Thirteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Inspired Imperial Stout.

Added by woodychandler on 04-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 247
Reviews by TheBlackMallard:
Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black into a snifter. Nothing going on in the glass really. A few small dark brown bubbles in the middle.

Smell: Mostly alcohol with some dark fruits and roasted barley struggling to come through.

Taste: Both Super Roasty and Boozy. The Chocolate and Dark Fruit show up again after a few sips. Smooth and Creamy, but finishes like there's a shot of vodka in my RIS.

I wish I had one or two more to lay down for a couple of years.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I have had mixed feelings with the other Weyerbacher anniversary brews but this is a real winner.Poured into a small tulip glass a jet black with a thinner mocha head,the Belgian yeast used in this brew shows thru, the chocolate is intense as well as the roast,the Belgian yeast used gives off a slightly spicey phenolic note,the aromas are extremely complex.Like alot of Weyerbacher "big" beers this is hot but this is a brand spankin new beer so I'll let it slide,flavors are intense as in roasted to the hilt along with bitter unsweetened chocolate and alcohol dipped dark fruit with a bit of a racey drying finish.A great beer to cellar,its a bit hot right now but shows great flavor and the mouthfeel could not be better.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Anniversary beers should be all about doing it up big time, and looks like Weyerbacher has that goal with this 13.6-percent abv Belgian Imperial Stout, whichis brewed with five malts and a touch of oats, and fermented with an Abbey yeast strain.

The black liquid pours on thick with tiny bubbles struggling to move through the viscous mass in the glass. Eventually it forms a proper two fingers of thick light-brown head. Extremely aromatic with dark milk chocolate, mild espresso, faint Madeira wine and black currants. Full, nearly syrupy body with a very deep creamy smoothness. Big roasted flavor, little acrid, but more just a charcoal flavor. Alcohol is a bit pushy, and it should be for it strength, but it never becomes unruly as it was a deceiving slow warmth to start but soon drops a spicy peppercorn flavor and mild heat on the palate. Light on the hops. Yeast tries to break through but is pushed down by the roasted malt character, slight oat sweetness and burnt caramel flavor in the semi-sweet roasty finish.

An epic ale for their 13th, the only drawback about this beer is that it is a limited edition. To hell with getting one bottle to give it a try. Go for the case to stock your cellar this winter.

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Photo of JasonA
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep carmel dark with 2 fingers of off white/carmel head. Lacing, excellent pour.

Smells medium roasted malt, deep abv, some bakers chocolate, some coffee.

Dont know about BA's style pronunciation, but I get Old Ale with chocolate/espresso tastes. Exceptional Ale considering the ABV and palatte.

Smooth carbonation, excellent flavor, good balance.

Love it. Shame its a one time thing. Im curious what its going to be like in a year. I have 1 more, id like to get a few more.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip, this beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color with a thin orange/tan head. A tiny bit of lacing. It had a coffee and milk chocolate aroma. Intriguing taste. Coffee and milk chocolate, kind of alternating with coffee bitterness here and sweet chocolate there. Wonderful. The alcohol was well-hidden, but at 13.40% ABV, this beer is meant to be sipped and savored.

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Photo of bigdipip
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

oofah, this one is a monster of an imperial kick ass stout ! 22 ounce bomber. Pours black and mean looking, super thick, beefy and viscous, minor head/lace, low carbonation. Nose of burnt malts, black licorice and very ripe black figs. Mega malt, dark and luscious, heady, flavorful, packing a world class punch...more dark malt, chocolate, dark ripe fruit, dark rum/brandy, dark coffee, chocolate fudge. Stout lovers rejoice, world class night capper, sipper dessert and cigar brew

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Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass with no lacing. Smell is a bit hot with alcohol, but also has some nice stuff going on in it like baker's chocolate, vanilla, cream, espresso, and some licorice. Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee, earthy, licorice, dark fruit, molasses, and oak (though I don't think this was oak aged at all). I enjoy this beer, probably about the best Belgian inspired stouts I've had. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears dark black with large thick tan mocha head really creamy textured foam here almost custard like pour as it layers. Fine lacing forms around my Piraat chalice nicely head retention is great.

Aroma brings semi sweet dark cocoa kicks with creamy alcohol infused rounded edges. Somewhat timid aromatics with mild charred oak and minimal smokiness, dark ripened fruits rich in depth and sweetness.

Flavor again not alot of depth but the straight forward charred oak dark chocolate creamy sensations do enough for me and the 13.6 is a sizzling, soothing alcohol burn with ripe fruit notes soaking in. This beer will do great with some aging, but it's pretty effin' tasty as I type this.

Mouthfeel is full bodied but never thick, and as I mentioned the alcohol content does really burn a bit on the palate. Carbonation level is pretty low not a lot of bubbly action really goes down smooth.

Drinkability I'm not going to lie this one needs more aging, still hot with the alcohol. Flavors need to mature and come together with a little bit of cellaring, not very complex and a bit underwhelming for me. I guess I wasn't really on board for the last few Anniversary releases including 10-12, but I generally love Weyerbacher brews. For instance they nailed the bottled Slam Dunkel, excellent stuff.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque black color with a one-finger dark tan head. The head recedes to nothing with a thick ring around the glass. Lacing sheets nicely then breaks up - not very sticky.

