Bona Fide Imperial Stout | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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355 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
355
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
79
For Trade:
13
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives pitch black, capped by an inch or two of mocha foam; streaky lacing drizzles

Smell: Roast, chocolate and coffee tones

Taste: Roast and chocolate forward, with the coffee flavor developing; a touch of dried dark fruit, after the swallow, followed by a very dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Freshly brewed and very enjoyable; really like the dry finish

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a jet black color with a foamy, creamy-smooth, caramel-colored head. It smelled of coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Great blend of coffee, vanilla and chocolate. As it warms the chocolate becomes a little too sweet. It was very smooth with a warm alcohol presence.

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

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick black pour, minimal head. Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Surprisingly still a vanilla bomb even with a year on the bottle, but much of the coffee had faded. Nice smooth body, and easily drinkable. I enjoyed it a lot.

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

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Bona Fide Imperial Stout from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 355 ratings.
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