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Sidamo Coffee Stout | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 340
Photo of rorykanderson
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lively khaki head that riles up when poured. Black body with mild carbonation. Aroma seems more porter than stout with slight coffee, heavy roasted malt, chocolate and booze. Baker's chocolate, alcohol heat, sweet oats and toasted bread compromise the taste. Mouthfeel starts off really smooth and soft but ends with an abrupt thin and bitter finish. Great tasting stout with tons of coffee grounds that packs a noticeable ABV in a thin body.

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Photo of delta490
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost completely black, with a medium-dark fizzy brown head that burns away quickly. It still leaves small spots of soapy lacing. The aroma has nice subtle coffee, cocoa and roasted malts. The is good but backs off from the aroma. The coffee is almost non-existent and it's strongly roasted malt. It's a bit one note, although it is a good note. The body isn't quick as slick as the style usually is and has a moderate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cousin hook up. Thanks Brandt! Into my tulip out of the bottle.

A – Black as night. Finger of milk chocolate head. Spotty lacing.
S – Coffee and lots of it. Light cream.
T – Huge roasted malts up front and solid coffee punch all around. Cream, vanilla and molasses. Touch of bitterness to finish it off.
M – Tingly on the palate. Medium bodied. Dry.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours jet black with a half-finger of tan head. Smell is roasted malts, dark dried fruits and coffee, with taste following. Feel is on the thicker side of medium, but appropriate to the style. Really good beer, worth trying.

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Photo of bgold86
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter glass, pours a nice dark black with beautiful mocha colored head. That's the best of this beer though. Very light coffee and chocolate on the nose. Taste is even blander, barely any coffee, has an unpleasant metallic taste. Not enjoyable in any way. A real opposite end of the equation in comparison to their other beers. Time to re-think the recipe on this one guys...

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown/blackish color with a thin tan head that doesn't stay very long. Smells of coffee and alcohol. Taste is of a strong coffee and the finish hits you with the alcohol. This was pretty good, was hoping for more though from Hardywood.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good appearance, tan head that doesn't last long, no legs. A good imperial overall; smells of imperial/alcohol, taste of coffee; a very, very, very slight dryness, good roast, mild coffee bitterness. Worth having once or twice.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A deep dark thick rich brown/black where light goes to die. Nose does not give away as much as I would have expected after tasting -- some coffee.Taste is primarily dark roast strong coffee -- bitter and wonderful. The slightest hint of dark cherries at the end. Mouth feel is dense with plenty of lingering bitterness. If you like strong, dark roast coffee (and I do), this stout is for you. Hardywood continues to produce high quality stouts.

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Photo of leantom
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Here goes:

A: Extremely dark body, huge brown head. Doesn't leave much lacing, though.

S: Coffee and lactose sugar. Good but rather simple. Pretty creamy, though, which is how I prefer stouts.

T: Pretty complex. Initial tastes of coffee and lactose sugar succeeded by raisins and plums at the back of the palate. Good.

F: Thick and creamy. Good.

O: A good beer. Would prefer it if it didn't have the dark fruit taste, however.

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Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged 750ml into a tulip. The brew looks black in color with brown arouns the edges and a khaki head.

The smell is roasty with chocolate and slight citrus earthy noted blending back to more coffee appeal.

The taste is fruity raison, alcohol and coffee blending to more roasted earthen aspects blending with a bit of citrus hops to balance.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. A warming brew that is well done. Just enough coffee to be nuanced and doesnt dominate the base.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery:
Have had this before a couple years back, and don't recall being impressed. Tried BBA version recently and enjoyed, so figure a retry of the base was in order.

Pours dark brown on edge of if not over into black. Head is tan and sat nicely stop my pour. Significant head remained a few sips in, some big bubbles amidst a foamy sea. Nose is rich coffee and chocolate, dark roast, semi-sweet chocolate, but combined leaning a bit towards a sweeter scent.

Taste starts more chocolatey, like hot chocolate, even. Or, on a different sip, a bit like a iced mocha coffee. This has the feel and taste of a milk stout, to me, smooth and silky, but just a tad thin. The lingering taste does sit somewhat oily on the palate, with the extends tastes left behind being a bit more coffee in nature.

I'm not sure what I was thinking before, or if Hardywood stepped up its game I this one, or if being "fresh" from the brewery helps, but this is a good beer. It's a little one-dimensional and not as thick as I've felt, if I had to offer criticisms. It is also on the sweeter side of the stout spectrum, so be aware. Glad I reconsidered this beer.

