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Secret Stache Stout - Finch's Beer Co.

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Secret Stache StoutSecret Stache Stout

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very good

124 Reviews
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 646
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 22.68%
Wants: 14
Gots: 91 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aasher on 02-26-2012

Vanilla Bean Stout
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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 646
Reviews by MaximalC:
Photo of MaximalC
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest shade of brown with minimal molasses highlights around the periphery. The head is negligible in size but features a rich, mocha coloration that usually bodes well for stouts. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is mild, smelling of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a touch of black coffee.

The taste features bittersweet baker's chocolate and char up front with some milk chocolate coming through in the middle. The acrid character of the roast is quite assertive, but shy of overbearing. Coffee notes also peek in and out among the other burnt flavors. Dark chocolate lingers nicely into the finish, lending a touch of class. Traces of peppery hops start to sneak up on you as the beer warms, but that is balanced by the more pronounced dark chocolate character that comes with it. Do yourself a favor and give this brew ample time to warm up and reveal its full depth of flavor.

The most obvious pitfall here, and it really is quite unfortunate, is the thin body. A tasty, roasty, chocolatey stout like this should have at least a medium body, but this is just too loose to do the rest of the beer justice. Carbonation is barely there, but that's fine for the style. If there's a silver lining, it's that this stout is exceedingly easy to drink.

Secret Stache features outstanding coloration to complement its delicious chocolate backbone. The thin body is a disappointment, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a smooth, tasty stout with great drinkability. Not quite as amazing as I recall on tap, but still very good.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black as an oil slick with a creamy deep beige head atop.Aromas of bitter chocolate,vanilla,dark fruit,and mild char,it's pretty sweet.Flavors start out with a big hefty sweetness but a nice drying earthiness keeps it in check,alot of vanilla and dark fruit flavors to go along with bitter chocolate at the onset.One of the better milk stouts I have had in awhile,it's sweet but it's also got a big earthy/roasted finish.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jp7161
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Afroman
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of chip26
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jayman931
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can.

Looks like a stout, nice lazy, fluffy dark tan head, stays nicely.

Dark malts and some vanilla on the nose.

Smooth, mellow and tasty brew. More vanilla, milk chocolate, mild darker and roasty malts.

Another quality brew from Finch

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Robust coffee and coffee grounds, molasses, nice sugary middle with vanilla and cream compose the flavor profile. Nice and sweet with a crisp finish. My first beer from Finch's and I was pleasantly impressed. I will hunt this down and get it again.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Mugenlude
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Mattco
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of possumteeth
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of joebeerdude
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Saw this about a year ago and picked up the last four pack at my local beverage store. I really liked it. I was hoping to get some more later on but the store said it didn't sell that well and they didn't plan on ordering anymore. Bummer. Well today was a good day as it just happened to show up again on the shelf! Apparently the distributor made a deal the store could not refuse. For such a low alcohol content this beer is a really really big beer. I disagree that with another reviewer who thought it was 'thin'. It truly is motor oil. I'm thinking this stuff is darker than any of the imperial stouts I've tried (and I've tried more than a few). It's characteristics are pretty simple -- chocolate and vanilla -- and I'm OK with that. Tastes yummy. Not allot of crazy things going on like a high alcohol imperial stout but no mini-hangover the next day either from having two of these. Nothing else like this out there (as far as I know). A truly unique beer but more of a niche taste not for everyone.

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Photo of pat61
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%

Nose: chocolate, caramel, vanilla.
Pours dark deep brown under a robust finely bubbled 2” tan head.
Palate: creamy very light espresso bitterness forms a foundation supporting an overall structure of chocolate and vanilla seasoned with caramel with traces of grainy malt in the finish.
The Brewer manages to achieve Guinness level nitro carbonation and creaminess that provides a perfect vehicle for the rich palate.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Secret Stache Stout from Finch's Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.