Finback Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #459
Ranked #4,357
4.42 | pDev: 4.07%
Finback Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: Imperial stout with hazelnut, coconut and coffee.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 24
Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 2/22/19 into the test glass.
A - Deep dark cola color, allows for the carbonation to hide. A thin mocha cap is proof its in there. During the experience, a ring clings to the glasses inside wall.
S - Coconut up front, hazelnut and coffee intertwine quite well, bakers chocolate, adds some range to the strong trio.
T - Coffee forward in this aspect with the coconut and hazelnut interacting well, the contrast from the nose is a nice twist. There are elements of cocoa, dark malts and some dark dry fruit in here, fig, as well a a touch of toffee.
M - Viscous on the palate, a bit slick, there is a quick to dry energy in this beer, I feel like the coffee drives that bus. The linger is complex with the coconut, and coffee playing a strong role, Think coffee dusted Macaroon, dipped in dark chocolate.
O - A very good offering, there is complexity that keeps one thinking, the flavors intermingle well, with not one element being to bossy. In the end it seems that the hazelnut acts a coupling for the coffee and coconut to play nice.
Well worth seeking out

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 2/22/19, 16 oz vessel, into Calusa snifter.

Deep thick black oily pour with a creamy finger of head.

Aroma smells like a caramel delight/samoa cookie, with tons of delicious graham cracker and coconut and chocolate. Really nice nose.

Flavor brings a nice wave of chocolate and coconut with some hints of soap and hazelnut and fruity coffee. Alcohol heat really wells up towards the finish.

Creamy and substantial body with buzzing carbonation and lots of pleasant alcohol heat. Slight coffee dryness.

Overall if this brewery could put aside their retarded politics (AOC-themed beer anyone?) they'd have my total support, regardless this is a very good beer worth a try. I won't be buying any Finback products, proud conservative here.

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Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint (16 fl. oz.) can purchased at Fort Point Market, Boston, MA
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a viscous, absolute pitch black and was topped by a small, frothy, cappuccino colored crown that slowly fell to a thin collar. A wall of spotty lacing coated the glass and lasted until nearly the drink’s end.

Hazelnut dominated in the aroma. Super nutty and intense. Perhaps a touch artificial though. Some buttered popcorn was noticeable too. Roasted malts were also apparent. Hint of brown sugar. Moderately sweet. Subtle semisweet chocolate notes were also detectable.

The flavor was terrific as well and perhaps more balanced and complex. Big hazelnut presence again, though not quite as punchy as in the nose. Uber malty and robust. Nice melding of caramel and roasted malts. Some dark chocolate appeared in the center. Touch of coconut, vanilla and lactose too. The beer finished quite metallic initially but this faded rather quickly. Roasted malts and some brown sugar sweetness lingered after the swallow.

Terrific creamy, slick, full bodied mouthfeel. Soft and plush on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

This is a fantastic collaboration pastry stout and a really lucky find for me at my local bottle shop. Fans of hazelnut should definitely seek this out.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown motor oil look, terrifically blended taste. The beginning features a strong hazelnut coffee combo. But by the end of the glass, coconut takes over.

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Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a narrow collar consisting of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass along with delicate wisps on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted coconut are present in the nose along with notes of coffee and dark malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of toasted coconuts. Notes of coffee, dark malts, and hazelnut are also present.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout is all about the coconuts, which are the dominant ingredient in both the smell and taste. It also did a very good job at masking any trace of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of fitzy84
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Dark black appearance with a large brown head that dissipates. Hazelnut and booze aromas. The taste is amazing: strong coconut and booze. Creamy and light texture. Overall, loved the taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gadzook
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours black and syrupy with almost no head at all. Very thin dark khaki bubble at the very end of the pour. Honestly, the look is the weakest part of the beer.

S: Get brown sugar, coconut and hazelnut notes. Oddly, I get a bit of ginger in the aroma. There is almost a hint of soy in there giving it a bit of a sweet marinade scent. It's not bad, just not exactly what was expected. More of the fruitiness and malt come out as it warms.

T: Previous reviewer said it gives a bit of a sting on the tongue, and I'd agree. It's not unpleasant. Coconut, hazelnut... yes. There is some nice chocolate in there. The hint of soy is there, and it's a nice accent. It's not pronounced, but it lends a certain saltiness to me that enhances some toffee that's present. There's a little booze in the finish. I would say that raisin and perhaps date is present as it warms. Toasted malt and slight vanilla are in the mix as well. Sweet finish.

F: Thick. Heavy. Chewy. More carbonation in the mouth than is present in the pour. Coats the tongue well.

O: Though I wasn't impressed with the look, per se, I really enjoyed this. It's complexity truly comes out as it warms. This is definitely something worth sitting with to really experience. It's almost, but not quite a dessert stout in my mind, and rather versatile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola brown with a thin tan chain.

This is very aromatic with hazelnut coffee that is earthy and more nutty than expected. On the tongue, it lightly stings as it gives an odd, but not unpleasant, chocolate cheesecake sort of flavor. Cocoa powder and a sweet tang of coconut that's a little medicinal leads some toasted cookie and a nice roast through a medium round body cut by a mild carbonation finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can

Pours black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells dark and fruity with a coconut presence, hazelnuts, coffee, dark fruit, toasty roasted malts, mild smoke, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. The taste brings the same notes with a little more coconut, hazelnuts, coffee, dark fruit, toasty roasted malts, some smoke, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and earthy herbal grassy pine notes. Feels medium bodied, creamy and with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice imperial stout with hazelnut, coconut and coffee.

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