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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
$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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
basaywhat (155) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2016
16 oz can. Pours opaque black with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy notes, chocolate, vanilla, and and faint spice. Flavor is dry roast malts forward with vanilla, chocolate, light hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3430) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 28, 2016
This was poured into an English pub glass. The appearance was a black color with a small white head. Quick light dissipation. Remnants of stringy sliding lacing. The smell had a large portion of roasted coffee beans, subtle black licorice, the obvious vanilla bean sweetness. The taste was basically the same. Subtle sweet to roasted edge of a coffee aftertaste. Dry semi-roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Decent sessionability. Carbonation feels good as a milk/sweet stout. Overall, it works for me and the style, though I donít see it as one thatís over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1509) - Nevada, USA - APR 26, 2016
Pours like a Guinness with a dark opaque body and thick, creamy foam. Roast and toffee flavors. Medium bodied. A little dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6086) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 22, 2016
473ml can from Alko. Pours pitch black with a small white head. Aroma of roasty malts, vanilla, chocolate, milky coffee and lactic notes. Taste is smooth, sweetish and roasty with some milky coffee, latte, espresso, vanilla and chocolate. Finish is smooth, sweetish and milky with some coffee and chocolate. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8943) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2016
On tap @ Black Finn. Near black, low tan head. Roasty aroma and flAvour, some dark fruits and light sweetness, some nice acidity that compliments the roasty bitterness. Hearty and full bodied. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (527) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Pours up pitch black with a moderate tan head. The aroma is robust roasted malts, chocolate, and a slight hint of vanilla. The flavor is thick and rich, with chocolate, roast, and a organic leathery component. The flavors are big, bold and linger on. Definitely not everybodyís stout, but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3436) - FINLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Can. Black in color with a tan head. Roasted malts, light sweetness, milk chocolate and coffee in aroma. Coffee and cocoa bitterness in taste. Good drinkability. Longlasting roasted finish. Quite smooth too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12797) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 19, 2016
500ml can (Tommyknockers, Helsinki)
Pleasant roasty aroma, a bit sticky, maybe scalded milk too. Taste even better, super rich, but mellow too, nice coffee cake creaminess. Full palate, roast sticks to the tongue. Finish is milky coffee. That might be because they added lactose and coffee? So, yes, this tastes of beer with stuff added. However, itís very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (5328) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Can at One Pint Pub, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and hops: Dark chocolate, chocolate, some vanilla and roasted malts. Very strong flavours for this abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weitz15 (529) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Some vanilla in the aroma. Crisp, carbonated body with only mild vanilla in the flavor. Really dry finish. There is something missing from the overall brew.

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