Fifteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 29
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: elgiacomo on 06-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by chefmikeanderson:
Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: big plume of eye candy coffee cream colored head. nice retention and laced all up and down the glass. head goes down to nothing but lacing still kills it by the middle of the glass

S: lots of roasted bitterness and chocolate coffee with a small herbal hop hint. a little smokey vanilla type is coming through as well

S: lots of those roasty malts and charred flavors itching to explode but they feel like they're being held back a little. It seems there is a big hoppy bitterness that just slams the sweetness away. im breathing some hot roasted smoke bitterness after every sip

M: carbonation is maybe a little to much. all these flavors are ripping my tongue apart and the explosion of bubbles only helping it more

D:well its a little hot but really not bad for 10.8. the beer isnt cloying sweet and has a punch of the dry tongue bitterness. drinkability wise its a pretty balanced beer. big flavors but still held back a little somehow

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see this new offering here in the triad so quickly.Poured into a nonic a deep jet black with a thinner but well retained deep mocha colored head,a great mix of smoke/hardwood and dark fruit in the nose,the alcohol sweetness shows thru but not real strong.Flavors of dark fruit and bitter chocolate hit home up front then the smoky notes come thru late making a well rounded impy stout.The smoke isnt over done but is just right,this is not as hot as alot of their other big offerings,real nice job here.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Black color, virtually no head.
Smoky chocolate aroma. The smoke was subtle.
Wonderful taste. I thought the smoke was a little more apparent than the aroma suggested. Chocolate and coffee that continued to build. Alcohol not at all noticeable.
A rich, smooth beer.
Gotta get more of these. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate and smoke notes. The flavor is much heavier on the smoke. I get smoke, ash and some roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good smoked beer.

Photo of bsp77
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Almost black with thick initial purplish-brown head that leaves a fine layer and spotty lacing.

Smell: Strong molasses and licorice with nuances of smoke, chocolate, spicy hops and a blast of nose-searing alcohol.

Taste: Strong woodsy and smoky layer atop a malt foundation of molasses, chocolate and anise. The smokiness builds into the finish along with a burnt roasted flavor and light spicy hops.

Feel: Low carbonation, full smooth and creamy body. Semi-dry finish and quite warming.

Drinkability: Doesn't really seem that different from an oak-aged Imperial Stout, but very well made and a fantastic sipper. This might be my favorite Weyerbacher brew to date.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and oily black with no other color coming through. About a finger of deep tan head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Big aroma of dark roasted malts and smoke. Good hints of chocolate and coffee. Very smokey with some wood. Burnt brown sugar and molasses. Hints of dark fruits including raisins, plum, and dark berry. Light hint of banana. Also some hints of anise and peat. Very robust aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a big roasty taste with a lot of smoke. Dark roasted malts with good notes of chocolate, coffee, and burnt wood. Big taste of burnt sugar and molasses. A little bit of peat. Midway comes some nice subtle dark fruits with some raisins, plum, fig, and dark cherry. A little bit of anise rounds it out. Smoke lingers throughout into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, rich, slightly sticky and chewy. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very solid smoked Imperial Stout. Smoke is strong but not overbearing. Nice subtle fruit flavors and spice.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Funny story on this brew, I had bought one back when it was released, but I never got to try it. Came home from work one night, wife was getting ready to go out with her girlfriends. "Honey I drank one of your beers from downstairs, I hope it wasn't anything special". The funny part she actually liked her 11% alcohol pregame beer, and don't worry she wasn't driving. This one pours pitch black with a deep mocha tan head, fine even scattered lacing, great looking brew. Aromatics has hints of dark roasted coffee, and dark chocolate super sweet underlying fruitiness with a background of smoke malts and herbal hops. Flavor lays it on with dark roasted malts, deep sense of smoked malts, acidic coffee like action with fruit driven flavors a blend of ripened dark fruits and berry flavors. The keep working toward perfection in this big luscious dark ales like in the 13th Annivesary and then their big bottle special release called Tiny. Excellent blends the fruit/smoke/dark chocolate/coffee accents so well, easy to drink. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied not cloying carbonation is mellow very smooth going down there's a good bit of acidity laying on the palate. Drinkability is very nice, a beer that needs to make it into their special release rotations, I tried the Double Simcoe as a one time release now it's year round. It could happen this beers is amazing everybody jump on the bandwagon.

