Fourteen Special Dark | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Fourteen Special DarkFourteen Special Dark

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jzeilinger on 11-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of richbrew
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of maximum12
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Before I raise my Hennepin goblet to my lips, let me pause & give thanks to msulinski & beerisheaven, who both have provided me with bottle/s of this brew. It seems I have been thanking these two guys a lot lately...

Pours a deep polished mahogany that's been buffed to further darkness; a still life of loveliness, even the tiny bubbles of the head freeze in place. A shocking fist of alcohol pummels from the glass. Once I regain consciousness, there are bananas & wheat to be found drowning in wood alcohol.

One sip & I remove the car keys from my pocket, toss them somewhere, & promptly forget where they are. If alcohol were a religious icon, this would be the holy grail. Shania Twain-hot alcohol erupts from Fourteen Special Dark, even after a year in the cellar. The dark wheat adds a cool dimension to this beer, subduing the wheatiness & grassy notes while emphasizing the bananas & heavy malts. A serious vinuous quality asserts itself that I never noted in the "original" version of Fourteen, adding another dimension. Candied sugars, honey, Wrigley's Spearmint Gum, my old motorcycle jacket, clean air...there's so much going on in this beer I'm running out of words to describe it.

I am slugging this. After trying to sip, I find that I can't. This might be the first beer I've ever finished before I've completed writing the review.

Well, wow. Fourteen was borderline excellent; this is Stephen Strasburg. The alcohol is certainly overwhelming, but the depth & breadth of this brew is beyond remarkable, it's epic. Going back now to put this on the permanent want list. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared a year.

A: Looks like a super light black until you hold it up to the light then it is a super dark garnet color. A little bit of brown head with decent head retention.

S: The nose is of dark fruits right up front. Dates and raisins. Almost has a port like quality to it as well. There is a bit of booze but nothing like when this beer was fresh. Really am loving the nose on this beer.

T: Wow. Super complex. Lots of dark fruits. Tons of malt. Almost has the taste of an eisbock in a lot of ways. Dates raisins. This is up there for me with Founders Nemesis 09 in terms of complexity.

M: Thick body just short of feeling heavy. Carbonation is minimal.

D: This beer is a monster but I love it. This never made it to NY but a friend in PA gave me two bottles a year ago. Wish I would have grabbed more. An absolute joy.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge thanks to rich who scored me this

blackness comes from the bottle and is nearly impervious to any light. think head of light tan laces the top and leaves a decent amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

aroma is one of the most hoppy beer that i have ever come across in my life. just an amazingly hoppy beer. thick citrus notes just come across from the very first moment i get close to it. an amazing amount hops squeezed into this beer. each sip shreds the palate with a mesmerizing amount of rich nugget like goodness. such a super dry finish with an amazingly complex profile that you just cannot believe it packed into a beer

overall i am floored and one of the most amazingly complex and hoppy beers i have ever had in my life.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of BigMike
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mohogany. Some ruby red around the edges. A nice creamy tan head tops it off.

S: Dark fruits, rum and spice. Dark molasses and caramel.

T: So the taste is close to ghe original fourteen but there's an added twist. The dark malts at a definite coffee/chocolate characteristic. It's most noticeable on the finish. Lots of roasted qualities.

M: No complaints. Smooth and easy to drink. In fact it's crazy easy to drink for 12%. Almost scarey.

Overall: I can't believe the darker malts make this much of A difference. The roasted coffee and chocolate aNd smokiness really add to this. It's smooth and the alcohol is so unnoticable it couldbe a problem. Great beer. They should have made this one the focal release over the regular version.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brewery. I hadn't noticed that there were 2 different types of XIV on the market. Turned out to be a different batch of wheat that was sent to them and it makes it a darker version on the regular XIV. If you get the chance to try them side by side you'll be in for a treat. This Wheatwine is a cloudy brown color that reminds me of a Doppelbock or Eisbock mixed with a Dunkelweizen. The aroma is big and citrusy. Lots of things going on in there. Some dark fruits, and malts add to the aroma. The flavor is big too, lots of flavor here. I'm thinking that I get some kind of plum flavors mixed with the boozey flavors of rich malts and wheat. I agree with one of the reviews below, this beer is probably the next best thing to Founders Nemesis 2009. But the Nemesis wins every time.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

