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Volume # 1 - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 54
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 08-03-2013

Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels for 16 months with coffee and cacao nibs.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of KCSerdy
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer surprised me. Opened it on a whim and was just blown away. Huge chocolate nose followed by chocolate taste with vanilla. The end is coffee and the barrel balances it all out. I want more of this now but hence, I live in CO. ISO

Photo of bob_d
4.96/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Way2drunk
3.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was ok! Lacked a lot of the flavor profiles promised on the bottle. Coffee taste with whiskey smell, but nothing distinctive or memorable hold to this beer. I could very easily give it a pass or play depending on the day. Way to many exceptional beers to get caught up with this one. Anything other that jus OK! Is just a lie.

Photo of Sparky44
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of THEDROKK
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Two stage head off a hard pour. Drinks chocolate, vanilla then finishes with a strong coffee bitter. In that order! There is a very noticeable transition between the three big flavors. Great beer overall! ISO more!

Photo of pmangold
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Faroveryonder
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Domvan
4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JPick
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevor_s
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leroybrown10
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich deep deep brown, almost black with a creamy looking 1 inch tan head. Minimal lacing.

Nose of bourbon and chocolate with undertones of coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. I expected more coffee in the nose.

Tastes of smooth bourbon with some chocolate and vanilla. Again, undertones of coffee but less than expected. Mild roasted malt flavors. Has a sweetness I'd expect more of a milk stout than an imperial stout. Flavors are very balanced with nothing overpowering the others.

Rich creamy mouth feel. Not as thick as many imperial stouts I've had.

Overall, an excellent beer. Very smooth and tremendous balance in the various flavors. I was expecting more coffee in both the aroma and the flavor. 1 order of magnitude of coffee more would probably take this from a great beer to an elite beer.

Poured into a Perennial Tulip from a 22oz bottle. Date on the bottle merely says 2014. I believe this is the 2nd batch released.

Photo of cjn40277
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jklute
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of my_knew_craft
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Resuin
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SadMachine
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 9/5/14

A- Pours pitch black, and very thick, with a thin khaki head that recedes to a collar. Thick, sticky lacing remains on the glass. Alcohol legs appear when swirled.

S- The aroma itself is intoxicating! Wonderful spicy whiskey in the forefront, followed by deep rich layers of chocolate and vanilla. The fudgy chocolate notes play so well off the spicy/boozy notes. The oak notes, slight char, and vanilla all work well together. Some undertones of overripe dark fruits, primarily fig, come through as well.

T- There is a whole lot of whiskey going on. There is also an abundance of roasty notes that weren't as prevalent in the nose. The chocolate and vanilla aren't as noticeable, but still very much there. Spice and oak round this out nicely.

M- The mouth feel is medium to thick, moderately boozy, and pretty dry, with light carbonation.

O- This is an outstanding barrel aged stout. The chocolate and coffee may have been more prevalent when it was fresh, but this is still world class!

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Jamie4beer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of lunarbrew
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -14.4%

650ml bottle with about one year of age. Poured into a Cigar City snifter 9/5/2014.

A- Dark brown body, quite dark and gets close to pitch black. Minimal head. No lacing. [3.5]

S- Whiskey, cocoa, dark chocolate, whiskey. Not a lot of coffee but this is certainly a whiskey forward beer. Smells quite good, if a bit of a whiskey bomb. [4]

F- Seems to be bourbon as the whiskey flavour is fairly smoky. Milk chocolate, a bit of bitter black coffee, a small amount of roast malts. As in the nose, quite whiskey forward, very little coffee. Makes sense as this bottle is a bit older than a year. Whiskey-forward beers aren't quite my thing, unfortunately. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, smooth and silky. Lower in carbonation as expected. Runs a bit hot, surprisingly given its age. [4]

O- Not a bad imperial stout, I think the coffee would have added a welcome dimension to this beer. As it is, it's very whiskey-heavy and that would satisfy certain beer drinkers, but it just doesn't quite do it for me. [3.5]

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of funkyaudio
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mks0913
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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Volume # 1 from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.