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Pig In The Wood - Finch's Beer Co.

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale aged 6 months in whiskey barrels from Koval Distillery.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-02-2013)
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Reviews by SportsandJorts:
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep blood red almost brown. a finger of a tannish head that fades slowly to a small lacing. just about opaque but lets through quite a bit of light. gives an almost orangish glow when held to the light

Smell: very strong whisky right away. a slight spiciness that almost seems more like a rye whiskey, mostly due to the lack of other flavors, though i don't think rye barrels were used. oak vanilla and alcohol make up most of the rest of the smell

Taste: whiskey, oak, booze. a malty sweetness balances out the booziness and intense flavors but fails to make a strong enough presence. not quite as much spiciness as the nose. malts are sweet caramel and fairly weak and in the backend

Mouthfeel: too light for the strength of the whiskey, the sweetness of the malts does a nice job of not leaving the alcohol astringent. lots of warming alcohol

Overall: i expected the bourbon to be a little weaker with a much stronger malt and possibly hop profile. close to being overly boozy and astringent but still slightly disappointing. it would be interesting to age this one out to see what happens but i would have to get a super deal to jump on it again

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 02:13:39 | More by SportsandJorts
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a thick cloudy amber-orange that looks sticky and sweet.

Smells immediately of whiskey, very malt forward with close to no hop character.

Wheeewwweee!!! Straight whiskey burn right down to my stomach. Nothing but whiskey. This needs at least year or two on it but didn't taste that great toake it worth while.

Mouthfeel-Whiskey burn

Overall way too hot for me, some age may make this taste better but honestly not worth it.

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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy medium red-brown. Looks chestnut in color. Head has some longevity.

Brown sugar, whiskey, Scotch ale malts, dried fig, kiss of smoke, and thin vanilla. Caramelized and malty. Picking up a lot of the base Fascist Pig.

Bourbon notes spill with toasted coconut, oak, and burnt sugars; and the hops have decomposed into papery herbal notes and spice. The smoke is implied, but not really there anymore. Firmly, a whiskey aged hoppy red, but the hops are weaker after the time spent in the barrel. I would almost describe the newer English flavors as those of an old ale. Dry finish is bolstered by a late carbonation burst. The body is medium to medium-thick. A worthy ale, considering what they had to work with.

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Maryland

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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Finch's Pig In the Wood a couple months ago for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I've had Fascist Pig a couple times at some beer festivals and I thought it was a pretty solid Amber and i'm interested to see how takes to some barrel aging, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- the label looks nice, it's got the same pig from the Fascist Pig label with a wood barrel like background and it has some nice and in depth information about this beer, I've never seen a beer list it's SRM and I had to look it up to find out that it's a scale for the color of the beer. I thought it was a little eye catching. It poured a nice mahogany brown color that took on more of a crimson and ruby color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and spotty lacing behind. I thought this was a very nice looking beer, i had a pretty nice color and the head, lacing and retention were all very nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a brown sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by the whisky barrels being the first to show up and they they impart a distinctive whisky aroma with some great caramel and vanilla like aroma coming through. Up next comes some caramel malt and sweet malt aromas that are followed by some nice dark fruit aromas with some fig and raisin aromas coming through. I thought this beer had a pretty good aroma, the whisky barrel seemed a little dominating, but it didn't have a real boozy aroma to it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with lower amount of high sweetness that had a light brown sugar like flavor to it and it's followed by the whisky barrels being the first to show up and they impart all those nice aspects that they did in the aroma with the vanilla and caramel flavors coming through nicely. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same malty aspects that I got in the aroma with the sweet malts and caramel malts still sticking out the most and it's followed by those same dark fruit aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time I think the raisins stick out a little more. On the finish there's a little bit of alcohol that is more warming than I expected and it's got a lower amount of bitterness with a caramel malt, caramel, and vanilla like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, it was a little warming for 8%, but I really like the flavors that the barrel imparts.

M- Fairly smooth, creamy, rich, a little sticky, a little warming, on the lighter side of full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, I thought it worked well with this beer, but if it was a little less warming it would make it smoother.

Overall I thought this was pretty good beer and I thought it was a pretty good example of a Barrel Aged Amber, the barrel was a little dominating, but it imparted some nice flavors and I like that they went the whisky barrel route instead of the typical Bourbon Barrels, I was a little skeptical at first since sometimes I think the Whisky barrel can impart too sharp of a flavor, but they worked out well in this beer. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, creamy, a little sticky, rich, a little warming, fairly filling and that taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think this is a nice beer to sip on and I think half the bottle is the perfect amount for me, i think the sweetness and warming alcohol might wear on me if I tried to drink the whole bottle to myself. I think it makes for a nice beer to enjoy in the cooler months and I think it would be nice to take to a bonfire in the fall. What I like the most about this beer was the whisky barrel aspect, I thought it imparted some nice flavors that worked well with this beer. What I liked the lest about this beer was the warming alcohol and the higher amount of sweetness, if those were both toned down a little it would be a very nice beer. I would buy this beer again, but it's not the kind of beer than I need a lot of, a couple bottles in the cellar is fine with me and I would like to see how it changes overtime. I would recommend this to people who like barrel aged beers and if a barrel aged amber peaks your interest you should for sure give it a try. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer. One thing that I don't understand is how this beer says it has the same amount of alcohol that Fascist Pig has, but I found it the alcohol to be more noticeable in the barrel aged version and it had a warming alcohol sensation that the non barrel aged version didn't have, it's also noticeably sweeter. This is up there as one of the my favorite beers from Finchs and it's up there as my favorite barrel aged Amber Ales. Good job guys. this was a pretty tasty beer, keep up the good work.

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04-27-2014 03:53:10 | More by StoutHunter
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Dark molasses with a light black pepper hop taste. The body is chewy with a decent amount of carbonation. There's a treacle flavor in the aftertaste with enough bitterness to bring balance. In a word, bittersweet.

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Pig In The Wood from Finch's Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.