Finally Legal | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Finally Legal is a big stout brewed with Munich malts, smoked malts, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder and vanilla. Rolling in at 13.5% ABV, Finally Legal has rich chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla and a touch of smoky bacon. As if that’s not enough, we blended this tasty brew with its bourbon barrel aged counterpart before packaging it for your enjoyment.


Added by fredmugs on 04-10-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,740
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
212
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
53
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer kind of sucks on all fronts. The first is the appearance sure it looks like a nice deep dark stout but the head fizzles to nothing fairly quick with no lacing. Next is the smell with the combination of both anise and booze both are kind of off putting and it doesn't even seem to have any actual wood from the smell just bourbon and maybe some molasses. Taste is better than expected roasted malts round with anise and molasses with bittering hops and little to no bourbon flavors. Mouthfeel is weird heavy yet not burning aftertaste and bittering hops in the finish but again no bourbon.

Quite weird this one is in fact a brew like this I would expect a anniversary ale but not a summer release. I paid about 5 bucks for this and the disappointment is immeasurable yet it did not ruin my evening.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and never really developed much head. A thin film of mocha head disappeared almost as soon as I stopped pouring.

The first thing I smelled was alcohol and anise. Then I picked up some dark chocolate and dark fruit.

The taste is pretty much like the aroma. I get dark chocolate, anise, and alcohol. I get a little dark berry in the finish.

Full bodied. Smooth mouthfeel

I purchased this beer this summer. I would have thought the alcohol would have mellowed a little, but it is strong in this one. It is a warming, enjoyable stout. It is a sipper for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an opaque espresso with a thin beige cap; spotty lacing action

Smell: Roasted tones, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and coffee with Bourbon tones buttressing

Taste: Roasted tones up front, with dark chocolate and caramel building; bitter coffee and vanilla emerge, in the middle, along with some dark fruit tones; after the swallow, the Bourbon and oak arrive, bringing warmth and complexity

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A nice effort for a big Imperial stout that keeps away from the sweetness I have seen so much of lately; good job

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Photo of bbtkd
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Finally Legal Imperial Stout, 13.5% ABV. Pours black with no head. Nose is roast malt, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is roast malt and cocoa, with a moderate bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A quickly diminishing head one inch dark chestnut head leads to a clean and polished surface over a dark oily coffee nature. A dark hickory ring is all that remains shortly after the pour around the rim's edge showing a clean vessel void of lacing.

S: Caramel toast and rum raisin bread is prominent on the nose. Slight sweet notes of chocolate and peat moss add back notes. Toasty grains, dark fruit and some molasses balances a roasty bitterness that has hints of alcohol fusels. Not sure of the abv% but have to guess its fairly generous. (edit: after finishing surprised to see this was 13.5%).

T: Boozy chocolate and cocoa are sweet with dark fruit and a slight burnt graininess. Boozy finish of sweet dark plums, earthy bitterness, raisins and some smoky peat. Toasted munich malts mix well with a vanilla sweetness and a finale of bourbon alcohol that adds loads of flavor components.

M: Thick and viscose mouthful lies heavily on the tongue with little to no carbonation. Slick and slippery, syrupy depth.
Roasted glow.

O; Big, sweet and boozy drink, roasted chocolate, dark fruit and some sweet molasses and bourbon brings everything together in a huge hearty drink that only gets better deeper into the experience. An easy to handle 13.5% is a meal within itself with a deep luscious body. This reminds me of a cross between a imperial vanilla stout and a scotch ale with some smokey peat notes. The booziness adds to the flavor and enjoy-ability with a rich deep chocolate nature.

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Photo of AltAdr
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sauced4life
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. "Finally Legal"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PACKAGED 05/18/18 708384B4"
$4.49 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, that's pretty dark. It's an opaque black with just a small glimmer of back-lit mahogany making it through at the base of the glass. The head is a creamy dark tan. In the aroma I'm finding a dark caramelish malt with dark brown sugar and a hint of molasses, sweetened black coffee, cinnamon (which is weird because it's not brewed with cinnamon), vanilla, Bourbon, alcohol, and a subtle smokiness. It smells a little like a sticky bun which might be swaying me to think of cinnamon. On the other hand, it also smells a little like a coffee and vodka soaked brownie so who knows? The flavor follows with more intensity and added notes of nuttiness, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, spice, some oak, soft fruit (red apple, red berries, pear), roastiness, earthiness, and leafy hops. There's a lot of sweetness to it and yet it doesn't finish sweet, probably because of the alcohol, earthiness and spice in addition to it's solid bitterness. The aftertaste is roasty, smoky, earthy, and leafy. I'm really surprised that with so much going on it was able to pull together so coherently, and I'd say it's remarkably well balanced. Many big beers score well just because they're big and malty and sweetish but this one deserves much more credit than that, this is a balancing act in motion. Wow, I just looked at it's overall score of 4.08... that's quite low in my opinion. Oh well. To finish up, in the mouth it's full bodied and dextrinous with a moderate, fine bubbled carbonation that lends a gentle crispness and then softens to become smoother - the alcohol adds some slickness to it. The head retention was fair to average, which is kind of expected for strong beers, and little lacing was left behind.
Review# 6,185

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice tan head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a dark chocolate black with a chocolate milk texture.

The smell is decent. It has a fairly strong boozy note to it with a mix of a creamy vanilla, which are the main notes that come out.

The taste is good. It has a strong creamy vanilla note with cocoa around the edges and a decent bourbon note as well.

The feel is decent. It has a heavy body with biting carbonation and a good alcohol burn to it.

Overall, a decent beer and worth trying or having once. It's definitely fairly indulgent and overpowering at times.

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Photo of chiefz1
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenHoppy
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Didn't care much for this fresh but now aged about 15 months it is fantastic. I get flavors of silky smooth chocolate, marshamello fluff, vanilla, bourbon, and a hint of smokey salty bacon. Could age another 3 months I think but I wouldn't age much longer than 18 months.

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Photo of tonydarkbeer
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes of mild chocolate and vanilla, dark fruit and just a touch of bourbon. Coats the mouth nicely. Enjoyed it thoroughly. The body is thick enough for an aged stout, mildly carbonated. This beer has nice flavors and is not just an alcohol bomb.

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Photo of micada
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2018 bottle poured slightly chilled to a glass stein. Color is very dark mahogany brown. Under a finger of head, with quick dissipation to a tiny light brown ring. Carbonation stays throughout the entire time, and keeps a fine lacing. Nose is coffee and sweet smoke, maybe some super dark cocoa. First sips are brash, with the smoke very up-front, which reminded me of the Stone Old Guardian I tried earlier. I could agree with a bacon twang. Lots of sweet malt back-end, sort of a Dr. Pepper meets 80% cocoa blend. Alcohol hides well, but of course, one must drink wisely. This is a livelier/brisker beverage, maybe due to the Munich malts, different than the Sunday Morning Stout, which is a different sort of stout experience altogether, IMO. I don't taste much bourbon, but maybe teeny teeny aftertaste if you really wait for it. I have a few more to cellar, so we'll see how it changes over time.

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Photo of ananddullabh
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DIM
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaphog
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikecd234
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Finally Legal from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 212 ratings