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Thirteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

292 Ratings

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 48
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian Inspired Imperial Stout.

(Beer added by: woodychandler on 04-27-2008)
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Photo of SilentSabre
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

Another terrific offering from Weyerbacher. This poured up precisely the way I like to see in this style. Absolutely tar black with a dark tan or mocha coloured head, and a consistency about like thin pancake syrup. Smell is Alcohol, stewed plums and raisins, and toasted cereal grains, and in that order. Flavour is nearly dominated by the cooked dark fruit profile with a whiskey - like finish. Mouthfeel has no room for improvement IMO. This is absolutely the way I like the mouthfeel to be on big stouts like this. Drinkability is what it is for a stout like this at 13+%. I gave it 4.0 simply because I enjoyed it so much and felt it deserved such a rating. However, it is indeed a sipping beer. One bomber of this is plenty over an hour or so.
Absolutely spectacular!

SilentSabre, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

On tap at Max's in Baltimore the other day.

The beer pours the expected black as night imperial stout color, with a chocolate/coffee color head. However, retention was surprisingly short lived, and lacing was pretty minimal. On the nose one gets a huge aroma of chocolate, coffee and vanilla, as well as almost some sort of woodiness. In any event, the beer smells very impressive. The flavors on the palate pretty much replicate the nose, but are a bit more complex. There is also an aged sherry flavor to this beer, along with some more chocolate, licorise and even drambuie. Very, very impressive. This beer is really a mouthful; there is a huge presence in the mouth, no doubt at least partially attributable to the 13% plus abv. In fact, if there is any knock at all on this beer, it's that the abv. really wears on you after a while. The beer is very, very boozy, and towards the end I struggled to finish my 10 ounce goblet. The beer is ultimately a bit heavy and tiring on the palate, though the outstanding flavor keeps me going.... albeit pretty slowly. Nevertheless, this beer is pretty sweet and boozy, which detracts from it's drinkability. There's enough of a hop presence to keep the beer from tasting syrupy, but it's still pretty rich and heavy.

An impressive beer, but a little bit of this goes a long way. Not sure it's quite ready for the RIS sweepstakes, as in my opinion, it still takes a back seat to beers like Dark Lord, KBS and the Abyss. Still, an interesting effort from Weyerbacher.

John_M, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%

black body and brown head in my oversized wine glass

nose full of grapes, rum, banana and dark chocolate

mouth full of grapes,roasted chestnuts, banana, rum and a hint of dark chocolate. This beer is all about subtlety. Nothing dominates the flavor profile but the flavor profile its self is pronounced.

smooth and creamy full body with appropriate levels of carbonation and astringence for the style. Flavor pops and finishs clean!

I find this beer extremely drinkable, the Abbey yeast doesn't dominate neither does the chocolate flavors or roasted burnt malt flavors. It all blends quite well. Excellent balance makes this one that I will pick up more of!

Donnie2112, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Got this in trade from leftmindedrighty
Poured a deep black, like a burn motor oil, very thick sluggish pour. A thin dark brown head caps it off. Nose was boozy, cocoa, dried fruits. The taste was roasted malts, cocoa, booze, a small hint of dried fruits and somthing I could not identify. it had a lttle twang to it halfway down. Mouhfeel was good.

barleywinefiend, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

mikesgroove, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

A: Black, black, black. With a huge, thick, tan head, The head lasted for almost five minutes.

S: Alcohol up front. Malts all the way through. Chocolate, burnt toffee and licorice present as well.

T: A little too much licorice for me. Lots of malts, and the toffee, coffee, chocolate and molasses finish.

M: Nice and thick. Very chewy.

D: I think this is a good brew, it's just not my cup of tea.

gkatsoris, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Poured into a tulip a black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus fizzy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, some vanilla, licorice, very slight toffee. The taste is malty, slightly sweet at first, with some licorice. Medium body, the alcohol is pretty up-front with this brew. Drinkable, not a big fan of this one.

Wasatch, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev 0%

Weyerbacher XIII was picked up in a 22 oz. bomber, and I chose a St. Bernardus goblet to pour it into. The initial pour disappointed me somewhat, as it looked fizzy, thin, and dark brown instead of pitch black. The head that was over it pulled a disappearing act, and I was left with just the liquid. The smell was quite fruity and sweet with little of the roast typical with the style. The taste continued along the same lines, with more of a Quadrupel influence than typical. Some chocolate and prunes, but little to no bitterness here, and loads of sweetness. The warmth was immediate and scalding, and there was no mistaking the alcohol content. Too thin for an imperial stout, and too little hops to balance out the sweetness. Very intense though, and worthy of sampling on its own terms.

rajendra82, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

Bottle courtesy of akorsak poured into a snifter.

A: Pours used motor oil black with a small, dense mocha head that dissipates pretty quickly to a ring leaving a trace of lacing on the sides.

S: The smell is the first indication of how rich this bad boy is. It's big on sweet chocolate malts and molasses. There is also dark fruits with raisins and figs with a definite alcohol burn in the nostrils.

T: This thing taste like a big chocolate cake with a splash of coffee liqueur poured on top. Extremely decadent with tons of molasses sweetness, figs and sweet malts with a big alcohol burn in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied with little carbonation - thick, sticky and a bit syrupy. Again, like a dessert in a glass.

D: This is definitely a sipper and getting through one 12oz bottle took my quite a while. The big alcohol presence takes away from the drinkability, but this is one big mutha of a beer. Recommended.

gford217, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.4/5  rDev +10%

Double deuce bomber poured into a snifter yields a patent leather black body with mocha foam that vanishes very quickly into a ring that leaves no lacing, likely devoured by the copious alcohol lurking in this brew.

