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Thirteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of hellbilly
2.32/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

bottle from beachbum25.

pours an opaque brown-black with an orange tinted milk chocolate colored head. lots of spotty lace is left behind as the head disappears.

this smells a lot like a baltic porter... chocolate, coffee, roasty malt, dark raisins, prunes, malt powder and some stinging alcohol notes when cold. when it warms however, it gets really floral with a distinct burn from the booze, bananas and a cheap vodka/nail polish remover blemish which makes me think impending pain when i sip it...

turns out the old sniffer was right... the flavor is exactly the same with a big dose of malt sugar. lots of booze, sugar and florals = yuck. the body is medium to full with a smooth soft mouth feel from small bubbles. it*s very light and creamy... actually, it it has the texture of cream! at that point it doesn*t matter though as i don*t feel like drinking the rest if it.

what is the point of putting that much alcohol in there if it cannot be controlled?

i superdave70 the rest...

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Photo of philipquarles
2.34/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours black with a small, ruddy light-brown head. Smells strongly of molasses, chocolate and unfortunately (though expectedly) alcohol. A lot of dark fruit, like prunes and raisins, in the background. Huge sweetness from dark malts in the taste, with a good amount of chocolate, some brown sugar, and an overall roastiness. Strong bitterness that doesn't really balance the malt, just makes a mess of things. Even though it's over a year old, there is still an overpowering amount of alcohol evident, in both the taste and the strong warming swallow. Very oily feel, but it scores points for being so full bodied. I was hoping a bit of age would mellow it, but nope; "sipper" doesn't really even work for this one, between the sweetness and the alcohol. At this point, just another disjointed RIS that's too big for it's own good.

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Photo of DrJay
2.37/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I haven't enjoyed the last two anniversary releases from Weyerbacher, so I'm not sure why I'm diving in again. Here I go...
Looks thick off the pour, quite dark with dark brown edges when held up to the light. Just a thin skim of bubbles formed initially, with a meager ring around the glass. Lacing was spotty and sticky, head retention (for what was there) was quite good. Not bad so far. Phenolic aroma, lots of dark malts and fruity esters. Unfortunately, fusels are also present, definite solvent character mixed in with the alcohol. Admittedly, the notes of grain and malt, chocolate and figs was nice, but I can't get over the higher alcohols. The flavour was a little better for me. Though the fusels were still present, they were drowned out by the rich malts, solid bitterness, and ethanol. Chocolate and roast hit up front, followed by sweet toffee and sugar. Prunes and figs filled things out and the finish had plenty of roast and alcohol warmth without too much hotness. Bready and yeasty notes were present throughout. Lots of peanuts as it warmed. There was a strange aftertaste though that I haven't encountered before, not quite solvent but in the same family. This is one of the only big stouts that I've preferred cold rather than cellar temp. Full bodied and smooth with low carbonation with mild astringency from the dark grains. Overall, this is a step up from the past two years, but still a mediocre offering. They still have an issue with fusels in their big beers that I don't encounter from other brewers. All I can guess is that their temperature control isn't what it should be. Maybe next year.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.56/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with not a shred of light penetrating. Topped with a creamy, thick, viscous tan head. Some spot of lacing as well.

Aroma is quite sweet and fruity. Loads of figs, brown sugar, raisins, molasses, chocolate, and alcohol. Not much of a roasty aroma, which is disappointing to me.

Syrupy and sticky sweet. More molasses and brown sugar; in fact, thats about it. Not bery broad.

Way too sweet for me. Fruity and alcoholic and syrupy. This one needs more hops and more of a roasty character. This was not enjoyable for me. Very oily and resiny in the mouthfeel; very sticky and cloying. Loaded with fusels and damn near undrinkable.

I have another bottle but I am not sure age will do this one any good. I wouldnt drink again.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass (only thing available). Nice thick head and decent lacing. The body is a nice pitch black.

The aroma is heavy with banana, the result being somewhat of a chocolate banana smell.

The taste is full of slightly charred malt. The bitterness and roastedness are both relatively mellow here. There is a warmth from the alcohol after the finish. The taste lacks a lot of complexity and depth. Only slightly sweet malt are really apparent.

The mouthfeel is average in just about every way. The carbonation is decent, but sharp instead of creamy.

