Smoked Porter | O'Fallon Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
515 Ratings
Smoked PorterSmoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States
ofallonbrewery.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark, rich and smoky…this classic porter is brewed with 63% German smoked malt and makes a perfect after dinner (or anytime) sipper for those who love a “bigger” beer. Winner of the Gold Medal in the 2004 Great American Beer Festival® for best Smoked Beer in America!

24 IBU

Added by maxpower on 12-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
515
Reviews:
358
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this as a smoked porter...looks the part...dark brown....great smoky aroma...also some strong roasted malt characteristics...

i damn near went 5.0 on the taste....I love the sweeter roasty flavors combined with the smoke....it is a marriage made in heaven....some real nice roasted maltiness along with some subtle milk chocolate....great smoke flavor....

Body is medium....easy drinking....tough to put down...one of the better smoked porters I've had...hihgly enjoyable.

Only complaint is the body is not particularly substantial and a little airy overall..but this is a tasty drinker..

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

Thanks to Raider for this one.

Appearance
This beer poured black with a small tan head which left no lacings. Some red was evident around the edges when examined under the light. Fine carbonation present.

Aroma
Beechwood smoke. Reminds me of the chew. Floral hints, as well as hints of toasted malt and coffee lie under the predominant smoky scent.

Taste
Sorta tastes like beechnut chew too, with the predominant flavour being the beechwood smoked malts. The smoke flavour predominated over the toasted malts. Surprisingly more flavours became evident once i enjoyed this one with some fine virginia tobacco. The underlying toffee, nutty, and creamy flavours became noticable. Bitterness is also present, but its hard to discern if its due to the smoked malts, the roasted malts, a hop presence, or a combination of all of the above.

Mouthfeel
Decent medium bodied brew. More carbonation would have been appreciated. Somewhat bitter and astringent.

Drinkability
This would be great with grilled meats, smoked meats or sausages. That being said i dont think it would make a good session beer, but thats just my taste. It was well worth the try, and im sure id enjoy it again, especially with grilled foods, if it was only more available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a solid black color. The head is one finger in height, but recedes rather quickly into sparce lacing. The aroma is wonderful: chocolate, roasted malt, and smoke. The taste is like the aroma, but with more smoke and less chocolate. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than medium bodied with nice carbonation, all fitting for a porter. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I can see myself enjoying this again sometime next autumn.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date indicated.

Poured almost pitch black with a large tan head that soon descended to a thin layer. It left some lacing.

The smell was smoky - hints of hickory and meat - similar to - but not nearly as strong as - a rauchbier.

The taste was of smoked wood. Other flavors, such as a hint of fruitiness, were present, but a bit thin, so were overpowered somewhat by the smokiness. Still, the taste wasn't bad at all.

It was a bit thinner than I expected. Some smokiness lingered. It's better with smoked food than alone.

It was smooth - easy to drink - but, would have liked it to have more porterish flavors to accompany the smokiness. If it were available in my area, I would probably get it once in a while to accompany a meal with smoked meat/fish.

Thanks to bditty for this one!

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Photo of blitz134
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Vancer in the last BIF I was in...2MBBIF I think...

Dark brown color, approaching opaque. Khaki colored head on top, initially 1/2" but reduced to only a ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is nice and smokey as expected, oaky. This is the predominate smell over the slightly sweet body, maybe some semisweet chocolate as I inspect it more.

Not too much to this beer upfront, the predominate flavors are in the finish and the smoke really comes through here. A little chocolaty when it sits on the tongue a while. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and overly carbonated. It makes it sharp on the tongue and keeps the flavors hidden.

Okay drinkability overall. Nice smoke flavor but there really isn't too much else to accompany it.

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Photo of jrb1001
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at Cyclone Liquors, in Ames, Iowa. The bottle picture is quite different from the one on this site, but it is the same beer.

The beer was very dark, and had a smoked odor and taste to. I do not think I would try it again, however I am not saying it was bad. It actually was a good beer, but definitely not one of my favorites.

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Photo of malty
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A forceful pours reveals a dark brown with ruby edges color and a sturdy 1 1/2" beige head that sits very still. Good lacing.

What a roasted & smoky nose! Great balance of charred wood and dark roasted malts. Dark chocolate notes are prevalent as well. Very fresh and blossoming scents.

A thin taste of roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate. Definite smoke flavor makes its appearance midway through, but doesn't stick around long. There's a funny plastic taste that I can't get away from though - like it was aged in a milk gallon jug or something (?).

