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Thirteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
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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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-18-2011 21:19:35 | More by brandoman63
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-18-2011 17:24:04 | More by HopStoopid120
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-15-2011 22:08:39 | More by bpfrush
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-15-2011 21:15:26 | More by richbrew
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randomdanger

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-15-2011 14:53:53 | More by randomdanger
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-15-2011 11:57:19 | More by Bilco
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. finally opening this one up after 3 years of cellaring.

appears black, with dark tan head. decent lacing and head retention, especially for the age.

aroma is a bit harse and boozy, like rum and fermented fruit, raisins. taste has the normal imperial stout flavors of bitter cocoa and roasted espresso, but also has a big dark fruit component. acidic, complex. nice mouthfeel, thick yet smooth and easy to drink.

overall, definitely big and bold, yet easy to drink for a 13.6% abv beer

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 04:42:54 | More by jmdrpi
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn. Glad to find this on tap since I cant seem to track a bottle of it and it was super hot when fresh.

A- Black, very small amount of fizzy bubbles on top, no lace.

S- After two plus years, I can still smell the alcohol. Thirteen gives off some nail polish still and under that some melted choclate in the sun, tootsie rolls, roasted malt out the ying yang and a small dark fruit component.

T- Me thinks this is falling apart, I cant imagine how the bottles are holding up at this point. Fresh this was a super hot chocolate laden stout with roast, now it's slightly less hot with nail polish and a kinda nasty mix of nestle chocolate and roast. It's the booze and alcohol that kill it. Not something I would drink alot of.

M- Two plus years in the keg have tamed the booze, yet the rest of the beers components namely the chocolate, coffee, roast and dark fruit have mated and made a bastard child. The feel is approaching full with a hefty body. There is some heat and nail polish in the aftertaste. Carbed up light. Blech.

O- Overall Im glad I did not pick up a case of this stuff three years ago, that would of been a bummer. This probably started falling off a year ago. I would not avoid this beer, but I certainly won't spend any time or energy seeking it out again. Weyerbacher stouts are hit or miss for me. Bring on the Verboten, now that's good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 06:53:57 | More by BARFLYB
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the hulmeville inn during the beer geek bbq. Congrats Natalie you've earned it.

A- no head on top of what can only be described as completely black.

S- huge dark roasted coffee and bakers chocolate with hint of dark berries and a good amount of booze. Light sweetness coming off with some burnt brown sugar.

T- this is one big bad roasty brew. Lots of dark chocolate and loads of espresso. The heavy alcohol presence overshadows some of the lighter flavors of semi tart over ripe blackberries. I keep coming back to the massive coffee flavor.

M- full bodied and lightly carbed with a almost over powering heat.

O- had this fresh and could barely handle the boozy quality. The time down has done this a lot of good but it still has a long way to go and I like em big a powerful.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 05:31:01 | More by oglmcdgl
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1-finger, brown head that falls quickly to nothing without lacing.

The aroma is very muted though there is some roasted malt, a little chocolate, some licorice and a hint of alcohol if I breathe deep.

The taste has a lot more going on with coffee, chocolate, darker roasted malts and a hint of alcohol at the end. The flavors all stand out in their own way so I wouldn't call it complicated but it is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and smooth without much, if any, carbonation.

Overall: For a 3 year old stout with big ambitions it's pretty decent. More aging might balance it out and make it smoother though the alcohol, while noticeable, is fading.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 00:26:29 | More by meatyard
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Labelled as the anniversary ale for 2008, making this almost three years old at the time of me opening this.

Appearance: Really dark brown to black in color. Pours a slight dark brown head that quickly recedes. Definitely expected considering the ABV. Still plenty carbonated though.

Aroma: Big chocolate notes definitely stand out. Rum soaked dark fruits and anise notes are also very strong. The 13% ABV is certainly noticeable but doesn't deter too much. Caramel and banana notes are also in the background. A really interesting combination of flavors.

Taste: Even after two and a half years in the bottle, this is still pretty hot. Chocolate and banana/clove notes from the Belgian yeast are in the forefront. Also, some really strong rum soaked plums and raisins are present. Complex, but the flavors still haven;t completely balanced yet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with plenty of carbonation. Definitely a warming quality throughout. Goes down smoothly and really is an ideal sipper.

Overall, a big, bold stout with some nice Belgian qualities. Still I feel it drinks a tad hot at this point. The flavors definitely work well but I still feel it might be better in two years. Still a nice stout nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:58:45 | More by Gosox8787
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark black hole black with a small dark tan head that faded slowly into a thin ring with heavy lacing.

Aroma of burnt dark coffee, roasted malts, licorice and alcohol.

