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Thirteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

246 Reviews

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 302
Avg: 4
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 49
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woodychandler on 04-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian Inspired Imperial Stout.
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Reviews: 246 | Hads: 302
Photo of wurensh
5/5  rDev +25%

A very long story to the acquisition of a case of this fine brew... I am on two bottles left (now 6 years+ in age) - I've been opening one every once in a while and just relished in the development of it's complexity and richness over these years. An incredible brew, and likely my favorite of the anniversary brews (as an Arizonan, I am proud to say that I have tasted each - Starting with the first - Decadence...). Anyway - a top-class Imperial Stout. HOWEVER... a little hint... If you pick up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Tiny (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/392/56274/)... if you have a bottle... check the number of "stars" in the upper right of the label... Check the description under the title "TINY"... count the number of words in that description... Hmmm... I was told by a reliable source at Weyerbacher that this number (13 for those of you who don't have access) is no small coincidence...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with char, dark fruit, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but showing definite age at this point.

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Photo of harrymel
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer sure has grown up since I last had it (early 2011).

Pours black with a solid sheet of tan foam. Smell is pretty fucking acceptable. Dark molasses, prune, brown sugar, oats, chocolate, globs of caramel and nougat. When I dome this beer I know I'm in trouble - it's really tasty. I was scared the belgian yeast would murder the fucking hips out of the foundation, but this beer really just plays along with just a hint of vinous character, but then the rest is sweetened, dark, oral face sex. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a dry finish. I really enjoyed this one. Time did a good thing here.

Original review: 3/3.5/3.5/3.5/4
Thanks to yourefragile for this extra. Cheers!
A: Pours a dark coffee brown with only a sheet of mocha foam which dissipates very quickly. Surface has several whirls of foam left. No lacing to speak of.
S: graham, nougat, malts, black cherries, cola, caramel, hint of molasses. Fine whisps of cocoa. Slight alcohol scent at the back. Overall quite pleasant. Based on smell alone, could use another year in the cellar.
T: Roasty plums, figs, coffee, licorice, black malts. nearly port-like profile. Again, some grahams, sweet molasses. Sweet and alcoholic. Black cherries in here once again too (particularly on the finish).
M: Viscous, low carbonation. Slicks my tongue and makes the roof of the mouth a bit slippery as well.
D: The beer is very nice, wouldn't advise drinking more than one in a sitting. Think the beer could use another year in the cellar before drinking.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2008, traded for 2010 DFH WWS to Sean T., thanks!
Has “rested” in temp controlled condition for 9 months or so.

Poured into a DFH Signature glass

Pours a thin head, dark tan in color with no retention or lace, probably to be expected of Ale of this age.
Black opaque color and has dropped a good amount of sediment.

The aroma has no noticeable hops, but does have a huge, exceptionally deep, rich, roasted, nose of vinous black malt, hints of anise, cocoa, vanilla, spicy, and I get oak/wood. Very complex!

The malt is what hits the palate, big bold, extraordinarily rich flavors of dark unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt, vinous, distinct yeast, black farmhouse bread, cocoa, hints of aged bourbon and vanilla wood. Again very complex!
Still has a nice crisp acidity, very full body, viscous, and superb, balanced, fine carbonation. There is just a hint of sweetness but not overdone.

Exceptionally long finish of yeasty, vinous, aged, roasted black malt, that lasts forever.

Wow! What an experience! More akin to drinking a fine aged Port than Ale. Very complex flavors envelope the palate, change with every drink, and just will not let go. The over 13% ABV is not at all noticeable. Hard to believe that this is 4 years old. This was my only bottle, but I suspect that this Ale has several more years of life left.
A privilege to drink. Again thanks Sean!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black. Very still. Head is khaki and drops to a thin collar almost immediately. So very still. So very black.

Smell: Chocolate malts in abundance. Milk chocolate. Touches of leather and dry, very dry red wine. Some oak. Mild yeast. Roasty and slightly burnt. Age has tamped down on almost everything. Some lingering char.

Taste: Leather and baker's chocolate. Lingering cocoa bitterness. Some dark red wine. Mild oak in the back. Roasted, burnt, and charred, but it's all vey mellow. Some lingering spice from the yeast. Minerals and chocolate. Some clove.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and soft. No carbonation. Very heavy and thick.

Overall: 4 years of age makes this so smooth it's stupid. Very mellow and easy drinking. Lots of flavor, but I'm glad for the age.

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Photo of TK5150
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

A- Pours black with a brown head that recedes to a ring around the glass. Alcohol legs appear when swirled. A nice looking beer.

