Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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American Strong Ale
3.73 | pDev: 15.55%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 136 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Knapp85:
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this back in early 2007 from a local 6 pack shop that still had this sitting on the shelves. It was one of the first Weyerbacher's that I had ever tried I think. Anyway the beer poured out as a dark rich looking brown ale almost black. The aromas were herbal and roasted. The flavor to me tasted like a weaker version of a Jagermeister Shot mixed with a beer. There was some really kick ass flavors of Anise in the brew. I really enjoyed that about this beer. The first sip hit me really hard in the mouth, and as i drank it got smoother and smoother. This was a really interesting brew and I'm really glad I got to try it.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck US-generic bottle, dark and light gray on white label

Appearance: clear amber color, minor beige head, no lacing

Smell: SPICY, SPICY, SPICY, sweet malt and some medecine in background

Taste: medium to full body, sticky mouthfeel, honey, spices, pepper, cinnamon, malt, alcohol, again some medicine is present

Notes: MUST be aged for a long time

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Photo of Crosling
1.72/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Clear autumn color. Boozey, rum & coke like nose with hints of baby puke and a ridiculous amount of spices, which show absolutely no balance whatsoever. The worst aroma ever? Quite possibly. Flavor is initially harsh and alcohol driven, and fades a little after warming, yet it still ends up tasting more like a mixed drink, with spiced rum, than it does beer. Light caramel comes out of the fairly large body. Ultimately hot and harsh and extremely overspiced. Hard to consume in a major way.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear medium amber brown with an off-white to almost tan head which lasted but an instant and then was never heard from again.

The aroma was earthy spicy and peppery with a very odd malt spice presence that was not overly enticing. The aroma had and odd menthol presence that burns the nostrils, probably alcohol enduced although alcohol was not present. Some fruits were present in the aroma, but nothing dicernable.

The flavor was malty with a sweetness that bordered on cloying. The flavor contained a strong coriander and pepper spice and an alcohol burning that took over the flavor and dried out the beer. The flavor was fruity with a dark fruit flavor of cherries and plums, but the fruits and spices just did not meld well.

The finish was just dry with lasting spices pleasantly into the afteraste. The body was nearly full and interesting. One of the best Weyerbacher I have had, but more of a conglomeration of everything in the kitchen than a well crafted dish. The alcohol was present and burning with restraint in the aroma and wreckless abandon everywhere else.

22 ounce bottle purchased at Bon Vivant Market in Smithfield, VA for $8.

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Photo of asabreed
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well hello there, Decadence, I'm glad you're joining me at my table. I'd also like to say, due to my recent undying love for their bigger beers aged in oak barrels, that I bought 3 on general principle: 2 to lay down, and 1 to drink, which is sitting in a pint glass near me as I speak. Pour from a 12 oz. bottle, purchased for $3.80 at River City Cellars in Richmond.

Appearance: Obviously with a beer this strong, the appearance isn't going to be astounding as far as head and lacing. But the color is an dark amber / orange hue, and it's quite nice. And still I see some ever-so-slight lacing bobbing like lazy fish on the out edge of the rim.

Smell: Holy Good God this is complex. Cloves. Cinnamon. Honey. Pumpkin Pie (and pumpkin meat). Pepper. Nutmeg. Raisins. Vanilla. Gingerbread. Tons of malt. Some slight yeast. The faintest of hops. Beautifully complex and fragrant. A brew for the holidays surely. Get in there while it's warming and from the beginning, because it's a treat for the senses.

Taste: For as young as this guy is, and for the complexity and the high ABV, the taste is very nice. Immediate honey and sugar hit the tongue. While the spices and things like cinnamon, nutmeg, and gingerbread come on strongly. Then a slight hop presence somehow lingers at the end and even through the aftertaste to keep its place on the tongue. You know how barley wines can somehow -- if very green -- start malty and then swarm into extreme hop bitterness? Well, this is almost the opposite, though much more welcoming than those green barley wines (many of which are hanging out in the cool darkness of my basement in Pennsylvania right now). Very nice, very original, and very complex.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation could be up a bit more I first thought, but toward the beginning of the swallow and through the end it makes itself known. Not only that, but much more carbonation and you'd lose the chewy feel and thickness of the body all over the tongue.

Drinkability: For special occasions, though this I imagine won't last long. I may purchase a case if I can find one, as this will be able to lie down for a long time (and I can't wait to see what happens when that long time ceases).

