Sixteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
326 Ratings

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by silentjay on 05-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: sparkling dark brown. can see light around the edges. brownish head holds up alright leaving some lacing on the way down.

S: stinks of honey. brown sugar. can sense some mint in there too. can smell a little bit of alcohol.

T: chocolate and molasses. the residual from the honey reminds me of a very dark mead. a little bit of fruitiness as well. cantaloupe? some tobacco and just a bit of smokiness in the finish. finishes sweet.

M: average carbonation on a medium body.

D: this is my first braggot (and 200th review!) and i wasnt entirely sure what to expect, but im sort of surprised how light the body is with such a big abv. maybe i just expected more of a 'syrupy' ale. makes it very easy to drink.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a snifter. The beer was chilled and allowed to sit in the glass for 20 or so minutes on the counter.

A- The body of the beer is a dark amber coloration. The head is a thin sheen of white that never truly resolved.

S- The aroma of spiced raw honey, darkly toasted malts and dark fruits raisins, plums perhaps some figs, apple cider or is it pear? The aroma is a bit boozy but I dont find it problematic in the beers context.

T- The flavor is not exactly what the aroma lead me to hope for. Darkly toasted malt caramel, hard cider, raw honey, spices cinanmon, nutmeg and cloves, vanilla oak, and sweet alcohol.

M- The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation level works well with the beer and gives the beer a slick feeling. The alcohol is a little hot at this point very curious as to what a year of cellar time will do.

O- This was a very enjoyable beer. I am looking forward to a couple more bottles around Halloween.

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Photo of WesWes
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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 HopsYeast
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-pours a light cream colored head that quickly dissipates. has a look of a shot glass of espresso. there is a red hue to the body that you catch from different angles.
s-subtle maltiness and sweet molasses. strong odors of cherries, grapes and black currants.
t-quick touch of sweet cherries followed by touches of yeast, burnt sugar, molasses. ends with black currants and a slight touch of hops.
m-very light for how dark the beer is. there is a quick hit of carbonation in the beginning that smoothes out then leaves you with a pleasant fizziness on your tongue.
o-very good beer. this is a beer to serve with a desert or maybe even a cheese plate. whatever your pairing, this beer is meant to be sip, savored, and enjoyed!

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

Pours a dark red-orange with two fingers of khaki colored foam, settles to a quarter inch, few rings left on the glass. Smell: sugary plum, raisin, earthy, honey, a little buttered toast. Taste: honey, vinuous, a little booze. Dark fruit, earthy, baking spices. Medium bodied with sort of a sugary but crisp finish. Tasty and a cool idea for an anniversary beer. Bottled 4/14/11, best by 4/14/15.

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

A deep auburn color, clear, with a half finger head that lasted a bit and left very nice lacing.

Smells very fruity, dark fruits, cherries in particular, figs, plums, with tons of spices, almost a festive holiday type smell to it. Pleasant and inviting.

Taste is heavily fruity. Lots of cherries, almost like cherry syrup in a great cherry coke from a soda bar, along with plenty of other dark fruits, figs and plums, and maybe a touch of mango of all things. Spices are plentiful and almost pungent in their forwardness. Herbal and maybe just a touch earthy.

The body is heavy and slick, mild carbonation, sweet yet still a touch dry in the end, with a heavily fruity aftertaste.

Too lazy to check, but I'm not sure I've had this style before. If that's the case, I'd say this one is "good." But even if I have had one of these before, it's still good anyway. It's Weyerbacher. That should say enough right there.

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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 Bung
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Straight up cola pour, though the fine bubbles are more off white. I wouldn't really know what this should look like anyway, so I'll say it's good.

Aroma, slight roast, some sweeter caramel. Faint red fruit and chocolate.

It's a little sweet up front, almost sweet white wine like. Quickly fades into some roast, peat, chocolate. This lingers nicely. Absolutely no hops in this one.

Not as heavy or cloying as I expected. Carbonation keeps it moving. Just somewhat warming.

Overall I liked this and think it will age very well.

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Photo of GabrielM
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extra from generous BA tsblack05, poured into a Bruery snifter. Thanks again!

A - deep, dark brown with a small amount of head on top that disappears pretty quickly.

S - a ton of malty sweetness, some honey, toasted walnuts and baked cinnamon rolls.

