and pleasant bitterness brings the balance here. Some dryness is experienced too.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry throughout. Long alcohol and grainy malt aftertaste. Leans towards the lighter side of a heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: I think this needs to age a bit for some better melding of flavors. Definite slow sipper here, and one bomber is almost too much for one session, but this is a good beer worth trying.

Gavage, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

yourefragile, Dec 30, 2013
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Twelve from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.