Pig In The Wood | Finch Beer Co.

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3.64/5
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124 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale aged 6 months in whiskey barrels from Koval Distillery.

Added by MasterSki on 04-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,578
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
124
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LJWalker
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MGoeltz
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobert84
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange brown red, unappealing looking. Smells real nice, strong bourbon aroma. Heavy dark fruits, cherry. Some chocolate. Strong bourbon on the taste. Got some hop bitterness in there. But of coffee hint. Overall, quality barrel aged brew. Best part is the aroma.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into tulip. Murky look, 1 finger foamy head that dissipated quickly. Smell: not too boozy, but a warm thick aroma of malts, like opening a wooden chest that hasn't been opened in a while. Taste: hmm, not too boozy, but feels like it'll hit harder than 8%. Sweet bite in the thick mouthfeel. I agree with a couple other reviewers, not a high end barrel that it was aged in, but I'd give it better props than Evan Williams. Overall I like it, but at the price point I paid for a semi local 4 pack, it'll be a tough sale, if u find it as a single, go for it. BTW, def hits harder than 8% should.

6/8/16 Update as I finish off the original pack. This beer has really grown on me over the past month. I wish it were more readily available in my market. Also wish I had a couple more to enjoy in the coming months. It made me really want to explore more non stout BBA ales and to me this is a new favorite! Way to go!

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY, pours chestnut brown color with a 1 finger thick tannish colored head that faded slowly and left really good lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of whiskey, rye, toffee, caramel, sweet malt, brown sugar, toasted grains, cinnamon, light peppery spices, peat moss and earthy notes. The barrel aging really tames the sweetness and adds a lot of barrel notes.

Tastes very similar to the nose with a sharp sweetness to start followed by whiskey, rye, toffee, red wine or oaky barrels, caramel, sweet malt, brown sugar, toasted grains, cinnamon, light peppery spices, peat moss, candied sugar, gummy bear candy and earthy notes. Like the nose the barrel aging really tames the sweetness and adds a lot of barrel notes, whiskey and complexities that balance the malty aspects. Lacks some hoppy aspects, but very smooth as the booze is not hot and adds a lot of character. A very enjoyable and unique amber/red ale.

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Photo of PeteRiz
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can. Nice caramel color, decent head several shades lighter, nice lacing. Aroma starts with some whiskey and sweet malts. Flavor is toffee and caramel with a bit of booze on the back-end.
This reminds of of good barrel aged Scottish Ale with a big hop finish. Very well done.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DRosen
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Can't find expiration date. Look is hazy and cloudy. Poured out if 1 pint can into glass. Head, dissipates quickly. 5 medium sips in and can now taste the chocolate on the back end. Might have been aged in a whiskey barrel, but like Evan Williams or jack, nothing high end. This beer is confusing me. It's not a good beer. I am going to half to "work" through the last half. Never buy it again, but it's interesting. Glad I tried it. My advice. Grab it as an extra when going to a party. Drink one, leave the rest there. So definitely try it. Just once.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the can with an expiration date of 2/23/16. Sampled on Feb. 15, 2016.

The pour is cloudy and mainly brown with a moderate tan head that leaves lacing in its wake as it fades.

The aroma brings out chocolate malt elements along with melted caramel all intertwined with the barrel aging that steps forward fairly aggressively.

Medium to full body.

Again the taste tends to lean on the melted chocolate and caramel with the boxy whiskey character in the background. Mild to no bitterness at the end. No booze flavor but the booze is definitely present.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TomMorris
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keith27614
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not loving the bourbon flavor overpowering the beer

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Photo of tbryan5
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this brew is getting somewhat of a bad wrap. Is it the greatest BA Amber? No. Does it offer a nice malty tasty paired with pretty big oak and bourbon notes? Yes.. Kinda boozy too but Worth a shot if its in the right price point in your area.

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Photo of joberlander
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Pig In The Wood from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 124 ratings