T - as the nose indicated, very sweet on the front. I get flavors of honey, vanilla, and maybe some cinnamon or allspice. The back end does present a bit of dryness and perhaps a tiny spec of hop bite, but it comes and goes quickly.

M - this beer is a bit cloying and syrupy. It's really coating my palate in a way that isn't too welcomed on this hot summer day for some reason.

O - a good brew, but a little sweet for my tastes (at least right now). The flavor profile does seem like one I'd enjoy in the winter, so maybe I'll look for another bottle to save until then.

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Photo of dtivp
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a one and a half finger mocha tan head that faded into a nice ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, honey, malts and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste followed the nose with dark fruits, plums, raisins, honey, lightly toasted malt and clove. Very complex on the tongue with the sweet fruits, honey then the malt and clove hit you.

Mouth Feel was medium body leaning heavy with mild carbonation and alcohol warming. Very smooth with a dry finish and honey after taste.

Overall I liked this beer, I believe it is my first Braggot, I look forward to finishing the four pack.

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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 claspada
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany amber/brown hue with a very small light beige tan head, which leaves a nice fine lacing. Aromas begin with a nice dark roasted maltiness hints of date and figgy fruit with a significant amount of sweet honey notes.
The tastes begin with warms flavors of dark fruits, but predominately sweet orange blossom honey. Not too sweet or cloying which is surprising for the style. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, which is nice considering I was expecting syrup. I was also expecting a great deal of residual sugars, but this is surprising clean and dry. A bitterness that I have experieced before with these honey (or maple) addition beers. Still a little hot with some alcohol bite.
Overall, I had extremely low expectations for this beer because I hate thick syrupy beers, and braggots usually fit that bill, but this was a nice American take on a style which is fairly uncommon in today's hop crazy imperial this-and-that market.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cherry/burgundy color when held to the light. Not against the light and sitting in the glass, it looks dark brown. Has a very big two fingered head of off white foam, dies down, leaves a massively thick ring around the top.

S - Plums, raisons, dark fruit, honey, toasted malt, and somewhat oaky.

T - The palette is hit with everything that I got in the nose along with a boozy effervescence on the way down. Slight pine bitterness bite up front on the tip of the tongue followed with a blend of dark fruit intertwined with toasted malt and honey. The oak comes into play partially through the middle and stays until the end. The alcohol makes itself known.

M - Nice heavy medium body with gentle carbonation on the tongue and a pretty dry finish. Leaves a coating of toasted honey in the mouth.

O - I'm really digging this beer. I wasn't crazy about last year's Fifteen. I absolutely loved the Fourteen and the Special Dark version that was only available at the brewery reminds me a little of this one with the aftertaste. Then again, it's been awhile since I had my last Fourteen so I could be totally off base with that comparison. Overall, I'll definitely be getting a case or two of this beer. Never had a Braggot style before, but I'm really enjoying it.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a dark brown with two finger fluffy mocha colored head. Nice mocha color ring of lace remained for most of the beer.

S- Toffee, honey, raisin, and some alcohol

T- Honey, toffee, raisin, candy sugar, breadiness, and some spice

M- Sticky, full bodied, but at 10.5% not nearly as boozy as I would expect. Very much a sipper though as you would expect.

O- I am glad I tried this beer. There was no alcohol burn or even strong alcohol taste, but the alcohol presence was definitely there. I am interested in trying other braggots now.

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

Pours a dark brown with touches of copper, small spots of khaki head, little lacing. Scent is a blend of toasted grain, sweet honey and malts, dark fruit and a bit of herbal zest. Taste follows scent, not overly sweet on the malt of honey side, fruits are both dark and watery and a nice herbal quality. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. A nice beer, not too familiar with the style itself to know how traditional or not it is, but highly drinkable and the alcohol is hidden a bit too well.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass

A - A cloudy wooden ambr brown color with an off white creamy thick head.

S - Lots of earthen tones and oak mixed with carmalized sugars and toasted malts. Throught the nose is the essence of honey and some dark fruits.

T & M & D - The taste is deep and fruity and dark up front and the sweetness is somewhat carmalized but mostly honey sweet as the honey plays on the palate. Then the oak comes in on the middle to end of the palate and balances out the lingering honey. The body is medium to heavy with little carbination.

