Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$3 16oz "tall boy" can poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance: Pitch black... car oil kind of black. Thereís a tiny head, but it goes away almost instantly, with just a thin, brown layer of foam on top. Lacing, at least initially, is sexy.
Smell: Super dark, roasted malts is the most notable thing here. However, thereís plenty of chocolate-like notes as well, with some vanilla. The vanilla definitely comes out more in the aroma than it does in the flavor, which MAY be a good thing. (The vanilla is the main thing that drew me to this beer).
Taste/feel: What a stout. Forget the fact that it comes from a can. What. A. Stout. Balanced very, very well. Itís never too sweet, or too bitter. Front of the sip is a bit of dark fruits (?) for sweetness, but then thereís pretty much nothing but malty, chocolate goodness until the end. As the beer warms up, the beer seems to get a tad bit more bitter, and the vanilla comes out a LITTLE more, but I notice a lot of people complaining about the vanilla in it. To be honest, I donít really get much at all (at least when itís cold)... and that disappoints me. Itís there in a subtle way, but I actually wanted a little bit more. Regardless of that, this is still a slick-in-the-mouth, quality stout: an absolute delight.
c1raider (86) - 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 (199) - 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 (759) - 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 (639) - - 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 Fatherís Day. Nice coffee taste with some chocolate. Not overly thick or heavy. Great value beer.
Lemke10 (902) - 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 (1439) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sometimes you think youíre getting a stout with frills, but you really donít and it ends up being a fine beer anyway. Finchís Secret Stache Stout is an example of what I mean: it claims to be a milk stout made with vanilla, but I really didnít get any. Thatís 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. Thatís 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 thereís enough to give the palette balance. Overall, itís enjoyable but I canít help but think so much more couldíve been done.
Drinkability: At only 5.3% ABV, Finchís Secret Stache Stout is far from any kind of obese, imperial brew Ė yet too hefty to be a session beer. Thereís quite a lot of body to the mouthfeel Ė itís 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 (3499) - 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
mstrcrwly (697) - New York, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can poured into a tumbler..dark brown with a fluffy off white head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,vanilla,malts..lot going on for a lower ABV stout and itís in a can..not bad at all.
SG111 (605) - New York, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canned. No clear date. Pour into a tulip. Pours black with a very large very pretty tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, very sweet chocolate, coffee notes, slight sweetness (vanilla?). Flavor is again, sweet chocolate flavor. Pretty good body on it for a 5.3% beer. Not too weak. Vanilla comes through in the aftertaste.
Zeswaft (1476) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint can. Jet black and tan head. Wow. What a flavorful chocolate and full bodied. Damb surprised how rich this is for 5%. Who needs an imperial stout when you can have this?