Sixteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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309 Ratings

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 22
Gots: 45 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 05-24-2011)
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Photo of dtivp
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a one and a half finger mocha tan head that faded into a nice ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, honey, malts and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste followed the nose with dark fruits, plums, raisins, honey, lightly toasted malt and clove. Very complex on the tongue with the sweet fruits, honey then the malt and clove hit you.

Mouth Feel was medium body leaning heavy with mild carbonation and alcohol warming. Very smooth with a dry finish and honey after taste.

Overall I liked this beer, I believe it is my first Braggot, I look forward to finishing the four pack.

Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my cousin for sharing this with me -poured chilled form the 12oz brown bottle chilled into a Duvel Tulip.

The color is deep brown like coffee with reddish hues and translucent clairty. The head is smooth and medium tan which settles to a ring and atoll formation with tight bead. lace is not really existent and not expected for the style so overall a really inviting looking mead/beer hybrid. The smell is sweet yet midly toasted with some floral notes from the honey and gentle alcohol overall. It is not candy-like sweet just has a nice mild honey aroma with the malty accent of medium caramel malt. not overly strong aroma for the amount of alcohol contained within. The feel is decent with some fusel alcohol, but no bitterness and smooth malt in the background giving the honey some kind of anchor and not cloying, but the feel is full and seems to finish with some warming and drying of the palate.

The taste is good with a moderate amount of malt, more honey driven flavors which are slightly sweet and fruity with a hint of raisin perhaps from the yeast and malt combination and there is a mild alcohol flavor as it finishes which gives a more fruity taste than hot or bitter end which iis very pleasant it has some candy tinges, but mostly smooth malt and honey with a generally dry tail-end, but still has some residual sugars that linger on the palate. I enjoyed an anniversary beer from weyerbacher, braggot that doesn't seem to be style that gets much attention in the beer world. The dark end of the spectrum is a type in the style I haven't seen often either, yet it was satisfying and easy to drink for the strength-I consider this a good example of the style.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Digging into a couple of six packs of singles from the Ale Jail, and pulled out a braggot. For those not up to date on your medieval drinks, braggot is a combination of mead and beer--both honey and malt--and generally has spices added. From the BeerAdvocate description, braggot tends to be high in alcohol as well. Sixteen matches exactly. GABF Gold Medal in 2011 according to Weyerbacher and second highest rated on BA for braggots. The beer comes with some credentials. Let's see if it lives up to the accolades.

Had to pour hard down the center of the glass to build up an 1/2 inch head that fell before I could get it in the picture. Taking the initial sips, I see legs slide down the glass, which confirms the potency of this ale on the label: 10.5% ABV. Looks dark brown in the glass, but serious ruby highlights when looking through the edge. Drinking it slow to let it warm, a big spice is emerging on top of a sweet, fruity malt. Clear fig, raisin, dark chocolate and cherry, peppery hotness from the alcohol, maybe some cinnamon and tumeric. Honey in the nose is so strong that it reminds me of a Sioux Bee honey from my childhood. On the tongue, more fruit and malt, and the honey and spice is more subdued but not completely tamed. Surprisingly dry finish that lingers. Complex and well balanced beer that is a pleasure to drink, but it's a pretty small category. Not likely that I'll go out and buy a bunch to drink or age, but this one was a very good departure from the usual.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a wide mouthed tulip, nice deep ruby hue. not much of a head. color looks fantastic.

nose is cherries, dark fruit, graham cracker, touch of roastiness and alot of honey.

taste is mostly sweet, cherries and slight plum flavor. mild roasted character, big wave of honey in the finish. honey lingers for a long time, coats the tongue.

flavor is medium bodied, overally pretty good. first braggot i've tried and it's quite interesting. gonna cellar the last 3 bottles because i think they'll develop quite well.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Nearly 1,500 pounds of honey per batch ... “sweet sixteen,” no doubt. Thin tan lacing dresses the top of the dark, inviting brew. Booze-soaked blackberries and cherries, nougat, vinous twang and faint mint show off a pretty complex aroma. Malty with a solid edge of honey. Modest hopping lets the peppery alcohol take a stab at balancing the sweetness. Brown bread, golden raisins and hermit cookies come to mind. Sweet finish, but nothing cloying about it as the taste buds try to break down the complex alcohols. Sip and savor ... let this ale warm up to cellar temperature, and it becomes a treat.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

a lovely braggot. Pours dark brown like a Belgian strong. Lovely spider lacing. The spices mainly nutmeg supersede the honey aroma. Above average mouthfeel. A fine creation,good balance, and "only" 10.5% abv for this braggot, which aids drinkability. Also cinnamon, a drop of ginger, and drop of turmeric. worth seeking out as a good representative of the style.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

A: Pours a viscous/syrupy deep brown color out of the tap. Cream color head, minimal retention

S: Definitely a massive dose of alcohol right off the bat, but I was kind of expecting that. Lots of honey, caramel, fruit? Very interesting, I don't have much experience with the style

T: This is a big beer. Lots of alcohol blends with honey, caramel, and a big sweetness. Pretty complex and many flavors are unique to my palate.

MF/O: Big syrupy and velvety body, smooth and low carbonation, big honey sweetness finish.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

An interesting beer, and the first of this style I have tried as of the writing of this review. Poured into a snifter, dark cola brown, opaque (until I got near the end when light started peaking through), oily, with a thin beige head that receded to a glowing ring. Aroma of caramel malts, booze, and dark fruits. The taste starts out honey sweet, with dark dried fruits--plums, black cherries, raisins--licorice, alcohol, and popcorn; near the end, goes from spicy with hops, to bitter to very bitter, and finishes extremely dry. Full-bodied, and quite drinkable, but not for the weak of heart.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to naugros and YaKnowBrady for the love!

Never come across a "dark braggot" before, but I'm definitely huckleberry enough to try one! Just my game... It pours a dark ruby-sienna topped by a finger or so of dark-ish dusty ecru foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, toffee, light raisin, light honey, clove, and brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mandarin orange syrup and a stronger sense of the wheat, leading to a bit of a bready sensation (sorta rye bread-like). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one that shows that innovation (even if it's only slight) is still alive and coming out with some fine finished products.

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sixteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.