Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
315
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AuntBea
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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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Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MickeyHops
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of porters4life
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of morimech
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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Photo of GuyFawkes
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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Photo of DoubleJ
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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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
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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Photo of Tyecko
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buck1futter
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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Photo of Franziskaner
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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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 315 ratings.
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