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Fourteen Special Dark - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jzeilinger on 11-15-2009)
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Reviews by jorg2619:
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3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted after well over a year in my cellar, not sure when it was brewed.

Fourteen Special Dark is wow a dark wheat wine which looks clean, up to the light a brilliant dark ruby red hue gives this beer a appealing drink me look. I also took notice to the extensive alcohol legs on the side of my glass. The smell is phenomenal. I detect strong sweet wheat notes followed by a subtle alcohol presence. I also detect some slight caramel in the smell which is neat. The taste is sweet sweet maltiness with a dry strong wheat flavor that is tied together with some slightly bitter roasted notes. I also detect a slightly off after taste that may be some oxidation it seems almost cardboard like and beyond dry so I will chalk it up to the cellar. I would call this beer a sipper and a good beer two years out. I think it might have been aged a bit too long.

jorg2619, Jan 11, 2011
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braugon, Apr 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Varkias41, Jul 18, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark copper with a thin layer of soft, off white, brownish head that has decent retention

S - white grapes, a hint of apples, raisins, sugar, dark fruit

T - white grapes, sweet, apples, dark fruit, sugar, spicy alcohol, boozy

M - dry, very warm, low carbonation, smooth

This is a unique beer. The flavor is very strong wine and fruity. It's a slow sipper given the alcohol level. It's was intriguing. It's probably worth a try if you like BIG beers or the style.

tdm168, Aug 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of rich ran creamy head with a faint reddish tinge... Limited retention gives way to full ring of foam around the edge of the glass and a much thinner veil in the center... Some very sparse, very slow paced carbonation bubbles climb up the sides of the snifter... The color is a murky medium to dark brown, also with a slight reddish hue...

S - An uber sweet malt forward aroma... Buttery... Brown Sugar... Cherries... Raisins... Assorted other dark fruit... Honey... Candied apples... Really a pleasant and inviting aroma...

T - Cherries... Raisins... A mix of brown and candied sugars... A touch of honey... A touch of bubble gum... Pretty good complexities, but a little on the cloying side after a couple of sips...

M - Medium to full bodied... Sticky... A bit on the chewy side... Slightly gritty and chalky... Minimal prickly carbonation... Some minor alcoholic heat on the finish...

D - Another solid and enjoyable offering from Weyerbacher which should come as no surprise... A slow enjoyable sipper... While not overpowering, the 11.8% ABV along with the cloying sweetness keeps this from being more drinkable...

philbe311, Apr 16, 2010
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Been awhile since I reviewed. Do I even remember how? Anyway, this beer was bought at the 2009 Riserva release at the brewery.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Weyerbacher tulip a dark copper with major red tones to it. A thin, wispy head forms but quickly dissipates to just a collar.

SMELL: The aromas hit you as soon as you pour. Big time fruity aroma (cherries mostly) with some sherry-type oxidation beneath. I really can't over this fruit though. Pretty remarkable.

TASTE: A slight bit of fluffy wheat is hidden well by deeper, darker flavors. The fruit is strong here too, and it's backed up by an alcoholic warmth (the good kind). It finishes a bit empty which is disappointing. I'd prefer a bigger, fuller maltiness to round it out.

MOUTHFEEL: Dryer than expected. The carbonation was still strong too. Both those do lead to faster consumption, but unfortunately are not what I'd like from the style.

DRINKABILITY: Now here it excels. I'm nearly halfway through my glass already and don't plan on slowing down. It should make for a nice evening.

Damn, I wish I'd bought more of these. It's NOTHING like it tasted fresh (which wasn't particularly good) but I'm glad I took a chance on a bottle at the time.

jmalex, Dec 01, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge thanks to rich who scored me this

blackness comes from the bottle and is nearly impervious to any light. think head of light tan laces the top and leaves a decent amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

aroma is one of the most hoppy beer that i have ever come across in my life. just an amazingly hoppy beer. thick citrus notes just come across from the very first moment i get close to it. an amazing amount hops squeezed into this beer. each sip shreds the palate with a mesmerizing amount of rich nugget like goodness. such a super dry finish with an amazingly complex profile that you just cannot believe it packed into a beer

overall i am floored and one of the most amazingly complex and hoppy beers i have ever had in my life.

mikesgroove, Aug 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 3.49. Bottled in 2009. Served in my Founders snifter. 

