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Secret Stache Stout - Finch's Beer Co.

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117 Reviews
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 620
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: aasher on 02-26-2012

Vanilla Bean Stout
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Photo of teromous
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a can.

Appearance: Black body with a massive foamy light brown head.

Aroma:There is a bit of an acrid aroma like a burnt frying pan and I can smell a spruce-like hop aroma. It isn't a diverse aroma but it has a very unique character that makes it interesting.

Taste: At first it reminds me of coffee and then I get a bit of charcoal flavor. It mentions vanilla on the can but I am not picking that up. It's a pretty average stout.

Mouthfeel: It has a pretty good mouthfeel. It is creamy with a medium thickness and an off-dry finish.

Overall: It's a pretty good stout. I was expecting some vanilla given the labeling on the can, and that was disappointing, but the stout itself is pretty good. On a side note this probably wouldn't be a beer that I would pick up again but because it is in cans I would be more likely to grab some for a camping trip. (858 characters)

Photo of Laxadaisical
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This massively black stout is capped with a gorgeous, thick brown head, wafting roast barley, char, smoke, and roast coffee towards the nostrils. To balance this, there are deep caramelized sugars, crispy toffee, peanut brittle, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, a hint of chocolate syrup, and plenty of vanilla throughout. The flavor starts out dry, with the roast, char, and smoke moving into crispy toffee and peanut brittle, dark caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of roasty coffee. The vanilla bean addition just blends throughout the entire flavor in a rich, but not overwhelming way. For a 5.3% beer, the mouthfeel is full and creamy, characteristic of a much bigger beer. (672 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a one inch foamy fluffy head, and a decent amount of lacing.

This one smells like slightly artificial vanilla, and chocolate, with a little roasted malt.

Unfortunately, the vanilla here is a little flat and artificial tasting, not bring a whole lot to the table. There's some chocolate and roasted malt, as expected, but the flavors just seem a bit muted.

This has a watery mouthfeel, with a thin body, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This is certainly a lower-end stout for me. I wish the vanilla had a bit more of a natural or authentic feel. (650 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-almost black in color with two fingers worth of tan head

S-roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla

T-tastes of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall very easy to drink, pretty sweet, decent stout (271 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a pitch black color with a slight head. The aroma is extremely robust to roasted malts and slight hint of vanilla. The flavor is pretty thick and rich. The robust flavors are big, bold and linger on well into the after taste. Fairly decent for the style but yet not what I was expecting from a sweet stout. (317 characters)

Photo of rangerman21
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark black, brown head with good retention
S- Roasted malts
T-Smooth and roasty. Delicious bitter finish, hint of vanilla.
F- Smooth
O- Smooth and pleasant to drink. Good balance and taste (191 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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 (247 characters)

Photo of Czarkazm
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a snifter, poured from the can. Clear black with ruby red highlights when held up to a light. Creamy mocha colored head. Milk chocolate and coffee ice cream on the nose, as well as soft roasted malts. Medium-light mouth feel, well carbonated, pleasant chocolate sweetness, and coffee bitterness. Easy drinking and overall verydecent for a 5.3% stout. (368 characters)

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap.
Very dark color, perfect for the stout.
Smell is of vanilla and hints of coffee.
Taste is a spectacular blend of stout heaviness with vanilla finish.
Overall one of the best stouts I have had in a long time. (233 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16oz can from Sully's
Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a smallish tan head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of chocolate, roast and vanilla dominate with hints of dark fruit, charred sugar and light earth. The flavor is sweet with big chocolate and vanilla countered with a sharp molasses char kind of flavor happening. Little to no hop flavor or bitterness that I could find. Thick body with an oily sugary mouthfeel and a faint level of carbonation. 5.3 % abv but it drinks like its 9% and thick inky oily as shit. Not something I enjoyed much. (570 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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. (251 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a solid milk type stout, with a higher degree of residual sugar than a basic american stout usually has, but without the body added by the lactose. its lighter than others texturally, but the flavors are real robust. dark specialty grain keeps the roast high and the bitterness lower than usual from unmalted roasted barley. caramel and toffee flavors are in the middle of this, and a vanilla pudding flavor too, very desserty, but drinkable since its not to huge in body. its been awhile since i had a beer from these guys, but all have been quite good if i remember correctly. this is one of those stouts you probably go back to again and again if its for sale in your market. its distinct, its drinkable, and its just rich enough. i like the way the grain leads the way, and builds up so much depth. lots of character in this beer, very well made. was a pleasure to have it on tap. (884 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Finch’s Secret Stache Stout has a rather thin, beige head, a very, very dark brown (black) appearance, and a lacing sheen left on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate malt, dark coffee, and cream. Taste is of creamy, black malts, some char (but, not much), astringent bitterness, and no vanilla, that I could detect. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Finch’s Secret Stache Stout finishes powdery dry and highly drinkable.

