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Secret Stache Stout - Finch's Beer Co.

Secret Stache StoutSecret Stache Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

329 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%


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:
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(Beer added by: aasher on 02-26-2012)
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MaximalC

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 01:43:51 | More by MaximalC
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

01-05-2013 04:48:09 | More by StoutHunter
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estlinska

Arkansas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 22:49:18 | More by estlinska
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$3.19 for a 16oz can at Siciliano's. Brewed with vanilla and lactose. 5.3% ABV.

Pours out to a clear deep black. Pretty thick and dark for a 5.3% beer. Forms a nice creamy dark tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild-moderate, ~2.0 carbs or so. The aroma opens with vanilla, some carob, a little black walnut, roasted grains, and distant hops. Mouthfeel is smooth with a viscosity bigger than the 5.3% would have you believe, partly due to it's lower carbonation. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Bitterness is mild, but there is still some late addition hop flavor rounding out the roasted grain notes. Burnt marshmallows and burnt sugar in the finish, but not sweet, per say (despite the lactose). There is a weird combination of flavors going on between the hops and the roast malt. It's not bad, but a touch acidic. Otherwise, cleanly fermented.

This is an interesting beer. I think most stout lovers are going to enjoy it, and like I said, it has an impressive mouthfeel despite the 5.3%, however the acidity of the hops and the roast hurts it a bit and doesn't lend to me drinking more than one of these at any given time.

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 01:35:12 | More by Mitchster
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-17-2013 15:39:44 | More by Alextricity
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, served in a stemmed tulip glass.

Black body with dark tan foam, head recedes after a few minutes, leaving a spotty halo of lacing around the edges of the glass. A delicate wisp floats on the surface.

Roasty bitterness, earthy grain husks and slightly lactic, unsweetened dark chocolate in the aroma.

Creamy light feel, light earthy chocolate bitterness. Not much vanilla, but plenty of dark chocolate and some earthy hop bitterness. Dry roasty aftertaste, light bitterness and lingering chocolate traces. Not overly sweet, balanced with just the right amount of chocolate and mellow hops. A rich and flavorful stout, better than most/all of Finch's output thus far.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:05:21 | More by emerge077
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Gonna see if my pre-wedding Friar Tuck's run pays off here: This stuff pours a stark matte black topped by a finger (at most) of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild vanilla, and a touch of dark chocolate powder. The taste brings in more of the same, though the dark chocolate comes across as sweeter, and the vanilla comes through stronger, bolder, with more of a bean character than before. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, this turned out to be a solid stout, easily the best thing I've had from Finch's. If only they could replicate the success, bring it over to their other brews...

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 07:22:15 | More by TMoney2591
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

12-28-2012 16:32:01 | More by scruffwhor
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Bung

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-14-2013 02:11:39 | More by Bung
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 02:57:43 | More by andrewjraab
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really lovin' what Finch Beer Co. has in mind, their Milk Stout takes on a sturdy roast character that's buffered with vanilla and cream for a savory desert-like effect.

The lush ale pours with a deep and dark brown color that hinges on black- seeming near clear, its onyx-like sheen is deep and ominous. Even with a turbulent pour, the head is short with tan coloration and its lace is slight as the oils of vanilla and cream make their presence known.

Lovin' its aroma, the scent of bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts, deep roast coffee, burnt sugar and malted milkshakes offer up first impressions. But as the taste settles in. the ale favors and malty-rich middle palate of brown sugar, toffee and molasses before it surpasses sweetness and favors burnt toast, espresso, and heavy whipping cream even late in taste- its vanilla thread is eventide with each and every sip but never commands the overall flavor.

Its easy to be seduced into bigger and more robust texture, but the ale is remarkably even and balanced. Even after the early carbonation subsides, its late structure is smooth, light, and pleasantly pillowy even as the slight herbal hops, alcohol warmth, and receding malts suggest otherwise.