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Photo of Bisco42
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was an exceptionally well balanced RIS. Surprised it doesn't have higher ratings. Nonetheless, it has everything I look for in a RIS, specifically the thick, sweet mouth feel. The coffee is perfectly brought out in the aftertaste.

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

Excellent coffee stout- enjoyed while preparing Easter dinner. Smell is fantastic, taste doesn't quite match the nose in intensity. ABV well hidden..

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Photo of BigC88
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More coffee than "Imperial Russian" flavor (if there is such a thing... I'm using Old Rasputin as a reference here). This beer reminds me very much of a chicory stout I've had in the past... Can't remember the name. The 9% ish ABV along with a few other beers has me struggling. It's roasty, dry, and quite delicious. The mouthfeel isn't as thick as you'd expect a Russian imperial to be, but it's got more viscosity than a standard coffee stout. I usually find one or two heavy stouts to be enough for the night, but this one has that chicory-esque flavor that makes me thirst for more the way a good IPA does. So there's that. It's good.

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Photo of xcdarrel17
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice well balanced coffee stout. Slightly sweet and you can pickup the blueberry if you really focus. Starts out thin, but really coats the tongue well and lingers.

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Photo of obywan59
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hard pour into the bottom of my glass resulted in a nice tan 5 finger head. Black, with nary a trace of highlight. Almost no lacing.

Aroma, not surprisingly, is of coffee with a hint of dark chocolate and dark fruits in the background.

The taste is rather sweet for a stout. Dark roast coffee and bitter roast malt. Slightly acidic, almost tart. A hint of fruit, but I don't really get any blueberry.

Medium full in body. Light to moderate stickiness. slightly warming, and a bit drying.

Overall, animpressive brew. Well balanced with plenty of coffee and a hint of fruit. Great body. Smooth. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that left a minor lace ring down glass. Aroma is slight blueberry with moderate roasted coffee bean and is not overpowering.
OVerall, the body is smooth, slightly sticky sometimes, has a mild coffee profile that is a dry, roasted feel and the blueberry flavor does come out a little. ABV is well-hidden considering how mild this beer is. I like my coffee/"RI" stouts a little milder than is considered the norm so I liked this beer. Somewhat simplistic but overall an enjoyable beer to sip.

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Photo of argock
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. 2015 release. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesvile, VA).

A: Pitch black ith chestnut edges with 1 finger of brownie batter head, frothy, but with quick recession and no lacing to speak of.

S: Wonderful balance of sweetish coffee with fig, date, caramel, and light roast character. The coffee and the roast don't compete like in many coffee stouts and RIS -- instead they work together well because a less bitter, sweeter coffee varietal was used. Note to self...

T: Flavor is also a delicious somewhat sweet sided stout - fudge and caramel coated in freshly crushed sweet, berryish coffee beans. There are a few gooier fruit flavors like fig and date, but mostly there is a fair amount of dark chocolate/cocoa that's covered up in the aroma that comes through with a light-medium coffee note that doesn't overpower or annoy -- instead it accents beautifully. Moderately bitter from roast malt notes, coffee, and some presumed hop bitterness.

M: I think the feel suffers from a bit of overcarbonation -- less pep would allow a more lush body, which would work well I think. Ratchet that down about 0.5 volumes, and the body would improve a lot.

O: This is my favorite one of Hardywood's stout, yes better than Gingerbread and Christmas morning. THe balance is there and, I'll admit, spice in beer is not my thing. Coffee on the other hand is another matter.... Delicious beer and glad I bought two!

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Photo of mozif
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 batch is much much better than 2014. Coffee notes are much more balanced and has a stronger nose to it. Mouth feel may be a hint too light... Maybe because of high carbonation. Again, 2015 is much much better than 14.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into my Selkirk Abbey tulip.

Appearance: almost totally black with just hints of brown around the edges when held up to the light. Head is two fingers of frothy tan foam which dissipate slowly leaving a nice lace on the glass. Quite attractive.

Smell: very bready malt aroma with hints of rye, plus a pretty strong caramel and toffee character. Not a lot of coffee here, so it's not what I was expecting, but it's not bad nonetheless.

Taste: lightly sweet malt with more of that caramel-and-rye character. Coffee is present here, but it is quite subdued -- though it seems to pop up a bit in the aftertaste I would call this an American imperial stout long before I'd call this a RIS, but -- a tasty beer it is anyway.

Mouthfeel: big body with an OK carbonation. Texture is smooth but creaminess is kind of rocky. Not bad.

Overall: this beer is far from perfect, but it is quite tasty and the brewer has used a subtle hand when it comes to the coffee addition -- in a good way. This beer's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  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.

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Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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