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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Secret Stache Stout is a robust stout. The specialty ingredients, vanilla bean and lactose, lend to its complexity and full flavor. While no actual chocolate was used to brew this beer, heaps of chocolate malt give the beer its color as well as its chocolate and coffee notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5315) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Super dark brown coloured body with absolutely no head at all, just an oily brown top with a few bubbles on it. Aroma of super pungent roasted malt, licorice, alcohol, toffee, caramel, vanilla and a bit of oak - strong! Medium-bodied; Strong roasted malt flavour with a lot of brown sugar and sweetness behind, with even more vanilla following, showing a rich, sweet flavour and a robust earthy and anisey spicey kick. Aftertaste is nice and potent with a large robust roasted malt flavour with bunches of vanilla and some sugars. Overall, a very nice stout with the majority of flavours leaning toward roasted malt, vanilla or caramelised sugars, but with enough complexity to enjoy throughout. I sampled this pint sized can purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 22-January-2014 for US$2.99 sampled at home in Washington on 05-March-2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2607) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2014
16oz can with no visible date (I am not versed in deciphering bar-codes or other cryptic jumbles of letters and numbers) - I grace this brew by pouring it into my Guinness World Cup 2010 English pint glass. Nose is vanilla and milk chocolate with a slight roast. Almost gritty body. A fine stout though the aftertaste is fishy, I mean tastes like fresh fish. I think a Twin Peaks reference is in order "there was a fish... in the percolator... sorry." Slight smoke. Lots of flavor for 5.3% ABV. OK the fish taste is just gone. I better get Agent Cooper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
plinythederek (22) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
16 oz can bought at Mo’s Bottle Shop pours out Lewis Black with a slight beige head. Big chocolate smells right off the bat. A lot of chocolate malt flavor with the first sip as well. Some coffee up in that mix as well. The vanilla really comes out on the backend. Just a sweet smooth easily drinkable stout here. IMO I’d like to try this sucker on draft. Maybe some-dang-day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crajun (1121) - , Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2014
can from springslicker; thanks Jay! perfect 5 for app. dark dark pour. I got lactose and sweetness in aroma (no vanilla?) 4 for palate. creamy. Taste was good - too much lactose sweetness for me but solid brew...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
On tap at Howell and Hound. Poured pitch black with dissipating dark tan head. Aroma of choc coffee. Light carb med thick bod. Dry bitter choc taste. Avgly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VIBhunter (25) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Pours dark brown with no lacing or carbonation. It has notes of chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla in the smell and taste. I feel it was a well balanced beer with well mixed hops and malts. In some ways it has a similarity to Tallgrass’s Buffalo Sweat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2014
2/8/2014. 16 oz. can. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas have lots of chocolate with roasted malt, coffee and a hint of vanilla. A bit thin mouthfeel, but a very nice bitterness towards the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6647) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 7, 2014
16oz can pours an inky black with some lacing, tan head. Looks bigger than it is. Smells a little bigger than it is too. Aroma is heavy with roasted grain, toast, the lactose is definitely there too, the vanilla is faint in the nose, molasses, cocoa nibs, light mocha. Flavor is nicely blended, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, malt are all working harmoniously, bread crust, a little soil. Full bodied, sweet, lightly creamy finish. For me, I think this could do without the lacto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
finn1918 (232) - Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Pours black with a thick brown head that leaves pretty good lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a little vanilla. Taste is sweet chocolate, vanilla, and a very subdued hop bitterness. Feels a little oily/watery in the mouth and has an odd watery finish, like a schwarzbier. This is a solid enough sweet stout for $3.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5019) - Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Poured black with aromas of chocolate, toffee, light coffee and some vanilla. Flavors are the same with a light touch of earth. An oily mouth feel but solid none the less.

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