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Bona Fide Imperial Stout | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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3.96
pDev:
27.27%
 
 
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Bona Fide Imperial StoutBona Fide Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with Goshen Coffee, a local fair trade coffee roaster. This beer is big, bold, and in your face. Bona Fide pours black as night with a smooth mouth feel. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, with nuances of vanilla. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years.

65 IBU

Added by JoEBoBpr on 02-15-2012

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 327
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a thin, beige collar that faces to nil. Aromas of coffee, followed by roast and chocolate. Vanilla character emerges in the flavor profile. Nice coffee character. Good balance. That said, this is a notch or more below the big players of this genre.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

**
04/02/16
Bottle to snifter. (aged 27 months)
I95 Draft.
Dark black, big creamy looking tan head.
Vanilla is very present in the nose.
Smooth sipping Stout. Taste has noted of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Lingering bitterness from the age counteracts the sweet vanilla well.
Never had this fresh, but it was very good aged.
**

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of coffee and vanilla. Some milk chocolate. Taste is less balanced. Strong coffee. Vanilla. Bitter coffee and milk chocolate. Some sort of light sweetness. Lactose? Thin body for what it is. Kinda meh.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Minimally impressive imperial stout
A - nice dark brown/black beer with no head "dough" (as the retards say now)
S - milk chocolate, coffee, bready malts, vanilla, cream
T- roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bready malts, vanilla, cream
M- medium to heavy, alcohol covered, aftertaste is cloying bready sweetness/chocolate
O - No. I would not buy again. Is it a horrible impy stout? No, but
Keep in mind the standard here. This is far below the par for the course. The barrel aged version that I've had on her other hand is a different story.

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Photo of sphmiel
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very black, quickly fading pale head. Roasty, toasty aromas, initial tastes of bittersweet chocolate followed by lingering espresso. Not quite an imperial, but beyond the typical coffee stout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives pitch black, capped by an inch or two of mocha foam; streaky lacing drizzles

Smell: Roast, chocolate and coffee tones

Taste: Roast and chocolate forward, with the coffee flavor developing; a touch of dried dark fruit, after the swallow, followed by a very dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Freshly brewed and very enjoyable; really like the dry finish

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOTTLED 1.16.15
A year in the cellar

S: sweetness, some chocolate.
T: sweetness, but muted flavors. It like the milliseconds before a great beer saturates your tastes buds. The flavors on this one don't develope.
F: medium thickness, coats well and it's smooth
O: good, but lacks explosive flavors

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Photo of Jonny41
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured deep black with thin tan quickly disapating head,
smell went from slight coffee notes to deeper rich aroma as it warmed
taste smooth slightly bitter flavor, definatly coffee forward beer, as a blackk coffee drinker it was much appreciated.
The dark chocolate was faint but notable and blended nicely.
overall a solid coffee stout much enjoyed.

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Photo of Big_V
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very well balanced stout but what could've made this beer much better to me was the mouthful for one could have been just a little fuller and two the coffee and vanilla never really stood out and were not dominate, it was just 'meh.

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Photo of Ego
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

literally stuck indoors for 4 days now while 20+ mph wind and rain roar outside on the Chesapeake bay here in Scientist Cliffs MD, what a vacation...
So I picked up what looked to be most interesting from Nick's of Calvert (great selection for out of towners)

eyes...
pretty dark, some ruby hue when looking through the pour, chocolate ring of foam circles the glass and sticks around for the long haul, decent amount of carbonation gurgling up from the bottom, looks impy like an impy should

nose...
light roasted coffee with cream and then a slap of vanilla on top, some chocolate notes with traces of bitterness, a little too much sweetness takes away from the coffee factor imo. not bad through, more like pretty good

taste etc...
coffee flavor is somehow... almost chemical at first, takes some getting used to, once you are in you get really super strong coffee notes, almost bottom of the grind bag flavor (it is really strong), this is almost an unabridged love affair with coffee BUT (you knew there had to be a but in there)... I think the vanilla ruins it, that is the chemical-ish flavor I was sensing earlier, as soon as I am in my coffee nirvana this other flavor bumps me out of my bliss, this has decent weight in terms of mouth feel... and has the right carbonation (almost feels more like a baltic stout), all around this is a good beer if not just a touch off

verdict?
drop the vanilla. is that racist ? I don't know anymore... but seriously stick to the coffee, those notes were the highlight here

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brief write-up. The nose is light on coffee and vanilla (though both are still there), instead focusing on general roasted and caramel notes. I even get a touch of umami. Flavor-wise, it seems to come together more cohesively. A gentle coffee-like roast opens it up, and is tempered by soft vanilla flavors. The finish is loaded with roasted malt and almost burnished caramel. It's a touch light feeling, though appropriate for 9%. I do like how clean and dry it is on the palate. It's a tasty imperial stout that's only lacking in complexity....and maybe in more intense coffee/vanilla notes.

3.54/5: I like it...too bad I'm sampling it shortly after a bona fide stunner named 4Beans

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A good looking creamy slightly taller than one finger tan like head. Espresso brown in its make up, and some good staying power as it slowly seeps down. Classic dark walnut brown, even a little bit blood red to it as well. Good looking brew.

