21st Anniversary Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Stout - American Imperial
3.94 | pDev: 8.12%
Jun 27, 2020
May 20, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: We’re turning 21 and we’re celebrating with a delicious chocolate cake with bourbon bacon icing (in a glass …). Cocoa nibs and cocoa powder give this big beer its rich chocolate flavor. Vanilla beans and Munich malts add a cake layer of flavor. Where’s the icing? We’re blending this already amazing beer with its bourbon barrel aged counterpart, while smoked malts bring a touch of bacon. In Weyerbacher’s traditional celebratory fashion, this big stout comes in at 11.9% ABV.
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4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass in June 2020. There was a bottled-on date of June 23, 2016 on the bottle. I drank this shortly after purchasing it.

Appearance: Dark black with a thick tan head. Head is very creamy and does not last long. It leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of chocolate, bourbon, and some caramel. Also some coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla. There is not much hop aroma.

Taste: There is strong alcohol and bourbon flavor along with coffee flavors with some sweetness like caramel and chocolate flavors with some smoky roasted malt flavors. There is little bitterness from hops, but the flavor is dominated by the bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors. There is a strong alcohol presence as with Imperial Stouts.

Mouth-feel: Medium to thick, but with a heavy and extremely smooth and creamy body.

This is a good Imperial Stout, 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 to other Weyerbacher stouts, this is definitely good but I prefer Sunday Morning Stout. I would buy this again if Weyerbacher decided to brew some more. This is also probably my favorite of the anniversary brews so far.

Jun 27, 2020
3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Apr 07, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz bottle with a June 2016 packaging date.
A big beer with ABV at 11.9%, as is obvious in the aroma, hinted at in the flavor, but nicely concealed in the mouthfeel.
Some bourbon but lots of fruit and dried fruit in the boozy aroma. The flavor adds some woody notes and more dark bread.

Full body with light carbonation.

Feb 21, 2019
3.97 by rjd722 from Maryland on Dec 26, 2018
3.84 by edthehead from New York on Aug 21, 2018
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Feb 28, 2018
4.26 by chiefz1 from New York on Feb 11, 2018
3.69 by gr0g from New Jersey on Sep 06, 2017
4.11 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Aug 27, 2017
3.68 by Beefstroganoff from Florida on May 27, 2017
4.64 by Larueminati from Massachusetts on May 04, 2017
4.25 by BeerTest from Florida on May 03, 2017
3.91 by Jlang2012 from South Carolina on Apr 04, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Like much from Weyerbacher, this has a bit of a boozy fusel thing going on, but the creamy vanilla aroma, fudgy chocolate, and oak aroma is nice, though.

I wish this a bit thicker tasting, and I wish the booze was hidden a bit more, but the flavors we do have are nice. There's a smidgen of smokiness, kinda feels like a smoky chocolate flavor, with creamy vanilla. If I could have more vanilla, I'd certainly be happy. There's just a slight hint of hop bitterness, but I could be mistaking boozy astringency for that, who knows.

This is kind of thin, I wish it had a bit more body to it. The carbonation level is about normal for the style.

Apr 04, 2017
3.81 by classixIII from Pennsylvania on Mar 21, 2017
3.75 by rspauldi from Texas on Mar 14, 2017
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3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Very, very dark brown, and nearly opaque with just some translucence around the edges. Minimal amount of visible carbonation and a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly. Leaves only a little lacing on the glass.

S: Fairly subdued for a barrel-aged stout. The aroma components seem to be there – chocolate, bourbon, and roasted malts. Oak with a light vanilla. But at least at refrigerator temperature, you’ve have to dig in there to find them. Not off-putting, but a little weird for a nearly 12% beer. NOTE: The aroma does open up a little as it warms, but still stays really low.

T: Bourbon and chocolate, about in balance. More vanilla than I got on the nose, and the dark malts with a good bit of roasty character. Hints of barrel char and mild smoke as the beer warms. Some sweet leathery notes mixed in with the malts as well. It finishes with lingering chocolate, sweet bourbon and some ethanol heat. Some dry woody tannins show up more as it warms, especially in the hang.

M: A fairly thin body for any barrel-aged stout, let alone one with this ABV. Average carbonation sensation. The alcohol flavors are definitely prevalent but not quite obnoxious.

