Single Origin Coffee Stout Ethiopian Hambela
Terrapin Beer Company

Single Origin Coffee Stout Ethiopian HambelaSingle Origin Coffee Stout Ethiopian Hambela
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Stout - American
4.03 | pDev: 5.96%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Single Origin Coffee Stout Ethiopian HambelaSingle Origin Coffee Stout Ethiopian Hambela
Notes: Coffee Notes
Origin: Ethiopia
Location: Oromia Region
Farm: Hambela Estate, Alaka
Elevation: 1900-2200 m
Processing: Natural
Grade: 3
Varietal: Indigenous heirlooms

Brewed with Jittery Joe's Coffee
Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 169 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Dark brown, no head or lace

S - Coffee and chocolate. Delicious aroma

T - Coffee and sugar dominate. Dark chocolate. Semi-sweet - very tasty!

F - Medium body and carbonation, silky smooth

O - Best one yet of the single origin series. Very tasty

Jun 17, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

A – Very dark brown, near black, with a short but semi-durable tan head. Very good lacing.

Aroma – Mild-moderate strength. Not particularly promising coffee aroma. Surprisingly strong dark chocolate note. A bit boozy.

Flavor: Definitely better than the aroma suggests, with a fine coffee flavor over a well crafted stout. Some hop bitterness as well. Very dark roasted grains with minimal burnt toast and subtle dark chocolate notes. No complaints.

Feel – Medium-full body is creamy smooth. Soft, medium carbonation.

Overall: I like it.

Feb 07, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a thin foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge and leaves some lacing behind

S- coffee is bright and fruity, with notes of red berries. Light char and mocha espresso notes, along with sweet chocolate and vanilla, very nice

T- medium roast and creamy chocolate up front, followed by fruity notes of berries. As it nears the finish, it closes out a bit one dimensional, with lingers of black coffee

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a semi dry finish

O- aroma was more complex than taste, but still enjoyable

Jan 30, 2017
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Four distinct single origin coffees from around the world each brewed with the same base stout." Brewed in the style of an American Stout, available in 12 oz. single bottles as part of a varietal 4 pack with other variants. Featuring an Indigenous heirloom varietal bean from the Ethiopia Oromia region.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a medium brown tone over a near black body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Solid malt base of equal parts chocolate and caramel malts, with a moderate roast finish. Ethiopia Hambela beans generate notes of strong fruit syrups and leather with a gentle earthy roast and light acidity. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Moderate roast and cocoa nibs come together for a modest, but enjoyable stout body. The coffee impact from the Ethiopia varietal generates hints of smooth melon and jammy berry fruit, leather and subtle tobacco with a moderate roast. This is yet another variety in the series that has very subtle qualities that distinguish itself in the aroma, but merge or fade by the flavor, making distinguishing themselves from other coffees a challenge. That said, I did enjoy the richness and range of flavor in this one in particular. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, mildly oily, silky, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even roasty bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) The coffee in this variant stands, like others in the series, moderately concealed against the stout base, although the Ethiopia bean comes through a bit more strongly than the previous versions I have sampled with a broader range of flavor. The flavor range of the Ethiopia variant generates more unique inclusions- a somewhat wider portfolio of fruit characteristics meeting a nice, leathery rich undertone to compliment a moderate roast. It's necessarily a gradual sipper to pick up on much of these subtleties, and even though it's not widely distinguished from other coffee bean beers in the series, it stands a hair above the competition. 3.75

Nov 13, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic, the beer is jet black, and looks thick on the pour, with a bubbly, low profile, dense, dark tan head. Aromas of heavy roast, rich chocolate, charred wood, earthy overtones, and, obviously, bitter coffee. Very rich and dynamic aromas. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, like a mouthful of coffee grounds. Wow. Rich and robust coffee bean notes, subtle cocoa nibs, and hints of char and earth. Very robust notes throughout, but only a subtle bitterness, all on a full body. Roasted coffee aftertaste, with hints of campfire here and there. Smooth, coating, lingering finish. Big beer.

Jul 11, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Jet black one inch mocha colored head, spotty lacing.

Smell - Subtly coffee notes not super strong. Roasted malts and dark chocolate little bit of vanilla.

Taste - The coffee in the taste is a little stronger than the smell, nice chocolate flavors slightly sweetness coming through as well.

Feel - Medium body nice and creamy feel, good carbonation.

Overall - Great coffee flavor with a bit of sweetness, another home run!!

Jun 01, 2016
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep jet black pour with a short lasting tan head. Smell is toffee, roasted nuts and, of course, coffee. Taste is unexpected. Fruity and berries, slightly bitter, some vanilla and coffee (of course). I'm not used to this profile from a coffee beer. Thinner mouthfeel than I'd like but this makes for easy drinking. Not bad but looking forward to the kona and Sumatra beers.

May 29, 2016
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FBGordon from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown to black with a thick tan head that dissipates quickly into a ring that laces nicely.

