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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suprchunk (2949) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Black pour. Big frothy tan head. Tons of lacing. Huge roasted malt and coffee aroma with some chocolate. Milk chocolate and coffee taste with a bit of vanilla.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (2167) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2014
16 oz. can, consumed on 6-4-14. Musty, dusty, dry aroma features coffee, tar, cigarettes, and, especially, poop. Notice that all of those scents are unpleasant (including coffee -- yuck!), although this beer smells not quite as bad as those things do (but, make no mistake, it does smell bad). Also s’mores and bran muffins scents. Pours a dark brown with a large amount of thick, fluffy, tan head. Cola-like appearance in the liquid. Produces good lacing. Looks good. Quite sweet amd milky taste features flavor elements of chocolate milk, minerals, sugar, chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, and vanilla. Melon and peach in the finish. None of the offputting elements of the aroma make it into the flavor. Lightly dry, slightly chemical-y aftertaste. Light body. Soft and frothy in the palate. Insubstantial palate effects. Finch’s Secret Stache Stout tastes very good but smells like a New York bar bathroom. It also looks good but has a subpar palate. That makes it hard to evaluate overall. It is unusual, and I do give it credit for uniqueness, at least among American sweet stouts (I suspect some old-fashioned English examples of the style share some similarities). I try to score the various elements of a beer separately, and I am perfectly willing to ding a tasty beer for smelling, in this case, literally like shit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (989) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Tap. Near black and with a thin khaki head. Light roast coffee, malt powder, vanilla beans and milk chocolate. Has a sweet malted milk ball start with a light coffee bitterness. Medium body with a creamy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
coyforce (684) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Flavor is a malty roasted grain but the aftertaste contains a vanilla base. Pour is dark black but the head is non-existant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanscourt (1360) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Thick and creamy. Good chocolate flavors. Heavy but light alcohol. Very nice beer that is packed with flavor but very approachable compared to some bigger stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Can I think (didn’t put it in my notes). Dark brown pour with a brown head. DArk roasted malt aromas. Sweet with vanilla and roasted malt notes. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (3168) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2014
16oz can shared by JohnGonk. Pours black with a small creamy copper head. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, leather, roasted malt, and vanilla. Taste of burnt black malt, coffee, caramel, and vanilla.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidobutai (629) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Poured from a tap. May have been the pour, but very little head. Incredibly dark black beer, 0 translucence. Good texture, decent lacing. Very subtle coffee aroma, but strong going down the throat. I thought the ABV was much higher. Chocolate notes at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours out looking great - black with a huge cappuccino brown/tan head. Somewhat of a muted stout aroma, nothing really memorable about it. Very sweet, I get the impression of a heavily sugared espresso. I don’t really get any of the vanilla beyond a whiff in the aftertaste, but this is definitely delicious. Smooth and thick for a 5% abv stout. Great beer, and love that it comes in 16 oz cans, the beer format of kings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhp40219 (445) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2014
Can into an English pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a small dark khaki head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is caramel, coffee, toasted malts, dark chocolate, with a bit of licorice and vanilla. Taste is toasty malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and hints of vanilla and caramel. Slightly bitter, moderately sweet. Average finish length of mostly bittersweet chocolate/cocoa and toasty malts. Medium full body, somewhat creamy texture, average carbonation. Overall a fine sweet stout. I would have liked for the vanilla to have been boosted as it only gives a bit of background character here. But overall definitely worth your time and money.

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