|Brewery:||4 Hands Brewery|
|Location||St. Louis, MO|
|Style||Imperial Milk Stout|
Best Quote During Tasting
Did you lick your finger after you put it in there?
|Aroma - Dark fruits and chocolate mix with some alcohol sneaking in at the end. The hops aren't very present (nor would I expect them to be) and the yeast gives off some nice fruit character as well. Almost red wine on the nose because of the fruit but it's definitely bourbon. Some sweet vanilla and if you really want to find it, you can get some oak.|
|Appearance - The beer pours an opaque, deep brown, nearly black, with a thin, purple hued head (from the blackberries) that stays tightly bubbled and leaves nice lacing.|
Flavor - The bourbon, fruit and chocolate come out racing and are huge, then you get some sweetness with big, big fruit on the back of your tongue. It's almost tart as you swallow. The aftertaste is alcohol, an alcohol burn (a big bourbon bite) and sweet, ripe blackberries.
|Mouthfeel - The carbonation is high and the body is medium. The combination makes it feel a little thin.|
|Overall Impression - This is a good "drink it on a nice occasion" beer. Adding fruits to a big stout isn't something you see very often so it was a nice change of pace. It's not something I'd say you'd have to have but it is very good. If the mouthfeel would've been a little more full, I'd recommend this one a lot more.|
|Aroma - Lots of berries and chocolate in this one, with a whiff of alcohol from the Bourbon barrel aging. Hints of vanilla and oak also play nicely against the even sweeter chocolate and fruit aromas.|
|Appearance - Deep deep brown, verging on black with a a light purple head from the berries.|
Flavor - Wow boy is this one sweet. Tons of fruit character from the blueberry and blackberry. The chocolate is there, but could've been ramped up a bit to compete a bit more with the really strong fruit character. There is a good amount of Bourbon here too, with a bit of alcohol bite and some nice vanilla. Could use a bit more oak from the barrel aging.
|Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and high carbonation, feels a bit thin when compared to the rich flavors present.|
|Overall Impression - I was expecting this to be similar to Downfall, which might be my favorite 4 Hands beer ever, but it fell short of that mark. It's still a great beer, and I really wish I had been able to get more than one. Fruited stouts can be really impressive when done right, and adding the character from the barrel really makes for interesting flavors. The biggest thing I was missing from this one compared to Downfall was the oak that is so present in Downfall, that doesn't seem to be as forward here. This one was brewed exclusively for Randall's, and if you weren't part of their VIP program you'll have to find someone willing to trade you for it.|