mcrae19 (59) - - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Served in a snifter. Pours a dark brown, roughly the color of a deep porter, with a 1-inch creamy, tan head. Roasted malt and coffee aromas. Medium mouthfeel. Very strong roasted malt flavor, with the prevalent coffee flavor not far behind. Since American Brown Ales encompass such a wide range of flavors and approaches, itís difficult for me to say that Four Hands has created a spot-on version of the style. Rather, their version reminded me of a marriage of coffee stout and porter. It also had more of a hop presence than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. While this isnít a brew that would become a ďgo-toĒ for me, itís definitely a solid beer Iíd drink again.
kevinator (713) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent brown ale. Hints of roasted nut and wood. Dark malt and mohogany color. Smooth palate with average weight. More roasted, nut and chocolate flavors with a lasting finish. Mild sweetness. Comforting and well-rounded beer.
troyc (2200) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Deep brown color with a rocky light brown head. Nose is of cocoa powder, light smoke and oats. Roasted malts impart chocolate, mocha, hazelnut and bitter grainy notes in the taste. Light sweet oatmeal notes as well. Lingering earthy hoppiness and hints of ash.
jefcon (1325) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serviceable brown ale. Lots of chocolate, to be sure, but also a nice plum/prune/peach fruit. Coffee on the finish lifts the beer up with a little bit of astringency.
andyhwcinc (1348) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Bottles and Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed after a productive day while watching baseball. Appearance is dark brown with a thin white head that rims around the glass, looks like a nutty oatmeal porter. Aroma of chocolate malt, hazelnut, light carbonation, smell is nice. Taste is pretty good, definitely can taste the nutty elements and is candy bar like without being too sweet. Pretty good stuff.
PendulousFall (14) - - MAR 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely SPECTACULAR!!! Yet another delicious brew from the masters at 4 Hands! This brew is dark chocolate in color with a small tan head. The aroma as well as the taste are of coffee. This is not too bitter and not too incredibly carbonated. Drinks very smooth and pleasant on the tongue.
queenholly (2611) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep mahogany with a large tan head. Sweet chocolate and earthy oat aroma. Light chocolate, roasty malt, and earthy oat flavor with a light bitter finish. Medium creamy body, moderate carbonation. Very much like a porter, as opposed to a brown ale. Very nice.
Awktoberfest (258) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fine brown with some complexity like the advertised Choco hint. Certainly not bad but wish it was a little creamier and a little more body...
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crossovert (6343) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, lasting head. Smell is coffee and caramel. Flavor is peat, cocoa, coffee. Very nicely balanced, prickly carbonation as opposed to slick in an oatmeal stout.
Frank (2383) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think this is more along the lines of a porter than a brown ale but itís all good. It is reddish brown in color and clear from what I can tell. Itís a nice color but this doesnít really have much of head so itís really not all that appealing overall. The nose is nice and roasty, however, so that more than makes up for the lack of head. This is a rather dry beer and quite drinkable, my only small complaint is it is a bit ashy in the finish. Pretty good brown ale or porter, whatever it is.
Scipio (650) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a somewhat dark, though not opaque with a thinner short lived light tan head. The aroma contains mostly roasted malts and coffee. Additionally, there are chocolate and nuts. The taste is still quite roasted that is balanced with chocolate. Hints of coffee are found as well. There isnít really all that much of an aftertaste, although I do get just a slight chocolate. Medium in body with a smooth texture, while having average carbonation. Not bad overall.