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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 Jeffo
2.29/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this one from cpferris. Cheers for the trade man!

From a 750 into a snifter
2013 Barrel Series release
IBU: 55
Imperial sidamo coffee stout aged 12 weeks in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Clear bistre brown body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Lots of bubbles. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass. Very clear and thin body with too much carbonation for the style.

SMELL: Roasted coffee beans initially, then some bourbon, oak and sweet cream and vanilla on the nose. Light roasted notes and caramel as well. Medium strength but well balanced.

TASTE: Bourbon and alcohol up front with a boozy, sharp alcohol finish. Too boozy and harsh. Big and lingering finish is very boozy with some bitter, roasted coffee beans, bourbon, and some roasted grain. A touch of bitter chocolate too, but the piercing alcohol is pretty unpleasant, overpowering the coffee and roasted flavors. Rough, rough going really.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body with higher levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate, goes down okay with a bit of a scratch and finishes mouth-coating. Lots of heat and booze lingers.

OVERALL: I really wanted to like this one, but it just wasn't meant to be. It began promising, but it was simply too boozy and harsh in the flavor, and too thin, light and hot in the feel. There is some potential here, but they'd have to take care of the overly harsh alcohol and the unpleasantly thin and abrasive feel before I'd bother with this one again. Not my thing. Thanks again for the trade cpferris.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

many a thanks goes out to Shilt who tossed me this unbelievable extra many moons ago. enjoyed from a gbs chalice

a - brew pours a deep rich brown/black with 2 fingers of frothy tan foamy head that didn't hang out long, but left some streaky lacing on the glass.

s - nose is bitter coffee and anise with a good dosing of soft bourbon peatiness.

t - opens with big coffee nice roast hints of chocolate and then wood with some sort of booziness to it. not very bourbon forward but a tad biting from an seedy anise flavor. moderate bitterness. finish is a bit rough and raw.

m - fairly silky aside from the biting finish.

o - overall, in the world of barrel aged beers with coffee in them, this really tows the line of average at best. drinkable, in the way that a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich will always be edible but some pb&j sandwhiches makes you question what the sandwhich maker was thinking. perhaps this one didn't spend enough time in the barrels? perhaps i held it too long? either way, not a drain pour, but far from something i'd be eager to have again.

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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 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 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 ThisWangsChung
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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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 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 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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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 brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cola brown with a tan head that streaks some lacing

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and Bourbon

Taste: Surprisingly bitter, up front, which may be the coffee and may be the hop bill; chocolate and molasses tones build but the Bourbon really comes on strong in the middle; the finish was slightly phenolic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I found the beer rather unbalanced; sometimes beers like this have the flavors blend together - other times they clash; this one was a clasher

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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 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 BeRanger
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from my bottle to a Deschutes Teku, received as an extra in a trade. Thanks again!

A: Typical stout pour, dark brown/black. Off-white head, a decent amount of lacing left on the walls of the glass after a swig or two.

S: I'm a little congested but I get a fair amount of coffee and vanilla with some alcohol.

T: Coffee comes through, not overpowering though. The backend unfortunately is the rubbing alcohol taste, certainly from the 10.3% ABV. Rather unfortunate, it's not finishing very nice as that harsh alcohol taste lingers on.

M: Medium bodied with a proper amount of carbonation.

O: Not my favorite, I feel like the alcohol taste was coming through a little too much. I enjoy coffee stouts but this one for me doesnt completely do it. The only other Hardywood I've had so far is BA GBS.

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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 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 jaasen64
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into 18oz Funky Buddha snifter. Picked up at the brewery while stopping in Richmond yesterday.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque dark black with about a finger of beige head that recedes at a moderate pace that is slightly on the fast side and that leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Bourbon, coffee, blueberries, vanilla, and some rubbing alcohol (comes out a little bit more as it sits). Decent aroma strength, not bad aroma wise other then the rubbing alcohol presence.

T- Coffee, creamy dark chocolate, blueberries (definitely more pronounced then in the regular Sidamo), vanilla, and some light bourbon. Definitely tastes a little bit better then it smells, with a nice balance between the vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and blueberry presence.

M- Medium bodied, maybe slightly on the light side for an imperial stout, carbonation a little bit on the low side but good for a BA beer, easily drinkable.

O- The Bourbon Sidamo is definitely an improvement over the regular Sidamo adding a nice vanilla presence to the coffee and chocolate taste. I also felt like the blueberry presence came out a little bit more in the BA version. The only downside about it was the slight presence of rubbing alcohol that I believe the bourbon may have contributed to it, it wasn't too off putting but as it warmed it made it's presence known slightly. Overall I'm glad I picked up a couple bottles of this on my way back from Florida, it's not the best barrel-aged beer I've had but a good one to try out.

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Photo of yamar68
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to scalzo for this one!

Pours like a frothy cold press - a bit of brown clarity and a creamy, thin pale khaki head which produces some healthy lace.

Chocolatey coffee is blended with root beer/cola aromas and brown sugar. Any evidence of alcohol is masked in the rest of the mix. There's a lingering sense of winter warmer spice.

The barrel surfaces a bit on the palate. Vanilla oak flavors compliment a rather tame coffee profile. Hints of ginger and nutmeg ride on a lively mouthfeel.

Glad I decided to enjoy this one fresh. I can't imagine the coffee contribution would last more than a few months before bittering up or fading entirely. That said, it's a nice brew. Thanks scalzo!

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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 bum732
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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 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 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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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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Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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