Dirtier Bird
Finch Beer Co.

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Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
2.7 | pDev: 28.15%
Feb 15, 2022
Jan 02, 2012
Doppelbock aged in new, dark oak whiskey barrels from Koval Distilleries in Chicago. Some residual whiskey is noticeable along with notes of wood.
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Rated: 3.16 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 2.12 by BeerMaverick from Connecticut

Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 3 by beernads from Florida

Jun 03, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by spycow from Illinois

Jan 18, 2013
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Reviewed by Treebs from Illinois

2.62/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a white head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace is left down the sides of the glass.

S: Some underlying fruity tartness to it, most cherry in scent. A little whiskey with some dry wood. Mild peanuts with some dark fruits as well. The time as let the barrel fade a little and let some of the base beer come back to life, but it's still not well put together.

T: Some sweet dark fruit and cherries with a little roasted malts. Very little whiskey with a little plastic at the backend.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Smooth finish.

O: Not horrible, but this beer just wasn't executed well. The barrel pretty much decimated the base beer (which was pretty solid).
Nov 04, 2012
Rated: 2.5 by BeerOps from Illinois

Jun 09, 2012
Rated: 2.5 by Khazadum from Illinois

Jun 02, 2012
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Reviewed by mdfb79 from New York

2.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown color with a reddish tint, one finger of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel malts, bready malts, alcohol, some fruity malts. Strong bourbon and fruits; pretty average.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, caramel malts, alcohol, sweet fruity malts. More wood and sweet fruit then the nose, and a ton of bourbon again. Not very good.

m - Light, watery body and low to moderate carbonation. Too thin a body, and some alcohol heat.

o - Overall an odd, boozy beer. There is a ton of bourbon, wood, and sweet fruity malts, but too sweet and boozy. Body is also too thin. Not worth seeking out and wouldn't look to have it again.
May 18, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by tfidler from Illinois

Mar 03, 2012
Rated: 2.75 by stbo101 from Illinois

Jan 22, 2012
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Reviewed by crossovert from Illinois

3.06/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
650ml bottle.

It pours a dark brown with a large, foamy off-white head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is overpowered by oak and bourbon. Think a lost abbey bba beer. It is reminiscent of Angels Share. Tons and tons of vanilla, caramel, and wood. There is a hint of fruitiness underneath. Hardly a traditional doppelbock.

The mouthfeel is thick, the flavor is far form traditional. If you are looking for a solid doppelbock, this is NOT one. It is like an American strong ale. Very tannic, lots of wood notes, velvety bourbon and vanilla dominate the flavor.

I am docking it because it isn't traditional but it isn't that bad of a beer.
Jan 18, 2012
Rated: 3 by markrmoser from Illinois

Jan 07, 2012
Rated: 1 by DavidEddie from Illinois

Jan 04, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by enelson from Illinois

Jan 03, 2012
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Reviewed by MasterSki from Canada (ON)

1.82/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
A bottled offering from Finch's - interesting. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - The pour looks pretty much still. A few crusty bubbles appear at the edges of the glass before quickly dissipating. Murky brown body looks a tad like clogged toilet post-flush.

S - Very weird - smells like macaroons. Coconut and marshmallow are accompanied by glue and solvent notes. I'm shocked this is only 6.5%. There's a hint of chocolate and peanut butter in the background, but I'm not getting much in the way of traditional doppelbock malt flavors.

T - Taste is redolent of oak, alcohol, nail polish remover, and light coconut. Starts cloyingly sweet but finishes astringent somehow. Strangely boozy for such a low-ABV offering.

M - Bizarre - there's actually zesty carbonation here, even though a hard pour failed to rouse much in the way of bubbles. Thin and watery body that is somehow tannic, dry, and chewy at the same time. The strange juxtaposition of incongruous textures mirrors that of the flavor profile. Less warming alcohol than the taste and aroma suggested.

D - Wow! This was one of the most mind-blowing bad beers I've had in a long time. I couldn't stop drinking it in a train wreck sort of way, as each sip revealed new facets of awfulness. I had some mild expectations after a few friends enjoyed the version at FoBAB but this was pretty consistent with my past Finch's experiences. I'm insulted by the ridiculous price tag, but it didn't stop me from pouring out over half the bottle. On par with the "best" of White Birch.
Jan 02, 2012
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