Sobek & Set - Finch's Beer Co.

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-20-2013

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 34oz mug; jet black with a moderate brown head made of tight foam that doesn't fade at all. Smell is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, with floral and citrusey hops. Taste is big roasted malt, lots of coffee with some sweet chocolate and dark fruit yeast flavors, along with a finish of bitter citrusey hops. Mouthfeel is medium-full.
Overall this is a good cascadian dark ale; more heavy on the roasted malt than the hops, but that's what makes it unique.

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3+ fingers of caramel colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Roasty, brown bread

T: Follows the nose, some charred grain as well, a little pineyness & woody bitterness up front. Dryness, roastyness , & char as this warms. Finishes with a little carob, herbal & woody bitterness

MF: Medium bodied firm carbonation. Alright balance

Drinks pretty, good a serviceable, not great Black IPA

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Somewhat a surprise here. Opaque as a good stout with a HUGE tan head and tons of tan lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, spicy hops, and deep roasted malts. Taste is up front bittering hops with sweet malts to the sides. Coffee and bitter bakers chocolate comes through on the back. Highly carbonated mouthfeel makes it tingly to the hop flavor. Beefy for a black IPA. Excellent. Have had few Finch's brews I dislike, and for not being a hop head either I am changing or they just do it right. Cheers!

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of hops. Taste is roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, mild hops, balanced and mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while a bit light on the hops, is a pretty good beer.

Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the can marked 00635 on the bottom. Sampled on May 5, 2015.

The pour is deep black with a tan colored head that lingers and laces.

An array of enticing aromas including dark roasted malts, black licorice, raisins, red grapes, and an earthy hop sensation.

Medium to heavy body.

The roasted malt flavors are solid along with a kind of wine-like grape character but it tends to go more earthy and bitter at the finish. I could have this again and I will since I bought a 4-pack of it.

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"India Pale Ale" on the can is a wee bit misleading.
Found a single of this, code printed "00614".

Pours a brownish black with tan foam, lots of lacing.
Piney green hop aroma, light toast and roast. Something funky from the yeast when swirled, but it seems to quickly dissipate.

Roasty with dry bitter pine, unsweetened bakers chocolate, ashy and dry in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and nicely creamy in texture. Overall this wasn't bad, one of the better Finch's beers I guess.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finch’s Sobek & Set has a thin, cream-colored head, a very dark brown (almost black) appearance, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted barley malt, sweet, brown bread crust, and the slightest amount of hop oils. Mouthfeel is medium and a touch slick, and Finch’s Sobek & Set finishes semi-dry and pretty easy drinking for an 8% beer.


Photo of angrybabboon
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2/12/13

Appearance: Pours a decidedly black color - starts with a large, dense, beige head, but fades to a borderline nonexistent cap - leaves some decent lacing though

Smell: Burnt, with more burnt - burnt popcorn and burnt citrus rinds - pine, orange, and grapefruit - some citrus rind and pith - some roastiness, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and charred biscuits

Taste: Remarkably burnt - charred, extremely burnt malts - chocolate malts, burnt malts, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - char, ash, and tobacco - some burnt pine needles - orange, grapefruit - some oily citrus, rind, and pith - some burnt biscuits serve as a nice base

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, nicely smooth

Overall: Burnt & Char

This is interesting, but it suffers from some common pitfalls for the style. The malts are burnt to the extent that the hops are overshadowed. And it smells like burnt popcorn.

Photo of jmaharaj
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Among the best Black IPA's ive had. black with a rim of brown, a big frothy tan had that quickly settles leaving suds all over the glass. Smells wonderful, some new citrusy hop aromas layered over more traditional spicy minty notes. more roasted malt comes through on the tongue than most Black IPAs but it quickly gives way tohops that certainly make their presence felt but dont overwhelm with any dominant flavor. finch's have gone outside th box here to make a more subtle beer, which i think works well with a convoluted style like this.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a can at my local shop for $3.25. INto a pint glass.

A - Even though it fizzes like a soda this beer has a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head that sticks around for quite a bit. The beer itself is dark and viscous like an Imperial Stout.
S - Quite balanced roast and hops very DiPA like with a malty body. Not as resinous smelling as most black IPA's, this should be interesting.
T - Taste leads with chocolate malts quickly turning to mild ashy roasts and finish is mildly hoppy with a bit of herbal hops in the finish. Even though its mostly malt base the bite on this beer is somewhat medicinal and I am not enjoying it as much as I should.
M - Body is somewhat thin for the ABV medium at best. It does go down smooth.

Overall it does seem to have enough carbonation to age which may take some of the bite out of those hops. but I am really not interested in trying. It just wasn't for me.

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

A- Poured from the 16oz tallboy can to a tulip snifter for the review. Black bodied with some light piercing the very edges, not motor oil. Light mocha tan head forms to about two fingers with a thick and frothy, creamy texture. Head retention is pretty good. Lacing forms with thick bubbly webs at the top and thick patches below that.

S- Hops don't dominate but they are certainly the most notable element. Aromatics from the hops include notes of citrus zest, oranges, tangerine, earthy and pine elements. Backing these hops is roasted and toasty fresh cracked grains.

T- As with the aroma, hops are the main characteristic as one would expect with a Black IPA. The hops provide a nice bit of pine resin, oily citrus zest, earthy and floral notes. Malts provide a base with a lot of cocoa powder, dark roast cereal grains, toasted nuts and slight caramel hints.

MF- Moderately thick bodied, perhaps just a bit on the light side of the middle but not a problem. Medium-high carbonation gives this a crisp feel and a silky, slightly creamy texture. Finishes with moderate hop and some roast bitterness.

