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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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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 348
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 51
Gots: 97 | FT: 8
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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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 348
Photo of ThatCracker
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just to start, this is my first review because I am not good at them and I pretty much have a wrecked palate.

A - Pours dark with a nice bit of tan head, about a thumbs worth.

S - Coffee and bourbon where both about equal - no alcohol smell at all.

T - Goodness. The first thing that surprised was the overall smoothness on the palate. A great balance of fresh coffee and bourbon taste. A slight bit of vanilla is in the background with the malt as well. There is very little hint of alcohol and no bitterness at all.

M - Smooth. This feels like a high class bourbon.

O - Overall they nailed this one. I did enjoy the regular Sidamo but would not go out of my way for it. This knocks it out the park. At 10.3% it is extremely dangerous and should be enjoyed sitting down at home or with a taxi ride planned.

My new favorite Hardywood brew....as good as the christmas in a bottle!

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Photo of joefuzz
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very deep brown with a decent size head. Smells of milk chocolate and French vanilla coffee. Taste opens up with a berry and dry coffee flavors and fades to a nice warming bourbon aftertaste with a slight hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side but it doesn't take away from beer at all and the carbonation is on the softer side. Overall this is an amazing beer and I am very glad to have had the chance to try this. Thanks for the trade Joe.

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Photo of JK4Stout
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Maybe I just poured really well, but this thing looks fantastic. Got a great muddy foam head, and has this exquisit thick chocolaty look about it. Glad I chose to use a Tulip rather that the Sam Adams Pint.

S: A lot of Bourban Barrell stuff tends to smell either way too much like bourban or not enough. This hits it near perfect for a blend. I can honestly get a hint of the same aroma my Maker's Mark wafts to me too.

T: Gotta admit this is one of my all time favorite breweries. This visit was fun (had this one on tap as well...excellent) Love the quality of ingredients here, it shows in the brew

M: A little heavy on the tongue which is to be expected, and carbonation taste pretty spot on.

O: Buy it! They are a little pricy but the quality shows why.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a near jet black/dark brown body. Aroma is a little light with lots of caramel and brown sugar with additional notes true bourbon, a little coffee and milk chocolate. Flavor follows with bourbon, light coffee, roasted malt, and a little chocolate. This one has a great caramel aroma. The coffee is well applied although I want more from the coffee, definitely not over done or too bitter. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of VAis804Lovers
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best recent releases for Hardywood. Strongly recommend this Imperial Coffee Stout BB. The Bourbon Sidamo's character is bold and mellow. This robust stout displays a midnight hue with a caramel head and offers a dark choclate character laced with hints of blueberry from this unique coffee bean, rounded out by charred White Oak. OVER ALL ITS GREAT!

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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 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 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 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 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 nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with one finger of off white foam on a black body. The head fades quickly and leaves nice lace. Vanilla, whiskey, and herbal, fruity coffee. Smoky coffee and caramel up front with lots of dark chocolate in the finish. A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish. Nicely done, the barrel character is mostly in the aroma, while the flavors profile is full of dark chocolate and coffee. Subtle and well balanced.

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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 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 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 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 davey101
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, 750 ml C+C bottle into a teku glass. Huge thanks to Douglasjamjak for the bottle.

A - Pours a dark brown black body that shows a bit of light brown around the edges. Three fingers of light mocha foam, moderate lacing with minimal retention.

S - A bit of faded coffee and chocolate and then a huge wave of very noticeable and pronounced bourbon. It doesn't smell like "vanilla tannins" or "oak barrels" or any other cliche barrel aged beer descriptor, it just smells like a god damn glass of bourbon. If that makes sense. Smooth vanilla, oak and butterscotch into some warming yet pleasant booze.

T - Malts play a role here with some roast and char. Middle of the palate has some faded coffee beans and a sweet milk chocolate. The finish is of that genuine bourbon element in the nose; butterscotch, vanilla, and charred wood with some alcohol heat. Mouth feel is medium and creamy.

