Absence Of Light
4 Hands Brewing Co.

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4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #234
Ranked #7,057
4.08 | pDev: 7.11%
Feb 05, 2022
Sep 21, 2015
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Notes: This is the new and improved Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout. This is a beer that deserved to stand on its own, so we re-branded it and gave it a bit more body. The beer is now 7.1%, but still holds the same flavor profile you all love from years past.
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Photo of TheMatts
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by TheMatts

Dark jet black with slight bits of ruby look with a bubbly beige head. Dark chocolate taste right away, small Reese’s taste. You can taste the alcohol in this. Low to semi-sweet Dark chocolate chip taste. Not too crazy, doesn’t have a ton of smaller flavors present. Heavier feel in your mouth. It’s good.

Feb 05, 2022
3.47 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 22, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Irish_Lush

I'm not sure if that thing on the front is supposed to look appetizing, but it sort of looks like diarrhea. So does the beer when you pour it since it's so dark. Luckily, it's pretty delicious (the beer, not diarrhea). The peanut butter taste is very forward. This stuff is understandably thick, but not in an unpleasant way. The peanut butter and chocolate flavoring overwhelms the natural stout flavor. Smells vaguely of peanut butter and at 7.1%, alcohol.

The individual elements don't seem to congeal as well as they could, but that's a minor gripe. I also think it would be better at around 5%, but this is still a delicious brew that's easy to drink.

Jan 02, 2022
Photo of Cole19065
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Cole19065

Nice sweet-tasting stout, but not too sweet. It is a good balance.

Nov 29, 2021
4.16 by JTuomi from Finland on Nov 20, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

Cola soda brown it is, after the liquid from a pint can has been emptied into a clear glass liter mug. There's almost no head and there's little obvious carbonation. There are traces of the flavors listed on the label, but none are profound. This goes down smoothly, but only gives hints of the taste treats promised. That may not be a bad thing. It's a mildly flavored sweet milk chocolate stout. If that's what you like, this is one for you.

Nov 17, 2021
4.1 by Taenim from New Jersey on Oct 23, 2021
4 by ssimpson89 from Illinois on Oct 22, 2021
5 by Chris232 from Illinois on May 23, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by TedHead from Illinois

Pours a nearly translucent black that's ruby when you hold it up to the light. It has a very small town head that dissipates within seconds. The smells is like sweet peanut butter with hints of milk chocolate bad slight undertones of butter coffee. The taste is very sweet up front with the peanut butter leading the way followed by sweet milk chocolate with a slightly bittersweet finish. It's not very carbonated but it goes well with the style. Overall pretty good but too sweet for me to have more than one in a night.

Feb 13, 2021
3.85 by cjgator3 from Florida on Feb 07, 2021
4.51 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Feb 03, 2021
4.14 by Hend from Wisconsin on Dec 23, 2020
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Dec 12, 2020
4 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by danducati from Pennsylvania

Wow! I never would have thought a peanut butter stout would be any good, but this...is!

* Smell - eh, nothing special. A bit of a peanut butter smell, but mild, not overwhelming.
* Head - thin, brown, and doesn't last long.
* Flavor - nice peanut butter flavor.
* Taste - mild, smooth, not bitter.

Not cheap at $11+ for a 4-pack, but definitely worth trying.

Nov 14, 2020
4.04 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

absence of light is a great name pours very dark brown with good head that stays all the 4 hands beer are a great pleasure to drink very chocolate flavor

Apr 19, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

Pours dark brown with a thin, creamy, tan head.
Smell of sweet chocolate and peanut butter. A big caramel malt presence as well.
The sweet chocolate and peanut butter taste ends in a little bitterness. Presence of coffee. Chocolate is on milk chocolate side, but gritty like baker’s chocolate. Coffee bitter on back end.
Silky smooth mouthfeel, on the thinner side.
Overall, wonderful PBPorter!

Apr 09, 2020
4.09 by CraigDeMoss from Kansas on Apr 07, 2020
4.15 by EMH73 from New York on Apr 01, 2020
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3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Canned on 11/14/19

Pours a deep, near jet brown with dull mahogany and ruby accents; two fingers of tight, fluffy dark khaki foam show great retention to yield a thin, spotty cap, inconsistent frothy collar, and a moderate spatter of lacing clinging to the glass.

Aromas offer strong notes of peanut wafer coursing through the bouquet upfront, with wisps of vanilla cracker between a burgeoning background of a steady, quiet chocolate flow intertwined with a distinct malty roast on the close.

Taste offers smooth, milky chocolate with a roasted peanut undertone to largely dominate the profile; a quick burst of vanilla cream appears on the back end before a drying, semi-bitter roast finishes.

Mouthfeel shows a stiff medium body, semi-creamy and consistently smooth, and amplified with a milder puffy carbonation; straightforward and light in the mid-palate, with a slight roasty resin/bitterness coming through on the thinning but ultimately crisp finish.

A milk stout embracing a drier, slightly more bitter side of the style, and offering a more refined take on the wafery peanut tones common in many advertised peanut butter beers. The chocolate provides a nice balancing factor and pushes through a lighter though more natural-feeling sweetness as the roasty char of the stout base remains nicely intact.

Feb 26, 2020
4 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2020
4.15 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Feb 11, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

16 oz can, unsure of the date, poured into Tallgrass globe snifter.

Has a brownish-black body with a creamy beige-grey head of 2 fingers. Recedes to 1 with webby lacing.

Aroma is of peanut butter powder and hot tin, with slight dry cocoa.

Flavor brings a lot of bitterness forward, definitely not a pastry beer. Plant-y hops, dry cocoa, slight milk chocolate, and hints of peanut butter.

Feel is slick but a little lighter bodied than I'd expect for a 7% stout. Resinous throughout and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No heat. Resiny finish with slight dryness.

Overall not the gargantuan I thought it would be. It's enjoyable, but marginally. I expect peanut butter beers to be pastry beers, which this one certainly is not. Too much bitterness for me.

Edit : as it warms it becomes a little sweeter and the sharpness rounds out. Looks like this one is best at room temp.

Feb 08, 2020
3.68 by tgdavis from Tennessee on Jan 28, 2020
4.35 by detroitpat from Michigan on Jan 23, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Absence of Light has a medium, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and very minimal glass lacing. The aroma is of peanut butter and dark malts. The flavor is similar, with cocoa, cream, coffee, and no bitterness. Mouthfeel is into heavy, and Absence of Light finishes medium dry.


Jan 14, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by MissouriMule from Missouri

Despite the name, the ale pours dark but not opaque. Bubbles quickly dissipate. The taste is sweet chocolate and malt, fading to malt and pleasing bitterness. Mouthfeel is less full than expected, with optimal body and carbonation. The peanut butter flavor is natural and applied lightly. Aftertaste is much better than competitors like Horny Goat Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter. Some may find the peanut butter too faint.

Jan 12, 2020
3.87 by BeerLover99 from Illinois on Jan 09, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Poured from a can. Dark with a large tan head and some lacing. Smells of chocolate and peanut butter. Flavor is the same, peanut butter is there but needs more. Smooth creamy mouth feel. Solid milk stout.

Jan 09, 2020
4.38 by markallmon from Tennessee on Jan 05, 2020
4.3 by Jimmylikesbeer from Michigan on Dec 29, 2019
3.83 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Dec 19, 2019
4.25 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 09, 2019
4.24 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Nov 20, 2019
3.62 by swid from Missouri on Nov 17, 2019
4 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Nov 14, 2019
4.17 by BobsBrewReview from Missouri on Nov 08, 2019
4.25 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Nov 04, 2019
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