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Fifteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 28
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Spica66
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as an extra from randomdanger. Thanks Will!

Poured into Weyerbacher snifter (also from Will).

A: Extremely dark, virtually no head.

S: On top of the standard dark chocolate roast aromas is a cedar-like smoke. I have never had a smoked beer before and this new smell was very intriguing to me.

T: The moment the beer hits your tongue, you get very nice dark roast flavors. About 3 seconds later, you think you are sitting by a campfire. How cool. The smoke taste/smell grabs the sides of your tongue and permeates up into your nose. Very enjoyable.

M: Medium thickness. A little light on the carbonation, but that is not uncommon for an IS.

D: I couldn't wait to take the next drink!

I feel very fortunate to have Will as a trading partner because Weyerbacher has not disappointed yet.

Photo of 7ways
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No head whatsoever on first pour, had to swirl for 10 seconds to coax out the aroma I wanted from a very dark head. Let's just call the color black.

Aroma: Mild but pleasing. Chocolate (malt), smoked oysters, salty sea air, wisp of smoke. So basically if you made chocolate over a fire on a beach, it would smell like this beer. Sweet damp wood; alcoholic and soul-pleasing like a good bourbon. Incredible after it warms up.

Taste: Not the blast of smoke I expected, but enough to make me pay attention. A little coffee and a lot of baker's chocolate. Temporal complexity (ooh, big words!); it changes a lot with every sip, some smokier than others. Restrained sweetness. If it wasn't for the fruity taste of the typical Weyerbacher yeast strain and a slightly bizarre finish, I'd give taste a higher mark.

Mouthfeel: Perfect if this wasn't a double stout; however, it still works well for this beer.

Drinkability: It has how much alcohol? Fuck it, put another one on my tab.

Aside from the XIII, this is my favorite Weyerbacher to date.

Photo of mgbickel
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. The aggressive pour yielded a tiny, ½ finger of dark khaki head. The foam disappeared almost instantly and would not stick to the glass at all. The body is black with only the slightest bit of amber toward the meniscus.

The nose has lots of roasted malts, dark coffee and chocolate. The dominate aroma is a deep, beefy smoke.

Smoke starts off and finishes this drink. You get a little of the chocolate flavors up front and the roasted malts and coffee finish thing out. A little booze kicks in toward the finish also.

Medium mouth feel...maybe on the thick side, creamy but drying toward the finish; light carbonation.

Very drinkable...one of the top smoke beers out there. Grab one while you can!

Photo of DIM
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Weyerbacher, the anniversary series in particular. A smoked imperial stout sounds like something I need to try. I can't wait for this one.

a: This had a black body and poured with a thick, sticky dark tan colored head.

s: Beautiful combination of deep roasty malt that smells of chocolate and maybe a hint of cherry coupled with a perfect note of charred smokey bacon. This smells pretty much exactly like I hoped it would.

t: Magnificent, I've never had anything like this. While some of the complexities of a great imperial stout are covered by the smoke, plenty of stout character shines through. There is rich, sweet chocolate and warm, boozy cherries that are joined by the smoke towards the finish. The balance between the smoke and the stout is remarkable and the alcohol is very well hidden.

m: Very creamy feeling overall with long lasting but gentle carbonation.

d: Smoked beer is something I enjoy in moderation for the most part, but I had no trouble with twelve ounces of this one. This beer is an amazing achievement and reminds why I get so excited about great beer.

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thank you very much to two fine traders, beerisheaven & msulinski, for a few bottles of this brew. Big fan of Weyerbacher & love everything in the anniversary series from Twelve on, so have been waiting eagerly to put one of these down. Which is right now.

Pour is like a moonless night in a tent on Moose Lake, nothing more, nothing less. Smoke is mingled with Rockefeller-rich malts. The raw Porkey Pig strengthens as it warms.

Fifteen. The smoke jumps out front, & it's a clean, woody smoke, vs. the bacon-beer that isn't quite as appealing. Behind the veil of smoke is rich, dark malts, slathered with brown sugar. Coffee & charcoal, with just a tinge of hops, finish things off nicely.

Well. This isn't quite what I was hoping for; good, but not great. There's plenty of complexity here, but it's a bit choppy, like a salad that you eat one veggie at a time. Perhaps time will allow these disparate flavors to meld. Fourteen improved markedly after only 3-4 months; I'm going to sit on my remaining two bottles for a while in hopes that the same occurs here.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorites of the Weyerbacher anniversaries.

A: Into a tulip glass. Served just below room temperature. Pours out pitch black with a mocha head with a strange lighter brown colored ring sitting on top. You can almost tell the malts were smoked just from the color of the head of this beer.

S: Dark roast, a deep woody smokey aroma. A touch of spice and some sweetness. Some vanilla and sugar but this beer is kicking ass with its smoke character. Not overly burnt or roasty smelling. Great balance for an Impy stout utilizing smoking.

T: Deep, smokey wood. Deep and dark roasted malts. Twang of alcohol heat. Everything I look for in an Imp. Stout plus the smoke character. Very interesting beer. Good spice note similar to a rye beer. Just a bit bitter on the end.