RJT (431 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Secret Stache pours a deep brown, with an extremely frothy, rather tall khaki head. The aroma contains sweet notes of caramel, toffee, and lots of roasted malt. After sampling the flavor, I find it to be very full for only a 5.3% ABV beer... It's big with coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla bean flavor. It's got a creamy finish and a pleasantly soft mouth feel. Overall, a fine balance of toasty, bitter, and sweet! I'm glad I tried it, as I hadn't heard of the brewery before - would definitely buy again. (508 characters)

Photo of Michaelsthlrnd
5/5  rDev +28.2%

This is one of the smoothest stouts I have ever tried. The coffee hits you in the mouth, the chocolates warms the nose, and the vanilla bean makes it all flow smooth. This is a sweeter stout, but one I can finish any day with. Pour over vanilla ice cream, and there is nothing better. (284 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. No date seen.

A: Very dark ruby-tinted brown body on the pour. Opaque black in the glass. 3 fingers of light mocha-colored head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Coffee, cacao, roasted malt with an earthy character. Subtle vanilla. Very faint smoke. Burnt nuts. Overall, the nose is a bit light. Somewhat medicinal.

T: Tangy, roasted malt initially with a burnt character arising midway. The hops build gradually for a semi-dry finish. Alcohol presence seems disproportionately high for 5.3% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium to light body. A touch prickly.

O: Great looking stout that came up a bit short in the taste department. There are some good flavors lurking in there, but the brew struck me as a bit unrefined and somewhat harsh.

Prost! (847 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

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. (421 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this cannery. Found at WFM craft pack.
This beer packs more flavor, complexity, body that most at 5.3% abv. Applause for that.

A: Oily pour, but too fast fade and too flat.
S: Very nice bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, chocolate syrup, treacle, char. Whiskey barrel notes from the vanilla. Very good complex smell for a 5.3% beer.
T: Follows the smell. Too heavy on the vanilla, mars the otherwise fine stout. A little sweet on the finish.
F: Good body, depth, but a little sweet on the end. If you want a meal and complexity in a sessionable stout good, but too sweet for more than 1 for me.

O: Must try. Interesting - whiskey like, rich, deep Stout at a moderate ABV. But sweet for some. (701 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Secret Stache Stout pours a black color with a small tan lacing head. There is a big roasted aroma hints of vanilla. The taste is big and roasted, a little smokey, nice vanilla flavors. Body is just a little watery. Overall its a very good beer, if the body was fuller it could be great. (291 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

A: Thick, sluggish pour from the can, much thicker than expected for a 5.3% ABV stout; inky black; opaque; no light seems to come through on the edges of the glass; thin dollop of mocha head quickly recedes to a wisp of fine bubble on the surface that looks like an oil slick; slight lacing; looks more like a big imperial stout - a nice surprise.

S: Milk chocolate blending with a smooth vanilla note and maybe some caramel/toffee to lend an initial dose of sweetness; malts then come into play with smooth roasted coffee notes rising through the sweetness; also picking up notes of dark fruit (prunes or raisins); as the beer warms, more of the malty side comes out, with greater presence of molasses, soy sauce, dark fruit and brown bread loaf; vanilla presence rises late on, especially after agitating the glass, and it also stirs up some pleasant dark chocolate, fudge-like aromas.

T: Upfront milk chocolate sweetness mixing with a noticeable vanilla note that is pleasant without being cloying; it is reminiscent of a liquid Hershey's kiss; mid sip, the roasted flavors push through with a slightly bitter medium roast coffee flavor taking charge; it is followed by a second hint of sweetness in the form of dark fruit and molasses; finish starts to dry with a powdered cocoa note quickly followed by a roasted nutty flavor (think chocolate covered espresso beans) before leaving a lingering, vanilla kiss that beckons for the next sip; nearing the end of the pint, the last few sips see the malts really wash out the palate, with a prominent roasted note backed with bittersweet baker's chocolate and a dash of soy sauce; the vanilla presence is an afterthought, like cold coffee with just a splash of french vanilla half-and-half.

