Fifteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

357 Ratings

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by elgiacomo on 06-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 357 |  Reviews: 227
Photo of ShanePB
1.5/5  rDev -62.9%

Photo of harrymel
1.68/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Current review on 23OCT12
Pours black with just a slight rim of mocha. Smells of smoke, some leather and more smoke - campfire smoke. Flavor is liquid smoke really not much else going on there - like sucking the dick end of a cigarette. Sad flavor. Medium, smooth body with low, but sharp carb. Not a good beer. Just because you make a smoked beer does not mean the beer should taste exclusively of smoke.

Original review 07DEC11
A: black, a little quilt of dark mocha foam falls to a web on the surface. No lace. Opaque.
S: Smoke, leather, molasses and anise. Some notes of bitter cocoa.
T: Fairly smoky with some dry dark malts. Actually, as I drink this, the more smoky it tastes.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. Near dry finish.
O: Maybe dumping this in with a crock pot of lil smokies and barbeque sauce this would have been great. As it stands, meh. Overly smoky.

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Photo of corby112
2/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger mocha colored head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring Minimal spots of lacing.

Smokey chocolate malt aroma with lots of charcoal, bbq, campfire and butane notes but this is toned down slightly by the sweet rye notes and silky chocolate character.

Full bodied with a very roasty malt profile as well as a ton of alcohol heat and subtle smokiness. This beer is kind of a mess really. Way to hot with a burning warmth in the finish. It tastes more burnt than smokey really with hints of deeply roasted malt, coffee/espresso bean and toast. Extremely acrid and burnt tasting overtaking all of the chocolate notes and complexity that it has to offer. I don't know what's more disappointing, that this is a completely sweet booze bomb or that it's not really smokey. would avoid drinking this until it has mellowed out a bit. I say give it about five years in the cellar.

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Photo of Vierenner
2.24/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think I strayed too far ... into beer I am unable to appreciate. I like strong, bold beer but this one is over the top. I was expecting to taste a hint of smoke but instead feel like I just licked a campfire log. The smokey taste masks any other flavor the beer might have to offer.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to both Mikey and Brandon for sending me bottles of this.

A: The pour is a semi-viscous black color with a sturdy tan head.

S: The nose is certainly full of smoke along with roasted malts and chocolate. The smoke gives off hints of meatiness and there is a fair amount of alcohol as well (seems to be a trend with some of these Weyerbacher anniversary beers).

T: Upon tasting this beer, I couldn't help but think: smoked salmon. Slightly salty, meaty, and a bit of a sea/fishy flavor that you might notice on a piece of smoked salmon.

M: The body is medium and sort of chalky/astringent with a low carbonation.

D: I like smoked salmon, but not in liquid form. It seems like way too many breweries overdo the smoked malts in a smoked beer. Subtlety helps, especially with such a powerful flavor.

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Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is fairly muted compared to my expectations. There is a bit of smoke, not too much, which is good, typical dark roasted grains, no hop character obv.

The taste is not how I was expecting. I was hoping for a quality stout with a hint of smoke and instead I am smacked in the face with a slab of smoked ham. I just cannot dig a beer that is this smoky; not appealing.

Aftertaste is not good, it sits at the back of my throat and makes it seem like I have been sitting around a campfire all night. The nose is very deceiving in that aspect.

By far my least favorite anniversary beer from Weyerbacher. 13 was amazing, 14 was good, this is poor...

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Photo of bierguru
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A -
pours very thick like oil black as can be thick brown head stays a while then fades to lacing which makes a decent presence

S -
huge smokey smell right up front literally smacks you in the face reminds me of smoked salmon with out the fishiness and some dark chocolate on th ebackend

T -
again right up front up the smoke flavor and continues almost through the test but middle on back you get some really dark chocolate and coffee and on the backend an alcohol burn

M -
is actually really nice and thick heavy but smooth however it leaves a fleminess in the mouth

D -
impressive how smokey it is but it reminds me of chocolate covered lox

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Photo of Louski
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of russellaaron69
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pured pitch black into my tulip. Gave a nice 2+ fingers of head that left behind a good bit of lacing. Smell was what I expected. Nice chocolate aroma upfront w/ a smokey burnt charcoal punch to the face bringing up the rear. Taste was much the same but w/ less chocolate and more charcoal. Mouthfeel was smooth and slick. The drinkability was good. I definitely wouldn't have guess its 10.8%. All in all this wasn't a bad beer. Its just not mt thing. I probably wouldn't recommend it to a friend but I have 3 left that I'm going to cellar for awhile so maybe that'll change.

