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Hakim Stout - Harar Beer Factory

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75
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 19.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | 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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3/5  rDev -7.1%

mrfreakybig, Mar 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

efb123, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

shigg85, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +23.8%

KimenTshom, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of IronLover
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

IronLover, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Cyberkedi, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of therica
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

therica, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Northsider
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Northsider, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of DannelB
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
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

DannelB, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

ktrillionaire, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of shand
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

shand, May 18, 2011
Photo of Chizoad
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Chizoad, Apr 03, 2011
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1.83/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

snaotheus, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.42/5  rDev -25.1%
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...

Evil_Pidde, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of TheDeuce
2.28/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

TheDeuce, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  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...).

TMoney2591, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of froghop
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

froghop, May 04, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.15/5  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.

Bookseeb, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

chickencoop, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

morebeergood, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of gnbird
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

gnbird, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
3.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

willjschmidt, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of hreb
2.28/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

hreb, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

BigBry, Sep 23, 2008
Hakim Stout from Harar Beer Factory
75 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.