Bona Fide Barrel-Aged Stout (Elijah Craig) | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Bona Fide Barrel-Aged Stout (Elijah Craig)Bona Fide Barrel-Aged Stout (Elijah Craig)
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Bona Fide Barrel-Aged Stout (Elijah Craig)Bona Fide Barrel-Aged Stout (Elijah Craig)

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a special one off beer in collaboration with Paul Hayden and The Wine and Cheese Place. We aged our Bona Fide Imperial Stout in this single barrel of Elijah Craig 12 year. A very special project that will likely never repeat. This version of Bona Fide pours midnight black with a smooth velvety mouthfeel. Aromas of whisky, vanilla, espresso, and dark chocolate take center stage. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years.

Added by JoEBoBpr on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by BarrytheBear:
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3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This experience courtesy of Josh and considered while wondering what Marques Colston was thinking and why the Patriots are so annoying.

Black with a nice khaki head that settles to a thick ring along the edges and sits like froth for a good long while.

Nose shows a pronounced whiskey heat with plenty of vanilla and some hints of berries and roast beneath.

Wow is this barrel forward. Aggressive tannins from the barrel and sharp whiskey jump in from the word go. Espresso is acrid and tinny...the vanilla tries to join but remains disjointed and awkwardly stands in the corner and says something odd every once in a while. All the other flavors stare. It's a tad uncomfortable.

Aftertaste is bitter and a bit off-putting....barrel just hangs on the palate.

This is harsh and muddled....a bit of Nelson Muntz, but perhaps not by design. It's a bully of a beer and maybe there's something positive and tender underneath, but it's likely just guts and black stuff.

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

Lucky to get one of the 228 bottles produced by 4Hands and The Wine and Cheese Place's Barrel Program.Thanks,Mark(TWCP-New Ballas).

A-Pours out a malevolent,coal black body that supports 1 quickly dying,medium tawny hued, inch of loose foam.Thin streaky lacing left behind on the glass.

S-The nose opens up with sweet whiskey,toasted coconut,bold espresso,milk chocolate,dark/burnt caramel and an earthy ash-like note to finish.

T-More sweet whiskey,rich milk chocolate,espresso,caramel,toast and creamy vanilla with an even more pronounced vanilla character as it warms.

M-Medium/full bodied stout with a roasted and earthy but silky smooth feel.Possesses moderate bitterness and a deceptively easy finish.

O-Really pleased to have a chance to try this.I commend The Wine And Cheese place for it's Barrel Program and commitment to local(St.Louis area)breweries.

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

On-tap, served in a teku glass

Oily black body with some faint brown bubbles along the edges of the glass and a small patch over the liquid as well. Some random dots of lace here and there.

A swirl reveals a big bourbon nose. Booze is dominant, but as you peel back the layers, it is really broad and complex. Caramel, peat, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, molasses, coconut, and milk chocolate.

Huge, robust BA stout. In your face bourbon. Caramel, smoke/ash, and dark roast hit first with coffee, vanilla, coconut, and peat through the middle. The finish is a melding of all of these complex flavors with dark roast, chocolate, and booze taking the center stage.

Full-bodied. Thick and rich. Oily in spots.

This is a bad ass BA Stout. A little unwieldy in spots, but this delivers a pretty awesome experience. A deep, rich stout with a heavy dose of Elijah Craig. The latter pushing the envelope in every direction.

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Aged in a Elijah Craig Barrel
Date filled: 02-13-2012
Date bottled: 10-01-2012
Bottles produced: 228

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours an oily rich dark dark color with a thin 0.25 inch head that is nice and tan and dense. It recedes pretty quickly down to a thin film. Pitch black with slight garnet edges when held to the light.

Wow. Bourbon bomb! I love bourbon and stouts so I love this aroma. It is very sweet for sure though. Nice rich vanillas pice notes with some good chocolate sweetness and some molasses. Some boozy heat is perceived. As the beer warms the chocolaty sweetness and slight coffee bitterness work together with the Bourbon and vanilla notes quite well.

Beer starts off with some bitter coffee. Then hidden from the back comes a nice punch of caramel, molasses, dates and Bourbon sweetness. Along with some vanilla spice. Surprisingly the coffee is still there and doesn't get overwhelmed by the Bourbon sweetness. Very roast and surprisingly there is still some hop notes in there as well that might need to die down a little bit. Still this beer is quite good and the coffee notes work wonders with the Bourbon. Mouthfeel is oily and rich. Very nice.

Overall. This beer is good. There are some hop notes that detract a bit from the bourbon and the coffee but still the roast is intense and the Bourbon heat and sweetness compliments it well.

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Bona Fide Barrel-Aged Stout (Elijah Craig) from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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