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Sixteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

315 Ratings

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 23
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: silentjay on 05-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 315 | Reviews: 169
Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany amber/brown hue with a very small light beige tan head, which leaves a nice fine lacing. Aromas begin with a nice dark roasted maltiness hints of date and figgy fruit with a significant amount of sweet honey notes.
The tastes begin with warms flavors of dark fruits, but predominately sweet orange blossom honey. Not too sweet or cloying which is surprising for the style. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, which is nice considering I was expecting syrup. I was also expecting a great deal of residual sugars, but this is surprising clean and dry. A bitterness that I have experieced before with these honey (or maple) addition beers. Still a little hot with some alcohol bite.
Overall, I had extremely low expectations for this beer because I hate thick syrupy beers, and braggots usually fit that bill, but this was a nice American take on a style which is fairly uncommon in today's hop crazy imperial this-and-that market.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cherry/burgundy color when held to the light. Not against the light and sitting in the glass, it looks dark brown. Has a very big two fingered head of off white foam, dies down, leaves a massively thick ring around the top.

S - Plums, raisons, dark fruit, honey, toasted malt, and somewhat oaky.

T - The palette is hit with everything that I got in the nose along with a boozy effervescence on the way down. Slight pine bitterness bite up front on the tip of the tongue followed with a blend of dark fruit intertwined with toasted malt and honey. The oak comes into play partially through the middle and stays until the end. The alcohol makes itself known.

M - Nice heavy medium body with gentle carbonation on the tongue and a pretty dry finish. Leaves a coating of toasted honey in the mouth.

O - I'm really digging this beer. I wasn't crazy about last year's Fifteen. I absolutely loved the Fourteen and the Special Dark version that was only available at the brewery reminds me a little of this one with the aftertaste. Then again, it's been awhile since I had my last Fourteen so I could be totally off base with that comparison. Overall, I'll definitely be getting a case or two of this beer. Never had a Braggot style before, but I'm really enjoying it.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a dark brown with two finger fluffy mocha colored head. Nice mocha color ring of lace remained for most of the beer.

S- Toffee, honey, raisin, and some alcohol

T- Honey, toffee, raisin, candy sugar, breadiness, and some spice

M- Sticky, full bodied, but at 10.5% not nearly as boozy as I would expect. Very much a sipper though as you would expect.

O- I am glad I tried this beer. There was no alcohol burn or even strong alcohol taste, but the alcohol presence was definitely there. I am interested in trying other braggots now.

Photo of rfgetz
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with touches of copper, small spots of khaki head, little lacing. Scent is a blend of toasted grain, sweet honey and malts, dark fruit and a bit of herbal zest. Taste follows scent, not overly sweet on the malt of honey side, fruits are both dark and watery and a nice herbal quality. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. A nice beer, not too familiar with the style itself to know how traditional or not it is, but highly drinkable and the alcohol is hidden a bit too well.

Photo of CuttDeez
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass

A - A cloudy wooden ambr brown color with an off white creamy thick head.

S - Lots of earthen tones and oak mixed with carmalized sugars and toasted malts. Throught the nose is the essence of honey and some dark fruits.

T & M & D - The taste is deep and fruity and dark up front and the sweetness is somewhat carmalized but mostly honey sweet as the honey plays on the palate. Then the oak comes in on the middle to end of the palate and balances out the lingering honey. The body is medium to heavy with little carbination.

O - It was interesting in smell and taste but nothing that wowed. The Oak and the honey didn't mix like I would have liked on the back end (not when compared to the dark fruit and honey combination)


Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip, how fitting.

Braggot sixteen pours out the bottle a deep dark brown burgundy color with just a enough non darkness to see through under the light. A stealth pour yielded a small cap of ecru colored foam that dwindled leaving nothing. It could be brought back with swirls though. Smell is deeply integrated with the Pennsylvania bee honey and alot of malt. Hops are not in the picture. Some small dark fruit and a bit of rotted fruit as well. Taste is sweet and honey laden, it tastes like honey yet not overly sweet, although it is sweet, just not Southern Tier sweet. Honey, crystal malt, munich malt other malt, a whole lot of malt. dark fruit with slight plum action and a bit of alcohol in the end. Feel is a very strong medium approaching full. Carb is there but not big and bitey, pretty smooth going down with a slight burn on the end. Sweet, not cloyingly so though. Glad I got a bottle, interesting beer here. I don't think I would grab a whole bunch of this though and I really don't see the point in aging it, what could happen? probably not alot. This reminds me of many DFH ancient brews especially with the honey and Im glad to drink something similiar to what they had in ancient sumatra.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan,not much head or lacing.

