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Hakim Stout - Harar Beer Factory

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of willjschmidt
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of hreb
2.28/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of 1759Girl
2.35/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance> Cloudy, light brown, no head, no lacing.

Smell> honeycomb icecream. different. nice.

taste> Almost has the sourness of a lambic, with an aftertaste that I chose to call "iffy" in my notes.

mouf> not bad. not more than okay.

Drinkability> I wanted to like it, but honestly I cant manage another one probably ever.

Photo of Offa
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of Onibubba
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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...

Photo of henrysunset
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

if by stout, they mean dark amber, then yes, that's what this looks like. It isn't very dark, but it pours with a very impressive head of fine tan bubbles.

Smell isn't terribly strong either, mark malts, a little bit of hoppy qualities, and a citrusy almost lambic quality.

Taste is alright. Again, not dark enough to my palate to warrant a stout label, but pleasent enough. Very little flavor up front, but it leaves behind a pleasent dark flavour. Grain and again a small amount of a citrusy flavor.


A little thin of body, but very drinkable. I guess it is hot in ethiopia, and this would be a tasty beer for the climate. While a different style, it has a similar depth as a negro modelo; dark, but drinkable on a sunny day.

Photo of vanrassel
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Prufrock
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of clickpush
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of czechsaaz
2.35/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smell right off is sugary, like glucose based sports drinks. Just a hint of dark or roasted malt character that I'd expect in a stout. I get a whiff of DMS too.

Deep copper and clear. Lighter and more translucent than any stout I've ever had. Smallish but lasting tan head.

Flavor is actually O.K. but not at all like a stout. Sweet like a bock beer with decent malt character. But some of the sweetness seems to be unfermented sugar, maybe some adjunct sugar. There's no discernable roast character at all. Hops are there for light bittering but basically not a factor.

Body is pretty light. Carbonation level is also high that helps give it a little bittering bite.

Probably not a beer I will have again. If this were put in front of me blind and someone told me it was a bock, I'd think it was an average effort for a brew-pub or homebrew bock. As a stout, it fails on so many levels. As a R.I.S., it's not even close.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Orrshow
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.23/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Photo of pentathlete
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent dark brown, small quickly dissipating head. Smell is suitably roasted malts, some toffee. The flavors are not nearly as forceful. The malts are very subdued, still present, but not strong enough to have a lasting impact. The body is lighter than a feather for this style. Carbonation approaches soda levels. It's drinkable. An interesting sample from Ethiopia. Thanks to goschool for this via Boxing Day BIF 05.

Photo of goschool
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a couple bottles of this stuff at Merkato in Little Ethiopia. As practically every reviewer has pointed out, there's no way in hell this is a Russian Imperial Stout (no offense to the BA who entered this, but seriously, wtf?). If the label didn't say stout, I think this would come off as a brown porter.

This one pours dark red to brown with a large tan head that leaves just a smidge of lacing. The nose is chocolaty and fruity with sherry aromas. Roasted malts and chocolate get a rude visit from overly-sweet lactose. This lactose flavor works better in more robust stouts. Think Samuel Smith's Nut Brown meets Mackeson XXX. As this beer warms up the lactose taste goes away. It's a shame how much this beer's rating has suffered from it being miss-categorized as an RIS. This is a below average robust stout, but it's a nice brown porter.

Photo of DogFood11
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of hungryghost
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown color, small head is quick to disapate.
Very slight aroma, malts i guess. Maybe my bottle is older...I dont imagine the store i picked it up in has to restock often.
Hakim offers up a tiny malt flavor in what is one of the thinnest stouts on the planet. I get some tang in the finish.
Despite not being a proper stout, it does go down pretty easy.

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of gbontrag
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Seems a little light in colour for an imperial stout. Poured more brownish/orange than dark. Small foam head on top. Whisps of lace on the glass. Smelled very sweet. Not cloyingly sweet, legitimate sweet. Malts, dark fruits like raisins and plums, coffee and chocolate beans. Heavy coffee taste and raisin taste. Sort of bittersweet. The malt and raisins add a sweet taste, while the coffee makes it bitter. Pretty good, actually. Flows down the throat nice and smoothly. An above par beer, and a good imperial stout.

Photo of ThreePistols
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hakim Stout from Harar Beer Factory
76 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.