Twelve | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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213
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
15.89%
 
 
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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light golden color with a sparse head and a disturbing amount of protein particulate matter in the otherwise clear liquid.

Smells of sweet apple cider mildly and some alcohol.

Tastes of candy sugar and raisins. I get no rye bitterness and the overall color, taste, and smell is much closer to an American/Belgian Triple than anything having to do with either rye or barleywine. It's good for what it is but the bottle is misleading.

Round and soft in the middle with spikey carbonation around the edges in the mouth. Overall a pleasant experience as with any fine Belgian.

Drinkability - I will suffer through this one. Not that it's all that bad, I just would have preferred a 12oz bottle or someone to split this one with. Perhaps it will improve with time.

I will likely buy just one or two more of these for nostalgia since it is a one time brew but if I miss it I'd be OK with that too.

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Photo of MVotter
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma from the freshly opened bottle opening: cinnamon, breads

Aroma from freshly poured brew: breads

This brew poured into a tall pils glass, pure gold. A three-finger head emerges and settles back to two fingers in a couple of minutes. The bubbles continue to stream through the glass throughout the experience.

The taste is buttery and malty, with plenty of effervescence. But, you don't taste this brew first ... you feel it.

The mouthfeel is as thick as I have experienced; full, velvety texture ... chewy, chewy, chewy.

The magnum hops make an entrance at the finish. The 10.2% abv is present at first, but not dominating ... some phenolic notes in the after taste.

In the first few minutes, this reminded me of a thick, obviously strong alcohol Belgian. The texture and abv of this brew demand that you sip and savor ... don't rush it and it will more than "take care of you."

This can be a dangerous brew.

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

a: medium orange-amber beer with a slight amount of white carbonation and medium to large floaters suspended throughout

s: sweet honeyed barley with a hefty rye spice, thick grain syrup, golden raisin, apple schnapps, apricot, very malty, mild booze, at times reminiscent of a thick golden bock - reflective of the split malt bill of pale and rye malts

m: carbonation delicate, on the light side, full - almost syrupy - body, satisfying without being too much

t: nice, thick and sweet profile with loads of pale malt, rye from the start but really coming out in the finish, similar to what I found in the aroma, honey biscuit and a range of light fruit syrups...apple, peach, hops seem to have faded with time, the unusual combo of rye and pale malt seems to have turned many off to this one, but makes for an interesting product almost like some variety of imperial lager

d: easy for the high abv, an enjoyable sipper

single from Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From the dbf and allowed to warm up for 30 minutes. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Appears a mildly hazy golden honey amber color with barely a quarter of an inch of off white head that quickly fades into oblivion. Smells of white grapes, wheat, white sugar, rye spiciness, and bread. Tastes of spicy rye malt, sweet grapes, alcohol, pears, apples, sweet, sweet malt, sugar, sweet plums. Finish is sweet, and dry. The sweetness lingers. Alcohol is quite subdued, but still makes it's presence known. Full bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation. Too sweet for my tastes which leads to poor drinkability. I couldn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of jrodvog148
1.84/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

went to the Weyerbacher Brewing Co and found this there. Thought it would sound interesting even though I am not a fan of the barleywines to often. Strong smell upon opening, taste was just too overpowering with the alchohol. Might having gotten a bad bottle but just not a fan, but still a fan of the brewery.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Makes you want to sing the Sesame Street song. Pours a golden straw color with a light copper hue through out. A bit light for style but ok. Mostly hazy with a soft white head. Limited retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose has a nice malty aroma and very distinct rye characterizes. To start the malt has a nice spice note from the rye with some minor bready notes. A light caramel as well. Some noticeable stale, aged notes that are boarder line butyric. Some minor hop notes but limited overall. Some minor fruity notes with a light bitter orange smell. Noticeable oxidation notes with mostly paper but some sherry notes as well.

The taste is a bit different than the nose. The rye character is note as distinct as the nose. This could be because the malt notes are a bit muddled. Some bready and a light plastic/medicinal tastes. Some minor butyric in the finish as well. More esters come out, with pear, orange and a hint of pineapple. Some yeasty notes with a light diacetyl in the finish. Some salty notes in the finish. Not much on the hops but some bittering notes that blends odd with the rye. Not much finishing leaving a sweeter finish.

