Wheelhouse - Barrel-Aged
Four Fathers Brewing LLC

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Four Fathers Brewing LLC
Indiana, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #326
Ranked #1,099
4.39 | pDev: 5.47%
Sep 24, 2021
Nov 15, 2014
Wheelhouse - Barrel-AgedWheelhouse - Barrel-Aged
Notes: Imperial coffee stout aged in whiskey barrels with coffee from Dagger Mountain Roastery.
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Rated: 4.35 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Sep 24, 2021
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2019 vintage courtesy of JohnnyHops.
Coffee tastes a little stale but otherwise a good coffee ba imperial stout.

Previously had received 2017 vintage but did not rate because I think it was infected.
May 11, 2021
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with notes of whiskey.
T: The taste follows the smell but has stronger flavors of whiskey, which particularly linger into the finish and lends
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a bit lighter in body compared to what I would expect from a whiskey-barrel aged stout. As such it is very easy to drink.

Note: 2020 vintage

Serving type: bottle
Mar 13, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 04, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 13, 2020
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Reviewed by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
13 January 2020 - Beer #7

Price: $19.99 on Tavour

Appearance: 4 - nearly black black, but just a bit of redness at the corners. Nearly perfect.

Nose: 5 - not much barrel, but the coffee is perfect. Mind you, I am no coffee drinker, but this is divine.

Taste: 4 - alas, too much bitter coffee, and not enough barrel. I need the coffee to compliment the barrel, not the reverse. Still good.

Mouth: 5 - quite thick and chewy. Sticky even. A very well-crafted brew.

Overall: 4 - nearly a carbon copy of Big Bad Baptist. Definitely not my favorite, but coffee lovers will enjoy this immensely.

Jan 15, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Nov 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
$ 20.98 (Including shipping and PA tax)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.954/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 8/31/19.
Undated except for “2018” on the front label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.5.
First pour – Dark brown, hazy.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque with a lot of effervescence.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.7 cm, aggressive center pour), camel, high density and creamy, good duration, diminishing to an irregular seven to twelve mm crown fed by effervescence and a complete cap.
Lacing – Excellent! As the level drops, a curtain of nearly microscopic bubbles remains looking like velvet with an occasional moth hole.
Aroma – 4.5 – Strong chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt.
Flavor – 4.5 - Begins moderately bitter with the flavors from the nose blending, although the coffee tends to maintain its identity. The aftertaste is less bitter and features the whiskey more than the barrel. No alcohol (10.7% ABV) flavor or aroma but instant gastric warming occurs; no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Full, creamy, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.5. A beautiful Impy Stout – wonderful appearance, great bouquet, delicious, velvety feel - worth the price as few really are.
Aug 31, 2019
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours semi thick. Dark with moderate head.

Nose is rich coffee, malt, chocolate wood.

Taste is very much the same. Aged in Whiskey barrels rather than Bourbon makes it not as sweet. Drier, which allows the coffee to shine through more. Very straightfoward. Very enjoyable.

Given the ABV and style of this beer, this has quite a considerable amount of carbonation. Bubbly for a barrel aged stout.

Overall a simple, well executed coffee stout. Nice oak finish from the barrel, makes it not too heavy or bitter. Solid brew.
Aug 14, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jul 15, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 05, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Benish from Utah

Apr 01, 2019
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Received in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thick two finger mocha head that fades to leave nice lacing and legs along with a great blanket.

S - Big aromas of nutty roast, excellent coffee. Almost raw cookie dough like, fudgy chocolate. Phenomenal vanilla barrel notes with great malt backbone.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with excellent balance. Good vanilla barrel along with really good roast coffee beans. The chocolate fudge is great. Loads of cookie dough batter as well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, however the alcohol is rather noticeable.

O - Overall this was a very solid stout along with wonderful coffee and barrel notes. Just really delicious.

Serving Type: bottle
Mar 16, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to rudzud
Huge foamy brown head sticks around forever, nice lacing, nice legs pitch black

Nose very nutty, toasted nuts, caramel, little biscuity toffee, big nutty raw coffee bean, fruity too, big fresh coffee beans without the charred heavy roast, toasted oak vanilla barrel notes, barrel spice and vanilla brings a little granola, cookie dough wafer, light fudge and dark chocolate

Taste more barrel, coconut notes with big vanilla caramel and baking spices, into granola brownie like, big fresh nutty coffee, fresh coffee beans with fruity coffee too, mild cookie dough, light fudge and chocolate, big spicy bitterness, some hot alcohol taste but stops short of fusel, finishing a little sticky but mild sweet, lingering fresh coffee beans spicy hops and cocoa, mild char

Mouth is thicker bod creamy lush, decent carb, some tingly alcohol

Overall a nice beer, great fresh coffee beans, nutty fruity, good chocolate and barrel notes, very enjoyable
Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by cd34 from Illinois

Nov 25, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by oline73 from Maryland

Sep 07, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance – Two finger head on a nearly opaque clear brown body.

