Fifteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 358 |  Reviews: 227
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: XV is jet black under a chocolate colored head, whose formation and retention are both admirable. This beer looks stunning in my brandy snifter.

S: Heavy smoke gives way to subtle chocolate and molasses.

T: Just barely on the sweet side, XV delivers only a portion of the smoke promised in the nose, but that's okay, because the chocolate and molasses are much more pronounced and quite enjoyable.

M: Full and chewy, with a touch of stickiness at the end.

D: I have been let down by Weyerbacher so many times in the past that I was hesitant to give this one a try. Nonetheless, the words "Smoked", "Imperial Stout", and "10.8% abv" were too tantalizing to pass up. I am happy with my purchase, for fifteen delivers a smokey punch of sweet, delightful flavor.

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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see this new offering here in the triad so quickly.Poured into a nonic a deep jet black with a thinner but well retained deep mocha colored head,a great mix of smoke/hardwood and dark fruit in the nose,the alcohol sweetness shows thru but not real strong.Flavors of dark fruit and bitter chocolate hit home up front then the smoky notes come thru late making a well rounded impy stout.The smoke isnt over done but is just right,this is not as hot as alot of their other big offerings,real nice job here.

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Photo of daveshawley
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Black color, virtually no head.
Smoky chocolate aroma. The smoke was subtle.
Wonderful taste. I thought the smoke was a little more apparent than the aroma suggested. Chocolate and coffee that continued to build. Alcohol not at all noticeable.
A rich, smooth beer.
Gotta get more of these. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hoops4life511
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate and smoke notes. The flavor is much heavier on the smoke. I get smoke, ash and some roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good smoked beer.

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Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bsp77
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Almost black with thick initial purplish-brown head that leaves a fine layer and spotty lacing.

Smell: Strong molasses and licorice with nuances of smoke, chocolate, spicy hops and a blast of nose-searing alcohol.

Taste: Strong woodsy and smoky layer atop a malt foundation of molasses, chocolate and anise. The smokiness builds into the finish along with a burnt roasted flavor and light spicy hops.

Feel: Low carbonation, full smooth and creamy body. Semi-dry finish and quite warming.

Drinkability: Doesn't really seem that different from an oak-aged Imperial Stout, but very well made and a fantastic sipper. This might be my favorite Weyerbacher brew to date.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. L: Pours like a super strong black coffee crowned by the darkest brown finely bubbled 3” foam cap that I have seen in a long time. The cap has a very fine bead and is very persistent. S: Coffee, wine and alcohol on the nose with a faint hint of smoke. T: Alcohol and malt dominate the palate with rich coffee flavors aided by a hefty dose of chocolate. The smokiness on the palate is restrained – just enough to notice and not enough to overpower. F: Very creamy soft on the palate with a medium full to full body and medium low carbonation. O: I would drink this after dinner like a glass of port or sherry – it is very rich.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and oily black with no other color coming through. About a finger of deep tan head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Big aroma of dark roasted malts and smoke. Good hints of chocolate and coffee. Very smokey with some wood. Burnt brown sugar and molasses. Hints of dark fruits including raisins, plum, and dark berry. Light hint of banana. Also some hints of anise and peat. Very robust aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a big roasty taste with a lot of smoke. Dark roasted malts with good notes of chocolate, coffee, and burnt wood. Big taste of burnt sugar and molasses. A little bit of peat. Midway comes some nice subtle dark fruits with some raisins, plum, fig, and dark cherry. A little bit of anise rounds it out. Smoke lingers throughout into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, rich, slightly sticky and chewy. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very solid smoked Imperial Stout. Smoke is strong but not overbearing. Nice subtle fruit flavors and spice.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Funny story on this brew, I had bought one back when it was released, but I never got to try it. Came home from work one night, wife was getting ready to go out with her girlfriends. "Honey I drank one of your beers from downstairs, I hope it wasn't anything special". The funny part she actually liked her 11% alcohol pregame beer, and don't worry she wasn't driving. This one pours pitch black with a deep mocha tan head, fine even scattered lacing, great looking brew. Aromatics has hints of dark roasted coffee, and dark chocolate super sweet underlying fruitiness with a background of smoke malts and herbal hops. Flavor lays it on with dark roasted malts, deep sense of smoked malts, acidic coffee like action with fruit driven flavors a blend of ripened dark fruits and berry flavors. The keep working toward perfection in this big luscious dark ales like in the 13th Annivesary and then their big bottle special release called Tiny. Excellent blends the fruit/smoke/dark chocolate/coffee accents so well, easy to drink. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied not cloying carbonation is mellow very smooth going down there's a good bit of acidity laying on the palate. Drinkability is very nice, a beer that needs to make it into their special release rotations, I tried the Double Simcoe as a one time release now it's year round. It could happen this beers is amazing everybody jump on the bandwagon.

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Photo of glid02
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of equal parts roasted malts and dark chocolate aromas. Also present are smooth dark fruits - plums, figs, and raisins with mild amounts of smokiness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light amounts of chocolate-covered, dried dark fruits - plums and raisins. The fruit flavors fade out near the end of the sip, allowing for a good deal of smoky flavors to take over before a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a huge fan of this beer and thought it was very well done, packing a bunch of flavor into the profile while making sure none of them overpowered the others. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has an inky black body with a deep tan creamy head that fades to a thick ring and the body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The light smoky note takes on a latex hint with some roasted black malt underneath and a bitter hop finish that grows as the beer opens. There are some caramel and dark crystal malt smells in with the black malt.

