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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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.33/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a mini pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. Nice lacing. Thick collar and some wisps.

Smell - Ouch. Grassy raw coffee. Sweet malts. Harsh coffee.

Taste - Worse. Like watered down coffee. Very raw and green coffee flavor with a characteristic acidity. Just a bit of chocolate malt to back it up.

Mouthfeel - A little acidic. Even some booze. Bitterness.

Overall - Had this twice and neither time has it been good. Just a crappy coffee flavor.

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Photo of upton7418
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

bottle into snifter

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

S-roasted malt with a very very light coffee smell

T-dark roasted malt, and light coffee taste with a tinge of alcohol on the end. coffee in the aftertaste but overall i got very little from this beer. disappointing

F-medium body with light to medium carbonation smooth very creamy

O- an ok stout but not at all impressive very disappointed in this beer as there are much better examples of this style on the market.

Serving type: bottle

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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 ThickNStout
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from ThatCracker (thanks man!). 2014 release. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, near-black brown with three fingers of fluffy tan froth. The head recedes slowly to a thin cap and healthy halo that laces nicely.

An almost astringent blueberry aroma leads before opening up to reveal bakers cocoa, faint creamed coffee, a little roasted malt and some cooked sugars.

Hmm. Not quite sure what's going on in the taste. That same strange blueberry note that I detected in the nose is also initially prevalent in the flavor. Ultimately the taste follows the nose to a fault- bittersweet bakers cocoa, thin creamed coffee, roasted dark grains, burnt caramel, dark fruit skins and a little booze. Not outright bad but leaves me craving a coffee stout.

Creamy, medium full body with carbonation that comes accross as a bizarre blend of too sharp on the attack yet too dull as it settles on the tongue. Finshes bitter with burnt coffee and dark chocolate.

I'm guessing that Sidamo coffee just isn't my thing. I know that Hardywood Park can make a killer stout but the aroma and flavors here didn't line up with my preferences. Further inspection of the bottle reveals that Ethiopian Sidamo coffee does have "distinctive blueberry undertones" if they are to be believed so I guess I wasn't crazy to detect it. Interesting but ultimately well under standards for both the brewery and the style.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another gracious gift from Brad.

The beer is dark black with a lasting, oily, beige head. The aroma brings coffee, butter cookies, chocolate, charred roast. The flavor is ok. Probably not fair having just tried a couple of Kopi Luwak Speedway Stouts. A bit chalky. Prominent coffee throughout, but the blend / balance seems a bit askew. Fun to try once, but not one I shall revisit.

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Photo of portia99
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle (2013 release) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a near black in the glass with a dense, coffee ice cream colored, almost Guinness draught-like head of three fingers that shows excellent staying power. Foamy and thick, the head takes several minutes to fall to the surface and leaves behind foamy webs of lacing that nearly cover the entire surface of the glass.

S - Slightly astringent, noticeable berry-like fruitiness, slightly metallic, lightly alcoholic, roasted malts, a bit earthy, nice coffee bitterness/roastiness. A little bit odd in a way that I can't quite identify - I think the metallic notes and prominent berry aromas are the cause however.

T - Similar to the aroma...noticeable astringency that seems a bit off - maybe early sign of infection, but not sure. Metallic, berry flavors, burnt/acidic/astringent malts, black coffee. A bit smoky and leathery.

M - Medium body with a finely bubbled medium carbonation. Strong berry flavors and acidic/astringent notes are a bit overpowering and block out some of the roasty nuance.

O - This one isn't really working for me that well. I had high hopes and expectations for this one and really wanted to like this more. Coffee is muddled behind some burnt malt notes and a huge berry character. Acidity and a metallic quality also don't do this any favors. All of these things are fighting against each other and don't allow anything to shine thru. A bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass from vintage 2014 release.

Out of the bottle pours a real smooth chestnut brown, hitting the glass and filling a deep dark mahogany brown. Very thin creamy light cocoa brown head is formed, which falls to an even thin puck, and matching soft collar of thin bubbles. Pretty nice looking stout.

Bouquet is kind of ordinary. Some soft roasted grains, a faint hint of acid and sourness. Not really getting any coffee or ripping bean action on this at all. Faint hint of fruit going on which might make sense with the Ethiopian angle.

