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RATINGS: 221   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2013
On tap at Kellehers, Peoria. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma was roasted malt, maybe black patent also. Sweetness. Taste is roasted malt, sweetness of vanilla, very tasty.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Can. Pours out black with a small tan head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate cookies (the ice cream sandwich kind) , light roast and a touch of mild coffee. Taste is complex and smooth, chocolate, medium roast coffee, vanilla bean, light finishing bitterness. Tasty with a silky smooth body

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (1124) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Very dark coffee. quick fading head Farley thick mouthfeel. Vanilla comes through a little. Bitter sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1868) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Dark brown pour, tan tight creamy head. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, nice roasted malt. Flavour is dark fruit, lighter body than expected. Coffee and vanilla. Decent enough. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suprchunk (2029) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (1055) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2014
16 oz. can, consumed on 6-4-14. Musty, dusty, dry aroma features coffee, tar, cigarettes, and, especially, poop. Notice that all of those scents are unpleasant (including coffee -- yuck!), although this beer smells not quite as bad as those things do (but, make no mistake, it does smell bad). Also s’mores and bran muffins scents. Pours a dark brown with a large amount of thick, fluffy, tan head. Cola-like appearance in the liquid. Produces good lacing. Looks good. Quite sweet amd milky taste features flavor elements of chocolate milk, minerals, sugar, chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, and vanilla. Melon and peach in the finish. None of the offputting elements of the aroma make it into the flavor. Lightly dry, slightly chemical-y aftertaste. Light body. Soft and frothy in the palate. Insubstantial palate effects. Finch’s Secret Stache Stout tastes very good but smells like a New York bar bathroom. It also looks good but has a subpar palate. That makes it hard to evaluate overall. It is unusual, and I do give it credit for uniqueness, at least among American sweet stouts (I suspect some old-fashioned English examples of the style share some similarities). I try to score the various elements of a beer separately, and I am perfectly willing to ding a tasty beer for smelling, in this case, literally like shit.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (484) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Tap. Near black and with a thin khaki head. Light roast coffee, malt powder, vanilla beans and milk chocolate. Has a sweet malted milk ball start with a light coffee bitterness. Medium body with a creamy feel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROBC3366 (511) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Incredibly dark black beer, 0 translucence. Good texture, decent lacing. Very subtle coffee aroma, but strong going down the throat. I thought the ABV was much higher. Chocolate notes at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
coyforce (571) - Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Flavor is a malty roasted grain but the aftertaste contains a vanilla base. Pour is dark black but the head is non-existant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanscourt (662) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Thick and creamy. Good chocolate flavors. Heavy but light alcohol. Very nice beer that is packed with flavor but very approachable compared to some bigger stouts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2141) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Can I think (didn’t put it in my notes). Dark brown pour with a brown head. DArk roasted malt aromas. Sweet with vanilla and roasted malt notes. Good body and mouthfeel.


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