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Hakim Stout - Harar Beer Factory

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BA SCORE
75
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harar Beer Factory
Ethiopia

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jreitman on 07-18-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 02:46:04 | More by Sammy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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...).

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 21:07:43 | More by TMoney2591
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-21-2012 17:23:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 04:29:29 | More by drabmuh
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly murky cheestnut, which is quite light for the style, with a head that dissipates in about two seconds. No lacing. Aromas of caramel, light maltiness, and minerally as well. Tastes like a sweet stout mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with club soda. The flavors aren't bad, but the beer is light and fizzy- probably the lightest stout of any kind that I've had. Sweet caramel, a slightly treacly character, and mineral water round out the flavors. Mouthfeel is too light and spritzy. This beer is just okay. Too light, spritzy, and sweet. Never had an Ethiopian beer, and since it wasn't a fizzy Euro lager I thought I'd give it a try. Unfortunately, its a fizzy stout instead.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 20:38:55 | More by Georgiabeer
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-08-2013 04:05:12 | More by BillRoth
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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)

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:23:13 | More by chinchill
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:22:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 00:44:56 | More by Cyberkedi
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. There’s 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 can’t describe. The malts are burnt to a crisp.

Mouthfeel – Way too light for an Imp Stout. This isn’t even medium-bodied. The sharp, relentless bitterness found in the drink and the lingering aftertaste saves this mouthfeel, though.

Drinkability – Not bad, but won’t buy again. It is very interesting though that it comes from Ethiopia. I would have predicted much worse.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 02:11:22 | More by RoyalT
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

2.42/5  rDev -24.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 19:23:01 | More by Evil_Pidde
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330 cl bottle to the La Rulles taster. On the eve of my favorite festival, the Portland International Beerfest, I chose this, the most 'international' of my current beers. Picked one up recently at By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Sports a simply designed label, which was definitely hand-applied (crooked) and looks as though printed on a third-rate color copier; label lists ABV at 5.5%.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, rusty/red-brown with a finger and a half of fizzy light tan head. Short-lived foam winnows down to a blotchy film of tiny, percolating bubbles and a faint ring of larger ones. After a few minutes, there is no head and never any lace. This beer looks nothing like a Russian Imperial Stout should, resembling in color a Wee Heavy or murky Red Ale. I was told by the co-owner at BTB not to expect a 'stout' in the American sense and she was absolutely right. Hard to judge...an unconventional look, to say the least...

S: Full of caramel malt, as if someone actually dropped a chewy cube of it in the mix and melted it in. Fruity and sugary, again likening this to a different style, this is like a sweet, grainy Baltic porter.

T: Interesting - quite spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins, carob or dates. Lots of sweetness, malty caramel, light cocoa/chocolate. Once again if I'm going to compare this to anything I've ever tried, it won't be a stout; the grainy/sweet Wee Heavies and Baltics again come to mind. Even Euro Dark Lagers and Dopplebocks have some similar flavoring, though a totally different yeast and brewing technique... Bittering in the finish is kinda chalky and medicinal.

M: Begins with a light crispness then really quickly thins out. Weak and watery end, a slightly gummy/grainy lingering finish.

D: A curious beer, seems to defy categorization in the BA/BJCP sense. Am I glad to have tried this? - yes. Have it again? - probably not. A treat to sample this brew; it's one I'd recommend any fan of the 'unusual beer' to try. Good luck finding it, though...

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 04:49:36 | More by msubulldog25
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srandycarter

California

3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 02:43:16 | More by srandycarter
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 17:38:15 | More by IronDjinn
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bigred89

Maryland

3/5  rDev -6.8%

04-01-2012 22:09:05 | More by bigred89
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 04:28:37 | More by ktrillionaire
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Offa

California

3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 18:54:43 | More by Offa
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DogFood11

California

2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at an ethiopian market. I was hesitant because the owner reccomended some beers and this was not one of his suggestions. I picked it up anyway for the sake of my fellow beer advocates. The low alcohol content had me wary with this long journey to the west coast. Had a nice carbonation phssst when I popped the cap and it poured nicely into a gobblet forming a solid one finger head. The froth was odd for an imperial in that it was off white at best and fell to an island with no lacing. Lots of dark fruity smell and huge chocolate presence that dominated throughout. I'm ranking this as an imperial but it seems more suited for a stout category. This has to have the worst mouthfeel of any imperial I've had. Watered down, nothing creamy, oily or anything other than a watered down chocolate and some burnt flavors but no zing. If there was such a thing as a "light stout" this would be it. Nothing offensive just doesnt produce the "imperial" status.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 03:27:07 | More by DogFood11
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

02-01-2012 00:06:22 | More by shigg85
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 19:41:51 | More by BigBry
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shand

Florida

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 00:53:56 | More by shand
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woemad

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 02:46:52 | More by woemad
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 23:54:07 | More by morebeergood
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froghop

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 04:37:28 | More by froghop
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snaotheus

Washington

1.83/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 00:00:33 | More by snaotheus
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Hakim Stout from Harar Beer Factory
75 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.