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Secret Stache Stout - Finch's Beer Co.

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470 Ratings
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ystazi, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Localdrinklax, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of RWLawman
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Jet black. Pours like motor oil. Thin khaki head, with very little scattered lacing left behind.

S - Vanilla, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and coffee.

T - Mostly sweet milk chocolate, followed by a noticeable roasted malt presence, and coffee. There's the slightest hint of vanilla for me, not nearly as dominating as others have reported in past reviews. Not sure if this is the result of pouring from a can, or not.

M - Full-bodied, with moderate-to light carbonation, and a smooth, silky texture. It coats the mouth nicely, leaving you wanting more. I think out of draft, nitro-tap, or nitro-can/bottle, this would be a competitor with Left Hand Milk Stout or Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Very impressed, as I've never heard of this brewery previously.

O - Outstanding! Highly recommended for chocolate stout fans. Give this a shot. It's the chocolate milk of stouts.

RWLawman, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of andrewjraab
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black and thick as hell. Almost has a cherry cola hue to it.

S: Vanilla jumps out, coffee beans, coco.

T: Follows the lead of the nose and it is like drinking chocolate milk. It is silky smooth....chocolate silk.

O: So glad I got to try this (thanks DLP) - as stated above - like drinking chocolate milk, but with alcohol - a definite try.

andrewjraab, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jsteel2, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Ri0, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

notdriving, Mar 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

TasteTester, Mar 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

t0rin0, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can poured like motor oil, but with a durable brown head.

Aroma: coffee, milk and dark chocolate. Less roasted malt than expected.

T: dark roasted malts; no burnt quality; lots of dark chocolate, light vanilla and a trace of coffee, Rather sweet but not cloying.

M: Full-bodied; appropriately low carbonation; Very creamy.

O: A rich and satisfying sweet stout with a wallop of chocolate malts.

chinchill, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BeerZack, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Dirt, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JMartin, Mar 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

strohme2, Mar 17, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3 16oz "tall boy" can poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pitch black... car oil kind of black. There's a tiny head, but it goes away almost instantly, with just a thin, brown layer of foam on top. Lacing, at least initially, is sexy.

Smell: Super dark, roasted malts is the most notable thing here. However, there's plenty of chocolate-like notes as well, with some vanilla. The vanilla definitely comes out more in the aroma than it does in the flavor, which MAY be a good thing. (The vanilla is the main thing that drew me to this beer).

Taste/feel: What a stout. Forget the fact that it comes from a can. What. A. Stout. Balanced very, very well. It's never too sweet, or too bitter. Front of the sip is a bit of dark fruits (?) for sweetness, but then there's pretty much nothing but malty, chocolate goodness until the end. As the beer warms up, the beer seems to get a tad bit more bitter, and the vanilla comes out a LITTLE more, but I notice a lot of people complaining about the vanilla in it. To be honest, I don't really get much at all (at least when it's cold)... and that disappoints me. It's there in a subtle way, but I actually wanted a little bit more. Regardless of that, this is still a slick-in-the-mouth, quality stout: an absolute delight.

Alextricity, Mar 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Lob, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BigMikie, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can picked up here in Charlotte NC of all places. Slightly overfilled as there was no room to crack the top without splashing a little out. At least I know I didn't get jipped. Dark nearly black pour with some brown around the edges. Thin layer of dark tan head. Didn't retain too terribly long.

Aroma, chocolates and vanilla mostly, some toasted malt in there.

Taste, some dark chocolate and cocoa almost with the vanilla. Some light roast in there, malt and coffee.

Medium body, nicely coating. Good level of carbonation, not quite creamy feeling.

Kind of like a Youngs Double Chocolate but with vanilla as well. Very drinkable almost sessionable stout. Maybe just a tad thick to drink a bunch of. One of the better done vanilla beers I've had, most overdo the vanilla.

Bung, Mar 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

RedneckBeerz, Mar 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Mullinger1980, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

johunnic, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of dheacck11
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour from the can.

Super thick blackness with nice mocha head. Lots of lace.

Nose is pretty soft with vanilla being most prominent. Some hints of booze as well.

Taste is strongly vanilla throughout. Almost too much. Some hints of cocoa with burst of malt.

Mouth feel is almost syrupy. Super thick.

Wish I had read the can first and saw it was a vanilla stout. Kinda don't really like vanilla beer, but was an interesting try. Grew on me with time. Not bad, but not my thing.

dheacck11, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Gonzoillini, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

skaboom420, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like used oil, deep black with a half inch frothy chocolate head that slowly dissipates, leaving modest lacing.

Vanilla, roasted malt, booze, burnt rubber, chocolate, and tar form the aroma. There's a hint of earthy hop character.

Chocolate dominates the flavor initially, with slightly acrid roast malt weaving into the flavor throughout, finishing slightly dry with lots of vanilla. There's a hint of char in the aftertaste. Dark fruit notes add complexity to the fairly sweet backbone.

Body is moderate to a little light, with minimal carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Sweeter than I'd prefer, I think, and I'm not huge on vanilla, but the best finch's offering I've had so far.

barczar, Mar 02, 2013
Secret Stache Stout from Finch's Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.