Fifteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
Thanks to J2Brew2 for sending me this one.
Pours a motor oil thick pitch black with a 1 inch dark chocolate head. Nice patterning of lace on the glass on the drink down. One of the thickest and blackest beers I have ever seen. Smells of roasted malts, smoked wood, soy sauce, and cocoa powder. Reminds me of a campfire smell in a way. Very nice. Taste is very similar to the smell with roasted/smoky malt, bitter chocolate, muted coffee/espresso, and a hint of soy sauce (not as strong as the smell would indicate). This is a very tasty beer with the smoke flavors complementing the typical imperial stout richness of chocolate/coffee/espresso. Very thick in the mouth, which detracts a bit from the overall experience of the beer. Very full body that coats the mouth with each sip. Overall, I am very grateful for this extra and for the fact that I got to try this beer.
04-09-2011 05:56:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours near black with a nice mocha head and a wee bit of lacing on the way down. Nose brings forward coffee, chocolate, roast, and a hefty amount of smoke. I really like how Weyerbacher's gotten the interaction between the smoke and the other flavors as opposed to a pure smoke bomb. Although, as far as smoked beers go, theirs is one of my favorites. Taste integrates the smoke even better and their is a very nice interplay between the smoke and the more traditional AIS flavors. Feel is nice and thick. Drinks really well and is one of my favorite Weyerbacher beers to date.
10-11-2010 12:05:49 | More by Thorpe429
4.01/5 rDev -0.7%
A: The beer is essentially jet black in color - traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin dark brown head that quickly died down, leaving only a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of smoke and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of licorice. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thick on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is incredibly drinkable considering its strength because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.
04-29-2013 01:46:56 | More by metter98
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: A magnificently rich pour, with a light brown head settling atop the mysteriously dark brown liquid; nice retention and it leaves some shards of lace behind
Smell: Smoked wood, dark chocolate, licorice, burnt brown sugar and a hint of banana
Taste: The sweet dark malts hit the tastebuds first, bringing licorice and chocolate flavors, followed by the burnt brown sugar; in the middle, the smoked flavors take over, but don't overwhelm the palate; the fruity elements arrive, after the swallow, though the sweetness is restrained
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: This beer has matured nicely, with the flavors blending together in a smooth and subtle fashion
06-22-2012 23:37:43 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -1%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light smoke and dry roasted malt with light notes of black chocolate. Taste is also a nice mix between some notes of smoke though not as dominant as expected with some dry roasted malt and some subtle chocolate notes. Body is quite full with a somewhat of a creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very tasty though I bet this would have been better had it been fresher with more smoke presence.
12-02-2011 17:57:34 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev -1%
black and evil looking from the start. A small but quickly fleeting head of light tan rises up from the bottom of the glass and sits on top for a brief moment before settling back down again. Aroma is burnt, smoked, and peaty, however you want to say it, wow. Dark leather and tobacco, smoked malts, rich, dark chocolate notes. Immense aroma of charred wood. Holy crap this is a beast. Warming brings out subtle vanilla, but barely as the bulk of this is just tremendous smoke. Each sip is rich, again seeped in smoked malts and rich campfire like tones. Smoked wood dominates as does subtle sweet notes of honey, light touches of vanilla and a rich leather and tobacco finish.
07-24-2011 06:15:54 | More by mikesgroove
2.7/5 rDev -33.2%
Thanks to both Mikey and Brandon for sending me bottles of this.
A: The pour is a semi-viscous black color with a sturdy tan head.
S: The nose is certainly full of smoke along with roasted malts and chocolate. The smoke gives off hints of meatiness and there is a fair amount of alcohol as well (seems to be a trend with some of these Weyerbacher anniversary beers).
T: Upon tasting this beer, I couldn't help but think: smoked salmon. Slightly salty, meaty, and a bit of a sea/fishy flavor that you might notice on a piece of smoked salmon.
M: The body is medium and sort of chalky/astringent with a low carbonation.
D: I like smoked salmon, but not in liquid form. It seems like way too many breweries overdo the smoked malts in a smoked beer. Subtlety helps, especially with such a powerful flavor.
08-22-2010 03:14:55 | More by womencantsail
3.83/5 rDev -5.2%
A: 2 finger chocolate head, black in body
S: Roasty and fairly smokey for a stout. Coffee and mild chocolate notes
T: Incredibly smokey beer. Coffee is also big with this one. Roast, caramel and syrup notes are there but take a back seat to the smoke flavor. As others have said, it does get better as you drink.
M: thick bodied and moderate carbonation. This is a really oily beer.
Overall: Aroma is right on but the taste is a little over the top smokey. Not very drinkable for me.
08-31-2011 01:20:20 | More by kylehay2004
4.08/5 rDev +1%
12 ounce bottle - $3.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Slips out of the bottle a black, opaque body with a tall, stately-looking, tan head.
Smell: Roasty, tar-toned maltiness of Italian Roast coffee, black licorice candy, softened dark chocolate squares, dark fruits, freshly-ground pepper and, ah, there it is, there's the promised smokiness lurking in the background.
Taste: Sweet, burnt dark Muscovado sugar-flecked roasted malts with a robust flavor of bitter chocolate, cold espresso, caramel, and even a snippet of fire-charred licorice, Fruitiness tasting of prunes and red currants. Given a moment to warm, the smokiness provides for a touch of smoked salt-cured meats. Underlying spiciness. Earthy, roasty bitterness embodies the middle as summer sausage and chocolate fudge closes out things for the finish with a lingering roastiness and hint of hidden alcoholic heat.
