Sunday, September 8, 2013

Finch's Pig in the Wood

Pig in the Wood, Ale Aged in Whisky Barrels, Finch's Beer Company, Chicago, Illinois. Alcohol 8% by Volume.

One of my last Chicago bottles. This is one brewery I was aware of before visiting the city of broad shoulders, but could not find them on tap at any of our stops, outside of a pizza place that had their blonde ale on. I thought that was odd, but there are many bars in Chicago, and we only saw a few. The same thing would happen visiting the Twin Cities, of course. "where's the 612?" one might ask, if one were looking. "Where's all the Northgate? you may wonder. I dunno, somewhere.

I only took one bottle of Finch's from the shelves of that Binny's in Shaumberg, IL. That's probably all there was. So, let's open it up and see what it's all about.

Dark magenta coloring, slim, negligible head.

Aroma: ah! There's the stuff. All that bourbon, the vanilla and cherry, the sweet and the strong, bourbon all up in here. Nothin' but.

Taste:Several sips in, the word continues to be "nothin'but". Let's try again. Plenty of whisky flavors holding court over a lean bodied ale. nothing too big, thick, rich, or strong. Whatever lurks below, the whisky overcomes it all. All the components of the whisky take command, and nothing competes. Be that as it is, it's delicious. Mmmm, nice and nice.

Is there gobbledygook? Let's find out. "A deep red malt forward ale brewed with plenty of caramel malts, and a touch of rye and dry-hopped with Palisade and Zythos hops and aged for over six months in Noval barrels, a local Chicago distillery. SRM: 14, IBU: 72, OG: 18.2, FG: 2.9."

Terrifically sweet, full of bourbon-y flavors, rich, tasty and vastly rewarding. I like this. (I don't get the pig reference. Maybe the answer is somewhere.)

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