Finally Legal
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,430
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,924
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.54%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
236
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
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Notes: 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.
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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a tap into pint glass in April 2019.

Appearance: Dark black with a thin tan/brown head. Head is thin, and does not last long nor leave much lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of chocolate and bourbon. There is also some roasted coffee, some bitter aroma like hops, and a hint of sweetness like caramel as well, but overall the chocolate and bourbon dominate the others.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the chocolate, bourbon, and coffee flavors. There is some smokie roasted flavors, a little vanilla flavor, and a small amount of bitter hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence as with other Imperial Stout, which matches the 13.5% advertised.

Mouth-feel: Very thick, but with a smooth body, that is not too creamy.

This is a very good, complex, strong Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is very smooth and really enjoyable to drink. Compared to Weyerbachers' other Imperial Stouts, it is sweeter with the chocolate flavors and also has more of a bite from the bourbon barrels. This sweetness and bourbon flavor is a nice balance to the high alcohol content. The Sunday Morning Stout and Sunday Mole Stout, have a little less body and more hop bitterness. Compared to Weyerbacher's Tiny Stout, Tiny has less alcohol flavor, no chocolate sweetness, but does have flavors from barrel aging of the stout. The 23 Anniversary stout is very unique with its golden appearance and profound coffee flavors.

All 6 of these Weyerbacher Stouts are excellent, with interesting differences between them. I wish they would bring back Old Heathen, as it was a very good RIS, and good for drinking oftem. Overall this Finally Legal and the Sunday Morning Stout are two of my favorite Imperial Stouts, and the best of the Weyerbachers stouts. Due to the high alcohol of Finally Legal, one pint is enough for one sitting, and it is something I save for special attention.

My current ranking of these 6 Weyerbacher stouts I have drank are (best first):

1) Sunday Morning Stout: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
2) Finally Legal: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
3) Sunday Mole Stout: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
4) Old Heathen: look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
5) 23 Anniversary: look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
6) Tiny Stout: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip.

Pours an opaque brownish black with a decent tan head (one finger, quickly settling) for the ABV, and a ring of lacing.

The aromas are strong and varied. Dark roasted malts, including coffee, cocoa, and char. The barrels and bourbon as well as vanilla are very present. Toasted oak, dark fruits (cherry and plum), anise, and booze. As the brew warms the oak really comes to the fore.

The flavor feels initially sweet, but balances. The initial flavors are dark malts, caramel, dark fruit, as well as semi-sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak all arrive as well. The back of the tongue is rushed with solid warming booze, but not fusel or burning. The smoke and char helps balance the sweetness. As the brew comes to temp, the oak of the aging really steps up its game.

Just shy of full-bodied. The barrel aging and booze leans this one down a bit. Good carbonation and finish.

Overall, a well balanced barrel-aged stout. Not a top of the line brew, but a very solid one. Sweet but not sticky, boozy but not burning. Some of the strongest barrel (the wood, not the booze) I've tasted in the style.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly nice imperial stout with impressive flavors and combinations, just not as well-balanced and smooth as I would have liked. Pours a nice deep, dark brown (almost black) color with just a little tan head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells of bourbon, malt, dark chocolate, medium roast coffee, vanilla, caramel and just a little faint wood. Taste follows the nose, with a little raisin and brown sugar as well. Smooth, rich mouthfeel with decent palate coating but the stronger alcohol flavors and warming sensations were a little overpowering towards the end. Decent carbonation. I would have liked a smoother, more smoky flavor and I didn't get any sense of bacon (as in its description). All in all, a decent stout that I enjoyed.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, black licorice and dark fruits.

T - Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, black licorice, vanilla and light bourbon.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a big slow sipping stout. The flavors are dark and rich with a nice alcohol bite.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 5/19/18 poured into Thulsa Doom. 13.3%.

Deep pitch black color with a head of 1/2 finger, beige in color.

Aroma is hot fudge covered prunes, plain and simple. Maybe a dash of vanilla. It also simply smells like Weyerbacher - and you know what I mean (touch of nail polish, Belgian inspiration).

Flavor brings a LOT of complexity... in the form of vanilla, roasted malts, hardened hot fudge, molasses, plums, prunes, caramel, raisin, and dark cola syrup. Alcohol heat on the finish, very mild antiseptic but noticeably less than other heavy Weyerbacher stouts I've had.

Feel is very carbonated which helps prop up the super sticky and thick body. You can feel the sugars soak into your palate, but the carbonation lifts them up so it's not overly heavy. Nice dry, hot, heavy finish.

