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Secret Stache Stout - Finch's Beer Co.

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very good

439 Ratings
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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aasher on 02-26-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Jayman931, Dec 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

TypsiYpsi, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Boone757, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%

From the can. Sampled on December 18, 2013.

The color is dark brown to oily black. The lack of head makes it look more like oil.

The aromas are both subtle and distinctive with characters of dark roasted and burnt malts, vanilla beans, and a touch of smoke.

The body is about medium but it is also smooth and creamy like the way I enjoy stouts.

The taste evolves as it warms with the same distinctive smoked, roasted malts and vanilla flavors merging ever so slightly with a low dry hop bitterness. It evolves in favor of the vanilla.

puboflyons, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

chooch5, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Sekliw, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Cresant
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured this 16 oz. can into a nonic glass. No date on can. The body was an opaque black/brown. The head was dense and tan. Solid lacing remained after a heavy pour.

The smell was ashy and grainy. Molasses and a bit metallic.

The taste was sweet with a deep fruitiness. Dark chocolate and cherry. Very drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden. Vanilla and some metallic notes too. Not off-putting but distinctly metal.

The mouthfeel was creamy with a medium body. Modest carbonation. Overall solid.

Cresant, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

67cuda, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jpjayp, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jn84, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Bjlps, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BrandonOakes, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jpaulsen, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

After only a slight hiss when I cracked the can, I gave this one a pretty aggressive pour and ended up with paper-thin khaki layer on the surface. Impressively black though, with absolutely no light getting through. Rich chocolate and coffee bean aromas front and center, lactose creaminess, caramelized sugar, and some mellow vanilla blended into everything. Kind of pipe tobacco-y as it warms up. Roasted malty flavor...coffee with cream and sugar, vanilla bean, tobacco, plenty of bittersweet chocolate, and nuts. Light on the carbonation, creamy texture, a little dry char developing as I sip it. Would make a nice dessert beer, though many wouldn't even consider a 5.3% ABV stout to do the job. Rich, creamy...very nice.

wedge, Nov 30, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Pours an opaque thick and viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass at the surface of the beer and a hint of very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet milk chocolate with some lighter notes of lactose.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of dark and lightly roasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of milk chocolate. There are light to moderate flavors of vanilla towards the finish. There is definitely a presence of lactose in this brew. Very light hints of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable, if a touch sweet for my tastes. Definitely one that I would grab again as it was a hit with my wife and mother-in-law who both thought it was quite tasty. Would be a really nice beer with dessert.

dbrauneis, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

AndrewMichael, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

JJStout83, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of MCain04
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz can courtesy of the guys at Finch's, thanks! Poured into my DFH oversized snifter.

Pours an almost black body with a tan creamy head of good retention and lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Maybe a little tobacco. Great aroma overall.

Taste is subdued compared to the aroma. A little watery. Still getting the roast character and a little bit of chocolate, maybe vanilla, not much coffee, drinkable but too bland.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little thin. Slightly sticky and dry finish.

Overall, very drinkable, but suffers in that it is thin and diluted in the taste. Fantastic aroma though, and a great stout for those wary of a heavy mouthfeel.

MCain04, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

SHerninko, Nov 15, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

MaximalC, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Chico1985, Nov 11, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

joebeerdude, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Dcunicelli, Nov 07, 2013
Secret Stache Stout from Finch's Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.