Sidamo Coffee Stout | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Sidamo Coffee StoutSidamo Coffee Stout

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 357
Photo of CDGoin
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful thick almost Guinness like head, nice deep caramel colored with tight carbonation.

Nice deep rich coffee flavors with a perfect touch of sweetness.

The roasted coffee smells are really well balanced with the flavor..

Also with a 9.3% ABV it's not dry at all.. very smooth.. a Beer you can drink too fast and hate yourself the next morning.

With that said, I going to buy another 2 bottles tonight..


I have since then gone to Hardywood (They are near my office) and bought it multiple times and am currently hitting one of the growlers.

Since its a limited run and only limited (VERY) are left.. I feel bad for anyone that never had this.. It has to be the best beer I have EVER had.. and I have had a lot (mind you I like my beers high in ABV, with a sweet malty flavor.. Coffee and Chocolate and Vanilla are my favorite flavors and this Beer is loaded with them.

That said.. Saturday they release a new Beer, Chocolate Heat.. also a Russian Imperial Stout.. If you are in their distribution area get it !

Come to the Dark side - We have Stouts and Porters :)

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Photo of mozif
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 batch is much much better than 2014. Coffee notes are much more balanced and has a stronger nose to it. Mouth feel may be a hint too light... Maybe because of high carbonation. Again, 2015 is much much better than 14.

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Photo of Bisco42
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was an exceptionally well balanced RIS. Surprised it doesn't have higher ratings. Nonetheless, it has everything I look for in a RIS, specifically the thick, sweet mouth feel. The coffee is perfectly brought out in the aftertaste.

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Photo of YumYumGumGum
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: black with caramel hue, and not think enough to achieve jet black. Very very thin tan head which disappears quickly with minimal lacing.

S: sweet subtle coffee, small booze

T: the base stout is an excellent IRS and the coffe flavor is excellent and introduces all of the sweetness in front of a dry, malty, roasted slight chocolate flavor.

M: i rarely give a perfect score for mouth feel but this is the quintessential IRS feel with a low but excellent carbonation. Not think but introduces a complex and original chocolate and roasted coffee profile.

O: i may be partial, as I am a local but I've had issues with some of their products in the past and this is a far better beer than the infamous bbgbs. This is a different style but a very drinkable iRS profile. Really enjoyed it on draft at the brewery. Can't wait for an excuse to pop a bottle.

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Photo of SierraDeuce
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased in Sep 2013. Served in Hardywood GBS stem glass.
A - very dark brown with tan head, diminishes after a few minutes.
S - berries and stone fruit (cherries) faint but unmistakable. a little surprised I picked this up, then read the label about the Ethiopian sidamo coffee bean and what it brings to aroma and flavor. Masterful!
T - fruit notes and sweetness up front, then coffee bitterness, but rounded out with caramel and mild booziness. A distinctive, delicious Russian imperial stout.
M - balanced- definitely not thin, but not overly thick or chewy. Perfect consistency for a stout, but definitely a sipping beer.
O - this one surprised me. I was expecting a typical coffee stout and the berry notes threw me a pleasant curve. I'm looking to buy more of these.

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Photo of ALBuff
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with a foamy mocha head, this coffee stout was as visually appealing as it was delicious. A real pleasant surprise. The nose was fairly subtle, with teasing hints of coffee brittle. The taste was the real winner here with a complex variety of coffee, cacao, anise, toffee, nut, and huge mouthfuls of rich molasses. Not as thick, viscous, and mealy as expected. This one could easily sneak up on goes down VERY easy for a beer with 9.3 ABV.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent coffee stout- enjoyed while preparing Easter dinner. Smell is fantastic, taste doesn't quite match the nose in intensity. ABV well hidden..

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Photo of argock
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. 2015 release. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesvile, VA).

A: Pitch black ith chestnut edges with 1 finger of brownie batter head, frothy, but with quick recession and no lacing to speak of.

S: Wonderful balance of sweetish coffee with fig, date, caramel, and light roast character. The coffee and the roast don't compete like in many coffee stouts and RIS -- instead they work together well because a less bitter, sweeter coffee varietal was used. Note to self...

T: Flavor is also a delicious somewhat sweet sided stout - fudge and caramel coated in freshly crushed sweet, berryish coffee beans. There are a few gooier fruit flavors like fig and date, but mostly there is a fair amount of dark chocolate/cocoa that's covered up in the aroma that comes through with a light-medium coffee note that doesn't overpower or annoy -- instead it accents beautifully. Moderately bitter from roast malt notes, coffee, and some presumed hop bitterness.