This isn't particularly good at this point, merely a serviceable high ABV imperial stout.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed on 10/29/08. Bottle. Pours inky black with a small brown head that fades rapidly. Aroma of rich bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and alcohol. Flavor is quite boozy with lots of sweet malt and some dark fruits and apple skins. Quite warming. Too boozy and too sweet. Hard to drink more than a 2 oz. sample. There were some good qualities but the alcohol was too overwhelming in this beer. Drainpour.
7/4/6/2/10 (2.9/5)

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.87/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/13/08.

Pours thick and pitch black with about a finger and a half of chocolaty brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, Belgian yeast, alcohol, and cherry.

Taste is interesting. Lots of bitter dark chocolate and way heavy on the roasted (almost burnt) malt. Also a bunch of Belgian yeast flavor, and plenty of darker fruits (mostly fig), and a hint of cherry. The alcohol is definitely present, unpleasantly so. Unfortunately, the nice Belgian flavor gets overpowered by the roasted/burnt flavor and the fusel alcohols. Interesting taste, but I'm not a big fan of it.

Feel is thick and smooth. Full bodied with somewhat low carbonation. It's pretty heavy, and has a strange aftertaste. Drinkability is not so great. The alcohol makes no attempt to hide itself, and the roasted/burnt flavor is just too powerful. I don't think I'll be able to finish the bottle.

Overall I'm not impressed. The heavy alcohol and burnt-ness just kills it for me. And it's a bit pricey ($8 for 22 oz).

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Photo of pecokid
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amazing high alcohol. My rule of thumb for a GREAT beer is would I pay for another. This one is no. The drinkability detrimental. The alcohol level is so high one is more than enough. It has a slightly slick mouth feel. Roastiness is overwhelmed by the alcohol. I like roasty. The bottle had a lot of sediment, but that is not bad. My advice is to buy a case and split it with some folks. Lay some down for a couple of years and it will be interesting to see how it develops. As you might expect the ere is no head on this beer. Go get some Schlafly Reserve and be more impressed.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.92/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Modest head with a corresponding lack of lace. Nearly black where no light penetrates. Chaulky mocha aroma. Big, big alcohol nose. Brandy-like flavor from the high level of alcohol. The body is not thick enough to cut through hard liqueur flavor. Ditto on the flavor. There is the traditional dry stout tastes in the background, but I'm overwhelmed. A case of too much of a good thing.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jer for opening this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with some slight reddish hints and a tiny ring of foam.

S: The nose is not overly "deep", but it does have plenty of dark fruits and alcohol with only some mild roast.

T: The flavor provides plenty of sweetness along with a dark fruit component and some more alcohol. The typical stout components of chocolate, coffee and roast are fairly subdued.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation and a definite heat.

D: A swing and a miss by Weyerbacher. I know it has to be tough to cover up 13.5% ABV, but this one didn't even try.

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Photo of marksto
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours jet black with a thin, mocha-colored head; dense bubbles and good retention. Viscosity is also noticible as it pours. Aroma has lots of esters and alcohol. Some caramel and a bit of fruit there as well.

Flavorwise, this one is all about alcohol. There is some background roast malt and some fruit (black cherry?), but a stong, hot alcohol bite dominates. At 13.5% of course big alcohol is expected, but this is a harsh, fusel alcohol that throws off the other flavors.

Overall, I'm dissapointed and not impressed. It is a big beer and perhaps it will improve with age. Not recommended unless you plan to try laying it down for a few years.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like anniversary beers as it's a chance for brewers to flex their creativity, show off their willingess to explore and do something outside of the ordinary.
A - nice rich black color, dark tan head which quickly fades.
S - strong solvent alcohol notes dominate, background notes of dark malts
T - alcohol dominates. There's a belgian yeast note buttressed by a slightly sour bitter chocolate and dark malts aspect.
M - full bodied, lightly carbonated, fusels in the aroma that detract from the belgian yeasts.
D - a sipper, one which after some years in the cellar may be a heck of a beer. Today, I'll leave it in the cellar.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to EGledhill for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a India Ink black with a 2 inch mahogany head. The aroma is roasted (almost burnt) coffee, chocolate, cherries and booze. This beer is really boozy. It really blocks out most of the other flavors. All you can feel is the burn going down the back of your throat into your stomach. Hints of coffee, and roasted malts come through just a bit, with more of a whiskey flavor at the end. The mouthfeel is boozy. It reminds me of the sensation you get when you hold a shot of Sambuca in your mouth and swish it around. It kind of numbs my tongue. I really want another bottle just to see how it ages but man, I don't think that I would be revisiting this beer for at least another year.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650ml bottle courtesy of user yesac. thanks! drank from an oversized snifter.

