Finch Shock and Awe Brown Ale


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


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
This beer pours dark brown in color with notes of chocolate and caramel malts being the predominant malts. Wheat malt is used for head retention and mouthfeel. It has medium hop aroma and flavor contributed by Northern Brewer while bittering is achieved with Centennial. It is dry-hopped with Centennial resulting in a medium to low hop presence.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours a murky hazed brown with a whispy tan head. Sweet chocolatey malt with some mild hops. Full flavored, sweet floral hops, some spicy characyer and a dry roast nutty finish. Higly carbonated a bit thin.

hotstuff (5272) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Backlog rating on 10-29-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a small smooth tan head, hazy orange brown body, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is chocolate, nutty, malty, and hops. The flavor is nutty, malty, roasted, hops, and a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is mild carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. This beer is easy to drink, has a roasted finish and is worth trying.

novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2013
I was sad to learn that this beer will no longer be made. Super savory brown ale, with a great balance of malt and boozeyness. Loved the color, poured a medium brown with copper tones. Flavorful and fich, but not too heavy. Will be missed.

Lemke10 (996) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2013
This pours a brown color with a small, light brown head. The scent is not very complex but has hints of sweetness and malts. The texture is pretty thin and there isn’t a whole lot going on with the flavor. For being a brown ale, I was a little surprised with how bitter it was. Average at best and could use some work.

Tmoney99 (15034) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft sample at IBGWF 2013. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted nutty malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex soft brew.

thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a strongly carbonated very hazy brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt and musty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a biting aftertaste. The good flavor contained notes of roasted malt brown malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bomber. Poured medium-deep brown with a dense khaki head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted nutty notes and lesser chocolate.. some metallic and herbal accents.. not bad, but not great either. The flavor found nutty notes, chocolate, and vanilla sweetness at the core.. tangy metallic notes, dark fruit skins, and herbal bitterness around and throughout.. finished quite sharp, with metal and medicine evident. Lighter-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. not a good feel to it.. OK-ish overall.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
22 oz bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Opened on a Sunday Funday. Pours a mellow hazed deeper dark brown hue, darker body with copper orange glowing edges with some sunset and sun tea elements. A frothy tannish head sits atop, mellow layer and ok lacing as it dies to a ring clinger. Aromas are toffee and toast, touches of tea and chestnut. Carmelized breads take the reigns, gentle earthy hops and orange rind fill in. More toast, earthy brown malts, and darker bready elements. Biscuits, carmelization. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, firm dryness up front, earthy hops and florals meet, dryness grows, aided by a toasty biscuit feel. Dry toast, bread. Touches of metallic twang at times. Middle shows bready and biscuity, toasty brown earthy malts. Kiss of chestnut, toffee. Middling sweetness but still quickly dry again, lingering hoppy florals and earthy hops. Dry finish is nice, that thicker Brown base shows some splashes, but a firm hop presence stays on and makes this more dry and enjoyable for me. It’s probably nitpicking to ask for a smaller ABV profile here (As I could see myself drinking more of this down at 5 percent, or especially even lower!).. but overall it’s a solid, albeit more hoppy and bitter Brown in the Chicago market. Solid. Very nutty at times, some darkness and deeper malt flavors at others, a persistent dry hoppy bitterness moves in and out.

crossovert (14006) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
On tap. A pretty mild brown ale. Some hops. Some cardboard, could have been the line.

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