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Twelve - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
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 mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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.

07-24-2011 06:25:38 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

06-30-2011 14:56:24 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Knapp85


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-22-2011 04:30:42 | More by Knapp85
Photo of dchester


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Just opened bottle from 2007, and it's chock full of little bits... very nice. Color is a hazy dirty gold, with a white head that has good lacing but dissipates rather quickly on top. This beer has a very nice taste... not too much going on here. I get the rye, but the overwhelming note is citrus orange and apricot. The mouthfeel is very thick, almost syrupy (O.J. consistency). This is like a fermented & carbonated citrus drink. Easily drinkable for the abv. Overall, very good effort.

04-20-2011 22:56:55 | More by dchester
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to Rattle N Hum..a delicate orange pour with some decent clarity. 50% Rye and it shows. Even with some time on the bitch, it still reeks of alcohol and spicy rye. It's basically drinking a thickened watery whiskey, which is fun, but it's not worth what it's costing to be reminiscing on how this is true.

04-20-2011 06:01:29 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of bluejacket74


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head, and some sediment floaties noticable. The head went away quickly, but there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like caramel, pears, butterscotch, and some booze and candied fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, sweet booze, candied fruit, and also has a slight Mentho-lyptus flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and a bit sticky with low carbonation. The alcohol does catch up to you after a while, it's easy to tell this brew is boozy. Overall I think it's a decent enough brew. Not impressive, but not bad either.

04-01-2011 22:26:38 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

12oz bottle, recently found on the shelf at Capones and allowed to warm before being poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

The beer pours a mostly clear amber, just a little bit of haze to it. The ivory head rises to over three fingers in height and spills a little bit over the side. The entire inside of the glass is coated in lacing, and if the crown had shown a bit more stamina I'd say it was pretty much perfect. The nose is pretty much what I'd expect from an American barleywine with a little age on it. There's a ton of caramel/toffee, with a little bit of booze in the background. A slight, but appreciable spicy contribution from the rye is a welcome addition. The taste brings more of the same, with caramel being very much the front runner on my palate. As with the aroma, everything else plays an ancillary role. Alcohol though does make itself a bit more known than before. Twelve is tasty, but damn is it syrupy. I'm not sure if it's an overly rich body, or a carbonation shortcoming (the problem is severe enough that I'd guess it's a combination of both), but I feel like I could pour this beer over pancakes. With the expcetion of a a misstep in the viscous nature of the beer, Weyerbacher 12 is a pretty enjoyable.

02-11-2011 06:17:27 | More by axeman9182
Photo of nickd717


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

01-07-2011 04:48:34 | More by nickd717
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

11-21-2010 23:28:43 | More by MasterSki
Photo of BigMike


4/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Pours a very warm golden orange copper color. Crystal clear with a few bubbles slowly rising from the bottom. Head is an eggshell color and very thin. What was 1 finger has now disappeared.

S: The nose is very reminicent of a Belgian quad. Alcohol soaked dark fruits. Caramel and spice from the rye.

T: Tons of initial alcohol burn. Lots of caramel
soaked figs. What ever hops were present have faded. Tons of spiceyness the rye malts really make themselves noticed over the pale malts.

M: medium bodied with tons of stickiness. As with eleven it coats every part of the mouth and lips. Lots of alcohol burn in the throat.

Overall: this thing must have been a real beast when younger. As it sits now. That alcohol smacks you in the face even after 3+ years. The rye provides a nice amount of spice. I'm glad to be able to try this one time only offering from one of my favorite breweries.

11-06-2010 00:22:11 | More by BigMike
Photo of wingman14


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a dark copper with a thin white head that sticks around the edges. The smell has some sweet fruit notes like candied fruit. A heavy dose of alcohol comes through in with the smell. The taste starts with a sweet fruit flavory comes with some mild pepper-like flavor with a heavy alcohol finish that clears the sinuses. The aftertaste lingers with the fruit and strong alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium, a smooth beer, low carbonation. I couldn't have more than one of these, the alcohol flavor is extremely powerful, but still an enjoyable barleywine.

