Volume # 3
4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
4.15 | pDev: 6.51%
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Volume # 3Volume # 3
Notes: A Rye Wine aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 97 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Harrison8
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent dark brown with two fingers of khaki foam. Head retention is good, with a layer of khaki foam lingering on top for a long while. Aroma is rye, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, toffee, caramel, molasses, maple syrup, and barrel. It smells sweet, with the spices rounding and balancing it out. Very little hop shows through, but hits a spicy, sticky note. Malts are roasty, toasty, bready, and caramely. Flavor profile is toffee, caramel, molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and rye. Beyond these sugary and spicy complexities is firm roasty, toasty, caramely malts with barrel character. Light sticky hop residue lightly counteracts the malts, although the flavor profile as a whole leans towards 'sweet'. Rye helps shore this up and keeps the sweetness from running away. Mouth feel is still, with a soft, lightly-bubbly texture, finishing lightly dry. It has a medium thickness. Overall, sugary, but still balanced. The rye cuts the sweetness just enough to keep it from lingering on the tongue, thus keeping this from being pulled from the 'beer' menu and placed on the 'dessert' menu.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy little chestnut hue with a thin wispy head.

S - Aromas of really nice rye whiskey with good rye wine notes, decent malts, solid rye notes, lightly spicy

T - Taste is similar to the nose, really good barrel notes, good rye qualities, nice oak notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, good sweet caramel, finish is slightly thick.

O - Overall this was a very solid beer, very nice rye notes both beer and barrel.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Dave
Light fizzy head, slight hazy sediment mahogany red color

Nose big rye spicy with big sweet candy malt toffee caramel thing, candy layered barleywine like, little barrel thing and whiskey

Taste big sweet candy malt, spicy rye, candy malt, barleywine with candy, toffee, big caramel, fruity rye, little rye whiskey, touch vanilla and oak, little bitterness.

Mouth is med bod little syrupy, decent carb a touch of booze.

Overall really nice

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Photo of dustin22martin
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Volume 3 pours a vivid amber orange color; it is quite a beautiful beer. Not much in the way of head. Smells heavily of rye, with hints of oak and vanilla. The light hop aroma is earthy. The alcohol has mellowed significantly from when this one was first bottled. Now it tastes rich and slightly sweet, but not boozy. Very drinkable for how thick it feels and for the ABV.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a great beer, but it still could benefit from a little more time in the cellar. the abv is really prominent in nose and taste, its sweet and it burns, a hard beer to drink much of, especially when it warms up even a little bit, but the intense flavors and the heavy rye are awesome, so its a bit of give and take here. a murky amber color, thick without a ton of head. rye wine is not a style we see enough of, and this is a good one, the spice of the rye, the raw nature of it along with some toast, it must be a high percentage of the mash, and while it might not account for the sweetness, it certainly is the dominant malt flavor in here. i like the rye on rye aspect, with some of the heat of the rye whiskey also coming though. less of the bourbon corn and vanilla thing, which would definitely be too much here. instead its spice again, a little harsh on purpose, and the oak, which mellows the feel but not the flavor. this is a thick beer, almost like a glaze or something, oaky and mapley and boozy. it sits heavy too, but the flavor is fantastic. this is a bottle to share a couple of ways, and a great beer from these guys, but maybe hang on to it in the cellar a little longer before cracking it and see if it relaxes at all...

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bun..Ben…Bunleian…good lord, thanks Mike, I can’t keep up with your well-educated avatar. 750ML bottle with two of my favorite things, rye & rye, split with my wife.

The pour looks like John Boehner’s fake tan, or an orange-flavored IPA. After my allergy attack Thursday this could smell like St. Peter’s approval & I couldn’t tell…but I don’t get much. Mild barrel, mild rye, confirmed by my non nasally crippled wife.

Volume #3 - Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged is one of the better third albums I’ve heard. Whiskey spiced caramel - who wouldn’t like that? Backed by vanilla extract, booze, raw wood, buckthorn. Finishes up with a sloppy honey sweetness reminiscent of Hopslam, without the hops, or the slam. Smoother than Mark Sandman’s lyrics; I could drninkk this until I were drunk.

Not your classic rye beer, in fact, now that I think about it, the base doesn’t seem anything like the rye I love & covet. But who cares? Rye or no rye, this kicks some sweet ass. Excellent beer.

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Photo of stortore
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours an amber- orange, somewhat cloudy, no real head with little cling. Smell is malt, whiskey, rye, some oak, some vanilla, a hint of cherry. Taste pretty much follows the nose with the malt, rye and whiskey. Also oak, some vanilla , some caramel. Smooth, good body. taste lingers.

Great flavor, rye whiskey works well. Was well worth the purchase.

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, dark, dark amber with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of rye, whiskey, toasted caramel and toffee. Sweet and boozy with spicy rye, oak and vanilla.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark tawny with almost zero head and somewhat murky in terms of clarity. The nose features burnt sugar, notes of vanilla, spicy rye, and a hint of orange peel towards the end. The whiskey character is present along with some oak a booziness in the nose. The taste starts with sweetness. Heavy caramel notes present which are quickly met with a decent amount of rye spice. The rye joins with some fruity notes which clash a bit on the palate. This gives way to barrel notes as well as vanilla. The feel is lighter than expected given the ABV and flavor. The carbonation seems a bit high or style, but not off putting. Overall, a nice integration of the barrel. The rye malt certainly plays off of the rye whiskey nicely, however I believe this beer could meld even more with some more time in the bottle.

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Photo of darktronica
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Note of warning: this is listed as a rye beer, but it is self-styled as a "rye wine," more comparable in style to a barleywine or old ale than a rye beer, if using BJCP style guidelines.