M: A bit thin and it leaves the teeth enamel quite dry. I wonder how this beer would change if it were started refrigerated and allowed to warm while enjoying. Alcohol is on point for where an IRS usually stands. Everything is pretty spot on for style here.

D: The smoke is wondrous upfront towards the beginning of this beer, but starts to catch up with you towards the end of the glass. Maybe a little age would pull back the astringency of the hops in this one.

Photo of Bonis
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - From a 12 oz bottle into a pint. Pours around a finger of head which is fairly dark in color and dissipates somewhat fast. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Almost black like a normal imperial stout, not much light makes it in through the corners.

Nose - Smoked chocolate. Not getting much coffee. Since this is my first smoked brew, I haven't smelled something quite like this. If it tastes anything like it smells, I am in for
a treat.

Taste - Taste follows the smell. Very smokey/sweet flavors, almost bacon-like to me. Chocolate comes out immediately, and I can now get a slight taste of that dark roast coffee, but very little. A generous treat of chocolate bitterness on the back end. The smoke flavor isn't bad, but it lingers in the mouth with each sip. It gets to be a little overpowering as I finish the beer. The alcohol is masked fairly well, however.

Mouthfeel - Excellent mouthfeel. Big explosion of flavors, but seems thin for how much is going on. Pretty low carbonation. Like I said before, I don't taste dry bitterness until the end (A good thing, IMO).

Drinkability - This could probably be drinkable for some people, but I won't be having more tonight, and probably not tomorrow either. It's definitely a sipper. Good for special occasions, especially in the winter months. In addition, this is a pretty rare beer to find in my area, so the price was a little steep for four beers. It goes down pretty easily for the first several sips, but you might be better off splitting one of these bad boys with a friend.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Tomdee74
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was lucky to grab a single of this as i had it once on tap and was impressed... this is pretty flavorful! much better than the heresey!

A - Pours a pretty black/dark brown thick color.. only had a small head head that dissipated pretty fast, but it leaves behind nice cob web lacing.. a slight swoosh of the glass will bring a nice head back up...

S - it's so funny that you can smell the bacon in this thing.. i'm pickin up a tremendous amount of that in this.. it dominates the smell and hey... who doesn't love the smell of bacon?? so i can't knock them at all here...

T - Pretty damn flavorful! this is a meal in a glass.. the hoppiness comes out and there is this weird bacon flavor or something that grabs me.. it really is like i'm eating a good bacon cheeseburger or something.. hats off to weyerbacher here because i think this is a unique taste..

M - This is pretty thick.. i don't get the alcohol at all so good job there.. just a thick very good taste.. i really enjoy just letting this sit in my mouth for a second as there is such a great flavor to this i think..

D - I would only really want one of these in a sitting as this is not a session brew.. it's to enjoy. i'm glad i got this and if i get around to it would be happy to get another.. this is worthy... actually a little more than worthy. i'd grab this if you come across it..

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of Casey10
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow a really nice brew and when they say it is smoked they mean it. To me this had the taste of a smoked cheese (not in a bad way) just a nice smoked cheese. I bet it would it at least taste good with some.

Chocolately, fresh and delightful is all I have to say about this brew. If anyone wants to try the picture perfect version of a smoked beer here it is(at least to me).

You can not go wrong to at least try and experience this beer.

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very dark brown, definitely not black. Looks nice and thick. The head, also looking rather thick (that's what she said), reminds me of the color of chocolate milk, and eventually settles at about half a finger. Not much lacing.

S: Cured pork is the strongest scent I get, though there is also some campfire in there as well. A bit of sweet and sour like you sometimes get from rye, and faintly in the background are some faint, chocolately stout notes.

T: Smokiness is more subdued. Starts off with some sweeter chocolate notes, then some bacon smokiness comes in towards the middle. This last through the end, but tapers off as some roasty stout notes come out. A subdued, pleasant smoky aftertaste lasts for a decent while. There is a bit of alcohol towards the middle and the end, but it isn't too strong and isn't unpleasant, just imparting a gentle burn that I don't notice much.

M: Excellent. Pretty thick and coating, but I don't feel like it's overly heavy, perhaps because there is some carbonation that lasts through to the latter half of each sip.

D: This is really drinkable for a big ol' stout. If it was any more drinkable, I feel like it would have to be thinner or less flavorful, and that'd be no good.

A well-balanced brew that's not nearly as hot as the past two anniversary offerings were when fresh. I would've liked some more of that smokiness from the nose to come into play in the taste, but it's still quite a tasty beer, and definitely worth getting a four-pack of.

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

12 oz. Nice dark brown black pour. Dark tan head that's pretty much just a ring.

Aroma is quite roasty, maybe a hint of smoke. Mostly roast malt and coffee. Some molasses and anise.

Very nice and roasty. Roast malt, dark chocolate mainly up front. Molasses, anise, charcoal notes, I guess you could call it smoke. It just gives more to the roast without adding harshness whatever it is. Finishes with coffee and just a faintest hop bitterness.

