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4 Hands Bona Fide Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with Goshen Coffee, a local 100% fair trade coffee roaster. This beer is big, bold, and in your face. Bona Fide pours dark as night with a smooth velvety mouthfeel. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, with nuances of vanilla. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2846) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Enjoyed at the brewpub, pours black with a brown head and a decent amount of head and lacing, the aroma has a slight amount of chocolate and roast, the flavor has some coffee at first with a finish of chocolate, abv is well hidden as well, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (1197) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bomber. Poured dark brown (cola like), minimal tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is mostly roasted coffee, with some malty notes and some booze. Slightly sweet, roast, coffee and a bit of vanilla and chocolate. Quite solid and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of coffee, vanilla, roasted malt and some green peppers. The flavor is very nice as well. I get a good dose of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and some bitterness from either the hops or the chocolate. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1800) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Shared a brown bomber bottle at Jed & Jen’s porch party in snifter glasses. This year’s vintage. It poured an opaque dark brown colour with long-lasting mousse-like brown foam and lace. Excellent Imperial Stout traits: grainy, malty, bready, toasty, roasted but not charred. Noticeable coffee traits: black cherry, plum and red grape skins, earthy, slightly floral, bright acidity. Tart but not sour. Medium body, well-rounded mouthfeel, smooth alcoholic warmth, lingering dark ale aftertastes. The base beer isn’t my favourite Imperial Stout (I prefer a bit more chocolate and black malt presence, more English ale yeast complexity) but kudos for using my favourite locally roasted coffee. To me, Bona Fide is second only to Chicago’s Intelligentsia Black Cat which is the blend used in Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Three Floyds Dark Lord, etc. Good stuff, highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1479) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Poured from bomber. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla, raisins , banana bread, and dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee , dark dried fruit , and dark roasted malt. Finish is a dark roasted coffee and roasted malt. Big dark brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (957) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Smell is full of raisins and rum. Dark cocoa flavors are immediate. Rich and thick but still light enough to really enjoy. Palate is great and filling but not velvety. Deep black. Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (7244) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast and dark chocolate. Medium mouth with strong coffee bean, vanilla, roasted malt, light bitter finish, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4491) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Dark black pour with one finger of dark tan head. Nose is very nice, shows vanilla and roast with coffee and dark grain acidity. Burnt and bitter dark grain in the flavor with a sharp acidic character. Medium bitterness and body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (4605) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Rate #3,000! Thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point! 4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Black with tan head. Aromas of coffee, cream, nutty notes. Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roast. Full body with a dry finish. Alcohol is well masked. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6341) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Draft at Churchkey for their SAVOR event. Poured a pitch black color, small tan head. Lot of coffee in this one, very roasted, lots of bitter notes to it. Flavor is similar, lots of bitter coffee grounds. Okay, but not as good as the other two Imp Stouts I had from them that night.

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