Twelve | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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3.65 w/ 213 ratings

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Risser09 on 07-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boozy barleywine. I do not know if it would have been less so not aged, but I think yes. Rye is still there, mellow because aged. Malt is there. Altogether drinkable with a big supper, however unexceptional. A big head that dissipates as it warms. Above average mouthfeel. Neutral coloured body. The edges of the barleywine were brought in, only a little bitterness. Some sweetness there.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as an orange color with some sediment floating around in the glass. The head was white and quickly disappeared. The aromas here are interesting big amounts of rye on the nose with some sweet fruits in the mix too. Not really what I expected, I like surprises though. This beer has a big flavor to it. It's pretty hoppy and has a good amount of rye too, but the best part of all is the peach flavor in the background. Such an interesting twist. The mouthfeel is thick as well, leaving a nice coating on the tongue.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of goryshkewych: Poured a light medium copper color ale with a medium size head with average retention but some very good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light alcohol phenols. Taste is a mix between some sweet barleywine style malt but with the special characteristics from rye with some average hops presence. Average body with good carbonation and light apparent alcohol. Not the best from the style but an interesting experiment that may lack some complexities. I don't know if time has done good to this beer but it was definitely better then some of the older ratings description.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I could feel the viscosity of this beer as I poured it, translating through the glass, into my hand, and then on to my brain. Yet it looked as if I was pouring a golden lager! The head barely rose at first, so I gave it a little more distance between the bottle and the glass and - wham - that did it, maybe too much in fact, and I had to wait for the head to settle. It seemed to take forever, and it maintained a thick thumb of slightly yellowish off-white foam beneath an inch high wall of solid lace. Quite nice! The beer beneath was a clear deep-gold / amber with only an occassional bubble seen rising very slowly through the malt. The carbonation is there though, as it had churned like a pint of Guinness as I poured it.

The nose was bright and welcoming. It was malty and hoppy, but not really descript on either count. It was floral, fruity (loads of apples - maybe too much apple!), mildly sweetish with malt, and slightly spicy and grassy.

In the mouth it was quite full as expected, with a stunning creaminess. I'm not sure I've had a beer this thick since Big Hole Wisdom Cream Ale. The carbonation was just enough to keep it from becoming syrupy, and it crossed the palate like velvet.

The flavor was very much like the aroma in that it was bright and welcoming, combining the fruitiness of the yeast (again, tons of apples... acetaldehyde) with the very subtly caramelish-tinged rye-like malt, and grassy, perhaps citrusy hops. And it was decidedly spicy but I couldn't determine if that was just the rye, or a combination of the rye and the hops. It started malty, but not sweet (I thought of marzipan cheese), and then the fruitiness kicked in. By mid-palate it had started to foam up as it warmed, and the maltiness opened a bit, becoming honeyish. Honey and rye! Very nice. Throughout the hops kind of swirled in the background, omnipresent, but always allowing the malt to dominate. At the swallow the spiciness kicked in, and again, I'm not sure how much was due to the rye and how much was due to the alcohol that lingered into the finish along with some rye, fruitiness, and a snap of grassy hops.

As to drinkability, I have to give it a lot of credit as it's quite unique. But I was pretty much done with it after one ten ounce glass. It looked great, it smelled great, it tasted great... Still, it's a really nice sipper. I paired my second glass with some buttery triple cream cheese on an almost burnt slice of crusty bread and it was quite magnificent. And since it's such a heavy brew, I then went low-calorie with a small spinach salad drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with feta cheese and that worked well as it played off the tanginess of the cheese. It's just sweet enough and just spicy enough to work well with a lot of dishes, and I'm thinking that if I had another bottle I'd try it next to some pumpkin soup or even a bowl of mild chili. Worth trying!

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Light creamy head fades at a med pace over mostly clear golden orange color.

Nose has sweet reddish malts, a bit syrupy, light booze and oak and light booze like bourbon, lots of sweet malts, light tart sour malt fruit maybe infection? -nope.

Taste brings lots of sweet fluffy malts, tons of red malts and crystal malts light sweet caramel and bourbon like flavors, candy and light syrup, light booze more warming and light tingle but too heavy, slightly creamy and fruits. Finishes sweet with more fruit, light booze, lots of malts, sweet caramel and syrup as well as bourbon like candy all linger with a touch of booze.

