Secret Stache Stout - Finch's Beer Co.

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87
very good

508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: aasher on 02-26-2012)
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Reviews by estlinska:
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a standard shaker pint at The Saucer on 4/15/13. Pours a very dense and ebony black with just the barest of chocolate hues at the edges of the glass. It has a thick, medium-roast coffee colored head that erupts quickly from the pour and then settles down rather quickly. No light penetration at all. The smell was quite aromatic. It was a nice compliment of roasted malt and milky sweetnes. There was a nice subtle, not overly dramatic vanilla edge to the smell as well. It was equal parts roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate on the nose. No real hops on the nose. If lactose can have a smell, it was in this beer. The taste was rather good. It was quite swet and very smooth with the very mildest of a bittering hop to keep it reined in. For the most part though, it had all the nice flavor of a glass of chocolate milk. It was quite sweet with a nice roasted quality to it. The vanilla seemed to work synergistically with the lactose to create a strong sweetness. The mouthfeel, therefore came off as a little bit cloying. No alcohol on the tongue, good full body, but that sweetness just ended up lingering longer than I would have liked.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jp7161
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of joebeerdude
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.45/5  rDev +15%

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 +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Secret Stache Stout from Finch's Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.