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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

189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 30
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.29/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.