Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2013 21:37:55 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2014 14:12:14 | More by GreesyFizeek
Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.