Mouthfeel was a bit thin and on the lighter side of medium bodied.
Not a lot of flavor is present towards the somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability for me is 'one and done'. Although the light(er) body and a safe amount of smoke flavor could add to its appeal.

Not to impressed with this, but not under whelmed either. I'm glad I tried it, but I probably wouldn't buy it ever again.

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Photo of EPseja
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you to my brother for getting this one for me as a gift. It's nice having two beer-loving brothers living in the Midwest to bring me goodies.

Served from a 22oz bomber at just below cellar temperature in a pint glass. Different, newer bottle than pictured... salmon and gray background with tan stylized text. Looks nicer than the pic that's up.

A - Massively aggressive head formation even with a gentle pour. Amazing upward rush of carbonation from the bottom of the pint glass helps the huge four-inch head rise proudly to it's full height of about an inch above the rim of the glass without spilling over the side! Small, but noticeable reverse-cascade action takes place as the head settles to what looks like a light chocolate mousse. Super small, tightly packed bubbles on the bottom half of the head, bigger ones up top. Beer color is a dark chestnut brown with deep crimson highlights when help to the light. Lacing is broad and sweeping. Beautiful!

S - Big smoky and toasty nose, just to the edge of Rauchbier territory, but not beyond. I also get a kind of cedary sweetness and wet pine organic character as well. Engaging and thought-provoking -- on the style edge.

T - Again, this beer takes you to the scenic overlook on the border of Rauchland but never crosses the boundary. Begins with the smoky campfire, but allows dark fruity and nutty notes to dance into view before becoming too overwhelming. The maltiness transforms from smoky to roasty in the middle, bringing a nice taming. The finish reveals a decent hop dryness and hints of coffee grounds and burnt chocolate. Interesting and complex considering the fact that it *is* a porter.

M - Much more watery than would be expected given the depth of smell and taste. Carbonation is well balanced in the mouth considering the crazy action that occurs in the glass. Swallow is exceedingly smooth and swift. Excellent.

D - This is a fantastic porter, and for those who like the Rauchbier style, it also has fantastic smoke. The alcohol level isn't out of bounds, the taste has plenty of intricacy without being overwhelming, the look and feel are impressive. No wonder this beer won gold at the GABF of 2004. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle. Brewed with 63% German smoked malt . Winner of the Gold Medal in the 2004 GABF for American Smoked Beer.

Pours out to a slightly cloudy near black, forming a nice whipped dark tan head with average retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Being the rauch-lover that I am, this aroma is heavenly to my nose. Overwhelmingly smoky, yet there are also some subtle hops and coffee in the nose as well. The mouthfeel is slick with a medium-dense body and an oily smooth sheen. The taste begins with green grassy hops, followed by a sharp smoke note, some chocolate malt and roasted barley with associated astringency and roasted character and a mild sweetness towards the back of the tongue in the finish. There is some chalkiness in the finish as well. Bitterness is mild. No perceptable off-flavors.

This is a nice entry to smoked beers in general and a pleasant surprise to me from a previously unknown brewery. I'll still stick with my Schenkerla Marzen (which can't be beat IMO), but for the price this will cure my smoky fix in a pinch. Better than Stone Smoked Porter IMO, but I haven't had Alaskan.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one for a couple months and decided to bust it out 6-20-06 at a BJCP training class. I was enjoyed by some of the greatest palates in the Houston area.

Appearance: Pretty clean deep dark red color that is almost opaque until you hold a shallow amount up to light. It is pretty clear. The head was dense and tan and fell to a thin ring around the top of the beer within a minute.

Aroma: The aroma is led by rich malt with a very noticeable smoke that is almost bacon-like. There are some defined bready notes to go along with coffee from the roast malts. Everything is noticeable, but it remains in check.

Taste: The flavor is really dry with an overall neutral balance. The smoke is a really big player, but it is not nearly as large in the flavor as the aroma suggested it would be. There is some sweetness from caramel with a little bit of roast to go with it. The finish is really dry with no noticeable alcohol.

Opinion: This is a pretty well crafted beer. The overall impression I get is that it is a little thin and could do with a bit more mouthfeel. This lends to its favor in that it is really refreshing and easy to drink. There are some really fruity notes to this beer, and you should know this going in. The balance is malt driven, but with everything else going on...it turns out to be a nice beer and one that I would drink again.

