Sixteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
168 Reviews

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by silentjay on 05-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger head with good retention and nice lacing. Dark brown.

S: Some caramel but mostly licorice for my nose.

T: Spicey with honey and complex malt character. Licorice and caramel notes.

M: Medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

O: This was my first Braggot. I really like this one. The licorice notes arent something I like to much but the beer was complex enough that these didnt distract me very much.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out as a deep dark brown color. The head is a light cream color that leave just a ring around the glass. There's some light lacing left after each sip. The smell is a little sweet but not overly strong. There is a good amount of honey on the nose and maybe some sweet malts. The taste is very good, it's rich with the honey flavors making this a very tasty treat. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and has a smooth velvety mouthfeel. Overall I really like this brew, it's much better than 15 in my opinion. Congrats to Weyerbacher on yet another year and thanks for this kickass brew!

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color. It poured with a three quarter finger high off white head consisting of large bubbles that gradually died down into a very large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits in the nose. Hints of alcohol become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits and hints of hone along with some associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to resemble a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with some additional notes of honey flavors. This beer hides its alcohol exceptionally well considering its strength.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reinforced honey sweetness and fuel for alcohol makes this rich and malty-forward beer, er... braggot a delightful blend of what's best about English Strong Ales and Honey Wines.

While pouring a dense amber color with brilliant clarity, this umbiguous ale develops a bubbling head of off white foam before eventually collapsing completely into the beer. Only vacant dots of foam linger on the glass and on the surface of the beer nearly mid way through the session. Sometimes the honey sweetness and alcohol content just breaks apart the head character- it just happens that way.

But the aromas are sublime- A full nose of molasses and sorghum, buckwheat, burnt caramel, and fruitcake give a glimpse into this complex and aromatic nose. Warming aromas of rum-soaked plumbs, grapes, apples, prunes, and grapes give plenty of estery complements to go along with the malt and honey sweetness. Low on hop aroma, the sheer variety of malt and esters carry the nose.

A seamless flavor of sweetness blur the lines of where malty richness ends and where the honey sweetness begins. Regardless, the flavor of this concoction isn't relegated to one dimensional sweetness. There's a plethera of flavors packed into this beer, and without the aid from hop flavor, spicy phenols, or balance. The allure of the beer relies in it's deeply caramelized toffee, molasses, sorghum, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Buttered toast, earthy buckwheat, tree bark, rummy alcohols, tawny port, sherry, and brandy all make their way into the rounded sweeter components of the beer. Variety of all the estery fruitness found in the nose manifest themselves in flavor as well- plumbs, grapes, and apples leading the way.

Succulent and richly sweet, the feel of this beery drink is mouth-coating with a film of syrupy alcohols and a cola-like friction. Never creamy, never dry, the beer depends on the reverence of Port-like seduction to appeal to the drinker so much that the drinkability is easily ignored. Well, this happens but only to a certain degree. Now that I'm half way through the glass after an hour in, I'm debating that point.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color capped by a modest tan head; a handful of dots lace the glass

Smell: Even after three years, the alcohol is still very present in the aroma, wafting upwards with dark fruit, banana and some spice cake tones

Taste: Rum-soaked dark fruit, up front, with banana and fig flavors dominant; treacle flavors build in the middle, but the finish is tannic and dry, despite the sweetness that lingers

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: I have been curious about this beer for a while, not only due to the style but I wanted to see how it aged; the flavors turned out to be layered and complex and the aging does this beer a good turn

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet honey notes offset by some caramel and light chocolate notes. Taste is a very nice mix between some sweet honey notes with some caramelized malt and light subtle chocolate. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and interesting experiment - a sipper for sure but still not overly sweet.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a black body with clear, ruby colored highlights showing through. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - A strong note of honey with some spicy cinnamon and clove notes as well as a hint of caramel.

T - Brown, malty notes of caramel and nutty toffee up front. Some thick honey comes out in the middle with notes of orange and licorice. Finishes out with a strong, mead-like honey character and lightly roasted malt flavors.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very interesting, I can honestly say that I have never had a beer quite like this one. The honey character is pronounced and seems to be augmented by the caramel and dark malt. Enjoyable and very drinkable despite its strength.

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Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Fades down, but leaves some lacing. Color is a dark amber hued brown.

Aroma: Very sweet. Bananas and honey. A lot of dark fruit flavors. Some nutty flavors and chocolate.

Taste: Sweet and cloying. Honey, chocolate, spices, coriander, and dark fruits. Plums and molasses. Bananas. Fairly malty.

