Volume # 1 | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels for 16 months with coffee and cacao nibs.

Added by JoEBoBpr on 08-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
192
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
55
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 26
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of jschonert
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of pagriley
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hot and boozy with thin body. Lacking any real coffee or chocolate notes. Bourbon was harsh and over-done. One of the lesser BA stouts I have had - not worth trying

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Photo of Way2drunk
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was ok! Lacked a lot of the flavor profiles promised on the bottle. Coffee taste with whiskey smell, but nothing distinctive or memorable hold to this beer. I could very easily give it a pass or play depending on the day. Way to many exceptional beers to get caught up with this one. Anything other that jus OK! Is just a lie.

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Photo of Dankacheese
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really terrible offering from 4 Hands. It breaks my heart to admit or write this review because 4 Hands is one of my favorite breweries. However, this was just flat out disappointing and really painful to drink....drain pour. Came out of the bottle very thin, nose is nothing but chocolate. Taste is nothing but chocolate and just felt thin. A weak base stout masked by overly pungent chocolate notes. This reminded me of a weaker version of Choklat by Southern Tier. Sorry 4 Hands, you've picked it up since this Volume.

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Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle with about one year of age. Poured into a Cigar City snifter 9/5/2014.

A- Dark brown body, quite dark and gets close to pitch black. Minimal head. No lacing. [3.5]

S- Whiskey, cocoa, dark chocolate, whiskey. Not a lot of coffee but this is certainly a whiskey forward beer. Smells quite good, if a bit of a whiskey bomb. [4]

F- Seems to be bourbon as the whiskey flavour is fairly smoky. Milk chocolate, a bit of bitter black coffee, a small amount of roast malts. As in the nose, quite whiskey forward, very little coffee. Makes sense as this bottle is a bit older than a year. Whiskey-forward beers aren't quite my thing, unfortunately. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, smooth and silky. Lower in carbonation as expected. Runs a bit hot, surprisingly given its age. [4]

O- Not a bad imperial stout, I think the coffee would have added a welcome dimension to this beer. As it is, it's very whiskey-heavy and that would satisfy certain beer drinkers, but it just doesn't quite do it for me. [3.75]

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Moderately black and murky so no light will seep through this. There's a finger of beige around the rim. The aroma is dominated by sweet bourbon notes. The bitterness of the coffee tones down that sweetness slightly. The flavor is an oddly intense yet balanced beer. The sweet bourbon is held in check by the chocolate and coffee. The mouth is thick and viscous.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Medium khaki head. Wispy surface and a thin collar.

Smell - Vanilla. Lots of vanilla. A bit of whiskey. Milk chocolate.

Taste - Whiskey much more prominent. Also some coffee, but it isn't that strong. A little acidic on the coffee. Chocolate is nice. Boozy finish and a touch of roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Sharp booziness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Lots of chocolate as it warms. I'm amazed there's no vanilla added to this.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of incubuscience
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of oso
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of HoldenDurden
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rmaste6282
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Volume # 1 from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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