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

A: snifter. completely black in color, no light coming through at all. wonderful dark brown head. moderate retention and very nice lacing.

S: strong alcohol burn. smells a little hot. black cherries, plums, and maybe some fig. some roasted malt aroma, some chocolate.

T: reminds me of dark chocolate covered cherries. some hints of plums and fig still in there. major chocolate notes with some black cherries in the back end. huge roasted malt flavors.

M: big and bold body with a higher carbonation than I like. huge long lasting palate.

D: wow! one bottle and I am done. very nice imperial stout. The Belgian yeast was a nice touch.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black, with a small dark brown head. In the aroma, chocolate, oatmeal, and a alcohol presence. In the taste, chocolate malt, candi sugar, and a big alcohol note. A small bite, yet mainly smooth, with a medium to big mouthfeel, and a semi dry chocolate malt and alcohol in the aftertaste. Nice chocolate presence, big in alcohol, and a nice small hop bite. A big big now, but would be good to age for a couple years.

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

Thick, viscous black pour with zero light penetration. A thick head of mocha crowns my glass, an impressive sight on a beer that is 13.6% abv.

The aroma is deep and dark, filled with bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, and hints of dark rum.

The flavor is right on par, big dark chocolate and rum soaked chocolate cake notes with distinct dark stewed fruit from the Belgian yeast. Warmed there are light undertones of vanilla rum and malted milk. The alcohol makes a presence, but does not detract from the experience.

Body is big, rich, and creamy. A velvet smooth mouthfeel resulting from the marriage of a huge American stout and distinctive Belgian yeast. One of their best!

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Photo of matty
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black colored ale with a very thin head that fades away.Aroma smells like a cherry cordial infused with whiskey.Taste is chocolate,cherry and a big bang of alcohol at the end.Overall a decent ale with a big kick,not something you will be playing drinking games with.I would recommend!

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

Pours a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing tan head. Aroma is slight roasted barley. The taste is a decent blend of roasted malts, dried fruits, and bitter chocolate, the Belgian yeast is present, but does not overpower the stout characteristics. The beer is certainly heavy and shows every bit of its 13.4 percent, this is certainly a sipper that was at room temperature by the time it was gone. This one made for an enjoyable sipper, one that would certainly be better in the winter.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Open House a few months ago, but waited for a bottle to review. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a sludge like black. Opaque. Oil like. A finger thick mocha head that quickly recedes and leaves no lacing.
S: Roast malt and dark fruit try to desperately cover up the burn of alcohol hiding in this. Also a slight belgian yeast, weyerbacher-y scent, not that surprising. Alternating smells have hints of vanilla, coffee, etc all the good imp stout aromas.
T: First, this is a very unique imp stout. Starts off very similar to Old Heathen/Heresy. Same rich malty body, very creamy. But then strong dark fruit, spiced, belgiany flavors, like Merry Monks/Quad in the finish. Very sharp, active carbonation and then a finish that is very warm, but doesn't quite burn. Finish is bitter (enhanced by the carbonation) and very dry with lingering malt/coffee taste. As this warms up this becomes ever sweeter and less stout like in flavor.

Interesting beer for Weyerbacher's anniversary beer, doesn't let down on their history of experimenting. Not quite up there with the top tier of ris/imp stouts, like most Weyerbacher beers for me a little too hot when fresh, but definitely unique enough to warrant seeking out if you are a fan of this style.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black to very dark brown body with about a finger of brown head. I didn't get any lacing; hardly any retention.

Smells wonderful. A nice, dark fruitiness like cherry with dark chocolately, charred malts underneath. Rather boozy in the end.

Tastes great also. The fruitiness comes up once again, reminding me of cherries, and oddly banana. The middle of the flavor is some chocolately malts. The finish has some vanilla in it, with lots of whiskey/boozy flavor that you can feel in the back of your nose. Great beer, mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation.

I have never found a stout that is this high in ABV with such great drinkability. Very nice.

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Photo of tpd975
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Capone's. Thanks Matt....You rule, just wish I live in your neck of the woods.