Mouthfeel: Cloying with some heat. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, this was an okay braggot, but nothing special. Decent drinkability. Half bottle was fine enough for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in mid 2011. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with very good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some light foamy spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, honey, molasses, toast, herbal, cherry, caramel, earth, roast, clove, and peppery spiciness. Very nice and complex aroma with great balance. Taste of raisin, cherry, prune, honey, molasses, toast, caramel, herbal, biscuit, earth, clove, roast, and peppery spices. Earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, honey, toast, herbal, molasses, earth, clove, and peppery spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; and quite a bit on the intense side as well. No cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and slightly thick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming after the finish noticed. It was a bit hot and intense at first sip, but slowly sipping brings out a nice array of complex flavors. Overall this is an excellent braggot. Very complex and balanced flavor profile; and a nice one to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly over very dark coke brown color, a bit of lacing.

Nose brings quite a bit of honey right out front, like a nice mead, some light mead like spices, then some nutty malts, a bit of darker malts, dark crystal malts and a nutty almost nutmeg like aroma, some light musty aromas with hints of herbal hops, and a slight sweet caramel.

Taste starts a bit rich and creamy, smooth, a bit of darker malts with some crystal malts, caramel flavors, hints of porter like creamy roast and maybe the slightest hint of coffee, some creamy oats as well. Also lots of honey, loaded with a mead flavor with honey, sweet honey, dried honey, some light mead spices like elder flowers, and hints of musty but herbal earthy hops and a bit of bitterness. Finishes very dry, as a typical beer with honey should, more lingering honey flavors, mead flavors and spices with more elderberry or flower like flavors, hints of creamy dark porter malt flavors, and caramel. Some booze throughout, with some warming and very little tingly.

Mouth is med bodied but creamy, dry finish, with decent carbonation but lower than I expected for being so dry, and some warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad, a nice blend of a light creamy porter and dark brown ale with the nice honey and spices of mead flavors, blended fairly well, not very drinkable with the booze, mead and spices.

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Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich and interesting flavors keep the honey from taking over the show. Brewing with honey is a real challenge and I think Weyerbacher has done a nice job with this powerful example.

Very dark amber with gold edges in the wine glass. Rather coarse foam but a pleasing carbonation in the mouth. Nice scent of honey. While it tastes somewhat syrupy the mouthfeel is not sticky. It does have a hint of the medicated cough drop, but the hops give it a sharp edge and a long hoppy bitterness. Fruitiness like dates is still there in the aftertaste.

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

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

An interesting beer, and the first of this style I have tried as of the writing of this review. Poured into a snifter, dark cola brown, opaque (until I got near the end when light started peaking through), oily, with a thin beige head that receded to a glowing ring. Aroma of caramel malts, booze, and dark fruits. The taste starts out honey sweet, with dark dried fruits--plums, black cherries, raisins--licorice, alcohol, and popcorn; near the end, goes from spicy with hops, to bitter to very bitter, and finishes extremely dry. Full-bodied, and quite drinkable, but not for the weak of heart.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.54/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet-hued body with a scant, wispy, off-white head. Fine, sparse lace on the descent.

Smell: Earthy, fruity aroma of plum skins, cherry-flavored non-menthol cough drops, lightly burnt sugars, and a shot of Bärenjäger.

Taste: Sweet and gullet-warming on the very first sip with plum liqueur meeting black cherry cola and a gulp of simple syrup. Underlying spiciness, a dash of fresh herb. Smidgen of nuttiness and roast. The alcohol in this one is very present, stinging the tongue and throat. Drying on the finish with a hint of alcohol-soaked fruit skins.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Guh. Subtlety and gracefulness are, unfortunately, left behind in favor of hard-hitting, palate-numbing booziness. More bees, less booze, please.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but very dark amber in color with some brown and ruby red highlights as well as some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has three quarters of a finger of sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium amount of very thin film spread over the surface of the beer and a thin ring of large bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of honey with some lighter notes of toasted grains/malts, dark fruits, and just a touch of alcohol. Moderate amounts of sweetness in the aroma.

T: Moderate flavors of toasted and dark roasted malts with some sweeter grains and dark fruits (raisin and plum stand out). There is a fairly strong presence of honey contributing to the overall sweetness of the beer - very light notes of Belgian yeast spicy bitterness towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly smooth.

O: This has a flavor profile similar to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a touch of honey added to it...definitely an interesting brew and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden (though starts to become a little more present as it warms). Pretty drinkable for the strength of the brew,

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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 mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color that was somewhat hazy and cloudy. A nice head of white came up over the top and settled down into a thin veil that stayed on top throughout the session. The aroma was loaded with grains, nice light fruit notes, hints of honey and a light bit of alcohol. Nice sharp bite as I take my first taste, rich flavor here, more so then I have seen in the style before. Nice flavor of honey soaked oak that came across the tonge very quickly. Smooth, mellow carbonation really let the flavor explore the palate as light noted of fruit, peaches and nice touches of light grain and spice. Very intresting and very smooth with almost no hotness even with the very high alcohol in this one.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my cousin for sharing this with me -poured chilled form the 12oz brown bottle chilled into a Duvel Tulip.

