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November | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by mrmiles:
Photo of mrmiles
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 acurtis
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher November - 7.7% ABV - 46 IBU - 22 SRM - 12oz Bottle

Pours a dark brown with creamy sticky head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is coffee and malt with some toffee. Taste is smooth clean coffee, carmel, oats and malt. The coffee flavor becomes more prominent as the beer warms. This is as good as any coffee infused beer I've tasted, its not harsh or bitter. Superb mouthfeel and very drinkable. Really enjoyable brown ale, or as Weyerbacher calls it, "Imperial Breakfast Brown Ale". Only 60 cases bottled.

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Photo of Varkias41
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of mikey711
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, almost maroon and pours a tan colored head that is very fluffy and holds nicely.

S: Bitter chocolate and mocha. Some caramel and maybe a touch of toffee

T: Bitter chocolate followed by some roasted flavor. good amount of coffee. the chocolate start to get sweeter the more i got trought the be.

M: It has a nice creamy feel but could use a bit more body

D: Pretty quaffable and one i would be happy to have again

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Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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 mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Axic10
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Thanksgiving Beer! Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours deep dark brown with a finger of fluffy, slightly off white head that lingers around for awhile.

Smell: Roasted coffee at first whiff followed by some roasted malt and notes of chocolate. Nice aroma.

Taste: Iced coffee, smooth creamy chocolate, some roasted/burnt malt followed by some caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: I liked this, but not as much as Coffee Bender, which is my holy grail of coffee brown ales. I wouldn't complain if Weyerbacher decided to make this a year round or a seasonal beer. I'm a sucker for coffee in my beer!

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of DaveHS
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a ruby/amber with 1/2 inch of foamy head that reduces slowly, leaving thick lacing.

S-Caramel malts, roasty, smoky aromas, cocoa dust.

T/M-Pretty straightforward brown ale, no surprises here. Not all that sweet, some grassy hops in the back end. Boring, but an adequate example of the style.


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Photo of wampahoofus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours dark brown, almost black, with a think brown head with good lacing. Looks a bit like a stout.

There is a bit of a smoke in the smell.

There is a lot of flavor here. The malt is deep and smoky. The coffee comes through strong with nutty bitterness. A little bit of chocolate highlights hanging in the background.

The beer has a thick smooth feel. The coffee lingers on the palette with a bit of caramel.

This beer goes down smoothly. It is a nice winter brown ale. A beer with a strong malty backbone is great for dark winter nights!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 randomdanger
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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 brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of modernartblues
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 leakyfaucet12
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 yeahnatenelson
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
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 aglose45
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with a ruby hue, and has tan colored head, with spotty retention. Nice lacing.

S: The nose is full of fresh brewed coffee mostly, but there are some roasted malts, and maybe even some chocolate malt scent.

T: The coffee flavor is very smooth. There is a hint of bitterness from the coffee, and also some hop bitterness. Mid-palate there is some roastiness and very mild sweetness. The beer finishes with some more bitterness, both coffee and hops.

M: Light to medium bodied, mild carbonation, and a bit watery on the mouthfeel.

D: This is a smooth coffee influenced beer. Some coffee beers are too harsh, but this one has the right level of coffee flavor.

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Photo of haazer
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a few of these from the brewery a few weeks back in a mixed case. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours an opaque, dark almond beer with ruby highlights on the edges. Forms a very thick, bubbly beige head. Good retention at that, not much lacing.

S- No big suprise here, coffee. Roasty aroma's, including coffee bean's and vanilla. Maybe its just me but I pick up a hint of marshmallows in this beer.

T- Suprise, coffee! If you drink this cold its very much like an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts or the like. Warming brings out more roasted flavors. Hops appear at the finish, and blends in perfectly with the coffee grind aftertaste to leave a little bit of warming.

M- Feels like drinking a coffee, with a drying aftertaste. Starts out very smooth upfront and transitions into that dry bitterness. Body is a little lighter than I'd like it to be though.

D- I would drink this all the time. Taste more like coffee in my opinion than Founders BS. I'm sure there is more pronounced coffee beers out there, but I have really enjoyed this.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
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 321jeff
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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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November from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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