Smell is of homebrewed molasses with a shot of grain alcohol that provides no real smell, but burns the sinuses. Deep, dark, and liquory, with malty chocolate as the drink warms.

Taste is rich and malty with plenty of chocolatey caramel and a big rush of hot alcohol that has the flavor of hot-ass alcohol! Flavors include Wild Turkey 101-filled dark Belgian chocolates, Bacardi 151 with a molasses chaser, and a soft dash of alkaline cocoa powder, swirled into a shot of spicy, charcoal-filtered Jack Daniel's black label finish.

Even after writing all that boozy-fu, the drink is warming, and though I know not whether it is my growing familiarity with the booziness or the booze itself kicking in, the alcohol flavor recedes, giving ground to more traditional stout notes of roasted coffee, cured tobacco, tanned leather, dark malt, and chocolate. A note of dark caramel syrup rises into the palette of flavors and aromatics bent on beguiling my palate with alcoholic ruses.

At this point, I'm a third of the way through the bomber-- it's a bit of a struggle to get through this bottle--my head is buzzing and my stomach is warm and tingly. This thing lurking in my little Delirium Tremens snifter is a fucking monster! (but a friendly one, I think, so far).

A 500 ml might be too big to go unshared, or maybe one serious alcoholic could pound this. As for my drinking this whole bottle, I don't see it happening, but I'm giving the beer its 'respect' and the ol' college try!

More molasses and more chocolate liqueur are making me think "overkill" on the booze. Another inkling strikes me that I'm wrestling a big,syrupy, mocha-flavored Godzilla! It's so good, but goddamn I wish I had a smaller bottle! Never leave a man behind! Endeavor to persevere! Geronimo! Currahee!

I'm going to cut this review off here, as I have almost 1/5 of this bottle left, and it's only going downhill for your reviewer from here. This is a must-try drink, but be forewarned, this thing will Kick. Your. Ass. Have fun with it!

cvstrickland, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of bigjohn
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

This beer is huge right from the beginning. Pours beautifully black with a frothy reddish brown head. No light is getting through here. Smell is right on - roasty, boozy, malty a real big time stout nose. Taste is a little hot- need to let this one sit for a while. By the time the weather gets cold here in the northeast, it will be ready to go like a champ. Thick and smooth, tingly in all the right places, viscous - great mouthfeel. Drinkability is down for this, cause after all, it is almost 14%. It is a pleasant companion for an hour or more, and a really fine gonzo stout. Could use some time, but on first glance, this stands up to some of the big boys. Nice job by weyerbacher, one of their finest releases to date.

bigjohn, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

oberon, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Risser09
4.2/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle poured into a mexican margarita tulip - 2008 Bottling - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours a very dark, opaque black with a tall, slow forming, brown, 4" tall head. The retention is excellent. Many small bubbles slowly surface to form the head, reminiscent of a Guinness. Some lace is left behind.

Smell: Roasted nuts of almond and hazelnut. Chocolate malts and dark chocolate liquor. Coffee, tanned leather.

Taste: Silky cocoa is the dominant flavor. Toasted buttermilk biscuits, coffee flavor, leather are intense. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with tons of coffee/cocao bitterness and flavor. Alcohol is heavy but bodes well with all of the other intensities.

Drinkability: Much better than the first time I tried it when it got bottled. Still hot, but will only improve with age. This would be highly sought after if it had an annual release date.

Risser09, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Weyerbacher- Thirteen

A- Dark viscous black with a huge beaded head. Bubbly filmy lacing down the glass.
S- Very sweet sugary chocolate cake batter, strong red wine, touch of vinegar.
T- Holy sweetness. Cheek hurting sweet with huge doses of figs, prunes, raisins. A solid chocolate finish.
M- Again sweet as hell, but will subdue after a few sips. Very fruity and boozy through the body with a dry warm chocolatey finish.

Overall- Very sweet with sour notes at first but toning down and mellowing into a good boozy sipper. Alc. is quite present but not overpowering. A nice evening beer!

NJpadreFan, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of jimbomill
4.68/5  rDev +17%

My sisters scored me a case at the Friday the 13th unveiling.
This poured a true-stout-like black, with reddish tinges. Although this is called an American Strong Ale, under a blind taste test, I'd have to call it a stout, so forgive me.
The smell was a deep, penetrating inhale, less coffee-ish/toffee-ish than many a stout. Perhaps this is the American Strong Ale portion emerging?
Taste was OMG. I was lucky enough to enjoy a FFF Dreadnaught and 2008 Dark Lord from FFF with friends friday night. This taste was the true equal of the DL. Mouthfeel was likewise on top of the chart - a richness and complexity that shouldn't have been there for such a recent brewing. I scored drinkability high - I preceeded the XIII with one of my 12 oz bottles of Decadence. I like strong beer. The XIII, may be the top offering yet from Weyerbacher. The High ABV for most may warrant a lower drinkability rating, but I am good with mine.

jimbomill, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +18%

I know that this is a little bit of cheating as Thirteen will not be commercially available until July 2008, but Dan likes me to get the word out, so I know that he won't mind if I post an Early Bird review.

First off was the color. It was a very deep, dark brown beer that did not allow for any light penetration. It initially produced a very thick, dark brown head that reduced to a ring around the circumference of the glass. The nose was full of dried fruits (think prunes, raisins, and dates). The mouthfeel was surprisingly medium as I had girded my loins for some thick, chewy concoction. Better yet, it was not at all hot, unlike last year's anniversary release. It had a slight citrus tang on the tongue, accompanying a fruity, dark chocolate flavor. The finish had a definite citrusy zest. Do keep an eye out for this one upon its (limited) release.

woodychandler, Apr 27, 2008
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Thirteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.