The color is deep brown like coffee with reddish hues and translucent clairty. The head is smooth and medium tan which settles to a ring and atoll formation with tight bead. lace is not really existent and not expected for the style so overall a really inviting looking mead/beer hybrid. The smell is sweet yet midly toasted with some floral notes from the honey and gentle alcohol overall. It is not candy-like sweet just has a nice mild honey aroma with the malty accent of medium caramel malt. not overly strong aroma for the amount of alcohol contained within. The feel is decent with some fusel alcohol, but no bitterness and smooth malt in the background giving the honey some kind of anchor and not cloying, but the feel is full and seems to finish with some warming and drying of the palate.

The taste is good with a moderate amount of malt, more honey driven flavors which are slightly sweet and fruity with a hint of raisin perhaps from the yeast and malt combination and there is a mild alcohol flavor as it finishes which gives a more fruity taste than hot or bitter end which iis very pleasant it has some candy tinges, but mostly smooth malt and honey with a generally dry tail-end, but still has some residual sugars that linger on the palate. I enjoyed an anniversary beer from weyerbacher, braggot that doesn't seem to be style that gets much attention in the beer world. The dark end of the spectrum is a type in the style I haven't seen often either, yet it was satisfying and easy to drink for the strength-I consider this a good example of the style.

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Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Otter Creek glass. Dark brown in color with a frothy tan head rising an inch above the beer. The head faded some but left some great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a lot of sweetness and spice to it. I get the honey right off the bat, it's definitely one of the most honey forward aroma's I've encountered. I get a bready, cinnamon, slight clove like flavor to it as well.

The taste has the honey showing more up front along with some of the bready, cinnamon flavor. Towards the finish it gets pretty boozy with alcohol being the dominating flavor. It has a decent warming or hotness in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel leans more towards the heavy side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was an interesting beer, but not one I enjoyed that much, The spice and alcohol were a little overpowering in it. The honey flavor was sweet as expected, but pretty decent overall. interesting beer but not one I'd buy again probably.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to naugros and YaKnowBrady for the love!

Never come across a "dark braggot" before, but I'm definitely huckleberry enough to try one! Just my game... It pours a dark ruby-sienna topped by a finger or so of dark-ish dusty ecru foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, toffee, light raisin, light honey, clove, and brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mandarin orange syrup and a stronger sense of the wheat, leading to a bit of a bready sensation (sorta rye bread-like). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one that shows that innovation (even if it's only slight) is still alive and coming out with some fine finished products.

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

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer appears dark brown, with crimson highlights. The beer has approximately 1/4" of light, tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings an abundance of delicious honey, sweet malt, spice, and spice. The flavor offers sweet honey, malt, and spice, respectively. A really nice braggot. I could definitely drink a ton of this and walk around Renn Fest, pretending to be a knight. Alcohol is prevalent, but not overpowering. I would certainly have this again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. Bottled 4/14/11.

Appearance - Dark brown with some reddish notes. Medium off-white head that settles to some wispy foam nicely. Looks pretty good.

Smell - Honey and malt. Like an unfermented fresh malt syrup aroma. Some phenolic notes. Cloves and light banana.

Taste - Honey is strong. The malt is better incorporated, but it still tastes like a shot of malt syrup has been poured into this after fermentation. Sweet from the honey and malt. Caramel to the extreme. Earthy, though, which balances it nicely. Spicy finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and chewy, then immediately dry. The flavors drop off leaving a bitter off flavor that is rather unpleasant. The honey persists, though.

Overall - I don't drink a lot of braggots, but if they all finish like this, then I won't be drinking many more. Tough to review to style when I've only had a couple, but the off flavors in the dry finish aren't fun.

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to BA's smoked and wishuwerebeer for the hookup on a couple of recent Weyerbacher brews. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark cloudy brown with some lighter coloration around the edges. When held to the light, it displays more of a dark ruby color through the body. A finger of creamy tan head appears across the top and slowly recedes leaving some fingers and strings of lacework. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top. A light swirl revives a finger of dark tan head and produces more of a spotty pattern of lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew is sweet with a scent mostly dominated by honey. More whiffs reveal a deeper character of sweetness like caramel and toffee with a light fruity aspect. There is a light citrus aspect that evolves as it warms mixed with a bit of solvent alcohol inclusion.

The taste is a mixture of mineral aspects at first that gives way to some honey sweetness. Bold solvent alcohol makes itself known with a bit of a numbing quality about it. Some dark sugary flavors of brown sugar are evident through the middle along with an earthy to herbal inclusion towards the back. Some notes of raisin and musty grain are also present.

This is a full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but the 10.5% abv is really out in the open and a bit distracting with not only its solvent flavor but also bright warmth. Perhaps this is a brew that will get better with age, but as-is the awkward contrast of honey and musty to mineral filled aspects is not entirely enjoyable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Sixteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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