Mouth is heavier bodied, a bit syrupy, decent carb some warming and slightly tingly booze.

Overall great, nice malts, hints of bourbon and sweet malts booze has dropped out nicely but still lets you know its a big beer. Hops are all gone as well.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear lighter amber with a nice tight one finger white head that never completely settles with a few broken bits of lace behind.A mix of caramel and fruit in the nose like apricot and orange,a tinge of toasted grain as as a whiff of brown sugar.Not as hot as I expected it to be being Weyerbacher brews in alot of my experience with their "big" beers are just overly alcoholic and hot this isnt to bad,flavors are malt tilted and on the sweeter side up front big caramell and brown sugar with some sweet alcohol and white pepper,the hops are fruity with the before mentioned apricot and orange with just a ever so slight sour rye punch in the finish.Ok the alcohol starts to rear itself after a a few minutes and its getting warmer but it could be worse,decent.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, citrus, rye malt, floral hops and a little alcohol.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of rye, citrus and some spice up front. Then strong hops presence comes in with a significant alcohol sting. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style while adding a very unique twist. I'm typically unsure of what to expect of beer using rye malt, but I like the fact that this one went 50/50 with it and think it quite well done. This is a good beer to drink for a while until the high ABV catches up with you.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color with a haze. Low head with slight lace.

Relatively mild aroma: predictable in that it is malty, although it is with little alcohol bite.

Strong malty flavor with lots of alcohol warmth. Slightly sweet with a sour finish. The aftertaste is short, but has a more malt/alcohol feel to it. The body is predictably full with good balanced carbonation.

I cannot detect any rye, but this makes a very nice entry for a Barley Wine.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Spicy pale malts. Some vague piney hop hints, sure, but mainly it's a spicy pale malt scent.

Taste: Spiced toffee candy with a good amount of sweetness. A bit of peach fruitiness, but just a bit. There are some pine hints along with a clean hop bitterness present, but it can be hard to pick around the rye (and booze) at times. A bit of a hot finish with a tongue-prickling spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly different from most barleywines considering the ingredient list, it'll be fun to see how this changes with time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished apricot beneath a creamy alabaster crown that just kept growing... and growing... and growing until it crested the edge of the snifter and overflowed. Now that things have settled down, the final result is a masterpiece of beer and foam. Frost-like lace definitely qualifies as eye candy.

Although the nose lacks depth and complexity, it makes up for it with power and plenty of rye malt goodness. It's earthy and lightly spicy, with an underlying fruitiness that doesn't bring to mind any particular fruit. This should be interesting (and probably pretty good) beer.

There can't be too many rye barleywines in existence. This one uses 50% rye malt and 50% barley malt, which seems a huge amount of the former. It works well, however, especially if you're a fan of the paler barleywines. Twelve is different enough that I predict it will hold my interest over all 12 ounces. It has also aged very well and could probably go a few years yet.

Flavors include rye toast (sans caraway seeds), orange peel, apricots, rock candy and a big splash of Stolichnaya Cristal. Complex it ain't. Sweet and bitter are nicely balanced, which is amazing considering how much residual sugar is present. The finish is fruity and lingeringly bittersweet.

Even though the mouthfeel isn't as full as expected, it still manages to be lightly viscous and slick, with a hint of chewiness as it warms. Just enough bubbles are present to keep things from feeling flat. So why the slow-motion foam explosion on the initial pour?

Weyerbacher Twelve is interesting without being especially complex. That's probably because it's one of the few rye barleywines that I can remember drinking. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's still a solid effort that deserves a look. If you can still find it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly 4 years old I decided to go for it during the epic weyerbacher tasting!

thick brown, though you can see some light through it, no head and a nice lace top it off. Smell is hopped for sure, but with a subtle sugary undertone, and a hint of alcohol too. Taste is not very strong at all. There is the natural piney hoppness you would expect from a barley wine, but not too strong, there is also a sugary, nuttiness about it as well. The alcohol is there, and that keeps this a sipper. It is actually nicely carbonated, and not harsh going down, has the warm feeling on the way. Overall this was a good brew, I would not mind having another and certainly kept me warm this evening.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle cool into a snifter.
A - A very tranquil amber w/ a about an inch of whit microfoam.

S - A rich malty, vinous scent w/ rye overtones and spiciness. A fragrant herbal sweetness in the nose that is slightly floral.

