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Thirteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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291 Ratings

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 27 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian Inspired Imperial Stout.

(Beer added by: woodychandler on 04-27-2008)
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

This one more than delivered. At most two years old. Pours black thickish with small head. The second half of the bottle had only a token head,of off-white. Aromas of roast and chocolate. The taste is rich chocolate, some roasted barley rather than coffee. Tremendous. The yeast softens the mouth, ad nowhere gets in the way, it may have fallen off and that hit the spot.

02-14-2010 01:33:23 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-07-2013 02:58:55 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.34/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

08-26-2013 15:07:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-21-2011 05:40:26 | More by djrn2
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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

Opaque onyx with no accents, no matter how bright the backlighting. The mocha colored crown crested at a short two fingers and is slowly snap-crackle-and-popping its way into the atmosphere. A little more creamy character and *any* lace would have been good.

The Belgian Abbey yeast is easily noticeable alongside the dark chocolate and black licorice detonation of the nose. If this big brew has aged gracefully in the almost two years since its release... look out!

Weyerbacher XIII is a smashing success because it's different than most American double stouts (thanks to the yeast esters), because it's huge without being unapproachable, and because... well... because it's tasty as hell. With a bigger and better mouthfeel, it would be pretty close to great.

The warm spiciness of the yeast is nicely complemented by two tons of roasted malt that delivers dark-bittersweet chocolate, molasses, raisin paste and several warming shots of Sambuca. Licorice lovers will be in seventh heaven. Even though the alcohol is masked as well as can be expected, my tongue is still starting to become slightly numb.

The mouthfeel is improving by leaps and bounds as the final mouthful of the first glass has arrived. What was 3.5 out of the gate... passed through 4.0 in a heartbeat... and is now at least 4.5. This stuff is becoming glassy smooth and pleasantly chewy as it warms and as the bubbles continue to fade.

Other than being not much to look at, Weyerbacher XIII is an American-brewed, Belgian-style Imperial stout that deserves to be released again... and again... and again. I would love to have a few more bombers in the cellar.

05-26-2010 14:31:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance: With a hard pour, the beer rouses a very modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet, though it does leave a few dots here and there

Smell: A year later, the alcohol still dominates the aroma, though underneath one can find dark fruit, licorice and chocolate

Taste: Fresh dark fruit (black cherries and plums), chocolate, molasses and licorice all appear early on, to the extent that the fusel alcohol lets them make an entrance; by mid-palate, the beer gets rather chocolatey and, after the swallow, the licorice is also more apparent; lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate to low carbonation; loads of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Almost too big for its britches, this beer will need a few years to settle down; some big flavors, but they still clash together as the beer enters a clumsy adolescent stage

09-05-2009 01:26:08 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%

Purchased a ten ounce pour into a snifter glass from Barley's in Greenville. Consumed on 07/19/2008.

I was thrilled to find out that this gem was on tap upstairs when I went by for dinner on Saturday night. I have yet to see the bottles floating around, so this was actually even better and my first chance to try this gem. The pour was beautiful. Rich and dark, like an abyss to which no light could escape, with a huge four inch high billowing head of chocolate that took what seemed like a year to be able to come down and even give me a decent pour. Once it finally settled down to around two inches, it stayed that way throughout the rest of the session, depositing rich and sticky brown lace all the while.

The aroma was simply amazing. Rich notes of chocolate just came creeping up off of it. Rich nose of alcohol hidden in there too, but the real magic was once it started to warm up, as that's when it really started to get going. Thick Belgian yeast aroma now mixed in, really nice touches of dark fruit, figs, prunes, mixed in with loads of vanilla and hints of coffee. The flavor was what dreams are made of. This is honestly what I expected from Black Albert when I had it. Rich and decadent with a luscious smooth and creamy full bodied feel, this was just off the wall good. Opened up with rich notes of coffee and chocolate, hints of licorice and a subtle vanilla touch. Definitely a young beer as the alcohol was still noticeable, but very well blended into the fold. As it warmed some more of the yeast pushed through offering glimpses of figs and plums, run soaked raisins and a touch of spice. Beautiful finish left me with a long lingering taste of sweet chocolate and spice that just would not fade. This was the quintessential sipper. It was hot out, near 100 degrees, but somehow this just tasted soo damn good.

Overall I was blown away with this one, it was just an amazing collection of flavors here, near perfection for the Belgian Stout style. I really need to pick up a couple bottles of this one to really appreciate how good it was.