M: I think the feel suffers from a bit of overcarbonation -- less pep would allow a more lush body, which would work well I think. Ratchet that down about 0.5 volumes, and the body would improve a lot.

O: This is my favorite one of Hardywood's stout, yes better than Gingerbread and Christmas morning. THe balance is there and, I'll admit, spice in beer is not my thing. Coffee on the other hand is another matter.... Delicious beer and glad I bought two!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black pour with a bubbly tan head that leaves a thin layer of bubbles after it settles.

S- Roasty, bready malts, faint aroma of bitter coffee, slight boozy aroma.

T- Starts out as a smooth and roasty RIS, but a huge blast of bold roasted coffee shows up towards the end and stays through the finish. The bottle mentions blueberry notes in the coffee and there definitely is a dried fruit note towards the end, almost like dried fruit in a tea. The coffee used in this beer is really unique. It is subtle, but has bold flavors that come through. I know that is sort of an oxymoron, but it is hard to describe.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, a big bold sipper.

O- A big coffee stout. As I mentioned, the style of coffee makes this one unique, which is a nice change of pace from the many coffee imperial stouts out there. A solid offering.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery:
Have had this before a couple years back, and don't recall being impressed. Tried BBA version recently and enjoyed, so figure a retry of the base was in order.

Pours dark brown on edge of if not over into black. Head is tan and sat nicely stop my pour. Significant head remained a few sips in, some big bubbles amidst a foamy sea. Nose is rich coffee and chocolate, dark roast, semi-sweet chocolate, but combined leaning a bit towards a sweeter scent.

Taste starts more chocolatey, like hot chocolate, even. Or, on a different sip, a bit like a iced mocha coffee. This has the feel and taste of a milk stout, to me, smooth and silky, but just a tad thin. The lingering taste does sit somewhat oily on the palate, with the extends tastes left behind being a bit more coffee in nature.

I'm not sure what I was thinking before, or if Hardywood stepped up its game I this one, or if being "fresh" from the brewery helps, but this is a good beer. It's a little one-dimensional and not as thick as I've felt, if I had to offer criticisms. It is also on the sweeter side of the stout spectrum, so be aware. Glad I reconsidered this beer.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours jet black with a half-finger of tan head. Smell is roasted malts, dark dried fruits and coffee, with taste following. Feel is on the thicker side of medium, but appropriate to the style. Really good beer, worth trying.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours quite light for a RIS - black, but I can see some amber and brown hues around the edges. A finger of off white head forms and very slowly recedes to a thin film.

S: Not what I was expecting. I get some smooth coffee, but I get a caramel and nuttiness that I typically get from English Imperial Stouts. I get some roast behind that, but it certainly doesn't take center stage. A bit of cocoa in the background.

T: Coffee becomes a bit more pronounced in the flavor, but it mixes very well with the stout. This is not an in your face coffee and chocolate bomb like I am used to and love (think FBS and WnB), this is a stout that almost mimics the coffee that is in it. I again get a very nice nutty flavor, quite strong in fact. It actually reminds me of peanut brittle with a nice toffee sweetness to accompany it, though the nuttiness reminds me more of almonds. I get a lightly bitter coffee roast behind that with a nice cocoa to add to the complexity.

M: Definitely on the thin side with slightly higher than average carbonation, but it fits with the beer.

O: Not at all what I expected when I traded for this beer. This is like no other coffee stout I've ever had. It doesn't win you over with its intensity, it wins you over with a well integrated subtle complexity. This brewer really thought this beer out and knew he was doing something unique.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown/blackish color with a thin tan head that doesn't stay very long. Smells of coffee and alcohol. Taste is of a strong coffee and the finish hits you with the alcohol. This was pretty good, was hoping for more though from Hardywood.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, capped

Black in color, opaque, tan head, good retention. Nice coffee aroma. Taste is nice and smooth - not too much roast or bitterness. Full bodied, but easy drinking for the higher ABV.

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Photo of Chaney
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with my wife immediately after nailing my Air Force fitness test. Served in a Game of Thrones snifter.

A: Poured dark, not too thick or oil (which was surprising), and with only a hint of a mocha head that lingered for a while.

S: Moderately potent mocha buttercream flair, without any sort of an intense coffee ground quality. Think Starbucks Chocolate Mocha.

T: Signature Russian Imperial Stout profile: Cocoa-cinnamon mix with lots and lots of molasses. The coffee really hits on the finish.