Pours an attractive, clear, dark amber-orange, with minimal foam that maintains a quiet presence around the rim of the glass. Smells of buckwheat honey, rye spice, pepper, apple, brown sugar, and lightly of oak, vanilla, and caraway seeds. I keep going back for another sniff as it warms, and I keep finding new aromas; it's really exceptional on that front, rich and complex. The flavors are more straightforward, with the apple, honey, and spice leading the way; I don't taste much new that isn't in the bouquet, other than hints of lychee. Partially, this is due to the alcoholic heat, which for only 9.5% still comes through quite strong. The booze is not hidden well, which could be a plus or minus depending on personal preference, but it creates some cognitive dissonance with the beer's moderately light body; I can think of several peers in the 12-14% that drink more smoothly, even when fresh.

Really enjoyable, and I look forward to ageing a second bottle. My new favorite 4 Hands beer.

Edit March 2017: So I'm drinking the now-aged second bottle. Score is still based on the original, but for this bottle, I would bump Smell down to 4.5 and bump Feel up to 4.25. There is still a great complexity that I really am enjoying, but it's starting to show a wee bit of oxidation; it doesn't detract from anything in the flavor profile, but the nose is a little less appealing as a result. The booziness is now a bit more subdued as age has melded various flavors together, so the mouthfeel is improved.

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Photo of deadsincebirth
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The whiskey of beers. Rye, rye and rye. Smells of high rye spice and some floral, earthy hops. Taste follows much of the same. Big time whiskey/rye spiciness with sweet caramel malt and floral hop presence. Feel is spicy and woody. Overall another great 4 Hands offering that delivers as stated on the bottle.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown with plentiful microscopic bubbles erupting from inside. A fingernail of off white covers half of the top in a random pattern. Intense earthy and spicy aroma of rye and sweet whiskey. The taste is initially that gentle spicy, earthy rye note,but is quickly overwhelmed by sweet intense whiskey. The mouth is thick and chewy with some warmth from the alcohol.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice clear dark brown/mahogany color, with an ivory head that dissipates really quickly, No real lacing on the glass
S - caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, butterscotch
T - oak, rye whiskey, it has a rye bite to it, butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, caramel, molasses are a little more background in the taste
M - medium - heavy, alc covered, aftertaste is caramel, toffee, vanilla, rye bitterness, some whiskey, oak
O - this beer was a nice surprise, picked it up because it looked so damn good, and I was right. Kind of similar to Boulevard Rye On Rye. Looking forward to the Rye on Rye release later this year.

Looking back on the review while drinking some Rye on Rye, this beer was significantly better than rye on rye.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a beautiful deep amber to medium cherry-wood in color. A small head forms and hangs around just a bit before reducing down to a ring of foam. Lacing is ok, but there are more alcohol legs than latticework. The body of the beer itself is mostly translucent with little to no haziness and there is a ton of red tones in the color of the beer.

S- There is a sticky sweetness on the front end of the scent of this beer that I was not expecting, but it pretty enticing. Shortly after the sweetness subsides, the expected rye "snapiness" kicks in and gives the scent a bit of spice. The next component of the smell is the barrel wood itself, darkening up the scent a little and lingering in the nostrils.

T- When this beer hits the tongue, the first flavor component is the barrel itself, with notes of vanilla and oak. The rye malts come next with the spice they are known for and they combine with the barrel to give a lightly peppery flavor.At the back end of the drink there is a short burst of sweetness before the lingering spiciness returns and hangs around well after the drink ends.

M- The feel of this beer on palate can't quite be described as thick, but more as slick to accompany its smoothness. Because the beer is rather slick and quick across the tongue, it almost has an oily feel. There is a bit of alcohol warming on the tongue, but not a ton for a barrel aged beer.

Overall, this is a pretty good example of a seldom brewed style. The addition of rye barrels to compliment the rye malts adds an even more unique twist to this beer. You will love this beer if you are a fan of rye whiskey or sweeter, imperial beers.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours clear dark amber color with no head. Smells like sweet whisky. Pretty sweet whisky taste. This beer is limited and didn't live up to the hype/worth the search to get again.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the botle a dark and clear mahogany color with thin sheets of lacing left behind.

Aroma of caramel malts, fruit and whiskey.

The taste matched the aroma. Caramel malts, ripe fruit and boozy whiskey notes from the 9.5& abv.

Medium bodied and smooth with a bright carbonation.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich amber-red color with mild haze(chill haze, I suspect). 1 finger head is an off-white head. Head disappears quickly leaving a thin ring of lacing just above the beer.

Aroma is heavy rye whiskey and spicy rye malt. Caramel and toffee. Dried dates and some candied sugar, vaguely reminiscent of a quad. Oak. Mild booziness.

Taste starts with the rye whiskey, strong but smooth. Rye spiciness with some black pepper thrown in. Caramel, oak, and vanilla. Some alcohol on the back end. Flavors blend together very nicely.

Smooth, medium mouth feel. Interesting mix of spicy and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Boozy warmth. Flavors linger though mildly with the exception of the spicy rye malt.

This is another fantastic barrel aged beer from 4 Hands. Big flavors and great mouth feel. Very reminiscent of Boulevard Rye-on-Rye which is another one of my favorites.

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Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first Rye Wine. Poured from the bottle. Look is a translucent dark orange with very little head and slight carbonation. Smells slightly of rye and vanilla. Taste is great and very smooth Lighter feel than I initially expected, but tons of Rye Whiskey and wood. I wish the feel was a bit thicker, but it is still very good. I'm curious to see how age affects this one.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the release....

Pours a clear amber with a one inch white head. Pick up tons of rye, whiskey, and wood in the nose. Taste is more mellow....great blend and more drinkable than expected. Picked up a little heat at the end. Another great barrel offering from this brewery....

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Volume # 3 from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 97 ratings