Fifteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by elgiacomo on 06-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 357
Photo of KarlHungus
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of smoke, roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. This is a very well rounded aroma that seems to get more interesting as time goes on. The taste is equally interesting. Smoke is present everywhere, but does not overpower the other aspects of the beer. There is plenty of dark chocolate, and cocoa powder with a solid roasted malt backbone. This beer truly has an exceptional taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate, fine carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great beer that I am going to stock up on before its gone forever. Then I am going to hope that it comes back someday.

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Photo of kwesib
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very impressive. I've been drink inking a lot of stouts this season and this is one of the best. The smoked dimension gives bothe the flavor and character a unique twist. Other imperial stouts have faded in likability if not drinkability over subsequent sessions. I'll have to see if this one does.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1.5 fingers finew brown head, opaque brown body.

Smells smoky, super-peaty, traces of oak.

Knockout taste- the same oak, peat, and smoke-- a bit of bacon, too. Faintly bitter. When you say 'smoked porter', I think this, not the stuff other breweries are putting out. A bit of dark chocolate.

Slightly textured, but appropriate to not steal from the taste.

Knockout smoked stout. That is all.

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

I love Weyerbacher, the anniversary series in particular. A smoked imperial stout sounds like something I need to try. I can't wait for this one.

a: This had a black body and poured with a thick, sticky dark tan colored head.

s: Beautiful combination of deep roasty malt that smells of chocolate and maybe a hint of cherry coupled with a perfect note of charred smokey bacon. This smells pretty much exactly like I hoped it would.

t: Magnificent, I've never had anything like this. While some of the complexities of a great imperial stout are covered by the smoke, plenty of stout character shines through. There is rich, sweet chocolate and warm, boozy cherries that are joined by the smoke towards the finish. The balance between the smoke and the stout is remarkable and the alcohol is very well hidden.

m: Very creamy feeling overall with long lasting but gentle carbonation.

d: Smoked beer is something I enjoy in moderation for the most part, but I had no trouble with twelve ounces of this one. This beer is an amazing achievement and reminds why I get so excited about great beer.

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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 Bighuge
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks the part. It glugged into the glass with some obvious viscosity. A nice bubbly and creamy brown head is erected. Lacing is substantial for such a high ABV beer. Black as midnight. Aroma is chocolate, black licorice, roasted malts and peat smoked malt. The smoke on the water, I mean the nose is subtle, like a campfire in the distant. Smells awesome. Flavor is well integrated and the 10.8% a/v is only felt mildly. Flavors I get are anise oil, char, smoke, chocolate and dark currants. Nice complexity. Good little roasted bitterness. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Fairly velvety. High quality all around.

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Photo of parris
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been slacking on the BA reviews lately, but had to write a bit for this one.

It's dark brown in appearance with no head. I held the bottle up high when pouring and got some small brown shiny bubbles, but thats all. There is some lacing, but it's sporadic.

Smell is very all chocolate and meaty smoke. I usually don't rave for smoke beers, but this combination of imperial stout and smokyness is perfect. The is a manly smelling beer. I thought steak and exotic animal hunting, my wife though cigars and bare knuckle boxing.

Smoke up front, it hits your palate and you nose, malt and chocolate and a good hop bite follows. A little bit of bourbon lingers to finish.

Oily, viscous mouthfeel, exactly what you'd want with a 10.8%.

I'd hate the morning, but I could drink this all night. Luckily they only come in pricey four packs.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours pitch black with almost two finger of very dense brown foam that seems to stay around forever. This is a really gorgeous beer.

S: Hickory smoked malts are quite strong in this beer, a bit ashy, but very appealing. The smoke seems to be a mixture of smoked meats and tobacco. Behind the smoke are burnt and roasted malts, dark chocolate, and very light dark fruits. This beer smells amazing.

T: Similar to aroma, but the smoked malts take a bit of a backseat to the dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is quite strong with light caramel and milk chocolate sweetness to balance. Just behind this is the smoke I got in the aroma, now more on the tobacco side.

M: Quite thick and one of the creamiest beers I've ever had.

O: This beer really surprised me. It's the best Imperial Stout I've had since, shoot, I had Morning Wood at EBF a month ago. Either way, this beer is amazing. The smoke and dark chocolate mix unbelievably well, the smoke a bit more prominent in the aroma and the chocolate more prominent in the flavor. I'm impressed.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a black color with some brown highlighting around the edges. Not much head or lacing.

