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Sobek & Set | Finch Beer Co.

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Sobek & SetSobek & Set

Brewed by:
Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 06-20-2013

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Reviews by LovingCup:
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3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2/13/14 out of a 16oz. can

A: They weren't lying when they said "black ipa." Pours black all right, with a decent size root beer colored head that quickly dissipates while leaving some nice lacing around the glass.

S: idk about the smell. Hard to put my finger on it. At first I want to describe it as "bright, floral, and roasty." Then I read a review describing it as burnt, burnt popcorn to be exact. And now I smell burnt popcorn, and the smell shifts from pleasant to nasty. Despite my indecision, I think the smell is agreeable, just think good smells.

T: On first impression I am put off by the taste, something tastes off or odd. As I sip, I start to enjoy the taste considerably more. More, more...more like a stout or a porter than an ipa on a continuum. I do taste hops, but they are overshadowed by a big, roasty malt character. The more I think of it as a stout/porter and less an ipa, the more i like it. I like it, but it could be smoother. I have been drinking a lot of Sierra Nevada "Narwhal" lately, which I love. I would describe that as roasty, and not very smooth, but more in a good way. Don't get me wrong though, the taste profile is good on this beer and I enjoy it, but I can't ignore there is something just slightly off putting about it.

M: I like the mouthfeel. I think its the flavor that is more obtuse. The mouthfeel is medium-full, exhibiting a creamy smoothness.

Overall: This is my first beer from Finch. I like the can. I like that their from Chicago. I'm a bit inconclusive about this brew. It's enjoyable enough, nice mouthfeel, and a unique classification: sort of a hoppy stouty hybrid thing going on. I enjoyed Sobek & Set, But idk if I'd make this a staple in my fridge quite yet.. I'll have to try a few other offerings by my hometown brewer. Speaking of which, it's time for a revolution!

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Photo of tbryan5
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SjConroy
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 34oz mug; jet black with a moderate brown head made of tight foam that doesn't fade at all. Smell is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, with floral and citrusey hops. Taste is big roasted malt, lots of coffee with some sweet chocolate and dark fruit yeast flavors, along with a finish of bitter citrusey hops. Mouthfeel is medium-full.
Overall this is a good cascadian dark ale; more heavy on the roasted malt than the hops, but that's what makes it unique.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of richkrull
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCHritz
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma has earthy hops, resin, chocolate malt and generic sweet malts. Taste starts with roasted, resiny hops, medium bitterness throughout, roasty finish but also some grapefruit pith underneath. Medium to light body and medium carbonation. Quite bitter black IPA but I like it.

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Photo of grahuba
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjstacker
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3+ fingers of caramel colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Roasty, brown bread

T: Follows the nose, some charred grain as well, a little pineyness & woody bitterness up front. Dryness, roastyness , & char as this warms. Finishes with a little carob, herbal & woody bitterness

MF: Medium bodied firm carbonation. Alright balance

Drinks pretty, good a serviceable, not great Black IPA

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Photo of NSXAG
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Hopportunistic
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lzepplin01
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Somewhat a surprise here. Opaque as a good stout with a HUGE tan head and tons of tan lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, spicy hops, and deep roasted malts. Taste is up front bittering hops with sweet malts to the sides. Coffee and bitter bakers chocolate comes through on the back. Highly carbonated mouthfeel makes it tingly to the hop flavor. Beefy for a black IPA. Excellent. Have had few Finch's brews I dislike, and for not being a hop head either I am changing or they just do it right. Cheers!

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Sobek & Set from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 168 ratings
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