Fifteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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..
08-04-2010 23:00:15 | More by Tomdee74
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
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
08-04-2010 02:55:15 | More by chefmikeanderson
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
08-04-2010 02:01:34 | More by Casey10
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
08-02-2010 23:06:27 | More by WorldWideStout
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
08-01-2010 04:28:23 | More by Bung
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-31-2010 14:58:43 | More by Seanibus
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-31-2010 02:42:02 | More by prototypic
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
07-30-2010 02:45:46 | More by UnDeadly
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
07-30-2010 02:30:54 | More by gford217
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
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-28-2010 04:08:55 | More by BB1313
4/5 rDev -1%
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!
07-28-2010 02:48:36 | More by phillybeer7779
3.88/5 rDev -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.
07-27-2010 19:34:25 | More by Faina
4.65/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
07-27-2010 16:24:34 | More by glid02
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
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!
07-23-2010 01:42:42 | More by yeahnatenelson
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
07-23-2010 01:15:59 | More by mdfb79
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
07-21-2010 02:45:22 | More by ChrisPro
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
A - A fingers worth of light to medium brown colored head that is moderately creamy and mixed with some big chunky bubbles... Moderate retention gives way to a full lacing with similar characteristics... Sluggish small bubbled carbonation can be seen along the sides of the glass struggling to rise... A dull black color... The the slightest sliver of light can be seen when back lit... A very good looking stout all the way around...
S - A charcoaled meaty smoke is dominate... A faint touch of coffee... Just a hint of semi sweet morsels... Perhaps some roasted malts...
T - Smokey dried meats... Semi sweet chocolate... Coffee... Roasted malts... A hint of dried fruits... Continually evolving as these flavors continue to cycle through and compete for dominance... An utterly complex and enjoyable experience...
M - Full bodied... Chewy... Dense... A minimal bit of carbonated bite... Still surprisingly smooth... Smokey finish...
D - This is hearty and challenging stout... The 10.8% ABV is extremely well hidden... Loaded with complexity, especially on the palette... A really well crafted and enjoyable text book stout which shouldn't be a surprise coming form the fine folks at Weyerbacher...
07-21-2010 00:54:46 | More by philbe311
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
Appearance: Pours is almost black with a thin brown head. Nothing terribly out of the ordinary here.
Smell: This beer smells amazing. Getting chocolate, coffee, and a little dark fruit. And smoke. Not overpowering, but it announces its presence.
Taste: This is one complex beer. Definitely follows the nose. Chocolate and coffee, maybe a little raisin. A little alcohol, but not much considering the abv. The smoke is complimentary here. It balances the sweetness and masks the alcohol quite well. Smoke steps forward a little as the beer warms, but never becomes overpowering.
Mouthfeel: This one is has plenty of thickness. Great for the style. I would have preferred just a little more carbonation.
Drinkability: This is a unique and challenging (in a good way) beer. It has a lot going on, and I enjoyed every sip. A winner by Weyerbacher. I look forward to revisiting as it ages. Also giving this a boost for straying from the beaten path. Not sure I would want more than one in an evening, but I will definitely sample it repeatedly.
This is the first beer in some time that really stood out. Unless you think smoke does not belong near a beer give this a try.
07-20-2010 16:37:12 | More by Sponan
3.05/5 rDev -24.5%
Pured pitch black into my tulip. Gave a nice 2+ fingers of head that left behind a good bit of lacing. Smell was what I expected. Nice chocolate aroma upfront w/ a smokey burnt charcoal punch to the face bringing up the rear. Taste was much the same but w/ less chocolate and more charcoal. Mouthfeel was smooth and slick. The drinkability was good. I definitely wouldn't have guess its 10.8%. All in all this wasn't a bad beer. Its just not mt thing. I probably wouldn't recommend it to a friend but I have 3 left that I'm going to cellar for awhile so maybe that'll change.
07-19-2010 05:46:00 | More by russellaaron69
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As poured the beer is an almost black, used engine oil color with a thin dark tan head and small ring around the glass. The head is short lived. Sipping for most of the beer leaves a few scattered speckles of lacing but not much else and even the small ring of foam is gone before the beer.
Smell: The aroma is charcoal, dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of alcohol in the background.