Some warming going on, but it's not boozy or hot at all. Alcohol is not detectable in the flavor.

There is a solid amount of carbonation, but it's small bubbles so it still is nearly creamy with a solid heavy side of medium body.

Thought this was pretty good, but not really sure how it will age. It's not very edgey, so I'm a little worried it will mellow a bit too much, but I'll see anyways.

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a large off white, even caramel colored head. The aroma is deep and carmelly, with some wood, milk chocolate and coffee. The flavor is rich and latte-like, with a charred, woody quality. Rich dark caramel, plum, roasted tobacco, espresso. The mouthfeel is slick and creamy.

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 UnDeadly
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, pint glass

Appearance - Don't be stupid like me and underestimate the carbonation on this guy! A normal pour should produce the head you want. Foam is a great mocha color, and lacing is moderate.

Smell - As it should be, aroma has an overarching smokiness. Underlying notes of coffee, and no hints of the alcohol hiding in it's black depths...

Taste - Again, smoke through and through. Hits hard in the front, and then yields to milk chocolate, coffee, and breadcrusts. There is also a strange flavor that I can't quite put my finger on...something like highly-treated water? Hard to say. Anyway, still not a hint of the potency of alcohol.

Mouth Feel - Despite being well carbonated, I don't feel it at all here. Very thick, slight creaminess, though frankly nothing special here.

Drinkability - Very smooth, very tasty, very potent! I would have another!

Good beer overall, pretty well balanced, and the alcohol is hidden very well. Still, not as complex as I was expecting, but still a great beer.

Photo of gford217
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with a small clingy tan head that recedes slowly to a thin cap and leaves delicate lacing.

The aroma is smoky but sweet - smoked black malts paired with chocolate and vanilla. Hints of spice from the rye but I keep coming back to the charred wood smokiness.

The taste is very robust with smoked malts and chocolate fighting for dominance. The is additional sweetness from dark fruits and caramel. The finish is dry and smoky.

The mouthfeel is stunning - one of the smoothest, creamiest beers I can remember tasting. Moderate but soft carbonation. So smooth.

This is a wonderful beer. Smooth, smoky, chocolaty, decadent. Extremely impressive.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 BB1313
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a straight black w/ very little head and not much lacing going on. Smells like a fireplace w/ hints of roasted chocolate. The smoke isn't as present in the taste imo, but still noticeable. There's a toasty bitterness that lingers. Mouthfeel is creamy, but thin, not thick. For the high abv, this is pretty drinkable.

Something is missing and I can't put my finger on it. Either way, it's really good. They definitely nailed the smoke aspect though. All in all a great brew.

Photo of phillybeer7779
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Faina
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark dark brown, tiny beige head. Lots of lacing.

S: Smokey, almost like a rauchbier. Slight char. Smells almost like a campfire at first smell.

T: Smokey finish. Dark fruits -- raisins maybe? Sweet but I don't get any chocolate taste. Slightly nutty at the end.

M: Thick, viscous, tiny amount of carbonation that leaves the tongue quickly.

D: Great drinkability. Despite the high ABV there is not an excessive amount of heat. It's hidden well and allows all the complex flavors to come through.

Photo of glid02
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
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 yeahnatenelson
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours like ink into the well, black in the glass with two fingers of craggy tan head.

Smell -- Cocoa, raisin, plum, char and smoke. Nice aromatics.

Taste -- Dark chocolate, rasin and prune, faint toffee, ground coffee, and molasses. Dark roast bitterness and the smoke temper the maltiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Full in body with ample creamy carbonation. Some booziness in the finish, but otherwise very satisfying.

Drinkability -- Definitely one of the best smoked stouts/porters I've had. It's much like TINY, but with a hint of bonfire smokiness. Tasty stuff.

While the smoke can seem a bit subdued when drinking it alone, pairing with something sweet such as biscotti or tiramisu *really* brings out the smokiness. Strongly suggested!

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown with half an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells very smokey, and of roasted malts, toasted malts, and a hint of chocolate.

t - Tastes very smokey, and of dark fruits, roasted malts, and a hint of alcohol. No chocolate in the taste.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation.

d - A nice smoked stout. Would have liked a little more from the taste, but pretty good overall. Glad I got to try it and would try again.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tasted on 7/20/10 thanks to rnorgart.

Pours jet black and a vigourous pour yielded half an inch of mocha head; lacing lingered throughout.

Aroma dominated by chocolate, maple and smoke with a good bit of coffee and peanut butter.

Flavor is a nice chocolaty sweetness, and then a great bitter coffee oak finish. Taste is fantastic, but the finish is an odd smokey finish. not bad, just odd.

Medium bodied and great carb. Nothing too oily and actually a pretty dry finish. A highlight of this beer.

Overall, it's a really unique stout and I'm glad to have tried it. Just the perfect amount of smoke that lends itself to great flavor, yet still quite drinkable. One of the better smoked brews I've ever had.

Fifteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.