O: Not an offensive beer, but really not a terribly good anniversary effort from Weyerbacher. I wouldn’t tell you to avoid it, but I would suggest you're probably better off letting this sit on the shelf. Certainly nothing exciting.

Mar 03, 2017
4.75 by Hopstout from Minnesota on Mar 01, 2017
4.75 by kotzbauerm from Kentucky on Feb 23, 2017
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3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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: "Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout Brewed with Cocoa and Vanilla".

Packaged on 06/21/16 with no Best By date indicated. It is of no matter. I figure that eight months should have been sufficient time for even a minute amount of lees to build up & I do not want to take chances. All tolled, I Pop!ped the cap and conducted a very gentle pour. I then gave it an in-glass swirl once a sufficient amount had been decanted, producing a brief finger of foamy, soapy, deep-tan/light-brown head with limited retention, quickly falling back to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was VERY rich and chocolaty, almost like a fresh, liquefied brownie, but the bourbon barrel aging also gave it a coconut-like aspect. Mouthfeel was medium, but a bit thin for the style. The taste was REALLY bourbon boozy! Whoa! After the initial shock wore off, I could taste the smoked malts as well as the chocolate cake-like chocolatiness. This could easily be cellared for at least a year or two. I would bet that it will smooth out and the flavors will blend together more pleasantly. In this, its early iteration, it was kind of jangly in terms of its mélange of flavors. Finish was dry, but that was due more to the alcohol heat than its taste. I firmly believe that, given an opportunity, it will blend together into something quite tasty. I should bought a second bottle ... 8=(

Feb 22, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

I used to love their anniversary beers, and this looks crazy. Bottled 6/21/16, a bit of age but not too bad.

Pours a light fizzy head that disappears practically instantly. pitch black beer with long legs.

Nose brings creamy dark malts, milk chocolate, loads of vanilla, a little cocoa and fudge notes, faint baking spices and nougat, hints of dark fruits in the background, maybe a touch of dried lactose, no bourbon but a touch of barrel char.

Taste brings plenty of vanilla again, a little sweet creme brulee, more dark fruits little raisiny which blends with the burnt sugar, burnt caramel creme brulee like a burn raisin thing, little cake and baking spices almost cinnamon horchata thing going on, some creamy milk chocolate, hot cocoa, a little fudge, little roasted burn coffee and charred malt, too much on the crazy burnt malts, some tingly booze with a little fusel alcohol note, again no real bourbon but barrel char.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, not quite a thick as i expected but creamy a little lush, plenty of hot tingly booze, lighter carb too.

Overall kind of a mess, not what expected, too much roasted malt, too much on the weird baking spices and burn fruits and burnt sugars too much alcohol burn, etc, very little barrel and no bourbon, Ok on the cocoa, vanilla was nice, but still hard to drink.

Feb 17, 2017
3.8 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Feb 03, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by threeviews from Florida

Poured from bottle (Packaged On Date: 23 June 2016) into a Teku 2.0 glass...exactly 7 months from bottling.

A - Pours black with some faint, mahogany highlights at the glass' edge with only a mere wisp of a coffee ice cream colored head. (3.5)

S - Savory, bacon-y smoked malt, sweet (yet mild) bourbon and hints of cocoa comprise the nose in that order. The vanilla adjunct arguably reveals itself at room temperature, but that might just be power of suggestion. (3.75)
T - Flavor follows the nose perfectly...smoked malt, bourbon and cocoa. Like the nose, the vanilla component is all but forgotten.(4.0)

M - Medium-minus mouthfeel, conservative carbonation and a semi-dry finish makes for something that drinks well below its advertised 11.9% ABV. (4.0)

O - I recommend consuming this one at near room temperature to illicit all of the flavors and aromas (as well as enjoy some of the alcohol heat which does grow). What's more, this beer has changed considerably in the seven months of age. The smoked malt character has really grown while any contribution from the vanilla has faded considerably. The cocoa is still noticeable but still is tertiary in the aroma and flavor. This has been a fun beer to have sampled every month since its release but ultimately would enjoy a bit more barrel influence. However, Weyerbacher again brings the value. For a BBA Imperial Stout with adjuncts (cocoa and vanilla) around ~$13 per 4-Pack is a really attractive. (4.25)

Jan 24, 2017
4.25 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jan 13, 2017
4.1 by fthegiants from California on Jan 06, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by buschbeer from Ohio

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves virtually no lacing.

