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

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 whiskey, vanilla, expresso, and dark chocolate take center stage. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years.

Barrel used: Elijah Craig
Date filled: February 13, 2012
Date bottled: October 1, 2012
Bottles produced: 228

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Bourbon and oak dominate along with chocolate coffee and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (3869) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of grains, roasted malts and nice flavors of bourbon. The taste was awesome with dark grains, roasted malts, some chocolate, caramel and more bourbon. Thanks vyvvy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5560) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Sample at SRBG 2014. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and barrel. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle. RBSG St. Louis grand tasting. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of oak, bourbon, whiskey, chocolate brownie and vanilla. Dry finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
650ml bottle thanks Kier. super spicy variant, lots of coffee spice, spruce like woodiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9148) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
22 oz bottle shared by phaleslu. Pours dark cola brown to almost black with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, wood, an unexpected spicy note maybe from the wood. Good earthy bitterness and a touch of black coffee. Solid beer and different enough from the other barrel treatment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Bottled 10/1/12. Dark brown black color. Nice lace. Great woody, lightly spicy aroma. Big body. Smooth, lighter soft carbonation. Nice big chewiness. Big bitter taste, which is awesome, but a bit of a whiskey bite from that barrel. Nice huge bitter dark chocolate, bigger coffee, pleasant wood / spice barrel aromas. Some very light hints of dark fruit... Raisins, dates. Love the texture on this. Great barrel aged imperial stout, but just a bit hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9429) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a deep brown, mostly opaque, with a small but lasting beige head. Big bourbon aroma, with notes of chocolate, coconut, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Some mild roast. The flavor, though, adds an element of earthy bitterness, not unlike what youíd find in a black IPA. Cool twist, and I know itís from the base beer, a hoppy imperial stout. Medium-bodied, smooth, and bitter, with some balancing sweetness and moderate carbonation. This was really nice. Better than the Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey barrel version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
22oz bottle, one of 228. canít quite remember where this came from but thank you! pours a deep, dark brown that sits black in the glass with garnet edges and a thin, whispy beige head. aroma is great with heavy whiskey, rye malt, toasted barrel, vanilla, and cocoa backed by burnt marshmallow, toffee, and cold coffee. flavor is delicious as well, albeit a bit brash, with a blast of fresh bourbon, barrel essence, wet earth, and toffee backed by dark chocolate, spent coffee grains, grape skins, and coconut oil with a touch of smoke on the back end. palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish dominated by bourbon, dark fruits, and cocoa. overall, a damn nice barrel aged imperial stout that iím glad to have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5895) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Pours dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma has lots of vanilla, cream, oak, smooth roast, dark berries and smooth whiskey. Medium / full body with a decent amount of carbonation. The flavor starts out with bitter roast, vanilla, coffee bitterness, whiskey and some spice. The finish is heavy on the vanilla, whiskey and coffee and is quite bitter. While the IBUs are around 65, the hops arenít really that noticeable. Quite nice.

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