Sad Panda Coffee Stout
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company

Sad Panda Coffee StoutSad Panda Coffee Stout
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American Stout
Ranked #27
Ranked #3,416
4.18 | pDev: 8.61%
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Sad Panda Coffee StoutSad Panda Coffee Stout
Notes: The rich, black-as-night color with the creamy, tan head tells you that the beer in your glass is a stout through and through. However, after you raise the glass to your nose, you will know that Sad Panda is something special. Aromas of vanilla and chocolate are prominent yet balanced with the malt sweetness and caramel aromas expected in stouts. Your first sip introduces the complex combination of flavors you might expect in your favorite coffee – the balanced sweetness of vanilla and dark chocolate flavors with a smooth coffee bitterness at the finish, this drinkable stout hits all of our sensory pleasure points. The sweet balanced finish invites another sip. Just one more….
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 95
Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer 1,000

More of a chocolate and vanilla stout than a coffee stout. Big and sweet with rich dark malts. The coffee is present, but not over pronounced. It’s very well balanced among all the adjuncts. The mouthfeel is thicker than I expected for a under 7% stout.

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Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee flavour is there all right, and some vanilla and token chocolate. A year old. Good stout but not great stout. Thanks for the hookup, Jason B.

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Photo of Garlow112
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing! I've gotten it at the brewery for the last few years, and constantly look to see if this is on tap in any new bar or restaurant I go to

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Photo of mkh012
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head.

The nose is cinnamon toast crunch and coffee. Nice. Breakfast in a glass.

The taste is coffee, vanilla, cherry, and chocolate. Light and balanced. Very drinkabke coffee stout.

Overall, good stuff. 8.5/10

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Photo of dankabier1
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours inky black with fantastic aroma os caramel and coffee. Roasty toasty taste with sweet vanilla coffee taht predominates as it warms. Mouthfeel is creamy low carbonation. Too sweet for my taste ...still good stout

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Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pretty good, though a bit heavy on the coffee flavor for me. It's a decent ABV, so you don't get overwhelmed, but it's definitely best enjoyed on a cold day. I didn't get much of the vanilla or chocolate flavors, maybe just a hint of the chocolate, but the coffee really did dominate. So if you like coffee stouts, you'll like this one for sure.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a dark black with a fingernail tan head that recedes moderately and doesn't leave lacing. Killer nose of coffee and caramel with some dark chocolate undercurrents. Taste is roast-ey goodness with roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate before a sweet vanilla finish. The vanilla becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Medium-full body and low carbonation.
A nice surprise from a tap list with underwhelming selection. The nose was fantastic and the body was wonderfully creamy. The taste didn't quite live up to the nose, but was definitely rich. It got a touch sweet, especially as it warmed, but was still a good coffee stout.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Clear shaker pint glass
From: Crown Pub in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: $8
Purchased: March 23, 2017
Consumed: March 23, 2017
Reviewed as: American Stout
Misc.: N/A

Had been wanting to try some Horse & Dragon for a long time and stopped in for a quick beer at Crown Pub for a Sad Panda.

Poured a black color with two fingers of khaki tan frothy head when I got it. No bubbles from what I could see. Outstanding lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled dark roasted coffee, espresso, caramel, toffee, hints of creamy peanut butter and roasty nuts. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. Got espresso, coffee, toffee, caramel, creamy peanut butter, dark milk chocolate and roasty malts. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Loved this one, but I do love coffee beers. Would like to try it again. (Overall - 4.25)

4.26 | 95 | A

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Photo of Parmesan
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brownish black with a small brown head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Dark earthy coffee and notes of vanilla, smells like a perfect cup of coffee.

T: Earthy dark roasted coffee, mingles with a strong note of vanilla, and some Roast and Charr. Very drinkable.

F: Body is slightly light for a stout but nice creamy carbonation.

O: This is one of my favorite coffee stouts.

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Photo of BNLTandem
3.11/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. Typical sweet vanilla stout with Coffee thrown in to give it a style.

Look - Rich dark coffee brown with a light tan thin head.
Smell - Coffee milkshake with a waffle cone of malty batter thrown in.
Taste - Sweet. Sweet. Vanilla with a coffee chaser. Just enough bitter coffee on the finish to make it drinkable. But not enough to make me want another sip if I hadn't already paid for it. No balancing hops and it doesn't taste like oak is the source of the vanilla to me. I really wish Coffee had been allowed to shine in this. I can taste the character of it hiding under the blanket of creamer.
Feel - Go ahead. Commit. Hit it with the lactose and sit outside the lefthand brewery and sell this out of your trunk at the end of the night. Without it, this is a beer with a mismatched profile. Taste that evokes a thick milkshake (albiet coffee milkshake) stout, but mouthfeel that lets it down.
Overall - Not terrible, but not one I would come back to any time soon.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery. Super dark brown, black but brown at the edges. Decent lacing. Aroma is vanilla, slight coffee. Flavor is coffee and vanilla and floats between the two. Good beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer started out with promise, but went down hill. Admittedly, I'm not a coffee stout kind of guy, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt.
Looks good. Nice and dark, thin head. Aroma was sweet coffee...and syrupy. That's what I got from the taste, too. A syrupy mess. Thin but filmy. Coffee flavor was there, but it seemed like it was misplaced or tried too hard. Couldn't get 3 sips down.