I smell alcohol right away, and I let it approach ambient temperature. I get some caramel, vanilla and bourbon notes.

It has a boozy taste with plenty of bourbon flavor. Hints of oak and caramel are present in the aftertaste.

Full mouthfeel with low carbontation

It is boozier than I expected. The flavor was better than the aroma led me to believe it would be. It is good if you like big, boozy stouts, which I do.

Dec 20, 2016
4.25 by Lucoli from New York on Dec 14, 2016
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3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by CNoj012 from New York

This beer pours a completely opaque black with a one finger coffee with cream colored head.

The smell is sweet vanilla, char, chocolate cake and bourbon. Very nice.

The taste, not so much. There is some roasted malts and chocolate flavors, but the are quickly covered up by the heat and taste of alcohol. It doesn't seem hot from the barrel either. The taste is more reminiscent of rubbing alcohol.

The feel is medium bodied, which actually comes off a bit thin for this beer. Not great.

Overall I'm not impressed. I was given this beer, so at least I didn't overpay, but this is one of my least favorite BA stouts I've had.

Dec 11, 2016
4.25 by srw from Virginia on Dec 07, 2016
3.93 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania on Dec 05, 2016
4.06 by Bonis from Ohio on Dec 03, 2016
4.08 by Richter525 from Michigan on Dec 01, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by hopflyer from Pennsylvania

Bottled 6/22/16

Pours fairly opaque, slight ruby highlight when held to light. One finger head dissipates to thin collar and sporadic film on top.

Bourbon barrel aging is immediately evident first sniff along with the chocolate. Other roasted maltiness and some burnt wood.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate at first along with a decent dose of bourbon, but not overly boozy. The colcolate is prominent enough. Some of the vanilla comes thru as it warms some. Pretty simple combination of flavors but they're all pretty spot on.

Medium to heavy body and lower side of medium carbonation. Just about right for this style.

I had this fresh and remembered it being pretty boozy. The couple months really did this one good. As said before, the character is pretty basic but it's all done very well.

Nov 26, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SerialTicker from Michigan

Had at Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

It's alright. The description had me excited, but truthfully, it's disappointing. Cocoa? I guess so. Vanilla? Hardly, suh. Bourbon? Eh. Really, it tastes like a slightly charred imperial stout with hardly any of what the description promised. Not worth the price, I'd say... solid, but I think the 88 rating on here speaks for itself: it's enjoyable, but I would have to believe a majority were expecting more out of it.

Nov 25, 2016
4.03 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Nov 20, 2016
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3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color with no light seeping through. There's a fingernail of beige around about half of the rim. The aroma is vanilla, cocoa, and bourbon in that order. I'm tasting a bit of muddled bourbon and cocoa. I'm not tasting the vanilla. I'm hoping for more depth of flavor as this warms. Perhaps I opened it too soon? There's definitely a warmth from the alcohol and a bit of chewiness.

Nov 20, 2016
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Thanks to bonedizzle for handing this 12 oz bottle off at a D-Day Eve in-person trade. I’m really hoping this one recaptures the past glory of Weyerbacher’s anniversary brews like XIII, XIV, & XVI – because those were world-class beers. Bottle dated 6/22/16.

Pour Richard: black. Mild carbonation to the naked eye, which actually isn’t naked, since I wear contacts; bet you didn’t know that, dear reader. And no, I’m not having a laser jammed in my eye, thanks. Smells like booze & sweet chocolate. I’d roll in that.

Weyerbacher 21 delivers on my nostalgic memories. Vanilla isn’t coy. Sweet & intense, it puts the mouth on notice that this ain’t no chugging stout. Underneath the vanilla there’s fudge, light bourbon, nutmeg-ish spicing, & about halfway through the booziness in the nose announces its presence with authority. Little black licorice, cola on the finish. Oily & slick & heavy. But with this lovely vanilla front, I could spoon this for quite a while.

This isn’t heyday “holy crap that’s Charlize Theron!” material, but from the first sip to the last this is an excellent beer. Keep it up, Weyerbacher. And come back to MN!

Nov 10, 2016
3.77 by mig100 from Texas on Nov 05, 2016
3.85 by KeyWestGator from Florida on Oct 31, 2016
3.9 by Lukass from Ohio on Oct 30, 2016
21st Anniversary Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 213 ratings