The body is closer to moderate than full. Carbonation is light even for style. There is some astringency from the rye and bittering hops. Overall a bit disappointment. Noticeable off yeast notes, but at least the rye comes out nicely.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jasonm for this extra from a while back.

Golden color with a creamy inch of foam. Excellent retention and a bit of lacing.

Lots of rye on the aroma, peppery, sweet malts, hints of orange, tangy and fruity rye. Since this beer was done with magnum hops there really isn't any distinct hoppy aroma in this beer, which is a shame because it could use more complexity. Rye bread with some sweet orange and tangerine. A bit more fruity esters begin to appear as the beer settles for a few minutes. Faint grape and apples in the background, some caramel as well. Not bad but nothing really outstanding and the aromas are very subtle and almost timid.

Sweet malt, bready, rye fruitiness, pale malts, and some fruity pear, apples and grapes in the finish. Again, not much complexity in this beer, very pale in flavor with some tropical fruits for subtle again. I'm also tasting a bit of peach mid-palate.

Low and soft carbonation, a tad syrupy from the lack of hoppiness in this beer.

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Photo of johlendorf
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a huge beer. The rye malts add a new dimension to an already complex style.

A = Light honey color. Suprising clear. Almost no head and no lacing.

S = Alcohol, apple, plums. Very sweet.

T & M = Sweet and malty. Apple, peaches, dried plums. Alcohol. Hint of rye grassiness. Very sweet at the end. Thick and sticky mouthfeel.

D = High ABV and sweetness make this a slow burner.

If you're into Barleywine and looking for some quality variety, I'd recommend it. Not novices.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into oversized snifter.

To set the record straight, and for my own personal reminder, this is quite an experimental brew and essentially a "Rye Barleywine" (Ryewine?) so it is a bit difficult to judge.

A - Strangely light in color. Completely clear, darker shade of gold. Quarter inch of white foam rises up but dissipates quickly into a moderate collar. No lacing.

S - Huge sweetness, lots of honey and fruit. Actually, one of my first impressions was a malt liquor with a shot of grape juice added. As it warms it's opened up a bit, but there's still a metallic and grainy-sweet flavor reminiscent of malt liquor. Lots of apples and peaches in this brew with a healthy dose of caramel. Not really detecting much hop presence.

T - Sweet sweet sweet. Man, this is like a thick barley version of a malt liquor. Lots of apples and peaches amidst the sweetness with a bit of a vinous character. Honey flavor is mixed in with a little pepperiness. The brew dries out a little late palate with a lingering graham cracker-like flavor before a modest hit of alcohol. Though I really don't know how to interpret this beer, it is seriously lacking in complexity though the ABV is hidden quite well.

M - Wow, Weyerbacher has NAILED the mouthfeel for this guy. Thick, creamy, syrupy, just all kinds of rich thickness. Carbonation is next to flat providing a very interesting experience, extremely conducive to the flavors at hand.

D - There haven't been many brews that I've been this perplexed by. It's extremely unique, but I'm not sure that it's quite "great." Too much sweetness and there really isn't a world of flavor going on for what I think this brew should be. No hop presence at all, and while the sweetness is enticing at first it does get a little tiresome. I probably wouldn't buy this again to drink aside from curiousity, but it might be a decent cooking liquid.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A: Poured a very clear copper color. Honestly this looks more like a pale ale than a barley wine. I know it is 50% pale malt but still. Minimal white head with some lacing that quickly just tops the top of the beer.

S: I do get the rye which is always nice. Tons of sweetness. Some faded hops as well. Not the best nose to be honest. At this point the faded hops are giving it an unpleasant nose.

T: It tastes good however. The rye is really dominating right now. A little bit of sweetness towards the back. There is a hint of a lager in there as well which is really weird. The taste is kind of on the bland side.

M: Medium body with minimal carbonation.

D: I am torn on this beer. It was much better fresh. The idea of a Rye Barleywine I love. I think the hopping was a case of too much going on. They do take chances on their anniversary beers and that must be applauded. This just fell short unfortunately but will probably inspire me to homebrew a rye barleywine.

