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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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 (269) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5004) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4070) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbeatty (1183) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
miyauchi38 (670) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2015
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
edgallow (2633) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 21, 2015
Draft sampler pours black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (2523) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Had on tap at their place. Pours very dark brown with a thin creamy mocha head. Aroma is coffee. Flavor follows. Pretty sweet. Lots of coffee and milk chocolate. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wchesser (1397) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Dark black, pretty viscous. Nose of burnt coffee, some dark chocolate. Bitter burnt coffee, ash, lots of green vegetal flavor. Misses the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6674) - Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2015
1/25/15. On tap at the brewpub. I was disappointed in this one, but still a good visit to this brewery with some damn tasty brews. Black pour under a nice tan head, great lacing. Loads of coffee on the aroma, too much, butterscotch, a hint at vanilla. Too much coffee in the flavor, comes across very burnt and too bitter, more butterscotch. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2162) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
Nice coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Flavors are very rich. Coffee, bitter chocolate. A bit of vanilla and milk chocolate as well. A well made stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1274) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle shared by Nick at the Pig. Small snifter. The pour is black and thick with a very small mocha head. Aroma is coffee, fig, vanilla, dark chocolate, and anise. Thick mouth, full body. Smooth finish. Overall pleasant.

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