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:
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Added by silentjay on 05-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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 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 EgadBananas
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mud colour. Tan head. I was not a fan of the smell. It was musky, but had an underlying sweet honey note. Taste was dark and fruity, sweet, some musk, and a hint of alcohol. Upper medium feel, creamy.

Quite the oddity, IMO. Almost too weird to be truly enjoyable.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher's anniversary beers have always been a must find for me, going back to ten. I have rarely been let down. This year was an exception (I hope). Poured a clear dark brown with a little brown head on top. Aromas of honey, more honey and roasted malt. On the palate, this one was fairly light bodied, both sweet and quite dry, with lots more honey.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a St Bernardus oversized wine glass.

This beer pours out with vibrant, dark reds, much like the ones seen on the label. It gathers in my wide-mouthed glass very close to black. The head is very nice and lush. Retention is decent, but the full sheets of lacing are left up to a wide collar.

Honey in the raw builds a strong, earthy, natural base. The beer smells very spicy. Malts swirl up, imparting a nice dark fruitiness. Lots of pureed fig, sweetened by cherries. A little bit of dark, red wine aromas. Sour dough brings things back down to a yeasty, bready base.

Predominate flavors are sour dough and raw honey. Plenty of fig and fruitcake come around as well. There is a lot of spice to this beer. Tiny, buried flashes of what could be chocolate malts fizzle and pop. The end is grassy with hints of clover and honeysuckle.

Full bodied with an average, soft carbonation. It finishes pretty dry with lingering notions of wildflower honey drizzled over sourdough bread.

This is strange. Its totally worth a try, but I'm going to have to summon some patience to finish this glass.

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Photo of Deuane
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Deep, dark ruby and mahogany highlights brownish copper with a thick tan head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left nice sheeting lace.

S-Earthy spiciness with a healthy dose of oak. Dark malts combine nicely with dark fruits consisting of prune, dark cherries and raisin. Light hint of Cabernet Sauvignon in the background. Touch of honey sweetness in the finsih. Quite interesting and complex.

T-Overwhelming dry oak, spicy notes and a tongue shriveling astringency. Alcohol burn in the finish. That's about it....some moderating sweetness but not much else. Quite disappointing after the interesting aroma profile.

M-Medium to medium-heavy bodied and then dry, dry, dry, oh...and a bit of spicy bitterness.

O-After so many solid anniversary beers this one from Weyerbacher is a big let down! Nice complexity in the nose is lost on the palate. A braggot? Where is the balacing honey sweetness this one is just dry and spicy. Plus, at 10+% you aren't going to be pounding this one. Not too happy to know I have three more bottles left...I see extras in future packages!

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Photo of kbutler1
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Courtesy of fbm115. Poured into a tulip glass a dark reddish brown color with a light tan head that collars around the glass. Sweet banana and light clove. A serious banana bomb in the nose. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Sweet, very sweet caramal, dark fruit, and banana taste. As it warms the alcohol aroma and taste become more prevalent. Some nuttiness in the back end as well. Not bad, but I think you have to be in the right mood for this beer. Several ounces was enough.

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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 DIM
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was black and it poured with a thick, dark tan colored head.

s: Sweet and cola like with plenty of relatively gentle heat.

t: Sweet, floral honey with a weird kind of cola sweetness. The finish was warm and kind of mentholated.

m: Thick and kind of airy at the same time.

o: I usually love the anniversary series, but I'm glad I only got a single of this one. Looking forward to next year.

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Photo of thain709
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deuane shared this bottle with me. He poured it and gave me a warning...

A - A ruby body was present with not much clarity...a light brown head formed and stood about one slowly receded into to chunky cap...decent lacing was left behind

S - Sweet honey stands out...almost mead like...there is some roasted malt trying to come through along with dark fruits but the honey stands strong

T - Again the honey dominates all around...the flavors remind me of a very dark mead...there's some dark fruits coming though...dark cherries, dates, prunes, and figs...some brown sugar lends to the sweetness...the dates provide some caramel flavoring...there is just a lot of honey lingering all around

M - Medium bodied...syrupy and cloying...the honey is sticky sweet

O - This was my first Braggot and to me it tasted like a dark this a new offering from the Weyerbacher Meadery? I even allowed this one to warm up a little but the honey is just too much

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Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of hopkrid
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of utahgiebs
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with an impressive off white head. The head is rather big and lingers around for a while for such a high alcohol brew. Nose is lots of honey and dark berries. Some dates and raisin scents are also noticeable.

