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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScipioA (323) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours out looking great - black with a huge cappuccino brown/tan head. Somewhat of a muted stout aroma, nothing really memorable about it. Very sweet, I get the impression of a heavily sugared espresso. I don’t really get any of the vanilla beyond a whiff in the aftertaste, but this is definitely delicious. Smooth and thick for a 5% abv stout. Great beer, and love that it comes in 16 oz cans, the beer format of kings.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suprchunk (2315) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2014
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2282) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Poured very thick and black like oil, small tan head, no lace, opaque black. Aroma is raisins molasses roasted malt cocoa and coffee. Flavor is Like aroma and the use of the vanilla bean & lactose to offset the heavy use of black patent malt and not quite enough carbonation for the balance of the carbonic tang against everything else. Bittersweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (4926) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
16oz can. Poured a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, some sweet milk chocolate. Flavor was sweet chocolate, roasted malts. Good!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4321) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Vanilla and roast that comes together very well. Creamy texture. Pours black with mocha head and lacing. Can from Grape and Gourmet in Virginia Beach.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1636) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
16 oz can shared by Travlr before the DC Local Tasting, thanks Gene! Black with tan head. Aromas of cream, chocolate, roast, vanilla. Tastes of roast, chocolate, light hops and vanilla. Medium body with a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (503) - - AUG 22, 2014
black color with a tan head; aroma is chocloate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt; a nice, smooth stout with a medium bodied roasted malt base with notes of espresso, and chocolate, and hints of vanilla; luckily they did not overdo the vanilla as so many brewers tend to do

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1785) - - OCT 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-31-13- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a one finger of brown head. The head fades almost instantly to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a nice heavy coffee smell. Along with these aromas are some sweeter aromas of a caramel nature mixed with a little bit of a vanilla smell. A little bit of a chocolate aroma mixes with the rest producing a rather nice and sweet dark smell. Taste – The taste begins roasty and sweet with a good level of caramel and vanilla sweetness as well a nice roasted malt base. As the flavor advances some lighter flavors of a coffee nature come to the tongue, which start out quite light, but gains intensity as the flavor moves more toward the end. Along with this, a little bit of cocoa sweetness comes to the tongue being complimented nicely by the sweeter flavors of the beer. With a lighter flavor of char also joining the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a nice roasty and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation level is very nice for the roasted, cocoa and coffee flavors of the brew, nicely enhancing all the more intense flavors. A little thicker of a body may have been even better for the brew, but overall, at only 5.3% abv., the body was quite appropriate. Overall – For an only 5.3 % abv brew, this beer packs quite the flavor punch. A nice and tasty “session style” stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2014
16oz can - at Logan's Alley , pours black , thin tan head . Strong aroma of sweet cream and vanilla . Smooth palate . Taste is sweet cocoa , vanilla and mild roast , tasty stout . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
A: This stout pours a real nice oily black. In fact there is no light visible through the beer even being held up to a light. A beautiful mocha one finger head forms that recedes quickly. The lacing on this thing is ridiculously awesome. As the head does recede it just clings to my glass and as I tip and swirl it just grabs on and slowly glides back down. S: Upon first smell I definitely pick up the vanilla (it is an ale brewed with vanilla). In fact it smells like a vanilla marshmallow. I also pick up some bitter chocolate, roasted malts and ever so slight coffee. T: In the taste I do get the vanilla although not as I was expecting. It is sweet at first taste but then the bitter chocolate takes over. I pick up some wood/smokey notes on the finish. M: The mouthfeel is rather light and not as chewey as I thought it might be. I get a mild prickliness from the carbonation although it is very moderate. As I allow it to coat my mouth it does seem to linger after swallowing and the creamy feel is intriging. The more I sip and review I am enjoying the mouthfeel on this one. Not too viscous and not too watery. O: At $5.99 this one is hard to beat! Great job Finchs on a really enjoyable easy drinking stout. I hope they offer this one again because I would buy more for sure.


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