|Brewery||4 Hands Brewery|
|Location||St. Louis, MO|
|Style||Barrel Aged Imperial Stout|
Best Quote During Tasting
I'm hosting a bachelor party where the groom doesn't drink.
So how is it a party?
|Aroma - A big blast of booze, chocolate and maple syrup greet you when you put your nose up to the rim of your glass. The chocolate is subdued and the maple syrup notes come from a nice mixture of brown sugar, vanilla and caramel which are mostly all from the barrel it was aged in.|
|Appearance - This one pours black and opaque with a thin, tan head that lingers and sticks to the sides of your glass as you drink it.|
|Flavor - The booziness and chocolate compete for top billing but the booze wins out. Some subtle dry oak and caramel are the next flavors that I pick up. While it's dark, it's not very roasty due to the time it's mellowed in the barrel. The most fun piece of this is that there's a bit of a toasted marshmallow type of flavor from the vanilla and caramel notes.|
|Mouthfeel - The carbonation is medium and the body is medium+. It's very smooth and velvety on your tongue and doesn't have any biting character from the carbonation.|
|Overall Impression - The more 4 Hands does Barrel Aged beer, the better they get at it. This beer was actually 71% of the blend used to make Volume 4 which we reviewed recently and that beer was awesome. It only makes sense that this one was awesome, too. For being so high in ABV, this one is smooth enough to where if you decided to drink the whole bottle yourself, it wouldn't be a chore. I mean, at 11.5% you'd be pretty lit up but it wouldn't be hard to do.|