Finally Legal | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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:
#3,438
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
201
pDev:
8.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
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51
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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

Photo of MSchuler1
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IckyT2012
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jmar25
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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 gobuccos
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
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 LeftyMike
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Granuaile
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is DELICIOUS, lovely and malty and rich. Yet another masterpiece by Weyerbacher.

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Photo of M_chav
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Finally Legal from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 201 ratings