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Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Cast Iron Oatmeal BrownCast Iron Oatmeal Brown

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86
very good

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 01-06-2012

This is one monster of a Brown Ale! We use an obnoxious amount of chocolate malt and roasted barley to give this beer a cask iron backbone. Our oatmeal brown pours a dark mahogany with aromas of dark chocolate and coffee.
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Ratings: 238 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like the idea of an oatmeal brown, thanks to rudzud for sharing this with me.

Pours a quickly rising brownish fizzy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace with lots of fizzy bubbles popping, light whispy lacing, super dark molasses brown color barely any light.

Nose brings lots of brown malts, a little creamy brown malt note, lots of caramel and toffee, little nutty, with a bit milky baker's chocolate note, almost cocoa cream like, a mild roasty like coffee aroma well, an interesting note of vanilla too, and some creamy oats.

Taste starts creamy with more brown malts galore, creamy malts and some creamy oats, a little toasted, with lots of toasty brown malts, caramel, toffee, nutty, etc, as well as more chocolate, melting fancy chocolate like notes, with a little more flavored nutty coffee and vanilla notes. A little earthy bitter hop note on the back end adds a nice touch. Finish is drier but a little sticky, bit more of the earthy almost spicy hops, a little more caramel, nice creamy chocolate as well lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, fairly creamy, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, delivers what it promises, a nice creamy oatmeal brown ale with great malt characters, nice chocolate and vanilla even, with a little coffee note and a nice kick of hops on the back end adds that great finishing touch, but keeps it quite drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown is a decent offering by 4 Hands. The beer poured a rich brown with ecru head that was leaving some lacing. The scent leaned toward coffee and earth. The taste was evenly balanced with espresso push with hints of peat. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall quite nice...I would drink this again.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost cola looking. Inch plus frothy head.

Sweet roasted malt, light coffee. Richness.

Very roasted but not charred. Depth from the chocolate malt, leaving that sweet chocolate flavor.

Thin but not too thin. Light enough to make to make it painfully easy to drink.

I am not the biggest brown ale fan because most are dull. This was not dull, quite lovely.

Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crimson/brown with 2 fingers tan head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Nuttyness, coffee & that's about it

T: Follows the nose, dryness, & bit of Baker's chocolate up front. Coffee, a touch of iron from the oatmeal, plus more (hazel) nuttiness once warm, some caramel lurking in the background, along with woody hops. Finishes dry, with much coffee, & slight nuttyness

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation that smooths out over time

An interesting hybrid, drinks easy. I like the coffee flavor on this. First beer from these guys for me, not bad

Photo of Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque mohagany body with tan head.

Strong nose of cocoa and nuts with a little char.

Sweet and bitter chocolate flavor and nutty. It tastes good up front but the finish lingers and tastes like cardboard.

Full, smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This was a solid bown ale. My only knock is an off putting aftertaste.

Photo of richj1970
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Chesnut brown with a bit of red tint. Some spotty lacing.

S: Biscuits. Honey and a slight hint of dark fruits.

T: Follows the nose. Interesting twist on a brown ale.

M: Medium body, and perhaps a bit thin for the style.

O: Interesting flavors.

Photo of TheCondor
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as a free sample for my continued patronage of the local liquor store. Side poured from the bottle with vigor into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pretty weak sauce. I poured this one like it owed me money and there was no head to be found, anywhere. Pours a deep brown, mahogany color, although I called the police and reported the head of this beer missing. No lacing either, obviously.

Smell - Pretty subdued, not much going on. I get faint hints of the chocolate, biscuits, and roastiness, but it is all very subdued. Almost reminds me of a brown ale from Europe instead of America.

Taste - The beer starts to redeem itself, albeit only slightly. The roasted malts and chocolate notes wash the palate, with a hint of oats and barley rounding out the taste. Very little to no hops detected, which is a good thing in my book. Solid taste, nothing to freak out about.

Mouthfeel - Kinda thin bodied for my liking, finishes with a kick of sweetness and is smooth.

Overall - Meh. Its an alright beer, I think it is kind of overrated on here. I wouldn't pay for it, but if it was cold and the time was right I would drink another.

Photo of ChainChompsky
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This new rating system is bullshit. Good beer though.

Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, liking 4 Hands' names and labels.
The beer poured a rich brown with light tan head, left some lacing, but not much head.
The first scent has some coffee and malt sweetness.
The taste was evenly balanced, with coffee overlapping the basic brown ale notes. Maybe even some earthiness or peat.
The mouthfeel was medium, body was smooth.
Overall, very nice...looking forward to trying more from the brewery..

Photo of TCMike
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an, almost black-like brown. Produced a 2 finger white head. Left no lacing.

The smell is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and caramel.

The taste was the same but with a hint of coffee, and hop bitterness.

This is a very flavorful brown, but with a reasonable alcohol level that lets you drink several, if you want to.

Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of pale malt, hint of chocolate, hint of nut, and slight oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of hop, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, great aroma, good body, and blend.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the brewery. Served in a 12 oz pint glass. Poured a mahogany color, produced a nice head and featured excellent lacing. The aroma of this American Brown Ale, consisted of soft oats, fresh baked bread, coffee and nuts. Medium in body, the flavor of this ale featured roasted malt, coffee and nuts. Decent example of the style, overall average. Prost!

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam.

S - It smelled roasty with some coffee, chocolate and caramel. There was a piney presence.

T - Good roasty flavor with coffee, flaked oats, dark chocolate and caramel. Some piney hop presence added bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very good oatmeal brown ale. I really am starting to love this style and 4 Hands has nailed it.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a solid brown color. Its head is small at about 1/2 finger. It does have nice retention and I thought the lacing was excellent

S - Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee beans. The aroma is lighter than I thought it would be but still pleasant

T - Man this is a great tasting beer. Very similar to the aroma but more potent. Again, dark chocolate and coffee beans dominate

M - Extremely smooth. Almost of cooling feeling. Would call it medium to heavy int he mouth.

