Hakim Stout - Harar Beer Factory
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Reviews by Northsider:
3.3/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
08-29-2011 14:42:12 | More by Northsider
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3.33/5 rDev +3.1%
Appearance Dark, ruby brown in color with a huge, tanned, foaming head that left tons of lacing as it went down.
Smell Roasted malts drenched in hot chocolate syrup. I could pour this over some vanilla ice cream. Theres also a hint of coffee in there as well.
Taste This Stout loses something at the taste. It still has the chocolate syrup but it picks up an off flavor that I cant describe. The malts are burnt to a crisp.
Mouthfeel Way too light for an Imp Stout. This isnt even medium-bodied. The sharp, relentless bitterness found in the drink and the lingering aftertaste saves this mouthfeel, though.
Drinkability Not bad, but wont buy again. It is very interesting though that it comes from Ethiopia. I would have predicted much worse.
12-16-2004 02:11:22 | More by RoyalT
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
3.33/5 rDev +3.1%
They say that Euthopia brews beer..some colour and head and sourness. A stout? Light mouthfeel, particularly for this style. Some Hershey chocolate syrup carmel malts and coffee roast for flavour. Quaffable. Radekfest 05 sample 34, I think run in by Oakes.
04-06-2005 02:46:04 | More by Sammy
2.28/5 rDev -29.4%
Had tonight at Asmara in central square. Very cold 330cc bottle served with an unfortunately chilled tall narrow stange glass. Beer pours very reddish brown color with almost no head. Aroma is very faint, but vaguely sweet and adjunct-malty.
The first sip is sharp with carbonation and not much else. The coldness amplifies this. The flavor is also sweet and vaguely malty but there's not much else going on here. It does taste fairly lagery for a stout. I really have no idea how beeradvocate came up with the "Russian Imperial Stout" designation. It's all of 5.5% abv -- and has none of the flavor profile.
The bottle says "Hakim Stout (Dark Beer)". As a dark beer, like a sweet brown ale, it's merely bad. As a stout, it's quite possibly the worst example of a stout I've ever had.
02-12-2009 04:04:34 | More by hreb
4.1/5 rDev +26.9%
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
08-17-2011 12:58:51 | More by DannelB
2.85/5 rDev -11.8%
Appearance - Very dark with a red hue especially when held up to light. A decent amount of tan head covers the top of the beer but doesnt stay for long.
Smell - The aroma given off by this beer is weak but hints of chocolate and sweet coffee. I can't get much else out of it. Not very impressive.
Taste - The taste of this stout is also quite weak. Almost like its been watered down. Roasted malts are present with an almost sweet chocolate flavor to come. A slightly sour aftertaste was left in my mouth afterwards which was not very appealing.
Mouthfeel - Way too light for the style. This beer was thinner than any Porter I've ever had let alone an Imperial Stout. Carbonation was slightly high but not too noticeable.
Drinkability - This beer is drinkable enough. Nothing about it is overpowering and it goes down easily for me.
This beer is not something I would recommend to someone new to the craft beer scene. Worth trying once but not something I would have another go at.
02-21-2006 02:31:29 | More by Orrshow
3.05/5 rDev -5.6%
It's a good thing packaging isn't indicative of quality, because the tattered, practically hand-drawn label while inspiring curiousity also instilled me with a slight foreboding about what may be inside.
My apprehension abated when a thick tan head formed as I poured this beer into my pint glass. Holding it to the light, however, revealed a cola-coloured elixir that was too light and transparent for a stout. (I dunno why this is classified as an RIS, but I digress....)
The smell was more in line with the style, roasted malt and a bit of sour yeast not unlike Guinness Extra Stout (the one contract brewed by Labatt, anyway). Some other pleasant aromas like burnt caramel and molasses made for a nice overall effect.
Taste-wise, things fell apart a bit. Some good stouty elements, such as molasses, roasted malt and black licorice, but they didn't blend well together and the whole thing lacked structure. A slight metallic twang also detracted from things. The body needs the most work of all: way too thin for a stout.