T- The deep smoky bacon meaty flavor has no band-aid qualities at all. There is some inky black notes that grow and a smoky flavor hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel finishes with a big fizz and a soft hint of alcohol.

O- This beer has a nice full smoky flavor that blends with the stout that has a nice sweetness to compliment the smoke and alcohol.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of lnashsig
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really should have saved this for a BA tasting involving Graeme (legendary smokehead), but I was pretty curious about this one so dug it up tonight. Poured from bottle (presuming 2+ yrs of age) into CBS snifter. Pours a terrific pitch black color, some nice dark brown head pops up and recedes quickly, leaving a brown ring around an otherwise glassy looking black surface. Expected appearance for the ABV on this one. Smell- campfire smoke, peat, some nice roast. The smoke pretty much dominates the aroma, but its a nice dull peat aroma. Taste- wow! really chocolatey, coffee, super smooth and mellow first sip. For the 10.8 ABV, there is no booze to be detected at all. The smoke presents itself on the end here along with some roasty bitterness. The smoke actually plays a perfect complimentary role in the taste- not overpowering as I would expect. This is a creative and impressive beer, and the aging has done wonders with making it a very mellow and drinkable beer. I'll be enjoying sipping this one tonight for awhile.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of prdstmnky
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a nonic.

Aggressive pour gave me a finger of tan head that fades really fast, down to a very thin cap. Body is black as night. Smoke and roasted malt dominate the nose, though there is some sweetness lingering in there too.

Smoke is certainly front and center in the flavor profile of stout, wow! Initially all I got was big doses of roasted malt and smoke, but as this warms, it really opens up. Some chocolate, both bitter and sweet, coffee, even hints of vanilla (which is what I was picking up in the smell). Medium bodied, smooth, and somewhat warming.

This is about as smokey as ive ever had. Got a couple more of these I look forward to drinking in the colder months.

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Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Not surprisingly jet black, with a dense darker mocha-colored head that sticks nicely to the edges of the glass, leaving raucous drops and nice clumps. This sucker's thick and dense in every sense of the word.

Smell: Under the huge charred malt presence and mild smoke, there's an oddly interesting sense of sweet coffee and chocolate, along with ripe, dark berries. You really have to go deep to get the smokiness, which I like, since that shouldn't be the assaulting variable in the brew. The char here is dense and heavy and burned and more like a RIS, and I was surprised at the onslaught.

Taste: Again, the char is present here, and it's huge, but there's a good balance of mocha and sweet coffee and chocolate balancing things out. Lingering dark berries and bitterness, as the hops here seem pretty big too, working well with the char and the berries in the end.

Mouthfeel: Good back-end creaminess from what's seemingly feeling like an initial cloying bomb. The head leaves a good indication of the creaminess at the end, though, because it's extremely rich and heavy-bodied, and somehow it's able to hold up and not fall apart.

Drinkability: A more than solid burnt-to-hell porter with nice smoky undertones, which seems perfect for the fall. I have a feeling this could be cellared for a while, and if I can snag another bottle, that'll happen. Weyerbacher continues to kick ass.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just how you want your big-ass stouts to look: black as the abyss with a toasted bronze head that's two fingers thick after the initial pour. Man, what a good looking glass fulla beer I've got here.

The label promises a "smoked imperial stout," and certainly the smoke plays into the aroma. But unlike many smoked beers, the smoke doesn't totally overtake; there's a generous layer of toasted grain and steamed milk here too. Can't help but seem coffee-like, aromatically.

Coffee-like taste-wise too. VERY coffee-like. Roasted, toasted, smoky, nutty...yep, I'm reminded of the morning java, black as midnight and just bitter enough to wake the dead. A hearty and robust stout that balances the smokiness nicely, letting the other elements breathe and do their thing. Dark fruits, like fig and date, work themselves into the mix, as does vanilla, sweet cream, and a lighter vinous quality emerges too. The 10.8% alcohol has no business being this subtle, but it is. Hops are only tasted in the finish, where they mingle with the grainier bitter flavors.

So silky smooth, this beer simply glides over the tongue like liquid velvet. Just enough carbonation so that it doesn't feel dead or watery, but, yeah, just smooth, smooth, smooth...

An excellent stout, and one that does something a little different from the majority of the big stout pack. Very nice.

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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black almost oil like with a very thin brown head that fades fast

S - big chocolate notes, wood, roasted malts, anise, faint coffee

T - anise, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malts, earthy, smoke, wood

M - full bodied, very warm, a bit boozy, well carbonated

This is a solid beer. The smoke, woodiness is a great compliment to the roasted malts. This is really a great offering. If I can find this I'll buy this again.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA. Poured into pint glass.

A- Poured a dark cola/black with a thick brown head that subsided to a thin layer. I can already smell the aroma without even lifting the glass.

S- Smoked wood, floral hops, chocolate undertones.

T- Upfront campfire marshmallow like sweetness. Sweetness similar to sweetened Latin American coffee. Not as complex as some others, but I bet this would be remarkable in an oak barrel.

M- Very lingering. Smoky bitterness is well balanced with hop bitterness. The campfire flavors do not leave that much of a bitterness as I expected... however it almost has an espresso like smoky flavor.

D- This is a pretty toxic brew at nearly 11%, but it is very nice and warming. Definitely balanced and palatable!

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