O - It was interesting in smell and taste but nothing that wowed. The Oak and the honey didn't mix like I would have liked on the back end (not when compared to the dark fruit and honey combination)


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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip, how fitting.

Braggot sixteen pours out the bottle a deep dark brown burgundy color with just a enough non darkness to see through under the light. A stealth pour yielded a small cap of ecru colored foam that dwindled leaving nothing. It could be brought back with swirls though. Smell is deeply integrated with the Pennsylvania bee honey and alot of malt. Hops are not in the picture. Some small dark fruit and a bit of rotted fruit as well. Taste is sweet and honey laden, it tastes like honey yet not overly sweet, although it is sweet, just not Southern Tier sweet. Honey, crystal malt, munich malt other malt, a whole lot of malt. dark fruit with slight plum action and a bit of alcohol in the end. Feel is a very strong medium approaching full. Carb is there but not big and bitey, pretty smooth going down with a slight burn on the end. Sweet, not cloyingly so though. Glad I got a bottle, interesting beer here. I don't think I would grab a whole bunch of this though and I really don't see the point in aging it, what could happen? probably not alot. This reminds me of many DFH ancient brews especially with the honey and Im glad to drink something similiar to what they had in ancient sumatra.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan,not much head or lacing.

Smell - Honey, malts, hops, sweet dark fruits. Plum, rasin, spices, alcohol.

Taste - Overload of honey and dark fruits, with a strong warmth of alcohol. Malts are bold and sweet. Theres a dark chocolate and ginger flavor in there with some hops.

Mouthfeel - Really intense, mouth is really crushed with the flavors and booze. Palette gets the malts and hops, tounge gets the honey and booze. Kinda thin actually and aftertaste is a little bland and sour.

Overall - Well this is different for sure. Not something to drink much of, the alcohol is really overpowering for me, and the sweetness is a bit much. Its not bad for fans of barleywine and meads, but doesnt quite do the job for me. Decent though.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, clove, notes of spice and a hint of alcohol. In the taste, clove, roast, alcohol notes and ends with something like honey. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry clove and honey, with notes of alcohol in the aftertaste. Big flavors, a bit boozy, but different.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Mosley1212
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from my notes made over the past weekend.

A--Poured a dark brown, bordering on black color. Tan head that was large at the outset, but dissipated quickly thereafter. A bit of retention down the glass as I enjoyed the drink.

S--Wonderfully sweet smell. Clove honey that smells raw. It was almost like sniffing honey directly from the honeycomb. Then there was a wave of sweet grains--wheat, barley, and straw. This was followed by raisin and brown sugar.

T--The first thing I got was the honey. This was overwhelming. Then came the alcohol. The 10% was very noticeable in the palate. The sweetness continued with the grain taste and the brown sugar. Overly sweet is the only way I can describe this beer.

M--It was medium-bodied, very little carbonation, and a heavy alcoholic bite. It was much too sweet to be balanced, but I thought the alcohol itself wasn't too powerful.

O--This was a good mead-type brew. It had powerful honey notes and a nice alcohol kick--though, admittedly, both were a bit overpowering at times. I would like to age this beer to see what happens to it over time.

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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 Beejay
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown in body with a nice tan head. When held to the light a deep red shines through. Beautiful color. Clarity is good as well.

S: quite a bit of honey smell, as well as an assertive crispness that I associate with citrus. Some raison and brown sugar, as well as some wine notes. A touch fruity with a noticeable hint of alcohol.

T: Honey is immediately present, there is some sweetness and a good bit of roasted character. It has an interesing blend of honey sweetness, and tannic roasted malts. There is definitely a bit of booze in the taste as well. Still overall decent.

M: Medium in body, and the carbonation makes it feel a touch lighter. Nice and soft on the palate.

O: Overall this is a quite interesting beer. Good touch of honey, as it warms the booze picks up a bit, and the tannic quality drops. Very interesting indeed.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 04/14/2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing sticking around on the glass. Aroma is bitter and sweet, the brew smells like honey, caramel malt, dark fruit, grapes, and there's also an earthy bitter herbal aroma. However, the taste is sweeter compared to the aroma. It tastes like honey, dark fruit, sweet spices, and some booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, it's definitely worth a try. But it's not cheap at $14.99 a 4-pack.

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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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Sixteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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