A- this one pours out a black as black can be body with a flash of coffee colored head that leaves no lacing behind.

S- very strong odor. lots of dark roasted malts. lots of coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. tons of alcohol. it smells its strength.

T- unfortunately alcohol dominates the taste. the dark roasted malts are an afterthought. as are the coffee and chocolate.

M- full bodied and chewy. very thick. mouth coating and a low level of carbonation. warming all the way down from the booze.

D- a year in the cellar didnt appear to tame this one. its still huge and overly aggressive. if i had another, i would leave it for quite some time. this one is still in need of a long "tme out."

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Photo of mentor
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells chocolate and perfumey anise. Some dark fruits beneath and lighter esters Chalk, solventy alcohol, and mild hop grassiness.

Tastes wet chocolate and licorice with noticable alcohol. Has a wood-like character similar to Palo Santo Maron, from Dogfish Head Brewing. A little bit of cherry and dry cocoa in the finish. In the mouth, it's sweet and almost cloying. The alcohol becomes unpleasant with a perfumey roundedness I don't care for. Heavy and medium carbonation. May be some hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. I say this beer is 'Meh'.

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Photo of damienblack
3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Sebletitje for this bottle!

Overall impression: chocolate and heavy booze.

Pours a thick, viscous black, almost like a black chocolate milk. One-finger, light brown head that settles to a ring around the outside of the glass. Healthy carbonation, according to my ear when held to the glass. Smells of an earthly cocoa aroma, with a hint of the alcohol to follow. Also smells faintly of a banana-sweetness, most likely from the Belgian yeast used, with a faint trace of cherries.

Upon sipping, the first thing i notice is that this is a thick beer on the palate, with light carbonation keeps it from feeling stagnant. This is a full bodied beer that lends itself very well to sipping. A full malt body with a tangy cocoa finish that settles to a cocoay powder in the throat. If I had to put a name to the mouthfeel, I would say resembling that of milk, not in the taste but in the consistency and thickness.

I recommend this for a sipping beer on a cold evening. The high alcohol content really comes through in the finish, whole not overwhelming, really doesn't make this an easy drink. Also, the consistency of this beer prevents me from having more than a glass or so.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the hulmeville inn during the beer geek bbq. Congrats Natalie you've earned it.

A- no head on top of what can only be described as completely black.

S- huge dark roasted coffee and bakers chocolate with hint of dark berries and a good amount of booze. Light sweetness coming off with some burnt brown sugar.

T- this is one big bad roasty brew. Lots of dark chocolate and loads of espresso. The heavy alcohol presence overshadows some of the lighter flavors of semi tart over ripe blackberries. I keep coming back to the massive coffee flavor.

M- full bodied and lightly carbed with a almost over powering heat.

O- had this fresh and could barely handle the boozy quality. The time down has done this a lot of good but it still has a long way to go and I like em big a powerful.

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Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Modest head with a corresponding lack of lace. Nearly black where no light penetrates.

Chaulky mocha aroma. Big, big alcohol nose.

Brandy-like flavor from the high level of alcohol. The body is not thick enough to cut through hard liqueur flavor. Ditto on the flavor. There is the traditional dry stout tastes in the background, but I'm overwhelmed. A case of too much of a good thing.

This is an extreme beer, perhaps fine for an unusual treat but certainly not as a substitute to other Imperials.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn. Glad to find this on tap since I cant seem to track a bottle of it and it was super hot when fresh.

A- Black, very small amount of fizzy bubbles on top, no lace.

S- After two plus years, I can still smell the alcohol. Thirteen gives off some nail polish still and under that some melted choclate in the sun, tootsie rolls, roasted malt out the ying yang and a small dark fruit component.

