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Thirteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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 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 pinotboy007
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Black as night with a dark mocha cap that settles and leaves no lacing.

S - Molasses, leather, some hops, vanilla.

T/M - Complex bounty of espresso, dried sweet dates, molasses, Belgian candied sugar, vanilla, leather and alcohol on the long finish.

D - One for the brandy snifter in front of the fire after a nice meal. Would make for a nice stout over the holidays but beware that massive ABV.

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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 Jwale73
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured just shy of black and completely opaque. Half inch mocha-colored head quickly dispersed into a swirl that concentrated around the edges before forming a crescent of foam. Some solid sheets of foam, with weak legs. Nose was sweet chocolate, dark fruit and some booze. Taste follows nose with booziness and dark fruit amplified through the mouth and into the sinus cavity; chocolate and malt provide the backdrop. Mouthfeel is medium with consistent effervescence throughout the mouth, and a consistent burn across the tongue. Residual warmth lingers between sips. Drinkability is good, but this brew is a little hot right now. Would be interesting to see how it celllars.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JoeCeez.

A - Black with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that that leaves tiny spots of lace.

S - Milk chocolate with spicy belgian yeast, slighty sweet with some dark fruits.

T - Sweet, roasted malt, spicy yeast, dark fruits and chocolate covered cherries. I liked this one a touch colder and noticed more of the dark fruits and belgian yeast and the roast became more dominant as it warmed.

M - Medium to thick with nice carbonation and a slight warming from the alcohol. Maybe just a touch sticky at times.

D - I enjoyed this more than other Belgian Stouts I have had.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If this is in the fridge, let it warm a bit, the smells and taste are enhanced.

A: A thick rich black color. Pours out really thick, almost like pouring oil. A thick brown head that was carbonated but quickly dissipated.

S: Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, dark fruits like cherries.

T: Good flavoring of dark chocolate covered cherries, alcohol is present.

M: A slick oil taste left on the palate. A decent amount of carbonation for this full bodied stout.

D: I could certainly drink 2-3 in a sitting, but at an extremely slow pace. Extremely high alcohol content but a very tasty beer.

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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 oelergud
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall brown 650ml glass bottle with a pry-off cap.
Ruby orange sunset like color creates the backdrop for the XIII.
Black opaque body with a creamy tan head that dissipates
to a ring and leaves only little lace.
Alcoholic nutty scent with plenty of malty thickness.
The flavor is quite delicious, alcoholic hoppiness in a sea of malty
spice and nuts. The aftertaste is long and full of the flavors of
pine nut hops and spiced malts.
Full body with residual sugars and good coating.
Excellent drinkability. Weyerbacher is a solid brewery.


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Photo of techdiver
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, dense pour. Minimal head in appearance and existence.

Phenols evident over the heavy malt base.

Awesome stuff, no evidence of alcohol. Chocolatey with faint cherry.

Great mouthfeel, a definite sipper with great drinkability despite the high ABV. Scary!

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap during the "Night of Imperial Darkness" at Capital Ale House's "Beer Geek Week 2008." Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Deep brown beer with a fine, quickly-fading brown head (almost certainly alcohol-retarded). Great bubble structure and color on this one.

Aroma: Whoa. Belgian spice, bananas, brown sugar, and a little too much solventy alcohol than I'm pleased with sticking my face in to. Smells like a highly roasted Belgian dark strong.

Taste: Bananas and spice again, tons of dark fruit, sweet chocolate, coffee, blueberries as well in the "lighter fruity esters" category. A lot of high molecular weight alcohols. A really strange crazy and unique combination. It's not overly tart or overly sweet. The heavy malts and Belgian notes, in conjunction w/ the alcohol, lend a distinctly "Bananas Foster" taste.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation (which is good) and a thick but minimal head.

Drinkability: A lot of alcohol in this one - seriously - so I'm glad it came in a wine glass. It was a unique enough combination of flavors and aromas, however, to keep me interested and going for the whole glass, despite the ridiculous alcohol. Dunno how it is out of the bottle (despite there being more of it). Give it a shot at least once.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did not poor as thick as I had anticipated, but it is pitch black, with a nice dark tan head that displayed good lacing.

A sweet milk chocolate nose is bittered by a layer of hops, resulting in an aroma of dark chocolate with hints of coffee.

