November | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by xnicknj on 11-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma features a ton of chocolate and coffee notes, as well as some toasted malt and a bit of toffee. The flavor is similar. I get some caramel malt and coffee up front, as well as some very dry, almost bitter dark chocolate notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a murky brownish red color with a pretty solid tannish colored head. Head is fizzy, has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is pretty tame. Picking up chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and herbal hops.

T- Coffee bitterness is here, but nothing over the top. Almost like a bakers chocolate, charcoal and bready malts. Very little hops I can pick up.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was a bit on the higher side.

O- Nothing terrible or great either.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

caramel color brown with just enough light getting through to give it a sort of off reddish tint. The smallish tan head quickly faded and left behind only traces of itself. The aroma itself was lightly smoked almost, full of roasted malts and a touch of caramel. The flavor was light bodied but nicely roasted with a touch of a bittering finish and a flavor full of earthy grain like tones. A nice subtle bread like base was quaintly masked underneath. Overall this was a decent brown ale. It was nothing spectacular, but I do not think it was designed to be, but rather it was a very nice interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears light brown with an off white head that leaves some random spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings coffee and roast. The flavor is straightforward and fairly one dimensional, with coffee playing the lead role. Some light smoke adds a nice touch. Overall, a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Michael for sharing this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear brown color with a small white head and some sparse lacing on the way down. The nose brings roasted malt as well as a bit of coffee. The flavor doesn't stray too far, offering a good amount of the included coffee as well as some roasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate in the background. Medium body with average carbonation and a slightly-dry finish. Pretty good coffee brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

November was a pretty nice looking brew. The color was a rich looking brown, quite dark actually. The head was a tan color that lasted for a good amount of time. The aroma was pretty much just straight coffee, there really wasn't much else coming out of this one for me... Perhaps just a very light aroma of hops, but that's about all. The taste was like a chilled roasted coffee with some nuts blended into it. The flavors were good and rather fitting for the time of year. Not a bad brew at all. Glad I had it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: Pours an appropriately dark brown color with a finger and a half of tan head.

S: I can certainly tell this is a coffee beer right away. Lots of coffee aroma without much else. Some earthy notes which could be the coffee or some hops. Just a mild sweetness to the nose.

T: Mostly coffee in terms of the flavor, as well. There is a bit of a coffee grounds type of flavor to this beer. Again, only a mild to moderate sweetness with some molasses and bread being the malt flavors.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: The coffee flavor wasn't all that impressive in this beer, though it was certainly the dominant flavor component.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a hazy brown with amber and orange edges. Leaves lots of creamy lacing.

S. Lots of good coffee smell, but it overpowers the comparably weak brown ale. The coffee hits up front and then there's nothing.

T. Roasted bitterness with coffee (not as much as the nose) with some odd sweetness that doesn't quite match.

M. Thin with some bright carbonation.

D. Thin and not terribly interesting. It's ok, but I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with a lot of off-white head. Tons of lacing and well carbonated. Smells strongly of coffee. Tons of roast surprised me based on the colour. Tastes less coffee strong than it smells. A nice thick feel but it's abit disconnected from the taste etc. The coffee imparts some extra bitterness that clashes. Overall fairly drinkable

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a slightly hazy rusty red with two fingers of creamy beige head. Lots of pinpoint lace. Surprisingly handsome. A bit 'light', but otherwise nice!

Smell -- Whoa, coffee! Lots and lots of coffee, vanilla, cocoa, and toasted/red malt. Also sweet, reminiscent of a mocha milkshake.

Taste -- Oh my. Intense acrid coffee flavor paired with vanilla ice cream sweetness, toasted malt, and earthy hops. Lingering flavor of vanilla-flavored coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with quite mild carbonation. with the voluminous head and the smooth body you'd almost swear this was a nitro-bottle. Very interesting.

Drinkability -- This beer had a lot going for it, but man, too much unbridled coffee flavor. I can only assume this is what Autocrat syrup tastes like.

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Photo of ToddT
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown liquid with a large tan head. Head fades slowly ton leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, tobacco, and toffee.

T- Roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, semi sweet dark chocolate, and a little hint of hops at the finish. Finish id dry and linger with a bitter final note of coffee, hops, and some notes of wood char.

M- Smooth and creamy, but it needs a little more here, body is more than medium but not quite full bodied. Well carbonated but not overly distracting from the style of the beer.

D- Going down pretty easy, but I don't think I could do more than one of two of these, the heavy roast on the coffee flavor takes away from the drinkability somewhat. The 7.7% ABV is not readily apparent in the taste; however you start to feel it quickly.

Not bad. With a couple of tweaks, less roast on the coffee, lower carbonation, and a more creamy feel in the mouth, and this could be exceptional.

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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Mikro: This one poured an opaque, mahogany brown color. There was about a finger of a tan head that was a little bit frothy. It left some lacing. It has a nice nose. Coffee and roastiness were the most dominant. Perhaps a bit of caramel malt trying to get through. It has an interesting taste. Lots of coffee flavor, with some roastiness. There is a touch of bitterness. Nice!

