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 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 Riff
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick black color with a darker brown head, about a finger thick. Some nice lacing left behind on the glass. Smells heavily of blackstrap molasses and coffee, a little hint of chocolate. Taste is a little on the thin side, coffee is more muted than I would have expected, slight hint of chocolate, more primarily roasted malt flavor. Feel is again thinner, makes it a little too easy to quickly quaff this beer. Overall it's not a bad sipper for an afternoon or an evening to just relax where you want a stout but not a whale, however it's not worth purposely seeking out.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be thin, which is ok if it packs some flavor into a small body. It is thin on flavor as well. I don't get much roast flavor that you expect with big stouts. I also do not get much coffee flavor, which you expect with a big coffee stout.

Overall: just too thin and lifeless. Certainly not offensive, but not good either. There are much better beers for the money.

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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 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 ManapuaMan
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lively khaki head that riles up when poured. Black body with mild carbonation. Aroma seems more porter than stout with slight coffee, heavy roasted malt, chocolate and booze. Baker's chocolate, alcohol heat, sweet oats and toasted bread compromise the taste. Mouthfeel starts off really smooth and soft but ends with an abrupt thin and bitter finish. Great tasting stout with tons of coffee grounds that packs a noticeable ABV in a thin body.

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Photo of delta490
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost completely black, with a medium-dark fizzy brown head that burns away quickly. It still leaves small spots of soapy lacing. The aroma has nice subtle coffee, cocoa and roasted malts. The is good but backs off from the aroma. The coffee is almost non-existent and it's strongly roasted malt. It's a bit one note, although it is a good note. The body isn't quick as slick as the style usually is and has a moderate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cousin hook up. Thanks Brandt! Into my tulip out of the bottle.

A – Black as night. Finger of milk chocolate head. Spotty lacing.
S – Coffee and lots of it. Light cream.
T – Huge roasted malts up front and solid coffee punch all around. Cream, vanilla and molasses. Touch of bitterness to finish it off.
M – Tingly on the palate. Medium bodied. Dry.

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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 bgold86
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter glass, pours a nice dark black with beautiful mocha colored head. That's the best of this beer though. Very light coffee and chocolate on the nose. Taste is even blander, barely any coffee, has an unpleasant metallic taste. Not enjoyable in any way. A real opposite end of the equation in comparison to their other beers. Time to re-think the recipe on this one guys...

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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 VirginiaBeerMan
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good appearance, tan head that doesn't last long, no legs. A good imperial overall; smells of imperial/alcohol, taste of coffee; a very, very, very slight dryness, good roast, mild coffee bitterness. Worth having once or twice.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 BigC88
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More coffee than "Imperial Russian" flavor (if there is such a thing... I'm using Old Rasputin as a reference here). This beer reminds me very much of a chicory stout I've had in the past... Can't remember the name. The 9% ish ABV along with a few other beers has me struggling. It's roasty, dry, and quite delicious. The mouthfeel isn't as thick as you'd expect a Russian imperial to be, but it's got more viscosity than a standard coffee stout. I usually find one or two heavy stouts to be enough for the night, but this one has that chicory-esque flavor that makes me thirst for more the way a good IPA does. So there's that. It's good.

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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 obywan59
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hard pour into the bottom of my glass resulted in a nice tan 5 finger head. Black, with nary a trace of highlight. Almost no lacing.

Aroma, not surprisingly, is of coffee with a hint of dark chocolate and dark fruits in the background.

The taste is rather sweet for a stout. Dark roast coffee and bitter roast malt. Slightly acidic, almost tart. A hint of fruit, but I don't really get any blueberry.

Medium full in body. Light to moderate stickiness. slightly warming, and a bit drying.

Overall, animpressive brew. Well balanced with plenty of coffee and a hint of fruit. Great body. Smooth. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that left a minor lace ring down glass. Aroma is slight blueberry with moderate roasted coffee bean and is not overpowering.
OVerall, the body is smooth, slightly sticky sometimes, has a mild coffee profile that is a dry, roasted feel and the blueberry flavor does come out a little. ABV is well-hidden considering how mild this beer is. I like my coffee/"RI" stouts a little milder than is considered the norm so I liked this beer. Somewhat simplistic but overall an enjoyable beer to sip.

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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 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 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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