Mouthfeel: Approaching a full mouthfeel, it's fairly weighty on the tongue with a slight, noted stickiness. Medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability: Fifteen is simply a solid, sweet-leaning imperial stout. The smoked malt, instead of being an over-the-top character, is merely a pleasant, well-integrated feature of the beer.
11-15-2010 21:36:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
Another year has gone by and Weyerbacher brings us a really nice Smoked Imperial Stout. Very good balance in this brew. Has a little bit of the smoked bacon saltiness to it, but it doesn't interfere with the brew at all. The color is very black and has a thin brown head that doesn't seem to leave a ton of lacing behind. The aromas of course are smoke, and roasted malts, perhaps even some early morning breakfast bacon. The smokiness in the flavor doesn't overpower the beer which is very good to me. There is still a strong burnt stout aftertaste that comes in on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is thick but not too much. Pretty good beer for sure. Get it while you can.
04-14-2011 03:02:36 | More by Knapp85
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
06-18-2010 12:56:25 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
I'm glad I was able to find and snag a bottle o' this before I escaped from NoVa. It pours a blisteredly opaque black-brown topped by a mild fraction of a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises thoroughly roasted malts, molasses, dark smoke, maple syrup, and brown sugar, all the things that usually make for goodness (especially considering the smoke ain't exactly overwhelming). The taste takes the smoke and lightly smatters it across the other aspects above, thus spreading it out thinner than an unsuspecting front line against Frederick the Great's oblique order (look it up). It's still pretty tasty, but things could have been cleaned up a bit, I think. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice smoked stout, though I think I had my expectations set a bit too high as this thing fell just a hair short thereof.
09-30-2010 21:41:14 | More by TMoney2591
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
01-26-2011 16:53:38 | More by NeroFiddled
3.6/5 rDev -10.9%
A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves very nice lace.
S - Lots of smoke with some coffee and molasses in the background.
T - Molasses, caramel, and coffee up front with strong smoke. The smoky character intensifies profoundly in the middle as peaty notes emerge with a spicy, phenolic character. The beer finishes with moderate bitterness and a touch of pine hop flavor as well as crushing, overwhelming smoke.
M - A moderately thick, somewhat oily body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - Well, they weren't kidding about the smoke on this one. It is very present in the aroma, but not unpleasantly so and even though it kind of smothers any other malt and sugar aroma notes this doesn't prepare you for just how strong it is going to be when you taste it. Drinking this beer is like being in a house fire, the smoke is overwhelmingly strong and very distinctly peat derived. Other flavors are very much secondary and while I got used to it after a few sips and actually began to enjoy the peat, it is still way too much. The spicy smoke character smothers the potential complexity of the other characteristics.
08-18-2011 05:33:30 | More by nickfl
4.4/5 rDev +8.9%
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 stuff...it 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.
09-27-2010 05:04:59 | More by WVbeergeek
3.88/5 rDev -4%
I picked this up at Quick six, poured chilled from the 12oz into a tumbler.
An opaque black colored beverage with thick rocky medium reddish brown cap. The lace is thick and bead is tight. The smell has a nice level of complexity with fruity yeast and smokey odors which don't overwhelm the cocoa in the malt and slight woody scent like cedar possibly from the smoked malt or hops. The feel is mildly smoked with lots of caramel and mild carbonation w/ gentle bitterness and the alcohol seems light while the body is relatively full.
The flavor of Fifteen is good w/ a little more sweetness than I like, but a nice caramel flavor anyway with some cocoa and smoke accents w/ a slight woodiness and alcohol in the taste. The mild coffee-like flavor comes off sort of like french roast based on the smoke in the malt w/ some dark fruit sweetness as it finishes. I enjoyed this even if it was a little all over the map. Enough smoke to notice it, but not dominate or go too far over the top. I think even with some age it has pretty high drinkability -I would have possibly enjoyed this more fresh.
06-30-2011 17:06:42 | More by Slatetank
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
Gotta try one of these fresh before I age the rest.
A: A dark rich thick fluffy head pours 1 finger head that fades slowly over pitch black thick rich beer.
N: Nose is loaded with roasted malts, coffee, black patent malt, a touch of bakers chocolate, sweet malts, some caramel, slight hint of booze, and some slight earthy and spicy hops. Just the way a nice thick roasty imperial stout should be.
T: Starts with smoke actually, some smoked malts and a touch of smoked meats. Then some roasted malts, lots of roast with more coffee as well. Can't get that smoked meat out of the taste though, it just overpowers everything else and I'm trying to dig through to get the other flavors. Chewy malts, lots of dark malts with a little black patent. Some sweetness and caramel. SOme booze tastes as well, heat and even some spicy booze flavors, the alcohol def lets itself be known. I get a little earthy and spicy bitterness too from some hops, as well as the roasty malts. A little oatmeal taste as well, and def gives it a rich thick oatmeal feel to it.
M: Pretty thick and syrupy, boozy with a little spicy tingly and warming booze, and lower but decent carbonation.
F: FInishes still somewhat sweet and syrupy with a big coating all over the mouth. Then more boozy tastes with lingering spicy tingly feel and warmth. Lots of smoke also lingering with more smoked malts and smoked meat flavors. A little caramel and chocolate linger with lots more roast and coffee late on the finish.
A nice tasting beer, done well, a little too heavy on the smoke as it overpowers everything, and drinks really hot. THis should get better with age though.
08-15-2010 02:31:44 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-30-2010 01:45:06 | More by Mora2000
Fifteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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