03-24-2007 23:12:03 | More by vanrassel
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
2.23/5 rDev -31%
Found this little stubbie bottle at the Kensington Wine Market, and thought it may have been Morrocon or Egyptian at first. But sunuvagun, it's from Ethiopia, that makes things more interesting. 5.5% listed on the bottle for abv.
Pours out a red cola hue, looks more akin to a bock than a stout. Quick fizzle of beige head that disipates quickly, and leaves a thin spotted film on top of the beer.
The aroma is akin to a strong dark Belgian ale, although comes very close as well to that one bad Baltic porter that I sampled a long time ago. I'm getting dates and raisins that had been liberally soaked in rum in the aroma, a little bit of chocolate and a lot of cloyingly sweet malt extract. But the overwhelming theme that I'm picking up is that of dates.
The flavour is mildly schizophrenic, as if this stout can't decide what exactly it wants to be. All that ripe flavour I previously encountered has completely disappeared, in fact I don't taste much of anything until well into the aftertaste when some roasted malt rises up and makes an appearance. By the time this stuff reaches room temperature (can ya tell I haven't been frantically chugging away at this stuff?) a marriage of sweet malt and thick chewy dates starts to slowly emerge around the middle of the sip and stands in together at the finish. The roasted malt, as always, continues to lurk in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but gets a bit of backbone from some carbonation, providing this stout with a curious texture. Curious as in "what the heck is going on?", rather than "this is a mystery I'd love to explore and get to the bottom of, c'mon Scooby-Doo!".
I'm happy to have had the chance to sample this stout from Ethiopia, I'm not pining away for my lost cash that went towards the purchase of it, but I can confidently say I can't see myself buying another one of these, especially if I'm in the mood for a stout.
02-05-2006 17:38:15 | More by IronDjinn
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
3.13/5 rDev -3.1%
Dark yes, but not very dark for a RIS. Small white head.
Liquorice scent, plus a distinct smell that I couldn't put a finger on.
Decent sweet, toasted flavor, but nothing really stands out.
Rather fizzy in the mouth. Not as smooth as I like them.
It's drinkable. Definitely good as an after dinner dessert alternative. I was having Ethiopian food, which I assume the Hakim was made to accompany. It does a decent job of it. Overall though, this is not one of my favorites of the style.
05-08-2006 20:58:50 | More by JayTheFinn
3.48/5 rDev +7.7%
This is not an imperial stout.
pours like thin coffee. You can see all through the edges. Cola colored. Short head. Indistinct, didn't stay around much.
stubby little bottle is cool.
pretty simple nose; burnt malts, caramel malts.
It runs a little smokey, and pleasantly bittersweet. A little fruity, a bit of grass comes through. This is thin, but very drinkable. Exceedingly delicious with Ethiopian foods. Doesn't overpower any of the delicately spiced legumes, but stands up to the chiles, and the wonderful collard greens. Yeah, it's kinda thin, and not very complicated, but it sure goes down easily. It's totally enjoyable with the meal.
11-07-2004 06:46:12 | More by gbontrag
3.33/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-18-2011 00:53:56 | More by shand
2.28/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
08-01-2010 17:29:32 | More by TheDeuce
3.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Stubby, brown bottle, label as pictured above. No bottling date.
Cola colored liquid, dark brown when held to the light (rather than reddish of other dark beers). Thick tan head, not bad retention, good carbonation.
The smell had some roasted malt and was a bit yeasty. Also got some caramel and molasses.
Taste and mouthfeel were a bit thin. Some stout flavors, but were a bit weak overall. Roasted malt, a bit coffee-like, licorice.
Not as rich and flavorful as some other stouts, (especially an RIS). However, if it were scorching hot out, this probably be quite refeshing and smooth, lighter and easy to drink.
09-23-2008 19:41:51 | More by BigBry
Hakim Stout from Harar Beer Factory
75 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.