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Volume # 1 - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 53
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels for 16 months with coffee and cacao nibs.

(Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 08-03-2013)
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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. Mouthful was a little lite. Not to thick. Color is nice and black. Light tan top. 4 hands brewery is in a good location. Close to the stadium and right by soulard. Which is where Mardi gra is. When I wen to the brewery it was after the release which no bottle were available for purchase. An it was not on tap. But lucky enough the guy behind the counter had some buddies up there he opened a bottle for to taste an being in the right place at the right time got a 2oz pour. But I do get to taste it on tap in Columbia,mo at 44 stone! Awesome place.

SLMObrew, Aug 21, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a pitch black liquid. Not as viscous as expected. There is a thin light tan head that forms that is pretty dense but recedes quickly. Retention is low with the head going down to a thin film quickly.

Aroma is delicious. Chocolate biscotti notes. Yum. Cocoa bitterness and sweetness balanced out by some nice coffee roast. In fact both aromas balance each other out very well. These notes are underlain by a nice slight caramel sweetness from the barrels. Nice vanilla notes. Smells exactly like a chocolate cake with some tiramisu qualities. Slight dark fruit notes on the back end but very oaty and grainy. Delicious nose.

Flavor is pretty amazing. Starts off with nice coca notes. Dark chocolate bitterness; but that is balanced by a more cocoa powder milk chocolate sweetness. Notes of oat. ALmost like an oatmeal stout. THe grain is really present and quite nice. The cocoa notes are balanced out and accentuated by some nice coffee roast mild espresso and fresh coffee bean notes lend the brew a nice mocha appeal to it. Then come the whiskey notes. Caramel and vanilla notes with some mild molasses. Definitely not overwhelming. There is a good balance between the sweeter barrel notes and the woodier oak notes. This brew is delicious an all the flavor shine on their own but are so well blended. Those 16 mo in the barrel did it well. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, could be a bit heavier but its still delicious. Nice cocoa bitterness to finish.

Ok. 4 Hands hit it out with this BA offering. The cocoa and coffee are blended perfectly. Nice Mocha notes rule the palette and stick around for a while in one way or another. You can tell this beer was brewed for the barrel. (Slow clap)

JoEBoBpr, Aug 03, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

SadMachine, Oct 31, 2014
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Volume # 1 from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.