Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
4 Hands Brewing Co.

Cast Iron Oatmeal BrownCast Iron Oatmeal Brown
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #191
Ranked #18,715
3.86 | pDev: 9.84%
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Cast Iron Oatmeal BrownCast Iron Oatmeal Brown
Notes: 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.
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - great super dark brown color with a good tan head, not much lacing
Smell - toasty toasty and sweet
Taste - about the same as the smell but some cocoa
Feel - lighter body and carb
Overall - pretty good

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Photo of Shall64058
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark as night with about 2 inches of creamy tan head. The head is made of small bubbles that dissipate quickly leaving small wisps on the sides of the cup. Smell is of upfront malt and coffee with a small amount of chocolate. Taste is the same with a coffee chocolate up front and a smooth malty finish. Leaves a clean taste on your palate. Great overall beer.

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Shall64058 from Missouri, Jul 03, 2019
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3.55/5  rDev -8%
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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Stooven from Illinois, Nov 29, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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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jkblr from Indiana, Sep 29, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Livyatan1996 from Missouri, Jul 13, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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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MacMalt from New Jersey, Apr 26, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -1%
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 -19.9%
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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3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown, and then kidney bean color when held to the light. Head is foamy and 2 fingers tall, leaving lots of lace on the sides as it recedes to a sliver.

Smells like a melted chocolate bar, with hints of just barely toasted malts and unsweetened cocoa. Some metal.

Flavor comes out bringing much of what's on the nose, but in a more condensed, firm form. Roast barley, basic barley, with hints of cocoa and nut, some metallic notes coming forward more and more as the beer warms.

Feel is dry and roasty, typically biting chalkily as most brown ales do.

Overall, not a bad brown ale at all. I'd say it's among the best out right now.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Feb 08, 2017
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3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can with a date of 02/28/17 on the bottom. Dark brown color with minimal head that quickly disappeared. Just a little bit of spotty lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee beans. Flavor starts off with nice chocolate notes then there is a little sweet fruit with a finish that is slightly acidic. Body feels fuller than the ABV would suggest thanks to the added oats. Nice carbonation. Not a bad beer but just didn't click for me. Did not care for the "stale" take on a brown ale.

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morimech from Minnesota, Oct 30, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/4/14; drank 7/6/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from a can into a glass.

Brown hue; purple near the edges.

HUGE tan head; nice lace.

Oats, cream & coffee nose; mild but pleasant.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Creamy oats & mocha up front; mild hop bite on the finish. So yeah, it's mild but interesting & satisfying enough to be a solid fall session beer.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Oct 19, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bailey's Range, on to the beer:

This dark brown beer manages to string a few rings of lace around the glass. That's only a sneak peak however, as the aroma is fantastic. It is nutty with pleasing toffee, sweet, and overall a wonderful thing to smell. It is also a wonderthing to taste and drink. Although medium bodied, this beer is bliss! Nutty overall with fun toffee topping, a light roast, and the notes hit you in the right places. This is one brown ale I will be missing out in Orange County.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, Oct 07, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a can of 4 Hands Brewing's Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown that my brother is sharing with me. I've never had a beer from four hands before and I'm interested in giving this brewery a try, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice brown color that took on more of mahogany color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of bubbly and slightly creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking Brown Ale, I have no complaints.

S_ The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel malt, toasted malt, brown bread, bread crust and a little bit of grainy aromas with some noticeable caramel aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a little bit of sweet malts with no hoppy aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, all the aspects are true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time more brown bread and bread crust aspects show up. Up next comes a little doughy yeast with some caramel aromas with just a little less sweetness than I got in the aroma. On the finish there's a little bit of a nutty flavor with a lower amount of bitterness with a nutty and toasted malt aftertaste. This is pretty nice tasting beer, it's just what I would expect for the style and it's solid.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little clean, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthffeel is pretty nice, but I wish it was a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, it had just about all the aspects that I look for in the style and there wasn't anything that shouldn't be there. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple especially in the fall. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it is, it's just what I look for in a Brown Ale. What I like the least about this beer is the body. I wish it was just a little thicker I would buy this beer if I was looking for a solid Brown Ale and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think if it was just a little thicker and a little more robust it would be very nice. It made for a good first impression for this brewery and I'm interested in trying more of their beers. Nice job guys, this is a solid Brown Ale, keep it up.

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StoutHunter from Michigan, Jul 13, 2016
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best brown ales I have ever had, probably my go to brown for the time being. The name pretty much sums up the flavor of this beer. super nutty, and smooth.