Aroma – Cold brew coffee, roasted malts, faint oak, slightly fruity.

Taste – Coffee, bitter oak, strongly boozy with rye whiskey notes. Definitely a sipping beer, very strong.

Mouthfeel – Full and viscous, yet it didn't linger after the swallow.

Overall – WOW this is a big beer. Amazing and worth the price at least once.
May 31, 2018
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Jet black body; very thin, wispy, light brown head. Heavy aroma of charred grain and coffee grounds. The flavor mimics the aroma with additions of cocoa, milk chocolate; an acidic bitterness; subtle booziness. Heavy body; lush and chewy; dense residual sugars; some alcohol heat.

Good, lord! If this ain't just a dark ale version of ambrosia!! The beer packs an enormous amount of heavy yet soft feeling, loaded with tons of delectable charred grain goodness and dark coffee flavors (I don't know if any coffee was used for this version, but it sure seems like it's in the mix somewhere). Intense, flavorful, and very memorable.
May 14, 2018
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours nearly pitch black, opaque in the glass with very slight visible carbonation, leaving a slender ring of bubbles around the glass. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, fresh coffee, oaky vanilla. Flavor is slightly sweet dark toasted malt, quality coffee, vanilla and hints of char and hops. Finishes with oaky malt, coffee; a little boozy. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and good carbonation, despite the near still pour. A really fine imperial coffee stout. The coffee is distinct with flavors from top notch fresh coffee beans. The base malt is rich and supports both the coffee and barrel flavors very well. It could use a little char to the malt to suit my taste, but the coffee adds a little earthy smokiness to make up for it. One sign of a well made adjunct stout is that the flavor is robust from start to finish and it is here. Nice coffee and chocolate notes integrated from start into a lingering finish. Well done; I'll watch for more from this brewery.
Apr 30, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by rkarimi from Colorado

Apr 27, 2018
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Reviewed by markjknowles from Oregon

4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I drank this at room temp.(just sub 70F) out of my Fuller's pint mug. I have no regrets. "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" from Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure crept through the background. So then I played it again from Viva La Roxy. Black like the For Your Pleasure backdrop. A brief flash of deep reddish brown foam( they all have this). The taste of cold brewed coffee with a shot of Jim Beam. A pillowy soft maltiness agaist the tongue. I buy stouts hoping for this. Thanks to Four Fathers for coming through!
Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Radcpa from Washington

Apr 24, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Apr 17, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Apr 06, 2018
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled 11/6/17; drank 3/1/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice dark tan head; a thick curtain of lace.

Chocolate syrup, oak, whiskey & peanut butter notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Peanut butter, oak & medium roast coffee bean flavors up front; peanut butter & whiskey notes on the finish.

Cloying & clashing; this is not a good beer.
Mar 02, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by emottram from Massachusetts

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Nov 14, 2017
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had on tap. This is a very nice ba coffee stout. Smooth and viscous with a rising creaminess. through the sip. Good charred wood from the barrel, whiskey, hot chocolate, and vanilla in the smell. Taste was a little coffee heavy, even though it tasted good, I thought the barrels and subtle flavors were worth holding back for a bit.
Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by Kurmaraja from California

Sep 09, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by aasher from Indiana

May 30, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois

May 29, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

May 18, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

Mar 08, 2017
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Reviewed by KevSal from California

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
real nice label, gold waxed bottle

22oz into a perfect stout glass

wow this guy looks great in the glass, huge dark chocolate head. this guy means business

nose is mostly coffee, tons of coffee, all types of coffee and a hint of with some whiskey sweetness.

taste is the same, tons of coffee, roasted coffee, fresh espresso, burnt coffee. pretty impressive anount of coffee. first few sips it is abrasive, but as it warms it comes together really well. real great chocolate come sup with lots of whiskey notes. sweetness starts cutting the roast really well. finished sweet with vanilla and oak. reminiscent of bcbcs

mouthfeel is thick, coats the tongue and each sip lingers. abv is well hidden.

overall the nice flavor makes me drink this guy a bit too fast. great coffee coming through through. as it warms it really opens up into a fantastic beer!
Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 4.54 by Viperman1316 from Indiana

Feb 05, 2017
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A really high-quality BA coffee stout with a lot of oak and barrel character. I've had a lot of fantastic coffee stouts already this winter, but this holds its own. The nose has a lot of whiskey, wood, and vanilla along with the expected coffee and roasted malts. The flavor is explosive, loaded with fudge, roasted nuts, and cappuccino. Thick and syrupy, with a long, chocolate-y finish.
Jan 05, 2017
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Rated by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Great beer for $15 retail
Dec 27, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by spycow from Illinois

Dec 26, 2016
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