Archive for the ‘Finch’s Beer Co.’ Category

It’s been slightly over a year since I’ve had a beer from Finch’s. I wasn’t aware that they had any sort of barrel aging program, so this was a must-try for me.

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ABV: 8%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: This is the bourbon barrel aged version of Fascist Pig Ale which I reviewed over two years ago. Unfortunately, the Finch’s website has no information about this beer.

Random: Finch’s has really cute tote bags. Now that I’ve said that, Val will want to get one.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick, ecru-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. There was also a small crown left on top. The body was very cloudy, to the point of being murky and a reddish-mud color. As soon as the can opened, I was hit with strong bourbon notes. Once I let it sit for a few minutes, I also picked up, vanilla, wood char and molasses. There was some slightly burnt brown sugar as well. The taste was not surprisingly, bourbon dominant. After I got past that, there was also vanilla, toasted oak and then sweetness from the molasses. It also had a caramel note at the end. The flavor was intense at first, and the alcohol provided a slight burn at the back of the throat. This is the one area that I think the beer could have used some improvement in, because it shouldn’t have been so boozy feeling at 8%. It had a thick, chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lots of bourbon and sweetness from the molasses. A tallboy can was $4.60 ($.28 per ounce), which is a bit on the expensive side. Despite that, I found it to be quite good (I’m also a huge fan of bourbon, so if that’s not a flavor you like, you won’t like this beer) and better than the original version.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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The other half and I went to a local restaurant for dinner when we first moved down here. It was packed and advertised that they had craft beer. It had pretty crappy food (one of the worst cheesesteaks that I’ve ever had) and had only an okay craft beer selection. The thing that annoyed me was that on their “craft beer menu” they listed their craft beers just as brewery names, and the servers really didn’t know which beers they were. It was annoying to say the least. This was the beer that I had while there.

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ABV: 8%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Nuclear Winter is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale with Extra Special Malt and Caravienne malts and Dark Candi sugar for increased color and alcohol content. Small amounts of East Kent Goldings are added but are not the prominent feature of this beer. The Belgian yeast dominates the beer’s flavor and aroma profile. It will surely warm you up in the cold winter months.”

Random: I’m back to watching “Gangland.” This episode is about the Vagos motorcycle gang.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It was quick to dissipate and left no lacing on the glass. The body is a clear, mahogany color with moderate carbonation. The nose was sweet with candi sugar and some booze and molasses. The taste had more depth with dark fruit molasses and candi sugars. It was very sweet, to the point of cloying. The booze was present and warmed the back of the throat. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and sweet. This wasn’t a bad beer, but it’s nothing that amazed me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yesterday was a rough day at work. I put in a fifteen and a half hour shift. I walked in the house and went right to bed. The other half was trying to get me to eat, but all I wanted to do was sleep. I got to leave today after only eleven hours, so I’ll be able to get a decent amount of sleep tonight. Anyways, here’s another backlogged review.

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ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Finch’s Beer Co. is in the business of brewing great, craft beers locally in Chicago, Illinois. We use the best ingredients and take special care to make sure every batch is the best we can brew.”

Random: We bought the cat a new rainbow catnip toy to play with. He was very excited.

This beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head that dissipated really slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange color with low carbonation visible. The nose was strong with pine and fresh grapefruit and grass. The taste was more towards the citrus side with lots of grapefruit and lemon along with grass. There wasn’t much pine to this one. The body was medium thick with generous carbonation. The alcohol did make an appearance at the end of the sip. The finish was long with a lot of grapefruit pith. This brew was $2.29 for a 16 ounce can. This means that it would be $9.16 for a four-pack, which is a bit pricy, but not crazy. I think that price is well worth the quality of the beer. This was a really nice beer that I enjoyed. Grab a can when you’re in the mood for a good DIPA!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

It seems like every brewery that I make a concerted effort to get brews from out-of-state magically starts getting distributed to New Jersey after I’ve made said concerted effort. Finch’s is the newest brewery to add to this list. I’ve tried a few of them and was surprised to see them in the cold case of my local Buy Rite during my last trip there. I picked up this one, which I hadn’t tried yet.