S: Lots of roast and coffee beans up front with a touch of chocolate here and there.

T: A nice medley of roast, coffee, chcolate, toffee and dark chocolate with some hops on the back end. The aggressive Hambela beans make the coffee very forward, but it's want you secretly wanted anyway.

M: A little slender through the waist, you shouldn't expect this to be a giant Dbl/Imp or RIS. Carbonation is nice and tight, dancing on the tongue and stepping back for a smooth-drinking coffee stout.

O: With a manageable ABV and great coffee taste, this is a nice American Stout that's very coffee-forward and should be enjoyed with it's siblings in the Origins 4-pack.

May 22, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled very light, with some roast and earthy dark chocolate, and a bit of vanilla bean and honey.
T: It tasted like rich and creamy roasted coffee, with some cocoa powder and vanilla bean.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was mild but delicate and complex. Delicious scent and taste, but really light. Maybe I'm just over thinking it, but this one is very refined. I still prefer the boldness of Guatemala the most.

May 07, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite of the four varieties, but they were all very good. In my opinion, this one was the most flavorful and balanced. I really enjoyed all of them and hope I can find another four pack.

May 03, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep black in color, with a large dark tan head. Looks awesome.

S: Wonderful coffee aroma with vanilla and chocolate. Not so much of a rich espresso note, but a smooth Turbinado and cream with coffee aroma. Delightful.

T: Nice. Not necessarily complex, but smooth and tasty. Brown sugar, coffee and cream, and vanilla.

M: Medium light in body, with a touch of chew, and some moderate to high carbonation.

O: Overall pretty good. I like this, but nothing jumps out as me. It's done well, but isn't dynamic. Still damn tasty.

May 01, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus. Best before 2 August 2016. Perhaps unwisely, I've saved my most anticipated iteration for last.
A: Pours black and opaque, with a hint of heavier body.
S: Vanilla. Coffee, of course, but of a more rarefied kind than the Sumatra. Here there are jasmine blossoms, vanilla pods, overripe berries. Sadly, the chocolatey malt tends to overwhelm the delicate coffee notes.
T: A slight sourness (citric acid from the coffee?) keeps this from being the undisputed best of the batch (that honor goes to the Kona iteration). Still, what is here is stellar. A beautiful marriage of darker, roastier-sweet flavors -- beerier flavors -- and incredible coffee topnotes that ring of tangerine and lush blossoms -- berrier flavors.
M: The mouthfeel keeps it together, even if it's not as creamy as other iterations, it's still pretty delightful.
O: A wonderful series of beers that I'm glad to have enjoyed. I particularly enjoyed this final bottle.

Apr 22, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks to stakem for the share/split with Tim on hand to enjoy with me.
The color is dark black with medium tan head with fine bead and light lace.
The smell is fruity and vanilla-like with a toasted aroma and mildly vegetal odor from the beans. The feel has a good blend of roasty and lightly acidic coffee element with medium carbonation and mild roast with light oily texture to balance with semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with mild roast and berry in the coffee with tangy fruit flavor with hint of dark toast and burnt sugar in the malt with light hint of spice in the back with mild woody aspect and gentle bean roastiness for synergy. Overall this is a very good coffee stout -mostly bean flavor as expected with a nice African coffee quality with some acidity to balance with enjoyable contrast to Sumatra yet I prefer that it is enjoyable yet slightly more routine not as standout fruit and tropical in flavor compared to other varietals

Apr 11, 2016
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pretty black for a light abv stout with mahogany highlights around the edges when held to the light. Thumb sized coco head leaves behind some descent lace.

Aroma is good coffee light fruit notes that could be strawberry. Roasted malt base light vanilla hints.

Taste is roasted malts with good coffee notes, light fruity notes finish is light vanilla and earthy notes. This is a nice coffee stout good dark coffee with some strawberry hints.

Mouthfeel is medium more or less, more of a lighter stout .carbonation level is medium.

Overall the best one of the bunch, should make this there regular coffee stout.

Apr 08, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter and sampled along side the other 3 single origin coffee variations. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a khaki head that holds well with stringy lace.

This iteration is rich and roasty with more earthen notes and a mild dark fruit character. Strong roasted grain notes with coffee and a slight citrus hoppiness. This is light in body with modest carbonation. Overall with these, the nose really showcases the nuance and subtle differences between the coffees. However, the nuance gets lost a bit in the flavor. Still enjoyable regardless.

Apr 08, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black pour with a moderate roasted toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Dark roast coffee char with some light smokiness.

T - Dark roasted coffee, some roasted char, light smokiness, some dark roasted chocolate. Moderately bitter lingering roasted coffee and dark chocolate finish.

M - Light medium body full medium body up front but ends much thinner on the back end.

O - A solid stout, a little thin for my liking but solid.