A: Pours a big bold black hue with very little head. There are tons of bubbles, but all it can build is a rather wimpy lilly pad esque head. Retention is nil, with no lace noted.

S: Interesting...getting even better as it warms. This one has hints of charred malt with hints of dark fruit. Then the booze kicks in with a full afterburner burn.

T: Very unique. I think this beer is what Black Albert strives to be. A wonderful marriage between a quad and a stout. Tons of dark fruit blasts the tongue. Touches of yeast dance in the mouth until being overtaken by charred malt. Hints of chocolate yeild to dark fruit and then the burn. Oh yeah there is a ton of alcohol burn. This one is very young and could use some age.

M: Medium in body with above average carbonation. This one dances on the tongue, I have no idea how it does not manage to build a head.

D: Not so much right now. Mine was a PA bottle which means its a 12 ounces. If it was a bomber it would be hard to put down. Give this one a little time and the burn will subside, and I believe this caterpiller will turn into one beautiful butterfly. I plan to stock up and find out!

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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 IBUnit63
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This would be almost perfect if the head had a few more ups. Motor oil thickness with thin, pumpernickel head.

Surprisingly austere and mild chocolate malt that imparts smke and roast qualities. Grassy hop character.

HOLY $#!+...best of both worlds - an RIS and Quad put together! Charred malt, molasses, ginger and an overall mild spice tone colors this ridiculously well.

Mouthfeel has depth on both RIS and Quad fronts...balance in abundance! Only fault is a slight disjoint between the two styles but still very pleasant.

This is a most enjoyable sipper - of course it'll be quite heavy. Awesome stuff.

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

It pours a virtually impassible ebony, though the slightest hints of ruby at the farthest margins suggests perhaps mahogany. A finger of crema tan head dwindles slowly to a frothy surface shadow. Ripples of lacing slide down the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, malt is dark-roasted and even charred. Black cherry, coffee, and soy play off of a lash of hope spice and expecially crisp esters. A touch of vanilla bows before a sharp spike of alcohol.

Upon sipping, roasted and singed malt is bright with an edgy bitterness, as well as an underlying sugary sweetness. Cherry, baker's chocolate, dates, and the merest nudge of black coffee slip through the middle. The hops are sensed as a mildly savory spiciness. The alcohol is, well, it's a hot-blooded, vapory bitch. Burnt biscuit bottoms and cooked sugar play residual roles. En estery, crisp finish builds gradually in both bitterness and dryness. Yes, it's a tad extreme and choppy, but it's also interesting and fun.

Full bodied, there's a light corn-syrup feel to the flow that's sticky, and a crisp glow that peps the palate.

It's halting in places, kind of raw, and quite hot, but the sum is a tasty, big-time, hearty offering with a notable Belgian influence in the yeasty air. And as noted, the ABV is titanic and effusive, and I can say as well one bottle carries hang-over potential, but with some prudence it's drinkable enough to maintain its status as a pleasure. And perhaps the label is right, age would wear well on this one, rounding some of the sharper edges. The bottom line here makes it easy to look past the few shallow faults, and well worth foregiveness.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Absolutely jet black. Poured with less than a finger of mocha head. Bad head retention but for the abv that is to be expected.

S: Massive sweet roasted smell. Little bit of dark fruit as well from the yeast. This thing is just such a damn hybrid I have no idea how to pin this one down.

T: Not nearly as hot as I thought it would be. Just a nice warming feeling in my stomach. Just a nice sweetness and a nice yeast taste. Totally different than anything else I have ever had. Little bit of coffee when it warms up.

M: Nice and thick. Low carbonation. Little bit dry from the yeast.

D: For what it is very drinkable. A sipper no doubt but much better than I thought it would be. The yeast does give this beer something extra. Definitely throw a few down in the cellar and see what happens.

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip

Pours a thick, used engine oil like black that made my wife cringe. Completely opaque. A brown head rose a good two fingers and hung around for quite some time. A very pretty beer in this glass.