It seems that nowadays everyone is releasing a Black IPA and this is yet another solid example. The hops are super fresh with citrus and pine attributes atop a roasty but not decadent malt base. This allows the hops to shine.

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

Tasted from a one pint can.

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay craft beer in tall-boy cans, not usually a huge fan of black IPAs, but I can enjoy them from time to time. Let's see.

Pours a darker chocolatey colored thick rich fluffy 1 finger head that doesn't seem to want to fade, but leaves lots of nice lacing when it does eventually, over a pretty much pitch black beer with no real light getting through. Great looking!

Nose brings some nice chocolatey malts, little cocoa and light roasty black malt, lots of nice caramel and rich creamy chocolate. Then hops, a bit earthy and spicy, hint of pine and a bit of a fruity citrus. Not bad but clashes IMO.

Taste starts with the nice chocolatey malts again, creamy milk chocolate and little cocoa, very light dark choc as well, and a bit of a charred black malt but not really any roast this time. It does bring a mild biscuit and caramel, little creamy perhaps a little oats. Then hops, some pine and spicy hops, little chewy, fairly bitter. A mild roasty note in the back end, as well as a touch of pine sap. The malts are very nice, but the hops clash a bit, not too bad though and I expected it to clash even more. Finish is long fairly to quite bitter, nice spicy slight piney hops lingering, with a bit more chocolate and dakr malts, little syrupy sticky too. Booze is hidden well at least.

Mouth is med bod, fairly creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice malts, but again the hops just seem to clash with the nice malts, creamy chocolate and earthy spicy pine just don't seem to go together. However, still pretty enjoyable.

Photo of KeithE
4/5  rDev +5.5%

This was the first Finch's beer I tried and was pleasantly surprised. Nice smooth Black IPA. Not too bitter and good harmony of flavors.

Photo of woodychandler
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

My local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped this CAN off for me recently and I am working to clear some of the backlog.

The Crack! unleashed a spritz of foam across my fingers so I retaliated with an inverted Glug just to show this CAN who's boss in this equation. The pseudo-cascade settled into two dense fingers of deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose smelled of mint, charcoal and dark chocolate. Man, I really dislike the way this style squanders hops! Mouthfeel was thick, full, kind of silky on the tongue. The taste was much too smoky, almost like burnt charcoal, to allow the hops even a fighting chance. Finish had an odd peanut butter flavor, but the major flavor was a burnt charcoal. Ugh.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Basically, we've got the god of the Nile and the god of the desert on the label of a black IPA. I like the connection. Anyway, this stuff pours a rather dark black-brown topped by a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, berry-tinged coffee, thick mossy greens, and some mild leaves. Kinda reminds me of some hoppy imperial stouts I've had recently. The taste brings in more of the same, with the chocolatey roast leading the way for a mild wave of mixed greens. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat drying finish. Overall, a very nice black IPA, something that gives me hope for future Finch's releases (a new feeling for me).

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Dark brown color, dense with no light getting through. Big tan frothy head with good retention. Thick bands of tan lacing.

Aroma or roasted malts, fairly inviting.

Taste reveals some finishing hops along with some rich roasted malts. The hops presence is mostly piney and there is a nice balance, although malts rule here.

Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth and rich enough.

I like a bit more hoppiness in Black Ales, but this is still a solid brew, well worth trying.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and deep roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/floral hop and dark roasted malt flavors; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great balance of citrus/floral hops and dark roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Pours jet black, light tan lacing for a head.

Smells of cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar and licorice.

Tastes of licorice, toasty malts, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, and smokey oak notes. Some mild dry hop bitterness underneath, on the nutty side.

Full body with a velvety carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Stellar brew, really enjoyable and worth trying. Tends almost towards a stout-like presentation but with enough difference to make it feel unique.

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Arrives charcoal black with a modest head that leaves webs of lacing behind

Smell: Roast and pine, with a hint of band-aid phenols

Taste: Roast and chocolate, up front, with dark fruit and pine building in the middle; so far, so good, but the band aid phenols appear in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice start but badly marred by the phenols

Photo of embass
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

black coffee-ish IPA-like

Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured a jet black color with a 2F head in a Spiegalgau glass.

The aroma: rich Caramel, fruit, and chocolate.

Mouth feel is moderate+ carbonated.

Taste: dark roasted malt, some fruit, finished with a light hoppy bitterness.

Excellent black IPA. I especially like the fruity caramel aroma transitioning to a dark roasted malt taste & finished with a light hoppiness.

Photo of galwayjoyce
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

nice and smokey...but yet another fail at attempting to make a black IPA...will ANY brewery succeed...EVER?
little advice for Finch's: an IPA should have discernible hop presence...and IBU information listed.
not as dreadful as their fellow midwesterners, Founders, for their "Dark Pennance"...but still very disappointing. ANY ADVOCATES WITH BLACK IPA recommendations, please fill me in. i live in Boston, for an idea of my local breweries.

Photo of RCLOHR267
1.08/5  rDev -71.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of the worst beers I've ever had.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2+ fingers of tan head that takes a while to fade down to a nice cap that leaves great lacing

S: Roasted malts and dark chocolate up front, with hints of coffee, molasses, and toffee. Lightly sweet with nice roast overall

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some roast and lightly sweet dark chocolate, followed by some coffee and toffee notes. Very light bitter molasses notes come through, but are mostly muted out by the general roast and bitterness of the hops. Finishes with roast and a combination of sweetness and bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice black IPA with great balance and drinkability. The 8% is absolutely nowhere to be found or felt. Definitely one of the better ones in the style, and one that probably gets looked over or ignored. Try it if you're into the style

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Sobek & Set from Finch's Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.