Taste: The flavors are more complex than the nose predicts in that there seems to be not only dark chocolate and charcoal here, but there is some coffee and roasted malt showing up here and there as well. The alcohol is well concealed and I don't really pick up any hops.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel leans towards being full bodied and has a smooth character from the light but persistent and long lasting carbonation. The finish is moderately long, has some chocolate blended in but finishes off with a moderate charcoal and dark roasted malt flavor disappearing into bitter dryness.
Drinkability: I'm finding this more drinkable as it warms and as I have had a few bottles now to get used to the beer before doing this review. I certainly found each sip following the last quite naturally and I'm confident I'll be having more of these over the next year, if only to see what changes bottle age brings about.
Notes 4 Dec., 2011
I've pulled this one from the basement storate area and am now exploring what time has done to this beer. The only changes I really notice are that the charoal has receded in from the nose but is still noticeable in the flavors. On the whole I'd say the beer has softened a bit, the alcohold is less noticable that it was before, and the beer is holding well, with no noticable signs of oxidation.
07-17-2010 01:30:28 | More by drtth
3.88/5 rDev -4%
A- beers poors black as night with a thin mocha head that dissapears quickly leaving some minimal, spotty lacing.
S- smell is mainly dominated by roasted, burnt malt. smoky qualities come through heavily. charcoal and BBQ come to mind when i smell this beer. reminda me of sitting next to campfire.
T- very similar to the nose. apparently smoky with some chocolate and coffee soming through at the end. reminds me of smoked meats and cheeses, BBQ and other smoky foods.
M/D- full bodied and low carbonation. good beer, with alcohol well hidden by the smoky qualities. not something id slam back on a summer day but would go well with BBQ food and the such.
07-17-2010 00:11:21 | More by Pabs311
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
The beer was chilled and allowed to warm up to a proper temperature. The beer was served in a goblet.
Appearance: The body of the beer is black. The head was a dark nugget coloration. The head retention was excellent started as one finger high and resolved to a constant thin layer. Specs of lacing remain behind on my glass.
Smell: The aroma of the beer has nicely layered roasted, toasted, char, ash, charcoal, smoke not to the point of bacon but maybe smoked ham, some dark semi sweet cocoa and a whiff of coffee. No alcohol peaks its head out in the aroma.
Taste: The flavor of the beer is semi sweet chocolate and darkly roasted coffee. Then my mouth is hit with straight up smokey flavor.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is super smooth medium. In all honesty I wish the body had a few more curves. Then again I am like Mix Alot . This is not a bad stab at a smoked beer. The beer was easy enough to drink and I am looking forward to my remaining beers in this 4 pack.
07-15-2010 14:13:56 | More by nlmartin
3.63/5 rDev -10.1%
Poured into a stemmed tulip: Black body, no highlights that I can tell. Given a vigorous pour, about half a finger of mocha head rises & dissipates within roughly a minute, leaving a thin collar. Leaves a little bit of very tenacious lacing.
It was kind of cold from storing in the fridge, but as it slowly warms I notice a rich, baked goods kind of maltiness, with a dark, high cacao chocolate smell & some dark, sugary fruits (figs & dates, mostly). A little alcohol, mild roast/smoke character. Starts simple, but reveals itself to be complex.
Whoa-ho! In your face roast & fruit acidity with strong alcohol. Challenging enough that it's hard to dissect the miasma of big ol' flavors at play here. The booze is definitely piercing, but hovering around it are roasted/burnt malt, intense fruit sugars, some dark caramel. The aftertaste is pretty bitter & roasty, as well.
Full mouthfeel, but well penetrated by the booze cutting right through. Bitter, astringent, with minimal soft & creamy character that gets overwhelmed.
Whew! This tiger needs to be tamed by some cellaring. There's definitely a good beer in here somewhere, but right now it's too raw & confrontational for me. I'd love to come back to this one in a few months, maybe it'll have mellowed out by then. Didn't really get much smoke from it, mostly just harshness.
EDIT: Smoke picked up with a little more warming, making the beer approach scotch. The alcohol also mellows slightly, but this is still formidable.
07-12-2010 21:44:22 | More by OneDropSoup
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is smoke, roasted/charred malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some hops and dark fruit noticable. However, this beer is mostly about the smoke and roasted/charred malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick with good carbonation. It does seem a little bit thin for a big stout. Drinkability is good, I thought it was smooth and enjoyable to drink. A good overall brew, I'll have to age a couple bottles and see how they hold up.
07-11-2010 00:32:59 | More by bluejacket74
Fifteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.