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Thirteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

298 Ratings

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 50
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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Photo of TheMistler
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did not poor as thick as I had anticipated, but it is pitch black, with a nice dark tan head that displayed good lacing.

A sweet milk chocolate nose is bittered by a layer of hops, resulting in an aroma of dark chocolate with hints of coffee.

Whew! Wow. The smell did not at all prepare me for the alcohol wallop. An astringency and alcohol peppery bite underly flavors of roasted nuts and chocolate.

Nicely and crisply carbonated, with a creamy mouthfeel.

I had previously balked at the opportunity to buy a 22oz bottle of this because of the obscene price that RFD was charging for it. When they got it on a draft I still could not justify the price for a full pour. A generously sized sample (tip your bartenders, and visit frequently!) cut back on the price some and would have to suffice, I decided. I'm glad I did. Although its good, I feel that Weyerbacher went overly strong simply for the sake of being strong. They have other strong and flavorful ales that don't quite singe like I thought this one did.

Photo of jwc215
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

Split a bomber between me and one of my friends. Pours a deep brown - nearly black with a good, solid head. Smells like roasted malts and hints of chocolate. Taste is somewhat muddled. Some roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate. I got a lot of wood flavoring as well. The alcohol was prominent and was almost overpowering. Unfortunately, the alcohol was too overpowering to make this beer truly enjoyable. With some time, this beer should be much better.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Light brown head.

S. Complex malt smell, a bit of alcohal, some earthy hop. Roasted pecans.

T. Delicious. Chocolate malts, a bit of fusel alcohal, hop bitters are in the background behind the nutty malt profile. Alcohal is there but does not detract from the experience.

M/F. Warming. Ultra smooth. Full bodied.

D. As drinkable as extreme beer gets. I will be getting more of this. Some to age.

Photo of Gavage
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark black color with a short 1/4" head. Spotty surface foam remains. No lacing develops.

Smell: loads of chocolate and alcohol are easily noticeable. Some hop bitterness is also detectable.

Taste: loads of chocolate and soft roasted malt flavor with some hefty bitterness, molasses, prunes, and mild warming alcohol. Yeast flavors are softer and in the background.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, smooth and a bit dry at the end. Heavier in body. Aftertaste is long as the flavor glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: so-so as the 13.6% alcohol level makes for a slow sipper. One bomber is more than sufficient.

Photo of marksto
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours jet black with a thin, mocha-colored head; dense bubbles and good retention. Viscosity is also noticible as it pours. Aroma has lots of esters and alcohol. Some caramel and a bit of fruit there as well.

Flavorwise, this one is all about alcohol. There is some background roast malt and some fruit (black cherry?), but a stong, hot alcohol bite dominates. At 13.5% of course big alcohol is expected, but this is a harsh, fusel alcohol that throws off the other flavors.

Overall, I'm dissapointed and not impressed. It is a big beer and perhaps it will improve with age. Not recommended unless you plan to try laying it down for a few years.

Photo of kirok1999
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with no head and just a little apparent carbonation. Hummm, I like it already.
Smells very sharply of dark fruit and a little chocolate. Mildly sweet.
Tastes very fruity with just a hint of bitterness that lends it a very interesting quality. The taste lingers on the tongue with some hop bitterness and a nice yeast twang.
Feels slick like oil, not much carbonation but there is some there.
Even though this is a massive beer it is so easy to drink. I just love the mouthfeel. There's a good bit of alcohol in the finish too. In a good way though.
It'll be interesting to see what a few years aging does to this. Should be very nice.

Photo of pershan
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured an ink-black with a thick, dark brown head into a pint glass. Wow - the aroma was of sweet malt, sweet/sour Belgian Abbey yeast, with a hint of currants. The flavor was more of the currants, with lots of dark, roasted malt and alcoholic esters at the forefront - a big, big, big beer. Another fantastic annual offering from Weyerbacher.

Photo of Proteus93
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one kind of on a lark, so we'll see how that goes.

A: Black as the night. A finger high head that is somewhat slow to form shades over it in a light brown for a while before dissipating to a thin and broken sheet.

S: Chocolate aromas, not as much of a 'dark chocolate' as some. A rich roasted maltiness, and a touch of tart fruit.

T: A blend of dark fruit / ripe-peel fruit esters wrapped up in a chocolatey coating. Quite a sweet flavour, and a bit of alcohol heat leaving a fumish-type flavour and feel. Full, without reaching the point of being cloying, but it skirts it a bit. The sugary stickiness stays behind on the lips, and the intense flavour of the beer can make that a little overwhelming after a while. The carbonation is a little biting... not horribly so, but it could do well with relaxing a bit.

D: As per the points already noted, this is a monstrous alcohol content. It's not particularly hidden, either, and I don't think they intended to. A big after-dinner brew. Perhaps the cellar would do wonders for this one - though I imagine that, while the carbonation and hot flavours would mellow a bit, it may 'smooth out' into a very sticky, sweet beast. Share with others who can appreciate a big beer.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color, no light being able to shine through, large dark tan head that fades at a good rate and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing.

