Pig In The Wood
Finch Beer Co.

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Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #49
Ranked #25,118
3.64 | pDev: 12.09%
Feb 15, 2022
Apr 02, 2013
Imperial Red Ale aged 6 months in whiskey barrels from Koval Distillery.
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Rated: 2.54 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Been sitting on this one for awhile.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep reddish brown topped by a dense and rocky finger and a half of dense cream colored head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with decent lacing. There are some floaty bits and debris in the glass but it is what it is.
S: Smells of caramel malts with american citrusy and piney hops along with some oak and vanilla.
T: Taste is an interesting balance of caramel and toasted malts with some assertive american hops. Drinks more like a light barleywine. Pine resin, oak, and vanilla come in as well with some oily hop bitterness. On the swallow this one is a little resinous before the caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and oak come back around.
M: This beer is fairly thick and creamy on the palate with a decent amount of heft. Carbonation is effervescent without being prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is really enjoyable in my mind. I'm sure it misses a lot of the marks it should in the category but as a beer it tastes pretty good with some nice complexity and assertive flavors. It seemed to hold up well despite me sitting on it for a few years. I'd say this one is worth a try.
Mar 17, 2019
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Reviewed by bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
16 oz can - not dated

Finch's Pig In The Wood poured a little cloudy dark amber with a 1-finger off-white head that shrunk quickly to a narrow ring of foam. The smell is of dark fruit [raisins], caramel malt, and brown sugar. The taste follows the nose with a mild whisky alcohol warmth at the finish. Mouth feel is sticky, medium bodied, and has active carbonation.

Overall, a nice barrel aged Imperial Red Ale that has good balance and flavor.
Oct 06, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by LJWalker from Indiana

Feb 15, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Oct 08, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by MGoeltz from Tennessee

Jul 30, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by bobert84 from Maryland

Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 4 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois

Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 3.46 by ClavisAurea from New York

May 13, 2016
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Reviewed by NoYouDidnt from Indiana

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.
May 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Jaypeajus from Indiana

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!
May 03, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by monkeybeerbelly from New York

Apr 18, 2016
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

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.
Apr 16, 2016
Rated: 3.09 by PeteRiz from Connecticut

Apr 09, 2016
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

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.
Apr 05, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by Gkruszewski from New York

Mar 19, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by sd123 from Georgia

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 4.47 by firkingroovin from Illinois

Mar 10, 2016
Pig In The Wood from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 127 ratings