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Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light head; dark beige color. Near black color--no light shines through.

Dark chocolate, milk and a touch of coffee make up the aroma of this brew.

Spicy and bitter flavors--very complex. There's burnt malt flavor and some powerful hop, particularly in the swallow. Alcohol is notable in swallow as well. Predictably good body and carbonation. One negative: strong band-aid tastes of chlorophenol; shows up in the aftertaste. This turns out to be a fatal flaw.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black beer with a tan head that let pretty much nothing on the sides.

S - Very smoked with roasted malts and some chocolate. Decent amount of alcohol here. Chocolate, coffee, a little bit of toffee.

T - Really smoked, with some unsweeteend chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Smoke is pretty dominant here, but it's not a bad thing.

M - Medium bodied, needs to be a little fuller, with low carbonation.

O - Kind of a one trick pony here, with a little more soke than is necessary. Not something I'd really have again.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into glass snifter.

$3.00 / ea.

A: Opaque black body topped with a small deep brown head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace and only a small ring of cover.

S: The combination of smoke and deep roasted malt initially hits me as banana! The smoke is very subtle, and compliments the malt perfectly. Tends toward coffee with very little noticeable hop aroma.

T: Just a moment of initial sweetness before the roast kicks in and then back to slightly sweet in the middle. The smoke drifts in and out along with hints of soothing alcohol. The back end is a coffee bitterness almost void of hop character.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit abrupt in that it lacks the typical rounded smoothness of a Russian Imperial Stout.

D: One is plenty, as is generally the case with such an imposing style. Share a bottle with a friend and savor the experience, but don't sit down with a six pack or you are bound to regret it.

O: Worth trying, but a middle of the pack example of the style.

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Photo of mikey711
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark black with a mocha colored head which pours somewhat small but leaves good webbing.

S: Some smoke and chocolate followed by a bit of pepper. Very roasty for sure.

T: A little bit of a let down. there is some smokiness but it gets overshadowed by almost a belgian like esther that tastes a bit like bananas. there is some chocolate present but really this banana quality is most present

M: Some heat and a touch of chalkiness and harshness.

D: Again this is a let down. maybe some aging is the best thing for this

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Photo of Jeffo
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from G311 in a recent trade. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and thick, yielding a small, medium looking, mocha colored head that fades quickly to a slight wisp and ring. Pitch black in the glass with no carbonation evident. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Very dark and black body, but an average-at-best head.

SMELL: Good, bold nose. Very roasted with dark chocolate and lots of smoky notes. Slight coffee or burnt espresso beans in there, but very smoky with hints of smoked salami even. Bold nose and well done.

TASTE: Doesn’t live up to the nose, unfortunately. Roasted malts, touches of sweetness through the middle, as well as some smoky notes in there. Dark chocolate and bitter, hoppy notes at the finish. A mild yet lingering aftertaste is roasted and smoky, with some bitter chocolate and lingering alcohol.

PALATE: Medium body and medium, prickly carbonation. Slightly creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of heat at the swallow and finishes slightly dry o n the palate. Not quite as creamy as it could be, but alright.

OVERALL: Pretty decent brew, but nothing special or memorable really. Unfortunately the taste didn’t live up to the enticing nose. That said, this was definitely more enjoyable than their Old Heathen, so if that’s a good thing. Glad to have been able to try this one, but wouldn’t need to have it again. Thanks for the opportunity G311.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of eyeenjoybeer (thanks, Michael!), into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown with auburn edges, and sports about a finger or so of tan-colored head. Decent retention, but not much lacing on the glass.

S - Roast, a bit of brown sugar sweetness, maybe some hint of espresso. All of it backed up by a note that reminds me solidly of liquid smoke, but not when you use it to cook, but more like when you open the bottle and get a good whiff.

T - There's a candy sweetness to it on the initial taste, along with a lactate flavor that almost makes me think it's a milk stout. The smoke surrounds all of it, but it's more subtle on the tongue that in the nose, and has an earthy quality. A slight alcohol burn at the end that makes me wonder if I shouldn't have let this sit for a few more months.

M - Carbonation is nice enough, and the body is full. Long finish, and slightly drying.

O - This was a nice one to try. I enjoyed it, but I doubt I'd want to go through more than one of these in a sitting. The obvious comparison (for me) was to Alaskan Smoked Porter... this one fell a little short.

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Fifteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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