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Thirteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

295 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 50
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

AlexFields, Mar 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

imperialking, Feb 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

MrVonzipper, Feb 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25%

Budinetz, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

daryk77, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

acurtis, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

harrymel, Nov 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

GRG1313, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.88/5  rDev +22%
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!

JTSbeerislife, Jul 27, 2012
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of TK5150
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

TK5150, Jul 07, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

kawilliams81, Jul 05, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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!.

Duff27, Jul 04, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

johnnnniee, Jun 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ithinkimasofa, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

DavoleBomb, Feb 01, 2012
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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.

Greenplastic615, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

jcone17, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

JAHMUR, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

djrn2, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
Thirteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.