Monday, May 21, 2012

Secret Stache Stout – Finch’s Beer Company

                Secret Stache Stout, the second of what I am sure will be many beers that I will have from Finch’s Beer Co., is a one-off beer from the brew master Richard Grant.  I contacted Finch’s to find out more about their stout and was pleasantly surprised to hear back from brewer and marketing director Charlie Davis in under 2 hours.  They have some serious top-notch people working there for such a quick turnaround.  Charlie was also more than willing to answer any additional questions that I had, and he highly recommended pouring it at an initial temperature of 40F and allowing it to warm up to room temperature over a long drinking session.  Thanks Charlie, perhaps in the near future I will be contacting you for an interview or tour!

On Beeradvocate Secret Stache has an 85, over at ratebeer it has an 89 overall and an 84 for style.

They say:
Stout Brewed with Vanilla Bean and Lactose
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. Torrified wheat is also used in the recipe for additional body and head retention.
The beer was hopped three times with Fuggles. However, they do not make up a prominent part of the beer. The vanilla beans were thrown directly into the fermenter to be steeped at room temperature. Take your time on this one. Its lightly carbonated syrupy goodness will change with the temperature.

SRM:  1,000,000
ABV:  5.7%
IBU:  25
OG (P): 19.0
FG (P):  8.1 

I say:
                Secret Stache Stout pours a nice opaque black with a fine, thick brown head.  Strong coffee and bittersweet chocolate aromas rose from the glass during the poor and reminded me of those chocolate covered coffee beans that I used to buy by the pound at the local coffee shop when I was a kid.  Sticking my nose in the glass I noticed a slight bit of alcohol notes on the back end, but they fit in beautifully with the coffee and chocolate aromas.  It is medium-high bodied with a low to moderately low level of carbonation, perfect for a nice stout.  The cold beer starts off roasty with chocolate notes and a slight, lingering bitterness.  As it warmed up the beer became much smoother and the vanilla really started to come to the forefront.  The warming beer became increasingly hard to put down, and by the end of it, it became increasingly dessert-like and left me wishing I had another pint.

                I started off not being a huge fan of this beer, but the more I had, and the more it warmed up the more it started to grow on me.  By the end of the bottle, it was unbelievably good and I am planning to head out and buy more if it’s still in stock up here.

                That’s all for tonight, check back on Wednesday for the next post!

Happy Drinking!!

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