First whiff yields some roasted nuts, oats, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and booze. Pretty well-balance aroma.

Taste explodes onto the palate. Big roasted nuts, bittersweet chocolate, oats, dark fruit, espresso, and a bit of warming from the booze. This beer just has layers and layers of flavor. As it warms, the fruitiness starts to rise above the other notes.

Velvety smooth and full bodied.

This is a definite sipper clocking in at just under 13.5%, but boy is it drinking well.

I was wondering if I would be able to detect the abbey yeast if I didn't know it was there, and you can. It lends a different kind of sweet, fruity smell and taste to the beer that isn't typical of most impy stouts.

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Photo of beernut
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exactly what to expect from a beer that is 13+% ABV. A lovely motor oil look, with a mocha head that didn't last very long. The aroma is full of chocolate,licorice, coffee and chocolate. The taste is very malty and full of chocolate goodness. Very strong, you know you drinking something that has power, 13.6abv, you feel it on the way down. Enjoy this imperial stout by sipping it, way too strong to drink it like a normal beer. Let it sit around in your glass as well, you really get the kick of the flavor. Purchased 2, one will be aged. Drink with caution. Enjoy!!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2-26-09 On Tap - I have had a sixtel on tap now for over a month. This beer blows me away. Complex as hell, tasty as heaven. On draft - perfectly bodied for a 13.6% ABV beer.

7-27-08 bottle - Pours black with a motor oil like consistency with a small caramel/tan colored head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and pears. First sip is complex as the coffee and chocolate are fighting off supporting flavors for all the attention. A lovely coffee bitterness finishes with hints of prunes and other fruits. In a fresh bottle - surprisingly light body for a 13.6% ABV.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours thick and black with a small, dense head

S- Definately a lot of spice comes through in the nose with notes of licorice and rum.

T- Very malty with an almost over-powering licorice flavor. Cocoa and sweet caramel notes are found as well.

M- Thick and a little syrupy, but pretty well-balanced

D- It's a little over-powering but definately drinkable

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another terrific offering from Weyerbacher. This poured up precisely the way I like to see in this style. Absolutely tar black with a dark tan or mocha coloured head, and a consistency about like thin pancake syrup. Smell is Alcohol, stewed plums and raisins, and toasted cereal grains, and in that order. Flavour is nearly dominated by the cooked dark fruit profile with a whiskey - like finish. Mouthfeel has no room for improvement IMO. This is absolutely the way I like the mouthfeel to be on big stouts like this. Drinkability is what it is for a stout like this at 13+%. I gave it 4.0 simply because I enjoyed it so much and felt it deserved such a rating. However, it is indeed a sipping beer. One bomber of this is plenty over an hour or so.
Absolutely spectacular!

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's in Baltimore the other day.

The beer pours the expected black as night imperial stout color, with a chocolate/coffee color head. However, retention was surprisingly short lived, and lacing was pretty minimal. On the nose one gets a huge aroma of chocolate, coffee and vanilla, as well as almost some sort of woodiness. In any event, the beer smells very impressive. The flavors on the palate pretty much replicate the nose, but are a bit more complex. There is also an aged sherry flavor to this beer, along with some more chocolate, licorise and even drambuie. Very, very impressive. This beer is really a mouthful; there is a huge presence in the mouth, no doubt at least partially attributable to the 13% plus abv. In fact, if there is any knock at all on this beer, it's that the abv. really wears on you after a while. The beer is very, very boozy, and towards the end I struggled to finish my 10 ounce goblet. The beer is ultimately a bit heavy and tiring on the palate, though the outstanding flavor keeps me going.... albeit pretty slowly. Nevertheless, this beer is pretty sweet and boozy, which detracts from it's drinkability. There's enough of a hop presence to keep the beer from tasting syrupy, but it's still pretty rich and heavy.