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Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- This is pretty dissapointing the head that I definately agitated lasted barely anytime at all and the body almost looks like a cola.

s- The smell was delicious. The coffee blended well with the yeasts and bread smells.

t- Coffee is really really strong in this one. The beer flavor and the coffee seem to be seperate for me not blended well together

m- alot of carbonation for a coffee beer. I dont know if this is supposed to be like this but I like it. I think they did a good job making it almost a spicy carbonation.

d/o- I love beer and coffee combinations but for me this one was a little light. I dont know if I was so used to stouts being with coffee that this threw me off. Overall I would drink this beer at a bar but I wouldnt go out of my way to trade for it.

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Photo of Spider889
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Live review.

Big thanks to msulinski for this extra added to our deal. Not sure if he intentionally picked this for me, but I love coffee beers so I was really excited to see what this was.

I really like the appearance, poured really dark mahogany that looks almost black in the wider parts of my Duvel tulip. A one finger head of fine bubbles, a lighter caramel color. I get spindly rings of lace, which is quite good in this glass. A wide wring of foam rings the edge of the beer the whole time with visible bubbles emanating from the laser etching at the bottom center of the glass. The beer is very opaque, no light is getting through unless you look up through the top of the beer at an angle. I can tell though, that in a smaller glass this beer would be a clear dark coffee brown color.

At first the smell was a mild but smooth roasted coffee aroma. As it warmed I started getting sweeter, earthy hop notes and much less coffee. Mild molasses notes at the end mingle with well-worn leather and sweet pipe tobacco. I also began getting faint tart strawberries and sour cherry aromatics towards the end of my glass.

The flavor is bold on coffee, but bolder on hops (for the style of beer). Well roasted coffee beans, borderline burnt. I liked the flavor of the beans - it was heavy and powerful, but the near-burnt flavor lent a very strong dry bitterness to the beer which was unpleasant. There's also a ton of hop bitterness in this beer that I found in opposition to the coffee flavors.

Was the flavor bad? No. But the bitterness grew tiring, and it leads to the mouthfeel, which did in fact grow very tiring.

I have to dock the mouthfeel for the immense bitter dryness of this beer. It drinks very smoothly despite the high carbonation. But the dryness is quite potent. It's almost as if the beer were aged in freshly hewn white oak for a very long period of time. If this were true, I'd likely be less harsh on this aspect of the score, but the bottle tells no tale of wood. More likely, however, the dryness comes from a ton of bitter dry-hopping and over-roasted coffee.

Drinkability suffers due to the aforementioned bitterness and dry mouthfeel, plus the fact that this will likely never be brewed again. One bottle was a wonderful treat, but I don't think I could push through a second bottle in a sitting if offered.

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Photo of modernartblues
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed From Notes

Served in a Pint Glass at Mikro

A: brown turning to black body with 1/2 inch head, very standard looking

N: mainly a smooth note of coffee with some light mocha flavor, had this next to a BBC coffee house porter and this was much smoother and didn't have the burnt taste that some coffee brews showcase

T: still with the coffee, but also some substantial bitterness, which leads me to believe this beer was also hopped well, notes of citrus mix with the coffee, I like this one.

M: medium bodied with low to adequate carbonation

D: kinda scary, didn't realize this one was 7.7% until the next morning....

no alcohol taste + coffee + hops = :)

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Photo of domtronzero
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear dark brown with ruby edges. Big, fluffy, long lasting off white head. Lacing left throughout.

S - Sweet caramelly malts and a slight dark roasted malt aroma. Subtle coffee notes.

F/M - Dry, roasty, dark malts. Subtle coffee flavors with a medium earthy hop character. Moderately firm bitterness, with a dry, astringent finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little prickly on the tongue. Lingering sweet caramel malt flavor.

D - Ok, but the dry, astringent finish is quite distracting and unpleasant. It really takes away from an otherwise solid brew.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark brown liquid with red edges. tons of creamy full caramel brown head with a light lacing on the side of the glass.

S-the nose is very roasted. roasted malts, burnt bitter coffee, and a rather assertive oily hop aroma in the back.

T-the roasted malt and burnt coffee really dominate and leave a strong coffee bitterness flavor that lingers a while. the hop presence is also still assertive and rather different but enjoyable.

M-the body is medium to light in weight with a creamy feel to it. it is slick on the back of the throat and highly carbonated with just a touch of driness in the finish.

D-this is overly bitter and burnt but the hop presence does its best to salvage and create a unique beer. not bad, but couldn't drink more than one.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip. Sampled on 12/1/10. $4.40 for the single.

A: The light brown head is light and airy and rises to 3 fingers with a slow collapse. The body is medium dark ruby-brown. Opaque except when held to light, at which point November's remarkable clarity is revealed. Despite the thick collar that lasts until the beer's end, lacing is spare.

S: Heavily malted with an ENORMOUS roasted coffee aroma. Faint notes of chocolate manage to come through. Big yeasty notes of leather and earth. Slightly one dimensional in the aroma department.

