21st Anniversary Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
11.9%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.14%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
213
From:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
89
Very Good
21st Anniversary Ale21st Anniversary Ale
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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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Feb 21, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Apr 04, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Mar 03, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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=(

Feb 22, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Feb 17, 2017
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threeviews from Florida

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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)

Jan 24, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Dec 20, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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hopflyer from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 6/28/16

A- pours deep black in color with a thin foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- plenty of bourbon on the nose, along with vanilla, cocoa, licorice, marshmallow, fruity Belgian yeast & raisin. Smells like Heresy with vanilla

T- taste follows the nose for the most part, sweet candied sugar and vanilla up front, along with cocoa and brown sugar. Barrel kicks in mid-palate with some woody bourbon, the finish is sweet with lingers of licorice ad bourbon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues in to the finish wit some achohol warmth on the linger

O- all of there BA stouts seem to have a similar flavor. This pretty much tasted like Heresy with vanilla, or SMS without the coffee.

Oct 14, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light tan head. Fades to nothing. Dark brown color. Nearing black.

A bit thin. Lots of chocolate and cocoa. Bourbon and oak. Gets better as it warms. Light vanilla. Roast in the finish.

This would be much better if it wasn't so thin.

Oct 13, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottleneck says Packaged On 06/22/16.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Smells a hell of a lot like Sunday Morning Stout. Has that Belgian-y aroma plus a big shot of booze but it's like they subbed out the coffee for chocolate.

T- Woody flavor with more of that Belgian yeast characteristic. Super smooth for the ABV with notes of vanilla, anise and a bit of char. Bitter roast aftertaste. Slightly smoky.

M- Creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A great beer but, again, it's like they took the base beer for Sunday Morning and subbed out the coffee for chocolate and vanilla. Not a problem but I was hoping for a bit of a different approach. Kind of glad I only got a single.

Oct 05, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is light roasty malts. Flavor is chocolate with bitterness and roasted malts. Body is a little thin but overall a very solid brew.

Oct 01, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have the excellent good fortune of drinking lots of wonderful big stouts lately, including this marvelous effort from Weyerbacher. This is the real deal. And then some. Quite a bit.

Big fat stouts usually look like this one. Nice fine thin foam continuously rising from black ness (monster). The aroma is sweet and malty.

The taste is huge and boozy. Thick rich malts with loads of bitter too are like a fine confection. Sweet and delicious. The aftertaste fades to very strong alcohol. 11.9 seems more like 15 or 16.

This is a nice treat. I don't think this would benefit at all from aging. The fresh, bitter edge would get lost. Get some and drink it. Then it's gone forever.

Sep 14, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/22/2016. Poured into a stout glass. It pours a dark mahogany - nearly black - with one finger of mocha-colored head that dissipated quickly and minimal lacing. It smells of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, and a whiff of bourbon. It thought the taste was interesting because it was dark fruit-forward (plum, fig, and raisin), followed by the chocolate and vanilla. You can also really taste the bourbon. There is also some bitterness at the finish. The taste improved as the glass warmed. This stout is lightly carbonated and the 11.9% ABV is clearly noticeable. This is a sipper, for sure. Overall, I was disappointed a first but this stout grew on me as I sipped it. What sets this stout apart is the dark fruit. Weyerbacher is very good at brewing both strong ales and stouts and this one has elements of both.

Aug 21, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/22/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a small tan head that fizzles away quickly leaving little retention and lacing. The aromas are very nice. Nice blend of chocolate and bourbon. The bourbon isn't overwhelming, but it's definitely present and accents everything else. Hints of oak and dark fruits in the mix. The flavors are bold. Lots of dark chocolate. Some black cherry in the mix. Solid cocoa malt backbone. The bourbon and oak is present giving this one a subtle warmth in the finish. The vanilla notes aren't as noticeable as I was expecting, but there's still enough going on to barely notice. Alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied; thin with active carbonation. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a really nice bourbon barrel-aged stout. It's bold and balanced at the same time. Well crafted, very enjoyable and fun to drink. No complaints here. I really like it. Definitely worth checking out.

Aug 21, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a motor oil black with very thin tan head.

S - Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and dark fruits.

T - The taste starts with heavy bourbon followed by bitter chocolate, vanilla, raisins and roasted malts.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a little to heavy on the booze. The other flavors tend to be lost. Still a decent barrel aged stout.