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

This bottle courtasy of gford217. Thanks for the extra!

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter.
Transparent, color is a darker copper. Forming a 1 finger off white head. Leaving spotty thin streaks of lace and a thin white layer of retention.

Some alcahol warmth at the knose. Bready carmel apple strudelrol, with toffee and roasted grain aroma. Picking up a good amount of sweet honey like aromas too.

Its sweet up front with carbonation throught. More toffee, caramel and honey like flavors. Roasted grains and mild alcahol warmth. Hop bittering comes into the swallow and lingers with grassy pine. Finishing dry with a good linger of bread and hops.

Absolutly delicious!

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of JRedner. Thanks buddy, I can take this off my wants list. Pours clear deep gold with decent white head. The aroma is on the mild side with figs, prunes and dates for the dark fruity esters and mild malt sweetness. The taste is malty sweet and sugary malts backed by sort of evened out mild pine hops before some of the alcohol sensation grows to a tepid level. Midway I get wet sticky rye maltiness that helps balance the sweet maltiness and mild dark fruity esters.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review was from last fall.

This beer pours a bright, light copper color. Fizzy carbonation cascades into an off-white, bubbly head. Super clear, looks like apple juice.

Smell is boozy, fruity, yeasty. Perhaps pear, cherry? There's a definite alcohol presence in the smell.

Taste-There's a smooth malt presence under a sweet, bready fruit flavor and a light hops presence. Grape, cherry? Finishes with a warming alcohol and leaves a sticky, fruitiness behind.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. The lower carbonation and the high alcohol together remind me of drinking a sweet white wine, but with a thick and bready body.

I really enjoyed this beer. The alcohol was super present, which hurt the drinkability a little, but this is great for sipping on a cool night.

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Photo of illidurit
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden orange color with a beige head. Aroma is boozy caramel with some esters. Flavor is still pretty hot even after over a year of age. Big caramel maltiness, light citrus, stone fruits, and some spices. The rye influence is but a whisper. Thick bodied and maybe underattenuated. Still enjoyable though.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clear amber-copper color. Fine bubbled carbonation and has good lacing, not so much on the retention.

Mineraly, honey and clover nose to it. I also get hints of eucalyptus and lemon-lime soda. Interesting, not quite sure what a rye barleywine is supposed to smell like.

Creamy as hell feeling in the mouth! Spicy rye flavors are noticeable in the taste. I'm not getting much 'barleywine' feel from it. Very sweet, nearly syrupy and sticky. Nearly mead-like. Some alcohol warming, but hides the abv well. Glad I did not age this any longer, I have a feeling this was better fresh. It is somewhat difficult to finish half the bomber, so that is not a good thing for this beer. It's ok, but I wish it had more barleywine characteristics. If you have one of these, I would urge drink it soon, and split the bottle with someone!

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

I purchased this beer after it was cellared for one year at Bottle King, Hillsdale, NJ. 22oz. bomber served at between fridge and cellar temperature in an oversize brandy snifter.

Appearance- Upon popping the cap, hundreds of tiny bubbles make their way up from the bottom of the bottle... at a snail's pace. Intriguing as hell... it's forming a steady, ever-thickening head right in the neck of the bottle. There is plenty of yeast settled at the floor.

This beer appears viscous and almost syrupy right from the start... its strength subduing any head initially. It is bright butterscotch in color, with miniscule, pinhead-size bubbles floating everywhere. As expected, minimal lacing aside from a few isolated sticky spots. On the second pour, after about an hour out of the refrigerator, we have a stalwart, creamy finger thick head.

Smell- The nose imparts vanilla and wood, as if it were barrel aged in oak. It's a little bit spicy and the hops come forth nicely, with the rye malt adding some twangyness to round out the aroma.