Whew! Wow. The smell did not at all prepare me for the alcohol wallop. An astringency and alcohol peppery bite underly flavors of roasted nuts and chocolate.

Nicely and crisply carbonated, with a creamy mouthfeel.

I had previously balked at the opportunity to buy a 22oz bottle of this because of the obscene price that RFD was charging for it. When they got it on a draft I still could not justify the price for a full pour. A generously sized sample (tip your bartenders, and visit frequently!) cut back on the price some and would have to suffice, I decided. I'm glad I did. Although its good, I feel that Weyerbacher went overly strong simply for the sake of being strong. They have other strong and flavorful ales that don't quite singe like I thought this one did.

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Photo of jwc215
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, light brown head. A bit of trailing lacing sticks. Head doesn't last forever, but nice retention for most of it despite abv.

The smell is of alcohol - raw. When it subsides a bit, there are notes of dark maltiness/molasses and anise with a touch of dark fruit.

The taste is of alcohol, licorice, dark maltiness, balanced by earthy hops. Dry, boozy finish.

Pretty creamy and hits full-bodied, but astringent in a raw way. Almost feels like rubbing alcohol has covered my mouth.

A hard, raw sipper. Alcohol covers some of its potential. Still, it has quite a bit of earthy hop bitterness - though, that also covers some of the malt depth, as well. Not too roasty, pretty acidic. A slow, slow sipper. I'm really thinking that aging this a couple years (at least) would help it quite a bit.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Light brown head.

S. Complex malt smell, a bit of alcohal, some earthy hop. Roasted pecans.

T. Delicious. Chocolate malts, a bit of fusel alcohal, hop bitters are in the background behind the nutty malt profile. Alcohal is there but does not detract from the experience.

M/F. Warming. Ultra smooth. Full bodied.

D. As drinkable as extreme beer gets. I will be getting more of this. Some to age.

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Photo of Gavage
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark black color with a short 1/4" head. Spotty surface foam remains. No lacing develops.

Smell: loads of chocolate and alcohol are easily noticeable. Some hop bitterness is also detectable.

Taste: loads of chocolate and soft roasted malt flavor with some hefty bitterness, molasses, prunes, and mild warming alcohol. Yeast flavors are softer and in the background.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, smooth and a bit dry at the end. Heavier in body. Aftertaste is long as the flavor glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: so-so as the 13.6% alcohol level makes for a slow sipper. One bomber is more than sufficient.

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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 kirok1999
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with no head and just a little apparent carbonation. Hummm, I like it already.
Smells very sharply of dark fruit and a little chocolate. Mildly sweet.
Tastes very fruity with just a hint of bitterness that lends it a very interesting quality. The taste lingers on the tongue with some hop bitterness and a nice yeast twang.
Feels slick like oil, not much carbonation but there is some there.
Even though this is a massive beer it is so easy to drink. I just love the mouthfeel. There's a good bit of alcohol in the finish too. In a good way though.
It'll be interesting to see what a few years aging does to this. Should be very nice.

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Photo of pershan
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured an ink-black with a thick, dark brown head into a pint glass. Wow - the aroma was of sweet malt, sweet/sour Belgian Abbey yeast, with a hint of currants. The flavor was more of the currants, with lots of dark, roasted malt and alcoholic esters at the forefront - a big, big, big beer. Another fantastic annual offering from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one kind of on a lark, so we'll see how that goes.

A: Black as the night. A finger high head that is somewhat slow to form shades over it in a light brown for a while before dissipating to a thin and broken sheet.

S: Chocolate aromas, not as much of a 'dark chocolate' as some. A rich roasted maltiness, and a touch of tart fruit.

T: A blend of dark fruit / ripe-peel fruit esters wrapped up in a chocolatey coating. Quite a sweet flavour, and a bit of alcohol heat leaving a fumish-type flavour and feel. Full, without reaching the point of being cloying, but it skirts it a bit. The sugary stickiness stays behind on the lips, and the intense flavour of the beer can make that a little overwhelming after a while. The carbonation is a little biting... not horribly so, but it could do well with relaxing a bit.

D: As per the points already noted, this is a monstrous alcohol content. It's not particularly hidden, either, and I don't think they intended to. A big after-dinner brew. Perhaps the cellar would do wonders for this one - though I imagine that, while the carbonation and hot flavours would mellow a bit, it may 'smooth out' into a very sticky, sweet beast. Share with others who can appreciate a big beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color, no light being able to shine through, large dark tan head that fades at a good rate and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing.