Good solid aroma. Hints of dark chocolate, with a milky tone but with a bitterness behind it. An interesting light and almost milky char angle too which is real interesting and different, getting towards tobacco slightly also. Waffery dark biscuit like grain in a sense which is a real unique sensation.

Palate becomes much more obvious on the coffee angle. Light bodied roast with a hint of thick milk flavors in the mid palate. Roasted bean and hinted latte like milk qualities, with a bit more charing thickness to match. Interesting light bodied profile for easy drinking coming with a good mix of chocolate and coffee.

Overall a solid fun imperial flavored stout.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night with no penetration to light. A fingernail of beige is around the rim but is otherwise absent. I smell coffee, vanilla, and loads of roasted barley. The aroma is still on the sweeter side. I taste vanilla, coffee, and roasted barley. Like the aroma, the taste is more sweet than bitter. The mouth is exceptionally silky smooth.

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Photo of PReust
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aye, not a strong spirit taste, heavy on the coffee, It wasn't bad. It was, on the other hand, expensive....extremely so, in fact, for a bottle of beer. It just wasn't worth it.

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Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby edges. Nice roast on the nose. Chocolate is the most dominant flavor as the roasted malt profile takes a backseat. Smooth and creamy.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12-02-14

Pours ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa & dark fruit, some figs & cherry

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well, roastyness as well up front. Chocolate & some caramel, plus more dryness as this warms, faint coffee notes lingering on the edges, plus just a bit of charred grain, slight lactic sourness as well. Finishes dry, slightly roasty, with cocoa

MF: Lively carbonation, medium bodied, carbonation pushes the flavor profile up

Drinks too easy, well put together & very approachable, maybe a little too sweet for the style

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Near black. Aroma is fairly subdued with some roasted malt and Touch of coffee. Flavor is more coffee forward. Heavy malt and dark chocolate. Body is nice and creamy. Not overly complex, but solid

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Photo of gibgink
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially, I was able to pick out the vanilla notes amongst the coffee in the smell and the taste. Over time however, the vanilla faded or was overpowered by the coffee flavor. Pleasant beer, and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of cvm4
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Dec. 2, 2014

L - Pours a black body, doesn't seem super thick or very thin, and a dark khaki one finger head. Not much retention or lacing.

S - Nice vanilla notes on the nose as well as semi-sweet chocolate and light roasted malts. I'm not picking up much in the way of coffee.

T - Now I get the coffee! Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and vanilla all intertwined together with the roast malt base.

F - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and velvety body.

O - Not a bad offering here. As an American or double stout, this would be on the money. But, it's great and easy to drink, just not on the RIS level, IMHO.

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Photo of PhillyJ
2.64/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was expecting so much more.. the smell was almost of sour coffee the taste wasn't to far from the smell but was more like burnt coffee tried hard to find the vanilla but couldn't... it was way better slightly chilled it came to life as it warmed in my hand.. I will try it again and edit where necessary... 4 hands has some great brews but this one left me thirsty...

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Photo of richj1970
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with one finger mocha colored head that settled fairly quickly to a thin ring around the edge.

S: Espresso and roasted malts with subtle chocolate and vanilla notes.

T: Rich roasted malts embedded with strong black coffee. Bitter sweet dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla.

M: Full bodied with a creamy texture but a slightly dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable coffee stout. I would love to get ahold of a barrel aged version of this one. I think a bourbon influence would fit in nicely.

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Photo of larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thannks bstyle for this!
22 oz bottle, dated 3/18/14, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Rich dark chocolate, coffee, some milk chocolate, some vanilla.

T- Roasted coffee, some chocolate, vanilla, hints of dark friuts

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A really nice coffee stout, nose made me think this would be bigger. Very happy I got to try this.

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Photo of bryanbullock
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best Midwest beer I have had since I got to KC a month ago

A dark hue but clearly lower viscosity caramel lacing

S my biggest critique is the smell is lacking only detect hints of chocolate and malt

T super complex taste getting liquor ice caramel light chocolate and small undertones of bitter roast.

M smooth and lower viscosity, slightly bitter on finish

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, far from the "black as night sky" claim. Little head and looks viscous.

Tons of vanilla in the front of the nose, also a hefty dose of coffee. It has a strong aroma, but basically is comprised of those two.

The taste is majority coffee, then that vanilla. Dark roast malt, light Hershey syrup.

Soft but thick body. Smooth. Low carbonation.

It's a two trick pony, but both tricks are done well. It drinks easy for an impy. If coffee's your thing, give it a ride.

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Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark dark brown nearly black hue with a good one finger mocha head that fades down to about a quarter inch and that's it. Light side lacing too.

S - Aromas of dark dark chocolate, coffee/espresso beans, roasted malts, nice vanilla notes as well.

T - Taste is roasted malts, faint caramel, bitter dark chocolate, hard roasted coffee beans, super super faint vanilla. Pretty straightforward. Tasty, but straightforward.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome. Alcohol hidden wonderfully, smooth and creamy. Very nice.

O - Overall this was a tasty RIS. Wish the vanilla came out more in the taste but all around very nice.

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Bona Fide Imperial Stout from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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