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Sixteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 325
Photo of shand
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was rooting around in the fridge, looking for something to drink, and this guy caught my eye. He's been back there for probably over a year at this point, might as well drink him. Weyerbacher Sixteen pours a brown color capped by a finger of head that quickly drops. The aroma is primarily of honey and dark malts, with dark fruits and a bit of booziness. The taste is, again, strong on honey. The dark fruits come through here, along with a more toasted malt character and some spices on the finish. The late finish brings the honey through again, along with a Belgian sugar-esque aspect. The mouthfeel seems a bit light, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a fun beer to try, Weyerbacher went and did something unique for their sixteenth anniversary.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ha! Braggot. Had no idea what I was buying when I picked this one up. I salute Weyerbacher's gumption.

How the heck do you even review a braggot? Guess you just kind of have to go on taste. This is smooth with honey tones clear and evident (as it should be). Malts are slightly thick with a mild spiced tone to it. This is pretty easy drinking. The alcohol would probably be getting to me if I hadn't already had a few. Unfortunately, it is a bit present on the flavor profile, which does detract.

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Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks bvdubn.

A: Pours a brownish-black with a small cream-colored head.

S: Pleasant aroma of honey and soft bread, melted caramel and raw sugarcane.

S: Whole wheat bread, more bald honey, a bit of drying alcohol, cocoa, vinous notes.

M: Medium to thick-bodied. Light carbonation lends a thicker feel to it.

O: I definitely liked this. I was expecting something sweeter and richer from the reviews, but it still worked.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a deep ruby color with a small thin tan head. The head fades very rapidly leaving a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is sweet and boozy. Aromas of dark fruits are mixed with brown sugar and honey as well as a spicy aroma. The sweet aromas are accompanied by a big boozy smell that creates a warming tingle in the nose.

Taste – The taste begins strong and sweeter. Honey mixed with a nice bready malt flavor meet the tongue. Spice flavors and herbs start to then work their way into the flavor profile along with a good hint of alcohol booziness. As the taste goes on the booziness intensifies and begins drowning out the honey and herb. Toward the end, when the alcohol taste is strong, it is met with some darker fruit flavors of raisin and prune and a roasted malt flavor, which when mixed with the spice leave arum soaked raisin flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick with a carbonation level is slightly below average. For the sweet and boozy flavors the thick body accentuates the sweet and warming feel with the carbonation level being just right to complement the body.

Overall – A good brew overall. While it may be a little too strong on the alcohol flavors it is well worth a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


A: Pours black with two fingers of beige head. Pretty good retention and nice sheets of lace.

S: Dark fruit (raisin, blackcurrant) melds well with honey and spice (cinnamon), as if it were barrel aged. Pretty good.

T: Tastes like some sort of unholy Belgian quad: kind of a dull, fruity malt with some honey added but no sweetness. There's some off flavor there, like earth or dirt.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. A little sticky on the lips.

O: Pretty mediocre. Not one of the better braggots I've had; I would pass on this again.

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Photo of yamar68
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper brown with a few fingers of light brown dense head.

Rich, boozy caramel... honeysuckle notes, caramelized table sugar and simple syrup, dark malts.

Very dense and complex yet light on the tongue. No real discernible booze but plenty of toffee/sugary rich bits. A dessert beer for sure.

Tasty... one and done.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mahogany tone while yielding a 1" beige head that fades somewhat quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass. some patchy lacing. malt-forward nose offers notes of fruit, roasted malt, and honey.

flavor comes through with caramel malt, some roastiness, and honey. big honey presence strong throughout, easily the most honey i've ever picked up in a beer. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, it's a good braggot, as far as braggots go... in my limited experience with braggots i'm seeing that i'm not especially fond of them. still, it's a decent brew... won't seek it out again but wouldn't refuse one, either.

(originally reviewed: 12-20-2011)

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark ruby with a bit tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet honey with some Belgian yeast spice and a hint of bready malt. The honey aroma is fantastic, just like a mead.

Tastes of sweet honey mixed with caramel malt that goes into a more bitter, astringent middle before finishing on a figgy, dark fruit note mixed with honey...like a spiced, honey strong Belgian dark. Has a lingering honey flavor that mixes with the Belgian characteristics.

Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Alcohol is quite present.

I'm pretty impressed with this Braggot given that I'm usually not too into the style. This is like a honey forward Belgian brew, which actually works.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Brown/ruby when pouring, black in the glass with a one finger head.