Aug 16, 2016
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MMOSNN from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - pours pitch black with a very thin khaki head and practically no lacing or retention.
Smell - nothing is super strong, but you pick up some notes of roasted malts, slight chocolate, brown sugar/molasses, and booze.
Taste - brown sugar/molasses hits the hardest, as well as some chocolate and roasted malts (almost coffee-like). A previous reviewer mentioned dark fruits in the finish, and I'm noticing that as well. Boozy notes are also very present in the finish and linger in the aftertaste.
Feel - medium carbonation, medium body, it's kinda slick and sticky, but that's expected due to the aging process.

Aug 13, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep purple-tinted black with a half finger of mocha head. Cocoa and sweet bourbon on the nose, with nutty cherry notes. Whatever vanilla is in there melds with the beer's other characteristics to give an almond-and-anise-like impression. The same flavor profile carries over to the taste, with a slight alcohol burn on the back end, and a lingering bitter chocolate, bitter hops aftertaste. As it warms, the chocolate profile becomes rich, dark and fudge-like. Fairly thick bodied, mildly creamy, with strong carbonation cutting through in the mouthfeel. My favorite part is the aftertaste. The rest is solid enough, but nothing mind-blowing. That said, if you love dark chocolate, this one's for you.

Aug 07, 2016
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

WEYERBACHER 21ST ANNIVERSARY BBA STOUT 8/4/16

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque black with a finger thick tan head which receded to even surface foam and dense to spotty lacing.

s: Booze, chocolate and vanilla combo.

t: Mostly the booze up front, over a smooth dark malt base which exudes smoke on first swallow. Sweet to moderately bitter finish mellows out. Very high ABV is somewhat evident. Slight dark fruit notes develop later, seemingly replacing the chocolate and supplementing the vanilla.

m: Medium to full, good body and heavy carbonation tingle.

o: Served too cold (48 degree beer fridge) but still getting a lot of flavor. A definite whiskey note dominates, although it is different from say New Holland's Dragon's Milk. Weyerbacher's Insanity or Founders' Backwoods Bastard, albeit the base brews on the last two are not stouts. Complex and enjoyable, changing to something more barleywine-like, that is more like their Insanity. Never got to try their old BBA stout called Heresy before they stopped making it, because for some reason it was never available in my state, or I'd have another comparable Weyerbacher entry to stack against this.

Aug 05, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's 21st Anniversary a couple weeks ago for $4.09 at The Lager Mill. I tried there 20th Anniversary beer last year and I'm interested to see how this one will turn out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice,it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't really let any light come through and it had almost two fingers worth of very creamy dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with a dark fruit aroma being the first to show up with some plum, figs and other dark fruit aromas showing up and it goes right into a candied sugar like aroma. Up next comes the stout base which imparts some roasted malts, slightly charred malts and sweet malt like aromas that go into the cocoa which is noticeable and it shows up with the vanilla which is just as noticeable and towards the end comes the bourbon barrel which imparts more of a straight bourbon like aroma. This beer has a good aroma, but it's on the sweet side.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of high sweetness with the stout base being the first to show up this time and it imparts all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and it goes right into the dark fruits which are just as noticeable and they impart that same dark fruit aspects that they did in the aroma. Up next comes the cocoa and vanilla which show up more towards the end along with a noticeable amount of alcohol and the bourbon barrel shows up just enough to be noticeable and it still impart more of a bourbon like flavor. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with some sweetness and a little bit of booze taking it's place and it has a sweet, bourbon, vanilla, cocoa and slightly boozy aftertaste. This a pretty nice tasting beer, it's pretty complex, but in the end I think it's too sweet.

M- A little smooth, a little cloying, a little boozy, sticky, full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice , but I wish it was a little smoother and not as sticky.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a pretty nice example of the style, it was pretty sweet, but it did have some nice flavors and complexity to go with it and I thought most of the aspects worked well together. This beer doesn't have the best drinkability, one is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness, I also wish the booze could have been hidden just a little better. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I would be interested to see how it ages. I can't say I highly recommend this beer, but if you don't mind a lot of sweetness and some booze than this might be worth a try. All in all I liked a lot of the aspects of this beer, but there were a couple that just made it rough around the edges and it held this beer back from be as good as it could be. It's not a favorite Weyerbacher beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a nice and complex beer, I just wish it wasn't so sweet.

Aug 03, 2016
21st Anniversary Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 213 ratings