Bona Fide Imperial Stout | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Bona Fide Imperial StoutBona Fide Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
88.8%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 356 ratings
Bona Fide Imperial StoutBona Fide Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
4handsbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,665
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
356
Liked:
316
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
9.45%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
80
Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 356 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Fatty_Mccracken
1.77/5  rDev -56%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Was not good. Tasted like a turd.

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Photo of maximum12
1.9/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Picked up during my globe-trotting & jammed into a tiny carry-on that wasn’t meant to be jammed or checked. This, & the others, survived. 22 oz. bottle dated 1/7/16 split with my wife.

Pours “black as night” to quote the bottle, though if there were a full moon & you were lounging out on the prairie with this, it might not be accurate. Smells like rich milk chocolate with lactose layered on top. Roast is light.

Bona Fide isn’t quite right with me. The coffee waxes with an almost meatiness that harks to a Baltic Porter, or a 29 cent hot dog. The coffee itself is like it’s been scraped off the bottom of the break room pot on Monday morning; the vanilla retreats into a chemical haze. The malts are OK, I suppose. Tolerable right out of the fridge, the beer warps into undrinkable within about fifteen minutes.

Not good at all. Not sure if it’s in a weird spot or it’s not my speed, but about 17 ounces of this will end up in the sink.

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Photo of Dactrius
2.25/5  rDev -44%

Photo of PhillyJ
2.64/5  rDev -34.3%
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 evilcatfish
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of theruckus33
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of MunsonRoyE
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one had an off flavor. Might've been a bad bottle. Drain pour.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into tulip.

A - Pours black, mocha head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Super-hoppy, light coffee, light dark chocolate. Lots of pine/grassy hops, very astringent and harsh.

T - Similar to the nose, overly hopped, and light RIS notes of chocolate, oak, and toffee. Just too much hops for me to really enjoy much else. Finish is bitter hoppy pine...harsh bite.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - This thing is hopped to the moon and back. Way too much pine and bitterness to really appreciate this RIS. Perhaps some age will tone this down, but for now, I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of Evan
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like a homebrew I might dump.

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Photo of PReust
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
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 Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
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 Boston_Steve
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mm9899
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
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 chanokokoro
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a unbranded nonic half pint glass

Pours very dark brown to black capped by a one and half finger dark tan head. Above average retention and splotchy lacing. Bakers chocolate, espresso notes, and hints of vanilla on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate transitioning to pleasant vanilla. A note of dark fruit pokes through slightly and is quickly covered up with acidic coffee. Finishes with bitter roasted coffee notes and further slight accents of vanilla. Heavier side of medium bodied, light for an imperial stout, slick with a fleeting hint of silkiness. Moderate carbonation. Solid, but unspectacular. The coffee in this brew does little to add to it, and in fact, seems to detract from the complexity.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NateMac13
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craftbeerasian
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Bona Fide Imperial Stout from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88.8% out of 100 with 356 ratings
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