S- Lots of chocolate and estery cherry.

T- Syrupy chocolate and estery cherry/pitted fruit come through in the taste just as in the aroma. Sticky and sweet, but yet it still feels balanced with the estery presence. No burn from the 13.6% at all.

M- Full bodied and very smooth. Light carbonation, but still quite evident even after 4 years in the bottle. Feels just as I would hope for a big stout.

O- This beer has aged very well, and was worth the wait. The 4 years have really rounded it out. The flavors mesh very well and are bold, yet mellow. This is what you hope to get when you age a beer. For my money, this is peaking/close to peaking. The 13.6% does not really present itself in the flavor, just as a warming sensation going down the esophagus. I really enjoyed this. Wish I had more bottles.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- Dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Very little to almost no lacing remains on the glass.

S- Big abv notes, dark fruits, chocolate, slight smoke.

T- Dark chocolate and dark fruits dominate this beer.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Has a nice big mouthfeel that rounds this beer out nicely.

O- Very good stout that's very smooth for the abv and what you would have thought from the nose.

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Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mocha head. Leaves a collar. Some alcohol legs.

Aroma sets the tone. Real dark. Is this barrel aged?

Harsh but not over the top. Not finding many Belgian qualities.

Very full mouthfeel., thicker. Good carbonation.

Enjoyed this one a lot. Held up great so far. One of the better aged stouts ive had recently. Thanks kawilliams81!.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity. Glugs out of the bottle a thick black color with a smallish tan head that shows some staying power. Smells of dark caramel, licorice, burnt sugar, chocolate, with hints of smoke and alcohol. Taste is Thick and burnt with lots of licorice, chocolate, and caramel. Long lingering earthy ethanol burnt sweetness. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and chewy vinous burnt mouthfeel. This is a big thick sweet monster of a beer and I enjoyed it till the end.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. This is from 2008 in case you weren't paying attention.

3.0 A: Black color. A little over one finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is poor, but at 13.6%, what do you expect. No lacing.

4.0 S: Rich nose full of supple roastiness, tons of sweet chocolate, molasses, and loads of caramel. So incredibly well integrated; time has done this well. Booze is extremely well hidden.

4.5 T: Follows the nose for the most part. Powerful, but soft roastiness. Big hits of chocolate, molasses, and caramel. Sweet without being too sweet. Rich and wonderful. The booze is hard to taste, but it does give a nice warming on finish.

4.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth.

4.5 D: Delicious beer. Drinking great now.

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Photo of Greenplastic615
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My "gateway" beer into big stouts three and a half years ago. I finally found a bottle at Capone's in Norristown, so I had to buy it and revisit what started it all.

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours oily black with a one finger tan head. Almost a red hue around the rim of the glass.

S - Dark fruit and alcohol. I thought I remembered another component to the smell, but it has faded after 3.5 years in the bottle (or I have a bad memory).

T - More dark fruit, alcohol, and raisins. Thought the alcohol presence would've subsided by now, but it's still very much there. The taste doesn't linger like a lot of other beers of this style/strength.

M - Actually very smooth. Almost too smooth. Extremely drinkable for 13.6%.

O - Not quite the magic I thought it was, but certainly a nice way to revisit what got me into big beers in the first place. Still love Weyerbacher for all they do.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. finally opening this one up after 3 years of cellaring.

appears black, with dark tan head. decent lacing and head retention, especially for the age.

aroma is a bit harse and boozy, like rum and fermented fruit, raisins. taste has the normal imperial stout flavors of bitter cocoa and roasted espresso, but also has a big dark fruit component. acidic, complex. nice mouthfeel, thick yet smooth and easy to drink.

overall, definitely big and bold, yet easy to drink for a 13.6% abv beer

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn. Glad to find this on tap since I cant seem to track a bottle of it and it was super hot when fresh.

A- Black, very small amount of fizzy bubbles on top, no lace.

S- After two plus years, I can still smell the alcohol. Thirteen gives off some nail polish still and under that some melted choclate in the sun, tootsie rolls, roasted malt out the ying yang and a small dark fruit component.

T- Me thinks this is falling apart, I cant imagine how the bottles are holding up at this point. Fresh this was a super hot chocolate laden stout with roast, now it's slightly less hot with nail polish and a kinda nasty mix of nestle chocolate and roast. It's the booze and alcohol that kill it. Not something I would drink alot of.

