Sobek & Set - Finch's Beer Co.
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Reviews by LovingCup:
3.6/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Consumed 2/13/14 out of a 16oz. can
A: They weren't lying when they said "black ipa." Pours black all right, with a decent size root beer colored head that quickly dissipates while leaving some nice lacing around the glass.
S: idk about the smell. Hard to put my finger on it. At first I want to describe it as "bright, floral, and roasty." Then I read a review describing it as burnt, burnt popcorn to be exact. And now I smell burnt popcorn, and the smell shifts from pleasant to nasty. Despite my indecision, I think the smell is agreeable, just think good smells.
T: On first impression I am put off by the taste, something tastes off or odd. As I sip, I start to enjoy the taste considerably more. More, more...more like a stout or a porter than an ipa on a continuum. I do taste hops, but they are overshadowed by a big, roasty malt character. The more I think of it as a stout/porter and less an ipa, the more i like it. I like it, but it could be smoother. I have been drinking a lot of Sierra Nevada "Narwhal" lately, which I love. I would describe that as roasty, and not very smooth, but more in a good way. Don't get me wrong though, the taste profile is good on this beer and I enjoy it, but I can't ignore there is something just slightly off putting about it.
M: I like the mouthfeel. I think its the flavor that is more obtuse. The mouthfeel is medium-full, exhibiting a creamy smoothness.
Overall: This is my first beer from Finch. I like the can. I like that their from Chicago. I'm a bit inconclusive about this brew. It's enjoyable enough, nice mouthfeel, and a unique classification: sort of a hoppy stouty hybrid thing going on. I enjoyed Sobek & Set, But idk if I'd make this a staple in my fridge quite yet.. I'll have to try a few other offerings by my hometown brewer. Speaking of which, it's time for a revolution!
Serving type: can
02-14-2014 05:17:11 | More by LovingCup
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
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!
Serving type: can
07-19-2014 22:04:11 | More by Brutaltruth
4.23/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured an opaque dark coffee brown color with a 4F head in a Spiegalgau glass.
Aroma: fruit, nutty.
Mouth feel: medium carbonation. Transitions well into the taste.
The taste is excellent: balanced fruit, nutty with a well rounded roasted malt finish.
Overall: my new favorite Black IPA- well balanced, easy to drink.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2014 01:08:58 | More by brureview
4/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Black, good head.
Smell: Citrus rind, roasted malts.
Taste: Solid roasted malt flavor. Balanced out by some pretty bitter citrus hop. Coffee shows up in the finish, even more as it warms up.
Overall: I'm not a big black IPA fan, I didn't notice the "black" on the can until I got it back to the hotel. Was very pleasantly surprised though, plenty of roasted malt and coffee flavor that are complemented by the citrus hops instead of clashing. Kind of a hopped-up porter instead of an IPA with some roasted malts thrown in.
Serving type: can
05-25-2014 19:50:12 | More by Mdog
Sobek & Set from Finch's Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.