4 Hands Brewing Co – Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
Country: United Stated – St. Louis Missouri
Bottler: 4 Hands Brewery
Style: Oatmeal Ale
Bottling Date: unknown
Alcohol: 5.5% ABV
Price: Forgot to check
Behind The Booze:
Some of you may know that I live in St. Louis, Mo so what better way to start ‘beer reviews’ than with a local selection? A little information taken from their site ( http://www.4handsbrewery.com ) “4 Hands Brewing Company, located in the LaSalle Park neighborhood, will provide the craft beer enthusiast a handcrafted portfolio inspired by the American craft movement that pushes the limits of creativity. Our barrel -aging program will produce a truly unique line on beers. The use of wine and spirit barrels containing an array of fruit, herbs, and spices in conjunction with wild yeast strains will enhance the flavors to produce a one of a kind beer.”
The schpeal sounds good and The Oatmeal Brown is listed as one of their ‘core’ beers – lets see if the Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown lives up to the companies standards or if this is one of those ‘unique names’ to stay away from.
If you like dark, dark beers with a minimal but distinct head – this is probably going to be right up your alley. This beer pours thick and dark – clung slightly to the edge as I swirled it around my mug and gave off a great aroma. Even if I was not an Oatmeal Ale fan, I would be happy with the look on this one.
The most important part right?! Before I go into the different flavors I picked out, I want to say that when describing them individually it does not sound as ‘great’ as the full combination of them. Coffee, chocolate malt, burnt toast, caramel and oats truly build the base work while the intensity of the flavors do not give any room for additions. Literally – the flavors are a mouth full. So many times with an Oatmeal Ale the flavors are ‘there’ but dull, these are sharp, crisp yet lasting and well rounded.
I think I have found my new go to Oatmeal Ale – or should I say Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown. Even if they were not St. Louis locals/natives I would still have a hard time passing this beer up. With so many different craft beer breweries out there, is it so hard to look at a listing of names and say “Thats one I want” but there is no doubt in my mind that next time you see 4 Hands you will remember the name. If you like the dark beers, Oatmeal stouts or are just looking for something ‘different’ to try – all I can do is recommend the 4 Hands Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown.
Step back, relax, and enjoy.