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Pig In The Wood | Finch's Beer Co.

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Pig In The WoodPig In The Wood

Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

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.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 122
Reviews by breakingbland:
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3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured as slightly cloudy, golden tan into a pint glass. Nice bubbles on the side of the glass and in the column. There was virtually no head as the foam settled into a ring.

Aroma: Fairly typical for a barrel-aged beer: a strong sweet candy aroma with strong vanilla, bourbon and oak aroma components. There were little or no hops or malt aromas.

Taste: The taste followed as a mild version of the aroma with the addition of slight smokiness as well as roasty malt up front. A slight hoppy bitterness lingers. The malt/hops balance was good.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is a little on the light side, although it has a slight feeling of syrupy thickness. The carbonation was on the low side.

Overall: The flavor is the best part with the aroma being almost overpowering, although this doesn't really detract from the beer too much. A little more body would have been nice to stand-up to the strength of the aroma and taste.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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 ryancl
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tappangordo
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of JMS1512
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hard, two-step pour into a basic pint glass.

Aroma: Whisky, whisky, and a hint of whisky. NOT a bad thing. But this bad boy certainly is more brash and brazen than its pot-bellied piglet relative, of which I reviewed last NBS.
Appearance: When held up to natural light, I perceive a sienna or burnt sienna hue, bordering on burnt orange. Beige head that will leave dense, fine-filter, collanderish looking lacing.

Taste: Caramel malts greet me at the door and provide me a nametag; a bit of hops sit me down for small talk in the middle, rye deftly changes the music on the playlist. By the end, the oak and whisky are debating me in a philosophical discussion of rationalism versus imperialism. Being a heady type of guy (look what I did there) I’m definitely a rationalist, and the beer, considering I have to taste and smell, and look at it, says I’m dumb for being a rationalist AND a beer drinker.

Mouthfeel: Tiny bubbles, medium to medium-heavy coating, especially on the front on my tongue. I get a little bit of a syrupy feel going down, but nothing that turns me off.

Overall: I appreciate the difference between this and the non-wood version, each in their own right. I also like that though it’s aged in whisky barrels, the abv has remained the same, and Finch’s didn’t try to imperialize it. 8% abv at this size offering (650 mL) is quite enough. The booze is pretty well hidden, but you taste it in the end. It does not assault you from the moment you walk in the door for the party. Truly enjoyable and altogether drinkable of a pleasant, if hot, NBS in NWNJ.

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Photo of Shawner
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent caramel color with 3 fingers of billowing tan head. Stellar lacing and head retention

S. Whiskey barrel, toffee, and vanilla

T. Toasty, butterscotch flavor, slight peaty ness and booze warmth up front. Some okay dryness and smokey ness marry with restrained butterscotch as this warms. Finishes smokey, dry and slightly woody with a little sour mash twang

MF Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinks fairly easy, given the complexity and heft, this will probably age nicely

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Photo of robgage
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of schmitter
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of heystevec
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JDoogle
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of larryarms847
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a thick cloudy amber-orange that looks sticky and sweet.

Smells immediately of whiskey, very malt forward with close to no hop character.

Wheeewwweee!!! Straight whiskey burn right down to my stomach. Nothing but whiskey. This needs at least year or two on it but didn't taste that great toake it worth while.

Mouthfeel-Whiskey burn

Overall way too hot for me, some age may make this taste better but honestly not worth it.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Born_A_Jee
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter.

Out of the bottle a deep orange amber, hitting the glass it comes with a deep red garnet color, almost like a Belgian dubbel or quad. The head matches in character a bit, creamy tan, a small one finger but very fine, and all together and slowly settles to a thick collar. Quite nice.

Good whiskey notes of caramel and soft oak, and quality butterscotch to go with it. Subdued sweetness and taffy quality. There's also a sense of American barleywine character this with some hop spice and matching sweetness. Pretty solid.

Definitely more of that barleywine and imperial amber character coming out more on the palate. Sharp hop and stinging mild bitterness, with a large pine aftertaste on the finish. Caramel sweetness and warmth in the mid palate, but also a bit thin as well. Thin quality has some playful carbonation, but also doesn't make the flavors hold or last. Spicey quality as well with hints of burnt embers as well.

Kind of a fun brew, a bit light on the palate, but it also makes for easy drinking. Hint of booze though and warm in the stomach also, it drinks well though.

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

Photo of DRosen
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finch’s Pig in the Wood has a thin, yellow-white head, a lacing sheen left behind, and a murky, red-tan appearance. The aroma is of vanilla, coconut, rye whiskey, alcohol, red malts, and dates. Taste is of all that, with some fairly hefty bitterness to prevent nauseating sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Pig in the Wood finishes full and boozy. For a chewy mess, it’s not bad. I’d rather drink Icehouse Edge, honestly.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first bottled beer from Finch's Beer Co., and I will begin this review by saying that I have not yet tried Finch's Beer Co. Fascist Pig Ale, so I can't compare.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours one finger of soapy doughy khaki tan head on top of a very dark amber-ruby-mahogany colored body. Some active carbonation rushing topside. Head recedes fairly quick, but leaves nice thin sticky strands of lace.

S - The smell is very nice. Caramel malt, vanilla imparted from the barrel aging, candied raisins / figs / dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, and some earthy / herbal / vegetal hops remaining. Maybe just a touch of booziness.

T - Taste follows the nose - caramel, vanilla, toffee, earthy woodiness, mild whisky alcohol warmth, & some remaining herbal / piney hop bitterness. Sticky, bitter, and almost sort of roasty on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with moderately crisp / coarse carbonation, but it goes down nicely. Moderate green apple bitterness / stickiness lingering on the palate.

Overall, I thought it was a delicious barrel aged amber ale. Very drinkable, and slightly warming, but the 8.00% abv is well-masked. I look forward to more from Finch's Beer Co. Highly recommended.

Finch's Beer Co. Pig In The Wood ---4/5.

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Pig In The Wood from Finch's Beer Co.
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