S-Lots of honey and boat loads of herbs, some roasted malt.

T-Honey, herbs, slight bitterness, balance is quite there as sweetness dominates. Improves as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-A very interesting beer, first I've had of the style. Not sure if I'd seek out others.

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Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Translucent dark red color. Collared. Good head retention and some lacing.

Sweet. Honey and cola. Cherry?

Dear damn, can say the same about the taste and the smell. Different. Some spice perhaps. Drinks easier than 10.5%abv

Very full mouthfeel.ow but adequate carbonation.

First foray into braggots, not bad! Would like to try other within the style to compare. Try to get your hands on this to change it up a little.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted alongside the oak aged version. Stood up quite well, although I preferred the oak.

Deep chestnut brown, nearly opaque.

Smells of brown sugar/molasses, malty, and alcohol is detectable in the nose. Not in an off-putting way though.

Taste instantly made me think of honey, appropriately. Candi sugar, plums are there too. Slightly tart at the end. AND bread! Finally, I have detected breadiness! Maybe now I'll know for future beers.

Appropriate carbonation, but mouthfeel is a little thin for my tastes. This is made up for in the oak version.

My first braggot. Thank you Weyerbacher for introducing me to this style. I wish I could say it is a beautiful representation of a braggot, but since I haven't had others...
Either way, kudos!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 herman77
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber/brown with a bubbly khaki head. Decent retention and nice spotty lacing.

S: Sweet malts, honey, rasins and molasses. It has an odd metallic like smell in the background, not sure why or where that is coming from. The more I smell it the more I think its actually the alcohol

T: Sweet, but not overly sweet, but its getting to that point. Lots of honey mixed with sweet, bready malts. Raisins and plums come up near the finish.

M: Medium to fuller body. Lower carbonation. Nice and smooth feel to it.

O: It's well done for sure. Not the best drinkability and the abv is hidden pretty well.

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4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really didn't know what to expect from this brew or this style in general. I have had other braggots but have not been impressed by any that come to mind. I will not forget this one.

Pours with a deep very dark brown body that is almost black. Head is a biscuity brown foamy cream that fades in just a couple of minutes.

Nose is full of complex sweet malty goodness. Honey, short bread and sugar cookies come quickly to mind. A soft hint of spice is also noticeable. Very attractive nose.

With first sip you imediatly see how well the honey plays in the flavor profile of this beer. The mead feel really comes through nicely. So often this style is to thick, and while this one thick it is very well balanced. The body had a consistant sweetness with a bready, slightly spicy backbone.

Mouthfeel is rich and zesty. I could drink this brew quite often. I wish I had picked up more.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-18-12

Appearance: a cloudy, dark brown color that lightens around the edges. Almost no head, with only a few bubbles that stick in one place.

Smell: all sweet malt, lots of alcohol, and lots of mead-like honey character. There's some hops at the very end, balancing out the sweetness a bit.

Taste: much more even than I expected, with earthy malt flavors right up front. The booze comes in next, followed by a sweet hit of honey. Very warm, with a little hop bitterness on the finish. Spicy and hot, but very well made and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: very nice, not too thick or thin, allows the different flavors to work together.

Overall: Better than I expected and definitely worth picking up.

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

My first braggot and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I’ve had other beers that use honey but none that have made it so much the central ingredient and flavor. Certainly none in memory have made the honey flavor as delicious.

Sixteen pours nearly clear, maple syrup-colored, with a small head that sinks down pretty quickly. Strong lacing up and down the glass.

Lots of honey in the nose, as well as caramel and toffee, continuing in the taste. Full-flavored honey with touches of spice and dark fruits, plums, brown sugar, toffee. Sweet and delicious. Alcohol has mellowed a bit and remains in the background; very little burn at all. Full-bodied, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation. Really tasty.

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Photo of muskiesman
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into tulip

An enticing dark plum molasses coloration. Barely a finger of fine cream bubbles but leave excellent lacework

Ripe fruits and faint grain. The nose is tickled by booze and cherries. Smells like a sweet syrup.

Wonderful mix of the sweet honey fruits cut by mild roasty malts and a sharp finish assumed from the hop. Cherries raisins and warm bread slight spiceyness, maybe cinnamon all very nice and Very Warming

Extremely smooth but lighter than expected a real. I expected this to linger in the mouth and take its time but did not

Recommend this braggot!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - has a good-looking dark caramel and ruby coloration. A finger of light mocha goes to a partial cover but maintains a solid collar.

