Hakim Stout - Harar Beer Factory
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3.55/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
05-07-2014 04:23:37 | More by BeerDocT
3.46/5 rDev +7.1%
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)
09-27-2012 23:23:13 | More by chinchill
3.23/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-14-2012 02:43:16 | More by srandycarter
3.7/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
03-30-2012 02:22:55 | More by LiquidAmber
Hakim Stout from Harar Beer Factory
75 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.