T: Do you drink coffee all day long? Do you drink coffee every day of the week? Do you like your coffee bold flavored? Deeply roasted? Do you take your coffee black? If none this applies to you, then I sincerely doubt that you will appreciate this beer. On any level. For me, this is the best coffee beer I've had to date, with far and away the most coffee dominating aroma and taste I've ever come across. It's more like a cold-served coffee beverage with carbonation than it is a beer. And for whatever reason, I am really digging this right now.

M: Phenomenal. The mouthfeel earns a '5' easily. The duration of flavor can not be extended any longer. The body is full; the texture is so thick and creamy. The soft carbonation is lightly fizzy and perfectly compliments the flavor profile of the beer.

D: As far as beer goes, the drinkability is not off the charts, but it is very good. If I could only replace this beer with the coffee I drink at work...

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Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Kern River Brewing pint glass on 1/8/11

November pours a nice chestnut brown that had ruby highlights when held up to light. It was capped with a nice big off white fluffy foam that didn't seem to want to budge. There was a layer of lacing down the entire glass. The aroma is a mix of earthy malts and sweet coffee and cream. Taste follows the aroma, you're first hit with some nice roasted coffee, vanilla and cream, finishing out with a roasted burnt coffee bitterness. Light carbonation fits with the medium body. The ABV isn't noticeable at all and makes it very easy to drink. Overall a very nice tasting beer. I'm glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great bottle from Kiel.

Pours deep brown with very little light passing through, which shows slight ruby tones. The head is huge and creamy, bigger than I was expecting and yielded excellent lacing.

The aroma is fantastic, but that's coming from an admitted coffee beer lover. It's really all about the coffee in the nose, heavily roasted coffee. There are some nutty notes and hints of chocolate.

The taste is almost too much coffee for even me. It's extremely bitter, and tastes more like spent grains than freshly ground coffee. There's not much else in the taste outside of some mild malts in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very bitter, good carbonation, and very smooth.

I think I like this beer more than I should due to my love of coffee beers. I've rarely had one I didn't like, and I certainly like this one. That said, you better like coffee or this might be a little much for you.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights... and holy head Batman! What I would call a moderate pour overflows my pint glass with mocha colored head. As it fades, it leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of earthy and nutty coffee. Aroma is pretty mild, not a whole lot going on here.

Taste follows the aroma, earthy coffee and some chocolate. There's also a bit of fruity sweetness in the background that seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel is thin with lots of prickly carbonation. It's going down pretty easy, and the 7.7% alcohol is not evident at all. I enjoy coffee and brown ales, so this one is right up my alley.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer is brown and clear with a thin head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty roasty, lots of oxidized carbon in the nose, smells decent.

Beer is overwhelmingly coffee flavored. It's like getting hit in the mouth with a coffee flavored bat over and over again, this is fun...not really. Beer is moderate to thin in body, the back 2/3 of this beer is so roasty, so coffee, so strong that I start to taste it as tobacco for a moment, then I return to think that it's all about the coffee. This was billed on the menu as being a "Imperial Breakfast Brown" so in this case I guess "imperial" means more coffee than you can handle. Drink this asshole, it tastes like coffee extract. Thanks. I won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to msulinski & stormking47 for bottles of the latest Weyerbacher experiment. I've collected almost the whole set & enjoyed just about every moment. One more down the hatch.

Pours deep ruddy brown. Even cold, there's coffee coming off of the surface like bean bombs.

November is a classic coffee beer, malts & coffee doing the tango in perfect time. Chocolate is taking the edge of the bite, but the bitterness, flowering out of the coffee or a hop addition, remains at a good level. Sweet & dry on the finish, & strangely, the aftertaste is heavy on the malts, very light on the roast/char/coffee. For a coffee beer, this gets good marks for drinkability.

Good brew in the style. I have trouble stomaching coffee beers with no beer - you know, the ones that're like swigging Folgers out of a cold paper cup. This has a nice beer underneath it, & that makes a big difference.

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Photo of mrmiles
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of msulinki poured into a stone pint glass.

A: Color is a medium brown with a slight tinge or red when held to light. Very thin head layer with minimal retention, minimal lacing.

S: Smell is mostly malt, coffee and some very mild fig notes which is about all I pick up.

T: More flavorful than expected given the smell. The fig presence is there on the front end, briefly. Followed by tobacco and coffee. Surprisingly light malt backbone. Coffee aftertaste lingers for some time but is not overpowering.

M: Medium viscosity and small light bubbling. Quite smooth.

D: Easy to drink, not a sipper. A beer I could easily drink several of in one sitting. But that abv would catch up as it always does.

Overall I really like this beer. While not my top style, this is certainly one of the better brown ales I've had. I would certainly enjoy this again. In fact, I think I will right now. Thanks for the extra bottles Marc.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint for $4 at Liberty St Tavern. You know I thought this was a tasty beer, but not rich or complex enough for the strength. The mild fruity malt and dry cocoa and light coffee notes were delicious, but it had the flavor and feel of a sub-6% beer. If they could cram this all into a session-strength beer, I'd be in love. As is it's still totally worth a pint or two.

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