Aroma - some average grainy sweetness at first, even a touch metallic. It settles to a faint grain and sweet smell. Warming begins to open up some caramel and syrupy sweetness.

Taste - grainy malty sweetness, cola and light anise flavor in support. Some fairly hot alcohol on the swallow, whew, hot stuff! The aftertaste melds the roastiness of the grain with the estery heat of the 10.5%, the best work of this high octane brew.The finish is warm for sure, but also has a nice lingering grain sweetness that isn't overly sugary or 'malt liquoresque'.

Mouthfeel - semi-big in body. A measure of smoothness, wouldn't mind a little more even. Carbonation is prickly and crisp for such a big style.

Drinkability - excellent sipper on a cold January evening, at least for the sweet tooths in the room. Should be an interesting one to age.

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Photo of Phelps
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sent by seeswo during the Blind Beers BIF, this was poured into a tulip and reviewed blind.

From the bottle, the beer’s a light caramel, but it becomes a deep, clear mauve inside the glass. One finger of dense, fizzy dark tan bubbles pop away to nothingness within a few seconds.

Aroma is deep and sweet. Alcohol, caramel, some apple, toasty biscuits, sugary prunes.

The flavor’s a little less well-put-together than the nose. I get the same toasted biscuits, caramel and apple sauce, but they’re not as vibrant as in the aroma. The ethanol note is bigger here, though.

Moderate carbonation pinches the tongue and breaks the brew into just a hint of bubbles. The body’s a velvety medium. Alcohol is pretty burly, flaming through the nose as I sip.

Tasting it blind, Sixteen threw me for a loop. It’s got big booze and clean, toasty/fruity flavors that remind me of a doppelbock. A tasty brew, if not the most memorable. The bottle went quickly.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Digging into a couple of six packs of singles from the Ale Jail, and pulled out a braggot. For those not up to date on your medieval drinks, braggot is a combination of mead and beer--both honey and malt--and generally has spices added. From the BeerAdvocate description, braggot tends to be high in alcohol as well. Sixteen matches exactly. GABF Gold Medal in 2011 according to Weyerbacher and second highest rated on BA for braggots. The beer comes with some credentials. Let's see if it lives up to the accolades.

Had to pour hard down the center of the glass to build up an 1/2 inch head that fell before I could get it in the picture. Taking the initial sips, I see legs slide down the glass, which confirms the potency of this ale on the label: 10.5% ABV. Looks dark brown in the glass, but serious ruby highlights when looking through the edge. Drinking it slow to let it warm, a big spice is emerging on top of a sweet, fruity malt. Clear fig, raisin, dark chocolate and cherry, peppery hotness from the alcohol, maybe some cinnamon and tumeric. Honey in the nose is so strong that it reminds me of a Sioux Bee honey from my childhood. On the tongue, more fruit and malt, and the honey and spice is more subdued but not completely tamed. Surprisingly dry finish that lingers. Complex and well balanced beer that is a pleasure to drink, but it's a pretty small category. Not likely that I'll go out and buy a bunch to drink or age, but this one was a very good departure from the usual.

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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 Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see another Braggot available. This one pours quite dark, a chestnut brown, with a a fairly slight head, but a little bit of lacing. Wonderful aromas of honey, some breadiness, and some dates. The honey, especially, just explodes out of the glass. The taste starts a bit sweet, but there is a bit of alcohol and even acetone notes here, but very slight. The rich honey tastes come through strongly on the finish, with notes of leather and flowers and a burst of sweetness. Quite an interesting choice for 16, and one of the better Braggots out there.

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Photo of harrymel
2.32/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks Clint.

Dark brown with a solid sheet of peanut foam. Smells like honey (as the label says), and profoundly so; there are some nougat and raisin notes in the nose as well. There are some nice things going on with the malt here, some graham (again, in the nose).

Tastes sweet and...makes my face twitch. Whew, way too sweet with nasty acetone and alcohol flavors. The raisins in the nose come thru here with a fury, and with brown sugar and granola. I really don't dig this profile.

Thin with heavy carb. Semi dry finish.

This beer is substantially more disappointing than I had expected. I really am hit and miss with Weyerbacher, but this is not appropriate for my mouth.

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Sixteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 325 ratings.
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