Finch Dirtier Bird Barrel Aged Doppelbock

Formerly brewed at Finch Beer Co
Style: Doppelbock
Chicago, Illinois USA


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Doppelbock aged in new, dark oak whiskey barrels from Koval Distilleries in Chicago. Some residual whiskey is noticeable along with notes of wood.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. A: Pours a dark ruby color with a white head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace is left down the sides of the glass. S: Some underlying fruity tartness to it, most cherry in scent. A little whiskey with some dry wood. Mild peanuts with some dark fruits as well. The time as let the barrel fade a little and let some of the base beer come back to life, but it’s still not well put together. T: Some sweet dark fruit and cherries with a little roasted malts. Very little whiskey with a little plastic at the backend. M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Smooth finish. O: Not horrible, but this beer just wasn’t executed well. The barrel pretty much decimated the base beer (which was pretty solid). Serving type: bottle

Atom (2578) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Bomber pours a murky dark brown with a large creamy khaki head. Aroma of sweet caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Taste is sweet with similar flavors as aroma, orange extract, ending with earthy wood oak and warm bourbon. Not amazing but not bad. From some of the other ratings it sounds like it was worth holding onto awhile and letting the bourbon mellow a bit.

phaleslu (10731) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle sampled at DLD ’12. Pours a hazy amber color with an eggshell head. Loads of caramel, with dark fruits, toasted brown sugar, whiskey, and oak. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, warm mouthfeel. Not as bad as others have said; I thought this was decent.

Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
22oz bottle from Armanetti’s (6.5% ABV). Pours a murky brown, ruby tinted body with a finger-width, creamy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is heavy vanilla, sweet caramel, and wood. Whiskey, weird orange notes, slightly bready toffee, and dark fruit. Flavor is similar. Very sweet and cloying caramel up front with that weird orange note and lots of vanilla. Lots of toffee-bread, dark fruits, and a heavy whiskey woodiness. A light spice as the sweetness continues to grow and this finishes dry from the wood, but cloyingly sweet. Lots of vanilla, caramel, and woody whiskey in a lengthy aftertaste with an alcohol burn. Full, slightly sticky body and a light carbonation. Overall, not the biggest fan of this one. As it warms a bit, that weird orange note dies, but the big caramel, vanilla, and whiskey barrel never completely comes together. Drinks bigger than the 6.5% ABV, which is not good. Eh...

JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
FoBAB 11’ Still waiting for Finch to impress me. This beer was pretty lack luster IMO.

SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a brown with ruby hues and a tan head. Aroma of primarily vegitable, hints of dark fruit and brown sugar, thats all I get. Flavor of burnt caramel, spicy, malty and a bit of alcohol heat. Medium-heavy mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Overall, besides aroma, not bad!

Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle thanks to pawola. Poured deep amber with a beige head. Aroma was dark fruit, toffee, and Orange. Flavor was pretty much the same plus some caramel. Body was medium with low carbonation.

crossovert (14006) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
650ml bottle.

It pours a dark brown with a large, foamy off-white head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is overpowered by oak and bourbon. Think a lost abbey bba beer. It is reminiscent of Angels Share. Tons and tons of vanilla, caramel, and wood. There is a hint of fruitiness underneath. Hardly a traditional doppelbock.

The mouthfeel is thick, the flavor is far form traditional. If you are looking for a solid doppelbock, this is NOT one. It is like an American strong ale. Very tannic, lots of wood notes, velvety bourbon and vanilla dominate the flavor.

I am docking it because it isn’t traditional but it isn’t that bad of a beer.

chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
bottle... if there was one beer from Fobab, this wasn’t it... ugly medium brown with a bit of amber, no carbonation at all... the aroma is pretty bad, glue, marshmellows, and brandy, weird "whiskey" notes, spice, with a vomit finish, yum... taste is horrendous, alcohol, wood, nail polish, a coconut finish... horrible horrible horrible

User29624 (1687) - - NOV 23, 2011
Pours cloudy brown with an off white head. Light aroma of whiskey, sweet malt. Touch of spices in there. Decent.

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