Twelve | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Risser09 on 07-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 jsanford
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Weyerbacher Tulip. Bottled in 2007. Purchased from Bruisin' Ales about a year ago.

A - Bottle opens with a pleasant hiss. Pours a lovely burnished orange-amber with a beautiful creamy white head that fades to a slight haze, leaving a thick sheet of lacing on the glass. The age hasn't hurt the looks at all, this could be a "fresh" beer easily.
S - Big aromas of sweet caramel malt, orange peel hops, rye bread, and honey. Again, very fresh smelling, no hint of any oxidation.
T - Wow...this is sweet. Tons of sweet caramel and honey with a good amount of rye and more candied orange peel hops and a touch of pear. Gets better as it warms, the flavors become much more cohesive.
M - Big and syrupy. Seriously, this could go on pancakes. Sticky, with a full body and low carbonation. Alcohol really comes out to play, there's no hiding the +10% ABV. Definitely a slow sipper.
O - I was fine until I tasted it. Too sweet, way too syrupy. Curious what this was like fresh, but with 4 years it's just a cloying mess. Damn. Might have gotten through a 12oz bottle, but a 22? This is gonna be tough...

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Photo of bamadog
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one from Crazy Nelson a little over a year ago due to some unfortunate circumstances. I figured four years is plenty long for this one to sit. Review is from notes taken on 7/26/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a solid and bright coppery color; starts with a short 1/2 finger of loose, slightly off-white head and it fades extremely quickly to nothing other than a loose, fizzy skim; body has a touch of haze to it, but it's relatively transparent and shows moderate carbonation; lots of oily swaths and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Not very strong, but there is a green fruitiness to it with a decent backing of caramel malts; warming alcohol in the back.

Taste: Taste is quite nice -- green apple acidity and tartness with a huge counterbalance of sweet caramel malts; very faint hop presence still lingers, but they're largely faded by this point; bit a warming spiciness to it and it's rounded out by the warming alcohol that is so well balanced with the huge maltiness. I don't know how this beer was fresh, but with this much age on it, it's excellent.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium weight, and it's a little slick, oily and sticky; carbonation is present, but still comes across pretty smooth; gums are left quite tingly from the bigger ABV and the belly is left warm from the same, as well as the acidity.

Overall: Definitely a sipper, I love the flavor profile and mouthfeel. I do wish the nose was a little bit stronger to match the flavors, but I'll take it.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Just opened the bottle I have been cellaring since 2007. Noticed the floaties right away after getting the bottle out. Not as noticeable in the glass, but I am not enjoying the look. Smell is quite fruity, with faded hops, citrus and a bit of alcohol mixed in. The flavor is similarly fruity, but with some medicinal qualities. Definitely has the apricot flavor mentioned in other reviews. Mouthfeel is thick, slick, but not too syrupy - pretty good. Overall, I am not really enjoying this beer too much due to the overly sweet and fruity taste.

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

Just opened bottle from 2007, and it's chock full of little bits... very nice. Color is a hazy dirty gold, with a white head that has good lacing but dissipates rather quickly on top. This beer has a very nice taste... not too much going on here. I get the rye, but the overwhelming note is citrus orange and apricot. The mouthfeel is very thick, almost syrupy (O.J. consistency). This is like a fermented & carbonated citrus drink. Easily drinkable for the abv. Overall, very good effort.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rattle N Hum..a delicate orange pour with some decent clarity. 50% Rye and it shows. Even with some time on the bitch, it still reeks of alcohol and spicy rye. It's basically drinking a thickened watery whiskey, which is fun, but it's not worth what it's costing to be reminiscing on how this is true.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head, and some sediment floaties noticable. The head went away quickly, but there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like caramel, pears, butterscotch, and some booze and candied fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, sweet booze, candied fruit, and also has a slight Mentho-lyptus flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and a bit sticky with low carbonation. The alcohol does catch up to you after a while, it's easy to tell this brew is boozy. Overall I think it's a decent enough brew. Not impressive, but not bad either.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, recently found on the shelf at Capones and allowed to warm before being poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

The beer pours a mostly clear amber, just a little bit of haze to it. The ivory head rises to over three fingers in height and spills a little bit over the side. The entire inside of the glass is coated in lacing, and if the crown had shown a bit more stamina I'd say it was pretty much perfect. The nose is pretty much what I'd expect from an American barleywine with a little age on it. There's a ton of caramel/toffee, with a little bit of booze in the background. A slight, but appreciable spicy contribution from the rye is a welcome addition. The taste brings more of the same, with caramel being very much the front runner on my palate. As with the aroma, everything else plays an ancillary role. Alcohol though does make itself a bit more known than before. Twelve is tasty, but damn is it syrupy. I'm not sure if it's an overly rich body, or a carbonation shortcoming (the problem is severe enough that I'd guess it's a combination of both), but I feel like I could pour this beer over pancakes. With the expcetion of a a misstep in the viscous nature of the beer, Weyerbacher 12 is a pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of nickd717
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle via trade.

Cloudy amber pour with a nitro-looking one-finger white head that leaves thick foam and lacing.

The aroma is malty and sweet with a little caramel, rye, sherry, and light fruits.

The flavor is also sweet and malty with a caramel malt base. Fairly boozy without too much to it really. Rye, pear, and a strange menthol flavor.

From the mouthfeel of this, I really can't believe it's not nitro. Insanely full and smooth with very soft carbonation.

Overall, well, it's unique. Not a really big fan though.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade with someone in New England - sorry that I can't remember who it was. Served in a World Class Beverages taster glass.

A - Pours with late-rising white foam that quickly settles to a thin cap and ring. Transparent bronze color.

S - Very vinous and fruity. Lots of white grape, pears, and apples - all soaked in alcohol. It's very unusual, although I would attribute some of that to the three years of age on this bottle. Strangely compelling.

T - The taste is more in line with what I expect from a barleywine. Burnt sugars, earthy rye character, booze-soaked fruits, raisins, and a touch of cardboard and sherry oxidation character. Aftertaste is full of estery spice.

M - Body is full, chewy, and sticky. However, it finishes somewhat dry. Carbonation is medium-low. There's some warmth after only a few ounces.

D - While I probably could have finished the 12oz bottle on my own, I ended up contributing about half to a dessert reduction.

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

A: Pours a very warm golden orange copper color. Crystal clear with a few bubbles slowly rising from the bottom. Head is an eggshell color and very thin. What was 1 finger has now disappeared.

S: The nose is very reminicent of a Belgian quad. Alcohol soaked dark fruits. Caramel and spice from the rye.

T: Tons of initial alcohol burn. Lots of caramel
soaked figs. What ever hops were present have faded. Tons of spiceyness the rye malts really make themselves noticed over the pale malts.

M: medium bodied with tons of stickiness. As with eleven it coats every part of the mouth and lips. Lots of alcohol burn in the throat.

Overall: this thing must have been a real beast when younger. As it sits now. That alcohol smacks you in the face even after 3+ years. The rye provides a nice amount of spice. I'm glad to be able to try this one time only offering from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of wingman14
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a thin white head that sticks around the edges. The smell has some sweet fruit notes like candied fruit. A heavy dose of alcohol comes through in with the smell. The taste starts with a sweet fruit flavory comes with some mild pepper-like flavor with a heavy alcohol finish that clears the sinuses. The aftertaste lingers with the fruit and strong alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium, a smooth beer, low carbonation. I couldn't have more than one of these, the alcohol flavor is extremely powerful, but still an enjoyable barleywine.

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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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Twelve from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 213 ratings.
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