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Hakim Stout - Harar Beer Factory

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 83
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Harar Beer Factory
Ethiopia

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jreitman on 07-18-2003

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reminds me of a Malta Goya or maybe a Negra Modelo. Very heavy on that semi-sweet malt quality that suggests molasses. Had it at an Ethiopian restaurant and it was in that "not bad" category that didn't necessarily inspire me to have another but also left me satisfied. (269 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.56/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Does this have the fabled aroma hop Gesho Kitel in it? I have no idea, but I was...well, read on.

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep, dark brown. Almost no head. OK lacing.

Smell 3.75: Great bouquet on this beer. Toasted grains, sweet barley malt and a pleasant scent of dried fruits: raisins, plums, figs.

Taste 3.5: Front is slightly sweet with a big hit of malt and this fades quickly into the Middle where a nice alkaline hoppiness hits the palate. Finish is a big jumble of tastes: Malt, hops, but of all types of different levels. This is balanced out by a very nice dryness that sweeps in and cleans everything out for the Aftertaste, where the malt comes back along with a strangely pleasing acetone flavor.

Mouthfeel 3.5: A bit too bubbly, but certainly not out of character for the style.

Overall 3.5: A very good stout with flashes of brilliance. I imagine this brew would be good with food, but would also be good as a sessioner. I taste none of its slightly higher than usual ABV. Just a pleasant stout from an unusual place for we in the West to think of beer, but this beer is certainly worth a look. A worthy product of the ancient city of Harar. (1,167 characters)

Photo of clarknova
1.15/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this is probably the worst beer I've ever had. looked, smelled and tasted like fermented coke. maybe I got a bad bottling, but I can't proof it. just disgusting. (161 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky brown-mahogany hue, with a thin and short-lived tan head; very light color for the style. Not the only departure from style, it turns out.

S: nice aroma of roasted malt, but mainly medium roast, with little of the dark malt aroma expected in a true stout. Nor is there any chocolate or coffee. Nicely fruity with a hints of yeast and honey.

T: Plenty of medium roasted sweet malt flavor, with faint hints of smoke and peat (think Scottish Ale) and more than a hint of dark fruit. A fine, rich aftertaste lingers on and on. [4, were it not for the departure from style]

M - Full body with good medium-low carbonation. Feel is close to the style norm despite the appearance.

O - A nice, unique beer worthy of a recommendation; just don't expect a true stout. Even though the bottle was allowed to warm for 10-15 minutes before opening, the beer improved a bit with additional warming.

(revised with bottle in April 2014) (942 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ethiopian restaurant, went for an Ethiopian beer.

A - Murky. Looks like an american strong ale, not a stout.

S - Cider, apples,

T - Maltier and more cidery than the smell.

M - Medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - Reminds me of a light barleywine. Strange beer. (271 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany amber, thin medium brown head that dissipates to a film and ring around the glass, short lived lacing. Nice aroma of caramel malt with light roasted malt and dark dried fruit. Flavor follows, mild sweet malt with a hint of roastiness, dried fruit. Finishes with pleasant light malt and molasses. A somewhat subdued stout redeemed by a quite pleasant finish. It leans in the direction of a malty bock, but is close enough to an export stout. Medium bodied. I enjoyed this for a low ABV, light stout. (558 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was more along the lines of a bock opposed to a stout. There was no sign of dark roasted malts in my opinion. It wasn't bad, but if you're looking for a stout, this isn't one.

Raisin colored brown with hints of dark red. poured with a short beige foam that reduced to a wispy cap with a thick ring around the glass. Sweet raisin and fig aromas with dark grains in the background. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a syrupy feel brought on by the rich carbonation. Dark fruit flavors from beginning to end, highlighted by fig and raisins. Finishes with a fruity, floral hop bitterness. (603 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is smoky and malty, typical for a stout and appealing. I didn't get a good look at the color, but it appears to be the typical opaque sable. Flavor is smoky with a hint of coffee, not as complex as most stouts I have tried but still enjoyable. Texture is firm-bodied and fizzy, leaving a smoky tingle. Think no good beer comes out of Africa? Guess again! (360 characters)

Photo of therica
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= very nice medium coffee-brown, not dark like a Guinness at all. Very nice tan head. Somewhat cloudy.

S= interesting malts, caramel, dark fruits.

T= slightly thick, slightly sweet with dark fruits, nice malts, modest hops.

M= slightly out of balance in the finish, with a slight flatness mixed with dark fruits.

O= overall a definite to try.

