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Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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88
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 332
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 4.29%
Wants: 49
Gots: 88 | 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: 47 | Hads: 332
Photo of portia99
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,328 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.29/5  rDev -42.2%
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. (1,721 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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 (533 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (439 characters)

Photo of dtivp
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (1,488 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,441 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (696 characters)

Photo of BeRanger
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,521 characters)

Photo of VAis804Lovers
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (360 characters)

Photo of JK4Stout
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of ThatCracker
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
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! (898 characters)

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Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.