Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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3.84/5
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336 Ratings
Cast Iron Oatmeal BrownCast Iron Oatmeal Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
4handsbrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is one monster of a Brown Ale! We use an obnoxious amount of chocolate malt and roasted barley to give this beer a cask iron backbone. Our oatmeal brown pours a dark mahogany with aromas of dark chocolate and coffee.

Added by JoEBoBpr on 01-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,223
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
336
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
65
Trade:
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Photo of Stooven
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I drink so few brown ales, my first impression of this was 'why is the oatmeal stout so sweet?' Also surprised at how thin the mouthfeel is, yet how lively the carbonation. Almost drinks like a Coke.

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Photo of Mdwhisler
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. No canning date information found.
Brown colored body, with brown highlights when back lit. One finger tan head settles back to thin cap and ring. No real lacing, any bubbly spots break down and disappear.
Lots of chocolate in the aroma, with roasted malts. Quite sublime.
Taste is roasted malts, and an accent of chocolate and very thin coffee. Hardly any after taste, disappointing that more chocolate is not part of the flavors.
Thin mouth feel, another disappointment. Okay carbonation.
A good food pairing beer, but lacking in taste and mouth feel alone. The sharper taste of oats is here but does not add much thickness to the mouth feel.

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Photo of jkblr
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 6/11/18 (109 days ago) poured into a willibecher glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours a hazy medium brown with short lived tan head. The aroma is toasted chocolate and oatmeal. The taste is slight oatmeal and chocolate giving way to a tangy, slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good. I really expected better from the nose but the taste is a little disjointed with several things going on at once and not in the same direction.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I'll try everything this brewery has if it kills me. Would love if there was a date on the can that I could find to know how fresh this was. It comes out of the can(which has some appealing art on it) a very dark brown, almost black unless you hold it to some light. A khaki head blows up on the top, rocky and fluffy and quite large, taking its time to go away down to a foam cap, some moderate lacing left. Smell starts with nothing but dark coffee grounds followed by hints of chocolate and some lighter oatmeal notes. Taste reveals the same coffee notes, followed by chocolate, oats and a nice nuttiness. The feel of this is way thinner than I expected, seems to be a common theme among 4 Hands darker brews.

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveFriday
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from undated can into stout glass. It pours almost black with dark mahogany hues at the top and bottom of the glass, and a half finger of medium-khaki colored head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin sheen of lacing. The nose features burnt coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, nuts, and a slight smell of hops. The taste opens with lots of burnt coffee, char, oatmeal, and roasted nuts but finishes with just a hint of caramel. There's also a hoppy bitterness at the finish. This ale is medium-bodied with light carbonation, and the 5.5% ABV is barely noticeable. Overall, it's well made and pleasant but it's not at the level of the leaders of the style.

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Photo of Batman11
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's a stout that thinks it an ale . Well done 4hands.

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Photo of Walnut
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brown at 4 hands

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Photo of superwho24
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells and tastes like you’d imagine. Very good. Cheers.

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Photo of stadmo1
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuitarGeek153
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a snifter from draft at O'Toole's on September 19, 2017. Look is dark mahogany. Smell is dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. Feel is medium to full in body.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Forgive the bad descions, but it should be plausible to drink an oatmeal at 10am. This doesn't feel like a meal; it feels like a stale root beer with chocolate syrup dumped in.

At least it tastes decent?

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Photo of CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MizzouBrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. can into frosty pint glass. Pours dark chocolate brown with a thin tan head. Leaves some oily lace on the glass that doesn't last. Solid tasting chocolate brown ale with a hint of coffee. Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of jtransel
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boca-X
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AuntBea
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 336 ratings