Photo of glid02
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of equal parts roasted malts and dark chocolate aromas. Also present are smooth dark fruits - plums, figs, and raisins with mild amounts of smokiness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light amounts of chocolate-covered, dried dark fruits - plums and raisins. The fruit flavors fade out near the end of the sip, allowing for a good deal of smoky flavors to take over before a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a huge fan of this beer and thought it was very well done, packing a bunch of flavor into the profile while making sure none of them overpowered the others. Well worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has an inky black body with a deep tan creamy head that fades to a thick ring and the body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The light smoky note takes on a latex hint with some roasted black malt underneath and a bitter hop finish that grows as the beer opens. There are some caramel and dark crystal malt smells in with the black malt.

T- The deep smoky bacon meaty flavor has no band-aid qualities at all. There is some inky black notes that grow and a smoky flavor hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel finishes with a big fizz and a soft hint of alcohol.

O- This beer has a nice full smoky flavor that blends with the stout that has a nice sweetness to compliment the smoke and alcohol.

Photo of lnashsig
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really should have saved this for a BA tasting involving Graeme (legendary smokehead), but I was pretty curious about this one so dug it up tonight. Poured from bottle (presuming 2+ yrs of age) into CBS snifter. Pours a terrific pitch black color, some nice dark brown head pops up and recedes quickly, leaving a brown ring around an otherwise glassy looking black surface. Expected appearance for the ABV on this one. Smell- campfire smoke, peat, some nice roast. The smoke pretty much dominates the aroma, but its a nice dull peat aroma. Taste- wow! really chocolatey, coffee, super smooth and mellow first sip. For the 10.8 ABV, there is no booze to be detected at all. The smoke presents itself on the end here along with some roasty bitterness. The smoke actually plays a perfect complimentary role in the taste- not overpowering as I would expect. This is a creative and impressive beer, and the aging has done wonders with making it a very mellow and drinkable beer. I'll be enjoying sipping this one tonight for awhile.

Photo of prdstmnky
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a nonic.

Aggressive pour gave me a finger of tan head that fades really fast, down to a very thin cap. Body is black as night. Smoke and roasted malt dominate the nose, though there is some sweetness lingering in there too.

Smoke is certainly front and center in the flavor profile of stout, wow! Initially all I got was big doses of roasted malt and smoke, but as this warms, it really opens up. Some chocolate, both bitter and sweet, coffee, even hints of vanilla (which is what I was picking up in the smell). Medium bodied, smooth, and somewhat warming.

This is about as smokey as ive ever had. Got a couple more of these I look forward to drinking in the colder months.

Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Not surprisingly jet black, with a dense darker mocha-colored head that sticks nicely to the edges of the glass, leaving raucous drops and nice clumps. This sucker's thick and dense in every sense of the word.

Smell: Under the huge charred malt presence and mild smoke, there's an oddly interesting sense of sweet coffee and chocolate, along with ripe, dark berries. You really have to go deep to get the smokiness, which I like, since that shouldn't be the assaulting variable in the brew. The char here is dense and heavy and burned and more like a RIS, and I was surprised at the onslaught.

Taste: Again, the char is present here, and it's huge, but there's a good balance of mocha and sweet coffee and chocolate balancing things out. Lingering dark berries and bitterness, as the hops here seem pretty big too, working well with the char and the berries in the end.

Mouthfeel: Good back-end creaminess from what's seemingly feeling like an initial cloying bomb. The head leaves a good indication of the creaminess at the end, though, because it's extremely rich and heavy-bodied, and somehow it's able to hold up and not fall apart.

Drinkability: A more than solid burnt-to-hell porter with nice smoky undertones, which seems perfect for the fall. I have a feeling this could be cellared for a while, and if I can snag another bottle, that'll happen. Weyerbacher continues to kick ass.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just how you want your big-ass stouts to look: black as the abyss with a toasted bronze head that's two fingers thick after the initial pour. Man, what a good looking glass fulla beer I've got here.

The label promises a "smoked imperial stout," and certainly the smoke plays into the aroma. But unlike many smoked beers, the smoke doesn't totally overtake; there's a generous layer of toasted grain and steamed milk here too. Can't help but seem coffee-like, aromatically.

Coffee-like taste-wise too. VERY coffee-like. Roasted, toasted, smoky, nutty...yep, I'm reminded of the morning java, black as midnight and just bitter enough to wake the dead. A hearty and robust stout that balances the smokiness nicely, letting the other elements breathe and do their thing. Dark fruits, like fig and date, work themselves into the mix, as does vanilla, sweet cream, and a lighter vinous quality emerges too. The 10.8% alcohol has no business being this subtle, but it is. Hops are only tasted in the finish, where they mingle with the grainier bitter flavors.