Taste initially was slightly sweet with strong licorice then then the dark roasted malt, black coffee takes over with a strong alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel was thick, medium to heavy body with light carbonation and yes the alcohol was there.

Overall this was a nice strong stout that you need to be cautious with. One bottle per sitting is highly recommended. I'm cellaring two bottles for a latter date to see what a little more aging does to this nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 22:34:09 | More by dtivp
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 02:19:06 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 04:14:51 | More by Knapp85
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass (only thing available). Nice thick head and decent lacing. The body is a nice pitch black.

The aroma is heavy with banana, the result being somewhat of a chocolate banana smell.

The taste is full of slightly charred malt. The bitterness and roastedness are both relatively mellow here. There is a warmth from the alcohol after the finish. The taste lacks a lot of complexity and depth. Only slightly sweet malt are really apparent.

The mouthfeel is average in just about every way. The carbonation is decent, but sharp instead of creamy.

This isn't particularly good at this point, merely a serviceable high ABV imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 03:29:49 | More by andrewinski1
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this one today still for sale. It was refridgerated so I figured what the hell. Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with about an inch of dark tan head. It settles down to nothing pretty quick with just a thin rim of lace.

Chocolate covered dark fruits with roasty aromas. This strangely has a heavy banana aroma to this. Kind of strange. But it's still has a pretty solid roasty aroma to this. I had this when it was fresh, I remember it being boozey as hell. Well, it still kind of is. A touch of booze to it but it has a nice caramel/toffee flavor to it with a figgy, toasty char profile. After a while though, the boozeyness of this really comes through. Borderline hot on the pallet. Also, I get the banana flavor too.

This one has a very full robust body. Silky and chewy. Overall, a pretty fair beer here. Decent flavors and it seems like it held up well with time; even if not in perfect condition. Still a bit boozey though. If you've got some of these, I'd see what another couples years does for them.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 03:21:34 | More by Bendurgin
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this down in GA still on the shelves. 22oz bottle, 2008 vintage (obviously)...

A: Super dark black with no light shining through. A tiny mocha colored head that fades quickly to just a lace rip around the brew. Decent.

S: I get some nice roasty chocolate scents upfront with a hint of oaky bourbon in the middle. Some faint walnut / raisin on the backend. Very good.

T: Very thick. Roasty malts and grains upfront with some chocolate notes quickly following. Some vanilla and booze blended towards the back. Some nice raisin on the backend. Very good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. A dry boozy finish. Good.

D: Decent here

All in all, this is a great beer. So glad I tried it. Definitely one of my faves from Weyerbacher now. Their brews a normally hit or miss with a stronger focus on the miss. Winner here.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 01:43:45 | More by steve8robin
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The good old days of BA, the days when this beer generated a lot of excitement, are no more. However, this beer is, and it resided in my cellar until tonight when I shared it with friends after dinner.

This has got to be one of the darkest beers I've seen. Even the highlights only have a faint dark reddish brown ring to them, and are otherwise an impenetrable black. A dense, dark brown head is present, receding to ring leaving no lace. For a stout this high in ABV, this is impressive.

The nose is rather intense. Some licorice, moderate anise, a light roast and some dark chocolate. The chocolate is very cocoa-like. In fact, this beer paired quite well with some Lindt 99% Cocoa Dark Chocolate. The chocolate character here is dry and not very creamy or sweet, very cocoa-like. There is quite a bit of sweetness to this, liqueur-like. Definite yeasty spiciness is present. Great stuff, this.

The palate opens quite complex - a blend of cocoa, a light tartness that is rather licorice and anise-like, and plenty of yeast expression. Unlike most rich stouts, this has only a light roast character without much malt bitterness. Moderate sweetness mid-palate, this finishes spicy and mildly sweet without much bitterness. The licorice definitely does linger into the finish. Medium - full in body with mild carbonation, this feels great on the palate. Enjoyable, though I do not think I could drink a lot of this. 12oz over a couple of hours was enjoyable and perfectly sufficient. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:26:08 | More by DefenCorps
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by matt9875. Thanks bro!

A: This unique stout appears pitch black with a half inch of beige head that fades to nothing after a few moments, leaving only the faintest trace of lacing.

S: Licorice, roasted malt, alcohol, yeast, dark chocolates.

T: This is a really good beer, albeit impressively strong. The flavors are bold and robust, with a prominent liquor and molasses flavor that mingles well with the Belgian yeast aspect.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Alcohol presence is there, but has been tamed with time.

D: This brew has greatly smoothed out with a little age on it, making it considerably more drinkable than when I had it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 23:44:45 | More by Huhzubendah
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dragonWhale

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been waiting on this one. really unsure of when to open this monster. THanks to randomdanger for hooking this one up. Still pulling out great beers from that trade!