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ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Finch’s Beer Co. is in the business of brewing great, craft beers locally in Chicago, Illinois. We use the best ingredients and take special care to make sure every batch is the best we can brew.”

Random: The can art on this one is not nearly as interesting as the other offerings I’ve had.

This brew poured with a thin, two finger white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, straw yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some lemon rind, wheat, and then a touch of grapefruit hops. The taste was better than the nose. It definitely had more hops than the typical wheat ale. Wheat was present, along with lemon rind and grassy hops. The hop presence was significant for the style. The body was on the thicker side of the style with moderate carbonation. It had a long and hoppy finish with lemon rind. This beer was decent and definitely drinkable, but nothing mind-blowing. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I will admit, I bought this beer because I thought it was adorable. I mean, who can really resist a can of beer with a pig wearing a hat and glasses on it? I know I can’t. Plus, it has a cool name. Let’s crack this one open.

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ABV: 8%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fascist Pig is a deep red, malt-forward ale brewed with plenty of caramel malts and a touch of rye for a hint of spice. This big American red ale is brewed and dry-hopped with palisade, an earthy and somewhat floral, mentholated American variety, and Zythos, an American blend that leans strongly toward Amarillo, Simcoe and Cascade varieties.”

Random: I love when I get up on a Sunday morning and can’t sleep past 7:30 because a meow wants to get fed.

This brew poured with a half a finger of slightly off white head that dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very cloudy chestnut color with minimal carbonation visible. The nose was filled with earthy caramel malt that had a touch of sweet toffee right after. The taste started with rich caramel malt and some deep nutty flavors and biscuity malt. The sip ended with a significant oily hop note that was pretty piney. The body was on the oily side with pretty weak carbonation, which could have been dialed up a bit. The finish was long and hoppy with a touch of booze burn at the end. It reminded me a lot of a light barleywine, but nothing that I would rush back to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Today felt like the longest day ever. I had 37 trucks on the road, so I was in extra early and just walked through the door. The only thing that got me through was crap loads of coffee (14 hours straight will do that to you). I’m finally home and relaxing on the couch waiting for Val to get home from work. Anyways, this was a beer I had last weekend that I picked up on one of my travels out-of-state. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Finch’s Beer Company’s Threadless IPA is the gold medal winner in the IPA category at this year’s World Expo of Beer, Michigan’s largest international beer sampling event. Our Threadless/Finch collaboration IPA is a balanced experience of both perceived hoppiness and true bitterness. It pours a darker amber color and finishes with a citrus flavor, and when combined, will require this to be the last IPA you ever drink!”

Random: The meow was insanely hungry when I got home. He almost attached himself to my leg until I fed him.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body is a seriously cloudy bright orange color with moderate carbonation and visible detritus in the glass. The nose was relatively mild for the style. I got some tropical fruit and mandarin oranges with a little bit of pine sap. The taste had a bit more of a medicinal taste to it than the nose did. It definitely had a pine characteristic to it that stayed until the end as well. The tropical fruits that were apparent in the nose were no where in the taste, which was a bit disappointing. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and medicinal. This was only alright for me and not worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Another late night waiting for a driver to finish. Tomorrow, I have someone that can at least stay late with me. I am going to sleep like a baby tonight though. I slept so hard last night that my cat actually had to bite my feet to get me to wake up to feed him. Here’s another random brew from the VA stash.

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ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: I reinstalled Pandora on my phone. I missed the Ingrid Michaelson station like whoa.

This beer poured with a two finger tan head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose had notes of roasted malts, cocoa and vanilla. I did not get any lactose on the nose. The taste was soft for a stout, which I attributed to the lactose. I got roasted malts, milk chocolate and light vanilla. After a few sips, I also got some flavor of malted milks balls, which was really nice. There was some lactose presence as well. The body was medium thickness with generous carbonation. The finish was long with vanilla. I really enjoyed everything about this beer. It was really flavorful, yet delicate and easily drinkable. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0