Nose is lots of roasted sweetness and a little bit of smoke. Some licorice and burnt campfire marshmallows are also in there.

Smoke level on this is perfect! Sweet chocolate and mild roast round out what is shaping up to be a fantastic stout, certainly the best Weyerbacher beer I have ever had. Mouthfeel is not overly viscous, but full enough and the low carbonation is appreciated in this style. I really dig this brew, very tasty.

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Photo of superspak
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into snifter. Pours thick opaque black color with a small, fairly dense 1 finger dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. A small amount of lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big charcoal, oak, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. Aromas of smoked meat were present as well as it warmed up. Very nice and strong aromas here. A lot of complexity. Taste of huge chocolate, caramel, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and tons of roasted malt. Lingering notes of bitter coffee, smoke, chocolate, and roasted flavors on the finish that last a while. Light carbonation and huge full body. The mouthfeel on this beer is heaven. Super creamy, smooth, and as drinkable as a beer of 11% could be. This beer is super rich, without being boozy at all. Alcohol is hidden perfectly in this, I am not really noticing any except for a slight warming on the finish. Overall, and absolutely incredible smoked imperial stout from Weyerbacher. I will be grabbing more if I see it around for sure.

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Photo of nandemo1
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with the slightest bit of head. Gave up a small amount of lacing.

Smell is roasty sweet malts with a bit of smoke in the background, some licorice too. Taste is semi sweet, coffee, roasted/burnt. Definitely warms you up as it goes down.

Feel is smooth with little to no carbonation. A bit heavy, but I like that in a big stout.

An excellent winter beer with a great nose and good flavor.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark, near black, blah blah blah. Its appearance embodies the level of hatred my heart attains whilst ticking the appearance of a given Stout.

S - Huge smoke dominates all else. I am searching for other discernible nuances, but I'm not having any luck. All the same, it smells fairly good.

T - Again, hugely smoky. I can only describe it as a hypothetical product: Aecht Schlenkerla Russian Imperial Rauch-Stout.

M - The feel is big and well-apportioned.

D - Imperial Rauch Stout; check it out, it is very interesting.

As of April 2011, time has treated this very well. Scores are going way up from 4.05 to what it'll be now.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pitched black with a small capping of cocoa hued dense, creamy foam lapping to the top. The cap flattens out sort of quick to a thin collar. Long, stretched out strings of lace along with a few globby spots decorate the gobelt skimmingly.

Broad aroma of deep roasted malts, smokey peet, dark fruit of currents and raisin, spicey cracked pepper notes, semi charred, slighted with a warmth of good Ol' EtH breathing lightly over the top and a poof of chocolate behind it.

Complex taster as you get into it with a nice smoldering cast of tangy smokeyness luring among a small tang of dark fruity currant and fig and creamy chocolate. Tiny pepper spicings knock at the back door, while a warm breeze of alcohol seeps through the screen of the back door.

Well layered in a creamy smooth body that stays just a nudge above medium as it warms and really gains a comfortable level of carbonation with a warming center and peppery biting finish.

A wonderful treat to behold from Weyerbacher. This will age nicely for a few years and maybe smooth out even more? The warth and spiced peppery smokeyness melds well together but could probably smolder a while longer and submerge into a fantastic brew with time. As is, at release time, its already solid and reminds me of Stone's Smoked Porter and Rogue's Impy stout being one together freshly brewed. A nice concept; a nice beer by Wb!

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Photo of beer2day
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky jet-black pour. Very viscous. 2-fingers of the darkest head I have seen on a beer in recent memory. Very nice retention, leaving a quarter inch sheen of foam half-way through the glass. Excellent lacing. A very pretty glass of beer.

Nose definitely brings out the smoke, but I'm getting an oyster stout vibe as well. Roast malt underneath and weak anise round things out. Not getting much in the way of chocolate or cocoa. Coffee coming out later in the glass.

Thick, rich, roast malt hit. Some chocolate does creep in up front. Smoke comes in later and really intensifies in the finish. Nice bitters in the finish with chocolate and even more intense roast flavors.

As the pour suggests, the beer is incredibly thick. Slightly oily.

As thick as this beer is, I'm not sure I could drink more than one - but I want to. Hides the abv pretty well. Not much in the way of alcohol burn.