Taste- In true Weyerbacher fashion, each phase of ingredients add a massive contribution to flavor, then fade off into a thick, hazy horizon. I love this beer because, as a barleywine, it doesn't overwhelm at all... but it does pack a wallop, with the abv making its presence felt big time. It is basically a well balanced presentation of the rye and pale malts used in great numbers, along with an abundance of magnum hops and plenty of resulting strength.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This is certainly the most thick, viscous bodied beer I've had in years. Its slick weight in the mouth carries the same elegance we saw in the appearance earlier on... almost undetectable bubbles, save for the gentle tingle at the tip of the tongue. This is definitely one of those special beers to unwind with and share with someone who appreciates a bold, flavorful, meaty American take on a barleywine.

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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 gford217
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of CrellMoset poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that doesn't last too long and leaves only traces of lacing.

The aroma is very light for the style and almost fruity. It has some caramel malts but is more bready than I expected and had some light fruits, maybe apricots, and honey in the nose. There also weren't much in the way of hops either. It doesn't smell much like a barleywine honestly.

The taste starts out just like the aroma with sweet light fruits - raisins, peaches, pears, apples maybe. There is some caramel malts in the background as well as hints of toffee and a slight roasted character.

The mouthfeel is very, very smooth and almost syrupy with little carbonation.

This is a very unique take on a barleywine and one of the sweeter version of the style I've had. Not really one of my favorites from Weyerbacher but glad I tried it once.

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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 lightindarkness
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in a nice big tulip, served at cellar temperature.

Pours with a full head over a gleaming clear, though thick looking, amber body. Bubbles rise slowly to feed the off white head, leaving nice stringy lacing all over.

Nose is doughy with full soapy malt sweetness, rich and caramelly with a touch of bubblegum - not too pink and sweet, but adding another dimension to the malt. Some faint spice and alcohol warmth. The age on the malt smells nice, with some overripe banana and estery fruit sweetness, giving it more complexity and depth, though the beer seems to still lack these in overall character.

Taste promises bigness, then delivers a swelled, yet hollow, flavor. Some syrupy caramel and overripe soft fruits begin, leading the palate to hope for a deeper fuller bottom end. Instead, malts lighten and evaporative alcohol never quite lets the beer settle to the depth is seems to entice with. taste is nice, with moments of richness that really just leave me wanting more from it. Fairly slim in dimension with notable alcohol presence. My guess is that decanting might help bring it a little more to life, but then again, it's more than a year old already. Fading aftertaste again has hints of deeper sticky malt, but kind of phantom on presence with teasing depth.

Feel is smooth, if not a bit sticky at times. Carbonation is not too strong in the presentation, laying back with just enough presence to enhance the overall feel. A slick coating hangs after the evaporative alcohol softens.

I'm actually finding this beer pretty satisfying. While it claims itself as a rye barleywine, I'm finding notes of doughy belgian quadrupel and some other stronger blending of styles. As much as I like it, it leaves me wanting a little more, like it talks a big game with little left to show once the tricks are over. Leaves a nice aftertaste and has some very drinkable qualities, but for what it is, a mild disappointment. Alcohol is also a drinkability inhibitor.

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

Light tea colored beer was lightly hazy. The quarter inch head of white froth took longer to develop then fade down. No carbonation rising in the beer. Ribbons of tiny bubbles on sides of glass.

Aromas in the nose are quite weak. As it warms there is a bit of a malt and alcohol blend, but nothing more then just presence without substance.

Heavy malt and rye blend is backed by a alcohol presence. Mix of fruit flavors were on the lighter side and hinted of apples and pears.

The thickness clings to the sides of the tongue. Carbonation was a bit front heavy.

A average brew. Pair it with a nice sharp cheddar for a nice appetizer. The lack of rye coming forward was disappointing. Share one with a friend to save some money.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Really nice start. Poured a not-too-thick copper color, on the lighter end of that spectrum, with lots of slow, lazy carbonation and a huge slightly off-white three-finger head with fantastic retention and lacing. It leaves huge sheets as it recedes, sticky, clingy, like moss on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Pretty standard, and doesn't smell anything like a rye barleywine or otherwise. I get pure roasted malt, waffles, maple syrup, and only the faintest twinge of a spicy rye/bitter hop presence. Hmmm.

Taste: This one literally tastes like maple syrup. There's a faint hop twinge, some definite grainy, earthy bitterness from the rye, and way too much almost hot alcohol. Belgian waffles with denatured EtOH syrup. Maybe some bananas. Oy. This one's a little too sickly sweet and boozy for its own good.

