cmq103 (4) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Roasted dark malts during the initial inhale, followed by distinct oatmeal and barley. Sure smells like an oat:meal stout. Hints of dark chocolate and vanilla are also present. If the taste is anything like the aroma then this is going to be a fantastic stout.
A: A slightly thicker generous pour resulted in a really thin beige head. The color was dark motor oil brown in appearance. Real dark, like no light was getting through this glass. Respectable lacing clung tight while draping itself down the side of my glass. So far, so good…
T: Like the smell, roasted dark malts with a lightly bitter finish. Oats and vanilla precede the mild bitter finish. Although I got the dark chocolate smell, only the bitterness of dark chocolate was noticeable. After the swallow, a coffee like taste remains on the tongue. This is really flavorful for a lighter stout. I must say again, it reminds me of fine oatmeal stout, which I really do enjoy.
P: Thicker body on the tongue with a creamy smooth texture from start to finish, almost an oily feel when I take a longer sip. Carbonation is minimal, but present. As noted above, a coffee like taste remains between sips.
O: My first Finch’s Beer Company beer and won’t be my last. According to their website, lactose was used during the brewing process. I didn’t get the normal sweetness and lessening of bitterness lactose tends to add to a stout. Either way, this is a great stout in my opinion. I love the fact it comes in a 16-ounce can. A well done, year-round stout. I can’t wait to find a 4-pack of this beer.
edwardbass (527) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very, very dark brown color. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, just a hint of vanilla, some dark malt sweetness and a tad spot of bitter. Body is light for a stout. Not my favorite stout, though I’m not a big-time stout fan as it is.
JHeath99 (1015) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Lazy Dog. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin ring of toffee colored head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Taste of malts, coffee, and dark chocolates.
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, pours dark, light head, aroma is roasty, taste is roasty as well with a creamy and a bit sweet finish, highly drinkable and overall nice stuff
cards04 (1809) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really nice stout. Pours thick and black with massive mocha head. Aromas are vanilla and coffee with red berry notes. Flavors are sweet and creamy. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Finishes robust and strong. Excellent.
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours out black with a small tan head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate cookies (the ice cream sandwich kind) , light roast and a touch of mild coffee. Taste is complex and smooth, chocolate, medium roast coffee, vanilla bean, light finishing bitterness. Tasty with a silky smooth body
Itzjerm (1315) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark coffee. quick fading head Farley thick mouthfeel. Vanilla comes through a little. Bitter sweet.
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Trev (1947) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, tan tight creamy head.
Aroma is vanilla, coffee, nice roasted malt.
Flavour is dark fruit, lighter body than expected. Coffee and vanilla. Decent enough.
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suprchunk (2266) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
islay (1179) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.