Smell - Honey, malts, hops, sweet dark fruits. Plum, rasin, spices, alcohol.

Taste - Overload of honey and dark fruits, with a strong warmth of alcohol. Malts are bold and sweet. Theres a dark chocolate and ginger flavor in there with some hops.

Mouthfeel - Really intense, mouth is really crushed with the flavors and booze. Palette gets the malts and hops, tounge gets the honey and booze. Kinda thin actually and aftertaste is a little bland and sour.

Overall - Well this is different for sure. Not something to drink much of, the alcohol is really overpowering for me, and the sweetness is a bit much. Its not bad for fans of barleywine and meads, but doesnt quite do the job for me. Decent though.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, clove, notes of spice and a hint of alcohol. In the taste, clove, roast, alcohol notes and ends with something like honey. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry clove and honey, with notes of alcohol in the aftertaste. Big flavors, a bit boozy, but different.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy brownish-copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with hints of toasted and roasted malts. Also present are dry honey notes and lighter amounts of raisins and dates.

Tastes less complex than it smells. Mildly dry caramel malts with hints of roastiness up front are joined quickly by large amounts of dry honey. Midway through hints of boozy raisins come into play before being pushed aside by leafy hops that fade out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I’ve had a few braggots now, but none with such a high ABV. I think the booziness takes away from the nuance brought on by the honey and this beer could benefit from some tweaking toward the lower ABV end of things.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from my notes made over the past weekend.

A--Poured a dark brown, bordering on black color. Tan head that was large at the outset, but dissipated quickly thereafter. A bit of retention down the glass as I enjoyed the drink.

S--Wonderfully sweet smell. Clove honey that smells raw. It was almost like sniffing honey directly from the honeycomb. Then there was a wave of sweet grains--wheat, barley, and straw. This was followed by raisin and brown sugar.

T--The first thing I got was the honey. This was overwhelming. Then came the alcohol. The 10% was very noticeable in the palate. The sweetness continued with the grain taste and the brown sugar. Overly sweet is the only way I can describe this beer.

M--It was medium-bodied, very little carbonation, and a heavy alcoholic bite. It was much too sweet to be balanced, but I thought the alcohol itself wasn't too powerful.

O--This was a good mead-type brew. It had powerful honey notes and a nice alcohol kick--though, admittedly, both were a bit overpowering at times. I would like to age this beer to see what happens to it over time.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color that was somewhat hazy and cloudy. A nice head of white came up over the top and settled down into a thin veil that stayed on top throughout the session. The aroma was loaded with grains, nice light fruit notes, hints of honey and a light bit of alcohol. Nice sharp bite as I take my first taste, rich flavor here, more so then I have seen in the style before. Nice flavor of honey soaked oak that came across the tonge very quickly. Smooth, mellow carbonation really let the flavor explore the palate as light noted of fruit, peaches and nice touches of light grain and spice. Very intresting and very smooth with almost no hotness even with the very high alcohol in this one.

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown in body with a nice tan head. When held to the light a deep red shines through. Beautiful color. Clarity is good as well.

S: quite a bit of honey smell, as well as an assertive crispness that I associate with citrus. Some raison and brown sugar, as well as some wine notes. A touch fruity with a noticeable hint of alcohol.

T: Honey is immediately present, there is some sweetness and a good bit of roasted character. It has an interesing blend of honey sweetness, and tannic roasted malts. There is definitely a bit of booze in the taste as well. Still overall decent.

M: Medium in body, and the carbonation makes it feel a touch lighter. Nice and soft on the palate.

