Nuclear Winter
Finch Beer Co.

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
3.65 | pDev: 12.88%
Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Ottoj55 from Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap in a pint glass. The color is dark amber not at all dark. The smell was not distinct, slightly malty, nothing special. The taste was off, maybe dark fruit, maybe candy sugar, definitely off in some way. Mouth feel was well carbonated but dull. Overall a huge let down, doesn't meet any of the standards for a dark Belgian ale.

Nov 27, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the emperor of the canned beer kingdom, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pretty dark chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, nutty, caramel, some dark fruits. Taste is the same, caramel malts, nuts, light fruits, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Sep 05, 2015
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ChazBoner from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellowish-brown with a quickly dissipating head.
Smells malty, a little oak, with a touch of booze.
Tastes like brown sugar, fruitier as it warms up. Leaves a woody, oak-y aftertaste.
Drinks a little dry.
It's pretty good.
16 ounce can, DRINK FINCH, 00578

Jul 04, 2015
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

What will survive after a nuclear assault if not the immovable objects that are 4-packs of Finch's beer? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear mahogany topped by a finger or so of dirty bone foam. The nose comprises dried caramel, clove, a hint of chocolate-covered orange peel, and a vague fusel whiff. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slight uptick in the orange, and a touch of banana peel and nutmeg for good measure. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a step in the right direction for Finch's in terms of flavor quality, but I'm just not that big a fan of this one: The caramel backbone comes across as old and cracked, and the Belgian yeast waffles between extreme mildness and fruity off-ness.

Apr 14, 2015
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16 ounce can - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, lightly buddy body, hued a tawny medium brown. Medium-small, off-white, collapsing head.

Smell: Toasted bread, a bit of muted nuttiness, with Belgianesque notes of gum, plum, berries and bananas.

Taste: A taste of lightly toasted bread wrapped in a hohum nuttiness. Lightly sweet. Spiciness akin to a thin dusting of cinnamon. Modest plums, cherries and green bananas. Hint of bubblegum. Minor bitterness boost a bit by the phenolics and alcohol. Drying on the soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Just OK for me.

Feb 25, 2015
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found the 16oz can for $3.50 a single. Into my Imperial Pint

A - Massive two inches of head with a mocha tint. Beer has a cloud of haze with a copper brown hue. Head sticks around for a bit.
S - Never had a Belgium Dark ale smell so much like a Vienna Lager. Biscuit malts and a mild bit of sweetness it to me smells like an Imperial Oktoberfest.
T - Not as sweet as the nose suggests it does have some candied sugar and fruit hints but mostly biscuit body with a lager like finish. Hops are herbal and green tasting.
M - Quite good mouthfeel despite the herbal finish it drinks with a light to medium body. Easy to slurp down.

Overall to me it's a semi sweet Oktoberfest not a Belgium dark ale but it's still easy enough to drink. Not getting it again though.

Feb 23, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finch's Beer Co. "Nuclear Winter" Belgian Style Dark Ale
16 oz. can, no freshness dating

Appearance: Hazy. Very deep copper in color beneath a frothy off-white head. Retention and lacing are average.

Aroma: Rock candy and dark skinned fruits in the nose with a bit of clove.

Flavor: The flavor is much fuller than the aroma suggests, adding some delicate dark caramel into the mix, as well as a bit of toastiness - much like a rich Vienna malt. The fruitiness is quite nice, featuring plum, fig, and both black and golden raisins as well as some subtle green banana. It's more 'juicy' fruit than you sometimes find. Minor bitterness, but still dry in the finish with a light bit of yeasty pepper and spiciness and some leafy hops. The alcohol gives just enough of an edge to accentuate what's there, rather than becoming a distraction. Really nicely balanced. Nicely polished.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with a fine-bubbled median carbonation that lends a gentle caress before warming to become almost silky smooth.

Overall: So... "Belgian style dark ale"? ... that could be anything, but it's actually very much a "dubbel". If there's a complaint regarding this beer I'd guess it's that it's not as full bodied or rich as it could be, but I'd call nonsense on that as I've had Belgian ales that were no richer or fuller. Really nicely done. A winner!

Jan 13, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and cloudy brownish amber with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that settle into a thin layer.

Smell: A yeasty and toasty Belgian style aroma with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and pepper. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, caramel, straw, and cracker. Fruit hints of banana and apple along with some dark fruit hints of fig and raisin. The fruit is kind of subtle compared to the toast and fruit. Some hints of sugar as well. A decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty and toasty Belgian style taste with notes of caramel malt and dark fruit. Belgian yeast with some notes of pepper and clove spice. Toasted malt with bready notes of biscuit, toast, caramel, straw, and cracker. Fruit notes of banana and apple. Subtle dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, and dates. Also some notes of bubblegum and sugar. A pretty decent toasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A decent take on a Belgian style Dark Ale. Nice toasty malt flavors with some subtle fruit notes.

Dec 23, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy can.

Hazed copper hue, thin head but stays. Big aroma of fresh baked biscuits, caramel, figs, & faint bubble gum. Big smoothness, slightly chewy body. Big malt bomb on the palate, green peppercorn, taffy, crackers, crust, date sugar, & herbal hop on the palate. Warming but not hot. Finishes on the dry side.

Really well put together, some real finesse here as getting Belgian's right is not so easy.

Dec 15, 2014
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 16 oz can into St. Bernardus Watou goblet
A- deep amber brown color with a slight almond-colored head. Not much lacing
S- bread crust, belgian yeast, biscuit. Didn't get much dark fruit at all, nearly none
T- Kept waiting for "quad-like" flavors of raisins, plums, and other dark fruits to mingle in with all the bready maltiness, but never happened. Somewhat disappointing. Hints of caramel and toffee make their way as well
M- Medium bodied beer with slight carbonation. No heat from the 8% at all. A bit dry on the finish
O- A bit of a letdown but glad I tried it. And I really love Belgian dark ales.

Dec 11, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium mahogany in color with a moderate amount of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits including fig, plum, and raisin. Light to moderate aromas of burnt sugar and molasses sweetness and a light aroma of spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavors of sweet caramel malts with notes of toffee, brown sugar, burnt sugar, and molasses. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark fruits (fig, plum, raisin). Light flavors of spicy Belgian yeast. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thinner than other examples of the style. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: A decent amount of complexity to the flavor and more well balanced than I expected with the sweetness of the aroma. Slightly thin for the style.

Dec 03, 2014
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light brown with a thin cap.

Aroma/Flavor: Bready malts and clove yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, touch of booze.

Overall: Not bad, not quite intense enough on any notes it should be hitting, expect booze.

Nov 22, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a goblet a tawny color with a thinner but sticky white head atop.Some dark fruit in the nose along with brown sugar/molasses-like sweetness.Toffee and burnt sugar flavors along with mildly sweet dark fruit,not in your face sweetness.A tad thinner than most of the style but not bad,a decent sipping cold tonight kinda beer.

Nov 15, 2014
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Michaelsthlrnd from Alabama

5/5  rDev +37%

This is everything you want from a strong belgian ale. The yeast takes a solid front in the taste and the alcohol is only noticeable from the warmth at the back of your throat. Mild banana notes and a good amount of belgian malts make this perfect on a cold winter night.

Nov 03, 2014
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