M - Rich, slightly astringent w/ a warmth of boozy barleywine strength, yet not over the top. Dry w/ a tinge of sweetness, creamy and round w/ subtleties. The feel is a tad spiced w/ tinges of piney acid.

T - A smattering of rye flavor w/ a toasty boozy taste and a sweet spicy blend. A very smooth malty taste, slightly sugary, and candy-like, yet the rye flavor comes through w/ a gentle spiced hop + woody hop taste. A tinge of fusel comes out slightly as it warms.

D - A very well made ale. I can't say I can see drinking more than 2 barleywines consecutively, but this is one I could see having. The taste is mellow for 10% and the rye makes for a semi-dry, less cloying big ale. The herbal accents and hops add to the mix making this a very drinkable barleywine.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/25/11 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this bottle; thanks Justin.

a - Pours a hazy amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of burnt malts, light fruit, bready malts, rye, and toasted malts. Nose smells a but burnt; not horrible but not the best.

t - Tastes of light fruit, fruity malts, wood, rye, bready malts, and toasted malts. A definite step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a creamy body.

o - Overall an interesting beer, but didin't really remind me of a barleywine. The nose wasn't great, but it tasted better as you drank it. Wouldn't seek out but would give another shot.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Turn back the clock.

The beer is copper orange with a small off-white head. Light haze. Aromas include apples, brown sugar, yeast, oranges, butterscotch. Sweet and syrupy with prominent honey character. Thick on the palate with low carbonation. Alcohol presence is tamed by time but the beer is still a bit of a chore. Best shared many ways.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one in the cellar for to long now.

Pours a clear orangey amber with a smallish off white head that disappeared to quickly. Smells of alcohol, lots of fruits, I smell plums, cherries, and apricots. Has quite the vinous smell to it, almost like I'm sniffing a port. I can also find some spice form either the yeast strain or the rye malt. Very complex and enjoyable aroma. Taste is malty, fruity and quite sweet. I can pick up the aforementioned fruits as well as some caramel and some alcohol. There's a little hop bitterness in there, but there's really not much left. I should have opened this one sooner. The hops have faded to the point that the only thing balancing the malty sweetness is the alcohol and its losing. Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy. Full body with low to medium carbonation. Not bad as is, but I'll bet it was greater a year ago. I wish I hadn't waited so long on this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I guess I tried this one when it was first released back in 2007 but I wasn't thrilled by it and I felt the 50 % rye added a syrup texture that I wasn't ready for, overall not impressed first time around I wrote a review but wasn't happy with my description, well here it is about a year later and I ran into this bottle at a six pack shop in Moon called the Beer Store for around 4 bucks, a beergeeks second shot. Appears the same as I recall bright orange around the edges with a hazy copper middle to the body custard like off white pours out of the bottle and you can layer it and shape it as it falls from the bottle, kinda cool. Fine even lacing all around my chalice with each sip. Aromatics, what a sweet boozy mess upfront, citrus notes and perfume like accents follow close behind. Spicy rye develops as it warms really pungent sugary sweet barley and rye ridden alcohol notes that kind of singe the inner nostrils. Flavor contains just way too much booze and syrup sweetness for me to fully enjoy, peppery herbal spiced rye notes but alcohol and sweetness just coat the palate in a pretty unrelenting nature. Warming like some whiskey more citrus and tart though with sticky sugars resting on the palate, no doubt mouthfeel is full bodied. Drinkability overall comes across very inventive and intriguing but the concept is much better than the outcome of the brewing process and the one year aging. Another heavy hitter gotta love Dan Weirback and company for inventiveness and ballsy brewing methods that are definitely a cut above in the extreme department. overall drinkability is low for both flavors and desirability. Too much booziness for me to respect as a well brewed beer, it's hot still after a year.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber, pours medium golden amber, near clear, under a lighter tan head, the highlight of which is the long standing tiny bubble film left behind, that leaves plenty of sheeting as well as sticky spotting. The nose is get is just perhaps rye bread, alcohol and some candied apple., This is some thick stuff, sort of like drinking very runny marshmellows. More alcohol noted, on the sweet side, with more candi apple picked up. I'll give it "differant", not my favorite Barleywine of all time...the label says it will become more complex with some aging...Right now its on the abrasive and solventy side. I'd like to try it again in a few years..

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Twelve from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 47.9% out of 100 with 213 ratings
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