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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


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2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
coachd (285) - Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2014
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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1181) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (528) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5885) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4360) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (3209) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5601) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (4300) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2015
On draft at ChurchKey. Pours a hazy cola brown with a tan head. Chocolate nose. Flavors of leather and milk chocolate. Bitter roast finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5158) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Very imbalanced compared to their other stouts. Lots of coffee and some cardboard. Some roast. Bitter finish. Thick pour. Tap at Churchkey.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4117) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2015
650 ml. bottled 12-11-2014. Pours jet black with a thin, lasting disc of creamy foam. Nose is baker’s chocolate, caramel, roasted peanut and light espresso. Tastes of the same rich mix. There’s enough espresso to provide an excellent finishing dryness to this big dessert beer. The heavy body is silky smooth with a low-medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbeatty (1195) - New York, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle, 05/28/2015. Pours black, dense tan head with nice retention and lacing clinging around the glass. Aroma is milk powder, nutty chocolate, green pepper, ashy. Taste is milk chocolate, licorice, green coffee and lingering bitter roast, coffee grounds. Body feels a bit thin.


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