T- Me thinks this is falling apart, I cant imagine how the bottles are holding up at this point. Fresh this was a super hot chocolate laden stout with roast, now it's slightly less hot with nail polish and a kinda nasty mix of nestle chocolate and roast. It's the booze and alcohol that kill it. Not something I would drink alot of.

M- Two plus years in the keg have tamed the booze, yet the rest of the beers components namely the chocolate, coffee, roast and dark fruit have mated and made a bastard child. The feel is approaching full with a hefty body. There is some heat and nail polish in the aftertaste. Carbed up light. Blech.

O- Overall Im glad I did not pick up a case of this stuff three years ago, that would of been a bummer. This probably started falling off a year ago. I would not avoid this beer, but I certainly won't spend any time or energy seeking it out again. Weyerbacher stouts are hit or miss for me. Bring on the Verboten, now that's good stuff.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

One year old keg, Belgian Quad meets Double Stout

Served in a full pint glass.

No real head here to speak of, lifeless deep ruby hued black motor oil like appearance. Moderate lace retention. Aroma is very boozy, there's no holding back the alcohol here. Its rough, but fragrant. Some molasses, brewers sugar, alcohol soaked prunes. Aromatically its a Belgian Quad with little suggesting its Stout classification. Flavor is fairly sweet and again, there's the booze. A little tangy and moderately roasted, mild stout flavors. Some bitterness, but its not enough. Theres no balance and 1/3 the way through the pint Im looking for something else.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a bomber between me and one of my friends. Pours a deep brown - nearly black with a good, solid head. Smells like roasted malts and hints of chocolate. Taste is somewhat muddled. Some roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate. I got a lot of wood flavoring as well. The alcohol was prominent and was almost overpowering. Unfortunately, the alcohol was too overpowering to make this beer truly enjoyable. With some time, this beer should be much better.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this one today still for sale. It was refridgerated so I figured what the hell. Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with about an inch of dark tan head. It settles down to nothing pretty quick with just a thin rim of lace.

Chocolate covered dark fruits with roasty aromas. This strangely has a heavy banana aroma to this. Kind of strange. But it's still has a pretty solid roasty aroma to this. I had this when it was fresh, I remember it being boozey as hell. Well, it still kind of is. A touch of booze to it but it has a nice caramel/toffee flavor to it with a figgy, toasty char profile. After a while though, the boozeyness of this really comes through. Borderline hot on the pallet. Also, I get the banana flavor too.

This one has a very full robust body. Silky and chewy. Overall, a pretty fair beer here. Decent flavors and it seems like it held up well with time; even if not in perfect condition. Still a bit boozey though. If you've got some of these, I'd see what another couples years does for them.

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Photo of treyrab
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass....

A: Thick motor oil with absolutely no head. This pours like syrup and stays like syrup

S: The smell caught me off guard. It smells like Belgian Strong Ale. I know the Belgian yeast strain is used, but I expected some roast.

T: Wow. Blew me away. There is tons of Belgian yeast flavor in this one. There is also some dark fruits as well. As for the roast and chocolate? You man be looking a long time for those, I cannot taste too much of them. Alcohol is pretty warming as well.

Overall, an OK brew. Definitely a sipper that's for sure!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a thick, ominous motor oil black. Nothing passes through when held up to the light. The only problem is that there is no head. none. It is a headless, dark, ominous, and very scary looking beer.

S- The astringency from the alcohol strong enough to burn nose hairs. Once you get past this, deep black chocolate malt can be detected.

T- Upfront, at first this tastes a lot like Old Heathen. Dark chocolate roasted malt upfront RIS like characteristics all over the place. Upon further examination there is a big, smooth yeasty backbone and hints of cherries pop up too. The yeast is more noticeable for the finish where it becomes a bit sour (interesting really)...but the highlight of this finish is a big alcohol astringency and bitterness. This booziness overpowers everything else and lingers for quite awhile and the alcohol warmth is high. Great initial flavor but way too boozy at the end.

M- Body is thick and smooth and with low carbonation. Syrupy like a stout, but smooth and yeasty like a Belgian, and don't forget the alcohol.

D- Maybe I'm too much of a girl for this one but it was way too boozy to be drinkable. I was able to finish my 12 oz. bottle but I felt like I was downing shots with every sip. Everything else about this brew is great though. Maybe aging will tame it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with char, dark fruit, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but showing definite age at this point.

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Thirteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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