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Secret Stache Stout - Finch's Beer Co.

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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
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%

ShanePB, Feb 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

psmith161, Feb 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mecmd, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%

Very dark beer on the pour. Vanilla tones are clearly evident, though they seem to be cloying somewhat, which turns me off. Almost as if the volume is just a bit too high. I suppose it comes down to me wanting things to be more rounded on the overall. Still a decent beer, but when you are adding something to a beer such as vanilla, I think you need to make sure you don't overdo it and that there is some balance.

RblWthACoz, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a very dark black, looks very thick, decent head. Looks like a higher abv beer than it is.

Nose is fairly average--some cloying malt, some roast, maybe some mild chocolate. Nothing special.

Taste is considerably better--very chocolate forward, some smoke, hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is very thick for a low abv stout. Very nice.

Overall a very good stout, better in the mouth than the nose.


AlexFields, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours out a really dark black with very little suds which are tan and very small. Very little lacing
but there are some legs.
Aroma is toasted cinnamon raisin bread with sugar icing. The yeast is pungent through the charred malt.
Taste is sweet charred malt and coffee with the slight hint of dates. A little one sided but for a 5%er this is pretty nice.
Mouthfeel is sticky as all get out.. And just spill some on your hand or face. Sticky sticky sticky.
Overall this is a very nice cold weather daytime drink. You don't have to worry about high abv and this has a big darkness not usually found in 5% beers.

peabody, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dmorgan310, Feb 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

firstlighthiker, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Jkirk790, Jan 31, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +15.8%

16oz Can, pretty fresh. Served at around 55F.

Pours black with a two finger rich brown head, leaves beautiful drippy rings and sheets of lacing and holds a good cap. Purty.

Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts...that’s pretty much it, but that’s all there needs to be. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is more of the same, vanilla, rich creamy chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, fairly sweet, minimal bitterness, minimal alcohol. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy, gotta figure there’s some oatmeal at work here, soft to moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

Man this stuff is good. A real nice rich dessert, but not too big, so it’s soooo easy to drink. Tons of body and flavor for a 5.3% ABV Stout. Nailed it!

elgiacomo, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

camil1mj, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

PeteRiz, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

TrickkyGangsta, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

TastingRoomCharNtony, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Bullfrogchef, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Ohiovania, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

rmehughes, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

tmars13, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

A black, small light brown head. Light lacing, very small ring left over.

S very light, sweet, chocolate, light vanilla.

T light, sweet, creamy vanilla beginning, the middle is a Light ice cream, the end has a light cocoa powder. Very light chocolate aftertaste.

M sweet, thick, creamy, soft

O very good beer, I recommend trying it once.

Lare453, Jan 07, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

I picked up a can of Finch's Secret Stache Stout a couple weeks ago for $2.99 at The Lager Mill. This can caught my eye when I was looking for some new beers to try, I have never heard of Finch's before, but I decided to take a chance on them, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 16oz Tallboy into an imperial pint glass.

A- The can is really good looking and eye catching, it's got this street art vibe that is nicely done and it really sticks out on the shelf, great design. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through with a fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of spotty lacing. This is a nice looking Stout but it could have used a little more head.

S- The aroma starts off with nice and sharp dark chocolate aroma followed by some nice espresso like aromas. Up next comes a medium amount of sweetness followed by some nice and rich roasted aromas along with some good vanilla aromas towards the end. This beer had a great aroma, it was fairly complex with lots of rich and roasted aromas, I really like it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by lots of dark roasted malts that impart some nice bitter dark chocolate, lightly charred, and a light coffee flavors. Up next comes some creamy flavors followed by some vanilla that isn't overpowering and it goes nicely with the other flavors. Towards the end there's a medium amount of bitterness followed by a little more sweetness with a sweet and roasty aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, it was a little too much on the sweet side, but that's how this beer is intended to be, so it's not that big of deal.

M- Fairly smooth, rich, very creamy, sticky, full bodied and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel but it was a little too sticky.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, but I think the brewery was going for more of a Sweet/Milk Stout and this seems to fit that style perfectly with lots of sweet and roasted flavors and aromas. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth and the flavors held my attention, but the high amount of sweetness would prevent me from wanting another one, one pint is the right amount for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty awesome with tons of nice chocolate and roasted aromas that mixed perfectly with the vanilla, I was impressed. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness, I think if it was toned down just a little bit it was help the roast balance it out better. I would buy this beer again, I would like to take a couple cans on my next ski trip, I think this would be the perfect beer to have in the warming hut and share with friends after a morning full of skiing, and the fact that it comes in cans makes it that much better, I recommend this to anyone who loves stouts, especially Sweet and Milk Stouts. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I didn't know what to expect from this brewery but this turned out to be a good beer and they made a pretty good first impression on me, they crammed a lot of flavor into a beer that is fairly light on the alcohol, I will for sure be on the look for more beers from them, good job guys.

StoutHunter, Jan 05, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Pitch black liquid nearly overtops the lip of the glass only allowing for a thin cappuccino ring of foam to form. Looks thick and sultry. Some micro-lace left behind.

Semi-sweet aromas of dark chocolate, peat, and black coffee. Almost has a smoky character to it. Nice and roasty and not without a slight sting of alcohol.

Gruff roast kicks you with malt bitterness, vanilla bean, dark coffee flavors, chocolate, and molasses. Only semi-sweet, but greatly dark and rich. Except for the opening intro... pretty mild and sneaky in the start before the kilned grains really start to tickle the buds on the back of the tongue. Finishes with smoke-clearing sweetness and more decadence with some caramel, sweetened coffee, and light blue- and blackberry. Light hops noted, as well.

Medium-full body with a glugginess. Carbonation is appropriately soft, but peaks with a bristle in the middle.

Decently drinkable stout with some great sweet flavors. Would enjoy again.

thecheapies, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

let8it8grow, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

The beer pours an opaque, oil slick black color. The head is about one finger and medium brown. There's an ok film of foam that seems to stick a little bit to my glass. The film remains fro almost all sixteen ounces.

Roasted coffee, dark toffee, black chocolate with vanilla cream undertones make up this beers aroma.

Creamy smooth palate with a bitter chocolate and coffee finish. The front is creamy chocolate and a little coffee. Roasted and maybe burnt tasting malts come round in the middle and finish. Those mlats add a dark chocolate bitter finish to round out the sweetness from the start of this beer.

Well rounded and tasty stout. Great for a session in IMHO.

scruffwhor, Dec 28, 2012
Secret Stache Stout from Finch's Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.