RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 (729) - 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 youre looking for a good St. Louis microbrew Imperial Stout that not everyone has tried, go with Cathedral Squares Holy Moly. Its cheaper and way better. Im 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TH28 (425) - - MAR 17, 2017
750ml bottle. 12/18/13 bottle date. Appearance: Jet black and opaque, with a thick khaki head and nice lacing. Aroma: Rich dark chocolate, deep dark fruit of cherry and plum, and a touch of light vanilla. Minimal roast remains after the 3 yrs in bottle. Taste: Really rich, syrupy chocolate and roasty maltiness, strong plum and cherry, and a touch of vanilla. Bitterness is spicy and strong. Slight oxidation appears on the back end. Mouthfeel: Syrupy and creamy medium body, with a light carbonation. Finish: Relatively dry with lingering coffee roast and bitter chocolate. Overall: After 3 yrs in the bottle, this has aged quite nicely. The coffee is very faint and vanilla barely noticeable, but has overall blended well with the rich chocolate maltiness and strong bitterness. The beer has become a bit syrupy, but not cloyingly sweet. Probably lacks the complexity of its fresh version, but still a nice RIS

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2017
On tap @ Uppers and Downers festival - 2016. Pour is black with a very small but dense mocha head. Notes of espresso, dried fruit, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13257) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. The taste matches. Thin-medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2733) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and some molasses on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with coffee and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8817) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2016
Bottle at Mongers. Pours a pitch black color with a medium beige head. A big coffee and cocoa nose. Vanilla, dark fruit, big bitter dark chocolate and dry cocoa. Coffee. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3350) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee bean, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor was slightly sweet with milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee and had a light bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20128) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2016
Keg at the brewery taproom. Pours clear, deep black-brown with a lasting, tan cream head. The nose holds hearty chocolate, vanilla, roast. Medium to heavy sweet flavour with creamy vanilla sauce, caramel, chocolate creme, mousse. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with some sticky toasted sugars, more creamy chocolate, cake, oily vanilla. Really tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3663) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Dark brown body with a thin, beige collar that faces to nil. Aromas of coffee, followed by roast and chocolate. Vanilla character emerges in the flavor profile. Nice coffee character. Good balance. That said, this is a notch or more below the big players of this genre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6850) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2016
22 oz. bottle from a trade with Scott. Pitch black color. Aroma has a nice level of coffee bean, burnt grain and milk chocolate. The flavor is much the same with a nice level of roasted espresso bean, milk chocolate, and caramel. Body leans on the full side with a smooth texture over the palate. ABV is mostly hidden (or maybe 9% doesnt phase me anymore)

The level of coffee is pretty nice and the mouthfeel is great. Well made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (3730) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2016
Bomber. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and raisins - all dark and deep. Dark brown color with translucent edges. Rich chocolatey initial flavor, with mild but definite coffee emerging in mid, some tangy fruitiness, and a moderate bitter finish. Medium-heavy body. Nicely balanced stout, but full in flavors.

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