07-22-2008 10:47:32 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-10-2012 16:24:35 | More by acurtis
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1%

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large dirt brown color ale with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of candy with some nice Belgian malt with light roastiness. Taste is also a very nice mix between some candy with some notes of roast malt and lightly sweet Belgian malt. Body is quite full with good carbonation and surprisingly not alcohol was apparent. Very well done overall and easily drinkable considering the ABV and nice experiment.

05-09-2009 03:17:27 | More by Phyl21ca
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Thanks to Jer for opening this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with some slight reddish hints and a tiny ring of foam.

S: The nose is not overly "deep", but it does have plenty of dark fruits and alcohol with only some mild roast.

T: The flavor provides plenty of sweetness along with a dark fruit component and some more alcohol. The typical stout components of chocolate, coffee and roast are fairly subdued.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation and a definite heat.

D: A swing and a miss by Weyerbacher. I know it has to be tough to cover up 13.5% ABV, but this one didn't even try.

03-10-2010 19:15:12 | More by womencantsail
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3.58/5  rDev -10.3%

Appearance: Pours a jet black body with a bubbly, short-lived, tan head.

Smell: Aroma of dark chocolate liqueur (plus fusels) with a big whiff of fruity-smelling bubblegum and notes of earthy licorice, freshly-grated spices, espresso, and bananas.

Taste: Dark, roasted maltiness with dense chocolate sauce flavor and sharp tastes of licorice and coffee. Flash of sugary sweetness. There's that fruity bubblegum component again. Spiced, smoked bananas. Sip of tart plum wine. Punchy, prominent alcohol presence, but falls short of overbearing, though it does deliver a few cheap, underhanded blows from time to time. Warming, roasty, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Silky smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A rich, malty Imperial Stout with a Belgian twist and chock full of hot, luscious alcohol. Hopefully some age will allow the various components to meld a bit better.

11-10-2008 04:31:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-15-2012 02:34:42 | More by GRG1313
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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

04-22-2011 04:14:51 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

I have had mixed feelings with the other Weyerbacher anniversary brews but this is a real winner.Poured into a small tulip glass a jet black with a thinner mocha head,the Belgian yeast used in this brew shows thru, the chocolate is intense as well as the roast,the Belgian yeast used gives off a slightly spicey phenolic note,the aromas are extremely complex.Like alot of Weyerbacher "big" beers this is hot but this is a brand spankin new beer so I'll let it slide,flavors are intense as in roasted to the hilt along with bitter unsweetened chocolate and alcohol dipped dark fruit with a bit of a racey drying finish.A great beer to cellar,its a bit hot right now but shows great flavor and the mouthfeel could not be better.

07-06-2008 22:53:53 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-23-2011 06:05:30 | More by JAHMUR
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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

05-09-2011 02:19:06 | More by zeff80
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Wow, what a stunning beer! As soon as I poured it and the dark brown and orange tinged head started to rise I knew I was in for something really rich. I was expecting an Imperial stout but what I got was so much more. I initially found lots of dark malt flavors with chocolate and roastiness and burnt sugar and dark fruit. I was thinking that it was an Imperial stout, and that I was tasting "burnt currant" but the fruit didn't go away, and in-fact became clearer and more dominant as it warmed. It was berry-like, and very much like dark red grapes... even vinous. It was also a bit estery, and a subtle touch spicy. It reminded me of Flying Fish's Abbey Dubbel, and then it hit me, it's the same yeast. It's 'Chimay' via White Labs or wherever, and it works really, really well. The dark-skinned vinous fruit and subtle spice cut through the malt, keeping it drinkable. Although there's a bit of alcohol that might be helping with that too! (I didn't notice it until 2/3 through an Imperial pint though). The bitterness is restrained, and the carbonation is kept in check to leave it smooth but still lend a little zest to the tongue. In the finish some hop flavor is present, and it's leafy/floral and perhaps a bit grassy as well as being moderately spiced (or is that the yeast or alcohol?). And surprisingly, it fades rather easily for such a big beer. I mean, it's still there, it doesn't just disappear, and in fact it lingers on quite nicely, but in a mild way, without completely coating or becoming sticky in any way.

In conclusion, I found it to be a really unique beer. It's kind of like a quadruple, but with more chocolate to it. Or should we call it a Belgian-style Imperial stout? Regardless, it's super rich and satiating, and complex enough to nip at for 3, or even 4, small glasses. I didn't have any cheese to try it with, but I did have some crusty sesame seed bread and that made a really great combination.

