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Twelve | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Risser09 on 07-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 214
Photo of mintjellie
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright honeyed orange in colour, brilliant clarity. The quarter inch of off-white retains decently and laces the glass. There's rye bread and brown sugar in the aroma, as well as some dried fruit. It also has a boozy, alcoholic quality to it. There's a spicy edge to the flavour, and it tastes fruity; like raisins or prunes. There's a mild nuttiness similar to almonds and just the slightest hints of butterscotch and vanilla. There's a very faint woody bitterness in the finish. The alcohol and residual sweetness are noticeable, but neither are overpowering. The spiciness reminds me of the one roggenbier I've had, but seriously amped up. Full bodied with a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel and velvety carbonation. I was warned that this is a bit of a booze bomb, but maybe the three-plus years its spent in the bottle has mellowed it out a little, taming the alcohol somewhat. I found it pretty easy to make my way through a bomber of this aged barleywine. I feel like I lucked out finding a stray bottle of this in a convenience store back in June of this year. Delicious.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a rich amber/honey-like hue with mild haze. Head is slim, but not bad for a big beer. Some lacing.

Smell -- Toffee, caramel, raisin, spicy rye, some sherry, moderate alcohol presence.

Taste -- Rich dark fruits, toffee, bonfire candy, and spicy rye. There's some faint cardboard taste and some sherry, so the oxidation is minimal. Muted herbal/menthol hop notes in the finish; one can tell this was a beast in it's time.

Mouthfeel -- Heavy on the palate, viscous, with mild creamy carbonation. Alcohol is a bit sharp in the throat, but not overwhelming.

Drinkability -- Rich and velvety, it really hits the spot. This beer makes me yearn for a high back leather chair. I'd tell you to pick it up, but clearly this ship has sailed.

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Photo of Casey10
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a little retail store in Maine. It was sticksy sweet just like the style should be. It was a bit out of date but it was a great value as was only $6.00 for the bomber. I tried to adjust to that for the score.

Overall a really nice beer and a must try if possible.

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Photo of dtivp
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy copper orange with a nice off-white head dissipated into a ring and slight lacing.
Aroma was of pear and sweat malt, some alcohol.
The sweet fruits dominated the taste with some spiciness and the alcohol was very slight but there.
Full body, not heavy but syrupy with some warming.
A drinkable beer, however, not at the top of the barleywine class

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Photo of JayQue
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have let this one age for a few years, something I don't usually do. There was not much of a hop profile, but the alcohol held up well over three years!!! Initial pour was a slightly hazy amber with a bubbly off-white head. Subsequent pours showed a clear amber color. Lacing was light and minimal. Head retention was about average for a beer of this strength - basically a ring with some covering in the middle.

Aroma was fruity (apples and pears) slightly sweet malts and a fairly strong alcohol presence.

Taste included a little spiciness fruit caramel malt and booze.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for a barleywine and the alcohol intruded too much

The alcohol presents hurts the drinkability a bit. I would rather have a Bigfoot.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad I got a chance to try this one, as the idea of a rye barleywine was quite appealing. Poured a dark, somewhat hazy, golden color, with some minimal white head. Nice aromas of rye spiciness, golden raisins, pears and a bit of apple cider. Fairly sweet on the palate, with more pears, some apples, caramel and some warming alcohol. A pretty solid effort.

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Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher Twelve, an American barleywine, was light copper color with a half inch beige head that faded to a collar.

The aroma was a bunch of rye malt and sweet. There was no hop presence at all.

The taste was not what I had expected in an American barleywine. Instead of a robust, hot, bold flavor; Twelve was mild mannered, more civilized despite the 10.20 ABV. The rye flavor was certainly prominent with typical barleywine sweetness and a bit of orange in the aftertaste.

The mouth feel, particularly after warming, was full bodied, oily and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability was OK, it wasn't a bad beer, but the ABV drags it down a little.

A nice beer that was over-priced. It just wasn't what I look for in an American barleywine.

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Photo of TasteTester
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a small suburban store while on a recent trip to OH. I was extremely curious to see how this aged, especially since you don't find a lot of bottles like this still sitting on shelves.

A-Translucent amber/copper color. About half a finger of head on the initial pour. Didn't get a lot of sediment as some have posted. No lacing but a small ring of head stays around the outside of the glass.

S-Sweet and dry. I haven't had an American Barleywine in a while and it isn't exactly as I remember. Didn't get a pungent alcohol aroma, probably mellowed over time by the rye.

T-Went extremely well with my homemade spicy chili. Fairly sweet for a barleywine and very complementing to the heat in my chili. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. Almost a mild, bitter raisin flavor.

M-Full body without sticking to the mouth.

