Sad Panda Coffee Stout
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company

Sad Panda Coffee StoutSad Panda Coffee Stout
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Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Stout - American
Ranked #18
Ranked #3,988
4.18 | pDev: 8.37%
Apr 07, 2022
May 03, 2014
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….
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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a deep, dark brown coloration with a medium, fluffy head. Smells of slightly roasted and caramelly malt, as well as distinct coffee and chocolate notes, with just a hint of vanilla a s well. Taste follows the nose, with a great balance of slightly roasted and caramelly malt, strong coffee and milk chocolate notes, as well as just a hint of vanilla coming through as well. Finishes bittersweet, with a light/medium bitterness and some coffee, chocolate and vanilla lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation.

While this makes for a perfectly fine coffee stout, my expectations were a little higher after the quite good reviews, to be honest, with this not quite reaching the quality of Son of a Baptist, which admittedly is a very high bar though.I guess I just expected more roasted, bitter coffee than sweet chocolate and vanila from a "coffeee" stout, although I will say that this is still very well-balanced overall. It's a also a bit too dominated by the additives, while the malt profile adds little beyond that here, with the body and mouthfeel also feeling a bit thin. At the end of the day, it still makes for a pretty enjoyable example of the style, just somewhat overrated in my personal opinion.

Apr 07, 2022
4.19 by kkarimi from Texas on Mar 31, 2022
Photo of Captain69
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

first beer from this brewery great coffee stout creamy and malty

Jan 20, 2022
Photo of Bitterbill
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

From Beer Drop. No dating on the can.

Pours black with a lot of tan foam, good retention and lacing.

Big coffee notes in the smell along with dark chocolate, roasted malt and some lactose.

Coffee, milk chocolate and lactose, some bitter dark chocolate notes, but I reckon that the coffee is foremost.

Medium bodied until the finish where it thins out a bit.

Overall, an enjoyable Coffee Stout.

Dec 12, 2021
4.55 by cmsfish from Minnesota on Sep 13, 2021
Photo of Harrison8
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Aroma is vanilla bean right off the front, with more subtle coffee, molasses, and toffee behind. Roasty and toasty malts add some depth, but not oil-slick dark. Flavor profile is more of the same, with vanilla leading things off. Coffee and toasty and toasty malts form the reminder of the flavor profile. It remains more focused on vanilla and coffee in the flavor than the nose. Mouth feel is lightly creamy with a medium thickness. Not a thick, crushing stout by any means. Overall, quality vanilla and coffee within an approachable stout. It makes for a good sipper or a quaffable party beer.


Sep 06, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by WestleySinclair

Look: A dark, earthy color to the beer that isn’t hard to find in stouts. It’s easy to see that the brew is without imperfections in each pour. Generic in coloring but consistent every time and without flaw.

Smell: Faint notes of coffee and chocolate. Not incredibly exciting but rich in aroma and certainly inviting.

Taste: Despite it’s generic appearance and conservative aroma, this beer is delicious. Rich in coffee flavors and subtle undertones of dark chocolate, it’s deceptively easy to drink down glass after glass. Too firmly stout to be a dessert beer but decidedly too complex in flavor to be another generic stout, “Sad Panda” is truly a delight to drink as more flavors become apparent through each sip.

Feel: Creamy, smooth and delicate despite its richness. It’s hard to describe the mouth and throat feel of “Sad Panda” unless you’ve tried it yourself. There’s a reason this premium brew is served nearly everywhere in Fort Collins, the “Beer Mecca of America” at premium prices. Silky smooth and rich.

Overall: A must try. A local delicacy from the north of Colorado. Ship it to your home or stop into any restaurant with a tap in Northern Colorado to try this beer out for yourself. You’ll thank yourself.

Aug 19, 2021
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3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25
by KT3418 from Colorado

The feel absolutely ruins it for me. It tastes good but it feels thin and watery. I'm hoping it thickens as it warms but the feel is a killer for me.

