Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
750ml bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a very dark cola brown color that looks distressingly thin. The head starts off at about one fingers of a light khaki shade, but settles down to a thin collar after a short while. Not much lacing, as expected.
S: No one note jumps out at me - rather, they tend to meld together quite well. I pick up some vanilla, touches of black coffee, chocolate, cream, molasses, and brown sugar. The bourbon presence is very subtle.
T: The first sip seems to reveal the bourbon tones, only for the second sip to wash over that with mild coffee notes. After vanilla initially opens the palate, it develops strong nutty flavors in the middle before it finishes with some bitter coffee and maybe a speck of roasted barley. I think the coffee is stale here - though to be fair, it's not the freshest bottle so I'll let it slide. It doesn't have an annoying vegetal component, at least. Well balanced and enjoyable.
M: It's texture is rather thin and even fragile, without much softness to make up for it. The finish is rather sweet and sticky; in spite of that, the drinkability is actually quite dangerous partly thanks to strong carbonation. The underwhelming body still kind of irks me, though.
O: I have two quibbles here: it's not very 'stout-y', and it's way too thin. Otherwise, this is a decent BA coffee stout that focuses more on balance than big, bold flavor. At its price, though, I probably won't buy another bottle, except for usage as trade bait.
06-16-2013 21:37:55 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
3.08/5 rDev -21.8%
A - Dark chocolate brown with really thin looking body. Medium, milky head comprised of many small bubbles
S - Smells like coffee bender with light coffee, cream, chocolate and light brown ale malt
T - Light coffee and chocolate. Really bitter near the finish from coffee and light oak
M - Really thin body for the style with a slightly astringent finish from the coffee
O - On the downside of the coffee stouts I've had as it tastes like weak coffee mixed with more of a brown ale than a stout. I'd pass on having this one again.
06-02-2013 03:44:28 | More by jeonseh
3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
03-25-2014 01:50:20 | More by Alieniloquium
3.99/5 rDev +1.3%
S: Rich breadiness, medium oak, some vanilla. Slight chocolate. More coffee as it warms.
L: Brown-black with a light tan head that dissipates.
T: Medium high bourbon barrel presense right off the bat with medium light coffee-like malt. Low bitterness with a thin bourbon character mixing with a pleasant coffee roastiness in the taste. Finishes semi-sweet with additional coffee roastiness.
M: Medium low bodied, medium low carbonation. Alcohol very well hidden.
I think a lot of people were expecting this to be similar to BCBCS. Its not. The body is definitely on the thin side, but the flavors are pretty solid. Definitely serve this a little warmer to allow the body come up as well as the coffee.
03-12-2013 02:50:56 | More by bum732
Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.