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Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Bourbon Sidamo Coffee StoutBourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout

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very good

48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 348
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 51
Gots: 97 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatCracker on 03-02-2013

Imperial Coffee Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels
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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a foamy, light tan head. Nose of roast coffee, subtle chocolate, and woody highlights. Flavors are smooth roasted coffee forward, with undertones of chocolate, subtle berry highlights, and vanilla and wood spice. Very smooth and balanced, on a rich, solid, robust body. The aftertaste is heavily roasted coffee, with highlights of chocolate and berry fruits. Smooth, dry finish. Great beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into chalice

Black liquid, taupe one finger fizzy cap

Aroma of coffee and roasted malts

Taste of coffee with bourbon notes . Taste expands as it warms

Thick but not syrupy slick mouthfeel .

Good stout

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Photo of macher0
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to cejaev for the trade.

I was anxious to try this beer. The description sounded wonderful, but the reviews were a bit low.

A. Dark, dark brown, near black. Poured a 1-finger head that was fine at the bottom and profiled to coarse at the top, decent retention. Very small spot laces left on the glass. Fairly thin.

S. Began with smoke, char, and dark roasted malts. As it opened it changed dramatically. The notes that came through were coffee beans, some vanilla extract, dark chocolate and milk chocolate.

T. After the initial nose, I was expected a char-dominated stout, which I find unappealing, but I found a very well balanced BA stout. There was a little char, but more from a roasted coffee bean. The barrel and bourbon are very noticeable - and very pleasant - as it nears room temp. Major notes of bourbon-soaked oak and dark malts are dominate with coffee in the middle and a little bourbon booze on the end. Minor notes of coffee beans, vanilla, coconut, and hazelnuts round it out.

M. Smooth (the booziness did not create a harsh bite), full body, moderate carbonation, a little sticky as it warms, moderately thin.

O. Was the coffee masked, no. I say the coffee was more balanced and accompanied the other flavor profiles you get from a well-crafted BA stout. Granted there are a ton of world-class BA stouts out there and more keep popping up everyday, but this is still underrated.

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Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A dark, thick looking pour, with no real head and some lacing. Smell gives a pretty good hit of bourbon, followed by roasted malts, chocolate, a little vanilla. Very nice aroma, but I'm not picking up any coffee. Taste also starts off with strong bourbon, but not overly boozy. Taste follows the nose on the roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla.... and a lack of coffee. Smooth, creamy, maybe a touch thin for the style and ABV.

I thought this was really good, but I truly got no coffee out of this. And Sidamo is not exactly bashful. Maybe flying (or the TSA) sucked the coffee out. However, looks like all the reviews I read fared better, so take my review lightly and give it a try. Marking down the taste a quarter....

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At Rustico Arlington during a Hardywood Tap Takeover. Poured into a snifter.

A bourbon lovers stout - 3.75

A - 3.75
S - Coffee, bourbon and milk chocolate - 3.75
T - Mild bourbon over top of a dark chocolate roasty coffee bitterness - 3.75
MF - Medium heavy with some residual sweetness in the finish - 4

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Photo of KYGunner
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very chocolatey with a high end coffee roast. I get a creaminess that blends with the coffee very well before a woodsy, spicy, oakey barrel flavor settles in.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter, 2013 vintage

A- pours pitch black in color with a creamy two-finger khaki colored head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- lots of dark fruit aroma up front with notes of fig, raisin & date. Toasted chocolate malt gives deep aroma of dark chocolate and caramel, the bourbon adds notes of barrel juice, smoked wood, oak barrel & vanilla. Coffee has faded by now, but still adds some earthy and herbal coffee notes

T- dark fruit flavors of fig & raisin up front are quickly complemented by a sharp woodsy bitterness that gives notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla and caramel. Whipping cream sweetness leads to a slightly bourbony finish with lingers of herbal and earthy coffee

M- medium viscous body with moderate low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy slightly warming finish

O- this still tastes great even after a couple of years of aging

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As expected, pours a deep dark black with outside edges of deep, deep brown. Minimal head, which leaves quickly. Very light lacing. Aroma is upfront with bourbon, then a bit of coffee and a touch of dark chocolate. Taste is a nice balance of chocolate, coffee and bourbon, blending quite well together. The high ABV tends to make the bourbon a little more prominent that I would like. This one is definitely a sipper. As it warms the alcohol lets itself be a little more known and the bourbon aftertaste a little more prominent. Mouthfeel has a touch of alcohol burn, but not too overpowering. Enjoy slowly and if it is a 750ml, share with a friend.......or two.....

