Thirteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Reviews by NoLiberty:
4.18/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Looks like espresso sitting in a glass. Swirls around the edges like a bowl of mercury, taking big turns around the glass; slightly heavy but totally active with slight carbonation churning soft spotty lacing. Deep black in color with frosty chestnut wisps covering the cap.
Big, full and round with spikes of spicy notes and earthy funkiness. You also smell the 13 percent which gives the whole beer a liveliness and warmth, like a brandy, port or soft bourbon. Definite currant and roasted raisin underneath. It's a big statement, but it's unlike anything I've smelled in beer from the US before. Anyone?
The beer is significantly better when it's colder. The old, dark, cellar fruit comes through more elegantly and bright, still warm and intoxicating but somehow light - cherry, currant, fig. As it warms these flavors settle into a more aggressive stance alongside the prevalent alcohol flavors. The beer finishes smooth and warming with dark chocolate corners and a licorice aftertaste.
Big bodied. Nice soft carbonation that carries the beer well and activates the taste buds. Overall, stands up well to this high strength beer.
This beer is definitely a sipper but one that brings you inside and tells you stories. I like it and will probably have more.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2009 05:03:55 | More by NoLiberty
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3.34/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2013 15:07:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.23/5 rDev +6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2012 05:55:57 | More by harrymel
Thirteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.