I bought this in Frederick MD at the Tajitu Ethiopian restaurant, and the owner told me that Heineken is allegedly trying to buy either this beer or the brewery-- interesting if it happens. Personally, I prefer the Harar Lager over this beer but both are good candidates for a much wider beer audience. (651 characters)

Photo of Northsider
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this in an Ethiopian restaurant in Sacramento. Not sure if it was my hunger or failing taste buds, but I found this to be a decent beer. Malty and not bitter. It has the characteristic chocolate and coffee smell and taste, if diluted a bit. Not the best stout I've had but I'd get this again. (298 characters)

Photo of DannelB
4.05/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm currently sitting in a small restaurant in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After living here for two years this is my favorite and most elusive local beer. For some reason hardly any restaurants carry it. But a friend turned me on to this restaurant that has it on tap. Awesome!

Appearance: Dark brown beer with thick, creamy lightbrown head. Lots of bubbles making their way up the glass

Smell: Roasty. Notes of toast, raisins, chocolate, light roasted coffee and figs.

Taste: Definitely taste lots of roastiness. Beyond that, there is a taste of raisins and a nice bright yeast.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is noticable, but actually is nice and refreshing. Feels a bit thin for a stout though.

Overall: Definitely a pretty good beer. Not the best I've ever had, but certainly not the worst. It's really nice for the climate in Ethiopia. It gives the taste of a stout without the heaviness. On draft is much better than in the bottle. I'll be looking into getting a tap in my house. Or opening up a restaurant where this is served on tap (and where I can be ALL the time). I like this beer a lot and will definitely be coming often to grab a draft (1,150 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.07/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be a bit of a style-bender, but it is quite good. Enjoyed at the best restaurant in Tampa: Queen of Sheba Ethiopian.

A - It pours a mahogany hue, slightly translucent, with good tan head; very light appearance for the style, doubtless, but it looks tidy nonetheless.

S - There are some elements typical of FES; it is roasty and dark fruity with a UK ale yeast sensibility. Specifically, it smells honey-ish and a bit like raisinets.

T - The brew showcases a sweet malt flavor and accentuates it with nuances of roast and burnt sugars, and perhaps a faintly peaty sweet note; the resultant flavor is somewhat like a theoretical Scottish Export Stout.

M - Nice feel; fairly close to the style norm despite the appearance.

O - I think this tastes very good. Also, though I've not been to Ethiopia, I picture it even hotter than Florida; this is just about as stout as a brew need be for unfortunately hot locales. (924 characters)

Photo of shand
3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a mug.

Well, saw this on the shelf and decided if nothing else, it'll be interesting. Probably my only chance to have an Ethiopian beer anyway, as I don't think this will be a regular character on my beer shop's shelves. Pours a muddy brown color crested with a large head that quickly fades away, leaving little lacing in it's wake. The aroma is nice, sweet malts and a bit of cocoa. The taste is also fairly good, the flavor profile on this actually comes quite close to a full ABV FES. It's weaker (taste and alcohol-wise) than other FESes, but there's a nice robust roastiness, cocoa notes, and a strong coffee taste. The only downside is the aftertaste. It begins to get a little metallic, then just completely peters out. As it warms, it tastes worse. This is the rare stout that you want to drink cold!

The mouthfeel is highly-carbonated and thin, a thicker mouthfeel would make this brew much more enjoyable. The drinkability is alright, the metallic end starts to get a bit grating after a while though. Overall, this was an interesting beer and a nice opportunity to try something different. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Chizoad
2.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I find it hard to review this beer if only because it's so clearly not a stout. If I were reviewing some sort of weizenbock, then maybe it would be easier.

Very strange looking "stout". Brown hazy beer. Almost looks like coffee with milk in it. Off white head. Instantly obvious this is not a stout.

Ok smell, but lacking any characteristics of any stout I've ever had. Getting some malts and wheaty sweetness.

Not a terrible flavor. Mostly malt, zero hops, again that wheaty essence. Un-stout-like.

Quite thin. Mouthfeel is definitely the worst aspect of this beer. Weak carbonation. Definitely on the boat too long. (622 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
1.85/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass

This is the lightest stout I've ever seen (not in a pleasant way). It's a not-quite-opaque brown in color, with a thin, sort of clotty pale head. It looks more like a dark amber. Smell is too sweet, reminds me of a lager with caramel notes in it.

The taste is almost completely lagery. I wonder if they used food dye to getwhat little color there is in this "stout". This is no stout of any sort. Taste is unpleasantly sweet. This is a bad beer.

Mouthfeel is thin but filmy, not horrible, perhaps the best aspect of this beer. Not very drinkable. I'm very tempted to drainpour. (619 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours light brown with amber notes - surprisingly light. A very small head dissipates instantly leaving no lacings.

