Bona Fide
4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #367
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,925
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.36%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
366
From:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  28
Gots
  76
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 366 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania, May 24, 2014
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SebD from Ontario (Canada), Mar 25, 2014
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4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great look, great head, very good taste with a great finish. Very good Imperial Stout with vanilla beans and coffee.

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Alangard from Kansas, Apr 22, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black with reddish tan head. Strong coffee and cocoa aromas. Taste is a fantastic balance of the same with roasted malt, moderate bitters. Moderately sweet and ridiculously smooth.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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bmf5581 from North Carolina, Aug 19, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

SadMachine from New Jersey, Feb 05, 2015
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

tylerbrowe from Maryland, Jul 20, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DaveHack from Pennsylvania, Feb 10, 2015
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
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Zuidman from Illinois, Jun 09, 2015
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3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

NateMac13 from Illinois, May 13, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

paresis from Massachusetts, Jun 29, 2015
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3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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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cvm4 from Mississippi, Dec 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

definitely underrated, the coffee in this beer is great, really brings out some of the cool chocolate and earthy notes in the dark barley malt, and it doesnt seem sweet to me, no caramelized middle, no residual sweetness, no forced vanilla richness, its just about the grain and the coffee together, and while it may seem a little simple overall compared to what is on trend these days, this beer wants for nothing, and really scratches my itch for a great imperial stout without all the crazy adjuncts, just some high quality coffee on perfect pitch with the grain. there is a great dry bitterness to this, and a seeming bit of rye spice or something equally peppy and earthy in the middle where sweetness often ends up. this doesnt need a barrel at all, and i almost prefer it without, but it also seems perfectly suited to a quick whiskey barrel maturation, it could benefit from that i think, without being taken over by it. i have enjoyed other dark beers from these guys, but this one to me seems the best of the lot. fuller bodied and palate coating without being sugary or too heavy, its just smooth and perfect. awesome beer, id love to try some of the barrel aged variants!

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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoying a 22oz "bomber" (12/29/15 NFI) picked-up at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore (50% Off!): lovely black body w/a short-lived tan head; smells a bit like a mocha; chocolate most dominate on the tongue, but as others have mentioned some pepper (maybe just the alcohol?; seems odd at what is NOT a very high ABV) in the middle; a tad more carbonation than I prefer; Nice!

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DanO1066 from Maryland, May 17, 2020
Bona Fide from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 366 ratings