koleminer20 (4261) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2017 mcrae19 (65) - - 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, it’s 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 isn’t a brew that would become a “go-to” for me, it’s definitely a solid beer I’d drink again.
On draft at 4 Hands. The pour is a dirtier ruby color with a decent opacity and a small ring of khaki colored head. The aroma is good. There is a lot of chocolate and a nice roasted malt. It’s got a hint of bitterness on the finish that is almost reminiscent of coffee. The flavor is better. Nice chocolate depth and roasted malt complexity. Clean and crisp. The mouth feel is a little light, but softly carbonated and carries a nice chocolate and bitter finish. Surprisingly good brown. scarletfire65 (1546) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Can at home, all alone. Aroma of coffee, milk chocolate, cookies, aluminum. Lively carbonation. Charred malt bitterness, with some sweet-ish chocolate underneath. A bit of acidity and bitterness on the finish. JulienHuxley (6004) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2017
Can. Dark translucent brown red pour with thin tan foam. Aroma is nutty, toasty, light earthy notes, powdery cocoa aroma. Taste is sweet, very chocolaty, very light toasty, woody notes, brown sugar. Palate is med light bodied with good carbonation. Good. balloonbuffoon (807) - - APR 1, 2017
12floz BBD 06.30.2017, $9/six-pack. This beer doesn’t emit much aroma, just a little charred wood and butterscotch. It’s a dark beer, low on hoppy bitterness, but fairly high on roasted bitterness for the style. Although it is not totally traditional, it’s pretty tame for an American brown ale. A tough style to stand out, since to be traditional requires a certain middle of the road quality, and veer from it ventures beyond the style. 4 Hands mostly sticks to the style, and do so competently. jcr (2808) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Draft. Deep brown body with a beige head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, bread, nuts, cocoa and some light metallic. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, water/slick texture, lively carbonation. Sweet to start but dries out in the finish.
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2016
At The Daily. Very chocolatey, cocoa, slippery, some what unusual aroma. Serving: Tap BelgianBeerGal (4289) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Draft at Bailey’s Range St Louis. Clear chestnut color with a bubbly tan film. Aroma is light chocolate and chalk dust. Flavor is lightly bitter from baking chocolate, coffee and toasted malt. Okay brown ale. sonnycheeba (6695) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2016
Can. Pours dark brown. Aroma and flavor are chocolate, oats, faint roast, caramel, and faint nuttiness and coffee notes. Medium body. Thechasm442 (1006) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Draft. Dark brown with an average tan head. Aroma of oats, roasted malts, and coffee. Taste is oats, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Average thickness and creamy. Brettsky06 (536) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 29, 2016
Very dark brown pour. Aroma is nutty chocolate, taste is also chocolatey with some caramel notes and roast. Very nice brown