An impressive beer, but a little bit of this goes a long way. Not sure it's quite ready for the RIS sweepstakes, as in my opinion, it still takes a back seat to beers like Dark Lord, KBS and the Abyss. Still, an interesting effort from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black body and brown head in my oversized wine glass

nose full of grapes, rum, banana and dark chocolate

mouth full of grapes,roasted chestnuts, banana, rum and a hint of dark chocolate. This beer is all about subtlety. Nothing dominates the flavor profile but the flavor profile its self is pronounced.

smooth and creamy full body with appropriate levels of carbonation and astringence for the style. Flavor pops and finishs clean!

I find this beer extremely drinkable, the Abbey yeast doesn't dominate neither does the chocolate flavors or roasted burnt malt flavors. It all blends quite well. Excellent balance makes this one that I will pick up more of!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from leftmindedrighty
Poured a deep black, like a burn motor oil, very thick sluggish pour. A thin dark brown head caps it off. Nose was boozy, cocoa, dried fruits. The taste was roasted malts, cocoa, booze, a small hint of dried fruits and somthing I could not identify. it had a lttle twang to it halfway down. Mouhfeel was good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a ten ounce pour into a snifter glass from Barley's in Greenville. Consumed on 07/19/2008.

I was thrilled to find out that this gem was on tap upstairs when I went by for dinner on Saturday night. I have yet to see the bottles floating around, so this was actually even better and my first chance to try this gem. The pour was beautiful. Rich and dark, like an abyss to which no light could escape, with a huge four inch high billowing head of chocolate that took what seemed like a year to be able to come down and even give me a decent pour. Once it finally settled down to around two inches, it stayed that way throughout the rest of the session, depositing rich and sticky brown lace all the while.

The aroma was simply amazing. Rich notes of chocolate just came creeping up off of it. Rich nose of alcohol hidden in there too, but the real magic was once it started to warm up, as that's when it really started to get going. Thick Belgian yeast aroma now mixed in, really nice touches of dark fruit, figs, prunes, mixed in with loads of vanilla and hints of coffee. The flavor was what dreams are made of. This is honestly what I expected from Black Albert when I had it. Rich and decadent with a luscious smooth and creamy full bodied feel, this was just off the wall good. Opened up with rich notes of coffee and chocolate, hints of licorice and a subtle vanilla touch. Definitely a young beer as the alcohol was still noticeable, but very well blended into the fold. As it warmed some more of the yeast pushed through offering glimpses of figs and plums, run soaked raisins and a touch of spice. Beautiful finish left me with a long lingering taste of sweet chocolate and spice that just would not fade. This was the quintessential sipper. It was hot out, near 100 degrees, but somehow this just tasted soo damn good.

Overall I was blown away with this one, it was just an amazing collection of flavors here, near perfection for the Belgian Stout style. I really need to pick up a couple bottles of this one to really appreciate how good it was.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Black, black, black. With a huge, thick, tan head, The head lasted for almost five minutes.

S: Alcohol up front. Malts all the way through. Chocolate, burnt toffee and licorice present as well.

T: A little too much licorice for me. Lots of malts, and the toffee, coffee, chocolate and molasses finish.

M: Nice and thick. Very chewy.

D: I think this is a good brew, it's just not my cup of tea.

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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 Wasatch
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Poured into a tulip a black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus fizzy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, some vanilla, licorice, very slight toffee. The taste is malty, slightly sweet at first, with some licorice. Medium body, the alcohol is pretty up-front with this brew. Drinkable, not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher XIII was picked up in a 22 oz. bomber, and I chose a St. Bernardus goblet to pour it into. The initial pour disappointed me somewhat, as it looked fizzy, thin, and dark brown instead of pitch black. The head that was over it pulled a disappearing act, and I was left with just the liquid. The smell was quite fruity and sweet with little of the roast typical with the style. The taste continued along the same lines, with more of a Quadrupel influence than typical. Some chocolate and prunes, but little to no bitterness here, and loads of sweetness. The warmth was immediate and scalding, and there was no mistaking the alcohol content. Too thin for an imperial stout, and too little hops to balance out the sweetness. Very intense though, and worthy of sampling on its own terms.

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