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Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Bourbon Sidamo Coffee StoutBourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThatCracker on 03-02-2013)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.25/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 19:49:14 | More by Jeffo
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 03:44:28 | More by jeonseh
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cosmicevan

New York

3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:35:08 | More by cosmicevan
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:50:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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bluewolf17

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 17:01:48 | More by bluewolf17
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:17:04 | More by rudzud
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Pencible

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 22:49:28 | More by Pencible
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:38:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 22:10:10 | More by brentk56
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dar482

New York

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:48:46 | More by dar482
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BeRanger

Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 23:12:13 | More by BeRanger
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 23:57:57 | More by jaasen64
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Beejay

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2014 02:27:44 | More by Beejay
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:57:01 | More by yamar68
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bum732

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:50:56 | More by bum732
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 17:42:12 | More by StonedTrippin
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 19:18:26 | More by portia99
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:43:14 | More by MacQ32
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 23:06:24 | More by stephenjmoore
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:58:17 | More by jzeilinger
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dtivp

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:41:29 | More by dtivp
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 00:45:38 | More by robwestcott
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mdfb79

New York

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 20:18:09 | More by mdfb79
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davey101

Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 05:07:59 | More by davey101
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Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.