Found out later on that there was a dark version of Fourteen. I had to have it. Success. It pours a mostly clear dark garnet-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, candi-sugar, toffee, vanilla, dark wheat, light booze, and mandarin orange. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange syrup, caramel, light chocolate, dark wheat, light honey, candi sugar, brown sugar, and very light coffee. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a syrupy feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a decidedly good wheatwine, one of the best I've yet had. More breweries need to take this route with their w-wines.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jlenik
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Quickly vanishing head. Dark ruby red appearance. It actually looks beautiful.

s: Boozy and fruity. Plums and alcohol.

t: This bottle is at least a year old and the taste of the alcohol has receded to let the fruit come out. A bit sweet but nothing to complain about.

m: Smooth with little carbonation.

d: Overall it's pretty good. I have a few more of these left along with the regular Fourteen Ale. I need to do a side by side comparison one day.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a dark orange with a 1 finger light tan. Small traces of lacing remain along the glass.

S- very sweet, candi sugar. Some orange and dark fruits.

T- wheat, candi sugar, oranges, some alcohol.

M- full body, medium carbonation. Abv is noticeable that leaves a slight burn and dry finish.

O- very good wheat wine. Alcohol is still noticeable may mellow with another year on it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the dark version of their Fourteen Anniversary Ale, from what I understand, can only be gotten at the brewery. Weyerbacher did two versions of the Fourteen, the Blonde Ale which has been distributed, and the Dark Ale. The dark ale uses a dark wheat malt, the only noticeable difference.

Poured a dark brown in the tulip glass and had a burgundy-like hue when held to the light. Starts out with a creamy one finger head that slowly dissipates after a few minutes. Light carbonation after the initial pour which also slowly decreases as the beer has an opportunity to breathe. Has a very mild to slight white foam lacing around the glass.

Smells of brown sugar, bready malts. Initial taste reveals brown candi like sugar, honey, bready, toasted malts and a very noticeable alcohol presence at the end that warms the back of the throat. Has a medium chewy like characteristic with very light carbonation that dances on the front of the tongue. It's very big in flavor, smooth on the tongue, and overall, very enjoyable.

Because of the booziness in the sip, this is one that's not well masked so maybe one or two in a Belgian style ale glass at the end of a long day would be perfect. The beer is well brewed - it's an interesting twist that I haven't experienced before. A very nice follow-up from the stellar Thirteenth Anniversary Belgian Stout. I really appreciate Weyerbacher's ability to develop some interesting beers that are quite tastey and bolder than the norm. Happy Fourteenth, Weyerbacher. Nice job on this one.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky dark red, as opposed to the orange of the "regular" Fourteen. One finger on slightly beige foam.

Aroma is peppery, yeasty, a bit of booze, maybe some candy.

A flourish of wheat, quicky covered by juicy fruitness. Dark fruits. Pepper. Hints of booze.

Smooth, lush mouthfeel.

Very good, very surprising drinkability.

Look quick and see if you can get a sample of this. It will be gone too soon.

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Photo of jmalex
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Been awhile since I reviewed. Do I even remember how? Anyway, this beer was bought at the 2009 Riserva release at the brewery.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Weyerbacher tulip a dark copper with major red tones to it. A thin, wispy head forms but quickly dissipates to just a collar.

SMELL: The aromas hit you as soon as you pour. Big time fruity aroma (cherries mostly) with some sherry-type oxidation beneath. I really can't over this fruit though. Pretty remarkable.

TASTE: A slight bit of fluffy wheat is hidden well by deeper, darker flavors. The fruit is strong here too, and it's backed up by an alcoholic warmth (the good kind). It finishes a bit empty which is disappointing. I'd prefer a bigger, fuller maltiness to round it out.

MOUTHFEEL: Dryer than expected. The carbonation was still strong too. Both those do lead to faster consumption, but unfortunately are not what I'd like from the style.

DRINKABILITY: Now here it excels. I'm nearly halfway through my glass already and don't plan on slowing down. It should make for a nice evening.

Damn, I wish I'd bought more of these. It's NOTHING like it tasted fresh (which wasn't particularly good) but I'm glad I took a chance on a bottle at the time.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jmamay22
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I purchased this at the brewery I was told the dark was a mistake and was never intended to be created.

