Wheelhouse - Barrel-Aged
Four Fathers Brewing LLC

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #243
Ranked #1,738
4.43 | pDev: 5.42%
Four Fathers Brewing LLC
Indiana, United States
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4.34/5  rDev -2%
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.


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CraftFan5 from New Jersey, Jan 15, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Aug 31, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -2%
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.

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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey, Aug 14, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Mar 16, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Mar 16, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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connecticutpoet from Connecticut, May 31, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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beergoot from Colorado, May 14, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Apr 30, 2018
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4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -21%
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.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Mar 02, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Nov 11, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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KevSal from California, Mar 04, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Poured black, thick head that very very slowly dissipated.

Smell -- Strong coffee right on the nose, subdued barrel.

Taste -- Roasted coffee on the front, barrel coming through right behind. Some lingering bitter chocolate in the mix too.

Feel -- Slightly thin, lacing in glass isn't bad at all, but flows off the tongue quick.

Overall -- Simply a great beer IMO. I'm a huge coffee stout fan so I'm a bit biased, but this is top notch to me. The non barrel regular version of this is very good, and the barrel just enhances it. If you can find it, definitely worth picking up.

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TT99C5 from Indiana, Dec 06, 2016
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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at THT June tasting. Dark brown with a thin espresso head. Tons of coffee in the taste, coffee liquor, roasted malts. Medium body with low carbonation and a coffee roasty aftertaste.

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Marius from Netherlands, Nov 11, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a deep murky brown color.

Smell - The booze is most noted in the nose. There is a hint of coffee.

Taste - at the front, I notice booze and fresh coffee. Notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, and deep chocolate fudge are in the background. The beer is not too boozy, but is actually well balanced. The coffee gets more bitter toward the end.

Mouthfeel - The stout coats the tongue nicely, it almost feels like a thick boozy coffee paste.

Overall - Goose Island has a decent bourbon coffee stout, but this one is not infected.

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4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage:
Overall- 4.25
Total weighted score of 4.14.

2016 Vintage:
Overall- 4.5
Total weighted score of 4.49

I don't know if my palate was off when I tried this beer back in 2015 when it was fresh or if Four Father made that much improvement to the 2016 vintage. This beer is very comparable to Bourbon County Coffee; if not a better beer because the coffee is so big in the 2016 vintage of BA Wheelhouse. It seems like GI is skimping on the coffee the last few years of BCBCS. I may have found a much less hyped / higher quality substitute for Bourbon County Coffee? I hope so... Tired of waiting in lines on Black Friday for Bourbon County.

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4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with minimal head, Great big Coffee on the nose, Taste hits you with a big and quality roasty coffee. The Base Stout is also nice and chocolatey. Beer has a very good mouthfeel, just right for the style IMO. Had this one side by side with the Non BA Version and I'll definitely say the Barrel helped this beer a lot, flavors much more well rounded. Although the barrel flavor didn't really jump out much on it's own, the coffee in the BA Version is much less harsh. Definite surprise beer for me from a new to me Brewery. If you like Coffee Stouts this one is worth finding! Thanks EGrace84 for the share on this one!

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TATURBO from Illinois, Dec 18, 2015
Wheelhouse - Barrel-Aged from Four Fathers Brewing LLC
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 52 ratings