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4 Hands Bona Fide Barrel-Aged Stout (Buffalo Trace)

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 4.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Barrel aged Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a special one off beer in collaboration with Paul Hayden at the Wine and Cheese place and Goshen Coffee. Bona Fide is our Russian Imperial Stout brewed with a single origin coffee and vanilla beans. This single project was aged in a Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel for 11 months. Aromas of whiskey, coffee and vanilla dominate.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2699) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at a tasting at Andrews house on August 18. 22 oz bottle. The pour is a medium black with a thin tan head that falls to a ring and then vanishes relatively quickly. The aroma is really good. There is a heavy coffee and vanilla presence with a dark roasted malt and a dark chocolate. The bourbon is also heavy on the aroma. A light charred oak brings up the back in something thats really well balanced. The flavor is much of the same. Big coffee, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and oak flavors control this thing and balance beautifully. The mouth feel is slightly thin with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly big bourbon and coffee aftertaste. Its really well balanced, but just a touch hot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2843) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - APR 26, 2016
On tap at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD, where it was listed simply as "4 Hands Barrel Aged Bona Fide." Opaque, brown-black with a thin tan head and fair lacing. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and cinnamon. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (1518) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2016
650 mL bottle. Black body. Tons of bourbon in the nose. Vanilla. A bit of milk chocolate. Taste also has tons of bourbon. Oak. More bourbon. Covers up everything in this beer. A bit of coffee. Lots of oak and bourbon. Doesnt taste as light as the regular, just because of the quantity of bourbon. Extremely boozy. Covers up the rough attributes of the base beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (9444) - Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2014
22 oz bottle shared by phaleslu at Natifest (from notes). Pours dark cola brown to almost black with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark chocolate (more chocolate than the other versions), bourbon, vanilla, coconut, wood, an unexpected spicy note maybe from the wood. Good earthy bitterness and a more coffee than I remember too. Solid beer (I really like what these guys are doing with barrel aging) and different enough from the other barrel treatment.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13769) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle shared at Natifest 14. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate, fruit and wood aroma. Heavy toasted chocolate malt and complex alcohol flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is standout beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnokk (485) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4 Hands Bona Fide Barrel Aged Stout. Bomber. Natifest 14 Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Appearance Very Dark of course. No head to speak of. Nose Very deep stout smell. Quite amazing. Flavor Thoroughly delicious. Super deep roasty flavors. Complex & mellows throughout the tasting. Notes Excellent aged beer. Much better than typical barrel aged beers. Likely due to the solid underlying stout and expert craftsmanship of barrel aging.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (5634) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle shared at Natifest by phaleslu. Pours a near black with no head. The aroma is decadent chocolate cake. Some cinnamon and vanilla beans. The taste is sweet and a little boozy. Big body. Low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu (9580) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
22 oz. bottle via local STL in-person trade. 168 bottles, May 2014 release. Pours a deep, kind of inky opaque brown with a tiny ring for a head. Gigantic chocolate aroma, with vanilla, oak, brown sugar, fudge, dates, cake, and faint spice. Flavor of vanilla, fudge, brownie, pralines, oak, and toasted and roasted malts. Medium-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a rich, sweet mouthfeel that finishes dry. Along with Madagascar and the other versions of this, these guys are really proving to be world class with their barrel aging experiments. Keep them coming.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Natifest 2014. Fucking great....mind blowing insane great! Bigmmartin you should be here now. Craig misses you and so do I. I am a sad panda.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shigadeyo (3637) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2014
8/02/2014: Bona Fide (Buffalo Trace)... Wonderful bourbon vanilla in the aroma. Flavor is so damn good and hard to describe: lots of vanilla, milk chocolate, and malt. This beer is sweet, but not cloying. There is so much flavor and depth without being overly thick and heavy. There is some alcohol coming through, but the the soft vanilla and maltiness sweetness seems to balance it all out.


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