Smells mostly like dark fruits. There's a mild tinge of alcohol and roastiness as well.

Tastes very interesting, like an Imperial Dubbel. Dark fruits stand out the most, with a lot of sweetness. There's a little bit of roastiness in the flavor just as in the smell, and there's a mild bitter ending. The bitterness sticks around more on the lips. Alcohol is there but not as huge as the ABV would suggest.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a great thickness with very fine carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

I don't think this is necessarily absurdly drinkable as a beer, but as an RIS it certainly is. Goes down way too fast.

Overall this is a very interesting beer. The best way to describe it in my opinion is Imperial Dubbel. It's a bit expensive but it's worth it. Give this a shot if you can find it.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black dense body with a dark brown head of thick foam that fades to a ring after a few sips. The beer is a bit to dense to see any carbonation except for a random tiny bubble that trails up the side of the glass.

S- This beer has a dark roasted malt aroma that melds with a coffee roasted black malt quality and finishes with a soft cola note that turns fusel as the beer warms.

T- The taste of cream and black roasted malt has some vinous and red wine tannin notes to it with a charred black finish. There are some raisin flavors that come though the finish as it warms a bit. There is a light roasted bitterness that lingers after each sip but only for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a chewy texture and a soft alcohol heat that is a bit fusel.

D- This beer has some big roasted flavors but not much depth or character once you get past the roasted notes, making the rest of the flavor a bit light in taste. It was very easy to drink for a 13 %ABV beer but I don't think age would improve the taste as the alcohol plays a bit of a supporting role for the black malt.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dacrza1
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark with a stoutish lurk and an even brown halo of head clinging to a Maudite snfter heftily.... head settles quickly .... appearance befitting of the Stonehenge label... balanced aroma, almost alcohol-hidden within tinges of smoke, sweet sugar and dairy aspects.... nothing springs up/out as unique.... smooth, warm at the throat--in a cordial/bourbon way, not quite scotch... a bit oily and elusive between the teeth... first sip is hot... welcome on this 5 degree night though! defintely alcoholic... milky presence arrives at mid-sip and seers with a furnace of malt... as a desertif, this would pair wonderfully with any number of chocolate dishes, although it may bully them.... the beer is more booty from my pillaging of Ryan's fantasy baseball merits... as the nightcap, this probably will hit me full on tomorrow morning... for now, pleasantly balanced and better than the sum of its parts...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher- Thirteen

A- Dark viscous black with a huge beaded head. Bubbly filmy lacing down the glass.
S- Very sweet sugary chocolate cake batter, strong red wine, touch of vinegar.
T- Holy sweetness. Cheek hurting sweet with huge doses of figs, prunes, raisins. A solid chocolate finish.
M- Again sweet as hell, but will subdue after a few sips. Very fruity and boozy through the body with a dry warm chocolatey finish.

Overall- Very sweet with sour notes at first but toning down and mellowing into a good boozy sipper. Alc. is quite present but not overpowering. A nice evening beer!

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Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 0z. bottle > Brandy snifter

Totally opaque, the sun has been denied! seriously dark, and bold look, viscous-thick pour. the head is an activ but dense creamy-brown with darker brown tints mixed throughout.

The nose is full of roastie chocolate malt, cherries and big fruits, sweet Hershey's chocolate syrup runs through the malt aroma. Herbal balance and a slight wet-cardboard scent, but it's very subtle. The aroma only gets stronger as time goes by with even more malty aroma's popping out like grahm crackers.

Wow, I must comment on the feel before th flavor; it's a giant-full bodied beast with a very smooth feel, but also includes the up-lifting Belgian feel, snappy and peppery but smooth and thick,,,oh yeah. Brownies and spicey herbs is the first two flavor's I get, thick, rightous malt with a killer belgian-yeast complexity! The large 13% abv. does not come off as "hot" at all, it's very well-hidden, which means the rest of the brew is bad-ass enough to handle this big abv. and not only handle it, but it hides it! The malty complexity is as good as I've ever had, including RIS's like Darklord. Giant amounts of oats Oakie-wood and cedar smoke, chocolate and vanilla in the malt, they come in thick layers of flavor, one after the other! My lips are very sticky from this stuff. A sweet, wet-bready taste in the finish, crisp, peppery but coffee-smooth.

Briliant brewing, adventurous and bold but with balance. I'm simply loving these Belgian-inspired big Stouts.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark oil black with a large brown foamy head. This is an excellant looking brew. The smell is pungent with roasted malt,alcohol,and dark fruit. The taste has a bitter hop flavor with the creaminess of a stout. Hops,chocolate,alcohol,dark fruit,and roasted malt dominate the flavors here. The m/f is heavy with the double IPA and stout mixing well. A different kind of beer from a brewery that's willing to try different things.

