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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Ratings: 357 |  Reviews: 227
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger chocolate head, black in body

S: Roasty and fairly smokey for a stout. Coffee and mild chocolate notes

T: Incredibly smokey beer. Coffee is also big with this one. Roast, caramel and syrup notes are there but take a back seat to the smoke flavor. As others have said, it does get better as you drink.

M: thick bodied and moderate carbonation. This is a really oily beer.

Overall: Aroma is right on but the taste is a little over the top smokey. Not very drinkable for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to J2Brew2 for sending me this one.

Pours a motor oil thick pitch black with a 1 inch dark chocolate head. Nice patterning of lace on the glass on the drink down. One of the thickest and blackest beers I have ever seen. Smells of roasted malts, smoked wood, soy sauce, and cocoa powder. Reminds me of a campfire smell in a way. Very nice. Taste is very similar to the smell with roasted/smoky malt, bitter chocolate, muted coffee/espresso, and a hint of soy sauce (not as strong as the smell would indicate). This is a very tasty beer with the smoke flavors complementing the typical imperial stout richness of chocolate/coffee/espresso. Very thick in the mouth, which detracts a bit from the overall experience of the beer. Very full body that coats the mouth with each sip. Overall, I am very grateful for this extra and for the fact that I got to try this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another year has gone by and Weyerbacher brings us a really nice Smoked Imperial Stout. Very good balance in this brew. Has a little bit of the smoked bacon saltiness to it, but it doesn't interfere with the brew at all. The color is very black and has a thin brown head that doesn't seem to leave a ton of lacing behind. The aromas of course are smoke, and roasted malts, perhaps even some early morning breakfast bacon. The smokiness in the flavor doesn't overpower the beer which is very good to me. There is still a strong burnt stout aftertaste that comes in on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is thick but not too much. Pretty good beer for sure. Get it while you can.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color - traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin dark brown head that quickly died down, leaving only a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of smoke and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of licorice. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thick on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is incredibly drinkable considering its strength because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A magnificently rich pour, with a light brown head settling atop the mysteriously dark brown liquid; nice retention and it leaves some shards of lace behind

Smell: Smoked wood, dark chocolate, licorice, burnt brown sugar and a hint of banana

Taste: The sweet dark malts hit the tastebuds first, bringing licorice and chocolate flavors, followed by the burnt brown sugar; in the middle, the smoked flavors take over, but don't overwhelm the palate; the fruity elements arrive, after the swallow, though the sweetness is restrained

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer has matured nicely, with the flavors blending together in a smooth and subtle fashion

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light smoke and dry roasted malt with light notes of black chocolate. Taste is also a nice mix between some notes of smoke though not as dominant as expected with some dry roasted malt and some subtle chocolate notes. Body is quite full with a somewhat of a creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very tasty though I bet this would have been better had it been fresher with more smoke presence.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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 mothman
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into duck rabbit snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades down. Color is pretty black.

Aroma: Big smoke flavors with roasted malts. Bacon flavors and chocolate. A slight chili pepper flavor. I really like this.

Taste: Chili peppers, smoked and roasted malts, chocolate. A pretty straight forward beer.

Mouthfeel: Smokey, spicy, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot(spicy) , but fairly clean.

Overall, a nice smoked beer. I liked the chili flavors that I got out of this beer. Nice drinkability as well.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a nice mocha head and a wee bit of lacing on the way down. Nose brings forward coffee, chocolate, roast, and a hefty amount of smoke. I really like how Weyerbacher's gotten the interaction between the smoke and the other flavors as opposed to a pure smoke bomb. Although, as far as smoked beers go, theirs is one of my favorites. Taste integrates the smoke even better and their is a very nice interplay between the smoke and the more traditional AIS flavors. Feel is nice and thick. Drinks really well and is one of my favorite Weyerbacher beers to date.

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Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves very nice lace.

S - Lots of smoke with some coffee and molasses in the background.

T - Molasses, caramel, and coffee up front with strong smoke. The smoky character intensifies profoundly in the middle as peaty notes emerge with a spicy, phenolic character. The beer finishes with moderate bitterness and a touch of pine hop flavor as well as crushing, overwhelming smoke.

M - A moderately thick, somewhat oily body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Well, they weren't kidding about the smoke on this one. It is very present in the aroma, but not unpleasantly so and even though it kind of smothers any other malt and sugar aroma notes this doesn't prepare you for just how strong it is going to be when you taste it. Drinking this beer is like being in a house fire, the smoke is overwhelmingly strong and very distinctly peat derived. Other flavors are very much secondary and while I got used to it after a few sips and actually began to enjoy the peat, it is still way too much. The spicy smoke character smothers the potential complexity of the other characteristics.

