Secret Stache Stout | Finch's Beer Co.

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701 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Finch's 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
Ratings:
701
Reviews:
137
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
107
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 701 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of Boccu
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice stout. Nice vanilla tones.

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Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tilly
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gwiedman1
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of q33jeff
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

**
10.12.14, Awesome looking beer. Brown-tan head. Dark black.Aroma is toasty chocolate. Taste: coffee chocolate, barley. Really smooth.This may be the greatest beer i?ve ever had. On tap at blend.
**
4.3.15 Can to Goblet. Maybe not quite as good as it was on tap first time I tried it, but still a very solid brew. Lowered numbers slightly as this was previously rated as my #1 beer. It is very delicious, but I would be selling a handful of beers short if I ranked this ahead of them.
**

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Photo of jkeefe1800
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PorterThwarter
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shauun176
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattXT
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark some highlights around the edges, thumb sized milk chocolate head falls slow with some sparse lace.

Aroma is roasted malts, some semi sweet chocolate, light charred notes, nuttiness and vanilla bean hints.

Taste is like the nose, sweet roasted malt to start. Not sure if chocolate is present or sweetness is just coming off that way. Finish moves to roasted bitterness, some coffee notes mingled with charred nuts.Vanilla notes are also present in the finish, sure there hops to balance out the sweetness but they hid well.

Mouthfeel is only medium with smooth creamy sweetness almost lactose like even though this is not a milk stout. It is creamy making the feel nice even though its lighter.

Overall a descent stout, defiantly worth a try.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Tim725
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scootercrabb
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This starts with a dry chocolate malt, Graham Cracker and burnt coffee. It hits mid palate with a light marshmallow and lactose-sweetness. Finishes with char and ember. Nice sessionable stout.

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Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zatch90
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WanderingFool
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz aluminum can into a 9 lb chalice stolen from the malevolent hands of Thulsa Doom.

Appearance : A glorious pour of black soot and motor oil, glistening with gleam from the light reflecting as it drizzles out of the can into my Thulsa Doom chalice. The head is practically useless, like "Shoe Umbrellas" or gun control. Trying to measure it was like catching a sports shot on your camera right before it faded from view. I think I got 1/2 finger measured in before it disappeared completely.

Smell : A chocolate rain kick to the face from the Chef himself. Lots of rich bakers chocolate, mocha, and coffee bean. Behind that some raisin and plum. It's a well filled out profile, versatile, sassy, and in style, like the plus sized models on Project Runway.

Taste : Semi-sweet chocolate and coffee ground, with orbiting flavors of earth, nut, and coffee. It tapers off with vanilla-drizzled fig.

The finish adds the tang of the fruit and the swagger of vanilla to tie things together with a funky ribbon. Belches come up as chocolate covered raisin. Me likey. Can I streak naked with this beer?

Feel : Semi-creamy, low carbonation, dry finish. Unremarkable but still within reasonable approach. Like Uma Thurman.

Overall : Secret Stache was an interesting experience. I would probably not buy it again since there's so many other great stouts out there, but I'm glad I had the chance to try a beer from a new (to me) brewery. If you see it and like figs and vanilla with your stout, give this a try. If you don't ever see it, you're not missing a lot, so don't cry too hard.

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Secret Stache Stout from Finch's Beer Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 701 ratings.
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