Hakim Stout - Harar Beer Factory
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4.72/5 rDev +46.1%
The first thing you think is "Ethiopian Beer? Yeah Right." But then you try it. First off, this beer has more in common with a Belgian Brown or a Double Bock than a stout, but I assume the word "stout" has come to encompass all darker than average beers in the former colonies. This is quite simply an exceptional beer. It has an excellent mouthfeel and whatever kind of exotic spices are put into this are very noticable, but not in an overbearing way. Has notes of roasted coffee and plums. The bottle with the funky label is also a plus for the collectors in the house.
09-17-2003 21:38:45 | More by ChrisBowers
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
4.08/5 rDev +26.3%
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.
07-11-2011 04:28:37 | More by ktrillionaire
4/5 rDev +23.8%
Dark reddish brown color with a decent off-white head. Roasted coffee and raisin aroma. Full bodied coffee taste with raisins and spicy flavors that lingered on the tongue. The flavors are assertive but not too heavy on the palate. A very pleasant roasted aftertaste. Smooth and complex.
01-05-2004 16:46:38 | More by ThreePistols
3.98/5 rDev +23.2%
330cc bottle into a pilsner.
deep brown with an inch of off-white head. head retains well and leaves plenty of lace.
nice blend of sweet aromas. honey, caramel, raisins, and a touch of chocolate. some roasted malts as well.
sweet honey and chocolate in the taste as well, with some roasted malt bitterness. fairly sweet but not cloying and very pleasantly drinkable. fairly light mouthfeel for a stout, but it's a pretty good beer that i'd love to try again.
06-25-2006 14:57:15 | More by Prufrock
3.9/5 rDev +20.7%
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.
06-08-2009 02:51:52 | More by gnbird
3.88/5 rDev +20.1%
This is a nice, mellow, yet tasty beer.
It is dark red brown, faintly hazy, with a small tan head that soon dissipates to a foamy ring.
The aroma is light, yeasty, malty dough with stewed fruit and wine.
The taste is stronger and more complex, mostly sweet and malty with a faint sour quality, a little caramel, stewed fruit, musky wine, a hint of chocolate.
04-21-2008 18:54:43 | More by Offa
3.73/5 rDev +15.5%
Pour: 33cl bottle to pint glass. Lays out a 1.5 finger tan head over a black bodied beer. The head stuck around for a while, making this beer look very inviting. Left nice lacings behind for me to admire.
Nose: Chocolate and a roasting aroma are very strong. Some caramel and alcohol are obvious, and deeper the malts come out with some more chocolate and hints of grapefruit.
Mouth: Didn't quite live up to my expectations: a bit plastic tasting and sour, but not in a horrible way. The chocolate is extremely strong and delicious with a very unique after taste, like burnt chocolate. The flavor is a bit too sour and has some processed candy like qualities that aren't too favorable. My girlfriend screamed "That's the worst beer I've ever tasted!!"... but I disagree. It's not great tasting, but has some interesting flavors that I liked. Thorough carbonation as well.
06-15-2006 20:21:28 | More by clickpush
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
3.63/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
09-23-2011 20:35:39 | More by therica
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
3.55/5 rDev +9.9%
12 oz. stubbie bought at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane. According to the label, this has an abv of 5.5%. I bought this purely for the novelty of drinking something from Ethiopia. My expectations were low due to the rather weathered appearance of the bottle, and because one has to wonder about beer from predominantly Muslim nations. When many in the culture are at best tolerant of alcohol, you have to question how good the beer is. Well, while this is definitely not the best stout I've had, its really not bad at all. It's really more like a brown ale with a slightly increased amount of hoppiness.
It poured a dark brown color, with a bit of rubiness at the edges when held to the right. Big tan head, which was gone in about 2 minutes. Smell was of a mild roasty maltiness, with caramel and a floral hoppiness. The taste is predominantly caramel, with a slight hoppiness. The mouthfeel is thin for a stout. This is very drinkable, a better session beer than most beers labeled stout.
10-29-2003 02:46:52 | More by woemad
3.55/5 rDev +9.9%
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!
10-10-2011 00:44:56 | More by Cyberkedi
3.53/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
11-15-2011 14:13:29 | More by IronLover
3.53/5 rDev +9.3%
Had this at an Ethiopian restaurant in SF. Small bottle poured into a water glass. Dark brown, no head, no lacing, not too dark either. Smelled of roasty malts, more along the lines of a porter than a stout. Tasty. Not much if any alcohol present. Decent mouthfeel, not too remarkable in any way. Some caramel, some raosty malts, but not overly sweet. All in all it was very drinkable, complemented the meal well, and I had another.
11-05-2007 18:25:22 | More by Onibubba
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.