Sixteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by silentjay on 05-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 169
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It's pure fusel alcohol. Yes, there are hints of caramel and honey, but the alcohol nose is too overpowering. The taste is decent. It has a nice mix of honey and caramel; dry, yet sweet with maltiness. It goes down slow and warming with a dry honey laced finish. The alcohol warmth is overbearing. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting anniversary beer, but not one I'd revisit.

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Photo of oberon
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To my best recollection this is only the second braggot style ale I have had.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep ruby color with a thinner head atop,great rich color here.Like most Weyerbacher "big" beer it smells hot and alcoholic,big caramel sweetness in there as well.Whoo it was hot on the palate,a true sipper with some stone fruit and honey malt sweetness,again hot and sweet.Well for a nightcap it wasnt bad but its to sweet for me to drink much of it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Nearly 1,500 pounds of honey per batch ... “sweet sixteen,” no doubt. Thin tan lacing dresses the top of the dark, inviting brew. Booze-soaked blackberries and cherries, nougat, vinous twang and faint mint show off a pretty complex aroma. Malty with a solid edge of honey. Modest hopping lets the peppery alcohol take a stab at balancing the sweetness. Brown bread, golden raisins and hermit cookies come to mind. Sweet finish, but nothing cloying about it as the taste buds try to break down the complex alcohols. Sip and savor ... let this ale warm up to cellar temperature, and it becomes a treat.

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Photo of steelerguy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with ruby accent. Smallish head on the pour that fades quickly to a covering. Moderate carbonation.

S - Lots of dark malt, ripe fruit, dark cherry with a hint of spice.

T - Intense malt, lots of dark crystal malts, that honey does not come across too sweet and fermented out very well. This is like a Dark Belgian Strong Ale on steroids. Unfortunately, what could have damn near perfect turned slightly boozy at the end...but that is a small knock on the overall flavor.

M - Smooth body, still some sugars in there that could not be broken down, carbonation and alcohol help to help to clean the heaviness up at the end to make it surprisingly drinkable.

O - Damn good braggot, a style I don't drink much of, but absolutely a winner of a braggot. Thought it may be cloyingly sweet, but not at all, and the complex malts make it a winner.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown color with a thin tan head.
Nice aroma. Caramel, dark fruit, honey. Can detect the alcohol.
Caramel taste, dark fruit. Honey there, but the taste isn't that sweet. Alcohol noticeable.
This was a fairly nice beer. I thought it was a bit on the hot side.
I haven't had many braggots, but my benchmark is Portsmouth Brewery's Killer Bee.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared at bu11zeye’s 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the honey and spices, with some caramel malt thrown in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of sweet honey and assorted spices, as well as some caramel malt, a hint of leather and quite a bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Bottled on April 21, 2011. Best by 2015? Can I really age my other bottle that long?

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown with thin bubbly head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma with honey, dark fruit and cherry.

Taste: Very sweet, dripping with honey and dark fruit. Light Belgian yeast character (not sure if there is Belgian yeast or not), with mild spicy hops at the finish. As it warms, it becomes more dry overall. Based on my inexperience with Braggots, I am not very good at describing this, but I like it.

Feel: While the body is fairly full the honey does keep it lighter than expected for the abv. Low carbonation. Despite the sweet flavor, it dries up considerably for the finish.

Overall: This is only the second Braggot I have had, and the first since I began reviewing. That said, I really did enjoy this a lot. Happy anniversary Weyerbacher!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown hue with a light beige tan head, with fine even lacing coated to all sides of my DFH chalice. Aroma has nice dark roasted malts hints of fruit and raisin with a deep alcohol nose, and sweet herbal honey tones. Flavor warming mix of dark fruits, plum/raisins, booze, and sweet honey a bit of cola ridden booziness going on. Mouthfeel is thin bodied I was expecting residual sugars, but this is surprising clean and a bit warming and dry. Overall experience isn't bad compared to most of the bigger beers from Weyerbacher's Anniversary experience, usually much more oppressive toward the palate.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy brownish-copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with hints of toasted and roasted malts. Also present are dry honey notes and lighter amounts of raisins and dates.

Tastes less complex than it smells. Mildly dry caramel malts with hints of roastiness up front are joined quickly by large amounts of dry honey. Midway through hints of boozy raisins come into play before being pushed aside by leafy hops that fade out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I’ve had a few braggots now, but none with such a high ABV. I think the booziness takes away from the nuance brought on by the honey and this beer could benefit from some tweaking toward the lower ABV end of things.

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Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown/red with a one finger tan head on top with moderate retention. Small bubble carbonation release from the bottom. Very different looking than the other braggot I have had. Reminds me of a brown ale.

S: A little bit of honey, some dark malt and a decent amount of dark fruits - raisins, prunes, and a little bit of cherry even.

T: Quite malty, with some dough and bread with a good bit of honey sweetness. The dark fruit comes through, not as much as the aroma, but certainly still present with some fig and raisin.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, but extremely dry.

O: Extremely different than the other commercial braggot I had. Not sure which is more to style, but I preferred the other. Its also quite different than some homebrew braggots I have had. The flavor is just a bit out there. Not bad, but not really what I am looking for.

