Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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3.64/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
03-12-2014 00:17:04 | More by rudzud
3.99/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
03-07-2014 17:42:12 | More by StonedTrippin
3.45/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
03-03-2014 17:01:48 | More by bluewolf17
District of Columbia
4.21/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
02-14-2014 18:04:01 | More by Chaney
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-12-2014 03:48:46 | More by dar482
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-08-2014 02:27:44 | More by Beejay
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
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.
01-20-2014 23:38:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.09/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
01-02-2014 21:35:08 | More by cosmicevan
Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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