M- Two plus years in the keg have tamed the booze, yet the rest of the beers components namely the chocolate, coffee, roast and dark fruit have mated and made a bastard child. The feel is approaching full with a hefty body. There is some heat and nail polish in the aftertaste. Carbed up light. Blech.

O- Overall Im glad I did not pick up a case of this stuff three years ago, that would of been a bummer. This probably started falling off a year ago. I would not avoid this beer, but I certainly won't spend any time or energy seeking it out again. Weyerbacher stouts are hit or miss for me. Bring on the Verboten, now that's good stuff.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the hulmeville inn during the beer geek bbq. Congrats Natalie you've earned it.

A- no head on top of what can only be described as completely black.

S- huge dark roasted coffee and bakers chocolate with hint of dark berries and a good amount of booze. Light sweetness coming off with some burnt brown sugar.

T- this is one big bad roasty brew. Lots of dark chocolate and loads of espresso. The heavy alcohol presence overshadows some of the lighter flavors of semi tart over ripe blackberries. I keep coming back to the massive coffee flavor.

M- full bodied and lightly carbed with a almost over powering heat.

O- had this fresh and could barely handle the boozy quality. The time down has done this a lot of good but it still has a long way to go and I like em big a powerful.

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Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1-finger, brown head that falls quickly to nothing without lacing.

The aroma is very muted though there is some roasted malt, a little chocolate, some licorice and a hint of alcohol if I breathe deep.

The taste has a lot more going on with coffee, chocolate, darker roasted malts and a hint of alcohol at the end. The flavors all stand out in their own way so I wouldn't call it complicated but it is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and smooth without much, if any, carbonation.

Overall: For a 3 year old stout with big ambitions it's pretty decent. More aging might balance it out and make it smoother though the alcohol, while noticeable, is fading.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Labelled as the anniversary ale for 2008, making this almost three years old at the time of me opening this.

Appearance: Really dark brown to black in color. Pours a slight dark brown head that quickly recedes. Definitely expected considering the ABV. Still plenty carbonated though.

Aroma: Big chocolate notes definitely stand out. Rum soaked dark fruits and anise notes are also very strong. The 13% ABV is certainly noticeable but doesn't deter too much. Caramel and banana notes are also in the background. A really interesting combination of flavors.

Taste: Even after two and a half years in the bottle, this is still pretty hot. Chocolate and banana/clove notes from the Belgian yeast are in the forefront. Also, some really strong rum soaked plums and raisins are present. Complex, but the flavors still haven;t completely balanced yet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with plenty of carbonation. Definitely a warming quality throughout. Goes down smoothly and really is an ideal sipper.

Overall, a big, bold stout with some nice Belgian qualities. Still I feel it drinks a tad hot at this point. The flavors definitely work well but I still feel it might be better in two years. Still a nice stout nonetheless.

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Photo of dtivp
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark black hole black with a small dark tan head that faded slowly into a thin ring with heavy lacing.

Aroma of burnt dark coffee, roasted malts, licorice and alcohol.

Taste initially was slightly sweet with strong licorice then then the dark roasted malt, black coffee takes over with a strong alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel was thick, medium to heavy body with light carbonation and yes the alcohol was there.

Overall this was a nice strong stout that you need to be cautious with. One bottle per sitting is highly recommended. I'm cellaring two bottles for a latter date to see what a little more aging does to this nice beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by drfabulous on The Inappropriate for the Weather Big Beer Day.

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy tails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty and of bunt molasses. Very nice nose for an aged brew.

T - It tasted of strong roasted malt with chocolate, toffee and molasses flavor. Some floral hop presence, too.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good brew with 2+ years of age on it. Delicious!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beer this is... I poured a glass of this to sip with my dinner one night and it lasted long into the night. This brew is one of the thickest stouts I've seen in a while. I was severely impressed with the look of the pour and couldn't wait to try it. The smell was pretty boozey and over loaded with roasted malts and some other herbal aromas coming out of it. The taste was so rich, sweet and complex it's hard to pin point some things. There was chocolate, then there was some fennel, then a little coffee and lots of alcohol. The mouthfeel was like oil, thick and black, very smooth. Pretty freakin' nuts.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass (only thing available). Nice thick head and decent lacing. The body is a nice pitch black.

The aroma is heavy with banana, the result being somewhat of a chocolate banana smell.

The taste is full of slightly charred malt. The bitterness and roastedness are both relatively mellow here. There is a warmth from the alcohol after the finish. The taste lacks a lot of complexity and depth. Only slightly sweet malt are really apparent.

