Sobek & Set - Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-20-2013)
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Reviews by woodychandler:
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2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SjConroy
4.12/5  rDev +9%

Photo of sgn4779
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 richkrull
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of StanleysCup
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of mjstacker
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jwerner23
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.55/5  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 cabsandking
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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 mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SplitsAtoms
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Stephenboyter
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jmaharaj
4.05/5  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 MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Sobek & Set from Finch's Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.