Pours cloudy pale orange with 1.5 frothy white head that quickly fades. Only a few occasional tiny bubbles left on the glass- but I'm not sure that can be called lacing. 

Smells sweet- bananna, orange, pepper, spice, earthy wheat, brown sugar, currants. It doesn't knock me over the head but it's nice. 

Tastes smooth and sweet. Honey, burnt sugar, wheat, spice, mild bananna and grapes. It has a slight Belgian thing going on. There is a noticeable tinge of booze but not near what I expected from the almost 12% abv (I think two and a half years has probably settled that). Complex and enjoyable. 

Medium full feel with very mild carbonation. A long, semi dry, almost wine like aftertaste. 

Overall an enjoyable beer that I'd happily have again. Different from my typical imperial stouts and IPAs but a nice break. I haven't had many wheatwines but I'm beginning to think that this less popular style deserves more of my time & exploration. 

ThickNStout, May 15, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown and had a reddish hue when held to the light. Starts out with a creamy one finger head that slowly dissipates after a few minutes. Light carbonation after the initial pour which also slowly decreases. Has a very mild to slight white foam lacing around the glass.

Smells of brown sugar and bready malts. Initial taste reveals sugary, honey, bready, toasted malts and a very noticeable alcohol presence at the end that warms the back of the throat.

This is an interesting twist that I haven't experienced before. Not really my cup of tea, it's just unbalanced somehow and I can't place it. Maybe it needs to age a little...

claspada, Aug 26, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

pogoowner, Oct 25, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

Found out later on that there was a dark version of Fourteen. I had to have it. Success. It pours a mostly clear dark garnet-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, candi-sugar, toffee, vanilla, dark wheat, light booze, and mandarin orange. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange syrup, caramel, light chocolate, dark wheat, light honey, candi sugar, brown sugar, and very light coffee. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a syrupy feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a decidedly good wheatwine, one of the best I've yet had. More breweries need to take this route with their w-wines.

TMoney2591, Jun 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing another wheatwine tick, Bobby.

A: The pour is an amber brown sort of color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Not quite as boozy as the regular, thankfully. Some banana and lots of citrus, maybe some other dark fruit notes. A little bit of toasted and roasted malt.

T: Maybe a little bit of vanilla and toasted malt. There's a little bit of banana and some citrus fruit flavors. Still fairly boozy, but that's not surprising. Also some brown sugar and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Though not as boozy as the regular version, it's still a bit much.

womencantsail, Oct 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Jakers90, May 05, 2012
Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown color, with a creamy, quickly dissipating white head. Aromas of brown sugar, honey, sweet malt and some brown spices. On the palate, I get lots of bready malt, with some more spicing (esp. clove), along with brown sugar, and just a wisp of banana. Alcohol is noticeable, and adds another note to the somewhat muddled flavors this one exhibits. A pretty decent effort, but aside from the color, not a whole lot different than 14.

emmasdad, Apr 07, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brownish in color, mostly opaque with some light glowing through at the edges. It's kinda like muddy lake water visually. No head to speak of, except a little ring of bubbles gathering at the outer edge of the glass.

Smells a little of old leather with a pervading chemical smell, almost like turpentine. It's killing me to say that about a Weyerbacher offering, but it's what's coming through to me. To be fair, the wheat is coming through and that combined with the vinous notes of the alcohol is what is responsible for this odor I'm getting.

It tastes a little better than it smells. The sense of old leather is still there and the vinous flavor dominates the back of the mouth, but there is a lingering bitterness there as well. There is a thick sweetness to the front of the tongue as well reminiscent of peaches.

The carbonation is pretty low which explains the lack of a head. I'd prefer more carbonation with a medium-bodied brew since this has a slight viscous feel to it, and not in a good way.

Okay, to be fair, I've never had a wheat wine before. I didn't much like barley wines when I first tried them, but now I really do appreciate them. Perhaps this style is another acquired taste. So I'll need to keep that in mind when giving my final numbers.

