Eleven | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by orsulacp on 06-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a dark, murky, rustic orange color with a thin, creamy khaki head. When held up to the light there was a ton of peppery floaties present as well a very lazy medium carbonation that slowly rose to the surface.

S: The nose was sweet and boozy with caramel and honey with a big floral bouquet. Sampled this first green in 2006 and the aroma nearly singed my nose hairs and the alcohol definitely dominated the flavor and was over-bearing at times to say the least. Fast forward 2 years later and this beer has gracefully mellowed with age to a much more pleasant experience.

T: There was a spicy alcohol presence but was much more smoother, and quicker off the fade and mangeable. There was some musky fruit of pears and apples with a nice flowering hop bitterness. Some sour caramel, raisins are also detected. The finish was nice with a musky fade.

M: The mouthful was creamy, full bodied with a sour caramel and bittering hop fade left behind on the swallow.

O: Still a sipper but the ageing has made this a much better experience.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've officially had all of the anniversary beers from Weyerbacher now. Last night I was looking over the list of bottled beers at the Spinnerstown Hotel when I came across this old gem. I had been considering a trade for it on here but now I won't have to. The bottle ran $8 which I thought was pretty good for a 5 year old brew.

The beer poured out as a deep amber color. There was still a really good head and lacing on this brew! The smell was hoppy but it smelled more like a barley wine to me now that just an IPA. The taste was a little metallic but it wasn't too overpowering. The hops kind of mellowed a bit I'm sure. The beer tastes like a hoppy barley wine now as well. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and had a good amount of texture to it. My overall thoughts are that I wish I could have tried this when it was new. But getting it now made it very special. Happy to finally be caught up on those.

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Photo of BigMike
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2006

A: Pours a golden copper. A few floaties hanging around but it's got a beautiful two finger fluffy whipped cream like head. Tons of lacing left behind already as the head slowly dissapates.

S: Just as I imagined from a 4+ year old triple IPA. The hop characteristics are all but gone. What's left is a huge barleywine nose. Sweet, nutty, roasted caramel toffee and a light candied over ripened banana aroma with a strong alcohol presence.

T: Almost no hop presence at all. What does remain of the hops is a slight staleness almost like wet cardboard. It's not off putting or anything but its there. It's also very sweet and candylike. It doesn't seem the alcohol has smoothed at all it's right in your face. This is a face melter for sure.

M: One word on the mouthfeel....HUGE! Sticky, viscous, and thick. Coats the entire lips and mouth with sticky goodness. Still good carbonation after all this time.

Overall: I'm rating this one on what it is today and not what Weyerbacher originally intended. (hop bomb). As a 4 year old triple IPA it's transformed into a pretty decent English barleywine. Lots of sticky sweet malts and alcohol. As it drinks now it's very enjoyable. I'm glad I got to try this retired beast of a beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Thought this one might be way past its prime, but somewhat surprisingly it still tastes as if it were new. Medium caramel color, with a smallish light brown head. Aromas of bubblegum hoppiness, butterscotch, caramel and peach. Somewhat sickly sweet on the palate, with a big alcohol presence. I'm a huge fan of this brewery, but this one doesn't do it for me.

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3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unintentionally cellared this for a few years. Recieved as part of a now long forgotten trade. Many thanks to whomever sent me this one.
Initial, from a distance aroma is of fruitiness like that from sweet, cheap candy. I kinda' like it. Closer to the rim show big alcohol with a boozy, bourbon quality. I like the former better, but a blending of the two would be best.
At first shows a nice dense head that leaves ample lacing, but alas it leaves in short order. Nice color with cooper showing and really quite clear.
Two primary flavors, that being alcohol and stale hops. With time and searching better flavors appears such as bubblegum and darker fruits, however the other less appealing flavors don't subside enough. A mild bitterness eventually shows which help dampen the harsher flavors.
Very rich, full and heavy body adds to the flavors to make this even more of a slow sipper. A bit of a slow burner going down.
This is so big and boozy that one is plenty and even that is tough to get through, yet somehow this was enjoyable enough in it's own way. I don't hate it and while a slog to get through I don't regret it.

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2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Intense candy sweet smell of orange, apricot & tangerine, it smells like fruit juice quite frankly. The hops, caramelized malt and alcohol in there, but the fruitiness is so strong, it's tough to pick them up. Smoky and sweet malts start out in the taste when you first start sipping and there's a heavy alcohol burn as you would expect from a beer with an 11.70% ABV. There are flavors of tropical fruits and brown sugar. But the hops are conspicuous by their absence. Smooth for a beer with this high of an ABV, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and a little sticky.

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2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very hazy dark amber color with golden caramel brown hues when held to a light source and a very thin fizzy off-white head that quickly dissipates.

Very malty and leathery aroma with only some subtle hops and lots of sweet alcohol. Smells more like an english barleywine.

The flavor again is reminiscent of an English barleywine with a strong earthy leathery malt character and lots ond sweet boozy alcohol heat. The hops are very faint and only slightly bitter. Alcohol warmth in the finish. Very disappointing.

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3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of sholland119 poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky orangish brown with a tons of floaties that settles toward the bottle. There is a big creamy off-white head that leaves very good lacing.

The aroma has some malts and a ton of green apple tartness with only a hint of hops.

The taste has a toffee and caramel malt sweetness with a strong citrus-like hoppiness that seems to be melding into a cardboard type taste that's not all that pleasant. There is a tartness in the finish and a ton of alcohol, which really burns in the finish.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and slick with a soft carbonation.

This one is clearly well past its prime and the hops have soured and turned into a tinny, cardboard flavor that really limits the drinkability. Going downhill fast.

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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Capones Pours a cloudy light brown with a light tan head has some floaters and particles in it. The head leaves quickly. Has a good aroma of sweet malts and good crisp hops. Has a good carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent. The flavor is balance well. Not real hoppy but not too sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. Has a full body. The finish is good and it has a lasting aftertaste. It is good but definately strong.

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Eleven from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 184 ratings