Jul 31, 2021
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3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by VashonGuy from Washington

Things I liked best about Sad Panda: the smell (milk chocolate, some coffee). What I liked less: the feel (very thin), the taste (not much stout character at all, kind of watery, but a good coffee kick). In a region with some excellent coffee stouts available (hello, Santa Fe Java Stout), I'd skip this one next time.

Jun 08, 2021
3.77 by CopperMtnPlowboy from Ohio on Jan 02, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Olesjm from Kansas

The can feels soft in your hand showing that this is a lightly carbonated beer. This is further shown in the pour. Very little head, a tan color, and virtually no head retention. Be careful when pouring if you don't like yeast in your beer because this has a small amount in the bottom of the can. The color is dark brown with very little carbonation. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes heavily of coffee and chocolate. Medium light in body, i could see this as a can-crusher which at 6.8% would be very dangerous. Very smooth and easy drinking. Maybe a little thin for a stout. Either way I'm glad i bought more than 1.

Dec 30, 2020
4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Aug 24, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz can with no freshness dating, opened 8/14/20.
1 finger khaki head, short lived retention. Sparse cap and solid ring. Head is easily roused with some agitation.
Dark brown, porter leaning stout. Light and wispy lacing.
Sweet chocolate and coffee with cream. Pleasant aroma.
Roasted malt, light coffee bitterness with a slight astringency. Milk chocolate, some nutty/almond flavors.
Medium body, low-medium carbonation. Lengthy finish and lightly bitter but the bitterness lingers.
Very good.

Aug 15, 2020
4.06 by hockeypuck from Maine on Jul 07, 2020
4.57 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jun 11, 2020
Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of rich, roasted coffee and sweet milk chocolate. Strong coffee presence with roasted notes and chocolate.

Jun 10, 2020
4.74 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 08, 2020
4.5 by Stouter123 from Arizona on Apr 09, 2020
3.75 by rickklein9 from Pennsylvania on Mar 23, 2020
4.23 by smithj4 from New York on Feb 13, 2020
Photo of mintzmeet
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
by mintzmeet from Washington

Smells like a pot of molten milk chocolate. Not particularly pretty. But great flavor. A little thin on the mouthfeel. Great chocolate flavor. Chocolate milk like!

Jan 19, 2020
4.07 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Oct 06, 2019
4.34 by KShophead from Kansas on Sep 24, 2019
Photo of REVZEB
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Very dark brown with a tan ring and surface lacing. Smell does well to have the depth of the coffee, both bean and roast, very earthy with dark chocolate. More like espresso coffee in the taste, with chocolate, vanilla, soil, and caramel supporting. Coffee resurges for the roasted finish. Feel has really good roasted textures, gets a touch watery in the middle where the malts should cover more, but then finishes satisfyingly strong so that you can see the gap as building anticipation on the palate.

Sep 20, 2019
4.4 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin on Sep 03, 2019
3.83 by Bandi from New York on Aug 25, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

On-tap at Terminal Bar, Denver, CO

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short off white head that left a thin collar around the edge and streaks of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee and chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of coffee and chocolate along with hints of sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. I liked the balance between the coffee and the chocolate flavors as well as the balance between the sweetness and bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

Aug 25, 2019
4.28 by Steelcitybeer from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

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.

Jun 08, 2019
4.44 by bcuz916 from Florida on Apr 28, 2019
4.03 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 25, 2019
4.06 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Apr 02, 2019
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on Mar 30, 2019
Photo of rkarimi
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rkarimi from Colorado


Mar 15, 2019
4 by imperialking from Illinois on Mar 01, 2019
Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

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.

Feb 10, 2019
Photo of Garlow112
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Garlow112 from Colorado

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

Jan 20, 2019
4.73 by Dinger0227 from Colorado on Dec 24, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Oct 29, 2018
4.25 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Oct 19, 2018
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