Secret Stache Stout | Finch Beer Co.

Secret Stache StoutSecret Stache Stout
BA SCORE
3.88/5
701 Ratings
Secret Stache StoutSecret Stache Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
finchbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vanilla Bean Stout

Added by aasher on 02-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,004
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
701
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
107
Trade:
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of eggshell white foamy head that slid off at a good pace. Messy lace.
The aroma had some black licorice sweetness, roasted malts, light coffee beans, some milk chocolate and ended with some dark chocolate.
The flavor blended all of the previously mentioned aromas together fairly nice. Allowed for a nice fairly smooth to roasty sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt just a touch under with the ABV feeling on par. Finish was somewhat roasty.
Overall, pretty nice American stout, but I was wishing some of that black licorice would have shown up a bit more in the flavor and finish. I'd still have again.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Immortale25
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with two fingers worth of tan head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Roasty, chocolaty aroma with some vanilla undertones and a slight metallic quality.

T- Balanced flavors of dark chocolate, medium roast coffee and vanilla. Goes down easy but doesn't have a whole lot of character to make me want to go back for more. Roasty aftertaste.

M- About what you'd expect from a straightforward stout. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Decent but nothing special. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lanciloti
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of martianMan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown but not opaque, no head
S: Sweet vanilla bean, light roastiness, ice cream, milk chocolate, caramel
T: Sweet vanilla bean, balanced earthy roast, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel malt undertone, coffee
M: Medium, good for a regular stout
O: This and Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat are great options for a lighter abv vanilla forward dark beer

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of h4ger
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eblue33
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a nonic pint to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of vanilla and roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee notes.
T: Taste is vanilla up front which gives way to some cold brewed coffee and dark chocolate notes from the roasted malts. Slight roasted bitterness but no real hop presence. Swallow is more vanilla and coffee with some lingering cocoa powder notes.
M: Not too heavy in body but definitely on the fuller side of things. Carbonation is slightly prickly and the beer has a semi-dry finish
O: Overall this is a pretty good representative of the style with some good flavors and complexity. Not a lot of depth but it does drink well and there are minimal faults to the beer. Definitely a sweeter stout from the vanilla infusion.

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Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drstalker
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gambyt20
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JWU
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a tumbler glass

A- black. no light penetrates. khaki head, with nice lacing. For a stout on the lower ABV side, it looks great.

S- Roasty malts, with vanilla, and a light coffee note.

T- Walks the line between dry and sweet well. Nicely roasted malts, with hints of vanilla, a more aggressive coffee note than the smell implies, and some dark chocolate. Ends more bitter than sweet.

M- Heavier side of medium, with a decent amount of carbonation for a stout, but not over the top.

O- well done, almost sessionable stout.

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of basaywhat
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours opaque black with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy notes, chocolate, vanilla, and and faint spice. Flavor is dry roast malts forward with vanilla, chocolate, light hop bitterness.

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Photo of danec020
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aeroscorp
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of luke12345
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_42
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a 1 finger tan head

Smell- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla

Taste follows the nose for the most part. A little light on flavor.

Mf-medium with a decent amount of carbonation for a stout

Over-Decent vanilla stout. Not great, but good.

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Secret Stache Stout from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 701 ratings
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