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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1890) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2012
On tap at Honeypie. First pour of a new keg, I am told. Pours very dark brown with a brownish head. A bit of a foam up leaving nice lacing. Aroma has chococaramel, some expresso and a hint of raspberry. Taste is of roasted malts, some chocolate, some brown sugar and some soy. More and more roasted malt/coffee through the glass. Finishes roasty bitter with a nice sweetness. The best of the finches Iíve had, certainly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (224) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Can poured into pint glass from Luciaís Bodega, Windham NH. Aroma is strong chocolate and roasted malt with hint of coffee, fruit, and liquor. Appearance is pitch black with negligible, transient coating of light brown head and no lacing. Taste is heavy sweet chocolate with some vanilla and mild coffee bitterness. Palate is medium bodied with creamy thick texture, soft carbonation and nice long balance of sweet and bitter finish with a pleasant sensation between the back teeth. Overall, this is really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
miyauchi38 (899) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
c1raider (93) - New York, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Very refined easy drinking stout, barley, coffee, chocolate, moderate carbonation, would buy again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
atlrizzob (210) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2015
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (779) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Draft from The Porch restaurant in Oakland, Pittsburgh. Lots of roasted dark goodness. Like biting into a savory brownie made from oats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cousin_Larry (666) - - JUN 23, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10 (913) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1471) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2015
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.

Score: 7/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3581) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2015
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mstrcrwly (729) - New York, USA - MAY 24, 2015
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.

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