M: Nice bitter slap on the end, not too sweet, and with a slight bit of lacing left on the glass.

O: My first Hardywood beer. It didn't disappoint.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A deep dark thick rich brown/black where light goes to die. Nose does not give away as much as I would have expected after tasting -- some coffee.Taste is primarily dark roast strong coffee -- bitter and wonderful. The slightest hint of dark cherries at the end. Mouth feel is dense with plenty of lingering bitterness. If you like strong, dark roast coffee (and I do), this stout is for you. Hardywood continues to produce high quality stouts.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, earthy, hint of dark fruit

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, molasses, earthy notes, mild bitter roasty finish

F-medium body with light to medium carbonation smooth, ABV not very noticeable

O-a solid coffee stout,flavors are not in your face, but reasonably well-balanced and smooth drinking

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and rich milk chocolate, with a little citrus.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee with some citrus zest, and a little dark chocolate. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a decent stout with good coffee character, but not a lot of depth or complexity. The body was decent and the finish was smooth, with well hidden alcohol. So it was fairly easy to drink. Nice to try, but nothing too special.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a big thick tan head.
S - Very nice aroma of coffee and vanilla.
T - Flavor is coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Well balanced.
M - Only knock is just a touch too much carbonation for me.
O - Very good coffee stout. I'd buy again for sure.

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Photo of nataku00
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, opaque, with three fingers of creamy light brown head. Head leaves some sticky lacing as it dissipated to half a finger that stuck around for a bit.

Nose is medium roasted drip coffee, fruity cherry and plum with some astringent dark roasted malt.

Coffee forward on the taste, fruity medium roast, semi sweet chocolate. Not as much astringency in the taste as on the nose from darkly roasted malt. Medium finish with a touch of lingering coffee flavors.

Medium body, mild carbonation. More smooth in taste as the beer warmed up, allowing it to be more enjoyable.

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Photo of leantom
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Here goes:

A: Extremely dark body, huge brown head. Doesn't leave much lacing, though.

S: Coffee and lactose sugar. Good but rather simple. Pretty creamy, though, which is how I prefer stouts.

T: Pretty complex. Initial tastes of coffee and lactose sugar succeeded by raisins and plums at the back of the palate. Good.

F: Thick and creamy. Good.

O: A good beer. Would prefer it if it didn't have the dark fruit taste, however.

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Photo of xcdarrel17
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice well balanced coffee stout. Slightly sweet and you can pickup the blueberry if you really focus. Starts out thin, but really coats the tongue well and lingers.

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Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged 750ml into a tulip. The brew looks black in color with brown arouns the edges and a khaki head.

The smell is roasty with chocolate and slight citrus earthy noted blending back to more coffee appeal.

The taste is fruity raison, alcohol and coffee blending to more roasted earthen aspects blending with a bit of citrus hops to balance.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. A warming brew that is well done. Just enough coffee to be nuanced and doesnt dominate the base.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours black. The head is mocha brown one finger of head.

Smell: sweet medium roast coffee dark chocolate blueberry vanilla light roasted malts. It smells really good.

Taste: Upfront I get that blueberry and sweet medium roast coffee middle of the mouth you get roasted malts more blueberry dark chocolate finishes with some roast biterness some booziness to let you know this is a high abv beer and a tart blueberry flavor lingers in the finish.

Feel: medium body creamy mouth feel.

Overall: I'm surprised how much blueberry I get in this beer it's actually the dominate flavor. Wish the coffee came through a bit more but still a really nice beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into my Selkirk Abbey tulip.

Appearance: almost totally black with just hints of brown around the edges when held up to the light. Head is two fingers of frothy tan foam which dissipate slowly leaving a nice lace on the glass. Quite attractive.

Smell: very bready malt aroma with hints of rye, plus a pretty strong caramel and toffee character. Not a lot of coffee here, so it's not what I was expecting, but it's not bad nonetheless.

Taste: lightly sweet malt with more of that caramel-and-rye character. Coffee is present here, but it is quite subdued -- though it seems to pop up a bit in the aftertaste I would call this an American imperial stout long before I'd call this a RIS, but -- a tasty beer it is anyway.

Mouthfeel: big body with an OK carbonation. Texture is smooth but creaminess is kind of rocky. Not bad.

Overall: this beer is far from perfect, but it is quite tasty and the brewer has used a subtle hand when it comes to the coffee addition -- in a good way. This beer's definitely worth a try.

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