Sobek & Set
Finch Beer Co.

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American Black Ale
Ranked #268
Ranked #19,077
3.86 | pDev: 11.14%
Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by Paz8812:
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2+ fingers of tan head that takes a while to fade down to a nice cap that leaves great lacing

S: Roasted malts and dark chocolate up front, with hints of coffee, molasses, and toffee. Lightly sweet with nice roast overall

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some roast and lightly sweet dark chocolate, followed by some coffee and toffee notes. Very light bitter molasses notes come through, but are mostly muted out by the general roast and bitterness of the hops. Finishes with roast and a combination of sweetness and bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice black IPA with great balance and drinkability. The 8% is absolutely nowhere to be found or felt. Definitely one of the better ones in the style, and one that probably gets looked over or ignored. Try it if you're into the style

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a stemless beer glass.

A - Black, to the extent you can't see through the even when holding it to the light! A very small mocha head that quickly dropped back into the beer. Very little lacing.

S - Aroma's of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, resin, and pine.

T - Pretty much like it smells, roasted barley malt, chocolate, and strong coffee flavors, followed with some resin and pine astringency.

M - Light effervescence and astringent mouthfeel. A bit of oiliness from the abundant hops in the finish.

O - I have to say that I really liked this beer, despite the fact that it's far more like a hoppy imperial stout than a black IPA. In fact, my ratings would be higher if it was listed as a stout.

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3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color - it's not quite pitch black, but it's not far off. The head is two fingers high, and khaki in shade. I'm impressed with the long duration of wait, I'm mildly annoyed by the long duration of retention. Its texture is rather soapy and inconsistent, leaving inconsistent patches of lacing down the glass.

S: Oh brother this is a piny brew. Somewhat grapefruity, as well, but the pine really breaks my nose in half (that's a compliment, FYI). As it warms up, touches of chocolate and roast appear, but the hop profile is what dominates. Why am I not giving this a higher score? Because the malts/hops don't seem to be integrated well within one another.

T: Bitter, grapefruity hops open it up. The dark malts come around in the midtaste, bringing notes of chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Roasted malts are subtle at best. Brown sugar and piny hop bitterness linger into the finish. The ingredients are here for a great black IPA, unfortunately the integration and balance between the hops and the malts are way off the mark.

M: Slick and syrupy - normally I'd welcome an astringent bite of hop bitterness to clean it up, but is just doesn't. The finish is extremely long, though. I just don't think it's that drinkable, even for an 8% black IPA (if something like Wookey Jack can be effortless, then so can this!)

O: Black IPAs are REALLY hit or miss to me. It takes a lot for this style to impress me, to be fair, and this one just doesn't do it. There's just way too much hop/malt clash here (which is a shame, because individually each aspect is pretty well balanced). Others *might* find enjoyment with this, though - key word might. Caveat emptor, my friends.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured a jet black color with a 2F head in a Spiegalgau glass.

The aroma: rich Caramel, fruit, and chocolate.

Mouth feel is moderate+ carbonated.

Taste: dark roasted malt, some fruit, finished with a light hoppy bitterness.

Excellent black IPA. I especially like the fruity caramel aroma transitioning to a dark roasted malt taste & finished with a light hoppiness.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sobek & Set from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 168 ratings