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

Anniversary ale described as a "Dark Braggot Ale"

pours almost black with a sizable light khaki head that quickly dissipates, but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Honey and molasses are the first aromas with honey (raw honey at that) being the most dominant. some maple syrup, maybe, as some toffee, but those barely make it through the honey. smells nice, but one-dimensional.

starts off with the raw honey, but much more malt flavors come through than I expected from the aroma. molasses, toffee, vanilla, maple, brown sugar, some coffee, and maybe a touch of cocoa. a slight alcohol heat, but it finishes smooth with a sweet aftertaste.

a bit syrupy with soft carbonation on a light to medium bodied beer that manages to coat the entire mouth with a lingering syrup.

overall, I've only had a few of this style, as not many are found. This seems to be different take on the style, as well, so I didn't know quite what to expect, but I enjoy it. maybe not as much as their Fourteenth anniversary beer, but I'm putting one in the cellar, and I'll probably buy a couple more before this one is gone.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Nearly black in color. One finger of short-lived, frothy beige head with small irregular patches of lacing.

4.5 S: As expected, lots of honey. I haven't had enough experience with the style to figure out what aromas come from different honey (rather than the other ingredients) so I'm just going to say honey. Lightly toasty, almost nutty. Dark fruitiness - prune, fig, tobacco with some lighter peachiness. I really like the noses on braggots and this one is particularly pleasant.

3.5 T: Tasty, but lacking the strong honey flavor that I love about the style. Still, honey is the focus. Toasty malts with dark fruits again. Some sweet dark caramel. Sweet overall, but not any sweeter than average.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that has a nice spritz to it. Smooth with a slightly roasty aftertaste.

4.0 D: I'm always glad to try a new braggot. More breweries should consider brewing them, but I understand why they don't. Anyway, great nose on this with a good enough taste to make me happy.

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Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark brown with a thin off-white head and good lacing on the glass.

S: Smells similar to a doppelbock. Very sweet, boozy, and a little spice.

T: Up front is a roasted malt flavor that is fruity with plum and raisin and very sweet and then the alcohol kicks in with flavor and burn. No real off flavors....tastes like a sweet quad.

M: A light-medium feel to it and kind of syrupy. Low carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. A nice sweet, dark, flavorful beer. Definitely a sipper and a one and done.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 Sjsussman
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Mosley1212
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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 yamar68
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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 jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, obviously brewed in 2011.

opaque dark chocolate brown. creamy 1/2" head that fades to a thin collar. aroma is boozy, sweet, the honey is definitely in there.

taste is sugary, but not overly sweet if that makes sense. malty. the honey isn't as distinguishable as in the smell. a little alcohol in the finish. medium body, higher carbonation.

my first braggot, overall pretty good.

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Photo of elec
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GabrielM
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 FightingEntropy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 wyattshotmaker
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a wide mouthed tulip, nice deep ruby hue. not much of a head. color looks fantastic.

nose is cherries, dark fruit, graham cracker, touch of roastiness and alot of honey.

taste is mostly sweet, cherries and slight plum flavor. mild roasted character, big wave of honey in the finish. honey lingers for a long time, coats the tongue.

flavor is medium bodied, overally pretty good. first braggot i've tried and it's quite interesting. gonna cellar the last 3 bottles because i think they'll develop quite well.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 CharlesK
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 warnerry
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Hoops4life511
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 Cooper
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Sixteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 327 ratings
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