Bravo, Weyerbacher, on 10 years, and your fabulous beers.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Andy's 7/27/05

Similar to the bottled version but not quite as integrated. Flavors meld better in the bottle...

Buy them up and savor their masterful ingredients while you can.

Thanks to Tommy and George for having this on tap for my tasting pleasure.

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Photo of Rastacouere
1.93/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Clear amber, non-lasting head. Honey and alcohol aroma, spicy and phenolic (licorice). It is very meaty, herbal and gingery at this point. Phenols are intense, feeling hot anc fuelic almost at this age. Very disappointing palate, extremely sweet, bready and anise-like, but also with apparently big honey residues, herbal, meaty, alcoholic and dull, burning. Thick syrupy palate, cloying feel accentuated by the tiny carbonation. Wow, poor poor balance. I might have to start my own Oh My Head.

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Photo of Foxman
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a richly cloudy orange-brown, like iced coffee. A finger of off-white head sinks soon to fine frothy atolls. Thin slings of lacing alight on the glass.

In the aroma, there's first a thick roasted malt and toffee fog, rich with honey sweetness. A quick flight of lemony citrus duets with a savory spicy note. A sinus-tingling current of alcohol swings a notable bat.

On tasting, first comes the lip-smacking toffee sweetness of toasted malt and golden honey. Then there's fruit elements of apple, grapes, raisins, and an ephemeral afterthought of pineapple. Alcohol swiftly evaporates the sweetness and fruit, cleansing the palate, before backing off a bit and allowing tendrils of autumnal spices and barleywine density. The finish is a gradual fade and morphing of sweet to peppery bitter. It may sound busy, but it comes together as a very nicely intiguing blend of good nature.

Very nearly heavy bodied, it's syrupy and slick, coating the palate, making for a sweet and sassy ride.

Anniversary brews should generally be, by definition, special, and so it is. It grabs you by the taste buds and caresses the palate all along the way. No doubt, the ABV is clear and present, and certainly to be accounted for, but it warms with every drop. Simply, it's pretty much what a celebratory creation should strive to be. And with some age, I think it will just get better.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I finally got my hands on a bottle of this at a new brewbar called the Brewhouse Grill.

It pours from a chilled bottle into a pint glass a hazy orange/burnt sienna color with an edge layer; practically no head forms.

Taking a whiff, I notice some slight honey and some cloves or ginger. When you put that all together with the hops and the oak, it gives the aroma of a mentholyptus cough drop!!! Talk about interesting! I asked my finace to smell it and she described it exactly as I have here without telling her what i smelled prior...

Taking a sip, I notice the flavor of some slight cherries to start, along with lots of honey and a touch of spice (cinamon of ginger). During the time I keep it on my palete, it tastes exactly how it reminds me of a Halls Mentholyptus coughdrop with Honey!!! I couldn't beleive it!!! However, I really like the characteristics. I have had interesting barleywines or some interesting strong ales before, but this is the most interesting I have ever had I think.

A very full-bodied, thick, slow drinker! Definitely a sipper due to the context of the brew, as well as the high abv. that I would imagine could quite possibly be higher than 13%. The taste of the alcohol is rather mild however, and not that noticeable until you stand up! WOW!!! Very smooth and fun!

Overall, if you have 2 of these you can say "Syonara sweetheart!" cuz you night may be cut a little short. Do not operate heavy machinery after drinking!! ;) However, one is enough for anyone.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing blood orange with a fantastic flurry of swirling yeast. I was able to squeeze the entire bottle into the snifter because head formation was almost nil... and is almost gone as I type. A minimal amount of lace isn't a surprise, especially given the ABV. In the end, the beer looks more like brandy than beer. Bright backlighting helps if you can manage it.

The nose is incredibly herbal. Botanical would be another appropriate word, akin to some of those herbaceaous aquavits from Scandanavia. The secret ingredient will be tough to identify, but I'll have a better shot after taste bud contact. Decadence smells somewhat anise-like and juniper-like. It's definitely an interesting aroma and is a good one as well.

The three years in my cellar were three years well spent. This 10th Anniversary brew is a gentle giant of a strong ale, with powerful, heady flavors and not one bit of alcoholic heat. Warmth is there in a sensory sense, but not in a flavor sense. Too bad I have just the one bottle.

The flavor and sweetness of the honey is easy to appreciate and dovetails exceptionally well with the dizzying potpourri of herbs and spices. There might be only several additives present, but they have given this big ale boatloads of complexity. This stuff is incredibly delicious and could probably go another few years.