Apr 07, 2016
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ccg from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

All four bottles of the pack opened simultaneously for a side-by-side comparison.
Small head, no lacing, small amount of retention.
Of the four, this one has the most chocolately smell and the coffee smell is still strong but the least strong of the four.
Flavor is fairly similar. It's like drinking a black iced coffee.
Mouthfeel is more porter than stout. It's a bit thin.
It's still a decent coffee stout, but I think it's my least favorite of the four.

Mar 27, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: very dark brown, nearly opaque. Slight mocha head and a little lacing.
Smell: some coffee, a little roast. Fairly modest nose.
Taste : much like the nose. Pleasnt enough though no stand out.

Mar 26, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout is brewed with single-origin coffee from Hambela Estate in Ethiopia; it is a nigh-impenetrable black, faintly ruby-litten at the bottom of the glass and otherwise devoid of highlights. A brief-lived thin pebbly tan head leaves sparse bands and splotches of lacing. The aroma is medium in intensity, and is dominated by coffee notes that almost leap out at you- dark diner coffee with a more mellow roast character behind it- leaving room for nothing else but some modest alcohol overtones. The palate is similarly coffee-dominated: bright, moderately bitter coffee with the medium-roasted depth promised by the nose; there are hints of bitter chocolate and toffee in the background. The finish is more of the same, followed by a subtle, quite bitter coffee/chocolate linger that sticks around for quite awhile. The mouthfeel is thinnish for the medium-full body and the texture is medium-peppery from the style-assertive carbonation; the overall tactile experience would better befit a porter. As far as the coffee goes, very well done. (12 oz bottle, 130 days before best-by)

Mar 26, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 08.02.16.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Great burst of dark roast black coffee and not much else. The coffee is of great quality though.

T- Smells way better than it tastes since the coffee is a bit one-dimensional and doesn't last long on the palate. Minimal sweetness and hop bitterness. Just black coffee.

M- A tad creamy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- 3rd best of the 4 with the Kona coming in last and the Guatemala and Sumatra basically tying for 1st.

Mar 25, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black, with a tinge of brown showing around the edges. Khaki/creme colored head that disappears rather quickly. Aroma has thunderous amounts of dark coffee in it and out front, at least compared with the other single origin offerings. Notes of dark fruit and wood in the coffee. Slight smooth, espresso undertone. Roasted malts open up with a strong backing of coffee. Coffee is well roasted, medium body which stays with the taste buds for the duration of the drink. Sharp finish with little to no after taste. Mouth feel is a little harsh, but otherwise smooth and mellow. Overall, my favorite of the single origin bunch. The coffee really comes through in this one.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Drank and reviewed blindly comparing Terrapin's Single Origin offerings. Best by: 8/02/16.

Mar 23, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with khaki colored head. Coffee, lots of it on the nose, with just a little roast and cocoa; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and smooth. Finishes with a lot of delicious coffee notes.

Mar 22, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label seemingly promised tones of vanilla and fruit - and by cracky, they're there (at least aromatically)! Vanilla mostly, but there is a twinge of jammy sweetness lying around. I'm also picking up graham cracker and roast. A very intriguing and wonderful nose, even more so than the Sumatra Wahana variant. Opening flavors of coffee are subtle, but do bring roast, vanilla, and graham cracker. The finish isn't as bold as I'd like taste-wise. Still, the airy feel and light feel helps it go down easily (even if it's not really what I want from a stout). While I don't feel this lives up to its fullest potential, it's a good coffee stout, and better than the first variant I had.

3.57/5: Still not perfect, but it shows off this seemingly tasty coffee nicely

Mar 20, 2016
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qchic from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

#2 out of the 4 pack. My impressions are similar, but there are noticeable differences. Similar opaque dark brown appearance. The aroma is of roasty, yet brighter coffee and softer vanilla. Drinking this brings an interesting evolution of flavors with red fruit at the beginning, vanilla in the middle and earthy roast at the end. The body does not feel as thin as the Guatemalan. Again, very enjoyable!

Mar 20, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

possibly my least favorite of the beers in this series. i find it the most bitter for sure, and the shortest on nuance. i get a little bit of burnt paper, ashy and high carbon, with some very bitter raw cocoa flavor, and even a little wood to it. smoldering sort of flavor, like spent coffee grounds. i think this takes over the base beer a little bit in a way the others didnt. i get less of the chocolate malt in the base stout, its lost a little bit to deeper earthier flavors. i get very little of the descriptors on the side of the bottle, even though i am looking for them. a little pencil lead in here maybe, but with all of this sounding negative, i have to say i still really like it. i like an intense coffee, and i like a coffee i am not familiar with. i have not had a lot of ethiopian espresso, so its a cool new flavor profile to my palate. this series overall has been incredibly enjoyable, and i am lucky to count wcu80 among my friends. so cool of him to send me these. we tasted them with a small group and everyone had different opinions, so these are just my thoughts, coffee, like beer, is always wide open to interpretation, especially when you put them together, but hawaiian kona gets my vote!

Mar 17, 2016
Single Origin Coffee Stout Ethiopian Hambela from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 169 ratings