D-Very drinkable. Would have picked up more had I known I would enjoy it this much.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark yellow color with a white head. The aroma is malty sweetness with some toffee, caramel and honey. The flavor is caramel and toffee malts with honey. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 3 year old barrel at a Weyerbacher tasting at Spinnerstown hotel.

A hazy, light ale with a fizzy head and constant carbonation. The color and translucence is lighter than expected.

The aroma is deep, malty and grainy with a strong booze sense. It has a kind of transparent smell indicative of heavily Rye based ales.

The ale is very tasty and with a smoothed out alcohol finish. The flavor is very grain-sweet but not sucrose heavy. It is filling on the palate, very crisp and light due to the rye. There is some hops but it comes through as an earthy bitterness and not a sharp, intensely bitter taste. For the age and amount of alcohol in the beer it is not over powering in any fashion.

The mouthfeel is full but not heavy. The carbonation adds a nice balance to the potential strength.

It is very drinkable despite the unique herbal taste and strength.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the entire 22 oz bottle into an oversized tulip glass, has an amber color with very mild carbonation, lots of floaties (tried to keep them out of the pour, didn't work very well), and a thin white lacing band around the top of the glass.

Aroma is toffee malt, honey, slight hint of booziness, dark fruits (plums/figs), some apple, and rye.

Taste is spicey malt, rye, honey, a little bit of apple, hops are barely coming through. I would have loved to try this when it first was released to compare to where it is now. My guess is that it has mellowed quite a bit because the taste coming from this isn't obtrusive in any way and not in your face, just...mellow. The alcohol phenols come through but there's no warming in the throat to speak given it's a 10% mac-daddy.

Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, heavy medium body, and drinkability is on the medium side - high alcohol and sort of filling. I couldn't tolerate more than one bottle before switching to something else. Overall, it's not what I expected and think the Thirteen and Fourteen from Weyerbacher are much better.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light and clear stale orange color with lots of carbonation and no head. Light fruity aroma, fresh apples and oranges. Very sweet and pungent oranges with some grapefruit. Palate is very sweet and syrupy, with some honey sweetness and thick viscosity. Alcohol is extremely well hidden behind the big sweet syrupy malt palate with some honey and melon hints. Finishes clean with some fresh fruit. full and viscose, syrupy on the tongue with warm apple cider alcohol. despite high abv% this was fairly easy to drink. great big beer with lots of sweetness.

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Photo of JRed
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dull orange/copper color with no head to speak of. Citrus rind, alcoholic booze, resin in the nose. Huge flavor: molasses, medicinal notes, citrus, candied hops, burnt candy, rye towards the finish, alcoholic booze creates a slow burning tip at the end of the palate. Oily, slick mouthfeel on a heavy bodied brew. It sits on the stomach rather heavily. The fruity, tart oil throws off the traditional barleywine flavor I was seeking. Twelve wants to ride with the big boys. Now now, kid, slow down.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz received a very long time ago from DIM.... Dan is a super uber badass!! Thanks buddy. Poured into my Delirium goblet...

1" white head has very nice retention and pretty solid lacing and cap.

Very fruity... initially reminds me of a BSPA... apples and pears... pretty spicy.. a fair amount of alcohol... not bad.. but a bit more than I was expecting after this long in the cellar.

Flavor has a ton of rye in it... surprise surprise... again, there are some pretty heavy fruity esters.. a little honey essence ties with a fair amount of malt sweetness... pretty spicy and a little bit less EtOh than I was expecting given the nose... the body is pretty nice.. fairly slick with plenty of smooth small bubble carbonation..

Certainly unique... Glad I have another bottle or two... but I still would like more to see how this evolves over a very long cellaring experiment.

I don't believe I ever had this fresh.. but I think even with a couple years in the bottle, it will do well with some more. I personally would have liked to see this with a bunch more hops.

Thanks again Dan!! and look/hook a brother up any time.


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Photo of israfel
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a brandy snifter

A - poured hazy orange with slight foamy head leaving minimal lacing

S - bread pudding, raisins, malt, syrupy sweet, alcohol

T - raisins, mild alcohol, spicy, bitterness, bready

M - syrupy, mouth filling, leaves a coating in your mouth

D - very drinkable, could have more than one in a sitting

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Weyerbacher bomber received from mikesgroove (thanks Mike). The label states "This year's unique brew is a rye barleywine. It's brewed with 50% rye malt, 50% pale malt, and hopped with Magnum hops".

