Thirteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
247 Reviews

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 ktrillionaire
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been cellared quite a while now.

G - Duvel tulip.

A - Jet Black with a ruby head that quickly recedes into a thin lace ring.

S - Chocolate covered cherries. Dates, plums, apple pie and cinnamon raisin toast, mint. And, of course, booze. HFS! Phenomenal!

T - Great taste too. Chocolate and chicory and fresh fruit of so many varieties, followed by a pistachio-cinnamon-banana-nutmeg creaminess, and a sweet finish like a cognac-dipped espresso chocolate baklava (if such a thing were to exist). I am flabbergasted. The alcohol is really mellow, given the strength of this brew, and fuses with the roasty flavors to make for a delectable desert-like stout. Not that it is overly sweet. But it is rich, so rich.

M - Not exceptionally thick. This stout is so hearty and flavorful that it would be overkill to carry these intense and abundant flavors in a mealy, viscous brew. So it is perfect for what it is.

D - This beer is real strong and is only a sipper. That said, it is one of the best beers I've had in a long time. It is an amazing stout; it stands out big time.

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Photo of dciBA
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep dark black into my snifter. Thin brown head with slight lacing. Smells boozy, with chocolate, and coffee notes as well. Flavor is complex with chocolate, burnt coffee, licorice, dried fruit, and some vanilla. Ok so, the alcohol isn't exactly hidden on this one. At almost 14% what would you expect? Very warming as it goes down. Perfect for a cold Maine winter. Taste lingers on the back of your tongue for several minutes. Body and mouthfeel are on par for the style. Not all that viscous but not exactly thin. All that being said, if you can deal with the hotness, this is one tasty stout. I'd buy another one, just gotta make sure to set aside a good amount of time to really enjoy it.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a thick frothy two finger chocolate coffee colored head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Very roasty dark malt aroma with a lot of chocolate, toffe and coffee bean in the nose. There's also hints of anise, burnt toast, licorice, oatmeal, sweet alcohol and subtle hops.

Medium bodied which is disappointingly on the lighter end with a lot of dark roasted chocolate malt along with hints of roasted coffee bean, burnt toast, toffee and a very strong alcohol burn. Very sweet with a nice dry finish but the alcohol presene is way too strong and overpoweres the other flavors. Port like with some slight dark cherry and slight hop bitterness toward the end of the palate. Decent bu the overwhelming sweet alchol heat is too much, overshadowing the delicious roasty goodness that's hiding underneath. this beer needs a little while to mellow out.

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sampled: 01/05/2010
Vintage: 2008
Size/Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glassware: Duvel Tulip

Brew poured deep black w/ a very viscous appearance. A light brown 1/2 finger head left a decent amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The nose was of dark chocolate, licorice, a touch of molasses, and earthy peat. The taste was pretty awesome! Same as the nose. The almost two years of age has done wonders for this brew, allowing the malts to shine thru, and the ABV and hop bitterness to mellow substantially. This one will probably be even better at 3-5 years. Mouthfeel was nice and thick as it appeared, w/ a good level of carbonation. Drinkability? Even with two years of age it was a struggle to consume 12oz. of the 22oz. bomber myself. At 13.6% ABV it would take a horse to finish the bomber. Overall, nice brew from Weyerbacher that I am glad I revisited. Will revisit again at the 3-5 year mark.

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

i don't know why the abv didn't occur to me sooner. maybe i should've ended my east coast trip with something tamer.
bigger and blacker than HST's pupils. now i know what "hot" is.
strong alcohol smell and flavor, crisp even, plenty of carbonation on the pour that quickly dissipates. peppery vibe, coffee, roastiness, a bit of clove. all of this takes a backseat to the capsaicin-like alcohol flavor. seriously, though, what are you looking for at 13+%? a mask? bullshit. i wish i'd bought another one to lay down for a long while. i just didn't have anywhere to keep it.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Small head with weak retention and little lacing, the beer is a deep black color with a brown head.

S- Peppery alcohol, molasses, dark chocolate, caramel and some strong bitter hops.

T- Large herbal spicy alcohol, plums, figs, molasses, dark chocolate, some cherries nice spicy earthy yeast. Very big bold flavored beer.

M- Medium bodied beer with a silky smooth very nice mouth feel.

This beer is a little harsh at first but warms up very nicely.

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

Bottle poured into a snifter produced a large tan head that lasted for a while then settled to a tin lace . The body of the brew was a typical stout black in color

The aroma was still a little boozy considering the bottle was from 2008. But you still got the big ass roasted malt hit of chocolate and espresso

The flavor was good not to bitter not to sweet it had a great balance for a IMP stout. You get the typical chocolate and coffee flavors in here as well It had a solid medium feel in my mouth with good carbonation. I wish it was
a tad thicker in my mouth.

It was a easy to drink stout I finished the bomber with not much problem. I will say the two glasses were enough of this for one sitting. Anything more would be asking for trouble

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Photo of mjl21
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh. 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 13.6%.

A-Pours black with a two finger crackling sandy head that dissolves to a decent layer that surrounds a tiny black hole. Not much lace is left.

