Sobek & Set - Finch's Beer Co.
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Reviews by cbutova:
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
Serving type: can
03-05-2014 02:34:40 | More by cbutova
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.