Delicious in its taste, Finch's Beer Co. is upping the game of Stout yet keeping them drinkable, smooth, and ever so lavish. It's clear that Finch Beer Co is upping their game in the dark ale arena.

Serving type: can

06-05-2013 06:58:59 | More by BEERchitect
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on or freshness date present. My second beer from the local Finch's Beer Co., excited to try it since I love vanilla and I was impressed by their first offering that I tried, Finch's Beer Co. Threadless IPA.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Aggressive pour straight down the center yields about one and a half fingers of creamy dark brown / mocha colored froth on top of a rich dark opaque black colored body. No light shows through. No lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is more subdued than I would expect: dark roasted toasted malt presence, iced black coffee, cream, smooth chocolate & sweet natural vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose, only better: creamy milk chocolate, lactose, dark roasted coffee beans, toasted malt, faint smoke, & of course beautiful natural vanilla extract.

M - Silky smooth & creamy, hardly any carbonation or coarseness to be found at all. A bit of roasted coffee bean bitterness leftover on the palate.

Overall, an incredibly smooth and easy drinking stout. Wonderfully flavorful, considering the lower 5.30% abv this beer carries. Definitely a nice beer, the vanilla flavors deliver the goods. Definitely a stout I would drink again and again. If you get this beer in your area, drink it.

Finch's Beer Co. Secret Stache Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: can

07-30-2013 22:26:47 | More by mfnmbvp
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oberon

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black as an oil slick with a creamy deep beige head atop.Aromas of bitter chocolate,vanilla,dark fruit,and mild char,it's pretty sweet.Flavors start out with a big hefty sweetness but a nice drying earthiness keeps it in check,alot of vanilla and dark fruit flavors to go along with bitter chocolate at the onset.One of the better milk stouts I have had in awhile,it's sweet but it's also got a big earthy/roasted finish.

Serving type: can

06-10-2013 22:54:16 | More by oberon
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Jet black pour. Seems to have good clarity.Brown head settles rather quickly. Thin, broken ring of lacing.

S: Roast and dark fudge sauce. Strong waft of vanilla brings a milk chocolate impression. Roasted coffee beans. Malted milk balls. Tight berry darkfruit deep in the background.

T: Dark chocolate fudge, woody and roasty, slightly acrid and acidic. Black coffee. Tight berry. All of this is tempered by the vanilla and lactose, which add enough sweetness to take the rougher edges away. Malted milk balls. Roasty, sooty, and smokey finish lasts a long time.

M: Moderately thick. Luxuriously creamy and silky. Modest sense of weight. Low carbonation.

O: A very easy beer to drink. The bolder and harsher flavors are brought into balance nicely by the lactose and vanilla sweetness, and the body and texture go a long way to increasing drinkability as well.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 01:48:02 | More by ryan1788a5
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MCain04

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 05:42:02 | More by MCain04
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with a thin, creamy tan mousse that makes a point of disappearing rather quickly.

S: Aromas of vanilla bean, heavy cream, roasted grain, coffee, and dark chocolate fill the nose.

T: Notes of vanilla, cream, roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, dried black cherries, leather, and mildly earthy hops fill the mouth. The finish is toasty and smooth with pronounced vanilla, cream, leather, coffee, and dark chocolate flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, silky, and smooth. Carbonation is gentle and delicate. Though this is a bit slighter and thinner than many American stouts, it is incredibly easy to drink.

O: Overall, this is a good, basic American stout. Fans of the style should be pleased.

Serving type: can

03-17-2014 13:22:41 | More by mrfrancis
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 22:53:06 | More by dbrauneis
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wedge

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

11-30-2013 20:37:35 | More by wedge
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a one finger of brown head. The head fades almost instantly to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a nice heavy coffee smell. Along with these aromas are some sweeter aromas of a caramel nature mixed with a little bit of a vanilla smell. A little bit of a chocolate aroma mixes with the rest producing a rather nice and sweet dark smell.