Pours an opaque dark and cloudy brown. There is a thin collar ringing the walls of my glass. Smells of dark fruits such as prunes and raisins with a touch of rum. The alcohol comes off smelling sweet rather than boozy.

As expected from the scent, there is plenty of fruity esters in the flavor with the same dark fruits of plum and raisins again. The alcohol content provides a nice warmth. Nice tight bubbles of carbonation with a mouthfeel on the heavier side of medium bodied. Altogether an enjoyable beer and comes off as less cloying than the standard issue. An enjoyable mistake.

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Photo of jorg2619
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted after well over a year in my cellar, not sure when it was brewed.

Fourteen Special Dark is wow a dark wheat wine which looks clean, up to the light a brilliant dark ruby red hue gives this beer a appealing drink me look. I also took notice to the extensive alcohol legs on the side of my glass. The smell is phenomenal. I detect strong sweet wheat notes followed by a subtle alcohol presence. I also detect some slight caramel in the smell which is neat. The taste is sweet sweet maltiness with a dry strong wheat flavor that is tied together with some slightly bitter roasted notes. I also detect a slightly off after taste that may be some oxidation it seems almost cardboard like and beyond dry so I will chalk it up to the cellar. I would call this beer a sipper and a good beer two years out. I think it might have been aged a bit too long.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Obtained at a WHALES Homebrew club charity auction. Donated to the auction by Weyerbacher. Thanks to both the WHALES and Weyerbacher for the opportunity to try this brew.

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a cloudy brown with a reddish tint. Thin layer of foam bubbles to the surface.

Nose is spicy, phenolic, with predominant wheat aromas. Very aromatic.

The first sip shocks your palate with a boozy blast of sweet wheat malt, bananas, and some plum flavors. There is a lingering aftertaste - astringency and alcohol. There is a substantial amount of residual sweetness to this brew which helps to balance the alcohol - but the alcohol ultimately wins out.

There is a substantial viscosity to the mouthfeel. Very smooth - the only detractor is the lingering aftertaste.

As far a drinkability goes, this beer certainly needs to be enjoyed slowly. I know this is a new release, and the alcohol is still pretty hot - could probably stand to age for a year.

Admittedly, this is the first Wheatwine I have tried, so I don't know if it is "to style". But it has a lot of interesting flavors and certainly is flavorful. I just think it needs to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 3.49. Bottled in 2009. Served in my Founders snifter. 

Pours cloudy pale orange with 1.5 frothy white head that quickly fades. Only a few occasional tiny bubbles left on the glass- but I'm not sure that can be called lacing. 

Smells sweet- bananna, orange, pepper, spice, earthy wheat, brown sugar, currants. It doesn't knock me over the head but it's nice. 

Tastes smooth and sweet. Honey, burnt sugar, wheat, spice, mild bananna and grapes. It has a slight Belgian thing going on. There is a noticeable tinge of booze but not near what I expected from the almost 12% abv (I think two and a half years has probably settled that). Complex and enjoyable. 

Medium full feel with very mild carbonation. A long, semi dry, almost wine like aftertaste. 

Overall an enjoyable beer that I'd happily have again. Different from my typical imperial stouts and IPAs but a nice break. I haven't had many wheatwines but I'm beginning to think that this less popular style deserves more of my time & exploration. 

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Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of rich ran creamy head with a faint reddish tinge... Limited retention gives way to full ring of foam around the edge of the glass and a much thinner veil in the center... Some very sparse, very slow paced carbonation bubbles climb up the sides of the snifter... The color is a murky medium to dark brown, also with a slight reddish hue...

S - An uber sweet malt forward aroma... Buttery... Brown Sugar... Cherries... Raisins... Assorted other dark fruit... Honey... Candied apples... Really a pleasant and inviting aroma...

T - Cherries... Raisins... A mix of brown and candied sugars... A touch of honey... A touch of bubble gum... Pretty good complexities, but a little on the cloying side after a couple of sips...

M - Medium to full bodied... Sticky... A bit on the chewy side... Slightly gritty and chalky... Minimal prickly carbonation... Some minor alcoholic heat on the finish...

D - Another solid and enjoyable offering from Weyerbacher which should come as no surprise... A slow enjoyable sipper... While not overpowering, the 11.8% ABV along with the cloying sweetness keeps this from being more drinkable...

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Fourteen Special Dark from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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