O: Overall this is a quite interesting beer. Good touch of honey, as it warms the booze picks up a bit, and the tannic quality drops. Very interesting indeed.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 04/14/2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing sticking around on the glass. Aroma is bitter and sweet, the brew smells like honey, caramel malt, dark fruit, grapes, and there's also an earthy bitter herbal aroma. However, the taste is sweeter compared to the aroma. It tastes like honey, dark fruit, sweet spices, and some booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, it's definitely worth a try. But it's not cheap at $14.99 a 4-pack.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly over very dark coke brown color, a bit of lacing.

Nose brings quite a bit of honey right out front, like a nice mead, some light mead like spices, then some nutty malts, a bit of darker malts, dark crystal malts and a nutty almost nutmeg like aroma, some light musty aromas with hints of herbal hops, and a slight sweet caramel.

Taste starts a bit rich and creamy, smooth, a bit of darker malts with some crystal malts, caramel flavors, hints of porter like creamy roast and maybe the slightest hint of coffee, some creamy oats as well. Also lots of honey, loaded with a mead flavor with honey, sweet honey, dried honey, some light mead spices like elder flowers, and hints of musty but herbal earthy hops and a bit of bitterness. Finishes very dry, as a typical beer with honey should, more lingering honey flavors, mead flavors and spices with more elderberry or flower like flavors, hints of creamy dark porter malt flavors, and caramel. Some booze throughout, with some warming and very little tingly.

Mouth is med bodied but creamy, dry finish, with decent carbonation but lower than I expected for being so dry, and some warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad, a nice blend of a light creamy porter and dark brown ale with the nice honey and spices of mead flavors, blended fairly well, not very drinkable with the booze, mead and spices.

Photo of cooch69
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Braggot pours into a tulip glass a deep brown with some amber outlines. It has a lovely foamy and slightly rocky white head.

Nose on this one is full of sweet caramell malts, orange blossom honey, brown sugar and molasses.

Tatse is very smooth and elegant. Slightly bitter up front. A fair bit of an alcohol kick but understandable given the ABV. on this big bad beer. Aftertaste is really reminiscent of honey. I've only ever had one Braggot before to compare this to and I think that the other one had even more honey in it than this one. This one is obviously more rounded and complex. Tasty to say the least. A sweet beer but not overboard. This one's got a nice creamy and slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Give it a try.

Photo of Agold
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a hazy brown color with a head consisting of big bubbles which dissipates to a ring rather quickly. The honey is readily evident in the aroma, under that is a mild roasty nutty balance as well as a mild sweetness. The aroma is very nice. It promises a beer that is a balance of sweetness and roast and floral notes, the beer however does not quite deliver like I had hoped. The first thing I notice is that this beer seems to have a hot instead of a calm alcohol flavor. (upon opening a second bottle almost 3 months later, it doesn't seem quite so hot and has mellowed considerably) It also has a bit of the honey that the aroma promised along with some scotch ale spicy/molasses/mild dark fruit character. There also seems to be a bit of cinnamon present as the beer warms. I was hoping for a bit more of a full body to this beer, but with so much honey I guess I should not be surprised at a light mouthfeel. There is a bit of astringency which is not so great. Definitely like this beer, not 100% sure what to make of it. Unique and enjoyable, may benefit from some extra time. I'll save the other one I picked up for a year, and see how it turns out.

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a translucent black cherry with some tan head.
S: It smelled like wild clover honey and roasted barley, with some biscuit and toffee.
T: It tasted like bittersweet clover honey and toffee, with copper and wild yeast and biscuit. It had a crisp and clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a very interesting and enjoyable beer. Seemed like it should have a smoky element, but I liked the scent and taste and body regardless. The alcohol was decently hidden too, so it was easy to drink. I assume it will age well for at least a few years. Recommended to at least try once.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer appears dark brown, with crimson highlights. The beer has approximately 1/4" of light, tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings an abundance of delicious honey, sweet malt, spice, and spice. The flavor offers sweet honey, malt, and spice, respectively. A really nice braggot. I could definitely drink a ton of this and walk around Renn Fest, pretending to be a knight. Alcohol is prevalent, but not overpowering. I would certainly have this again.