If there's any flaw to this beer, it's one of two things - head retention, which is obviously hindered by the high alcohol; or the actual appearance of the alcohol in the flavor. However, a very rough pour will bring up a marvelously thick head of creamy mousse that holds for quite some time. It still doesn't stick to the glass real well, but it looks good just sitting there! AND, at 13.4% it's pretty impressive that you can drink 6 or 7 ounces before the alcohol really makes itself known; and it seems to fit in quite nicely. There are beers that almost require the alcohol to show, and this is one of them.

Very nice! Superbly done! A brilliant anniversary beer, and absolutely worth seeking out!

11-11-2008 21:41:54 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

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

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short dark brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, Belgian yeast, roasted oats, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a very hearty malt character and flavors of dark chocolate, oats and dark fruit. A nice Belgian yeast background and a mild hops presence provide a good balance. There's a slight alcohol sting in the finish. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but kind of slick, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, very strong kick, good representation of style while adding a Belgian yeast twist, this is definitely not one that you can drink quickly but it's still a good high-powered sipper.

12-26-2008 03:13:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -16.5%

Appears dark black with large thick tan mocha head really creamy textured foam here almost custard like pour as it layers. Fine lacing forms around my Piraat chalice nicely head retention is great.

Aroma brings semi sweet dark cocoa kicks with creamy alcohol infused rounded edges. Somewhat timid aromatics with mild charred oak and minimal smokiness, dark ripened fruits rich in depth and sweetness.

Flavor again not alot of depth but the straight forward charred oak dark chocolate creamy sensations do enough for me and the 13.6 is a sizzling, soothing alcohol burn with ripe fruit notes soaking in. This beer will do great with some aging, but it's pretty effin' tasty as I type this.

Mouthfeel is full bodied but never thick, and as I mentioned the alcohol content does really burn a bit on the palate. Carbonation level is pretty low not a lot of bubbly action really goes down smooth.

Drinkability I'm not going to lie this one needs more aging, still hot with the alcohol. Flavors need to mature and come together with a little bit of cellaring, not very complex and a bit underwhelming for me. I guess I wasn't really on board for the last few Anniversary releases including 10-12, but I generally love Weyerbacher brews. For instance they nailed the bottled Slam Dunkel, excellent stuff.

07-21-2008 04:43:40 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

I got this one from Melbatoast93, cheers Hart. ( I also rxd a bottle from czcoh75 as well, so maybe age one??)

Pours mahogany/black with 1 finger of mocha/raspberry colored head. Nice oily sheen to this, along with some head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, dark fruit, & some oakyness

T: Dark chocolate, oaky, a bit of iron & much dark fruit up front. Winey & plumy notes, along with a touch of licorice, smokeyness & ghost booze. Finishes dry, oaky, plummy, raisiny & with a touch of port

MF: Oily, chewy, with semi-smoothness

Drinks really easy for the ABV & style, despite the overwhelming complexity of this offering, a damn fine Imp Stout

09-11-2008 05:57:03 | More by russpowell
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York, Poured from 12oz into a snifter.

A - Opaque black the appearance is of blackstrap molasses as it is poured. The head is smooth surfaced w/ a myriad of bubbles of the smallest caliber. The lace is minimal, but what do you expect it it is 13.6%? The head gradually dissipates after the pour.

S - Charcoal cracker like arid spice and dark malt odors at first. There is a dry yeast note w/ a subtle fruit ester, very mild for the depth of the ale.

M - A rich sugary slightly vinous port feel. Much like booze soaked berries w/ sweetness and warmth w/ sticky smooth and lip smacking w/ a touch of spice. The abv is noticeable in the feel while the carbonation is surprisingly high w/ an almost cloying finish that has residual sugar on the buds

T - Robust roast, dark malt, molasses and dark brown sugar flavors immediately resonate. The taste has slight current mixed w/ cherry nyquil flavor- there is a note of spiced hops w/ slight gingerbread and cocoa-like dessert quality. The port like flavor w/ plum and a bit of Belgian yeast w/ dry nutty and spice essence. The yeast adds a balance to the dense viscous flavors of the extra strong coffee and molasses w/ the sweet intensity of the dark malt.

