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4 Hands Bona Fide Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Bomber bottle : Pours a very deep brown, near opaque with a fading fizzy head and not much lace. The aroma has heavy espresso like vapours with equally heavy charred malt, hint of green pepper and mint, faint vanilla and some strange tea baggy and soy sauce esters as well. The taste is equally perplexing, sure there is roast and plenty of it but it does not have any depth of malt profile and again a strange black tea like astringency along with a rancid oil yuckyness. The mouth feel is also a major letdown, thin bodied and slightly ashy, no richness or oily notes found within the genre. Wow, methinks sometime went wrong here and the beer is not what was intended. I wonder of the coffee oils somehow went bad? Now I am not a biggest fan of vanilla (more a chocolate kinda guy) but really was expecting more vanilla tones considering the label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
on tap at Stoutfest ’14. pours black with tan head. big ashy and roasty coffee aroma with green pepper notes. flavors continue, bit ashy and roasty, medium body. not really memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Stoutfest 2014. Black with tan head. Bitter coffee aroma and taste. Light carb, med bod. Very coffee forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
artmcd8 (1300) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2014
GI Stout Fest. Pours a dark brown with a medium brown head. Big roasted coffee/espresso aroma. Taste follows the aroma, bitter black coffee but with a slight vanilla sweetness to it. Medium thick body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2038) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2014
From a bottle at the EBF Saturday Nice rich coffee and chocolate but feels like it needs more sweetness to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6351) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Draft. Definitely a 1-dimensional beer though I like it. High coffee astringency, higher carbonation, not much else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheArgoPirate (64) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Pours dark brown with a fine khaki head. Somewhat muted aroma for a RIS, notes of caramel, toffee, coffee. Flavor is roasty, burnt coffee, dark chocolate. Fairly thin for an imperial stout. Decent but not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottled . Pours dark with a small ring for a head. Aroma of star anise, burnt coffee, and booze. Flavor is hot, pleasant malt character, some soy sauce, and burnt coffee beans. Astringent and bitter like old stale coffee takes the shine off of a beer that started with promise

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quetzolcotl (19) - - FEB 14, 2014
This Imperial Stout is a C student. I only get coffee in the aroma and have to hunt for vanilla or any malt flavors. The malty richness of a Russian Imperial stout is not there - there are no complex flavors, no chocolate, no roastyness or any of the other things that make a great RIS. I don’t think that the base beer is that good to begin with, then the coffee is there to hide that fact. Wish I would have checked this site before wasting $12 on a bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (679) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Santa! Pours deep and dark with a small ring of khaki head. Aroma: coffee, vanilla, and steeped grains. Coffee comes through the most in this. Taste: moderately sweet, medium bitterness, somewhat astringent. Full body, average carbonation.

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