TheArgoPirate (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a fine khaki head. Somewhat muted aroma for a RIS, notes of caramel, toffee, coffee. Flavor is roasty, burnt coffee, dark chocolate. Fairly thin for an imperial stout. Decent but not great.
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jzzbassman (1456) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled . Pours dark with a small ring for a head. Aroma of star anise, burnt coffee, and booze. Flavor is hot, pleasant malt character, some soy sauce, and burnt coffee beans. Astringent and bitter like old stale coffee takes the shine off of a beer that started with promise
Quetzolcotl (16) - - FEB 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This Imperial Stout is a C student. I only get coffee in the aroma and have to hunt for vanilla or any malt flavors. The malty richness of a Russian Imperial stout is not there - there are no complex flavors, no chocolate, no roastyness or any of the other things that make a great RIS. I donít think that the base beer is that good to begin with, then the coffee is there to hide that fact. Wish I would have checked this site before wasting $12 on a bomber.
Prufrockstar (628) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Santa! Pours deep and dark with a small ring of khaki head. Aroma: coffee, vanilla, and steeped grains. Coffee comes through the most in this. Taste: moderately sweet, medium bitterness, somewhat astringent. Full body, average carbonation.
jdskinns (194) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet, roasty, coffee. Taste is sweet, chocolate, coffee, roasty, bitter. Very good.
thomas15 (621) - USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral hop aroma peeking through roasted chocolate and espresso. Muted somewhat. Appears black with ample brown head with good retention. Tastes roasted espresso and coffee with some chocolate and a backend hint of vanilla. Bitter, roasty. Good.
EyeAmBaldman (89) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a creamy tan head that stays in the glass as long as youíre drinking. Has a coffee bitterness and a creamy mouthfeel. Bitter on the back end but man is this good. Iíve had it on tap at 4 Hands Tap Room and from the bottle. Drink this beer warm and the flavor just explodes in your mouth. Thereís a high roasted malt taste with coffee bitterness. So good. My favorite stout by far.
jandd1983 (2050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted coffee, cocoa and a hint of hops. The taste was of coffee, cocoa and some booze. It finished with a bitter coffee backbone. Nice.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, 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 (2846) - 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.