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RATINGS: 320   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersammich (76) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 Vanilla does come out quite nicely. Sweet stout describes this extremely well. Some coffee taste, no real finish which isn’t a bad thing. Had it in a can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtravis63 (30) - Haughton, Louisiana, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Refrigerated pint can. A rush of malt hits your nose out of the can that lends to an earthy, roasty, light chocolate scent. There is a light vanilla trace also but not as strong as the malt. This stout has a rich profound burgundy color with a hazel hue to the head and strong lacing to the glass. The taste of this beer is very complex with a light sweet nutty chocolate serving followed by a slight bitter dash. Secret Stache grabs your palate with a medium body, lightly carbonated, creamy texture that finishes with a nice enduring sweetness. You might want to start you a stache is you are a fan of stouts as this won’t be a secret for long!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2014
16oz can from Sully’s Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a smallish tan head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of chocolate, roast and vanilla dominate with hints of dark fruit, charred sugar and light earth. The flavor is sweet with big chocolate and vanilla countered with a sharp molasses char kind of flavor happening. Little to no hop flavor or bitterness that I could find. Thick body with an oily sugary mouthfeel and a faint level of carbonation. 5.3 % abv but it drinks like its 9% and thick inky oily as shit. Not something I enjoyed much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (847) - - DEC 19, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 Sampler from Joni’s. Wanted to like it more than I am. Pours brown black. Opaque with decent tan head that fades. Coffee and chocolate are there, but the lactose and vanilla in the background should work better than they do. Strange earthy/ mushroomy/ compost quality. Vanilla notes are weird in a fake-vanilla-extract way. Some hop bitterness, but overall sweet and smooth. Somewhat light bodied for a stout. Not bad, just too simple to want another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (1122) - Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2014
On tap. Black with thick brown head. Coffee is the main aroma. Taste is slightly chocolate with coffee. Has a bitter finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Can. Wasn’t sealed appropriately - lost carbonation, and it seems like a little volume as well. Still smelled good - chocolate, sweet milk, hint of coffee. Very dark pour. Taste is off - slightly sour and tinny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
A deep dark Stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, nice buttery chocolate with mocha coffee, pleasant and sweet. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate malt with light vanilla, coffee, light soy sauce, well done. On tap at The Beer Growler.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
raoul_duke (240) - - DEC 7, 2014
Pint can. Smell of chocolate and coffee and vanilla is amazing. Looks good, midnight black. Taste is complex, coffee and vanilla on the front, sweetness on the aftertaste. A little thinner than I’d like on the tongue. All in all, this is exceptional.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
On tap at Town Hall Brewery, Minneapolis. Pitch black with a resilient beige-brown head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, light roast. Flavor is loads of chocolate, vanilla, roast, coffee. Not much bitterness, rather soft. Lingering vanilla, chocolate. Very solid. Full body, velvety, soft, oily mouthfeel, average carbonation. A very, very solid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1799) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Finch’s Secret Stache Stout has a rather thin, beige head, a very, very dark brown (black) appearance, and a lacing sheen left on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate malt, dark coffee, and cream. Taste is of creamy, black malts, some char (but, not much), astringent bitterness, and no vanilla, that I could detect. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Finch’s Secret Stache Stout finishes powdery dry and highly drinkable. RJT

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