Overall a very impressive whiskey barrel aged stout even though the whiskey and barrel were not prominent. I think the whiskey barrel did enough to enhance the character of the beer but not overwhelm or become the star of the show. Feeling this already. Good stuff, and would definitely buy this in a 4 pack.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with a fingernail of brown around the rim. The aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, and faint chocolate. I’m tasting bourbon, vanilla, and a touch of chocolate. The mouth is chewy and sticky.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown motor oil color with a fluffy medium-sized head. nose; light coffee, brown sugar/dark cola, chocolate, raisin, light bourbon, & vanilla. taste; dark roasted malt, bakers chocolate, vanilla, ethanol, mint, cherry phenol, light bourbon, molasses, & light mellow hops. a touch charry & hot on the end, but at 13.5% you might expect so. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. a nice, warming sipper; a bit sweet, but delicious!

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Dated 3/13/17.

Black with a 1/2 finger head. Thin ring of froth remains around the perimeter of the glass.

Anise, cocoa, vanilla, booze and molasses on the nose and the palate. Heavy sweetness on the finish. Some bitter cocoa attempts to balance but ultimately fails.

Mouthfeel is decent. Light carbonation, medium bodied.

This one was better cold. The sweetness became difficult to manage as it warmed. Some good flavors are overcome by sugary syrup. One and done.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When Raul thinks Finally Legal, he thinks more of Woody Allen’s dating history, not beer. But let’s move on. From the get go, these beer stared back at me like a translucent angel. I can see you. Can you see me? From there the aroma was impeccable like Behati Prinsloo at sunset (I’m talkin’ on all fours). Taste is just GD devine. Think of your finest moment with your girl, Bottle it, shake it, and drink it. That’s what Raul is left with.

Yes please!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
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 -1.7%
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 +3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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 NeroFiddled
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -4.4%
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 BenHoppy
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
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%
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 -6.1%
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 schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hmm. It makes me wonder if there was an illegal version. Maybe that said 12% on it?

I poured the whole thing in a big mug and drank it without sharing. More for me. I have another bottle too, but I won't push my luck. This is likely to make me pretty sleepy.

It pours with little head. Black and actually a bit thin looking. Mine did not keep fizzing or leave any lacing. The aroma is sweet boozy malts, with who knows what thrown in. The taste is a big boozy malty affair, with some spices or something underneath. It's plenty bitter, though, to make up for all that malt. The whole experience is very boozy, with a big alcohol burp.

Recommended.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pitch black with a small tan creamy tan head. A thin film remains forever, leaving streaky lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, soy sauce, vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, fudge, smokiness, boozy sweetness.

T: Huge dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa powder; soy sauce, beef broth, umami; caramel, brown sugar, pumpernickel bread. Amazing balance between fudgy sweetness and burnt roast. Chocolate syrup and black coffee. Hints of smoke and ash. Vanilla and bourbon, toasted oak. Sweet, but with a nice balancing earthy, roasted bitterness on the finish.

F: Super thick, chewy, and oily. Creamy. Moderately carbonated. Slick and sticky on the finish.

O: Um...wow. World-class stout here. This one blew me away. Incredible. Buy it if you can!

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Photo of Pencible
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque cola with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like dark chocolate and vanilla, with some oak and earthy coffee.
T: It tasted like vanilla and rich milk chocolate, with some oak and earthy coffee and fudge. It had a clean sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a nice brew with well integrated but basic scent and taste. Not much bourbon character, but still rich and delicious. The body was solid and the finish was surprisingly smooth, so it was easy to drink. Might age well but doesn't need it. Not top tier, but really enjoyable.

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Photo of brureview
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big beer. 13.5% ABV. Drink slowly and at warmer temperatures.

Dark chocolate color in a Stone Snifter, with less than a half of a finger head.

The aroma is mild but quite good. Mostly Cocoa and vanilla. Some roasted malt.

Excellent taste. Cocoa nibs, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Mild bitterness. I like that. Although I greatly enjoy the sharp edge bitterness on Bourbon County Brand Stout, this is a welcome change.

Excellent winter beer. The aroma could have been a little stronger. Otherwise it’s quite good.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip. packaged 3/31/17, so closing in on 9 months old.

black as black can be body, small tan head which quickly disappears to just a ring.

aroma is only faintly bourbon.

it's an interesting taste though. the bourbon has clearly mellowed. I can't detect the cocoa, and the vanilla is more of a feel than a taste. roasted malts have also softened, but present, taste decent enough.

around medium on the mouth, a slightly slick finish with some bourbon notes.

overall, it's an okay beer, and at this age it seems the sum is a little greater than it's parts. of note is that the 13.5 abv is VERY hard to detect, so sipper beware!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and a viscous midnight black with a half finger crown of light tan foam.

Rich earthy and roasty notes with a strong oak character. Vanilla and cocoa notes grow as the beer warms.

Strong bourbon and oak flavor gives way mid sip to a heavy dose of chocolate and a sweet vanilla finish.

Overall, quite delicious barrel character and unrestrained. The only knock against this is the dry and bitter roasty finish.

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Finally Legal from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 236 ratings