So silky smooth, this beer simply glides over the tongue like liquid velvet. Just enough carbonation so that it doesn't feel dead or watery, but, yeah, just smooth, smooth, smooth...

An excellent stout, and one that does something a little different from the majority of the big stout pack. Very nice.

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black almost oil like with a very thin brown head that fades fast

S - big chocolate notes, wood, roasted malts, anise, faint coffee

T - anise, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malts, earthy, smoke, wood

M - full bodied, very warm, a bit boozy, well carbonated

This is a solid beer. The smoke, woodiness is a great compliment to the roasted malts. This is really a great offering. If I can find this I'll buy this again.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA. Poured into pint glass.

A- Poured a dark cola/black with a thick brown head that subsided to a thin layer. I can already smell the aroma without even lifting the glass.

S- Smoked wood, floral hops, chocolate undertones.

T- Upfront campfire marshmallow like sweetness. Sweetness similar to sweetened Latin American coffee. Not as complex as some others, but I bet this would be remarkable in an oak barrel.

M- Very lingering. Smoky bitterness is well balanced with hop bitterness. The campfire flavors do not leave that much of a bitterness as I expected... however it almost has an espresso like smoky flavor.

D- This is a pretty toxic brew at nearly 11%, but it is very nice and warming. Definitely balanced and palatable!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher's Fifteenth Anniversary beer is a smoked Imperial stout.

It's about as black as a beer can be, and no light gets through it. The head is a dark, orange-accented brown. A rough pour will bring up a finger thick head that looks like a milkshake, but it won't hold. Nor is the lacing particularly great, but it does leave some nice spots and an initial craggy ring about the glass.

When raised to the nose you'll immediately smell the smokiness, but it's far from overwhelming and you'll quickly find much more chocolate and yeasty fruitiness (red berries). A wafted stitch of alcohol is present as well.

In the mouth it's quite viscous, delivering a very full body. The carbonation level is moderate, along the lines of a traditional English version, and that leaves it remarkably creamy and smooth across the palate.

The flavor delivers a quick nib of dark chocolate upfront, quickly followed by fruit, and it's like a chocolate covered cherry. I get lots of berries, and some dark-skinned fruit as well (mainly raisin). The smoke doesn't really make its way through as it would in a Schlenkerla, and it acts as more of a thread that runs through it, mainly emerging in the finish. As it warms and you work your way through it, more subtleties appear: black licorice / anise, some oak, cold black coffee, brown sugar, caramel, fudge, and charred firewood.

It's a rich and full beer, with a nice bit of complexity. The fruit and chocolate appear upfront, and it's bitter and smokey in the finish. Along the way quick notes of wood and sugar and spice add to its complexity. The alcohol is kept in check, and there's no dark malt acidity to it. Really, it's quite nice! This could easily have been way overblown, but they've really reigned it in to become a very drinkable, rich ale.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1.5 fingers finew brown head, opaque brown body.

Smells smoky, super-peaty, traces of oak.

Knockout taste- the same oak, peat, and smoke-- a bit of bacon, too. Faintly bitter. When you say 'smoked porter', I think this, not the stuff other breweries are putting out. A bit of dark chocolate.

Slightly textured, but appropriate to not steal from the taste.

Knockout smoked stout. That is all.

Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a sniffer. Pours a dark black color with a Tan head with a good amount of lacing. 

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with chocolate and a good amount of smoked malts. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty malts with some sweetness up front with a lot of smokiness in the  roasty finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is already drinking pretty well fresh. I can imagine that it will only get better and better with age. I will have to pick up a few more bottles to see how it ages.

Photo of phillybeer7779
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an Old Stock oversized snifter. Appearance was dark black with next to no head or lacing. Aroma was licorice, chocolate, with smoky undertones. The taste was a little thin upfront, but lingering flavors of bitter chocolate and licorice produced a big aftertaste. The smoke sat right on the center of my tongue throughout the drinking of the beer. Rather drinkable for a 10.8% beer, but the aftertaste did make me want to dial it down a little for the next beer. Overall, a very different and interesting approach to the style!

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fifteen pours a very dark, chocolate fudge color. Looks damn near onyx to these eyes. No light cuts through. A dark, mocha colored head crowns the top. It rises to about a finger and a half in depth, and holds steady for a good bit. Lacing was sticky, but not exactly voluminous.

