Sidamo Coffee Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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2.29/5 rDev -40.5%
750 mL bottle poured into a mini pint glass.
Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. Nice lacing. Thick collar and some wisps.
Smell - Ouch. Grassy raw coffee. Sweet malts. Harsh coffee.
Taste - Worse. Like watered down coffee. Very raw and green coffee flavor with a characteristic acidity. Just a bit of chocolate malt to back it up.
Mouthfeel - A little acidic. Even some booze. Bitterness.
Overall - Had this twice and neither time has it been good. Just a crappy coffee flavor.
05-01-2013 01:56:48 | More by Alieniloquium
2.75/5 rDev -28.6%
bottle into snifter
A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and minimal lacing
S-roasted malt with a very very light coffee smell
T-dark roasted malt, and light coffee taste with a tinge of alcohol on the end. coffee in the aftertaste but overall i got very little from this beer. disappointing
F-medium body with light to medium carbonation smooth very creamy
O- an ok stout but not at all impressive very disappointed in this beer as there are much better examples of this style on the market.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2014 00:49:54 | More by upton7418
2.98/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
05-29-2014 23:12:09 | More by ThickNStout
District of Columbia
3.18/5 rDev -17.4%
Another gracious gift from Brad.
The beer is dark black with a lasting, oily, beige head. The aroma brings coffee, butter cookies, chocolate, charred roast. The flavor is ok. Probably not fair having just tried a couple of Kopi Luwak Speedway Stouts. A bit chalky. Prominent coffee throughout, but the blend / balance seems a bit askew. Fun to try once, but not one I shall revisit.
04-06-2013 20:16:03 | More by Huhzubendah
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
750ml corked and caged bottle (2013 release) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.
A - Pours a near black in the glass with a dense, coffee ice cream colored, almost Guinness draught-like head of three fingers that shows excellent staying power. Foamy and thick, the head takes several minutes to fall to the surface and leaves behind foamy webs of lacing that nearly cover the entire surface of the glass.
S - Slightly astringent, noticeable berry-like fruitiness, slightly metallic, lightly alcoholic, roasted malts, a bit earthy, nice coffee bitterness/roastiness. A little bit odd in a way that I can't quite identify - I think the metallic notes and prominent berry aromas are the cause however.
T - Similar to the aroma...noticeable astringency that seems a bit off - maybe early sign of infection, but not sure. Metallic, berry flavors, burnt/acidic/astringent malts, black coffee. A bit smoky and leathery.
M - Medium body with a finely bubbled medium carbonation. Strong berry flavors and acidic/astringent notes are a bit overpowering and block out some of the roasty nuance.
O - This one isn't really working for me that well. I had high hopes and expectations for this one and really wanted to like this more. Coffee is muddled behind some burnt malt notes and a huge berry character. Acidity and a metallic quality also don't do this any favors. All of these things are fighting against each other and don't allow anything to shine thru. A bit of a disappointment.
11-13-2013 00:16:26 | More by portia99
Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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