20th Anniversary Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weyerbacher is turning 20 this year! How do we celebrate 20 years of bold and innovative beers? With the release of our 20th Anniversary ale! Our 20th Anniversary brew is a Belgian-Style Dark Ale weighing in at 11% ABV. It’s malty with notes of caramel, raisins and berries, as well as subtle hints of coriander and star anise.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 05-20-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of archero
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown and hazy with lots of floaties at 2.5 years old. There a quick, fizzy head with no lacing.

The smell is lots of raisin, dark fruit, and some caramel sweetness with maybe a little smokiness.

The taste is very sweet like raisins in a bread pudding. There is a slight, subtle spice bite that I assume is the coriander. There is no hint of the 11% abv. While the sweetness seems to be the main flavor, the dark fruit still plays a nice part.

The mouthfeel is low carbonation and medium thickness. There is a lingering spice at the end.

Overall this is really enjoyable and easy to drink. The sweetness dominates but doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter glass in December 2017. There was a bottled-on date of June 2015 on the bottle. I drank this after cellaring the bottle for a couple of years.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thick tan/brown head. Head is very creamy and remains thick for a very long while. It leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of caramel, cinnamon, berries, and malts. There is not much hop aroma.

Taste: There is strong mint and chocolate flavors with some smoky roasted malt flavors, and a little vanilla and caramel flavor. There is little bitterness from hops, but the flavor is dominated by the mint and chocolate flavors. There is a strong alcohol presence as with other Imperial Stouts.

Mouth-feel: Thick, but with a heavy and extremely smooth and creamy body.

This is a very good Belgian ale, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. Comparing the taste over different bottles over 2 years, it has gotten even more smooth over time. I would buy this again if Weyerbacher decided to brew some more. This is probably my favorite of the anniversary brews so far (up thru 22).

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This bottle is the brewery's 20th Anniversary beer and was bottled in mid 2015.

The dark, mahogany colored beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1" light tan foamy head that recedes slowly but visibly to a thin layer on the surface and a small ring around the glass. Sipping creates lots of patches of foam, most of which soon slide back down to the liquid leaving some scattered smaller patches on the sides of the glass. Eventually the foam almost totally disappears from the surface.

The aromas include some dark fruit such as plum and raisins. There's also something that seems a bit like licorice and a just bit of some other spice.

The flavors include the plum and raisins on top of lots of caramel sweetness, all mingled with just a hint of spice and licorice tinged bitterness from the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with the very light carbonation. The finish begins as the fruit flavors begin to recede to be followed closely by the sweetness, leaving behind a light spicy bitterness that soon turns dry but lingers around the back of the palate for quite a while.

As usual, a well made beer from Weyerbacher who have long been one of my favorite semi-local breweries (i.e., just over a 1 hour drive from where I sit). Since I found only this one bottle I won't be able to have another but would definitely do so if I were to find another. The balance and complexity of this beer are noteworthy and it definitely reminds of the Belgian versions of the BSDA. While I did not have the chance to try this beer when freshly bottled I'd say that if it has not improved with age, the bottle age has done no damage either.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours deep purple color with nice thin tan head, not much lacing.

Aroma - Plum, raisin, nice bready aroma. Banana, clove.

Taste - So damn smooth, lots of dark fruit and Belgian yeast . Plum, no sign of the 11% ABV.

Feel - Full bodied very smooth and silky feel.

Overall - I should mention this was aged 2 years just an amazing beer wonderful flavors and so smooth.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

And, as the grand finale to the madness that has been my Weyerbacher vertical as a part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I have arrived at the anniversary beers. I never intended for things to get so out of hand, but between work & travel, this is the result. It is actually nice to reconnect after all of this time, plus it keeps me at home & out of trouble.

From the bottle: "Belgian Style Dark Ale Brewed with Coriander and Star Anise".