The nose is quite good. It kicks off with a nice dark chocolate malt scent. It smells bittersweet. There's definitely a smoky/roasted aroma throughout, but it complements the stout elements nicely. It doesn't overpower them at all. Coffee, dark fruit, and a little molasses are noted. They're all rather subtle, secondary notes, but they certainly add something. Alcohol is buried and is hardly noticeable at all.

One sip reveals that Fifteen is very good beer. Bittersweet, dark chocolate fudge is very appetizing initially. It's followed by a healthy dose of roasted coffee. Always a good combo in my book. It does have a smoky flavor. Roasted might be more accurate. It's a complementary flavor, and does work well. I like it. Light plum and molasses are noted on the tail. The plum imparts a tangy twist that's interesting. Alcohol is masked extremely well. There's no evidence that this is nearly 11% abv. Well...very little anyway.

Fifteen has a medium body that feels just a tad thin. Carbonation is dialed down nicely, and it is smooth. More body would help a little. Drinkability is good. For such a big stout, it goes down rather easy. It's also deceptively strong. The smoky/roasted flavor grows a tad tiresome toward the end, but I've enjoyed the bottle.

I've generally been impressed with Weyerbacher's anniversary releases. Fifteen is definitely a good one. If you're a little apprehensive about smoked stouts, this is a good place to start. It is a little smoky, but it's far from overwhelmingly smoky. Overall, the flavor combo works well. Definitely worth picking up a few bottles if you see it.

Photo of ajaxivan
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date Aug 12 2010, poured into my Victory Tulip

A: Deep black with a 2 finger brown head

S: Smoke, first and foremost. Hints of dark fruit, vanilla and chocolate

T: Sweet with dark fruit

M: Medium, roasty and bitter on the finish

D: The high abv. is well hidden and this beer goes down well but for me, the smokey aspects dont lend this beer to many in a sitting or often, solid though

Photo of mikey711
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark black with a mocha colored head which pours somewhat small but leaves good webbing.

S: Some smoke and chocolate followed by a bit of pepper. Very roasty for sure.

T: A little bit of a let down. there is some smokiness but it gets overshadowed by almost a belgian like esther that tastes a bit like bananas. there is some chocolate present but really this banana quality is most present

M: Some heat and a touch of chalkiness and harshness.

D: Again this is a let down. maybe some aging is the best thing for this

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark but not black. While pouring you can see some very dark amber light come through. Very thin head, maybe a quarter inch.

Smells great. Smokey, oily, and some pencil know the smell from those pink erasers after you have just erased something. The smokiness smells like a sweet woody barbeque or a ham.

I taste smoke, dust, and bourbon. There is a smokey character as well as a lot of malt bitterness, especially in the finish and aftertaste. This is certainly an imperial stout, which can be a bit much at times but this one is made better by the smoke. It is like the difference between black coffee, and black coffee with flowers and ham in it. Not my central taste preference but certainly not a bad beer.

Feels like dirt or really really dark chocolate. Dry with a slight tang. The bitterness definitely affects the tongue like an extremely dark chocolate bar, or black coffee, or the back of a stamp with no glue. But in my experience this is pretty typical for a lot of the highly valued imperial stouts.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an impenetrable black with a thin cola colored head that retains as well as you'd expect for beer over 10%. The aroma has a heavy smoke element upfront, along with rye, soy sauce, teriyaki, dark chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, dark fruits (plum, date, raisin) and alcohol. The flavor also has a big smoke character, with notes of beef jerky and liquid smoke, along with dark chocolate, coffee, a little soy sauce, dark fruits, burnt bread, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is limited by the intense smokiness. While an enjoyable beer, the intense smokiness is somewhat overwhelming even for a smoke fiend like me. I threw one in the cellar as I'm intrigued as to how this will fare with some age.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Not quite jet black body with a wee bit of a tan colored head. It fades quickly leaving just a bit of lacing.

Smell - Strong roasted malt flavor with some smoke. It smells like coffee and Islay scotch. The flavors complement each other well in the nose.

Taste - I don't think the smoke plays well here. The flavor is immediately a strong bitter chocolate flavor. The bitterness is augmented by the hops (is this not an RIS?). The smoke just adds to the bitterness. It comes off as unbalanced.

Mouthfeel - Nice body to it. A bit chewy, which is surprising since it doesn't have a lot of sweetness to it at all. Medium carbonation. Feels like a 10.8% stout, as it should.

Overall - Not a bad stout, just very very bitter. No cloying sweetness here. I've never had a smoked beer before and given this, I'd be interested to try other examples of it.

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Fifteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.