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Secret Stache Stout - Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

499 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aasher on 02-26-2012)
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3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

when i cracked the can i thought this beer had gone completely flat. there was no trace of carbonation until almost half way through the pour. we have a sleeper.

as soon as i started to pour this into my tulip i began to wonder if this might be better served over pancakes. this is one thick beer. i really cant think of anything ive had that was thicker; bourbon county thick. the carbonation finally showed up about 1/3 through pouring. it has a cool kind of guiness rising carbonation effect (the only cool thing about that garbage) only more subdued. you're left with a pint of beer so thick it might as well have been made by ben and jerry with a chewy looking thin but dense cap of dark mocha head.

smells like a pretty typical stout, maybe a little coffee, char, vanilla maybe; i'm trying. It's all pretty faint.

the taste is like that moment when you're blasted out of an acid trip where you're dreaming that you're drinking a beer but you're actually licking an uncleaned BBQ. what the hell? this is liquid char? little tip. let this one breathe a little longer than you would an american stout, normally. it sucks right out of the fridge and NO, i do not keep my beer fridge too cold.

this one just takes a bit longer to warm to a point where you can really taste this beer. after a while its actually quite nice. the vanilla i thought i smelled comes up and there's this off-ish sweet flavor unlike anything else i've tasted in beer before. almost like coffee mate. gotta say, i dont hate it.

The mouthfeel and texture with the carbonation is what i really love about this beer. its so creamy. i love a good thick beer with a nice persistent but small, tingly carbonation. this would do well with a few alterations as an imperial. good beer, kinda weird. let it warm. patience is a virtue.

Monalenard, May 09, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass.

Pours pitch plack with a thin quarter inch dark tan head that fades away within a minute to some swirling on top of the beer. A few splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass but not much else. A little bit of a let-down.

The aroma, however, more than makes up for the unimpressive aroma as it really blows me away. Tons of milk chocolate leaping out as well as coffee and a healthy dose of vanilla. There is a moderate roast tying it all together but a really mouthwatering and delicious aroma throughout.

The flavor is even better. The vanilla really stands out married nicely with milk chocolate. Almost reminds me of chocolate milk or a Hershey's bar. Coffee is there but remains in the background lending just enough roastiness to keep things from getting too sweet. Some swirls of caramel also come through with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel finish with just a little stickyness and lingering roast.

Overall, this is possibly one of the best lower strength American Stouts I have had. The vanilla is perfectly done as it is all too often overwhelming in beers. All flavors balance perfectly and the body is awesome. Definitely a beer you should pick up if you get the chance.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to the creator of the can quest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is chocolatey, a touch of coffee as well. Taste is very good. Lots of chocolate, some vanilla and coffee, tasty and enjoyable. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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Secret Stache Stout from Finch's Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.