Photo of jcurtis55
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit I was not familiar with the term Braggot. So I learned something when buying this beer/mead.

This is a dark redish brown with a finger or two of tan head. I got lots of dark fruit and malt. The honey also adds some sweetness. I got no bitterness. Mouthfeel was closer to medium rather than full.

Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't drink more than one of these in a setting.

Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - Dark brown with ruby highlights. It has an inch and a half of tan head.

S - The smell is sweet and boozy. I get molasses, alcohol and fig.

T - There is plenty of alcohol in the taste. I get some roasted flavors and no bitterness.

M - Medium. Little carbonation.

O - This is only the second braggot that I have had. They tasted nothing alike so I'm not sure which one was stylistically better. This beer was hot and would probably be more enjoyable with some age on it.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/reddish color with no head

S: Very complex. Dark fruits and some very sweet malts, almost like a quad. Some honey undertones in the sweetness, though they are muted by the heavy malty sweetness

T: A bit dry, but still pretty sweet. Can definitely pick out the fruits, plus the sweetness is toned down quite a bit from the smell. Almost like a sweet red wine in terms of the dryness and sweetness of it. Definitely get some alcohol in there, but it blends in nicely with the sweet/dry nature of the beer. Still fairly complex, although a little bit of a let down from the aroma

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, fairly dry but the carbonation helps with the actual drying factor

O: A good braggot that acts more like a SDBA or quad in terms of profile but does indeed rely on that sweetness from the honey and of course doesn't use that fruity Belgian yeast. A nice, true braggot in my eyes

Photo of Deuane
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Deep, dark ruby and mahogany highlights brownish copper with a thick tan head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left nice sheeting lace.

S-Earthy spiciness with a healthy dose of oak. Dark malts combine nicely with dark fruits consisting of prune, dark cherries and raisin. Light hint of Cabernet Sauvignon in the background. Touch of honey sweetness in the finsih. Quite interesting and complex.

T-Overwhelming dry oak, spicy notes and a tongue shriveling astringency. Alcohol burn in the finish. That's about it....some moderating sweetness but not much else. Quite disappointing after the interesting aroma profile.

M-Medium to medium-heavy bodied and then dry, dry, dry, oh...and a bit of spicy bitterness.

O-After so many solid anniversary beers this one from Weyerbacher is a big let down! Nice complexity in the nose is lost on the palate. A braggot? Where is the balacing honey sweetness this one is just dry and spicy. Plus, at 10+% you aren't going to be pounding this one. Not too happy to know I have three more bottles left...I see extras in future packages!

Photo of bum732
2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

S: Caramel and honey mostly, alcoholic esters, liquorice, some dried fig.

L: Very dark brown bordering on black, off-white head, solid lacing.

T: Dark fruit like malt with an earthy medium bitterness. Dark concentrated honey component persists throughout. Finishes with some intense grape skins.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, fairly alcoholic.

Very sweet, kind of boozy, doesn't bring much to the table. Nice effort i suppose, but wouldn't try again.

Photo of woosterbill
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into its proper Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Opaque, nearly black plum-colored body with a nice 3/4" head of creamy, light-brown foam. Pretty good retention and lovely lace for a 10%+ beer. Attractive.

S: Extremely strong, sweet, fruity aroma: raisins, plums, chocolate, red wine, and spicy booze. Enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet, fruity, spicy, and boozy. Rather vinous and chocolatey. The alcohol is noticeable, but not too oppressive. The sweetness, though, does get a touch overbearing.

M: Highly carbonated, medium body. Solid.

O: Interesting beer - it tasted much more like a Quad than a Braggot to me, as the sweetness seemed to translate more into dark fruits than pure honey. I really enjoyed getting to try it, and it's probably my favorite Braggot to date, but I don't think I'll be ordering it again - just a bit too sweet for me.


Photo of LtCracker20
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark mohagony body wit hted hues around the edges. A nice 2-finger off-white head that slowly drops to a thin cap. OK lacing.

S- Honey, sweetness, a little fruity.

T- Fruity, a little honey, and a little spice.

MF- Big creamy. body on this one.

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