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Photo of bort11
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a gray label and a woodcut style image of a camper sitting over a smokey campfire. Very appropriate. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice mocha brown head about a finger width. Good lacing maintained until the last 1/4. Color is solid black with slight brown notes around the edges. Smell is a nice subtle campfire wood smoke with malt notes mixed in. The smoke is not overpowering, blended in nicely. Tastes adds the flavor of smoked meats and a tiny bit pepper. Mouthfeel starts off creamy and mellows to a medium body as it warms. This is a very pleasant porter. I would love to have this with some tastey KC BBQ.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: My label was white with fancy script

Aroma: Ham, bacon, smoked meat for sure! Oak, maybe some apple wood. Very pronounced and enjoyable.

Appearance: Opaque black, good collar of tan that laced nicely.

Flavor: A bit of oxygenation, I didn’t see a date. It’s also a bit flat flavor wise. The smoke is nice, but the porter under it just didn’t shine. I hope I got an old bottle and cut it some slack number wise

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body

Overall Impression: Great flavor, but it seems to have suffered before it got to me. If I ever get the chance, I’ll re-review.

Hand carried back from KC, Mo.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a medium brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention on this puppy and no lacing either.

The smell is good but a bit one-dimensional (of course, that is par for the course with smoked porters...) A real nice hickory or oak smoke is about all you get - perhaps a wee bit of malt but there's no balance.

Fortunately the flavor is a lot more balanced - some light roasted grains to start off, a bit of treacle sweetness (just a bit), the obligatory BBQ smoke flavoring and even a little bit of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is very good - it's a medium to light bodied brew with just enough carbonation and bittering to finish each sip very nicely. No residual sugars to make things 'sticky' so it's actually a pretty clean porter.

All in all drinkable. Not quite the best porter for a base but quite good and the smoke isn't overdone. The light mouthfeel really saves the day here - this could have been a cloying disaster but instead it's actually interesting and refreshing.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a one inch head that faed quickly to a soapy cap and thick ring, leaving behind a broken webbing of lace.

Smell; the smokey aroma by far the dominant smell in this. There's hints of some coffee and chocolate, but you really have to search for them.

Taste; the coffee and chocolate come out more in the flavor than they did in the smell. The smoked flavors are strong, and make me think of bacon as I drink this, but they're not to the point of being overwhelming. There's also just a bit of hop bitterness present towards the end, Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and much more drinkable than I had anticipated.

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Photo of jp32
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this one, my first ever smoked porter. They must have changed the label, its a little catchier now.

It pours a solid night black color with a small tan head that withers away quickly.

Smells nicely roasted and I notice mocha, coffee grounds, chalk, and spices. Smells delicious.

The flavor is malty and great tasting. Well rounded with a smokey finish. The malt character is terrific, and the smoke reminds me a bit of smoked whitefish from northern Michigan. A touch of bitterness on the sides of the tongue to round things out.

Great tasting and great drinking, this is a solid offering. I'm quite pleased and will most likely be drinking this one again soon. Cheers!

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Photo of nortmand
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a light tan head.

Fantastic smell. Awesome roast and chocolate and a hint of smoke right at the end.

Chocolate dominates the flavor. Some definite roastiness as well. Nice overarching smokiness.

Smooth, but a bit astringent, a nice beer overall.

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Photo of whynot44
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark - black with ruby highlights where light shines through - with a moderate milk chocolate colored head that sticks around fairly well producing some nice lace.

The aroma is primarily a mild hickory and apple wood smoke with some hints of coffee.

The taste is mild roasted malt with coffee and chocolate overlaid with that nice smoky flavor. The finish continues smoky with some fruity citrus notes and a bit of hops bite.

Medium bodied, smooth, almost creamy, and easy to drink, seems to get even easier as you get used to it. Worked well with grilled steaks, probably even better with ribs..

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this from BigLove in a trade.

This beer poured a dark black that let a little “cherry coke” color in through the dimple in the bottom of my tulip. What really caught my attention was the little bubbles that kept creeping up the inside of my glass. They looked so white in contrast to the brew. That wasn’t the case with the head, as it looked much like a dollop of oatmeal floating on top of my glass that was a pale tan that faded to white near the larger bubbles. This fell disappointingly quickly to an irregular film of the same color.

Smells predominantly of a dry malt with some succinctly crisp coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. On top of this is a smoky roasted ham with a pinch of salt and a twist of lemon.

