HuskerTan (1420) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- Dry cocoa, bitter chocolate, roasty.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Roasty, cocoa, slightly bitter, dry, subtle coffee, subtle vanilla.
P- Full body, thin texture, average carbonation, dry finish.
O- The vanilla should have been a lot forward considering it advertised the vanilla on the can yet it was very subdued. Quite dry and roasty and didn’t seem very complex or rich at any point.
tfontana (470) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2016 Can poured into pint glass from Lucia’s Bodega, Windham NH. Aroma is strong chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt with hint of coffee, fruit, and liquor. Appearance is pitch black with negligible, transient coating of light brown head and no lacing. Taste is sweet chocolate, vanilla with smoke/ash and mild coffee bitterness. Palate is medium bodied with creamy thick texture from the lactose, average carbonation and nice long balance of sweet and bitter finish with a pleasant sensation between the back teeth. Overall, this is a nice beer.
miyauchi38 (1083) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
c1raider (118) - New York, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very refined easy drinking stout, barley, coffee, chocolate, moderate carbonation, would buy again
atlrizzob (225) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours coffee blaque with tan head. Aroma of some roasts and cocoa and shit like that. Flavor is a lot of roast with some vanilla and other sweets. okay.
MarkSachon (858) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft from The Porch restaurant in Oakland, Pittsburgh. Lots of roasted dark goodness. Like biting into a savory brownie made from oats.
Cousin_Larry (778) - - JUN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a can of this with my father-in-law for Father’s Day. Nice coffee taste with some chocolate. Not overly thick or heavy. Great value beer.
Lemke10 (941) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a pitch black color with a slight head. The aroma is extremely robust to roasted malts and slight hint of vanilla. The flavor is pretty thick and rich. The robust flavors are big, bold and linger on well into the after taste. Fairly decent for the style but yet not what I was expecting from a sweet stout.
Chad9976 (1583) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sometimes you think you’re getting a stout with frills, but you really don’t and it ends up being a fine beer anyway. Finch’s Secret Stache Stout is an example of what I mean: it claims to be a milk stout made with vanilla, but I really didn’t get any. That’s okay, but the result is a solid, good-tasting, easy-drinking beer at a good price, too.
I poured a 16oz can into an English pint glass. It had an enjoy-by date of 9/23/15 and cost $2.59 ($0.16 per ounce).
Appearance: Typical black color with ruby red edges. Pours to a large, brown, frothy head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Noticeably vanilla sweetness at first, but quickly overshadowed by the base milk stout brew with noticeable lactose aroma and roasted malt. A bit mild, though.
Taste: Sometimes I notice when a brew is marketed as brewed with a certain specialty ingredient, that ingredient is only noticeable on the first few swigs and then blends in with the rest of the palette. That’s what happened here. The vanilla was relatively sweet, not unlike that of a candy bar. Far from cloying, for sure. It eventually fades and drinks like a familiar, traditional stout. The lactose sugar imparts some light sweetness while roasted malts offer a bit of contrast in the way of somewhat bitter/burnt flavors. Not much in the way of distinct hop flavor, though there’s enough to give the palette balance. Overall, it’s enjoyable but I can’t help but think so much more could’ve been done.
Drinkability: At only 5.3% ABV, Finch’s Secret Stache Stout is far from any kind of obese, imperial brew – yet too hefty to be a session beer. There’s quite a lot of body to the mouthfeel – it’s soft and fairly thick, but calm with a smooth texture. It leaves a slight tang in the aftertaste, but is otherwise clean. This feels like a heavier beer than it is, though. One pint was more than satisfying.
DialSquare (3971) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Daily Growler, UA: blackish pour with a tan ring. aroma of cocoa and coffee. tastes are toasted malt, milky, cocoa, vanilla, slight soy. oily light to medium palate. 7.2