Fourteen Special Dark | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Fourteen Special DarkFourteen Special Dark
37 Ratings
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 jlenik
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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 claspada
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown and had a reddish 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. Has a very mild to slight white foam lacing around the glass.

Smells of brown sugar and bready malts. Initial taste reveals sugary, honey, bready, toasted malts and a very noticeable alcohol presence at the end that warms the back of the throat.

This is an interesting twist that I haven't experienced before. Not really my cup of tea, it's just unbalanced somehow and I can't place it. Maybe it needs to age a little...

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Photo of maximum12
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Naugros
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brownish in color, mostly opaque with some light glowing through at the edges. It's kinda like muddy lake water visually. No head to speak of, except a little ring of bubbles gathering at the outer edge of the glass.

Smells a little of old leather with a pervading chemical smell, almost like turpentine. It's killing me to say that about a Weyerbacher offering, but it's what's coming through to me. To be fair, the wheat is coming through and that combined with the vinous notes of the alcohol is what is responsible for this odor I'm getting.

It tastes a little better than it smells. The sense of old leather is still there and the vinous flavor dominates the back of the mouth, but there is a lingering bitterness there as well. There is a thick sweetness to the front of the tongue as well reminiscent of peaches.

The carbonation is pretty low which explains the lack of a head. I'd prefer more carbonation with a medium-bodied brew since this has a slight viscous feel to it, and not in a good way.

Okay, to be fair, I've never had a wheat wine before. I didn't much like barley wines when I first tried them, but now I really do appreciate them. Perhaps this style is another acquired taste. So I'll need to keep that in mind when giving my final numbers.

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Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown color, with a creamy, quickly dissipating white head. Aromas of brown sugar, honey, sweet malt and some brown spices. On the palate, I get lots of bready malt, with some more spicing (esp. clove), along with brown sugar, and just a wisp of banana. Alcohol is noticeable, and adds another note to the somewhat muddled flavors this one exhibits. A pretty decent effort, but aside from the color, not a whole lot different than 14.

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The wheatwine appears the color of murky iced tea with barely a finger of light tan foam. Nose and flavor consist of both brown and candi sugar, candied apples, alcohol phenols, cherry lozenges, sweet malts. A notch or two better than medium bodied with decent carbonation and a mildly boozy, slightly sweet and dry finish.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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 RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Anthony1
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got this in secret santa 09,

I didn't realize they did two versions of their 14th aniv beer, was slightly confused for a while. poured super dark, nice roastedness to it. lots of spice in aroma, but not overpowering in taste. medium/full body with light carbs, good beer, but nothing special

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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 jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Fourteen Special Dark from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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