M: Medium-to-full bodied - carbonation is low to moderate; I was not expecting an overly thick stout at 5.3% ABV; in fact, I was expecting this would have a thinner bodied mouthfeel coming out of the can, so I was slightly and pleasantly surprised when this beer presented a bit more creaminess than expected.

O: Well done with the addition of vanilla - it introduces itself early, adding a depth of sweetness to the aroma and taste without becoming cloying, and then steps aside to remind you that this is a stout after all. Smooth drinking with a low ABV, this stout punches well above its weight given its price point and relative obscurity compared to similar stouts with more name recognition. I'd rate this beer a couple of points higher on the basis of those two factors alone. But focusing on what this stout brings to the table, it is highly affordable, highly delicious, and all from a tallboy can. Recommended. (2,732 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

From a can, pours a dark chocolate brown, a little bit of head, but not much.

Nose is toasty, roasted malts, a little vanilla, cocoa and espresso and resin pine hops. The flavor is roast, dark chocolate, resin, earthy notes, a little bit of vanilla an cocoa.

This is good, but no where near the top for the type of beer it is. (329 characters)

Photo of OldeSchool
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance - Pours very dark brown; fairly robust light tan head.

Smell - Roast malt and dark chocolate abound; perhaps some vanilla in the mix as well. Very pleasant if you're a fan of the style.

Taste - More roast malt, with a lingering coffee flavor and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink - though I would have guessed that this beer had a higher ABV than it actually does.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel; goes down well.

Overall - This beer is not available in my part of the country, but I would partake fairly regularly if it was. Very drinkable chocolate / coffee stout that doesn't overwhelm the senses, but makes for an enjoyable experience. (699 characters)

Photo of cmq103
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up mixed brewery hand-picked variety pack at the Lawrenceville NJ Joe Canal’s. Among the beers was this Finch’s Secret Stache Stout 16-ounce, really cool looking can, which I poured into my Duvel Belgian Tulip glass for tasting purposes.

A: A slightly thicker generous pour resulted in a really thin beige head. The color was dark motor oil brown in appearance. Real dark, like no light was getting through this glass. Respectable lacing clung tight while draping itself down the side of my glass. So far, so good…

S: Roasted dark malts during the initial inhale, followed by distinct oatmeal and barley. Sure smells like an oatmeal stout to me. Hints of dark chocolate and vanilla are also present. If the taste is anything like the aroma then this is going to be a fantastic stout.

T: Like the smell, roasted dark malts with a lightly bitter finish. Oats and vanilla precede the mild bitter finish. Although I got the dark chocolate smell, only the bitterness of dark chocolate was noticeable. After the swallow, a coffee like taste remains on the tongue. This is really flavorful for a lighter stout. I must say again, it reminds me of fine oatmeal stout, which I really do enjoy.

M: Thicker body on the tongue with a creamy smooth texture from start to finish, almost an oily feel when I take a longer sip. Carbonation is minimal, but present. As noted above, a coffee like taste remains between sips.

O: My first Finch’s Beer Company beer and won’t be my last. According to their website, lactose was used during the brewing process. I didn't get the normal sweetness and lessening of bitterness lactose tends to add to a stout. Either way, this is a great stout in my opinion. I love the fact it comes in a 16-ounce can. A well done, year-round stout. I can’t wait to find a 4-pack of this beer. (1,830 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body and a dark tan head; looks like a stout. Smells of lightly roast chocolate cake primarily. Maybe a trace of vanilla.

Sweet tasting for sure but obnoxiously so. Lots of chocolately malts with a well incorporated hint of vanilla. No layers of complexity, but this is a very satisfying drink. (301 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate opaque color in a stein with a 4F head which slowly resolves.

The intial aroma is chocolate and dark roasted malt. The aroma lingers for most of the tasting- at the end of tasting the aroma is mostly dark roast.

The mouth feel is smooth- very little carbonation.

The taste is chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of sweetness.

The finish is slightly hoppy and smooth.

Overall, an excellent, easy drinking stout. I am a big fan of Finch beers- easy drinking, not overdone, and lots of flavor. (514 characters)

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