Bona Fide Imperial Stout - 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating to be found on the label or glass. That said, I'm pretty certain this is the 2013 release, which puts it at about 3-4 months old. Poured into a large snifter glass.
Appearance - Pours a rubber tire black body with no light able to penetrate. Most stouts have a brownish twinge to them, but this one has no such component. Atop the pitch-colored body sits a half-finger head the color of toasted marshmallow, mostly fine, smaller bubbles, but with a few larger bubbles from my pour. Retention is slight, quickly fading to a rim of foam around the edge and an uneven filming across the top of the beer. Lacing is nowhere to be found.
Smell - The roasted coffee beans are front and center, dominating much more bashful notes of charred malt and some faint vanilla sweetness. Some fainter hop elements, but more on the earthy side of things, which is good. The malt and coffee are definitely the frontrunners here. Just a tad simplistic, but that can happen with a coffee-infused beer, I've found.
Taste - There is more complexity now than hinted at by the smell. Yes, the roasted coffee bordering on that great espresso pungent bitterness is still present, but now I get more of the sweet profiles as well, with vanilla bean, lactose, sweet roasted malts and even some notes of black strap molasses.
Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel for an RIS, which I occasionally find to be a little overly prickly. Bittersweet finish rounds the experience out.
Overall, a quality beer that has me curious to sample the barrel-aged variants. There are other, similar beers that I'd choose first, but the fact that this one is pretty easy to get is a huge plus in my book. One of 4 Hands better offerings.
04-23-2014 21:59:36 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-02-2014 23:47:48 | More by Vonerichs
4.06/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
07-12-2014 01:10:10 | More by richj1970
Bona Fide Imperial Stout from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.