S: Sweet light roasted malt, some of it caramell. Nuts and some citric notes.

T: This doesn't taste like a stout to me - more like an English Brown Ale or something like that. Caramell malt with some buttery notes. Fruityness and citric notes.

M: Body is as thin as the carbonation is rich. Aftertaste stays for some time.

D: A very strange beer-experience. As a stout this is a poor product - but if I would review this beer as a "beer" rather than a stout it would get a higher grade, because it tastes and smells nice but very far from a stout.
Strange... I better have another one just to make sure... (731 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
2.3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hakim Stout...in a bottle at Queen of Sheeba Restaurant

Appearance-pours a thick black, minimal head seeps out of the glass, thin viscocity.

Smell-charcoal and chocolate mixture, malt is apparent, slight hop flavor as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-muddled, light chocolate taste, alcohol fumes, light coffee notes, subdued flavor, watery mouthfee, notably thin.

Drinkability-a little jumbled

Overall-not as successful as their other beer, a muddled weak Stout, not recommended. (474 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

African beer #2, following the very disappointing Tusker. Crossing the border into Ethiopia...better? Fingers are crossed. This guy pours a weak dark burnt brown with some translucence and a minor bit of off-white foamy head. Looks less like a stout, more like a slightly darker brown ale. Not a good start. The nose is cocoa, rye bread crust, yeast, dark wheat, and some faint, unidentified dark fruit. Someone didn't use the bullion cube properly in this soup. The taste is a bit of a step-up, with notes of cocoa, very light coffee, a pinch o' brown sugar, and a bready undercurrent. Not bad, but nowhere near great (or even very good). The body is medium, on the lighter end of that mini-spectrum, with a surprisingly high level of carbonation. The whole thing is exceedingly thin and far too watery. I just can't see myself drinking too much of this, frankly. Looks like the Horn's issues now include brewing (though maybe the political, social, and economic issues are still worse...tough to tell...). (1,042 characters)

Photo of froghop
2.79/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a semi-clear brown with a very thin beige head that dissipates quickly, and a very little lacing.

smell is of malt, some sweetness, and some caramel.

taste is a little watery, sour malt, and some caramel, ends a little tart and a little bitter. (252 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. I had no idea what to expect from this beer but I didn't expect this.

Beer poured brown and mostly clear with a slight haze to it....ummmm stout right?

The aroma was mostly malty, nutty, with a slight, mild roast.

The taste was a lot like an English brown, it tasted fine but this surely isn't a stout.

I had never had an Ethiopian beer or a Foreign / Export stout, but this totally isn't a stout. Overall the beer was drinkable and overall unoffensive. Everything was subdued, there was a roast flavor but its was an afterthought. (571 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a lighter than expected very dark amber with minimal head that dissapates quickly having no lace. Smell of sweet dark fruits and chocolate. Taste of lightly sweet dark fruits with the chocolate having light hops and a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout, but goes down smooth with good carbonation. I'd have to say that this is my first African stout. (380 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A&S - Deep brown color but not black as you'd expect with a stout, poured with a white/ tan head with some body to it. Smell had light caramel, boozy, with a faint bit of hops.
T&M - Big boozy taste with slight malt undertones. Malty mouthfeel that lingers but not totally unpleasant, but just ok.
Drinkability - interesting beer, not much of a stout but overall not that bad as far as a beer, but that being said, I probally wouldn't get this again. (450 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First beer of the night at Addis Red Sea Ethiopian restaurant in the South End. Poured into a glass and formed a small head. Very light in color, mostly brownish red. Not much smell, maybe a hint of cocoa powder. Taste was just above average. Some roasted malt, but not much. Very thin for a stout, but I think it probably suits the environment in which it's brewed. Not heavy at all, very easy to drink. This was more of a dark ale than anything else. I was given a chance to try a stout from Africa, and it didn't let me down too much. (537 characters)

Photo of gnbird
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked some up in Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles. I spotted all kinds of Ethiopian beers and picked up this one from Harrar and a lager to try. This is more of a brown ale in my opinion, pours with a very small head that dissipates immediately. Color was dark brown, no murkiness. Tastes very coffee like with a strong malt flavor, high carbonation with a pleasant yeasty aftertaste . It's a very tasty beer and I will buy some more if I'm ever down there again. (462 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a glass at Zeni Ethiopian restaurant in San Jose.

A: Pours a dark muddy brown.

S: Roasted malt with a lot of chocolate.

T: Chocolate, some light coffee. Very light in body and in flavor as well. Not really a stout.

M: Light bodied, high carbonation.

D: An interesting beer. I'd probably order it again in an Ethiopian restaurant. (345 characters)

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