Palate comes with a light fruit quality. Bit of a wet and tonic water carbonated palate a bit, with not much coating. Roasted quality is taken backseat by a soft acidic fruit character and matching sourness detected on the nose in the finish. A bit wet. Some piping warmth heat from the alcohol which works with the coffee nicely, but not too boozy.

Overall not too bad, I often do like the fruity character of some Ethiopian coffees, but I think in this style it comes off hinting at a bit acrid grain sensing, taking my enjoyment out of it just a little bit. Otherwise it's nice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and subdued earthy coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the coffee seems to be fairly subdued in both the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light black if you will with frothy edges after a minute and very sticky lacing and spiderwebs around the edges. Slightly light looking at the edges.

S: Aroma of light roasted coffee, dark roast barley and toasted oats. slight vegetal bitter scent.

T: Very bitter and slightly vegetal tasting. Coffee is there, but nearly that of a light aromatic coffee completely different from say an espresso roast. I had tasted blueberry flavors as well, and after reading the label it confirmed what I had already tasted... blueberry hints from the coffee apparently. Weird. The stout flavors I feel are more similar to an imperial porter than a stout and while the line is blurry, I think this is also a little light on body.

M: Slightly light on body. It is more drinkable because of this but just a little lighter than what I am used to in a RIS mouthfeel. Carbonation levels are good.

O: Overall, its an interesting beer. I would drink it again, and the blueberry flavors are intriguing.

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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 Knapp85
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured by DaveHack, this poured as a nice rich black color with a nice tan head on top. The retention is pretty good with a light lacing on the glass. The smell is lightly roasted not much coffee though. The taste of the beer has a decent coffee flavor with a balanced roasted malt flavor. Subtle bitter finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth. It's very drinkable. Overall it's a good brew, seems more like a milk stout than an RIS though. Could use a bit more coffee too. Worth trying.

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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 jaasen64
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into 18oz Funky Buddha snifter. Picked up on my way through Richmond yesterday.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque dark black in the glass. A thin creamy mocha head forms that quickly recedes to a flat top leaving some spotty layered lacing. Modest carbonation with decent consistency.

S- Coffee, lightly roasted espresso beans, light blueberries, licorice, fairly average aroma strength, doesn't quite have that rich fresh coffee aroma that I like in a lot of Coffee stouts.

T- Lightly creamy chocolate, some nicely balanced coffee, finishes with a hint of blueberry. Not as robust as I would like, but not bad.

M- A little bit on the light side for an imperial stout, easy drinking, lightly creamy.

O- Not bad but not quite as good as I was hoping it would be. It had a nicely balanced coffee taste with some light dark chocolate and a hint of blueberry which made it a bit unique. Doesn't have that fresh robust coffee taste that my favorite coffee stouts have. I'm glad I stopped off the highway to pick up a couple bottles of this, but it's probably not something that I'd drink all the time.

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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 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 brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 release

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a frothy tan cap that does an adequate job in the lacing department

Smell: Blueberry, with a strong coffee undertone or maybe coffee, with a strong blueberry undertone - take your pick

Taste: Coffee, chocolate and blueberry, all wrapped together, with roasty elements building in the middle; after the swallow, some cinnamon emerges, bringing just a touch of heat; chocolate and blueberry linger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting beer, but I think the blueberry elements of Ethiopian coffee beans are a distraction and, in the end, I wish that aspect of the beer was dialed back (or a different coffee bean without a blueberry character was used); I appreciate the effort but as a coffee stout I prefer others

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

Received in a trade, poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a nice almost black hue with a two finger mocha head that fades to leave light side lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of light dark fruits, sweeter malts, nice coffee beans.

T - Taste is on the sweeter side, sweeter dark fruits, very light on the roast, faint chocolate, nice coffee beans. Really wishing there was more roast here.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, smooth though crispy carbonated. Very easy drinking.

O - Overall this beer was interesting. Loads of sweeter dark fruits. Coffee was nice.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of GJ40
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a DFH snifter. No date but 2014 release. Started about 60F. Thanks surge1311!

A - Black with no light and a big tan head.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee and brown sugar with hints of vanilla. The coffee was milder than I expected.

T - Cocoa, coffee and brown sugar. Slightly sweet with a somewhat dessert feel to it. the coffee again was more subdued than I expected. Very faint and almost absent roasted notes. Good harmony among the flavors. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Creamy with a low carbonation.

O - An interesting beer and well worth a try.

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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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