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Secret Stache Stout - Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 37 | 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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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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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.

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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.

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Secret Stache Stout from Finch's Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.