Eighteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/3/2013. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, raisin, plum, fig, bubblegum, clove, molasses, caramel, cocoa, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big banana, raisin, plum, fig, bubblegum, clove, molasses, caramel, cocoa, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, raisin, plum, fig, bubblegum, clove, molasses, cocoa, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice weizenbock style. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
04-25-2014 04:25:30 | More by superspak
4.01/5 rDev +5.8%
A: 1/2 finger of tan head on top of a beautiful deep ruby beer. The beer is almost opaque, but the light coming through is brilliantly red.
S: Big aroma on this beer, can smell dark fruits and alcohol as soon as the bottle is opened. Closer examination brings out the aroma of sweet malts and leather.
T: Big flavor on this beer as well. No surprise at the 11.1% ABV, because the alcohol is incredibly prominent, but in a good way. Sweet malts, candied plums, raisins, and alcoholic phenols all play together to give a rounded, fruity beer.
M: Thick, almost syrupy, and low carbonation make it a very smooth, if heavy, brew.
O: A big beer, very heavy on the fruit flavors. A mix between a Belgian and a bock, this brew has a lot of barleywine and wine qualities to it. A sipper, and one I'm liking a lot.
04-09-2014 00:57:41 | More by DaveBlack
3.39/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours a cloudy brown-amber color with a barely-there soda-like head that never amounts to more than a ring around the edge of the glass. No retention; no lacing.
It is high ABV, but nonetheless, meh.
Smells a lot like a strong dark Belgian to me. Vanilla with banana notes from the yeast (definitely the dominant smell), dark fruits, licorice, oak, and brown sugar. Very nice smell.
Very sweet. Cherries, cola, candi sugar, caramel malts, licorice, and the faintest vegetable taste at the long, sticky finish (not entirely bad, a little like celery or cucumber-- fresh, but not what I would expect).
Thin and sticky with aggressive carbonation and a long, cloying finish/aftertaste.
Okay, I guess.
First of all, this beer is entirely too sweet for my tastes. It isn't undrinkable, but it definitely had me a little worn out by the end of it. It is nothing to look at, but has a very nice nose with a lot of good yeasty phenols and a subtle underlying wine aroma. The taste is almost like drinking pop and is very clean and sweet (lots of cherry flavors). The palate is quite sticky and thin and nothing to write home about.
Overall, this is a beer that I think has some very nice qualities (the nose particularly) but could use to be tightened up (it could use to be a little heartier and a little fuller, I think). Since it is a one-off it makes total sense that it is just shy of being the complete package and--based on the other Weyerbacher beers I have had--I have no doubt that it could be tightened into a lovely beer. But I digress.
Probably wouldn't have it again; on the other hand, if I had it to try again I wouldn't NOT try it...
03-10-2014 04:38:27 | More by TheDoctor
3.86/5 rDev +1.8%
I poured this beer, it has a dark brown color body with a small tan head. The aroma is sweet and also some banana is present. The taste has a banana and dark fruit up front, then a strong malt flavor on the back of tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth for being a 11% brew. Overall it is very tasty and decently a sipper
02-17-2014 02:15:04 | More by chefhatt
Eighteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.