10-24-2010 01:22:51 | More by wingman14
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

Bright honeyed orange in colour, brilliant clarity. The quarter inch of off-white retains decently and laces the glass. There's rye bread and brown sugar in the aroma, as well as some dried fruit. It also has a boozy, alcoholic quality to it. There's a spicy edge to the flavour, and it tastes fruity; like raisins or prunes. There's a mild nuttiness similar to almonds and just the slightest hints of butterscotch and vanilla. There's a very faint woody bitterness in the finish. The alcohol and residual sweetness are noticeable, but neither are overpowering. The spiciness reminds me of the one roggenbier I've had, but seriously amped up. Full bodied with a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel and velvety carbonation. I was warned that this is a bit of a booze bomb, but maybe the three-plus years its spent in the bottle has mellowed it out a little, taming the alcohol somewhat. I found it pretty easy to make my way through a bomber of this aged barleywine. I feel like I lucked out finding a stray bottle of this in a convenience store back in June of this year. Delicious.

09-06-2010 06:04:48 | More by mintjellie
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a rich amber/honey-like hue with mild haze. Head is slim, but not bad for a big beer. Some lacing.

Smell -- Toffee, caramel, raisin, spicy rye, some sherry, moderate alcohol presence.

Taste -- Rich dark fruits, toffee, bonfire candy, and spicy rye. There's some faint cardboard taste and some sherry, so the oxidation is minimal. Muted herbal/menthol hop notes in the finish; one can tell this was a beast in it's time.

Mouthfeel -- Heavy on the palate, viscous, with mild creamy carbonation. Alcohol is a bit sharp in the throat, but not overwhelming.

Drinkability -- Rich and velvety, it really hits the spot. This beer makes me yearn for a high back leather chair. I'd tell you to pick it up, but clearly this ship has sailed.

08-04-2010 01:25:24 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of Casey10


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Found this at a little retail store in Maine. It was sticksy sweet just like the style should be. It was a bit out of date but it was a great value as was only $6.00 for the bomber. I tried to adjust to that for the score.

Overall a really nice beer and a must try if possible.

06-19-2010 01:06:13 | More by Casey10
Photo of dtivp


3.35/5  rDev -8%

Poured a hazy copper orange with a nice off-white head dissipated into a ring and slight lacing.
Aroma was of pear and sweat malt, some alcohol.
The sweet fruits dominated the taste with some spiciness and the alcohol was very slight but there.
Full body, not heavy but syrupy with some warming.
A drinkable beer, however, not at the top of the barleywine class

06-11-2010 23:49:38 | More by dtivp
Photo of JayQue


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

I have let this one age for a few years, something I don't usually do. There was not much of a hop profile, but the alcohol held up well over three years!!! Initial pour was a slightly hazy amber with a bubbly off-white head. Subsequent pours showed a clear amber color. Lacing was light and minimal. Head retention was about average for a beer of this strength - basically a ring with some covering in the middle.

Aroma was fruity (apples and pears) slightly sweet malts and a fairly strong alcohol presence.

Taste included a little spiciness fruit caramel malt and booze.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for a barleywine and the alcohol intruded too much

The alcohol presents hurts the drinkability a bit. I would rather have a Bigfoot.

05-31-2010 01:56:00 | More by JayQue
Photo of emmasdad


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

Glad I got a chance to try this one, as the idea of a rye barleywine was quite appealing. Poured a dark, somewhat hazy, golden color, with some minimal white head. Nice aromas of rye spiciness, golden raisins, pears and a bit of apple cider. Fairly sweet on the palate, with more pears, some apples, caramel and some warming alcohol. A pretty solid effort.

05-13-2010 00:21:50 | More by emmasdad
Photo of kegger22


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Weyerbacher Twelve, an American barleywine, was light copper color with a half inch beige head that faded to a collar.

The aroma was a bunch of rye malt and sweet. There was no hop presence at all.

The taste was not what I had expected in an American barleywine. Instead of a robust, hot, bold flavor; Twelve was mild mannered, more civilized despite the 10.20 ABV. The rye flavor was certainly prominent with typical barleywine sweetness and a bit of orange in the aftertaste.

The mouth feel, particularly after warming, was full bodied, oily and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability was OK, it wasn't a bad beer, but the ABV drags it down a little.

A nice beer that was over-priced. It just wasn't what I look for in an American barleywine.

04-24-2010 17:58:28 | More by kegger22
Photo of TasteTester


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

Found this at a small suburban store while on a recent trip to OH. I was extremely curious to see how this aged, especially since you don't find a lot of bottles like this still sitting on shelves.