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Photo of rpjordan
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amazing mouthful. Beautiful opaque black color. Sweet coffee, more subdued chocolate, sweet. Large bottle to be shared, definitely a sipping beer. One of my favorites!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger khaki head that died quick with no lace. Aroma of coffee, wood, booze, chocolate and touch of blueberry from the sidamo coffee bean (not nearly as prevelant as regular sidamo stout). Solid build and sturdy, the roasted coffee malts mix with some sweetness and the wood adds a boozy, vanilla, bourbon type feel. Smooth and full bodied, this is a pretty solid sipper.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5 L Growler into a tulip glass and got a lovely very dark chocolate brown with lacing (this is from the middle of growler, so most carbonation is gone). Enjoyable strong flavor that is easy to enjoy. Dangerous easy drinking powerful Stout! Beware!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from NBS post, 5/10:

I get a bittersweet chocolate scent from the beer. My girlfriend says "Coffee." I do get a bitter roasted note also, but not as strong as she does. I get a light hint of vanilla and neither of us gets a huge amount of bourbon. The taste does bring more bitter roasted notes than the smell, much more coffee-like. I actually laughed out loud as my GF found the exact opposite (although she did find the chocolate taste to be a dark or unsweetened chocolate taste, bitter in nature). The barrel flavored, both alcohol (also noticed by GF) and wood come out early and all combine to give a lingering taste. Feel is a tad thin early, but smooths out with some warmth to make up for it. The flavors are quite bold.

To be re-reviewed with future bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Smooth, sultry and quite flirtatious with the tastebuds, the otherwise seducing flavors of wonderfully burnt sugar, creamy espresso and bittersweet chocolate coax out the lush in all of us; but woven into a cocoon of bourbon and the taste is nearly overwhelming.

Its ominously black pour intimidates the eye as a caldering simmer of creme rises from its depths. Quickly favoring brandy-type legging over lace or retention, its swirling ink unleashes sweet roast, smoky chocolate and coconut aromatics. Its seared toffee underlay easily supports the roast, oak and booze while offering the heartiness of black-strap molasses and maple.

Its roasty-sweet middle unfolds layer by layer, starting with the delicacy of brownie batter, over-cooked caramel, bittersweet chocolate and something in the fudge realm. As the sweetness slowly releases its grip, its dark roast coffee, light campfire, bittersweet morsels and grilled walnuts take hold and usher in a semi-sweet second half.

With its decadent sweetness resisting much fade, its booze-laden sweetnesses seep deeply into the tastebuds, delivering bourbon warmth, wood spice and smooth char to the senses. Thin fruit of coconut, cherry and vine are highlighted with the oaken caramel and vanilla taste that accompanies the roast in deep aftertaste and afterthought.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

A-dark brown black color with a small light brown head and no lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, dark malt, little vanilla

T-coffee, dark roasted malt, chocolate, little vanilla, little bourbon

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth, little on the light side for this gravity

O-decent, but nothing special, was expecting more from this

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Umberto at Curran's tasting.

Pours a very dark brown, basically black, with a one inch mocha head, and a medium amount of lacing.

Smells like chocolate liqueur, bourbon, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee.

Thankfully, the coffee is stronger in the taste. There is some smooth, well integrated bourbon, rich chocolate, along with some mildly bitter, slightly nutty coffee taste. There is the smallest tart-ish twang at the end of each sip from the bourbon and coffee.

Medium bodied, could be slightly thicker. Fairly drinkable. Low carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Yet another awesome BA stout consumed this past weekend, I think this one's a little better than the ratings suggest.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like sour oak and bourbon and some mocha.
T: It tasted like lots of oak and bourbon, with some sour yeast and dark chocolate and coffee grounds. It had a sweet and sour aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice heavy body.
D: This was interesting, not sure if it was supposed to have the sour character or maybe the bottle was infected. Was reminiscent of Le Coq. Not bad, but not my favorite. Pretty hot finish too, so it must be sipped. Ok to try once, but not what I was hoping it would be.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Release and vintage 2014.

Very much like it's non barrel aged brother regular Sidamo only better appearance mostly from head retention. Thick creamy tan brown head, two fingers tall with a creamy collar to match, probably a little darker. Dark walnut brown body, and quite opaque to match. Good scattered leopard and striped lacing on the glass too.

Bouquet is nice. Sense of a thicker body possibly coming, a nice soft mix of fruit juice and soft acid. Hints of sour cherry, mellow oak and hints of buttery caramel. Still doesn't remind me of coffee but comes out like a solid barrel aged imperial stout.

Palate is bringing the goods. Great thick and supper creamy mouthfeel, bringing nice soft vanilla sweetness. Mellow charring and coating hints of soft acid and fruit qualities. Dark chocolate ganache is everywhere, and rinses on my palate going down. A real wonderful mix of sundae mellow sweet toppings, butterscotch, dark fudge, caramel, vanilla, and creamy flavors. Not very coffee present.

