Finally Legal
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,411
Ranked #6,751
4.09 | pDev: 8.56%
Jul 22, 2021
Apr 10, 2017
Finally LegalFinally Legal
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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4.08 by PaulMcartney33 from Florida on Jul 22, 2021
4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Aug 30, 2020
4.18 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Jun 04, 2020
3.36 by Bad_Attitude_Brews from South Carolina on Apr 17, 2020
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Apr 09, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz bottle with a 3 April 2017 bottling date stamp on the neck.
Pours near black with a short and short lived tan head. After settling, a partial ring leaves a modicum of lacing.
Smooth, full body with light carbonation and minimal heat from the formidable ABV. The aroma is complex and intriguing, with dark dried fruits in the foreground and some chocolate. The flavor reveals additional complexity including vanilla and dark bread notes. It is more boozy than the aroma suggests but less than expected given the ABV. It's rather sweet but this works with the other aspects of the flavor profile.
Overall: a sweet, complex, delicious Imperial Stout that leans towards a Belgian Strong Dark ale.

Jan 04, 2020
4 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Dec 28, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Dec 22, 2019
4.02 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Dec 20, 2019
4.03 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Nov 04, 2019
4.1 by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey on Jun 11, 2019
3.64 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 05, 2019
4.48 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on May 02, 2019
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4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

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

Apr 27, 2019
4.1 by robotic_being from Florida on Apr 22, 2019
4.23 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Apr 22, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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.

Mar 24, 2019
4.1 by baldy00 from Connecticut on Feb 08, 2019
3.96 by deg from New Hampshire on Jan 27, 2019
4.69 by dresserinthecorn from Pennsylvania on Jan 21, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by beersampler6 from Michigan

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.

Jan 20, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

Jan 17, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Jan 15, 2019
4 by Jhfinn from New York on Jan 02, 2019
4.08 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Dec 22, 2018
4.18 by Calraven from Michigan on Dec 08, 2018
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3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Dec 04, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jopezu from Georgia

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!

Nov 20, 2018
4.24 by srw from Virginia on Nov 12, 2018
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3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

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.

Oct 30, 2018
3.83 by rockrob from Massachusetts on Oct 27, 2018
4.29 by rangerred from Tennessee on Oct 27, 2018
4.97 by Vylo from New Jersey on Oct 24, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

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!

Oct 21, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 16, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by buschbeer from Ohio

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.

Oct 13, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Oct 01, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by bbtkd from South Dakota

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.

Sep 29, 2018
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Sep 27, 2018
4.1 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Sep 25, 2018
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