A-Translucent amber/copper color. About half a finger of head on the initial pour. Didn't get a lot of sediment as some have posted. No lacing but a small ring of head stays around the outside of the glass.

S-Sweet and dry. I haven't had an American Barleywine in a while and it isn't exactly as I remember. Didn't get a pungent alcohol aroma, probably mellowed over time by the rye.

T-Went extremely well with my homemade spicy chili. Fairly sweet for a barleywine and very complementing to the heat in my chili. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. Almost a mild, bitter raisin flavor.

M-Full body without sticking to the mouth.

D-Very drinkable. Would have picked up more had I known I would enjoy it this much.

03-20-2010 22:53:03 | More by TasteTester
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

03-19-2010 22:57:59 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Minotaur


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

A 3 year old barrel at a Weyerbacher tasting at Spinnerstown hotel.

A hazy, light ale with a fizzy head and constant carbonation. The color and translucence is lighter than expected.

The aroma is deep, malty and grainy with a strong booze sense. It has a kind of transparent smell indicative of heavily Rye based ales.

The ale is very tasty and with a smoothed out alcohol finish. The flavor is very grain-sweet but not sucrose heavy. It is filling on the palate, very crisp and light due to the rye. There is some hops but it comes through as an earthy bitterness and not a sharp, intensely bitter taste. For the age and amount of alcohol in the beer it is not over powering in any fashion.

The mouthfeel is full but not heavy. The carbonation adds a nice balance to the potential strength.

It is very drinkable despite the unique herbal taste and strength.

02-06-2010 02:36:53 | More by Minotaur
Photo of jzeilinger


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured the entire 22 oz bottle into an oversized tulip glass, has an amber color with very mild carbonation, lots of floaties (tried to keep them out of the pour, didn't work very well), and a thin white lacing band around the top of the glass.

Aroma is toffee malt, honey, slight hint of booziness, dark fruits (plums/figs), some apple, and rye.

Taste is spicey malt, rye, honey, a little bit of apple, hops are barely coming through. I would have loved to try this when it first was released to compare to where it is now. My guess is that it has mellowed quite a bit because the taste coming from this isn't obtrusive in any way and not in your face, just...mellow. The alcohol phenols come through but there's no warming in the throat to speak given it's a 10% mac-daddy.

Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, heavy medium body, and drinkability is on the medium side - high alcohol and sort of filling. I couldn't tolerate more than one bottle before switching to something else. Overall, it's not what I expected and think the Thirteen and Fourteen from Weyerbacher are much better.

01-24-2010 02:01:09 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of Anthony1


2.8/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

01-04-2010 06:00:04 | More by Anthony1
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a dull orange/copper color with no head to speak of. Citrus rind, alcoholic booze, resin in the nose. Huge flavor: molasses, medicinal notes, citrus, candied hops, burnt candy, rye towards the finish, alcoholic booze creates a slow burning tip at the end of the palate. Oily, slick mouthfeel on a heavy bodied brew. It sits on the stomach rather heavily. The fruity, tart oil throws off the traditional barleywine flavor I was seeking. Twelve wants to ride with the big boys. Now now, kid, slow down.

01-02-2010 00:37:03 | More by JRed
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.75/5  rDev +3%

12oz received a very long time ago from DIM.... Dan is a super uber badass!! Thanks buddy. Poured into my Delirium goblet...

1" white head has very nice retention and pretty solid lacing and cap.

Very fruity... initially reminds me of a BSPA... apples and pears... pretty spicy.. a fair amount of alcohol... not bad.. but a bit more than I was expecting after this long in the cellar.

Flavor has a ton of rye in it... surprise surprise... again, there are some pretty heavy fruity esters.. a little honey essence ties with a fair amount of malt sweetness... pretty spicy and a little bit less EtOh than I was expecting given the nose... the body is pretty nice.. fairly slick with plenty of smooth small bubble carbonation..

Certainly unique... Glad I have another bottle or two... but I still would like more to see how this evolves over a very long cellaring experiment.

I don't believe I ever had this fresh.. but I think even with a couple years in the bottle, it will do well with some more. I personally would have liked to see this with a bunch more hops.

Thanks again Dan!! and look/hook a brother up any time.


12-02-2009 08:37:41 | More by JohnGalt1
Twelve from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.