The two spices that keep rattling around inside my cranium are cardamom and aniseed. If given another two guesses, I'd go with coriander and ginger. Saffron? The sticky-sweet fruitiness, the perfectly complementary amount of exotic spiciness, and the invigorating power of the beautifully buried alcohol impress more and more with each passing ounce.

The mouthfeel is exactly as it should be. The only (minor) missteps are that it's a fraction thin and a little underbubbled. Having said that, I'm not sure that more carbonation would have improved things.

This bottle has been biding its time in the back of one of my cellar beer fridges for quite a few years. I had no idea that it would hold up this well or that it would be as wonderful as it's turning out to be. Never mind the generic, black-and-white label. Decadence is a beer that is bursting with color and is loaded with personality. It's a damn shame that it'll never be brewed again.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally snaggletoothed me a case and cracked open a twelvsie into a narrow tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber golden hue topped of with a delicate sturdy antique white bottle cap thicknest head cap.

Aromatic rush of pecan pie and deep Vanilla. Complex in nature with caramel and fig.

First swigs: Immense lush swirls of Vanilla extract awl-kee-hawl heat bite and an organic grainy countenance that could be derived from juniper. Middle is honey and awl-kee-hawl esters. Spices of nutmeg are prominant. Maybe some cinnamon and buttered french toast and maple syrup. Dry yet lingering spicey aftertaste.

Feel is medium bodied with a restrained cushy shushy body. Quite lip smackin' sticky with a bit of heat that warms on the way down the gullet.

Overall drinkability is good for the unique tasty elements and complexity.

Last swigs: Liquid cinammon french toast with maple syrup. The last ber that I had this complex was a Fantome. Spicy bold Belgian: No quarter quarter taken. This will surely be a 5/5 taste with 6-8 months. Check the calendar to re-review. Dan W. is the man.

Beer is good. Happy local one-off beering.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours a glowing reddish golden honey color, minor white head, and just a tad of fine lacing. alcohol and ripe fruit on the nose. This a stunningly strong and smooth brew. Lots of honey, figs, rum,oaky vanilla, major league comlexity, alcohol obviously present but will subdued and in the background. Quite warming, world class sipper. I imagine this also would age very well, I just dont have that kind of patience.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber that I had been saving for a couple months for a worthy occasion--finished a big project at work, time to break out the big beer. Pours a dark reddish amber, quite bright and clear when held up to the light, the scantest of heads upon the initial pour, and some thin spotty lacing. I've been drinking a lot of pumpkin beers recently, especially smuttynose, and this smells a lot like that--cinammon, nutmeg, allspice,--but there's some other spices in there too that I can't put my finger on. Taste is an extremely sweet honeylike malt upfront, giving way to vanilla, orange, and plum overlaid with the same spices from the nose, and a finish which definitely tastes of alcohol, although with the spicey and honey aftertaste its a very good finish despite this. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very nice. I really liked this beer--and the name is quite fitting. Decadently spiced and decadently sweet, these two components meld together into a suprisingly drinkable high ABV brew. Another great big beer from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of Zorro
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a bottle that has been cooling its cap in my refrigerator for about a year or so.

After all that time resting and a careful pour this is a hazy chestnut brown ale with a skimpy tan head.

Smell is spicy with lots of cherry and a menthol scent to it; I can see why some have called this cherry cough drop ale. Malty and sweet smelling, cherry, cinnamon, malt, menthol, mint and pineapple are all in the smell. Having said all that this smells simply sweet and spicy.

Taste is barely sweet and melon rinds in the very first sip. Very peppery and fairly bitter, my next impression is Midori bitters flavor. Melon Black pepper and bitterness seems to make the main part of the flavor. In the end though this is best described as tasting like Honeydew melon with LOTS of fresh ground black pepper on it.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich.

Drinkability is best described as interesting! I like the fact that this is a strong and not very sweet Strong Ale but this isn't something I would ever recommend to a non-beer geek. Bizarre and interesting...I can wait a few years before trying again.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with tinges of red. Just a trace of an off-white head. Floral aroma with some honey and cinnamon and a little yeasty spiciness. Also noticing a little bit of alcohol. Sweet and spicy flavor with caramel and cloves standing out. The alcohol is also there in the taste. Full bodied with a dry finish. The alcohol keeps this from having a higher drinkability, but some time would probably improve that.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber last evening at Max's "tasting." Started off in the Mobtown lounge, but quickly realized that the smokers up there had effectively ruined any aromas I might get off this one. Poured into a hearty tulip glass.