S-It smells sweet at first with chocolate and vanilla notes. There is also plenty of roasted malt. Bready yeast aromas also come out. The booze is noticeable from the start, but it becomes very strong for the last 10 or so ounces. It also picks up some red grape character as it warms.

T-The first flavor that comes to mind is a piece of chocolate soaked in some booze. There is apparaent vanilla throughout each sip as well as dark stone fruit. The booze returns in the back along with some roast flavor.

M-It is thick and lightly carbonated. There is noticeable alochol throughout that does dry out the mouth.

D-The booze limits this one. Best shared with one or two other people.

I found this to be a little too boozy and heavy for me.

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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 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 thryn
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this one a while -- it's decently chilly tonight, so I decided to break it out.

Pours deep reddish-brown with almost no head -- some cocoa-colored lace rings the edge of the glass. In the glass, it is black and impenetrable by light.

The nose is really nice. Toffee, a hint of chocolate, some alcohol, raisiny notes. Roasty. An interesting fruitiness to it that I think might be attributable to the Belgian yeast.

Very good. There's plenty of alcohol, but this beer isn't all that hot. It's sweet, but not too sweet. Raisin and alcohol up front, dry dark chocolate in the finish. Not all that roasty -- the belgian yeast seems to temper other characteristics.

Mouthfeel is exquisite. Creamy as can be from the oats, thick and chewy, slick, with a remarkably dry finish. Strange carbonation that sizzles like really mellow pop rocks on my tongue. The things this beer is doing to my palate just might be illegal in several states. It's like a soft leather recliner for the mouth.

This gets a high drinkability score even though one bomber is enough, because the mouthfeel is so remarkable. Glad I got it, and glad I waited to pop it open. I honestly wish I had someone to share it with, or that I was toasting a special occasion with it. Oh well. Can't have everything ... but I have more of this wonderful beer left!

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Photo of Iceman77
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gotta first say that I got this bottle a while ago and am just sampling now, so it has probably aged for about a year or so. The appearance is midnight, new moon black, a vigorous pour left only about a finger of caramel colored head that receded rather quickly. The smell is very complex, I pick up roasted barley, a whiff of yeast, some alcohol and a hint of sweet fruits as well. The initial taste is fairly sweet, much more so than a typical imperial stout. This is likely due to the aging however also probably something to do with the belgian inspired style they were going for. Later on you get the more common chocolate aftertaste and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little more along those belgian lines as well, not as heavy and coating as some stouts but more crisp with a slight alcohol burn. I was really confused on drinkability, this is such a crazy beer (in a good way) that I want to have another, but at 13.6 that might be a bad idea. I wouldn't expect anything less from a Weyerbacher anniversary brew.

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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 scifan
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jdmek9 for throwing this in as an extra.

Pours very dark and thick, it was pitch black with a dark brown head that quickly settles down. Leaving no lacing as it leaves my glass.
Getting some nice roasted barley notes on the first couple of whiffs, with some hints of chocolate. Also there some nice sweet, fruity aromas as well. There's also a ton of alcohol as well. Also hiding in there are hints of that belgian yeasts that fermented this massive brew.
This is one interesting beer. On the first couple of sips I'm getting alot of those belgian flavors. Sweet fruity esters, plum, fig, and raisins. Again the alcohol makes it self well known, and then it has a nice roasty, chocolatey aftertaste.
Its nicely carbonated like a belgian, but it still has a nice creamy feel to it as well. The alcohol is there, but for me it doesn't get in the way too much. All in all a very interesting, complex beer. Some sips this beer tasted like a belgian, others sips it taste like a imperial stout, but one thing's for sure every sip was delicious.

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Photo of rabsten
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow, this is a LOT of beer in a serving. Too much, almost.

Brown tinted black, zero lacing follows a chocolate brown head. Promise of black-hole like drinking experience is made.

Alcohol, sugar, and toast in nose. Lots of alcohol, sugar, and toast. Lots..

A ton of alcohol.

First sip or two was sweet. Too sweet. But opens up. Roast malt starts to show, then some coffee body, then a mild but deffinitely there hop presence. Neat.

Plenty of mouthfeel, getting better as it warms up. Pretty drinkable, if you disregard the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster effect (like getting hit upside the heaf with a large gold brick, wraped in a lemon twist).

Bottom line: I'm lucky I can figure out how to use the internets right now.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to MASPuros for this one. 12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a deep black with a finger of tan head. A lot going on in the aroma: fruit, some Belgian spice and a bit of alcohol. Very full bodied and rich. Maybe a bit oxidized but in a good Portish way. Roasted malt and chocolate along with more fruit in the flavor. A little hot from the alcohol. Warming. Long dry finish of chocolate. This one needs some more time, even after a year, it is pretty much a boozy mess.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: With a hard pour, the beer rouses a very modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet, though it does leave a few dots here and there

Smell: A year later, the alcohol still dominates the aroma, though underneath one can find dark fruit, licorice and chocolate

Taste: Fresh dark fruit (black cherries and plums), chocolate, molasses and licorice all appear early on, to the extent that the fusel alcohol lets them make an entrance; by mid-palate, the beer gets rather chocolatey and, after the swallow, the licorice is also more apparent; lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate to low carbonation; loads of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Almost too big for its britches, this beer will need a few years to settle down; some big flavors, but they still clash together as the beer enters a clumsy adolescent stage

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Photo of scottyshades
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine brew from Weyerbacher, again...
A: Pours a thick viscous opaque black color that produces a short lived brown cap that leaves some decent lacing along the glass.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, yeast that adds a nice little aroma to it, and tons of dark fruit. Very nice, I'm loving this fruit aspect.

