Barrel Reserve Single Origin
4 Hands Brewing Co.

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4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.26 | pDev: 6.34%
Jan 16, 2022
Nov 21, 2019
Notes: Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with Sump coffee, vanilla beans, cacao and blueberries.
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I am trying this beer off the tapper at The brewery as part of a four sample flight. It poured a nearly opaque murky brown amber with ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had subtle hints of bourbon and molasses. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to sip. There was toffee, peat, bourbon, and vanilla presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.

Jan 16, 2022
4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Aug 24, 2021
4.52 by pconn10 from Illinois on Jan 10, 2021
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Draft sample at The Extreme Beer Fest Boston February first twenty twenty.

Mar 01, 2020
4.22 by psdonnelly from Alabama on Mar 01, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing

This smells like freshly roasted malt, spicy bourbon heat, darkly roasted coffee, blueberry skin, and oak vanillin.

This obviously has pastry undertones, but the overtone is a burly Russian Imperial Stout. This isn't as sweet as it could have been, as the heavily roasted base and dark coffee tones balance any sweetness there might have been. The blueberry is subtle, and increases in mild intensity as it warms. It mostly comes off as blueberry skin, actually. The barrel is there, adding some leathery and spiky bourbon character, along with a hit of spiced oak.

This is prickly, but richly bodied enough, with just a hint of booze to it.

This is definitely a big step up from the regular Single Origin. Everything feels a bit more rounded out.

Feb 29, 2020
4.24 by mig100 from Texas on Feb 28, 2020
4 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Suds from Missouri

This brew, from a tall bomber, is a deep brown, black beer. Wonderful look, with a cream colored head. The aroma out of this world...vanilla, cream, booze, malt, nut meat, a bit of savory spice, and earthiness...sweetness and toasted sugar. Wow. The taste follows-through....more balanced than the aroma anticipated, but very thick and velvety. Wonderful.

Feb 22, 2020
4.5 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Feb 03, 2020
4.73 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Feb 02, 2020
3.75 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jan 31, 2020
3.68 by Mebuzzard from Colorado on Jan 22, 2020
4.44 by Kmkapalka from Delaware on Jan 19, 2020
4.4 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin on Jan 01, 2020
4.45 by MeLoynes from Missouri on Dec 28, 2019
4.37 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Dec 21, 2019
Barrel Reserve Single Origin from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 17 ratings