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Sidamo Coffee Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Sidamo Coffee StoutSidamo Coffee Stout

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%

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:
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Photo of Pencible


4/5  rDev +3.1%
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
Photo of smakawhat


3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
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
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Photo of rudzud


3.84/5  rDev -1%
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
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -1%
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
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with my wife immediately after nailing my Air Force fitness test. Served in a Game of Thrones snifter.

A: Poured dark, not too thick or oil (which was surprising), and with only a hint of a mocha head that lingered for a while.

S: Moderately potent mocha buttercream flair, without any sort of an intense coffee ground quality. Think Starbucks Chocolate Mocha.

T: Signature Russian Imperial Stout profile: Cocoa-cinnamon mix with lots and lots of molasses. The coffee really hits on the finish.

M: Nice bitter slap on the end, not too sweet, and with a slight bit of lacing left on the glass.

O: My first Hardywood beer. It didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 23:00:19 | More by Chaney
Photo of upton7418


2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 00:49:54 | More by upton7418
Photo of MDDMD


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, earthy, hint of dark fruit

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, molasses, earthy notes, mild bitter roasty finish

F-medium body with light to medium carbonation smooth, ABV not very noticeable

O-a solid coffee stout,flavors are not in your face, but reasonably well-balanced and smooth drinking

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 03:28:31 | More by MDDMD
Photo of SierraDeuce


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased in Sep 2013. Served in Hardywood GBS stem glass.
A - very dark brown with tan head, diminishes after a few minutes.
S - berries and stone fruit (cherries) faint but unmistakable. a little surprised I picked this up, then read the label about the Ethiopian sidamo coffee bean and what it brings to aroma and flavor. Masterful!
T - fruit notes and sweetness up front, then coffee bitterness, but rounded out with caramel and mild booziness. A distinctive, delicious Russian imperial stout.
M - balanced- definitely not thin, but not overly thick or chewy. Perfect consistency for a stout, but definitely a sipping beer.
O - this one surprised me. I was expecting a typical coffee stout and the berry notes threw me a pleasant curve. I'm looking to buy more of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 20:08:14 | More by SierraDeuce
Photo of nataku00


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, opaque, with three fingers of creamy light brown head. Head leaves some sticky lacing as it dissipated to half a finger that stuck around for a bit.

Nose is medium roasted drip coffee, fruity cherry and plum with some astringent dark roasted malt.

Coffee forward on the taste, fruity medium roast, semi sweet chocolate. Not as much astringency in the taste as on the nose from darkly roasted malt. Medium finish with a touch of lingering coffee flavors.

Medium body, mild carbonation. More smooth in taste as the beer warmed up, allowing it to be more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 04:10:32 | More by nataku00
Photo of portia99


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 00:16:26 | More by portia99
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and subdued earthy coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the coffee seems to be fairly subdued in both the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 20:35:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.29/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:56:48 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black pour with a bubbly tan head that leaves a thin layer of bubbles after it settles.

S- Roasty, bready malts, faint aroma of bitter coffee, slight boozy aroma.

T- Starts out as a smooth and roasty RIS, but a huge blast of bold roasted coffee shows up towards the end and stays through the finish. The bottle mentions blueberry notes in the coffee and there definitely is a dried fruit note towards the end, almost like dried fruit in a tea. The coffee used in this beer is really unique. It is subtle, but has bold flavors that come through. I know that is sort of an oxymoron, but it is hard to describe.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, a big bold sipper.

O- A big coffee stout. As I mentioned, the style of coffee makes this one unique, which is a nice change of pace from the many coffee imperial stouts out there. A solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:32:26 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of jaasen64


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into 18oz Funky Buddha snifter. Picked up on my way through Richmond yesterday.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque dark black in the glass. A thin creamy mocha head forms that quickly recedes to a flat top leaving some spotty layered lacing. Modest carbonation with decent consistency.

S- Coffee, lightly roasted espresso beans, light blueberries, licorice, fairly average aroma strength, doesn't quite have that rich fresh coffee aroma that I like in a lot of Coffee stouts.

T- Lightly creamy chocolate, some nicely balanced coffee, finishes with a hint of blueberry. Not as robust as I would like, but not bad.

M- A little bit on the light side for an imperial stout, easy drinking, lightly creamy.

