freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Nearing perfection, this deplorable fascist pig is a malt lovers dream. Dripping with caramel in both flavor and aroma, the ample sweet maltiness of this beer is tempered by an earthy hop profile that blends perfectly with the malt base. Pours a hazy light brown and floats a medium sized tan head that leaves thick wads of lacing on the glass. A near perfect Strong Ale. The only element that could use improvement is that it sports a very mellow carbonation. In this case it could use a bit more bubbly to cleanse the palate in between swallows. My first from Finch’s and I’m very impressed with this can delivered nirvana beer. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours a lightly cloudy dark ruby amber with minimal head. Aroma of caramel and citrus and pine hops. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Caramel, toffee, citrus and pine. Full bodied with a thick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty darn good. SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 22, 2012
22oz bottle. amber/red with light haze under a small beige head. honey, bread, sugar cookies, pine, earthy aroma. piney, lemonhead candy hop notes(zythos) with thick bready malt. full bodied and velvety texture. tasty, balanced ASA. ronaldtheriot (1934) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Finch’s Fascist Pig Ale has a thick, cream-colored head, a murky, rust-red, bubbly appearance, and lot of heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of spicy (from the rye, I suppose), bready, malt and hop resin, with some background citrus. Taste is of sweet, spiced bread, hop resin, black pepper, and noticeable, yet, not harsh, bitterness. There is also a tannin note. Mouthfeel is medium, and Finch’s Fascist Pig Ale finishes smooth, easy-going, semi-dry, and highly drinkable. RJT vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Malty with caramel and vanilla notes. Medium bodied with a smooth after taste.
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Red-amber with good, soft, foamy tan head / Lightly sweet, bright nose of spun sugar, rye, weed, and citrus / Medium body, very creamy and smooth, sweet, good balance with alcohol well masked, and modestly bitter finish / Fresh flavors of burnt sugar and rye with notes of grapefruit and pineapple / A very nice, easy drinking despite the big alcohol, pale ale. nearbeer (5419) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 Pint can. Pours a cloudy copper-brown with a lasting quarter inch of creamy bubbles. Aroma is spicy toffee, toast, dark cherries, resin, and earthy dried wood. Flavor is big toffee on the front followed closely by orange, a touch of cherry, then a finish of peppery rye and dried resinous wood. Medium body is soft and chewy, but well balanced by the tingly rye and hop finish. Low-average carbonation and no notice of the 8% abv makes this unique ASA dangerously drinkable. TattooJack (518) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2014
When I saw this beer I weighed the pros and cons: beer named after one of my favorite punk rock songs of all time (+), tall boy can (+), 8% abv (+), made in Chicago (+), ridiculous picture (-), and into the cart at jewel it went. If they would have depicted the pig in an authentic Italian WWII wartime dress uniform it would have been 5 for 5, but dressing him like magnum PI’s boss confused me a bit. Now the beer is strong like the song, a little bitter like some of the lyrics. It packs a punch like whatever i was drinking the first time I heard this song live (probably cisco). I enjoyed the overall experience and have nothing bad to say about anything that reverts me back to yelling at the top of my lungs "RIOT SQUAD, BASH THEIR HEADS!!" Coast2coast (2) - West Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2016 does not count
From a can; tasted in a glass.
A: Deeply roasted barley, caramel, dark toast, bitter hops
A: clear deep red-brown; creamy thick beige head that dissipates within a minute or two
T: dark toast, roasted barley, roasted nuts; assertive hops throughout palate
P: medium body, slight astringency
O: Would try this beer again especially if a fresh can or on tap. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2012
650 ml bottle
So far the few Finch’s beers I have tried have been solid. This one might be the best of the bunch. It is a little more expensive but still in the ballpark of something you might pick up once or twice a week. I really need to make it up to Chicago some time to check them out in person.
Aroma / Appearance - The ruby red body radiates warmth. Ashen white head bobs on top like wave crests. Grassy hops mixed with handfuls of trampled mud linger in the air like the last person at a party. Rye bread with a strong malty base complete a balanced profile.
Flavor / Palate - Like a chewy Twix bar this sticks in the corners of the mouth and throat. Resiny hops slide across the tongue. Over time it begins to warm the palate. Maybe this is a love it or leave it release but I’d buy more.