Mouthfeel: Thick as all hell, incredibly smooth and creamy, slightly spicy and very mildly carbonated. Not bad here.

Drinkability: Jeeze. This one could have done with fewer residual sugars - the mouthfeel was incredibly thick, and it was almost sickeningly sweet. The flavors weren't bad at all - it was just way too sweet. The ab% was also pretty high and not too terribly well-hidden, unusual for beers this sweet. Definitely something to work on.

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Photo of dfillius
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass while watching the 2008 VP debates.

A: Moderate pour yields lazy bubbles that eventually coalesce into 2/3 finger of white head with decent retention. Chill hazy copper is a very light color for a barleywine. Pretty though, and I am actually glad it is lighter.

S: Clean and bright nose is almost lagery in its crisp clean lines. I caught a brief intense Werther's caramel candy whiff...then it was gone, come back! There it is again, amazing!

T: Light malt body, buttered toast, caramel chew. Such a delicate, eggnoggy/ nutmeg flavor. Alcohol does not get stronger with warming amazingly. This is an exceptional beer that I wish was a year round offering.

M: Syrupy and chewy. I think I finally get what "chewy" means. Slightly phlegmy as well.

D: Deceptively strong, but so tasty! The alcohol is the only negative in this category.

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Photo of asabreed
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass. Many reviews said this was a bit hot, so I waited around a year, and I'm not sure how I even did that. But here it goes. Into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: I figured the glass would be good for the bigger and sweeter aroma I was going to encounter, but it seems like the last few times I've used this glass, there's hardly any semblance of head or retention that forms. Is this normal with a chalice? Beautiful light copper color with hints of amber on the color side, though, with nice full carbonation seemingly shooting up from the bottom.

Smell: Rye with some huge candied sweet and sour fruit. Not your usual barley wine for sure. Tart apples, sour cherries, grapefruit, all coming together without the flavors from yeast, but I imagine mostly from the rye. A little heat from the booze too, but welcomed and complex.

Taste: Almost some Belgian-like or wild ale characteristics sans yeast, since the taste includes lots of balanced fruit and sourness -- minus the spritzy carbonation of something like a Belgian -- with sour cherries, tart apples, tart strawberries, sweet oranges, and some bitterness from what seems like some nice hops curbing the sweetness at the end. Finishes long, sweet, balanced by some sourness, and tons of flavors on the tongue. A pretty weird and wild barley wine.

Mouthfeel: Full and heavy-bodied with an almost candy-coated like carbonation. I'm not sure how to describe it, but it's creamy, not chewy, full enough to be big without being cloying, and works well with the complexity of all the flavors.

Drinkability: Glad I waited to try this, though I can't necessarily confirm any changes. However, since there's a tad bit of heat both in the aroma and the taste from the booze, maybe it was full-on a year ago, and for me barley wines are something I try as much as possible to keep around for a year anyway, even though that usually doesn't happen. If you've laid one down, give it a shot now. My taste buds seem to be magnetized to pretty much every big beer Weyerbacher does at this point. And for that I'm thankful.

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Photo of maximum12
4.62/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to, ah, the various BAs who've helped in my Weyerbacher collection quest. sholland119, milwaukeeclassic, & beerloco were all kind enough to send me some Twelve. Gee, hope I like it.

Smell is overpowering. Candied fruit & a riptide of booze come lashing out of the pour before my pint glass is half full. Smell is much more like a Belgian than a barleywine. Interesting start.

I have to struggle not to let my love of Weyerbacher color the first taste but...wow. The rye adds something oddly subtle to this barleywine, leavening the sweetness, but not cloyingly so. Another sip. Mmmm. My wife's eyes light up when she takes a sip, too.

Weirdest thing, I can barely detect the alcohol. But I can feel it, except it's defying gravity, blitzing up into my head rather than warming my chest cavity. That can't be good. For the ABV, I've already had about a third of the bottle. Slow down.

Glad I have a couple more bottles downstairs, would have been interesting to try fresh. Big points for uniqueness, more points for just being yummy.

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Twelve from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.
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