Thirteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
308 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
308
Reviews:
247
Avg:
4
pDev:
12.25%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
29
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 247
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of harrymel
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer sure has grown up since I last had it (early 2011).

Pours black with a solid sheet of tan foam. Smell is pretty fucking acceptable. Dark molasses, prune, brown sugar, oats, chocolate, globs of caramel and nougat. When I dome this beer I know I'm in trouble - it's really tasty. I was scared the belgian yeast would murder the fucking hips out of the foundation, but this beer really just plays along with just a hint of vinous character, but then the rest is sweetened, dark, oral face sex. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a dry finish. I really enjoyed this one. Time did a good thing here.

Original review: 3/3.5/3.5/3.5/4
Thanks to yourefragile for this extra. Cheers!
A: Pours a dark coffee brown with only a sheet of mocha foam which dissipates very quickly. Surface has several whirls of foam left. No lacing to speak of.
S: graham, nougat, malts, black cherries, cola, caramel, hint of molasses. Fine whisps of cocoa. Slight alcohol scent at the back. Overall quite pleasant. Based on smell alone, could use another year in the cellar.
T: Roasty plums, figs, coffee, licorice, black malts. nearly port-like profile. Again, some grahams, sweet molasses. Sweet and alcoholic. Black cherries in here once again too (particularly on the finish).
M: Viscous, low carbonation. Slicks my tongue and makes the roof of the mouth a bit slippery as well.
D: The beer is very nice, wouldn't advise drinking more than one in a sitting. Think the beer could use another year in the cellar before drinking.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2008, traded for 2010 DFH WWS to Sean T., thanks!
Has “rested” in temp controlled condition for 9 months or so.

Poured into a DFH Signature glass

Pours a thin head, dark tan in color with no retention or lace, probably to be expected of Ale of this age.
Black opaque color and has dropped a good amount of sediment.

The aroma has no noticeable hops, but does have a huge, exceptionally deep, rich, roasted, nose of vinous black malt, hints of anise, cocoa, vanilla, spicy, and I get oak/wood. Very complex!

The malt is what hits the palate, big bold, extraordinarily rich flavors of dark unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt, vinous, distinct yeast, black farmhouse bread, cocoa, hints of aged bourbon and vanilla wood. Again very complex!
Still has a nice crisp acidity, very full body, viscous, and superb, balanced, fine carbonation. There is just a hint of sweetness but not overdone.

Exceptionally long finish of yeasty, vinous, aged, roasted black malt, that lasts forever.

Wow! What an experience! More akin to drinking a fine aged Port than Ale. Very complex flavors envelope the palate, change with every drink, and just will not let go. The over 13% ABV is not at all noticeable. Hard to believe that this is 4 years old. This was my only bottle, but I suspect that this Ale has several more years of life left.
A privilege to drink. Again thanks Sean!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black. Very still. Head is khaki and drops to a thin collar almost immediately. So very still. So very black.

Smell: Chocolate malts in abundance. Milk chocolate. Touches of leather and dry, very dry red wine. Some oak. Mild yeast. Roasty and slightly burnt. Age has tamped down on almost everything. Some lingering char.

Taste: Leather and baker's chocolate. Lingering cocoa bitterness. Some dark red wine. Mild oak in the back. Roasted, burnt, and charred, but it's all vey mellow. Some lingering spice from the yeast. Minerals and chocolate. Some clove.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and soft. No carbonation. Very heavy and thick.

Overall: 4 years of age makes this so smooth it's stupid. Very mellow and easy drinking. Lots of flavor, but I'm glad for the age.

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Photo of TK5150
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

A- Pours black with a brown head that recedes to a ring around the glass. Alcohol legs appear when swirled. A nice looking beer.

S- Lots of chocolate and estery cherry.

T- Syrupy chocolate and estery cherry/pitted fruit come through in the taste just as in the aroma. Sticky and sweet, but yet it still feels balanced with the estery presence. No burn from the 13.6% at all.

M- Full bodied and very smooth. Light carbonation, but still quite evident even after 4 years in the bottle. Feels just as I would hope for a big stout.

O- This beer has aged very well, and was worth the wait. The 4 years have really rounded it out. The flavors mesh very well and are bold, yet mellow. This is what you hope to get when you age a beer. For my money, this is peaking/close to peaking. The 13.6% does not really present itself in the flavor, just as a warming sensation going down the esophagus. I really enjoyed this. Wish I had more bottles.

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Thirteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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