Secret Stache Stout | Finch's Beer Co.

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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 JoeMans
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A modest walnut head and thick viscus film sit atop the very dark cedar red to black (SRM 34-36) beer within a Cisco fisheye pint glass.

The aroma opens with burnt malt, then progresses through cigar ash, before mellowing out with baker’s chocolate, cashews, and molasses.

Dark roasted malt follows the nose, as does baker’s chocolate. Roasted bitterness gives way to molasses, and some vanilla. Nuts are present late, and the finish is long and bitter, with a light soapy astringency. Warmth alters the flavor, adding amaretto. However, this one is best after substantial warmth brings out hazel nut and vanilla. Coffee also shines late, with an addition of coconut and significantly more sweetness. This is one of the more progressive beers I have tried to date.

The full dense body accentuates the velvety texture and light carbonation, while astringency diminishes the overall impact.

Secret Stache is a good stout, probably best while watching football with nachos and chili.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was really good if you like stout! 1 pint can poured into a tall glass. Very dark and creamy with a 3 1/2 finger head that lasted "forever". Definitely a keeper!

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into shaker pint no can date

A: black in color with no light passing through pretty rough poor allows for a very small but creamy looking head that settles to a film

S: vanilla, roasted coffee dark malts with hints of chocolate

T: quite delicious roasty coffee and deep dark maltiness with a nice smooth balance of vanilla nice bit of sweetness I'm getting a slight bit of berries too

M: thin but it clings on to the palate long after you finish the drink.

O: pretty good stout I was hoping it be a bit less thin on the tongue but the flavors are great roasted coffee, malty chocolate the vanilla gives it support and give it a fruity taste. Just a well put together stout.

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Photo of uvachief
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a pint glass. Chilled but allowed to rise to room temperature. Dark chocolate brown with a full finger of tan head. Lingers. Some lacing. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate and a little coffee. Hint of vanilla. Little toffee. Taste is pretty good but as all low ABV stouts not thick enough in the mouth. Too thin. Not chewy. Nice stout to have at dinner or if you don't want to get a DUI on the way home. Above average.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joeroma5
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of EN27
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardK77
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MiWolfman
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a can.

Appearance: Black body with a massive foamy light brown head.

Aroma:There is a bit of an acrid aroma like a burnt frying pan and I can smell a spruce-like hop aroma. It isn't a diverse aroma but it has a very unique character that makes it interesting.

Taste: At first it reminds me of coffee and then I get a bit of charcoal flavor. It mentions vanilla on the can but I am not picking that up. It's a pretty average stout.

Mouthfeel: It has a pretty good mouthfeel. It is creamy with a medium thickness and an off-dry finish.

Overall: It's a pretty good stout. I was expecting some vanilla given the labeling on the can, and that was disappointing, but the stout itself is pretty good. On a side note this probably wouldn't be a beer that I would pick up again but because it is in cans I would be more likely to grab some for a camping trip.

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Photo of Laxadaisical
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This massively black stout is capped with a gorgeous, thick brown head, wafting roast barley, char, smoke, and roast coffee towards the nostrils. To balance this, there are deep caramelized sugars, crispy toffee, peanut brittle, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, a hint of chocolate syrup, and plenty of vanilla throughout. The flavor starts out dry, with the roast, char, and smoke moving into crispy toffee and peanut brittle, dark caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of roasty coffee. The vanilla bean addition just blends throughout the entire flavor in a rich, but not overwhelming way. For a 5.3% beer, the mouthfeel is full and creamy, characteristic of a much bigger beer.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheElectricOne
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a one inch foamy fluffy head, and a decent amount of lacing.

This one smells like slightly artificial vanilla, and chocolate, with a little roasted malt.

Unfortunately, the vanilla here is a little flat and artificial tasting, not bring a whole lot to the table. There's some chocolate and roasted malt, as expected, but the flavors just seem a bit muted.

This has a watery mouthfeel, with a thin body, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This is certainly a lower-end stout for me. I wish the vanilla had a bit more of a natural or authentic feel.

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Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-almost black in color with two fingers worth of tan head

S-roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla

T-tastes of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall very easy to drink, pretty sweet, decent stout

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Photo of Proclarush
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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