Bona Fide Imperial Stout - 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kemoarps:
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
Bona Fide pours out thick and sticky and I can already tell I'm probably going to like it. Obsidian black with just a patchy brown ring to assure me that yes there is some carbonation here... This is what I want to see when I look at my glass.
The nose is rich and dark. I get a decent amount of molasses and coffee grounds, maybe a hint of a rich round sweetness (ostensibly the vanilla bean, though less pronouncedly vanilla-ized than I expected). There's something there that I can't quite put my finger on that's a bit unexpected. Definitely roasty.
The flavour shies further away from the vanilla and instead pours its heart into the coffee and bakers chocolate. This is ok by me, as I enjoy vanilla, but love the velvety chocolate and coffee that so many large stouts embody. Roasty chocolate/coffee is balanced in the back end by a bitterness that flits between the coffee/dark chocolate and a definite hop presence that offers a juicy roundness that helps fill out the body.
At the pour I was expecting something thick and syrupy that oozes down the back of the throat. This is not as big bodied as I had anticipated, and is carbonated higher than I prefer. It's not a BAD thing by any means, but I was just expecting (hoping?) for more of that motor oil consistency.
This is a very good beer, from a company that I've decided can be hit or miss for me. I've had better RISs, but I would reach for this one again in a heartbeat. Would love to try one of the BA varieties, but alas, I think they were both one-offs.
Curious about what it would do with time, though the big coffee presence inclines me to shy away from stashing one for a year or two. We'll see...
01-26-2014 22:07:54 | More by kemoarps
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 149 ratings.