O - A bit of an interesting beer. The coffee seems to be on the way out already and that makes for a rather boring coffee stout. Granted its not super fresh (early March release?) but at two months old it should have some bean flavors left. The huge redeeming quality for this beer though is the bourbon presence. Its not over the top or harsh, in fact its actually rather tame and mellow. Its just the first time I have had a bourbon barrel aged beer and felt like I was tasting and smelling a glass of bourbon rather than a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 04/27/13 notes. Shared by BigSexy410; thanks Ben.

a - Pours a deep dark mahogany brown color with two inches of thick dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of bourbon, vanilla, light coffee, roasted malts, light bitter chocolates, and some cream. Nose is nice, a tiny bit too sweet I think though.

t - Tastes bourbon, roasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate, toffee, oak, vanilla, cream, and toasted malts. More coffee as it warms up, a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body stout and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, no real heat for 10.3% ABV. Nice body.

o - Overall a very nice BA American stout. Nice sweet bourbon throughout that works well. Taste is much better than the nose; extra caramel and not as sweet. Worth checking out, would definitely like to have it again.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to SToneyBrew for this one. poured cold and black to an upland snifter with a short lasting foamy tan head with nice retention, leaving a sheet of lace after each sip.

big roasty aroma, espresso, baker's chocolate.

roasty espresso up front, bitter chocolate, no sweetness present, and big bitter after. its all about bitter coffee with this one. maybe a wee bit of vanilla. if there's bourbon, it's super sneaky and in the wayback til it warms a bit and even then, while not as sneaky, the bourbon is still a bit of a wallflower. [ taking a look at a couple of earlier reviews, i see others are noting a big bourbon presence (davey101), but i just don't see it (?) ]

big bodied, big carbonation.

a good brew, although not what i was expecting. a big fan of hardywood, and a big fan of bourbon barrel beer, but this one didn't quite hit the mark.

edit: hmmm... and on the second, even warmer glass, the bourbon is indeed more present.

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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 stephenjmoore
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown pour, looks black in the glass with just a hint of amber towards the top. Frothy tan head the lingers as a thin layer of bubbles scattered on top.

S- Coffee, vanilla, blueberry, caramel, hint of cocoa powder as well with some roasty malts.

T- Lots of malt and coffee flavors up front, sweet bourbon, caramel and vanilla flavors come in later, roasty finish.

M- Sting on the tongue, somewhat boozy, medium carbonation, full bodied, but syrupy.

O- The feel of the regular sidamo is much better. The aroma on this one is better, but I think I prefer the regular.

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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 dtivp
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger light frothy tan head that fades into a thin collar with light lacing.

Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, hints of vanilla and caramel.

Taste of char and roasted malt followed by dark black coffee with a slight sweet vanilla balancing some of the bitterness. The bourbon comes through very nice and the booziness increases as the beer comes to room temperature.

Mouth Feel is medium body with moderate carbonation, a little syrupy, a slight tingly feel with a slight warming from the bourbon.

Overall a nice barrel aged imperial coffee stout to enjoy while relaxing.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bours a super dark deep brown with a decent finger of caramel head, lacing is kind of weak

S - Woody bourbon dark fruits and sweet chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar.

T - dark fruits, sweet chocolate, brown sugars, and dry barley wine-like hops

M - mediumish bodied thickish on the tongue - well carbonated.

O - tasty sweet kick of bourbon after the dark fruit takeover make it. otherwise pretty run of the mill - although tasty

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark black with a light toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Coffee, light wood and chocolate, some cream, perhaps a little dark fruit which is unusual for a coffee stout.

T - Starts with chocolate malt and cream, then migrates to vanilla, dark chocolate, light bourbon,before finishing with a moderately assertive coffee bean bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

O - Odd aroma for the style but the taste more than makes up for it.

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Photo of portia99
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (2013 release) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours opaque and pitch black in color. A tall finger of frothy, mocha milk shake like in color and texture head persists for several minutes and leaves some webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet bourbon up front, lightly boozy, berries, notes of anise, loads of roasty coffee, traces of molasses.

T - Coffee takes the lead with big roasty flavors up front, a touch acrid and burnt, molasses, fruity berry-like flavors, mild bourbon that comes on towards the finish and lingers far past the swallow and leaving a warm, mildly boozy impression.

M - Fairly full bodied beer with a firm mid-level carbonation with a tingly feel on the tongue. Roasty, overall with a bit of a burnt and acrid character overall. Bourbon is mild in feel giving just a faint warmth especially after the swallow. Lingering berry components far outlast even the bourbon and can be "tasted" on every breath.

O - Really subtle barrel aging on this one. Bourbon is only barely perceptible on the nose and just slightly more prominent in the flavor and feel of this beer. Berry flavors are plentiful and lingering, perhaps from the particular blend of Sidamo coffee used here. Nice coffee imperial stout - I'm not blown away but it is not at all unenjoyable on this rainy Sunday afternoon.

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Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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