Finch’s Beer Co. is in the business of brewing great, craft beers locally in Chicago, Illinois. They use the best ingredients and take special care to make sure every batch is the best they can brew. Boasting a portfolio of half a dozen brews in addition to limited and seasonal releases, Finch’s has something for everyone. One of their most recent limited releases was Pig in the Wood which is their Fascist Pig Red Ale aged 6 months in whiskey barrels from Koval Distillery.
The beer pours an entrancing mahogany color that displays hues of crimson when viewed in the light. The one and half finger tan head shows decent retention. A sticky spotty lacing remains once the head dissipates.
Aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging hit right off the bat. Vanilla and oak with a generic boozy note are the most noteworthy of the bourbon aromas. Sweet caramel malts and brown sugar aromas follow the bourbon notes. Fruit notes of cranberries, figs and raisins are balanced by a spicy hop aroma.
On the palate you are greeted by sweet notes of molasses as well as caramel malts. Bourbon notes of vanilla, oak and a hint of smoke balance the sweeter notes. A boozy character is notable but not dominating. Fruit notes of dark dried fruits and cranberries lead into the midpalate. A spicy rye/grain note attacks and is met with some mild herbal and earthy hop notes. A slight bitterness hits on the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick but is not overly sticky or cloying.
Overall a great offering from Finch’s. A hearty beer that will age gracefully. Try pairing this one with smoked Gouda, roasted chicken with cranberry and caramelized onion chutney or vanilla bean cheesecake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints
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