This beer is clear with floating yeastie bits, copper colored, with a 1-finger head that dissipates to a thin layer. The smell is really good and somewhat original for an American Baerleywine. It smells sweet and yeasty with a ton of apple. Interestingly I can't smell any rye despite the 50% bill. It smells kind of similar to St Bernardus ABT 12 which must be high praise from me (I love that shit). The beer tastes original, lots of apple (acetaldehyde?) and light fruit, just a little toffee, some noticeable alcohol in the aftertaste. The body is viscous and coating, almost syrupy feeling. Overall a unique beer that I enjoyed but a little goes a long way.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter,this beer is a honey color amber and is very viscous with a nice fluffy whitehead. the head retention was pretty good and left some nice lacing.

smell has a strong rye spiciness to it along with faint honey,slight floral and alcohol.2 years has done this beer well,strong rye body with a nice amount of spice.slight honey like sweetness,finishes clean with a slight amount of alcohol warming.hops have definately mellowed out over the 2 or so years,as there is just a slight amount of bitterness. mouthfeel is very viscous,low carbonation.

i'm guessing this beer was a pain in the ass to brew because of the huge amount of rye.i wish this was released somewhat frequently.gonna have to pick up another bomber if i can find one.

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Photo of Amalak
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of an aged 22 ounce bottle (2 years).
A- Brown, rusty color to it. Small bubbles. Limited head and some lacing.
S- Nice rye malt scent to it.
T- Well carbonated. Very strong rye malt taste to it. Full bodied, extremely strong taste of alcohol, probably because of it being aged. Extremely high quality beer.

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Photo of joepais
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this brew is finally worth reviewing and it only took 2 years. My bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a good finger worth of white head, which left a light lace across the glass. The color of the brew was a cross of gold to amber with a good amount of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aromas of honey, rye, sweet caramel and a light alcohol whiff come of this brew. The flavor is nice and balanced not to sweet, there is some caramel and honey up front. along with some spiciness from the rye and a light bitter from the hops in the end. Lets not forget why I aged this one the alcohol is still present in the taste but much more bearable now. I still think this could go a couple more years, if I find another bottle I will try it.
The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

This brew is a good sipper one glass is enough. In other words split the bottle or pay the price of a healthy buzz. This is a big beer, make no bones about it. The brew is getting much better than it was fresh in my opinion and can only get better I think with some more age.

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Photo of glid02
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours a cloudy gold-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with honey-drenched medium fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rich caramel malt flavors up front are joined by medium fruit flavors midway through the sip. Near the end hints of rye come in but I was expecting a bit more spiciness. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass but I'm not terribly sure about another.

Overall this was interesting but I would like to have tried this earlier on in its life in hopes that the rye contributed a bit more.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a small white head. Lots of lacing here. Nose is rye, hops and a sweetness. Taste is thinner than I expected, light dose of hops, fruits, honey, a tad bit of rye and the pale malt came through big. Mouthfeel is thin. Good bwine, different and unique!

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

22 oz bottle

A: Nice clear brown under a small but well developed white head. Big slow moving bubbles throughout the body. Slight retention and spotty lace.

S: Very nice mixture of sweet, toffee, caramel, toasted malt, dark fruit, little bit of honey and maybe a hint of earthy hop.

T: Taste is a bit of a let down after the aroma. Honey sweetness, a little too much so. Most of the fruit, toffee and caramel seemed to have disappeared. Some hop bitterness in the end with a bit of booze.

M/D: Full body, thick, slick, just what your would expect. Carbonation slightly high. Drinkability is a bit less than good. In the end the sweetness kind of detracts from the drinkability.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with two fingers of off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Smells like apples, honey, spicy rye, some faint alcohol, and the tiniest bit of hops.

Taste is very sweet up front, almost too much so. The rye is present, but rather subdued. There are lots of honey and pear flavors, with some sweet bready malts. Finishes with some lingering alcohol.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Feels rather light for the style.

A little too sweet without much in the hops department. Not a great beer, but not bad either.

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, hazy yellow. Full head that shrinks to a light rim lacing. Nose of caramel, malts, champagne, and a sweety fruitness, perhaps peach... Taste is caramel and the sweet peachy fruitiness. This is a bottle from 2007, and after 2 years this is amazing! I totally enjoy this easy drinking selection from Weyerbacher...much better when it waits for 2-3 years after brewed, due to the 10.2% ABV.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Nutbrown. Thanks Alan....keep them beers coming:^)

This pours a hazy medium gold with a small bit of foam mostly around the edge of the glass.

The smell is kind of light on my nose. I get some caramel malt sweetness and some dark fruit...maybe a touch of some hop bitterness and good rye with some alcohol.

The taste is of caramel malt and rye, bread, lots of fruitiness, mostly peach, and more sweetness that smacks of honey. Lots of warming here too as there's a definite burn as it goes down. It also has a spicy taste to it that is very pepper-like. Interesting flavour but man, this one demands very very small sips.

The mouthfeel for is full and very oily on the tongue and the carbonation is on the light side.

Drinkability? Take it slow and easy else it probably would kick anyones' ass...this bottle will be the last beer I have tonight. :^) Still, a very different and enjoyable session with a new to me beer, thanks to Nutbrown. He sure does come up with some doozies!

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Twelve from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 214 ratings.
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