T: A little different from the nose, the fruit is a little more noticeable, figs/currant/date aromas. The chocolate is amazing along the with barley and wheat notes.

MF/D: Viscous body, perfect carbonation, and delicious chocolaty/fruity finish, almost like chocolate covered cherries!

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Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark oily color with a thin tan head.

Nose has lots of piney hops over peppery alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, ripe pitted fruits and herbal Belgian yeast.

Taste has cocoa, dark fleshed fruit, molasses, spicy yeast and floral hops. Delicious.

Full, creamy body has a subtle yet crisp carbonation. Rich, lasting finish. Alcohol very well hidden.

This is my second favorite Weyerbacher brew after Double Simcoe. Hugely complex stout with a unique Belgian influence.

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle shared with janlud and ksak.

A: The stout is a black liquid, sitting rather still in my glass. Despite the rush of carbonation when I cracked it opem, the stout sits with no indication of head whatsoever. No bubbles, no lace, no nuthin'.

S: The first sniff was loaded with ethyl alcohol, a rubbing alcohol blast that was downright unpleasant. As the ale warmed, luckily, chocolate, coffee and nuttiness emerged. The aromas a are very strong, burnt and scorched for good measure. Darker fruits linger at the edges of the smell.

T: Much like the nose, the first sip wasn't shy about the alcohol. Baker's chocolate, semi-sweet and bitter, leads off with coffee, burnt toast and a bready, nuttiness following shortly behind. Dark fruits are more evident, adding a Belgian aspect to this double stout. Hops are a bigger part of the stout that I would have expected, mixing up the sweetness that is strongest mid-sip with some balancing bitterness.

M: After the booze, the stout mellows out considerably. The roasted landscape is sharp, a bitter (non-hoppy) scene that throws in just enough sweetness.

D: At almost 14%, I was glad to share this. I'd say it needs some cellar time but it's already a year old and Eleven still hasn't settled down.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head dwindles slowly, with heavy lasting lace. Aroma is anise and dark malt sweetness, with alcohol prominent. Taste starts with roasty grains, goes sweet in the middle, and closes with some bitterness AND THEN THE ALCOHOL COMES ON. Warmth and numbness ebb and flow after swallowing. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, untilt he alcohol comes on strong, with good drinkability for the style and abv. Very well constructed brew, and for the high abv, is pretty approachable, all things considered.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 poured half way into a perfect pint glass, multiple times. 2008 bottle.

Appearance: Its nice, almost completely opaque. There's a nice dark brown head that fades (quickly) to almost nothing. The lace doesnt last-- its almost 14%!

Smell: My first thought was raisin bran. Lots of dark fruit and spicy bread from the yeast. At the same time you get that nice stouty chocolate roasty smell. Oh yeah.

Taste: I hate to pass out 5's. The situation is this-- this beer tastes exceptional. It is an exception. Whether this is an imperial stout with belgian yeast or a belgian dark with dark roasted malts, the taste is out of the ordinary, delicious, and amazing. Its not the best imperial stout or the best belgian dark-- but it is exceptional. Rich, chocolately, roasty, spicy, bready, yeasty, with lots of sweetness and dark dark fruit. There is hops that provides nice balancing bitterness. The finish is long, smooth, bready, wonderful.

Mouthfeel: It remains nicely carbonated and continues to feel full bodied for a stout. It coats nicely without being overly syrupy.

Drinkability: If you kept giving me this, I would probably drink myself to death the way a goldfish eats all the food you give it. Its 13.6%, so its not an everyday drinker, but I can't grade it down just because it wrecks me. I love combining styles. I think a belgian stout done perfectly can be the best beer in the world. This isn't perfect, but excellent.

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Photo of waltonc
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Acquired this as an extra from a generous trader, whose identity I have forgotten. But I am quite grateful, as this is one delicious beer that would have never made it on my radar if not thrown into the trade.

Pours legitimately pitch black with a cola-like tan head that recedes to a nice ring around my Lost Abbey tulip glass. Smells like dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Very complex flavor - the aforementioned scents are also present in the taste, along with fruits & spices. Love the mouthfeel of this - viscous, with soft velvety carbonation; slightly sticky. At 13+% ABV, this isn't the most drinkable of brews, but I'll have no trouble polishing off a 12 oz. bottle. Hats off to Weyerbacher for selling this in 12 oz bottles rather than bombers.

P.S. This reminds me a bit of Bells Batch 7000.

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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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Thirteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 307 ratings.
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