Taste – The taste begins roasty and sweet with a good level of caramel and vanilla sweetness as well a nice roasted malt base. As the flavor advances some lighter flavors of a coffee nature come to the tongue, which start out quite light, but gains intensity as the flavor moves more toward the end. Along with this, a little bit of cocoa sweetness comes to the tongue being complimented nicely by the sweeter flavors of the beer. With a lighter flavor of char also joining the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a nice roasty and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation level is very nice for the roasted, cocoa and coffee flavors of the brew, nicely enhancing all the more intense flavors. A little thicker of a body may have been even better for the brew, but overall, at only 5.3% abv., the body was quite appropriate.

Overall – For an only 5.3 % abv brew, this beer packs quite the flavor punch. A nice and tasty “session style” stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 01:10:15 | More by Darkmagus82
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

draft at beer study in chapel hill.

black color with a light beige head. smell is very pronounced with malts and roastyness. taste is quite tame but has an interesting malt character and an inviting sweetness on the back end. mild body, low carbonation. good, easy drinking lower ABV stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2014 22:17:07 | More by Axnjxn
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barczar

Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | 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.

Serving type: can

03-02-2013 00:44:04 | More by barczar
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pounder Can > 2X IPA Glass

A - Pours out pitch black with a thin layer of fizzy brown head, no lacing.
S - Wonderful aroma, tons of vanilla, nice roasty malt, some toffee tones to it, a little dark chocolate, roasted coffee, a touch of hazelnut.
T - Rich flavor, but not over the top, creamy smooth roasted malt, sweet vanilla bean, toffee. This almost has a brown ale quality to it, mildly nutty. It is somewhat thin at the end.
M - Super creamy and smooth without being super sweet, quaffable to the max.
O - Very good, lots of Vanilla flavor and a nice toffee touch to it. Though I appreciate the lower alcohol content of this one, because its packed with flavor, it could benefit just a little from a more thick and velvety composure in flavor.

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 00:03:42 | More by Omnium
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sleuthdog

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: This stout pours a real nice oily black. In fact there is no light visible through the beer even being held up to a light. A beautiful mocha one finger head forms that recedes quickly. The lacing on this thing is ridiculously awesome. As the head does recede it just clings to my glass and as I tip and swirl it just grabs on and slowly glides back down.

S: Upon first smell I definitely pick up the vanilla (it is an ale brewed with vanilla). In fact it smells like a vanilla marshmallow. I also pick up some bitter chocolate, roasted malts and ever so slight coffee.

T: In the taste I do get the vanilla although not as I was expecting. It is sweet at first taste but then the bitter chocolate takes over. I pick up some wood/smokey notes on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is rather light and not as chewey as I thought it might be. I get a mild prickliness from the carbonation although it is very moderate. As I allow it to coat my mouth it does seem to linger after swallowing and the creamy feel is intriging. The more I sip and review I am enjoying the mouthfeel on this one. Not too viscous and not too watery.

O: At $5.99 this one is hard to beat! Great job Finchs on a really enjoyable easy drinking stout. I hope they offer this one again because I would buy more for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 00:08:20 | More by sleuthdog
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with almost no head to speak of

S: Roasted malts with a hint of vanilla and lactose. Not much to the aroma

T: Roasted malts followed by a little vanilla and some sweetness to balance the roastiness. Again, not much to it but it's pretty much spot-on for what it's supposed to be

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: At 5.3%, this is a nice vanilla milk stout with a good roasty character and a little sweetness. Should definitely be characterized under milk/sweet stout because it's brewed with lactose and it definitely comes through, providing some sweetness along with the vanilla. Not a bad value at $10.59 for a 4-pack of 16 oz cans

Serving type: can

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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can at Boston's Bistro & Pub, Dayton, OH

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lactose are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of milk chocolate along with a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O:This beer is almost like a liquid Tootsie Roll. It is also very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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