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Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Mostly like a really dark amber with good, mildly mocha-colored lacing.

Smell: Honey all over the place, but it never becomes overly bouquet-like (and if it does, it becomes a good sense of sentimentality) or cloying to the nose. Some dark fruits makes their way in also, along with a bit of char and burn, which seems to lessen the sweetness.

Taste: A mouthful of bees? Eating a honeycomb? Not so much, but it seems to me, as not an expect, that the honey used here is top notch. Of course I may be wrong, but what makes me think this mostly is the extremely long finish, which is also what I remember when I brewed my first beer with honey. There are, also, some good spices here. I can't pick all of them out, but they're present, welcoming, and not so complex that they're taking away from what I think is the point of the brew. There's a long bouquet, and again, the flowers are extremely present, which makes sense, considering what bees do, minus the sting.

Mouthfeel: Keeps it non-cloying with the honey and alcohol content, which is what you should probably believe is a good thing considering all of the factors. Carbonation's pretty smooth and at-the-last-second swallow prickly, slightly, in a good way.

Drinkability: Another top notch brew from Weyerbacher. I know I'm not the only one who looks forward to the anniversary releases, and this was no different. A long sipper on the porch in summer is the way to go with this. Enough balance from the hops and char to not make it too sweet, but the honey almost reaches otherwordly qualities on the taste buds -- not quite transcendent, but it's close.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a lovely braggot. Pours dark brown like a Belgian strong. Lovely spider lacing. The spices mainly nutmeg supersede the honey aroma. Above average mouthfeel. A fine creation,good balance, and "only" 10.5% abv for this braggot, which aids drinkability. Also cinnamon, a drop of ginger, and drop of turmeric. worth seeking out as a good representative of the style.

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Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Generous two finger head that recedes into one, tan. Nice lacing.

Smell has a bit of tang, some malt. Hard to smell-- the room is full of air freshener.

Taste follows the nose-- surprisingly tart, makes sense for a braggot. Tangy and a bit metallic though. Decent maltiness though. Not my thing, and a bit underwhelming. ABV is unnoticeable. More complex, but also more metallic as it warms.

Carbonation is understated, but decent for the style.

Decent, but I don't know what I was expecting from a braggot. Not my style.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The honey comes right out in the aroma with an array of spices and dark bready malts. Smells good, can't wait to taste it.

T- The taste is bready with dark fruits up front. A honey-like sweetness fills the palate next along with some spices. The finish has some warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Sixteen was an interesting beer. I do not have a whole lot of experience with braggot ales so this was a nice change of pace from the regular styles I am used to drinking.

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Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of plfahey
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep brownish-black with ruby highlights-close to opaque but appears mostly clear. Moderately large coffee cream colored head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Bright honey aromatics-floral, flower nectar, lemon, orange, and sweet honeycomb. Malt has some bread and caramel character to it-smells like fresh baked sourdough with honey drizzled over it. Slight whiff of alcohol is barely perceptible.

Flavor-Bready malt and sweet honey come through immediately, though the honey lacks the fruity/citrus/floral fermentation character that came through in the nose. The finish is not exceptionally dry, but almost surprisingly dry for how sweet the beverage begins. Finishes with some roselike alcohols and toasty/bready malt flavors. The aftertaste is notably devoid of much honey flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium full on the palate, with very low carbonation. Smooth and with only a trace of alcohol warmth.

Very tasty and great aromatics, but I can't drink too much of this one-it's just too much of that sweet honey flavor/aroma. Fortunately the finish is pretty dry, otherwise this would be cloying and impossible to drink. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden, but I find that that's often the case when honey is used as a fermentable. All in all a good beverage.

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Photo of dbossman
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a steady one-inch foamy head; this beer is dark and gorgeous; lacing is intricate and delicate looking

S: What a complex bouquet of aromas: nutty and dark fruits: cherry, orange, plums with definite honey and roasted chocolate; my god, this smells sweet and boozy and fruity and awesome

T: So much intense flavors up front; a barrage of nuts and honey and dark fruits and alcohol and roasted malts; it fades a tad but still packs such a flavorful punch; God, this is good--almost like a quad with honey

F: Medium body but perhaps on the thin side but enough beer sticks to the roof of the mouth

O: this is one awesome dark braggot; it is so complex and boozy and yet drinkable; really it is up there as one of Weyerbacher's bests

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The TWElve oz. poured into a snifta. Dark deep brown with some red hues w/ compliments of a nice sexy cream tan head. Long ass legs present, but expected from that skyscraping abv. Smells so sweet, honey, sweet caramel malts, milk chocolate scents as well. Uhghghghhh so goood!

Taste follows the nose, the 10.5% abv hides really well behind the curtain of sweet malts & honey. Really fucking smooth with toasted tones to it, could literally drink this big beer all day, or until my nervous system allows.

Thicker mouthfeel meshes well with the moderate carbonation & toasty malts. This is an awesome intro to braggot ales! Will be seeking more of this style out.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Sixteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 328 ratings