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Photo of noxtenebrae17
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a phenomenal coffee stout. The guys and gals at H&D did a great job of balancing the coffee and milk stout flavors. I grab this whenever it's on draft. Taste is a smooth, coffee flavor with just enough sweetness to balance it out. A bit of chocolate as well but not a stand out flavor. Best coffee/espresso beer I've had.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

wow! heck of a first impression from this little brewery, which i have seen on some tap lists in fort collins but had yet to try, this one was on tap at el camino in the highlands, a place who is getting better and better beer all the time. this is super dark brown, shiny, medium weight, and beautifully foamy with over an inch of mocha head on it. the smell is great, so many coffee beers show ruthless bitterness and intensity, even acidity at times, but not here. its so smooth and mellow, silky milk chocolate and light espresso combine with a barley roast thats not burnt and ashy, but pleasant and fitting. first sip is incredible, all this body, no lingering teeth coating sticking, and no bitterness at all, but its not sweet either. the coffee is earthy and forward, but not dominating and invasive. plenty of milk chocolate notes in here too, some middle palate caramels, and finally a dry but not quite chalky textured finish. so smooth, so rich, so unique. this is far better than its ratings here, and frankly one of the best coffee stouts i have ever had. thats really saying something, this one is a must try for the coffee beer lover.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Sad Panda." Served on-draught at The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed from notes. Expectations are high given Blakelive784's recommendation. Cost was $6.00 for a 12oz pour.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Full and luscious. Soft-looking. Good (~6-7 minute) retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Dark opaque black. Not quite an ink black, but dark. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a nice looking coffee stout, but nothing about the appearance is unique or special.

AROMA: Intricate coffee of high intensity dominates. Roasty and dark, with some creamy espresso notes. Cocoa. Central American coffee earthiness. The coffee boasts impressive depth of flavour. This is very evocative. Dark malts, chocolate malts. The roast and bitterness of the coffee nicely counter the malty sweetness, giving this harmony.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No yeast character, alcohol, off character, or hops are detectable.

TASTE: Rich evocative coffee: espresso, cappucino-like creaminess, roast, earthiness, bitterness, java...this is evocative, varied, deep coffee character, and it's hard to stand out with a coffee stout in today's oversaturated market. I'm impressed. There's some cocoa/chocolate powder, chocolate malt, and dark malts, which lend it a welcome sweetness that helps balance the coffee bitterness without ever making this cloying.

Average duration, depth, and intensity of flavour. Nice balance and flavour amplitude. Well put together, with apt complexity for a coffee stout. ABV is well-disguised. I quite like this. It's nicely built, but doesn't quite taste like a gestalt whole; it could be more cohesive.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, creamy, aptly soft, aptly thick, slightly overcarbonated, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, and not too alcohol-forward or boozy.

Not gushed, oily, harsh, rough, scratchy, or hot.

This texture complements the taste well but doesn't quite elevate the beer, though it does accentuate the coffee nicely. Good overall presence on the palate.

OVERALL: A surprisingly drinkable coffee stout with an interesting and evocative coffee presence that separates it from the hoi polloi. Definitely a brew I'd get again, and one I'd recommend to friends. Well worth trying. I look forward to trying more Horse and Dragon brews. If they ever make an imperial version, I'm sure all of a sudden everyone will start flocking to this brewery. Get in before this treat gets better known. It's a shame Horse and Dragon won't do growler fills of this.


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Listed as a coffee stout, and in this case I totally agree, this is a coffee stout. Although in my opinion the two most delicious coffee stouts come from a base of a sweet stout (as in this one) or an oatmeal stout (as in Schlalfy coffee stout), and both are equally delicious.

Tons of great coffee, sweet milk chocolate, and a great blend of dark malts and roasty flavors.

Great job on this beer, and I'll review my growler to go (of a different beer) at another time!

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Identified as a Coffee Stout. I'd probably have included vanilla in the name, as I thought vanilla was the most prominent flavor to this one.

Pours dark brown, verging on black, with a cream colored head. Aroma is vanilla bean, white chocolate, caramel, roasty, and a touch of of coffee. Flavor is similar with the vanilla showing itself first, followed by some white chocolate, roast, and caramel, and closing out with just a touch of coffee and very mild bitterness. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, not a vanilla stout fan but I definitely enjoyed this one. Would drink again.

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Sad Panda Coffee Stout from Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
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