Sobek & Set - Finch's Beer Co.
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Reviews by LovingCup:
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
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!
02-14-2014 05:17:11 | More by LovingCup
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-09-2013 19:58:18 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
07-19-2014 22:04:11 | More by Brutaltruth
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
03-08-2014 12:16:50 | More by tone77
3.49/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
02-12-2014 07:28:02 | More by angrybabboon
4.05/5 rDev +6%
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.
03-27-2014 04:06:05 | More by jmaharaj
3.76/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
02-23-2014 23:58:44 | More by DrDemento456
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
03-05-2014 02:34:40 | More by cbutova
Sobek & Set from Finch's Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.