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Bona Fide Imperial Stout - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

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

(Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 02-15-2012)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

LambicPentameter, Apr 23, 2014
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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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T: Rich roasted malts embedded with strong black coffee. Bitter sweet dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla.

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Bona Fide Imperial Stout from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.