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Sixteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
87
very good

302 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 302
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
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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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:55:24 | More by FightingEntropy
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 01:38:42 | More by wyattshotmaker
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:44:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-14-2013 02:44:30 | More by warnerry
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Hoops4life511

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-18-2011 13:06:25 | More by Hoops4life511
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Varkias41

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-19-2013 14:21:47 | More by Varkias41
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 03:06:35 | More by Sammy
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Cooper

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-21-2012 17:53:09 | More by Cooper
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-15-2012 23:54:25 | More by mdillon86
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-15-2013 01:50:58 | More by IdrinkGas
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 21:17:04 | More by richbrew
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scottyshades

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 17:53:26 | More by scottyshades
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-07-2011 00:08:26 | More by JohneHoodlum
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-10-2012 18:02:53 | More by SadMachine
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TomTown

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-16-2013 22:44:40 | More by TomTown
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-21-2014 22:44:38 | More by curlybird
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-28-2011 14:41:13 | More by Lantern
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 02:34:27 | More by Rifugium
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shufon

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-17-2011 04:27:17 | More by shufon
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anwo56

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-12-2012 01:10:52 | More by anwo56
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 04:42:49 | More by TMoney2591
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 16:20:19 | More by justintcoons
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:15:24 | More by LtCracker20
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2011 23:32:24 | More by ROGUE16
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-18-2013 03:41:32 | More by brandoman63
Sixteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.