Black and lustery, pours thick and heavy falling hard into the glass. Beautiful rocky head on it.
Big alcohol notes, caramel and chocolate, some spicy and earthy esters from the Belgian yeast, a little bit floral to it as well. Alive with flavor!
Strong dark chocolate and caramel sweetness cut through with big alcohol puncturing the malt. The Belgian yeast comes through with some excellent lighter flowers and spiciness. Really nice, maybe too much alcohol at this point, could've stayed in the bottle a bit longer. Still a little sweet too, but with this much malt in here, it can be forgiven.
Would love to have the opportunity to try this again in a couple years..maybe it'll work out for me.

And, oh, yeah, the bottle is inscrutable. Stop photoshopping shitty labels Weyerbacher. Hire someone with talent.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:18:59 | More by dragonWhale
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JayQue

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged in my closet for three years. Still potent and robust after all these years!! Pours a jet black color with very little carbonation and a small tan head. Head retention is not great, but this is a pretty potent beer at 13.6%. Smell is rich, malty and vinuous with some coffee and
chocolate highlights.

Tastes good. very rich - the vinuous (port wine) flavor is prominent along with sweet malts, chocolate and coffee.

Not a real thick "sandwich in a glass" type mouthfeel, but plenty rich and sweet. You can sense the alcohol but it is not an in your face taste or smell.

Drinkability is good as a sipping beer...Pretty much "one and out"

Mouthfeel is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 21:04:09 | More by JayQue
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Broombrew

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

saw this 2008 bottle on the shelf. haven't had much patience or space for aging, but thought id try something already a couple years along.

wow. this is an all around big beer. poured into my snifter. black as satans heart. not even a hint at opaqueness. dark tan head. dissipates to nothing but a ring around the edge of my glass. rich roasted flavors. maybe some chocolate. roasty flavors are even more present than the smell and now i can pick up those chocolate notes. some fruity tones that are quickly swallowed up by a strong taste of alcohol that stays all the way down your throat. reminds me of a thick port or wine with some of the flavors. feels nice in the mouth, very creamy. the very present alcohol taste leaves a warm feeling. drinkable, yes. quickly, no. but i will enjoy this as i polish off the bottle. maybe ill get another one and try to let it sit for another year or so and see if that has an impact.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:01:51 | More by Broombrew
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firkinhophead

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only two-and-a-half years old, but I couldn't resist it any longer. I found this one hot and ill-tempered when it came out. After a year it was much better. Now I think it could have benefited from even longer.

Pours jet back with a purplish head that fades away to nothing but the thinnest bead around the edge of the glass. The purple tint can be seen around the edges.

Heady aroma of alcohol, chocolate, anise, earth, and port wine.

The taste immediately reminds me of the chocolate rum balls my mom used to make. Huge rum-soaked dark fruits, cold espresso, cola, peat, wet wood, burnt grain, and an herbal bite in the semisweet finish. A hint of tartness is the only real evidence of the Belgian yeast. Just way too strong to showcase the fruitiness and yeastiness of a good Belgian.

Thick, rich mouthfeel, with some alcohol burn in the throat. Warming all the way to the tummy. Sweetness is scraped clean by the herbal bitterness and burnt grains. Very little carbonation, but it is not really needed. It would just make the alcohol overly prickly. A bit numbing, but by the time your tongue gives out you will be smiling from the warm buzz.

If I can get another bottle of this, I am going to sit on it for 5 years or so. I can only see it getting better. Oxidation would only add to the complexity, and the caramel notes seem to be coming out more and giving it a more velvety texture. Would pair great with dessert or an after dinner stogie. A good one to look for on vintage lists.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:50:31 | More by firkinhophead
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty much black as night. No signs of light what so ever. A one finger head that's thin and chocolate brown in color.

S: Lots of sweet dark chocolates on the nose. Alcohol and Belgian yeast. Dark sticky rum soaked fruits and some musty cave like characteristics.

T: These malts must have been roasted out the wazoo. Lots of dark chocolate, bitter espresso and alcohol warmth to no end. Some prunes and raisin flavors also.

M: Huge! One of the most full bodied beers I've ever had. Thick, rich, toasty, sweet and creamy. Alcohol is hidden everywhere until it hits the gut and the warmth takes over. In a really good way.

Overall: way to drinkable for nearly 14%. It's pretty rediculous actually. An awesome beer from Weyerbacher. I wish they would keep this beer in their line up. It has some characteristics that remind me of my favorite beer of all time De Struise's Black Albert. Definitely a winner!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 21:37:57 | More by BigMike
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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