Smell is malty and sweet, lots of dark fruit aromas, especially cherries.

Taste is malty and chocolaty with a strong dark fruit presence here as well, strong alcoholic burn though which takes away from the drinkability. Maybe if this was to age for a bit, it might calm down.

Edit (10-9-09): Holy Crap this still has quite amount of heat coming off of it! Looks like it needs some more time, but damn they're hard to stay away from.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Pitch black body. Tall brown head settled to a layer of brown bubbles..

S: Alot going on here. Roasted malt, dark chocolate. A surprising cherry-like fruityness. There is also a noticible presence of yeast and alcohol.

T: A big roasted and sweet malt presence. Dark chocolate and cherries are noticible. Finishes with a yeasty spiciness and alcohol warmth.

M: Full bodied. Sticky and smoothe.

D: There's a lot going on in this beer. I realy enjoyed it, but wished I shared it with a friend. It was alot for me to handle in one sitting. Going back to get some more. I have to know how this one ages. My snifter will be ready for round 2.

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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 rkcrozier
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.4 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Read good things about this beer so decided to pick one up and see for myself.

A - dark, dark, very dark...almost like car oil; very syrupy consistency when pouring; head disappeared very quickly; minimal lacing

S - strong fruit smell: black cherries especially - didn't expect the smell I got when noting its appearance; chocolate

T - chocolate; cherries; minimal alcohol

M - awesome, a little burn/fizzing as it passed over my tongue

D - exceptional beer

I actually ate a chocolate brownie when tasting and it accompanied it very well. I would definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh really Weyerbacher...an imperial anniversary stout clocking in at 13.6 ABV. Probably really undrinkable right? Wrong. This bad boy was as drinkable as it gets for such a powerful beer. This one really impressed me and left me wanting more bottles...

Poured into a tulip...

A- Really really dark black. Not much lacing, but surely some really nice chocolatey tan head. My eyes are telling me this bad boy is rich, thick, and oily.

S- This is where the roasty quality came through, more so than in the taste. Coffee, roasted malts, some spice.

T- Unexpectedly, this one is VERY sweet. I'm getting a big fruity taste- maybe some berries- oh and cherries too- black cherry. Big burst of vanilla and cream. Roasted flavors lingering as well, but not overwhelming. The belgian yeast is also a phenomenal quality to this beer.

M- As expected, this is one rich beer. Sticky, thick..and yes a BIG warming beer. The alcohol is not too pronouned in the flavor, but man, your throat will surely be on fire.

D- I feel that this is one of Weyerbachers best. Maybe I am biased, I love this brewery, but man. The alcohol is so undetectable in this beer and the tastes are not so cloying. This is a great beer right here...

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York, Poured from 12oz into a snifter.

A - Opaque black the appearance is of blackstrap molasses as it is poured. The head is smooth surfaced w/ a myriad of bubbles of the smallest caliber. The lace is minimal, but what do you expect it it is 13.6%? The head gradually dissipates after the pour.

S - Charcoal cracker like arid spice and dark malt odors at first. There is a dry yeast note w/ a subtle fruit ester, very mild for the depth of the ale.

M - A rich sugary slightly vinous port feel. Much like booze soaked berries w/ sweetness and warmth w/ sticky smooth and lip smacking w/ a touch of spice. The abv is noticeable in the feel while the carbonation is surprisingly high w/ an almost cloying finish that has residual sugar on the buds

T - Robust roast, dark malt, molasses and dark brown sugar flavors immediately resonate. The taste has slight current mixed w/ cherry nyquil flavor- there is a note of spiced hops w/ slight gingerbread and cocoa-like dessert quality. The port like flavor w/ plum and a bit of Belgian yeast w/ dry nutty and spice essence. The yeast adds a balance to the dense viscous flavors of the extra strong coffee and molasses w/ the sweet intensity of the dark malt.

D - A big strong 13.6% is nowhere near drinkable for ordinary beer, but I would prefer 3 of these to 9 crappy stouts. I must say the flavor will benefit from age. I would sip this one or share - best bet. I could see a white chocolate complimenting this for contrast. The 8 oz I had was a great night cap and I will be putting a few aside to enjoy in the next year(s) to come.

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