Naugros, Aug 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev 0%

taylor714914, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the dark version of their Fourteen Anniversary Ale, from what I understand, can only be gotten at the brewery. Weyerbacher did two versions of the Fourteen, the Blonde Ale which has been distributed, and the Dark Ale. The dark ale uses a dark wheat malt, the only noticeable difference.

Poured a dark brown in the tulip glass and had a burgundy-like hue when held to the light. Starts out with a creamy one finger head that slowly dissipates after a few minutes. Light carbonation after the initial pour which also slowly decreases as the beer has an opportunity to breathe. Has a very mild to slight white foam lacing around the glass.

Smells of brown sugar, bready malts. Initial taste reveals brown candi like sugar, honey, bready, toasted malts and a very noticeable alcohol presence at the end that warms the back of the throat. Has a medium chewy like characteristic with very light carbonation that dances on the front of the tongue. It's very big in flavor, smooth on the tongue, and overall, very enjoyable.

Because of the booziness in the sip, this is one that's not well masked so maybe one or two in a Belgian style ale glass at the end of a long day would be perfect. The beer is well brewed - it's an interesting twist that I haven't experienced before. A very nice follow-up from the stellar Thirteenth Anniversary Belgian Stout. I really appreciate Weyerbacher's ability to develop some interesting beers that are quite tastey and bolder than the norm. Happy Fourteenth, Weyerbacher. Nice job on this one.

jzeilinger, Nov 15, 2009
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3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got this in secret santa 09,

I didn't realize they did two versions of their 14th aniv beer, was slightly confused for a while. poured super dark, nice roastedness to it. lots of spice in aroma, but not overpowering in taste. medium/full body with light carbs, good beer, but nothing special

Anthony1, Jan 04, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Obtained at a WHALES Homebrew club charity auction. Donated to the auction by Weyerbacher. Thanks to both the WHALES and Weyerbacher for the opportunity to try this brew.

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a cloudy brown with a reddish tint. Thin layer of foam bubbles to the surface.

Nose is spicy, phenolic, with predominant wheat aromas. Very aromatic.

The first sip shocks your palate with a boozy blast of sweet wheat malt, bananas, and some plum flavors. There is a lingering aftertaste - astringency and alcohol. There is a substantial amount of residual sweetness to this brew which helps to balance the alcohol - but the alcohol ultimately wins out.

There is a substantial viscosity to the mouthfeel. Very smooth - the only detractor is the lingering aftertaste.

As far a drinkability goes, this beer certainly needs to be enjoyed slowly. I know this is a new release, and the alcohol is still pretty hot - could probably stand to age for a year.

Admittedly, this is the first Wheatwine I have tried, so I don't know if it is "to style". But it has a lot of interesting flavors and certainly is flavorful. I just think it needs to mellow out a bit.

FickleBeast, Dec 19, 2009
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5/5  rDev +25%

BMo118, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Jmamay22
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I purchased this at the brewery I was told the dark was a mistake and was never intended to be created.

Pours an opaque dark and cloudy brown. There is a thin collar ringing the walls of my glass. Smells of dark fruits such as prunes and raisins with a touch of rum. The alcohol comes off smelling sweet rather than boozy.

As expected from the scent, there is plenty of fruity esters in the flavor with the same dark fruits of plum and raisins again. The alcohol content provides a nice warmth. Nice tight bubbles of carbonation with a mouthfeel on the heavier side of medium bodied. Altogether an enjoyable beer and comes off as less cloying than the standard issue. An enjoyable mistake.

Jmamay22, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of BigMike
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mohogany. Some ruby red around the edges. A nice creamy tan head tops it off.

S: Dark fruits, rum and spice. Dark molasses and caramel.

T: So the taste is close to ghe original fourteen but there's an added twist. The dark malts at a definite coffee/chocolate characteristic. It's most noticeable on the finish. Lots of roasted qualities.

M: No complaints. Smooth and easy to drink. In fact it's crazy easy to drink for 12%. Almost scarey.

Overall: I can't believe the darker malts make this much of A difference. The roasted coffee and chocolate aNd smokiness really add to this. It's smooth and the alcohol is so unnoticable it couldbe a problem. Great beer. They should have made this one the focal release over the regular version.

BigMike, Nov 13, 2010
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Fourteen Special Dark from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.