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Sidamo Coffee Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Sidamo Coffee StoutSidamo Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 27
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: YumYumGumGum on 01-05-2013)
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Reviews by alpinebryant:
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light black if you will with frothy edges after a minute and very sticky lacing and spiderwebs around the edges. Slightly light looking at the edges.

S: Aroma of light roasted coffee, dark roast barley and toasted oats. slight vegetal bitter scent.

T: Very bitter and slightly vegetal tasting. Coffee is there, but nearly that of a light aromatic coffee completely different from say an espresso roast. I had tasted blueberry flavors as well, and after reading the label it confirmed what I had already tasted... blueberry hints from the coffee apparently. Weird. The stout flavors I feel are more similar to an imperial porter than a stout and while the line is blurry, I think this is also a little light on body.

M: Slightly light on body. It is more drinkable because of this but just a little lighter than what I am used to in a RIS mouthfeel. Carbonation levels are good.

O: Overall, its an interesting beer. I would drink it again, and the blueberry flavors are intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 17:25:13 | More by alpinebryant
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1BeerToRuleThemAll

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-12-2014 05:55:01 | More by 1BeerToRuleThemAll
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-08-2014 12:35:16 | More by Dicers
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joegard

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-04-2014 01:03:08 | More by joegard
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CRV334

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-15-2014 20:40:26 | More by CRV334
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DThome


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-13-2014 01:57:46 | More by DThome
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from ThatCracker (thanks man!). 2014 release. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, near-black brown with three fingers of fluffy tan froth. The head recedes slowly to a thin cap and healthy halo that laces nicely.

An almost astringent blueberry aroma leads before opening up to reveal bakers cocoa, faint creamed coffee, a little roasted malt and some cooked sugars.

Hmm. Not quite sure what's going on in the taste. That same strange blueberry note that I detected in the nose is also initially prevalent in the flavor. Ultimately the taste follows the nose to a fault- bittersweet bakers cocoa, thin creamed coffee, roasted dark grains, burnt caramel, dark fruit skins and a little booze. Not outright bad but leaves me craving a coffee stout.

Creamy, medium full body with carbonation that comes accross as a bizarre blend of too sharp on the attack yet too dull as it settles on the tongue. Finshes bitter with burnt coffee and dark chocolate.

I'm guessing that Sidamo coffee just isn't my thing. I know that Hardywood Park can make a killer stout but the aroma and flavors here didn't line up with my preferences. Further inspection of the bottle reveals that Ethiopian Sidamo coffee does have "distinctive blueberry undertones" if they are to be believed so I guess I wasn't crazy to detect it. Interesting but ultimately well under standards for both the brewery and the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 23:12:09 | More by ThickNStout
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-23-2014 12:26:03 | More by atrocity
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jayluf

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-16-2014 23:15:37 | More by jayluf
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-14-2014 01:57:03 | More by CRJMellor
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LoveStout

New York

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-04-2014 23:11:02 | More by LoveStout
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-04-2014 23:08:17 | More by acurtis
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-20-2014 14:36:15 | More by markgugs
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JCam9981

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-19-2014 00:42:22 | More by JCam9981
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tclipse

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-17-2014 15:24:45 | More by tclipse
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and rich milk chocolate, with a little citrus.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee with some citrus zest, and a little dark chocolate. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a decent stout with good coffee character, but not a lot of depth or complexity. The body was decent and the finish was smooth, with well hidden alcohol. So it was fairly easy to drink. Nice to try, but nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 22:46:23 | More by Pencible
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass from vintage 2014 release.

Out of the bottle pours a real smooth chestnut brown, hitting the glass and filling a deep dark mahogany brown. Very thin creamy light cocoa brown head is formed, which falls to an even thin puck, and matching soft collar of thin bubbles. Pretty nice looking stout.

Bouquet is kind of ordinary. Some soft roasted grains, a faint hint of acid and sourness. Not really getting any coffee or ripping bean action on this at all. Faint hint of fruit going on which might make sense with the Ethiopian angle.

Palate comes with a light fruit quality. Bit of a wet and tonic water carbonated palate a bit, with not much coating. Roasted quality is taken backseat by a soft acidic fruit character and matching sourness detected on the nose in the finish. A bit wet. Some piping warmth heat from the alcohol which works with the coffee nicely, but not too boozy.

Overall not too bad, I often do like the fruity character of some Ethiopian coffees, but I think in this style it comes off hinting at a bit acrid grain sensing, taking my enjoyment out of it just a little bit. Otherwise it's nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 18:11:07 | More by smakawhat
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creepinjeeper

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-06-2014 03:03:18 | More by creepinjeeper
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-01-2014 12:56:20 | More by garuda
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a DFH snifter. No date but 2014 release. Started about 60F. Thanks surge1311!

A - Black with no light and a big tan head.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee and brown sugar with hints of vanilla. The coffee was milder than I expected.

T - Cocoa, coffee and brown sugar. Slightly sweet with a somewhat dessert feel to it. the coffee again was more subdued than I expected. Very faint and almost absent roasted notes. Good harmony among the flavors. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Creamy with a low carbonation.

O - An interesting beer and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 13:28:33 | More by GJ40
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-15-2014 03:10:16 | More by jsnoek
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-14-2014 02:12:55 | More by RichardMNixon
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade, poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a nice almost black hue with a two finger mocha head that fades to leave light side lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of light dark fruits, sweeter malts, nice coffee beans.

T - Taste is on the sweeter side, sweeter dark fruits, very light on the roast, faint chocolate, nice coffee beans. Really wishing there was more roast here.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, smooth though crispy carbonated. Very easy drinking.

O - Overall this beer was interesting. Loads of sweeter dark fruits. Coffee was nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 23:27:40 | More by rudzud
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 release

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a frothy tan cap that does an adequate job in the lacing department

Smell: Blueberry, with a strong coffee undertone or maybe coffee, with a strong blueberry undertone - take your pick

Taste: Coffee, chocolate and blueberry, all wrapped together, with roasty elements building in the middle; after the swallow, some cinnamon emerges, bringing just a touch of heat; chocolate and blueberry linger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting beer, but I think the blueberry elements of Ethiopian coffee beans are a distraction and, in the end, I wish that aspect of the beer was dialed back (or a different coffee bean without a blueberry character was used); I appreciate the effort but as a coffee stout I prefer others

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:07:27 | More by brentk56
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Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.