Lemke10 (981) - 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. ChadPolenz (1817) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Sometimes you think you’re getting a stout with frills, but you really don’t and it ends up being a fine beer anyway. Finch’s Secret Stache Stout is an example of what I mean: it claims to be a milk stout made with vanilla, but I really didn’t get any. That’s okay, but the result is a solid, good-tasting, easy-drinking beer at a good price, too.
DialSquare (5028) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2015
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. That’s 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 there’s enough to give the palette balance. Overall, it’s enjoyable but I can’t help but think so much more could’ve been done.
Drinkability: At only 5.3% ABV, Finch’s Secret Stache Stout is far from any kind of obese, imperial brew – yet too hefty to be a session beer. There’s quite a lot of body to the mouthfeel – it’s 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.
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
mstrcrwly (1000) - 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 it’s in a can..not bad at all. SG111 (1820) - New York, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Canned. No clear date. Pour into a tulip. Pours black with a very large very pretty tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, very sweet chocolate, coffee notes, slight sweetness (vanilla?). Flavor is again, sweet chocolate flavor. Pretty good body on it for a 5.3% beer. Not too weak. Vanilla comes through in the aftertaste.
Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Pint can. Jet black and tan head. Wow. What a flavorful chocolate and full bodied. Damb surprised how rich this is for 5%. Who needs an imperial stout when you can have this? jrob21 (3684) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2015
Sample at the brickstore. Good bit of roasty malt. Chocolate is present but well balanced and nice. Nice roasted coffee aroma and bittersweet flavors on the finish. A little thin malt body but the flavors are good enough. Enwiebe (318) - - APR 18, 2015
4/18/15. Howells and Hood. Pour deep mahogany with little head and no lacing. Faint roasty nose. Drinks like a delicate milk stout w strong vanilla and swerve notes. Super smooth and drinkable. Doesn't leave much of an impression.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mansquito (6425) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2015
New beer distributors, nyc can: pours near black with unexciting head. Aroma is coffee and vanilla. Taste is a bit sweet. Nice notes of vanilla... Relatively subtle. In honesty, i do not see where this super high rating is coming from... This average stout. trapped (3147) - New York, TURKEY - APR 9, 2015
Draught @ Barleycorn. Dark brown with small beige creamy head, vanilla aroma, low carbonation, balanced mocha taste, full body, slight alcohol undertones, longish finish with mocha aftertaste. Quite a nice brew.