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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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.


4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (942) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Can to snifter. Black pour with a short lived beige head that turns to a light film and ring. Aroma of cacao, charred wood, and licorice. Taste is sweet cream and dark chocolate. Very creamy in the mouth. This drinks much bigger than the ABV would suggest. Pretty nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2014 Sampled from a 16 oz can this beer poured thick, black and oily with a small soapy-creamy very dark brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong chocolate syrup and vanilla. The flavor was toasty malts, cocoa, vanilla cream, and anise. Long chocolate, cream and vanilla finish. Very thick and smooth though a touch undercarbonated. Well done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2013
11 ounce pour - $6.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Black, rich-looking body, with a deep, tan-hued head, about one-third of an inch high.

Smell: Sizable roasty, coffee notes, brownie mix, molasses. Then, some softer cream, vanilla scents. Dark fruitiness. A hint of smoke and spice.

Taste: Roasted malts sprinkled with pipe tobacco ash and full of flavors tasting of espresso, vanilla cream, prunes, brownies. Very small snippet of licorice. Ample sweetness, but itís not overly sweet. Minimal hop character and bitterness showing beyond the robust malts. The light ashen tone is sustained until the smooth, roasty, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Good stuff. For me, the best of the Finch bunch to date.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Enjoyed from can pour at Township in Chicago, IL prior to my band playing. I've been meaning to try this's, happy I finally did! Appearance is pitch black, light tan rim. Aroma mostly of chocolate malt with light vanilla and coffee notes, smells good. Taste is fantastic! It's going to be -10 here in a couple of days and this is the type of beer to drink for that weather. Rich in lactose and vanilla with huge chocolate notes. Definitely sweet, but great. Also, nice hazelnut notes, almost like Nutella. Happy to have had this!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WolfKeeper (2) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012 does not count
Surprising entry from Finchís -- hope to see it again in the future, itís a keeper!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2012
16 oz. can. Opaque ebony with a lasting disc of creamy foam. Big nose of dark chocolate, oatmeal, espresso, caramel, toasted nut, berry, and char. Taste is the same great mix with maybe a bit more lactose and berry, plus some iodine and driftwood. Medium body is sweet, but not sticky, and very smooth with low-medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chadquest (37) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pretty great opaque looking 5.3% beer if you ask me, looks creamy with a dark tan cap. The nose is milk chocolate with a bit of roasty notes sort of like a mild coffee, little sweetness. The vanilla comes out much more in the flavors then the aroma, makes a vanilla creamy coffee sort of deal, but the sweetness is strong and lasting. mouthfeel is low carb and creamy in an almost nitro way, great. This is the best beer Finch has made yet, or maybe i should say the only noteworthy beer theyíve made yet, i really dig it. one of the better 5% stouts iíve had at all. Love, Chad Serving type: can

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (735) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
16 ounce can, as shown in the photo. Pitch black and syrupy in appearance. It leaves a swampmonster goo on the glass when you swirl it around. Vanilla and coffee bean aromas pair together nicely. Taste wise, this is one of the first beers where Iíve enjoyed a plainly present vanilla aspect. Thick in body and smooth in mouthfeel- low carbonation. Itís all delicious and probably as healthy as a double bacon cheeseburger.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Pours pitch black, aromas of espresso, bakers chocolate. The taste is full of roasted notes with a bitter coffee finish. This beer amazes me, the mouth feel is very full for the low abv, I almost donít believe this is 5.3% awesome stuff all around.


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