coachd (341) - Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was disappointed in this one. It smells good with aromas of vanilla, coffee, cream and roasted malt. Looks like a standard Imperial Stout, black with a decent tan head. The flavor was off; tasted stale, not very well put together. Imagine coffee that has been left out from the night before. The vanilla that is present in the aroma does not come through in the taste. Very weak and watery palate, overall not worth trying. If you’re looking for a good St. Louis microbrew Imperial Stout that not everyone has tried, go with Cathedral Square’s Holy Moly. It’s cheaper and way better. I’m done with 4 Hands; their only good beer that I have tried is War Hammer. I live in St. Louis and there are just too many other good microbrew options around here to stick with this one.
Mora2000 (6050) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
seymour (1684) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
dlovell2 (1273) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
katrinaez (618) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
djd07 (6254) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
emacgee (4405) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
GenDV138 (3536) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
radagast83 (5813) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Iphonephan (4626) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at ChurchKey. Pours a hazy cola brown with a tan head. Chocolate nose. Flavors of leather and milk chocolate. Bitter roast finish
solidfunk (5472) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very imbalanced compared to their other stouts. Lots of coffee and some cardboard. Some roast. Bitter finish. Thick pour. Tap at Churchkey.