Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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3.84/5
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331 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:
#14,456
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
331
pDev:
9.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
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Ratings: 331 |  Reviews: 47
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

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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheHopsman
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 331 ratings