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:
#5,054
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
227
pDev:
8.8%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of dresserinthecorn
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beersampler6
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -1.2%
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 +2.4%
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 Jhfinn
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Calraven
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev -11%
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 +10%
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 srw
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
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 rockrob
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rangerred
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -10.5%
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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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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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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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

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Finally Legal from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 227 ratings