Weyerbacher “Sixteen”

      In the almost two years I have been reviewing craft brews on this site, I have tried to explore and present as many different styles of beer as possible. One style that I had perhaps been a little hesitant to try, or maybe just did not know where to start with is an ancient style of brew. How could I not follow my own advice and just dive in on this very old and loved style? I chalk it up to ignorance. I got so caught up in the craziness of the now booming American Craft Beer movement over the last two years, that I never took the time to educate myself. I’m sure you have figured out by now that I am speaking of Mead, and if not you can learn with me on this one! I came across a very nice example brewed by one of my favorite and trusted local breweries. I figured that this would be a great introduction to the style for me.
       Weyerbacher’sSixteenDark Braggot Ale or Mead, is the brewery’s sixteen anniversary ale. I have had the pleasure of trying their past few anniversary brews and many of their regularly available beers, so I was feeling good about this buy. It pours a dark brown cola color, with a fluffy two finger thick khaki head. The aroma is very sweet with honey, raisins, caramel, and light chocolate notes. The taste followed along with the smell for the most part with dark dried fruit, burnt caramel, unsweetened baking chocolate, wood, honey and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full, syrupy and sticky. The finish is long and smooth with fresh honey and a heat from the 10.5% ABV. Considering the is my first experience with a Mead, I can not say how traditional it is, but I can say I will be buying more and saving some to see how it ages! A very tasty brew! Here’s to Good Beers!
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