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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5661) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2016
22 oz. bottle from a trade with Scott. Pitch black color. Aroma has a nice level of coffee bean, burnt grain and milk chocolate. The flavor is much the same with a nice level of roasted espresso bean, milk chocolate, and caramel. Body leans on the full side with a smooth texture over the palate. ABV is mostly hidden (or maybe 9% doesn’t phase me anymore)

The level of coffee is pretty nice and the mouthfeel is great. Well made.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (3202) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2016
Bomber. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and raisins - all dark and deep. Dark brown color with translucent edges. Rich chocolatey initial flavor, with mild but definite coffee emerging in mid, some tangy fruitiness, and a moderate bitter finish. Medium-heavy body. Nicely balanced stout, but full in flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (8730) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2016
Bomber. Big and juicy malt nose, vanilla, coffee, chocolate fudge, light berries, a touch of soy sauce. Light body, a bit thin, but great chocolate and vanilla flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ctipping (939) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2016
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (1172) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Pours a jet black with a thin off-white head. Aroma is like a chocolate milkshake, with hints of coffee. Flavor is very sweet, very rich chocolate milkshake. Coffee is less apparent, and any roasty notes are drowned out by the rich dessert-like flavor of the beer. Smells and tastes as if lactose is present. The coffee, apparently, has a large dose of chocolate, which may add too much to the base beer’s malty chocolate rather than balance it with a stronger roast. Has a medium body, thin for an imperial stout. A bit too rich for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2880) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (1225) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6134) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1827) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1544) - 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.


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