D - A big strong 13.6% is nowhere near drinkable for ordinary beer, but I would prefer 3 of these to 9 crappy stouts. I must say the flavor will benefit from age. I would sip this one or share - best bet. I could see a white chocolate complimenting this for contrast. The 8 oz I had was a great night cap and I will be putting a few aside to enjoy in the next year(s) to come.

08-14-2008 18:58:58 | More by Slatetank
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3.95/5  rDev -1%

2008 vintage, had on tap @ Stoutfest Armsby Abbey.

A: Super pitch black with a light creamy head.

N: Dark malts, some spicy earthy hops, slight creamy malt aromas. Some roast, little chocolate, bitter scorched malt aromas.

T: Sweet, malty, lots of brown sugar, molasses, candi sugar, all blend to a sweet but tasty feel. Slightly toasty, sweet dark dried fruits, raisin, fig, etc. The booze doesn't even creep, its just there in your face. very hot, even with the sweetness and subtle aged taste. Thick chewy malts, and a black patent malt like flavor.

M: Semi thick and syrupy, very hot and boozy, decent carbonation.

F: Semi sweet, very hot and boozy, makes the tongue feel like it was just anesthetized with mouthwash. It gets kinda hard to drink actually. Malty lingering sweetness with more caramelized brown sugar, and other dark malts. A slight bitterness more from the roasty stout flavors than hops.

Overall a nice stout, but the booze is so heavy it's hard to drink. It gets pretty sweet too, so with that and the booze its hard to get through an 8oz glass of this. A 22oz bottle would be even more difficult.

04-19-2010 17:38:53 | More by jlindros
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/2" creamy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very warm nose that boasts of patent malt and roasted barley. It's rich with some light chocolate notes. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, black malt flavor that goes down slow and finishes quite warm. It's a bit thinner than I'd imagined it to be. It has a decent amount of bitterness to it with a light chocolate feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. There's a bit too much alcohol character here. It's not hidden at all. Still, a very nice beer.

12-08-2008 22:30:08 | More by WesWes
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3.35/5  rDev -16%

Pours pitch black with a thick, light brown head. A bit of trailing lacing sticks. Head doesn't last forever, but nice retention for most of it despite abv.

The smell is of alcohol - raw. When it subsides a bit, there are notes of dark maltiness/molasses and anise with a touch of dark fruit.

The taste is of alcohol, licorice, dark maltiness, balanced by earthy hops. Dry, boozy finish.

Pretty creamy and hits full-bodied, but astringent in a raw way. Almost feels like rubbing alcohol has covered my mouth.

A hard, raw sipper. Alcohol covers some of its potential. Still, it has quite a bit of earthy hop bitterness - though, that also covers some of the malt depth, as well. Not too roasty, pretty acidic. A slow, slow sipper. I'm really thinking that aging this a couple years (at least) would help it quite a bit.

08-25-2008 01:08:05 | More by jwc215
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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

Sampled September 2010
A vigorous pour into my my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat, two finger thick, richly browned head. The beer is a deep black color that has some touches of burnt brown to it. The aroma smells like a fruity dark chocolate liquor. Backnotes of darkly toasted bread, rich espresso and cocoa are also evident, but the up front chocolate notes are definitely quite the dominant character of the nose.

The beer has a certain sweetness to it, but it is definitely well balanced by the bitter and roasted malt notes. The finish has a lingering burnt malt character to it that manages to not be acrid or too burntly acidic; it does have quite an ample bitterness to it as the roast character combines with the hop notes to produce an ample bitterness in the finish. The bitterness reminds me of cocoa or dark chocolate. There is a certain fruitiness here that is fairly subtle due to the large amounts of roast malt character. The alcohol definitely adds a fair amount of heat to the finish, though I wouldn't say this was overly so given the strength of this beer. Fairly thick and viscous, but only because this is a big beer, it is actually somewhat light when you consider its strength, but it seems that the alcohol helps to lighten this up.

Not bad, but this really seems like a straight Imperial Stout as I really don't get anything from the Belgian yeast character here. There is quite a bit of cherry / fruitiness in the aroma, but it ends up being quite subtle in the flavor and this is the only hint of potential Belgian influence. Given the Belgian inspiration, this is fairly simplistic for what I was hoping. I will say that this is not showing any sign of getting old; this should definitely have quite a few more years of aging potential left and if cellared properly should stay lively for a long time.

10-16-2010 01:47:22 | More by Gueuzedude
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Thirteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.