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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
coachd (104) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salmoniform (658) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Opaque hue with creamy brown head. Aroma is roast, vanilla, coffee, sugar, prunes. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking with a thin body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet with a nice astringent following and slight ethanol finish. Overall this beer would be good but it’s a bit watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest on 08/09/2014: Dark brownish-black pour with a medium foamy khaki head that diminishes steadily to a film. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and sweet malt. The finish is roasty with a coffee aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2338) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Black pour ruby hue with a thin tan head and light sticky lacing .... Aroma of bakers cocoa, roasted coffee, some sweet caramel malts and light vanilla .... Taste is of dark bakers chocolate, coffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, some vanilla and almost a lactose sugar ... Has a dry sweet bitter dark chocolate finish that lingers a little. ..... Solid average imperial stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangenblu62 (40) - Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Pours black from a bottle. Tan creamy head. Mild sweet aroma. Coffee taste (not over powering) with a sweet finish. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2712) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Black pour from draft at green lady. Tan head. Black licorice and smokey taste. Hoppy for stout. Pretty good. Big beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8445) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle shared by Victor at Monday Night Tasting. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of molasses, roast chocolate, coffee and toasted bread. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3443) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Black malt, chocolate and sweet aromas. Sweet malts, light chocolate and roasted flavor tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3169) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to beernbourbon. Pours opaque black with a medium dark brown creamy head that dissipates fairly slowly and laces well. Flavor is a ton of dark roasted malts, chocolate, anise, coffee. Flavor follows, light sweet and medium bitter, rich dark roasted malts, coffee, cocoa with just a bit of ash. Fullish body, creamy mouth feel. This, to me, is a pretty good stout. Not sure what is going on with the hating for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1092) - Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Dark black. Thick tan lacing. Nice. I’m digging this. Lots of chocolate. Some coffee aftertaste. Roasted.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcnielsen (2108) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Roasty, coffee, stale vanilla aromas. Chocolate brownie, coffee, vanilla flavors. Not bad, but not a particularly good imperial stout.

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