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buck1futter from Illinois, Jul 01, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown to light black in color with a quarter inch of creamy khaki foam on top. Aroma of chocolate and cocoa powder is very enticing. The taste is dark chocolate and cocoa powder. The mouth is silky smooth and creamy.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Jun 15, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice little Brown ale. Poured carefully, didn't produce a large head, but there's a little bit of lacing that sticks around. Flavor is dark, rich malts, with no hops or nutty flavors you sometimes get in modern brown ales. The Oatmeal gives it a smooth mouthfeel. It could almost be mistaken for a light porter, except for the total lack of roasted flavors.
Too bad I only brought 4 cans home from Missouri, I could drink a lot of this one.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good all around. Usually I'm not a fan of this style, but 4 Hands did this one well. Nice, dark brown color. Just a smooth, "neutral" ale all around. More malt, as you'd expect from a brown, so a little sweet, but not the nutty-off taste you get from some of the more well known English varieties. I'm a fan of cans, because like the fact that I can enjoy a 4 Hands, or other craft brew, in outdoor places that don't allow bottles. Keep it up.

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stlfatguy from Missouri, Feb 02, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's odd with 4 Hands BC - we get distribution here in PA, but it is scattered to the point that I CAN find some in PHL, some in LNC & still others were returnees with me from CHI. I dig the graphics on the CANs & I am anxious to CANduct a horizontal tasting/review of their CANned beers. When it is over, if you know of a CAN of theirs that I missed, let me know.

From the CAN: "Food Pairings: Charcuterie - Hearty Stew".

After I Crack!ed it open, I CANducted a gentle Glug. Following this, I gave it a vigorous swirl to raise a brief finger of light-tan head before it fell back to wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity & deep-amber highlights. Interestingly, this smelled more like milk chocolate than their Chocolate Milk Stout did! Now, it may have been the power of suggestion, but I also thought that I smelled oatmeal. Quaker had an oatmeal with chocolate chips that I tried, but it was too sweet for me & especially at breakfast. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was lightly chocolaty, almost like inhaling powdered chocolate, like Quik. I did that once, as a kid, and I sneezed afterwards for a day. It filled my sinuses the same way as this seemed to, although this was not nearly as sweet. I liked that there was an inherent bitterness to this beer that kept the chocolate malt in check. Finish was semi-sweet, but just right after that Chocolate Milk Stout of theirs. I debated drinking them in a particular order, but I seem to have hit upon the right CANbination for me. I CAN imagine that this would go well with stew.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jan 30, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite brown ale to date. Lack of hop-bitterness really lets the malt-centric features of the flavor profile shine, with the oatmeal lending a delectable mouthfeel that makes putting these away dangerously easy.

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mlockman from Indiana, Jan 19, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a pint glass:

Fairly dark, permitting some light as an amber glow at the edges. Head dissipated quickly, little lacing. Large persistent bubbles, medium body.

Roasty notes and caramels. Creamy. A bit on the sweet side, though not unpleasantly so.

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me4657 from Pennsylvania, Oct 22, 2015
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3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one tasted more like a stout than a brown ale. Strong oat, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Very drinkable with a smooth creamy mouth feel with a lighter body than most of the style.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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JLaw55 from Missouri, Oct 11, 2015
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3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Poured dark brown with a nice light-brown head. Not much to the aroma (although my glass was chilled, and this can impact the aroma). Some good flavor: nutty, and some grains. I am not a big fan of brown ales, but this was a pleasant one; although I wouldn't buy it again, I would happily drink it again, if offered one.

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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri, Aug 31, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass, best before 12/13/15

A- pours a deep brown color with a puree hue, small fizzy light-tan head eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- huge aroma of chocolate and coffee up front, followed by some toasted grains, brown bread crust, toasted almonds & a hint of oat sweetness

T- dark brown bread and toasted bread crust up front, followed my a hit of chocolate malt and toasted nuts, caramel/toffee sweetness, long linger of coffee and chocolate

M- medium-light body and medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a very good brown ale that's loaded with flavor for 5.5%, a nice change from a normally mundane style

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Aug 28, 2015
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4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich brown in color, with a tan head. The smell is of milk chocolate and breakfast oatmeal. It has a coffee roasted scent...nutty and dry. The taste is complex and roasty. Full in body and balanced. Excellent.

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Suds from Missouri, Aug 08, 2015
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