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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 jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gotta try one of these fresh before I age the rest.

A: A dark rich thick fluffy head pours 1 finger head that fades slowly over pitch black thick rich beer.

N: Nose is loaded with roasted malts, coffee, black patent malt, a touch of bakers chocolate, sweet malts, some caramel, slight hint of booze, and some slight earthy and spicy hops. Just the way a nice thick roasty imperial stout should be.

T: Starts with smoke actually, some smoked malts and a touch of smoked meats. Then some roasted malts, lots of roast with more coffee as well. Can't get that smoked meat out of the taste though, it just overpowers everything else and I'm trying to dig through to get the other flavors. Chewy malts, lots of dark malts with a little black patent. Some sweetness and caramel. SOme booze tastes as well, heat and even some spicy booze flavors, the alcohol def lets itself be known. I get a little earthy and spicy bitterness too from some hops, as well as the roasty malts. A little oatmeal taste as well, and def gives it a rich thick oatmeal feel to it.

M: Pretty thick and syrupy, boozy with a little spicy tingly and warming booze, and lower but decent carbonation.

F: FInishes still somewhat sweet and syrupy with a big coating all over the mouth. Then more boozy tastes with lingering spicy tingly feel and warmth. Lots of smoke also lingering with more smoked malts and smoked meat flavors. A little caramel and chocolate linger with lots more roast and coffee late on the finish.

A nice tasting beer, done well, a little too heavy on the smoke as it overpowers everything, and drinks really hot. THis should get better with age though.

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

Weyerbacher's Fifteenth Anniversary beer is a smoked Imperial stout.

It's about as black as a beer can be, and no light gets through it. The head is a dark, orange-accented brown. A rough pour will bring up a finger thick head that looks like a milkshake, but it won't hold. Nor is the lacing particularly great, but it does leave some nice spots and an initial craggy ring about the glass.

When raised to the nose you'll immediately smell the smokiness, but it's far from overwhelming and you'll quickly find much more chocolate and yeasty fruitiness (red berries). A wafted stitch of alcohol is present as well.

In the mouth it's quite viscous, delivering a very full body. The carbonation level is moderate, along the lines of a traditional English version, and that leaves it remarkably creamy and smooth across the palate.

The flavor delivers a quick nib of dark chocolate upfront, quickly followed by fruit, and it's like a chocolate covered cherry. I get lots of berries, and some dark-skinned fruit as well (mainly raisin). The smoke doesn't really make its way through as it would in a Schlenkerla, and it acts as more of a thread that runs through it, mainly emerging in the finish. As it warms and you work your way through it, more subtleties appear: black licorice / anise, some oak, cold black coffee, brown sugar, caramel, fudge, and charred firewood.

It's a rich and full beer, with a nice bit of complexity. The fruit and chocolate appear upfront, and it's bitter and smokey in the finish. Along the way quick notes of wood and sugar and spice add to its complexity. The alcohol is kept in check, and there's no dark malt acidity to it. Really, it's quite nice! This could easily have been way overblown, but they've really reigned it in to become a very drinkable, rich ale.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with some moderate amounts of garnet red + dark amber highlights and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has an extremely thin mocha head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong smokey aromas to this beer, similar to a campfire. Lighter aromas of roasted malts and just a hint of brown sugar.

T: Upfront there a light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some honey and brown sugar sweetness. Then there are moderate flavors of smokiness with a hint of peat. Light notes of milk chocolate as well.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is really thick, it even seems thick when it is being poured. The alcohol is extremely well hidden in this beer, I would never have guessed that it is 10.8% ABV - it is much easier to drink than that. Enjoyable with the smokey flavors and aromas but not over the top or dominating.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a frothy and tan head rising half an inch above the beer. The head retreated to the edges of the glass and left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows some nice campfire like smoky flavors to it. I get some chocolate and brown sugar sweetness along with some coffee like roastedness coming through. Very rich, flavorful and complex aroma to it overall.

The taste has a very nice smokiness to it throughout the flavor. I get some brown sugar, dark chocolate and molasses to it that helps smooth out all the bitter, roasty, burnt and smoky flavors. Very nice smoky flavor to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Drinkability is good, I especially enjoyed the smokiness to it. Very flavorful and tasty beer overall and a very nice smoked beer in general.

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Fifteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 357 ratings.
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