Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the GTMW 2013
Somewhere during the day I made my way past 4 Handsí booth. Many empties were lying around but I was able to score a pour of this respectable imperial stout. For a brewery that Iíve not heard of it before it is solid. Not quite world class it nonetheless has a good local vibe that would have me drinking more if I lived in the Saint Louis area.
Aroma / Appearance - A creamy black base slides like melted chocolate down the sides of the glass. The texture is light for a big imperial stout but this is not quite a 14% monster. Chocolate, coffee, and malt are dry. A boozy nature emerges if you really concentrate but is well masked.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, coffee, and bitter malts stick on the tongue. After a short rest they warm the throat along with a bitter finish. This is a more balanced approach to the style in which no particular element stands out. I will have to keep 4 Hands on my radar the next time I find myself in their local market.
RobertDale (2608) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes almost black with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Decent.
EtTuCthulhu (733) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer smells like coffee, roasted malts, booze, and a slight hint of vanilla, and the color of this beer is an opaque black color with a small brown head that fades to and stays at a ring. The taste is mildly bitter, mildly sweet, and slightly umami, which is complex and well-balanced, and the palate combines as full body, thin yet creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a warming bitter finish, making for an overall great beer.
mixmasterob (871) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a dark brown head. Pretty. Aroma was rich chocolate and roasted malt. Some vanilla. Flavors were roasty with nice notes of cocoa and vanilla sweetness. Syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Whatís with the super low ratings? I dug it.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
651mL thanks to nmann08. Dark sepia pour, clear. Medium deep tan head. Okay formation. Diminishing. Spotty lace. Nose is tomato, black peppercorn, sugar, red apple. Taste is rich and bitter, heavy earth and dirt, long dirty finish. Super dry, dirty, astringent. Heavy soil character. Woah. Taste doesnít leave your mouth.
Travlr (9838) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Almost black, beihe head. Aroma of medicinal espresso. Taste is. Urnt espresso and burnt brownies. OK.
unclemike (2067) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sample at brewery Draft. Pours pretty pitch black, with a medium light brown head. Smells of some roasty dark malts, and little bit of dark fruit, although the aroma wasnt very big and bold, but more subtle. The flavor was definitely roasty, with a bit of chocolate malt, and got a touch of pomegranate, although it wasnt prominent in the flavor, but more there for moral support pretty much. Pretty nice palate on it, went down pretty smooth with not much trace of alcohol at all. Definitely better than their first offering, but still didnt blow me away. Very solid though
beernbourbon (1213) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is drk brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is light molasses, deep roasted malt, faint pine hop, faint coffee, and light notes of brown sugar. Flavor is deep espresso, roasted malt, and light ash with faint hints of smooth coffee and light burnt brown sugar. Aroma i better than flavor for sure. Very very roasty which is not really my favorite in a stout but I think itís a little better than many of the ratings that are out there. Itís not quite there yet but itís on-par with a lot of the other messy stouts out there. From distant memory, I liked it alot better on-tap; but that was a long night and many moths ago.
vyvvy (3421) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with a brown head. The roam has lots of milk chocolate, vanilla, smooth roast, gentle coffee, raisins, dates and dark caramel - really nice aroma. Medium / full body with a modest amount of carbonation. The taste is far more harsh with roasted malt and an overabundance of coffee. The finish is bitter bitter coffee. If you like your coffee with some alcohol, this is probably a winner. However, if you donít like coffee as the main taste this is not for you.
Fielding (58) - - APR 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unique smell slightly like sweet breads baking. Black and tasty. Initially the flavor is a bit too sweet but it is quickly overcome by dark silky chocolate. Bitter cocoa nibs upon exhale and the hop bitter finish. Mmmm