O - What a great easy drinking beer. It'll be great in the fall for sitting around a campfire. Would even call it borderline sessionable. Will be getting this one again

Photo of spointon
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer from a 12 oz stubby brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a brilliantly clear, reddish-brown mahogany color. An aggressive pour produced 3/4" off-white head that quickly dropped to pretty much zero. Not much in the way of retention or lacing on my glass.

S= The aroma was a a nice combination of chocolate malt, roasted barley, and with hints of toasted oats.

T= The flavor followed the nose, with rich malts, chocolatey notes, hints of roasted grain, nuttiness, and a very nice oatmeal character. Hops were just there to balance. Finished fairly dry with lingering flavors of chocolate and oatmeal.

MF= Low side of medium bodied, with a firm but not harsh carbonation level. No astringency to speak of.

D= I really liked this a lot. The combination of dark malts was spot on, and blended very well with the toasty/nutty oatmeal. At this abv, this is a very crush-able beer.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 4 Hands mason jar.

A - Pours a nice mahogany with some ruby red edges and a 2 inch head that is 2 inches tall. The bubbles are small-medium and slightly fluffy and sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Aroma starts off with some nice oats and bready grain. Some slight earthy grain tones and some nice nut aroma. There is some slight coffee-roasted malt notes on the back end of the nose.

T & M - Starts off with some more roasted notes that hint to some coffee. Then it mellows out with some of the oats and grains. Slightly earthy and some nice nuttiness. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and roasty. The flavor is a very straight forward Brown Ale. Well crafted.

O - Good offering by the guys at 4 Hands. Nice flavors all around and some nice mouthfeel.

Photo of budgood1
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours out an overly frothy brown colour with a humongous light tan head that doesn't reduce. spotty lace. this beer is over carbonated, as are the the other bottles in the four pack. typical brown ale aromas of cocoa and caramel. smells like a liquid candy bar. the taste, other than the chocolate malt used is hard to pin down due to the excessive prickly carbonation. i'm going to end this review because there is obvious issues with the carbonation and making any further observations is futile.

overall i'm disappointed with this beer. and i'm probably not going to get to sample this anytime soon.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super heady - as in, three-fourths of the pint glass. A simple pop of the cap, fizz and carbonation explosion. Dark brown, just shy of the shade of a porter. A huge head remains, leaves chunky lace.

Malted chocolate on the nose.

Creamy milk chocolate, sweetness like macadamia nuts or almonds.

Exceptionally low carbonation, sitting lightly on the tongue.

One of the better brown ales I've had - enjoyable and highly drinkable.

Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahoganey color with deep amber tones. There is over an inch of light tan head that leaves a ton lace behind.

The nose is made up of hazelnuts, brown sugar and light molasses. There is also a light amount of cocoa.

The flavors are much the same. The nutty flavors are prominent along witb the molasses. The cocoa is a bit stronger than the nose suggested. There is a light bitter hop presence. Undetectable ABV.

The mouthfeel is light and has a dry and crisp finish. Ample carbonation.

Overall, very tasty brown that had a nice flavor profile.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was the best beer i had at 4 hands. pours a milk chocolatey brown color, quite thick, with a sudsy off white head on top, long retention and sexy lacing. smells like a bowl of oatmeal, melted chocolate chips, and tons of english malts, semisweet and rich. flavor if similarly enticing, tons of cocoa in there, much more than i expected, and an earthy malt profile that is perfectly complimentary to the other flavors. one girl we were with described this as "period beer" because its got chocolate in it, who knows. i loved the mouthfeel, lots and lots of body for a brown ale. the carbonation was just enough. overall this might be one of the best brown ales ive ever had. its got everything you could want, and its so smooth to drink. i would drink this every day if i could, its absolutely outstanding.

Photo of EErler
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can purchased from Binnys (mix 6) split into 2 tasting glasses
A - 2 fingers of tan fluffy foam, brown bier - but when held up to the light, great hints of ruby red, great glass lacing
S - chocolate! malty sweet nose
T - sweet upfront, but a bitter finish creeps up at the end, full bodied bier
M - bitter flavor lingers giving a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste
O - Smells great and tastes great! The lingering bitterness was a tad unpleasant for me. Great to see an oatmeal brown in can form

Photo of BeerLover99
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep tawny body, finger khaki head
glorious lacing

S: big oatmeal, toffee, nutty, mild coffee, hint
of caramel

T: same as nose, mostly oatmeal, bready adventure.
roasted nuts, caramel and toffee. grain finish

M: med body, smooth/creamy mouth, mild
crisp feel.

O: Divine Brown ale, glad I tried this beer/brewery.
Often find this style is overlooked or underrated.
Rather nice selection for Autumn or Winter.

DELICIOUS TREAT, SAMPLE THIS!

Photo of kylehay2004
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: single finger head on a deep amber body with excellen retention and lacing.

S: oats, roasted barley, hint of espresso and chocolate malts.

T: burnt toast, coffee, oats, slight chocolate malt finish.

M: smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a nicely complex for the style. This is one of the best brews offered here, a must try.

Photo of barnzy78
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, no apparent freshness date
A - creamy tan head caps a mahogany colored ale
S - rich malty nose with chocolate and oatmeal, faint coffee
T - chocolate, oats, and nutty grain at the forefront, earthy hops balance it out with some bitterness
M - creamy and smooth, medium body
O - pretty good brown ale. I like the extra chocolate and oat flavors making it unique from a traditional brown ale.

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cocoa, caramel, oats, light roast, nutty

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Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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