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Pig In The Wood - Finch's Beer Co.

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 25.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-02-2013

Imperial Red Ale aged 6 months in whiskey barrels from Koval Distillery.
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3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of tbryan5
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this brew is getting somewhat of a bad wrap. Is it the greatest BA Amber? No. Does it offer a nice malty tasty paired with pretty big oak and bourbon notes? Yes.. Kinda boozy too but Worth a shot if its in the right price point in your area.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of JMS1512
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hard, two-step pour into a basic pint glass.

Aroma: Whisky, whisky, and a hint of whisky. NOT a bad thing. But this bad boy certainly is more brash and brazen than its pot-bellied piglet relative, of which I reviewed last NBS.
Appearance: When held up to natural light, I perceive a sienna or burnt sienna hue, bordering on burnt orange. Beige head that will leave dense, fine-filter, collanderish looking lacing.

Taste: Caramel malts greet me at the door and provide me a nametag; a bit of hops sit me down for small talk in the middle, rye deftly changes the music on the playlist. By the end, the oak and whisky are debating me in a philosophical discussion of rationalism versus imperialism. Being a heady type of guy (look what I did there) I’m definitely a rationalist, and the beer, considering I have to taste and smell, and look at it, says I’m dumb for being a rationalist AND a beer drinker.

Mouthfeel: Tiny bubbles, medium to medium-heavy coating, especially on the front on my tongue. I get a little bit of a syrupy feel going down, but nothing that turns me off.

Overall: I appreciate the difference between this and the non-wood version, each in their own right. I also like that though it’s aged in whisky barrels, the abv has remained the same, and Finch’s didn’t try to imperialize it. 8% abv at this size offering (650 mL) is quite enough. The booze is pretty well hidden, but you taste it in the end. It does not assault you from the moment you walk in the door for the party. Truly enjoyable and altogether drinkable of a pleasant, if hot, NBS in NWNJ.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent caramel color with 3 fingers of billowing tan head. Stellar lacing and head retention

S. Whiskey barrel, toffee, and vanilla

T. Toasty, butterscotch flavor, slight peaty ness and booze warmth up front. Some okay dryness and smokey ness marry with restrained butterscotch as this warms. Finishes smokey, dry and slightly woody with a little sour mash twang

MF Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinks fairly easy, given the complexity and heft, this will probably age nicely

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Photo of robgage
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of larryarms847
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter.

Out of the bottle a deep orange amber, hitting the glass it comes with a deep red garnet color, almost like a Belgian dubbel or quad. The head matches in character a bit, creamy tan, a small one finger but very fine, and all together and slowly settles to a thick collar. Quite nice.

Good whiskey notes of caramel and soft oak, and quality butterscotch to go with it. Subdued sweetness and taffy quality. There's also a sense of American barleywine character this with some hop spice and matching sweetness. Pretty solid.

Definitely more of that barleywine and imperial amber character coming out more on the palate. Sharp hop and stinging mild bitterness, with a large pine aftertaste on the finish. Caramel sweetness and warmth in the mid palate, but also a bit thin as well. Thin quality has some playful carbonation, but also doesn't make the flavors hold or last. Spicey quality as well with hints of burnt embers as well.

Kind of a fun brew, a bit light on the palate, but it also makes for easy drinking. Hint of booze though and warm in the stomach also, it drinks well though.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finch’s Pig in the Wood has a thin, yellow-white head, a lacing sheen left behind, and a murky, red-tan appearance. The aroma is of vanilla, coconut, rye whiskey, alcohol, red malts, and dates. Taste is of all that, with some fairly hefty bitterness to prevent nauseating sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Pig in the Wood finishes full and boozy. For a chewy mess, it’s not bad. I’d rather drink Icehouse Edge, honestly.


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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first bottled beer from Finch's Beer Co., and I will begin this review by saying that I have not yet tried Finch's Beer Co. Fascist Pig Ale, so I can't compare.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours one finger of soapy doughy khaki tan head on top of a very dark amber-ruby-mahogany colored body. Some active carbonation rushing topside. Head recedes fairly quick, but leaves nice thin sticky strands of lace.

S - The smell is very nice. Caramel malt, vanilla imparted from the barrel aging, candied raisins / figs / dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, and some earthy / herbal / vegetal hops remaining. Maybe just a touch of booziness.

T - Taste follows the nose - caramel, vanilla, toffee, earthy woodiness, mild whisky alcohol warmth, & some remaining herbal / piney hop bitterness. Sticky, bitter, and almost sort of roasty on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with moderately crisp / coarse carbonation, but it goes down nicely. Moderate green apple bitterness / stickiness lingering on the palate.

Overall, I thought it was a delicious barrel aged amber ale. Very drinkable, and slightly warming, but the 8.00% abv is well-masked. I look forward to more from Finch's Beer Co. Highly recommended.

Finch's Beer Co. Pig In The Wood ---4/5.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown color with some reddish hints, good sized head that sticks around for a long while, bottom of the pour produces a fair amount of floating sediment.

Smell is mostly caramel malt with a slight woodiness, alcohol notes are quite present to the snout.

Taste starts out with a strong caramel malt front, a decent woody aspect creeps into the flavor with a strong alcoholic touch, a bit too strong for this strength so it may need additional age to smooth it out since it's too whiskey for me, smooth body with a nice creaminess to it, soft but ample carbonation throughout.

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Pig In The Wood from Finch's Beer Co.
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