Sidamo Coffee Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.
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.
08-19-2013 20:35:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.84/5 rDev -0.3%
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
03-08-2014 23:07:27 | More by brentk56
3.66/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
01-30-2013 23:02:22 | More by Knapp85
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
3.54/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
04-06-2014 18:11:07 | More by smakawhat
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
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
08-01-2014 16:35:38 | More by flagmantho
Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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