The bottle is dated 06/09/15 with a "Best By" date of 06/09/20, but I am anxious to get it out of the backlog. Its relative age dictates that I employ a gentle pour following the Pop! of the cap. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of foamy, soapy, light-tan head that quickly faded back to wisps, leaving some lacing in its wake. Nose had a pepperiness to go along with a licorice and treacle smell. How curious! Mouthfeel was medium. There was a mild fusel heat to the beer on the tongue, paving the way for the spice of the coriander and the licorice-quality of the star anise to really shine. There was also a bready quality from the malt, plus I still felt like I was tasting treacle. My my. Finish was dry, a combination of the spices and the inherent heat from the ABV. I kind of wish that I had bought more than one bottle, but with an already daunting backlog, this one will have to suffice. I think that it could probably age a bit longer without any worries. Let me know how that works out for you.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottleneck says 06/09/15.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind. There are also flakes of sediment suspended in the body.

S- Belgian yeast gives off notes of banana, vanilla wafer and a touch of bubble gum.

T- Somewhat sweet toasty malt with plenty of Belgian yeast richness plus the expected spice characteristic of coriander and clove. Notes of Belgian candi sugar, vanilla and black pepper. Not getting a lot of anise which is a good thing for me. There's a tad bit of oxidation present which isn't surprising given this beer's age. Speaking of which, the ABV is masked very well at this point.

M- Slightly creamy but there's also an accompanying tanginess from the spice. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This beer is well over a year old and it's drinking quite well. Never had it fresh but, if you're still holding onto some, you can let it ride for a good bit longer in my opinion.

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Photo of jak
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Don't know where it spent the year, but it seems to have held up nicely. Poured into ale glass.

L: Dark brown, but not completely black when held up to light as it shines through almost all the way. Big foamy head with good retention, some lacing, and a cap and ring.

S: Sweet malts, star anise, coriander, dark fruits.

T: Tends to follow nose. Does not appear worse for the year wait. Caramel and dark fruits really come through.

F: Medium bodied, lighter, soft carbonation. Good balance and construction. Alcohol appears well-controlled.

O: Very nicely done Belgian with some flavor twists.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-tinted maroon coloring, with a low profile, bubbly, foamy, off-white head. Some sediment floaters throughout the body, too. Aromas of grapes, plum, dark cherry, currants, red wine characteristics, fig, date, and earthy highlights. Flavors are very wine like forward, tart and dry, with a solid blend of dark cherry, grape, currants, and blackberries. Very sweet, with that dry wine character throughout. Some earthy highlights rough up the edges a bit, and there are some old world fruit sweet notes that add a bit more depth throughout. Very bold and slick in mouth, with a robust feel that borders on chewy. The slick feel stays constant through the finish, with a solid linger of the cherry and red wine grape blend that dominated the aftertaste. Good beer, but it will make your palate work for it.

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Photo of jpearce4
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer some time ago when it was relatively fresh, reviewing a year-old bottle that I aged in the cellar.

L - Pours a deep reddish brown, hazy, reasonable head on it that lingers a bit.
S - Smell is heavy on the caramel and spice! Sweet malt, clove, figs, plum
T - Follows the nose pretty closely here, except the spice aroma that was very present in the nose was tamed a bit in the taste. Caramel-like flavors shine through quite a bit, the fig & dark fruit flavors hit hard with some clove and a hint of bubble gum. This beer hits all the right notes for a Belgian strong dark for me.
F - Reasonable carbonation, nice warmth from the alcohol, doesn't burn. I would peg it as an 8-9% beer based on feel.

I really enjoyed this after letting it hang out for awhile. It was good fresh, but the sweetness started to really shine through in a good way after letting it age a bit. Interesting evolution, and I would definitely drink it again!

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MMOSNN
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Year-old 12oz bottle poured into a goblet.
Look - a dark muddy brown color with a small khaki head that dissipates immediately. There's some spotty lacing and a good amount of floaters.
Smell - dark fruits, licorice, molasses, some booze, and slight notes of the Belgian yeast.
Taste - similar to the aroma, but molasses and sweet dark fruits are strongest.
Feel - medium carbonation, slick and smooth body, sticky, but it's pretty thin.
Overall, this is solid for the style, but I don't think age is doing this beer any good. I remember liking this a lot more a year ago when it first came out. The body is too slick and thin. However, the beer maintains some complexity in flavor that makes up for this drawback.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a two finger tan head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet dark fruits, Belgian yeast and clove.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Plums, raisins, Belgian yeast, clove, and candied brown sugar. The star anise appears subtlety in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - Very strong American version of a Belgian Dark Ale. Highly recommended.

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