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
American Stout
Ranked #20
Ranked #4,572
4.16 | pDev: 8.17%
Nov 11, 2023
May 03, 2014
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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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz can served in a little mug. Don't see a date on the can. My brother brought it down to New Mexico from Colorado.

Pours dark brown with about a centimeter of head. Smell is rich, delicious coffee and chocolate.

Taste is similar, maybe not quite as rich, with a little bit of a creamer sweetness, and more of a nutty vibe.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side. Overall, this is a pretty good coffee stout that smells great.
Nov 11, 2023
Rated: 4.09 by funku2 from Colorado

Nov 09, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Sep 30, 2023
Rated: 4.12 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Sep 25, 2023
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Dark brown in color. There’s a quarter inch of creamy brown on top. Thick soapy lacing is on the glass. The aroma is of dark coffee. I’m tasting lots of dark roasted coffee and some dark malt. The mouth is dry and creamy.
Sep 23, 2023
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I got a can of this beer from my bestie from Charlotte, NC whom got it from a beer of the month club mixed pack. It poured an opaque dark with thin khaki ring head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had wonderful coffee roast notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dark roast malt base with mocha and toffee presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.
Jul 15, 2023
Rated: 4.08 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

May 10, 2023
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look - great black and nice tan head rimming and lacing
Smell - roasted malts coffee chocolate vanilla caramel
Taste - about the same as the smell but dialed back
Feel - lighter body creamy light carb
Overall - good easy going coffee stout
Feb 11, 2023
Rated: 4.08 by WDJersey from Colorado

Jan 28, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by Mwt from New Hampshire

Dec 07, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by crobinso from Colorado

Nov 21, 2022
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Rated by MadMadMike from France

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can into a pint glass. Thin foam, coffee smell, thin feel, coffee forward, a bit bubbly. Overall, ‘mid’ Stout lite.
Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by DesMoinesMike from Iowa

Aug 25, 2022
Rated: 3.64 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.19 by kkarimi from Texas

Mar 31, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
first beer from this brewery great coffee stout creamy and malty
Jan 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 4.55 by cmsfish from Minnesota

Sep 13, 2021
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