The mouthfeel is average in just about every way. The carbonation is decent, but sharp instead of creamy.

This isn't particularly good at this point, merely a serviceable high ABV imperial stout.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this one today still for sale. It was refridgerated so I figured what the hell. Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with about an inch of dark tan head. It settles down to nothing pretty quick with just a thin rim of lace.

Chocolate covered dark fruits with roasty aromas. This strangely has a heavy banana aroma to this. Kind of strange. But it's still has a pretty solid roasty aroma to this. I had this when it was fresh, I remember it being boozey as hell. Well, it still kind of is. A touch of booze to it but it has a nice caramel/toffee flavor to it with a figgy, toasty char profile. After a while though, the boozeyness of this really comes through. Borderline hot on the pallet. Also, I get the banana flavor too.

This one has a very full robust body. Silky and chewy. Overall, a pretty fair beer here. Decent flavors and it seems like it held up well with time; even if not in perfect condition. Still a bit boozey though. If you've got some of these, I'd see what another couples years does for them.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this down in GA still on the shelves. 22oz bottle, 2008 vintage (obviously)...

A: Super dark black with no light shining through. A tiny mocha colored head that fades quickly to just a lace rip around the brew. Decent.

S: I get some nice roasty chocolate scents upfront with a hint of oaky bourbon in the middle. Some faint walnut / raisin on the backend. Very good.

T: Very thick. Roasty malts and grains upfront with some chocolate notes quickly following. Some vanilla and booze blended towards the back. Some nice raisin on the backend. Very good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. A dry boozy finish. Good.

D: Decent here

All in all, this is a great beer. So glad I tried it. Definitely one of my faves from Weyerbacher now. Their brews a normally hit or miss with a stronger focus on the miss. Winner here.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The good old days of BA, the days when this beer generated a lot of excitement, are no more. However, this beer is, and it resided in my cellar until tonight when I shared it with friends after dinner.

This has got to be one of the darkest beers I've seen. Even the highlights only have a faint dark reddish brown ring to them, and are otherwise an impenetrable black. A dense, dark brown head is present, receding to ring leaving no lace. For a stout this high in ABV, this is impressive.

The nose is rather intense. Some licorice, moderate anise, a light roast and some dark chocolate. The chocolate is very cocoa-like. In fact, this beer paired quite well with some Lindt 99% Cocoa Dark Chocolate. The chocolate character here is dry and not very creamy or sweet, very cocoa-like. There is quite a bit of sweetness to this, liqueur-like. Definite yeasty spiciness is present. Great stuff, this.

The palate opens quite complex - a blend of cocoa, a light tartness that is rather licorice and anise-like, and plenty of yeast expression. Unlike most rich stouts, this has only a light roast character without much malt bitterness. Moderate sweetness mid-palate, this finishes spicy and mildly sweet without much bitterness. The licorice definitely does linger into the finish. Medium - full in body with mild carbonation, this feels great on the palate. Enjoyable, though I do not think I could drink a lot of this. 12oz over a couple of hours was enjoyable and perfectly sufficient. Recommended.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by matt9875. Thanks bro!

A: This unique stout appears pitch black with a half inch of beige head that fades to nothing after a few moments, leaving only the faintest trace of lacing.

S: Licorice, roasted malt, alcohol, yeast, dark chocolates.

T: This is a really good beer, albeit impressively strong. The flavors are bold and robust, with a prominent liquor and molasses flavor that mingles well with the Belgian yeast aspect.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Alcohol presence is there, but has been tamed with time.

D: This brew has greatly smoothed out with a little age on it, making it considerably more drinkable than when I had it fresh.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been waiting on this one. really unsure of when to open this monster. THanks to randomdanger for hooking this one up. Still pulling out great beers from that trade!

Black and lustery, pours thick and heavy falling hard into the glass. Beautiful rocky head on it.
Big alcohol notes, caramel and chocolate, some spicy and earthy esters from the Belgian yeast, a little bit floral to it as well. Alive with flavor!
Strong dark chocolate and caramel sweetness cut through with big alcohol puncturing the malt. The Belgian yeast comes through with some excellent lighter flowers and spiciness. Really nice, maybe too much alcohol at this point, could've stayed in the bottle a bit longer. Still a little sweet too, but with this much malt in here, it can be forgiven.
Would love to have the opportunity to try this again in a couple years..maybe it'll work out for me.

And, oh, yeah, the bottle is inscrutable. Stop photoshopping shitty labels Weyerbacher. Hire someone with talent.

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Thirteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.