Volume # 2
4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Style:
English Old Ale
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 5.37%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
61
From:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  16
Gots
  18
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Volume # 2Volume # 2
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 61 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Harrison8
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy-brown with two fingers of khaki foam. Head is pillowy and frothy and retains well, leaving behind rings of lacing. Aroma is caramel, molasses, toffee, plums and raisins. There is a hint of Belgian yeast ester, but it fades away quickly. Malts hit notes of toasty, nutty, caramel, and roasty. It smells big, with light booze seeping through the cracks. Flavor profile is smooth, laying out an array of sugary characteristics. Plum and raisin add a kiss of dark fruit, which aids in both the sweetness and smoothness, with toffee, caramel and molasses adding to the sweetness. A touch of oak and booze balances out the sugary notes by way of light bitterness. The heat stays remarkably well nuanced into the beer. Mouth feel is velvety and creamy with a medium-thick consistency. Overall, a great English old ale, with strong malt and dark fruit characteristics and a smooth, velvety texture.

Served into a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 22oz bottle. Served from cellar @ 50F.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well I do love a good old ale. Hoping I'll be amazed with this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Wow, poured a lot lighter than I expected, like liquid caramel or butterscotch. Darker in the glass, an opaque, milky bronze. Head is fairly small and khaki. Can't see much in the glass, but there are plenty of streaming bubbles. Gotta say, this is is an ugly beer.

N - Yeah, I get that deep "oldness" that I love in a good old ale. I don't know how to describe it, other than it just smells old. Like that first time I had Curmudgeon, and I thought to myself, "man, this tastes like it's been sitting in my grandma's attic for a few decades." Yes, this smells like my grandma, but in a good way. Seriously though, I get lots of caramel and vanilla. Not too intense.

T - Very nice. It's honestly a bit weak, not as much of a blast of flavor that I would have expected. It continues to have that oldness, but it's a bit bitter. Lots of caramel and vanilla, as in the aroma. A pleasant sipping beer. I could drink it all day.

M - Very full and frothy. Just a sip fills up my mouth and coats it everywhere. Well crafted.

O - A very nice offering, although nothing overly memorable. I still prefer the Curmudgeon, although I have the BB4D and AftW sitting in my cellar.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

2014 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice sticky sugar aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of KevSal
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me quite a lot of mirror mirror. Tasty brew, not nearly on the level of vol 1 tho. I'd love a straight ba bwine from these folks tho! They are on the right track

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Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head, murky auburn brown chestnut color.

Nose is awesome, sweet aged malts, soft creamy brown malts, brown sugar molasses maple like, lots of toffee, caramel candies, some fusel alcohol.

Taste brings big sweet malt, caramel, creamy caramel candies, toffee, candy city, sweet syrupy, etc. Some mild earthy grassy hops in the background, mild phenolic booze. Little fig and candied raisin. Tons of caramel creamy candy. Chewy hops later. Little hot booze later, but not much. Finish is sticky sweet candy, more toffee, caramel candies.

Mouth is fuller bod, quite creamy, little booze but hidden well, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good creamy soft malts, little dark fruit, nice candy flavors, bit too sweet but enjoyable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros, Kyle, and Ricky.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly cloudy mahogany hue with a thin of white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a nice halo.

S - Aromas of loads of bourbon, caramel, sweet malts, lots of sweet fruits, toffee, sugar, Nice barrel notes.

T - Taste is lots of caramel, bourbon, toffee, sugars, light darker fruits, alcohol hidden well, not cloy or overly boozy at all. Maybe some faint cardboard. Very very smooth and mellow.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden very well.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty, alcohol hidden quite well. Nice barrel notes here, very well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%

22oz bottle sealed with pressure cap and black wax.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head.

Smell: loads of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Its very barrel forward, but you still get maltiness and lots of dark fruits. Slight leathery presence in the nose.

Taste: Barrel forward old ale. Sooo much vanilla notes. Lots of bourbon and oak. Lots of dark fruit malts. Pretty tasty BA old ale. Nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low almost moderate carbonation levels. Slightly boozey, but nothing too off putting. Its drinks right at its ABV level of almost 10%.

Overall: Pretty nice barrel aged Old ale. It is definitely worth a try. 4 hands does pretty good when it comes to barrel aging malty beers. Volume 1 pretty good and Volume 2 is definitely in the same ballpark.

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Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Sort of a murky dark brown in color. Still a bit translucent. Forms just a minimal head that dissipates relatively quickly. No lacing. Aroma smells of toffee, brown sugar, fruit, and barrel. Taste starts off with a good dose of sweet vanilla mixed with sweet light caramel. Then lighter notes of butterscotch, brown sugar, and Christmas pudding. Medium bodied, but the lower carbonation levels give this beer a more viscous mouthfeel. Very little carbonation.
I've got to admit, this beer was much better than I was expecting. Quite respectable.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a BA Sump snifter.

Pours a gorgeous murky mahogany color with some nice ruby/dark amber hues. There is a nice thin off-white ecru head that forms that is about a quarter inch and recedes fairly quickly.

The aroma is exquisite. Notes of caramel, molasses and dark fruit. Smooth and sweet vanilla hints. Boozy and bourbon-y but not harsh. Notes of vanilla spice and sweetness intermingle with a nice ripened dark fruit aroma.

Flavor follows the nose pretty well. Notes of delicious caramel and molasses. The sweetness is then followed by a spicy vanilla undertone and some delicious woody hints that give the brew some slight spice but also a nice dryer and less cloying note. Mouthfeel is near perfect. Oily and slick but not too thick to overwhelm.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle recently released from the brewery, tried first @ their beer dinner in July
The beer pours a rusty dark amber topped by a thin halo of off-white head that laces. The nose is boozy bourbon with caramel sweetness that creeps up as the beer warms followed by some raisin, leather, & unripened pear. The taste is very sweet, but still has a tremendous oak presence - great vanilla caramel - minimal bitterness, a lingering boozy molasses in the finish. It's full bodied and modestly carbonated with rich & bold flavors that transition from sweet > biting (but are never harsh), has reasonably masked booze, great barrel characteristics, and is quite drinkable. By comparison, I'd say BB4D has a bigger malt backbone, which I prefer. I'm very impressed by this release and I'm hoping to grab more bottles while they're still available.

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Volume # 2 from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 61 ratings