The smoke hits me immediately up front but then fades into a crisp sour coffee malt with some playful citrus stings around the edges of my tongue. Finishes with what I would imagine licking a charcoal briquette would taste like, but not in a bad way. This hangs around and drifts up into my nose letting me experience a roasted peat, Scotch smell. That’s a nice added bonus! I’m getting some definite mesquite burps here as well.

The mouth feel is really doing a lot of work here generating and inhibiting flavors, depositing lemon stings with carbonation and drastically increasing the overall dynamics of the beer. I’m impressed.

This is a really engaging beer. I’m not sure I could sit down and drink a sixer of these, but I’m thankful for the journey I got out of this one. Definitely try at least one.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a shoe polish brown to black with watery chocolate milk highlights. Head is about a fingers width with average retention.

Smell- Some definite smokey malt aromas with some very faint hints of mocha.

Taste- A good mix of creams and general smoke flavors. Just like the namesake advertises on the bottle. Your avergae porter with some campfire smoke added for some good individualism.

Mouthfeel- Pretty mellow with general flavor. Of course the one flavor inparticular that stood out the most was the smoke and hints of wood. But other than that, your average porter.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice blend of a Smoked Beer and an American Porter. Pours out to a dark cherry brown color with a medium head that quickly bubbles away and leaves a thin layer of brown foam on top of the beer. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of smoked malts and salted ham fill the nose. Very Rauchbier like. Taste is medium to medium full bodied and somewhat complex; smokey malts, mild hops, sweet molasses in the background. Some grain and earthy notes as well. Nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but maintains a robust character and chewy nature. Drinkability is north of average. Wouldn't mind this in place of a regular porter. Recommended.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body, yeast clumps visible at the bottom of the glass. Nice tan head, about 3/4" very slow fade.

Smell: Smells more porter than smoke, but the smoke accentuates the dark chocolate and bunrt notes.

Taste: A mild tasting porter, and the smoke isn't bad. The porter does seem underpowered, but does have a nice chocolate flavor. Not overdone, which is good.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, needs more body.

Drinkability: Not bad for a smoked beer, not annoying whatsoever. A week after having Stone Smoked Porter this beer does show it's faults, though.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz purchased from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a pint glass.

Deep dark brown with a medium sized head of light tan. Good retention with a few rings of lace.

The smoke aromas blend nicely with the roasted malts and chocolate notes. The smoke is a bit tangy with some bacon. I love bacon. Anything with bacon in it gets higher points from me.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose. Chocolate flavored roast coffee framed by tangy smoke and a bit of bite from the hops. Tangy smoke and chocolate linger in the finish, but where's the bacon?

The mouth is a bit thin but there is enough flavor to keep me interested and coming back for more.

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Photo of mportsch
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black, viscous liquid that does not let any light through. A nice-looking head that stays about 1/4 inch thick.

Smell: Not quite as smoky as expected from reading other reviews, which I consider to be a GOOD thing. Roasted malts and definitely smoke, but not overpowering.

Taste: Again, not as smoky as I was expecting, but definitely noticeable. Actually tastes a lot like a homebrew my friend made that earned the moniker 'Campfire Stout' due to its smoky flavor. None of these are bad things. Methinks it would taste great accompanying barbeque or really anything off the grill, but its merely good on its lonesome.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately medium- to full-bodied, I'd say.

Drinkability: I dock it a bit here because 22oz seemed like too much. If I was sitting on my patio eating barbecued ribs, the drinkability would be much greater. I think this one is dependent on its surroundings.

All in all, a solid porter with a touch of smoke. Must remember to revisit this brew when devouring grilled meats.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitchblack. Bottom dwelling yeast-creatures. Mountains of lace-silhouettes stuck to the accepting goblet.

Campfire aromas greet the drinker initially, embers, coals, licorice. Coffee and American-chocolate follow the initial smokiness. Ashes turn into a moderate, middling porter with a concluding interplay of ashtray-searing smoke. Seems hesistant, barren underneath the smoke. I would have liked a lot more malt interplay here.

Mouthfeel is disappointly thin. I wish they would have taken this in a more viscous direction. As it is, it seems like a bit of an oxy-moron: easy drinking refreshing smoke-fest?

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle provided by kmpitz2.

Pours a super dark brown with a small tan head that thins. No real lacing on the glass.

Rich smoky aroma with a bit of malt peeking through. Smells great.

Taste is smoky and malty upfront with a mild bitterness midway through. Finishes rather clean with a light lingering smokiness.

Body seems thin and could use a bit more carbonation.

This is a nice drinking smoked porter. I wish I had me another....

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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 515 ratings.
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