Overall it still doesn't remind me of coffee, but has this great fruity and mellow softness and great chocolate dark and sundae flavor that it just improved ten fold in the glass from the barrel. Well done!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Milk chocolate. Coffee. A little bit of bourbon. Vanilla.

Taste - Bourbon up front. A little coffee. Milk chocolate throughout. A little nutty in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. A little creamy.

Overall - Strange that it tastes nothing like the base beer. Weird.

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Photo of rudzud
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received this in a trade, poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a nude dark black with a good mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a nice blanket.

S - Aromas of super super light base beer. Disappointing how muted the coffee is here. The bourbon is light too.

T - Taste is light bourbon, the coffee and chocolate are super muted which is a huge let down. Rather sweet malts, the bourbon actually takes away from this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, creamy.

O - Overall this beer was actually hurt by the bourbon barrel. It really muted the beer which was unfortunate. Ahhh, oh well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lots of oak on this one, more oak then bourbon really in the flavor, a bit sweet, and massive in both body and alcohol. its a strong beer that definitely has the capacity to put you over the edge, so be sure to share it and sip it. the coffee accentuates an already huge dark body of roasted barley and bakers chocolate, while its bitterness doesnt do much to slow down the intensely sweet complexion here. tons of viscosity, this is a thick, syrupy brew that lacks any real carbonation, but it doesnt need it. the coffee is pretty pungent, and works well with all the oak. my second beer from hardywood i liked a little better than my first, but its still a bit of a booze bomb. it smells and tastes hot, and may did i feel this one. to be fair, it wasnt my first beer of the night, not even close, but it just seemed a little less well refined than some of the others out there in the huge barrel stout world. palate coating and a bit sludgy, but well made. this has spent some serious time in the barrel and its a great expression of oak and dark malt, but a little tough to get through.

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Photo of bluewolf17
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This might be the first time I've ever written a review...

A- Wasn't as viscous as I thought it would be. Very little head.

S- First smell I got was dark fruit - fig maybe? Bourbon and coffee are both in the background of the nose. All in all, there isn't much of a nose to this beer.

T- I don't get much coffee at all here. I'm still stuck on the dark fruit thing. I taste raisins, figs, etc. There's some coffee on the finish but it doesn't linger. Bourbon is there the whole time but acts more as a compliment to the dark fruit. Being a person that isn't a fan of anything overwhelmingly bourbony, I'm okay with this. Coffee becomes slightly more prominent as it warms. It's still not the dominant flavor but it's presence is known.

M- Way thinner than I would expect from a 10% beer. Not saying this is a bad thing, just unexpected.

O- I'd call this good for its category. Not great, but good. I wouldn't complain if someone pulled it out at a tasting but would I go out of way to pick it up again? Probably not.

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Photo of Chaney
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split this with my wife on a snow day/Valentines Day. Served in 2 snifters.

A: Black as night, with more mocha head than I was expecting, especially considering the barrel-aged status.

S: I got a shit ton more blueberry smell on this version of the Sidamo….. almost crossing into Aud Bruin territory. Not much coffee and maybe a hint of coconut.

T: Silky, lots of vanilla, and still a hint of those blueberries. If you're looking for coffee, look elsewhere. The barrels turned the Sidamo into an Almond Joy bar.

M: A few bitter notes started to slap my palate after about the 4th sip or so, but nothing to write home about in that regard. Silky, smooth, and foamy, like a Frappuccino.

O: My wife liked the regular Sidamo better, but I prefer this one. To each their own, I guess. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color with a mocha brown head.

The aroma has a bourbon, vanilla, and an espresso coffee.

The flavor follows of a woody, almost chalky espresso coffee. Not very fresh and roasted like other coffee beers. Bourbon and vanilla follow along with roasted malt. The body is a bit light.

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Photo of Beejay
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown to black in the glass, a nice caramel colored head on the top.

S: Bitter chocolate, coffee and oaky bourbon hit right away. Notes of Vanilla, and espresso finish out the smell. Very nice.

T: A little sharpness as the coffee hits your tongue, followed by chocolate and vanilla. The bourbon fades in for a gentle caress of charred oak, spirit, and toasted goodness. A lovely balance of beer and bourbon.

M: Medium to medium thick, carbonation is low but active, slightly drying on the tongue.

O: Overall a very good beer. Wonderful balance with a tendency for sweetness. The bourbon is certainly there, although it is far less present than previous releases by this brewery. And while I appreciate a good bourbon bomb, this kiss of spirit is certainly a welcome experience.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a slightly better bourbon presence in the flavor.

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Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.