Big dark fruit and dark malt sweetness up front. A little bit spicy with a big grainy body and a smooth and sweet finish. Slight warming sensation in the throat but for the most part alcohol is very well hidden. The honey flavor really balances out a lot of the other flavors and everything blended together pretty well.

Unfortunately im no familiar with this style at all so ill just have to judge as it a unique beer for now. Its different to me and the flavors blend very well like I said but there a slightly cloying sweetness to it. Not a bad brew though.

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

Pretty sure this is my first Braggot, sounds like an interesting kind of style.

A- Poured into a tulip with a dark brown body. A light tan head forms and has a nice size and creamy texture to it, good retention as well. Spotty lace forms random patterns around the glass with a smooth texture.

S- Right upon pouring, strong fumes come from the glass. A lot going on with sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, honey and spice. Somehow reminds me of a buttery pumpkin beer overall.

T- A very strong flavor to say the least. Dark fruit, fig, spice and alcohol beat down the palate. Roast malt, brown sugar, nutty brown, spice and medicinal notes are also present. Tannins? A lot of residual sweetness. Reminds of me a very strong, Dark Belgian Christmas beer.

MF- High carbonation stinging the palate in a silky, moderately thick body. Sharp bitterness in the finish, hops or something else going on?

A unique beer to say the least. It seems to adhere to some of the style guidelines I have read. The sweetness and strength of this beer are high. Not a beer I would personally seek out but an interesting one to try.

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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 Dicers
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stunner97
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- very very dark brown to black, no light at all coming through this, very light white lacing quickly fades, carbonation can not be noticed, nice appearance

Smell- very sweet malty nose, honey can be slightly noticed, raisins, rum, liquor like smell,

Taste- a very unique beer in flavor profile, its very long lasting finish, its a very rich beer and certainly very sweet, you do get some nice roasted malts and raisins and rum flavored, the flavor profile is complex and just really hard for me put a finger on, it has some hops and drying on the finish stopping it from being extremely sweet, there's something very unique and different on the finish of this beer that's hard to describe exactly almost very unique way of drying and stops from becoming to sweet,overall im struggling to say whether if really love this flavor profile or not , also a faint smokey component

mouthfeel- very light carbonation and the mouthfeel is probably about medium bodied and actually feels a little bit lighter then you would think for the high abv,

Drinkability/overall- overall this beer was decently enjoyable to drink and it did do a good job of balance in that I feel that the spice to it really did stop it from becoming to sweet and the balance made it easy to drink, the high alcohol is only noticed a little, to me the down point of this beer is the finish is a little weird not so much bad but weird, overall though not a bad beer and a first try for me of the style, I will have to try a few more and see how they hit me at different times

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 8/24/11

Pours a medium brown and settles up a darker brown with a crimson shimmer. One finger head drops to a thinner layer but holds up well-enough.

Notes of roasted grains, dark bread and a dry earthiness manifest in the aroma. Almost has a spicy edge like rye or pumpernickel. A bit of brown sugar sweetness, too. Doesn't really smell much like honey at all. Ever so slightly floral at times.

To taste, there's more of a sweet bent, but it's simultaneously slick with alcohol. Not distinctly honey, though. Some sweetness a la burnt sugars - molasses and brown sugar. Not absurdly sweet, but it's still something of a mess. Some dark bread notes hang in the back.

Full bodied; moderately viscous, what with all the burnt sugars and alcohol slickness. Carbonation is fairly low and stays mostly out of the way. Finishes a bit sticky with a lingering sweetness.

Not a bad beer; it has some enjoyable aspects. That said, it's a heavy critter and I doubt I'll be making another visit.

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