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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 Eriktheipaman
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off I am a sucker for smoked Porters and Stouts.

Pours a pitch black with a tiny brown head that fades away completely.

The smell is of smoked meat and campfire.

The taste is of roasted coffee on the front quickly followed by smoky goodness. It is almost border too much of a smoky taste but really hits the spot, any more would be too much though. Also no trace of alcohol at all.

Pumped I got to try this beer!

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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 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 OWSLEY069
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, smokey pork and coffee maltiness. In the taste, chocolate and coffee upfront and smoke hits in the end, with a slight alcohol all the way through. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry coffee that ends up sticky sweet in the aftertaste. Nice big stout with just a hint of smoke.

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

A-Dark brown/black with maroon highlights...definitely a looker.

S-Very evident smoky notes...almost like it was in a meat smoker...also some rich imperial stout qualities (big roasted maltiness with some dark fruitiness notes).

T-The malt richness explodes in waves....burnt malts...char...smoked meats....dark cocoa....finishes with a slighly fruity note reminiscent of grilled plums.

M-Big bad ass body on this. It is as expected....alcohol strength is evident but not biting.

D-A top tier Impy. Perfect amount of smoke. It never overwhelms this stout, but at the same time it never becomes overwhelmed by this stout.

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Photo of jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pitch black opaque beer with very little brown around the edges. A small head dissipates and becomes a small tan ring. Very nice looking but I'd like to see a touch more head.

The beer smells nice - there's a kiss of smoked malt that really isn't overwhelming but is very well integrated and compliments the roast well. Some black strap molasses, licorice root, dark ripe fruit, chocolate and coffee notes. Nice and complex.

Tastes good - the smoke is more prominent in the taste than in the smell, but it's also quite balanced. Pretty much what it claims to be, this beer combines smokey flavors (campfire and maybe burned bacon) with roasty Imperial Stout characteristics (chocolate, coffee, molasses and roasted dark fruit). The finish is slightly sweet with a kiss of caramelized malt, then moderate bitterness.

Perhaps this beer's best characteristic other than the taste is the mouthfeel and finish. There's little to no noticeable alcohol at all, and the creamy carbonation and nice, lush body make this a joy to imbibe. Overall, I really like this beer and wish I hadn't slept on it. I bought a single and should track down 4 to enjoy in the cold months to come.

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Photo of Sponan
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours is almost black with a thin brown head. Nothing terribly out of the ordinary here.

Smell: This beer smells amazing. Getting chocolate, coffee, and a little dark fruit. And smoke. Not overpowering, but it announces its presence.

Taste: This is one complex beer. Definitely follows the nose. Chocolate and coffee, maybe a little raisin. A little alcohol, but not much considering the abv. The smoke is complimentary here. It balances the sweetness and masks the alcohol quite well. Smoke steps forward a little as the beer warms, but never becomes overpowering.

Mouthfeel: This one is has plenty of thickness. Great for the style. I would have preferred just a little more carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a unique and challenging (in a good way) beer. It has a lot going on, and I enjoyed every sip. A winner by Weyerbacher. I look forward to revisiting as it ages. Also giving this a boost for straying from the beaten path. Not sure I would want more than one in an evening, but I will definitely sample it repeatedly.

This is the first beer in some time that really stood out. Unless you think smoke does not belong near a beer give this a try.

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Photo of magnj
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - Black body, Brown head.

s - Light smoke dominates.

t - Smoke balances nicely with the chocolate and coffee contributions of the dark malts. Although billed as aggressive I think the smoke is very well done on this one. Ends a bit spicy but doesn't linger forever.

m/d - Medium to full body, not overly sweet or sticky. Extremely enjoyable and highly drinkable. I might have to grab 4 more...

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Photo of gford217
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with a small clingy tan head that recedes slowly to a thin cap and leaves delicate lacing.

The aroma is smoky but sweet - smoked black malts paired with chocolate and vanilla. Hints of spice from the rye but I keep coming back to the charred wood smokiness.

The taste is very robust with smoked malts and chocolate fighting for dominance. The is additional sweetness from dark fruits and caramel. The finish is dry and smoky.

The mouthfeel is stunning - one of the smoothest, creamiest beers I can remember tasting. Moderate but soft carbonation. So smooth.

This is a wonderful beer. Smooth, smoky, chocolaty, decadent. Extremely impressive.

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