Smell is malty and sweet, lots of dark fruit aromas, especially cherries.

Taste is malty and chocolaty with a strong dark fruit presence here as well, strong alcoholic burn though which takes away from the drinkability. Maybe if this was to age for a bit, it might calm down.

Edit (10-9-09): Holy Crap this still has quite amount of heat coming off of it! Looks like it needs some more time, but damn they're hard to stay away from.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Pitch black body. Tall brown head settled to a layer of brown bubbles..

S: Alot going on here. Roasted malt, dark chocolate. A surprising cherry-like fruityness. There is also a noticible presence of yeast and alcohol.

T: A big roasted and sweet malt presence. Dark chocolate and cherries are noticible. Finishes with a yeasty spiciness and alcohol warmth.

M: Full bodied. Sticky and smoothe.

D: There's a lot going on in this beer. I realy enjoyed it, but wished I shared it with a friend. It was alot for me to handle in one sitting. Going back to get some more. I have to know how this one ages. My snifter will be ready for round 2.

Photo of jmz62565
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark oil black with a large brown foamy head. This is an excellant looking brew. The smell is pungent with roasted malt,alcohol,and dark fruit. The taste has a bitter hop flavor with the creaminess of a stout. Hops,chocolate,alcohol,dark fruit,and roasted malt dominate the flavors here. The m/f is heavy with the double IPA and stout mixing well. A different kind of beer from a brewery that's willing to try different things.

Photo of rkcrozier
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.4 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Read good things about this beer so decided to pick one up and see for myself.

A - dark, dark, very dark...almost like car oil; very syrupy consistency when pouring; head disappeared very quickly; minimal lacing

S - strong fruit smell: black cherries especially - didn't expect the smell I got when noting its appearance; chocolate

T - chocolate; cherries; minimal alcohol

M - awesome, a little burn/fizzing as it passed over my tongue

D - exceptional beer

I actually ate a chocolate brownie when tasting and it accompanied it very well. I would definitely buy this beer again.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh really Weyerbacher...an imperial anniversary stout clocking in at 13.6 ABV. Probably really undrinkable right? Wrong. This bad boy was as drinkable as it gets for such a powerful beer. This one really impressed me and left me wanting more bottles...

Poured into a tulip...

A- Really really dark black. Not much lacing, but surely some really nice chocolatey tan head. My eyes are telling me this bad boy is rich, thick, and oily.

S- This is where the roasty quality came through, more so than in the taste. Coffee, roasted malts, some spice.

T- Unexpectedly, this one is VERY sweet. I'm getting a big fruity taste- maybe some berries- oh and cherries too- black cherry. Big burst of vanilla and cream. Roasted flavors lingering as well, but not overwhelming. The belgian yeast is also a phenomenal quality to this beer.

M- As expected, this is one rich beer. Sticky, thick..and yes a BIG warming beer. The alcohol is not too pronouned in the flavor, but man, your throat will surely be on fire.

D- I feel that this is one of Weyerbachers best. Maybe I am biased, I love this brewery, but man. The alcohol is so undetectable in this beer and the tastes are not so cloying. This is a great beer right here...

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

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.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. completely black in color, no light coming through at all. wonderful dark brown head. moderate retention and very nice lacing.

S: strong alcohol burn. smells a little hot. black cherries, plums, and maybe some fig. some roasted malt aroma, some chocolate.

T: reminds me of dark chocolate covered cherries. some hints of plums and fig still in there. major chocolate notes with some black cherries in the back end. huge roasted malt flavors.

M: big and bold body with a higher carbonation than I like. huge long lasting palate.

D: wow! one bottle and I am done. very nice imperial stout. The Belgian yeast was a nice touch.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black, with a small dark brown head. In the aroma, chocolate, oatmeal, and a alcohol presence. In the taste, chocolate malt, candi sugar, and a big alcohol note. A small bite, yet mainly smooth, with a medium to big mouthfeel, and a semi dry chocolate malt and alcohol in the aftertaste. Nice chocolate presence, big in alcohol, and a nice small hop bite. A big big now, but would be good to age for a couple years.

Photo of AlexJ
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, viscous black pour with zero light penetration. A thick head of mocha crowns my glass, an impressive sight on a beer that is 13.6% abv.

The aroma is deep and dark, filled with bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, and hints of dark rum.

The flavor is right on par, big dark chocolate and rum soaked chocolate cake notes with distinct dark stewed fruit from the Belgian yeast. Warmed there are light undertones of vanilla rum and malted milk. The alcohol makes a presence, but does not detract from the experience.

Body is big, rich, and creamy. A velvet smooth mouthfeel resulting from the marriage of a huge American stout and distinctive Belgian yeast. One of their best!

Photo of matty
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black colored ale with a very thin head that fades away.Aroma smells like a cherry cordial infused with whiskey.Taste is chocolate,cherry and a big bang of alcohol at the end.Overall a decent ale with a big kick,not something you will be playing drinking games with.I would recommend!

Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing tan head. Aroma is slight roasted barley. The taste is a decent blend of roasted malts, dried fruits, and bitter chocolate, the Belgian yeast is present, but does not overpower the stout characteristics. The beer is certainly heavy and shows every bit of its 13.4 percent, this is certainly a sipper that was at room temperature by the time it was gone. This one made for an enjoyable sipper, one that would certainly be better in the winter.

Photo of yourefragile
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Open House a few months ago, but waited for a bottle to review. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a sludge like black. Opaque. Oil like. A finger thick mocha head that quickly recedes and leaves no lacing.
S: Roast malt and dark fruit try to desperately cover up the burn of alcohol hiding in this. Also a slight belgian yeast, weyerbacher-y scent, not that surprising. Alternating smells have hints of vanilla, coffee, etc all the good imp stout aromas.
T: First, this is a very unique imp stout. Starts off very similar to Old Heathen/Heresy. Same rich malty body, very creamy. But then strong dark fruit, spiced, belgiany flavors, like Merry Monks/Quad in the finish. Very sharp, active carbonation and then a finish that is very warm, but doesn't quite burn. Finish is bitter (enhanced by the carbonation) and very dry with lingering malt/coffee taste. As this warms up this becomes ever sweeter and less stout like in flavor.

Interesting beer for Weyerbacher's anniversary beer, doesn't let down on their history of experimenting. Not quite up there with the top tier of ris/imp stouts, like most Weyerbacher beers for me a little too hot when fresh, but definitely unique enough to warrant seeking out if you are a fan of this style.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black to very dark brown body with about a finger of brown head. I didn't get any lacing; hardly any retention.

Smells wonderful. A nice, dark fruitiness like cherry with dark chocolately, charred malts underneath. Rather boozy in the end.

Tastes great also. The fruitiness comes up once again, reminding me of cherries, and oddly banana. The middle of the flavor is some chocolately malts. The finish has some vanilla in it, with lots of whiskey/boozy flavor that you can feel in the back of your nose. Great beer, mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation.

I have never found a stout that is this high in ABV with such great drinkability. Very nice.

Photo of tpd975
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Capone's. Thanks Matt....You rule, just wish I live in your neck of the woods.

A: Pours a big bold black hue with very little head. There are tons of bubbles, but all it can build is a rather wimpy lilly pad esque head. Retention is nil, with no lace noted.

S: Interesting...getting even better as it warms. This one has hints of charred malt with hints of dark fruit. Then the booze kicks in with a full afterburner burn.

T: Very unique. I think this beer is what Black Albert strives to be. A wonderful marriage between a quad and a stout. Tons of dark fruit blasts the tongue. Touches of yeast dance in the mouth until being overtaken by charred malt. Hints of chocolate yeild to dark fruit and then the burn. Oh yeah there is a ton of alcohol burn. This one is very young and could use some age.

M: Medium in body with above average carbonation. This one dances on the tongue, I have no idea how it does not manage to build a head.

D: Not so much right now. Mine was a PA bottle which means its a 12 ounces. If it was a bomber it would be hard to put down. Give this one a little time and the burn will subside, and I believe this caterpiller will turn into one beautiful butterfly. I plan to stock up and find out!

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a thick, ominous motor oil black. Nothing passes through when held up to the light. The only problem is that there is no head. none. It is a headless, dark, ominous, and very scary looking beer.

S- The astringency from the alcohol strong enough to burn nose hairs. Once you get past this, deep black chocolate malt can be detected.

T- Upfront, at first this tastes a lot like Old Heathen. Dark chocolate roasted malt upfront RIS like characteristics all over the place. Upon further examination there is a big, smooth yeasty backbone and hints of cherries pop up too. The yeast is more noticeable for the finish where it becomes a bit sour (interesting really)...but the highlight of this finish is a big alcohol astringency and bitterness. This booziness overpowers everything else and lingers for quite awhile and the alcohol warmth is high. Great initial flavor but way too boozy at the end.

M- Body is thick and smooth and with low carbonation. Syrupy like a stout, but smooth and yeasty like a Belgian, and don't forget the alcohol.

D- Maybe I'm too much of a girl for this one but it was way too boozy to be drinkable. I was able to finish my 12 oz. bottle but I felt like I was downing shots with every sip. Everything else about this brew is great though. Maybe aging will tame it.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This would be almost perfect if the head had a few more ups. Motor oil thickness with thin, pumpernickel head.

Surprisingly austere and mild chocolate malt that imparts smke and roast qualities. Grassy hop character.

HOLY $#!+...best of both worlds - an RIS and Quad put together! Charred malt, molasses, ginger and an overall mild spice tone colors this ridiculously well.

Mouthfeel has depth on both RIS and Quad fronts...balance in abundance! Only fault is a slight disjoint between the two styles but still very pleasant.

This is a most enjoyable sipper - of course it'll be quite heavy. Awesome stuff.

Thirteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.