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Photo of alamode
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of asabreed
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Jet black, dark mocha-colored head which dissipates too quickly. Could be the glass since it hasn't been washed in a while, though I did a thorough washing as much as I could to make sure if anything seemed odd it wasn't because of the glass. That said, the jet black color is great, but the head retention isn't much, and it takes a fierce pour to get any kind of a substantial foaminess going.

Smell: Visceral and powerfully boozy at first, but a warranted booziness, and a heady one, with hints of sherry and scotch. Then the aromas start to come in, the dark berries, with raspberry being seemingly prominent, along with rich chocolate mousse, bursting vinous red wine complexity, almost pinot-like with its dark fruits, then there's some maple flavors and some pure vanilla extract. All around complex, very rich and balanced, with so much going on from the beginning until it warms to room temperature.

Taste: A fantastic combination of rich dark chocolate, bold vinous flavors, and heady booziness. Initial flavors of dark chocolate malts and big fruit flavors, raspberry and maraschino cherries, slides into rich chocolate mousse and chocolate cream, along with hints of scotch, maple, and minor coffee mocha flavors, as a nice touch without becoming too mocha or coffee-like, as some bigger stouts can often lean toward. Long finish with heavy malt flavors, but as it finally warms to room temperature there's some citrus hops mixed with darker berries to become the icing on the cake. One of the best stouts I've ever had as far as complexity, and this is in the "green" state, which for Weyerbacher, most of the time, for me, is not really a term, as I can't imagine this getting any better.

Mouthfeel: Richly huge and chewy, with still a lighter edge, which doesn't make it cloying and makes it easy to sip like a fine scotch or bourbon. Pretty great.

Drinkability: Around $7, which was nothing for me, as I was waiting to get a hold of this guy for a while. I wish I had a case of this for the future. Hands down one of my favorite stouts of all time. The Eagles / Cowboys game is now over, and as a Giants fan, I knew that someone had to lose. The game was great, though, and this was the perfect accompaniment with its hugeness. Complex as hell, not for the faint of heart, but then again, it's so balanced that even someone who's not used to such stout heaviness would be able to appreciate the subtleties and nuances of such a brew. Bravo, again, and seemingly as always, Weyerbacher. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love to split hairs: label says 13.6%, and the name of this beer is probably XIII. Whatever, let's get to the stuff that really matters...

Glugs out syrupy, oily black, and the head, while modest, is a very dark brown. Looks like they roasted the living crap out of everything including the hops! Big and dark, beastly and black.

Interesting to get such vinous qualities from the nose of a big-ass stout, but that's what's happening here. Must be the Belgian yeast strain. Raisins, graham cracker and chocolate lie just under the surface in this very grape-y, yeasty aroma. Not nearly is roastified as the looks suggest. Alcohol intrudes just a tad too much with warming, the only thing keeping me from giving it a higher mark.

Flavor brings on a huge glowing wave of chocolate, Concord grape, other dark berries, vanilla, cherry, graham cracker, toasted pumpernickel, cola, marshmallow. It lasts and lasts and lasts. The alcohol shows up and lays down a bed for the flavors to do their thing, nothing more than a supportive warm glow. The finish is as long as the flavor, spreading out forever and bringing cola, chocolate and Concord grape with it.

Mouthfeel is both full and bright, with a good bit of carbonation while also being sticky. This is sensibly carbonated, and that means it doesn't overwhelm in a soda-like way as some other Belgian-style stouts do. Seems perfect for the flavor profile.

Belgian-style stouts are tricky. They're often too carbonated, and some don't come close to tasting like a stout. This one brings together aspects of an imperial stout and infuses Belgian character while never dominating it. It remains a stout. A big, bold, unique, delicious stout. Now, I don't get "drinkability." I need to review BA's meaning of that, because I consider this highly drinkable. It's delicious, it has no glaring faults, it's delicious, and I just want to keep sipping and sipping. Slowly. And it's delicious. Forget session-ing, this is a superb beer that deserves your palate's full attention. Wish I'd bought more than one, as I'd love to see how this ages...

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lum for these babies.

Pours a deep thick impenetrable black with a nice tan mocha head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves "ok" lacing.

Nose is pretty strange here with ample amounts of dark fruit, and sugar. Some licorice and a bit of anise in here as well. Roasted malt is there, but there is certainly an odd smell coming out of this one. Nose is quite belgian.

Taste follows with big roasted malt flavor, some major dark fruit. Skim slick chocolate and minimal coffee. Anise is present as is a touch of molasses. This is defenitely a belgian style imperial stout. Belgian yeast like flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, as most belgian style imperial stouts tend to be. Quite slick, good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good for the abv, but the heat does catch up to you towards the end of the taste. Goes down easily, but i wouldnt want to be having more than one of these. Make no mistake about it, this beer, as of right now, is HOT.

Overall a pretty good belgianish imperial stout. Very unique, and the belgian aspect is quite clear. Dark fruit is more prominent here than in any other stout i can think of off the top of my head. A unique and worthy beer. I am excited to see how this one is with a few years on it. Good beer.

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Thirteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 308 ratings