Orangish caramel to dark tea in color, crystal clear as it settles. Quickly reducing tan head. Little carbonation, no retention, and only the slightest hint of lacing.

Alcohol is the first aroma coming through, then things get complex. They opened up the spice rack for this puppy. Definitely got hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, , ginger, added with a lingering sweetness.

Whew. I think this one might be just right for a chilling fall evening. Predominant flavor was alcohol cut honey. Ginger and the other spices are there. They supposedly used some sort of "special" expensive spice for this one. I thought that I detected a little bit of saffron on the end of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel was lighter than one would expect with the 13% ABV tag. Finishes sweet and spicey with a hefty alcohol burn.

More of a sipping beer. The alcohol would due slightly nicer to be subdued. It might be just right after a few months to a few years aging.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish copper brew. Head stands tall, with slow falling lace, both very nice for the style. Aroma is malt sweetness and alcohol. Lots of it. Seems to indicate they went a bit overboard on the booze, but time will tell. Taste is plenty of sweet grains, a light fruitiness, which melts rather nicely into the warming close and muted alcohol flavor. Altogether, it worked better than expected. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and smooth, and drinkability is better than I expected, although the syrupiness probably would limit consumption, which is a good thing at 13%abv. A fitting tribute to their 10 years.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of arguemaniac
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer features a huge malty character with a heavy sweetness and strong alcohol bite, not to mention a variety of distinct fruity flavors (the most notable being a sugary raisin). There is also a fairly complex spice profile, mostly clove and some cinnamon or nutmeg, or something along those lines anyway. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy with very mellow carbonation.

Not bad at all, especially if you’re into the malty stuff. One thing that bothers me about American Strong ales is that, like this one, some many of them come in 22oz bombers. Frankly, while I generally enjoy them, I’d much rather just have a 12oz serving of beers this strong. Nonetheless, very tasty and enjoyably complex, recommended.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep reddish color with very sparse slightly off-white head. Smell is dark fruity with a moderate alcohol prersence also noted. Taste presents itself with a notable alcohol taste and somt friutiness in the background. Finished with a mild burning sensation. Definitely a sipping beer for a special occasion. A bit much for my taste. I have several more bottles that I will let age and give another try.

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Photo of bignick
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Sephiroth. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

This beer has a pour appearance, as the head recedes to nothingness within 20 seconds. It does have a nice clear orange color to it. This beer also has a sickly sweet smell to it, but there is also a nice pininess that compliments the sweetness. The taste is something diffeent alltogehter. It lastes like the forest. The pininess and stickiness are out of is almost as if you were to pick up a bunch of pine needles in the fall and then smell your hand. It is very nice, and the alcohol warms just enough. It is pretty drinkable for its size, and, on the whole, this beer works pretty well. I am glad I am drinking it on a cold rainy day.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt, off white head that fades to a few pools of bubbles and a whispy sheet. Clear, glowing auburn in color. Patches of condensed and thin lacing.

Sweet honey-based malt aroma with whaffs of vanilla. Spices intermingled in the sweetness; saffron, pepper, and clove.

Intensely sweet malt profile; honey and cream flavors that are almost overpowering. Strong saffron spice at first that gives way a bit to an orange, date, and raisin flavor. The alcohol presence is intense, brash, and a little rough around the edges. Drinks like a cream sherry.

Medium bodied; but a 'thick' medium bodied at that. Vaporous and slick on the palate.

This is a unique concoction from Weyerbacher. At 13% abv, it's just insane to have more than a 22oz bottle. This is worthy a try for the novelty and in celebration of the brewery's tenth anniversary.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Like the color of a rusty nail, with a thin circlet of lace.

Smell: Quite vinious, clover honey, spices (rosemary predominantly), an alcohol finish that, all mixed in together, smelled like a bad perm. Weird, but I liked it.

Taste: Rich and spicy, it reminded me of Fantome Strange Ghost with that "let's empty out the spice rack and see what happens" attitude. Aftertaste is malty sweet. Interesting.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cognac colored cloudy body; the head quickly declines to a ringlet and some islands; virtually no lacing

Smell: Peppery alcohol, cardamom and honey

Taste: Peppery cardamom and, to a lesser extent, honey dominate the tastebuds from start to finish; strong cardamom aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with low carbonation; warming alcohol on the finish

Drinkability: Bold flavored and unusual

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Decadence from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 136 ratings