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21st Anniversary Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of rjd722
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gr0g
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheHopsman
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beefstroganoff
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Larueminati
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerTest
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlang2012
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of classixIII
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macrosmatic
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Hopstout
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kotzbauerm
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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=(

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of threeviews
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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)

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Photo of brpendergast85
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Lucoli
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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21st Anniversary Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 211 ratings