O- Not bad but not quite as good as I was hoping it would be. It had a nicely balanced coffee taste with some light dark chocolate and a hint of blueberry which made it a bit unique. Doesn't have that fresh robust coffee taste that my favorite coffee stouts have. I'm glad I stopped off the highway to pick up a couple bottles of this, but it's probably not something that I'd drink all the time.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 23:01:29 | More by jaasen64
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:16:03 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Knapp85


3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured by DaveHack, this poured as a nice rich black color with a nice tan head on top. The retention is pretty good with a light lacing on the glass. The smell is lightly roasted not much coffee though. The taste of the beer has a decent coffee flavor with a balanced roasted malt flavor. Subtle bitter finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth. It's very drinkable. Overall it's a good brew, seems more like a milk stout than an RIS though. Could use a bit more coffee too. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 23:02:22 | More by Knapp85
Photo of alpinebryant


3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours quite light for a RIS - black, but I can see some amber and brown hues around the edges. A finger of off white head forms and very slowly recedes to a thin film.

S: Not what I was expecting. I get some smooth coffee, but I get a caramel and nuttiness that I typically get from English Imperial Stouts. I get some roast behind that, but it certainly doesn't take center stage. A bit of cocoa in the background.

T: Coffee becomes a bit more pronounced in the flavor, but it mixes very well with the stout. This is not an in your face coffee and chocolate bomb like I am used to and love (think FBS and WnB), this is a stout that almost mimics the coffee that is in it. I again get a very nice nutty flavor, quite strong in fact. It actually reminds me of peanut brittle with a nice toffee sweetness to accompany it, though the nuttiness reminds me more of almonds. I get a lightly bitter coffee roast behind that with a nice cocoa to add to the complexity.

M: Definitely on the thin side with slightly higher than average carbonation, but it fits with the beer.

O: Not at all what I expected when I traded for this beer. This is like no other coffee stout I've ever had. It doesn't win you over with its intensity, it wins you over with a well integrated subtle complexity. This brewer really thought this beer out and knew he was doing something unique.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 04:11:15 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of ALBuff


4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with a foamy mocha head, this coffee stout was as visually appealing as it was delicious. A real pleasant surprise. The nose was fairly subtle, with teasing hints of coffee brittle. The taste was the real winner here with a complex variety of coffee, cacao, anise, toffee, nut, and huge mouthfuls of rich molasses. Not as thick, viscous, and mealy as expected. This one could easily sneak up on you...it goes down VERY easy for a beer with 9.3 ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 15:34:24 | More by ALBuff
Photo of CDGoin


5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful thick almost Guinness like head, nice deep caramel colored with tight carbonation.

Nice deep rich coffee flavors with a perfect touch of sweetness.

The roasted coffee smells are really well balanced with the flavor..

Also with a 9.3% ABV it's not dry at all.. very smooth.. a Beer you can drink too fast and hate yourself the next morning.

With that said, I going to buy another 2 bottles tonight..


I have since then gone to Hardywood (They are near my office) and bought it multiple times and am currently hitting one of the growlers.

Since its a limited run and only limited (VERY) are left.. I feel bad for anyone that never had this.. It has to be the best beer I have EVER had.. and I have had a lot (mind you I like my beers high in ABV, with a sweet malty flavor.. Coffee and Chocolate and Vanilla are my favorite flavors and this Beer is loaded with them.

That said.. Saturday they release a new Beer, Chocolate Heat.. also a Russian Imperial Stout.. If you are in their distribution area get it !

Come to the Dark side - We have Stouts and Porters :)

Serving type: growler

02-08-2013 00:55:18 | More by CDGoin
Photo of YumYumGumGum


4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: black with caramel hue, and not think enough to achieve jet black. Very very thin tan head which disappears quickly with minimal lacing.

S: sweet subtle coffee, small booze

T: the base stout is an excellent IRS and the coffe flavor is excellent and introduces all of the sweetness in front of a dry, malty, roasted slight chocolate flavor.

M: i rarely give a perfect score for mouth feel but this is the quintessential IRS feel with a low but excellent carbonation. Not think but introduces a complex and original chocolate and roasted coffee profile.

O: i may be partial, as I am a local but I've had issues with some of their products in the past and this is a far better beer than the infamous bbgbs. This is a different style but a very drinkable iRS profile. Really enjoyed it on draft at the brewery. Can't wait for an excuse to pop a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 22:10:05 | More by YumYumGumGum
Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.