Hakim Stout
Harar Beer Factory

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Style:
Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #139
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,236
Avg:
3.27 | pDev: 17.74%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
90
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Harar Beer Factory
 
Ethiopia
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  8
SCORE
78
Okay
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Reviews by Bookseeb:
Photo of Bookseeb
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a lighter than expected very dark amber with minimal head that dissapates quickly having no lace. Smell of sweet dark fruits and chocolate. Taste of lightly sweet dark fruits with the chocolate having light hops and a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout, but goes down smooth with good carbonation. I'd have to say that this is my first African stout.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky brown-mahogany hue, with a thin and short-lived tan head; very light color for the style. Not the only departure from style, it turns out.

S: nice aroma of roasted malt, but mainly medium roast, with little of the dark malt aroma expected in a true stout. Nor is there any chocolate or coffee. Nicely fruity with a hints of yeast and honey.

T: Plenty of medium roasted sweet malt flavor, with faint hints of smoke and peat (think Scottish Ale) and more than a hint of dark fruit. A fine, rich aftertaste lingers on and on. [4, were it not for the departure from style]

M - Full body with good medium-low carbonation. Feel is close to the style norm despite the appearance.

O - A nice, unique beer worthy of a recommendation; just don't expect a true stout. Even though the bottle was allowed to warm for 10-15 minutes before opening, the beer improved a bit with additional warming.

(revised with bottle in April 2014)

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.07/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be a bit of a style-bender, but it is quite good. Enjoyed at the best restaurant in Tampa: Queen of Sheba Ethiopian.

A - It pours a mahogany hue, slightly translucent, with good tan head; very light appearance for the style, doubtless, but it looks tidy nonetheless.

S - There are some elements typical of FES; it is roasty and dark fruity with a UK ale yeast sensibility. Specifically, it smells honey-ish and a bit like raisinets.

T - The brew showcases a sweet malt flavor and accentuates it with nuances of roast and burnt sugars, and perhaps a faintly peaty sweet note; the resultant flavor is somewhat like a theoretical Scottish Export Stout.

M - Nice feel; fairly close to the style norm despite the appearance.

O - I think this tastes very good. Also, though I've not been to Ethiopia, I picture it even hotter than Florida; this is just about as stout as a brew need be for unfortunately hot locales.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Does this have the fabled aroma hop Gesho Kitel in it? I have no idea, but I was...well, read on.

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep, dark brown. Almost no head. OK lacing.

Smell 3.75: Great bouquet on this beer. Toasted grains, sweet barley malt and a pleasant scent of dried fruits: raisins, plums, figs.

Taste 3.5: Front is slightly sweet with a big hit of malt and this fades quickly into the Middle where a nice alkaline hoppiness hits the palate. Finish is a big jumble of tastes: Malt, hops, but of all types of different levels. This is balanced out by a very nice dryness that sweeps in and cleans everything out for the Aftertaste, where the malt comes back along with a strangely pleasing acetone flavor.

Mouthfeel 3.5: A bit too bubbly, but certainly not out of character for the style.

Overall 3.5: A very good stout with flashes of brilliance. I imagine this brew would be good with food, but would also be good as a sessioner. I taste none of its slightly higher than usual ABV. Just a pleasant stout from an unusual place for we in the West to think of beer, but this beer is certainly worth a look. A worthy product of the ancient city of Harar.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown color with a decent off-white head. Roasted coffee and raisin aroma. Full bodied coffee taste with raisins and spicy flavors that lingered on the tongue. The flavors are assertive but not too heavy on the palate. A very pleasant roasted aftertaste. Smooth and complex.

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Photo of jreitman
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with no real head to speak of. Aroma of raisins, chocolate and dark fruit hint at the alcohol and malt strenght of the beer. Was medium-light bodied and slightly bitter on the sides of the tongue. Relatively light flavored with raisins and plums most dominant in the mouth. Milky coffee came through as it warmed. Very interesting especially when you consider it came from Ethiopia.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Seems a little light in colour for an imperial stout. Poured more brownish/orange than dark. Small foam head on top. Whisps of lace on the glass. Smelled very sweet. Not cloyingly sweet, legitimate sweet. Malts, dark fruits like raisins and plums, coffee and chocolate beans. Heavy coffee taste and raisin taste. Sort of bittersweet. The malt and raisins add a sweet taste, while the coffee makes it bitter. Pretty good, actually. Flows down the throat nice and smoothly. An above par beer, and a good imperial stout.

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Photo of elmocoso
2.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this one at an Ethiopian resturant. It came in a stubbie bottle and poured a suprisingly transparent burnt ember color. No head, and a slight, slight coller around the glass.

This did not look, taste or smell like a stout to me. It had a caramel smell, and looked the color of something between a porter and a brown ale.

The taste was also nutty with a little roastedness and a small hint of rasins.

This beer was not all that bad but it suffered in the #'s because it did not fit the style it claimed to be. Also, i think, to truely enjoy this one, you must be somewhere deep in east africa, have a dusty throat and be sitting in the shade. I feel it would taste perfect then.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.67/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first thing you think is "Ethiopian Beer? Yeah Right." But then you try it. First off, this beer has more in common with a Belgian Brown or a Double Bock than a stout, but I assume the word "stout" has come to encompass all darker than average beers in the former colonies. This is quite simply an exceptional beer. It has an excellent mouthfeel and whatever kind of exotic spices are put into this are very noticable, but not in an overbearing way. Has notes of roasted coffee and plums. The bottle with the funky label is also a plus for the collectors in the house.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found this little stubbie bottle at the Kensington Wine Market, and thought it may have been Morrocon or Egyptian at first. But sunuvagun, it's from Ethiopia, that makes things more interesting. 5.5% listed on the bottle for abv.

Pours out a red cola hue, looks more akin to a bock than a stout. Quick fizzle of beige head that disipates quickly, and leaves a thin spotted film on top of the beer.

The aroma is akin to a strong dark Belgian ale, although comes very close as well to that one bad Baltic porter that I sampled a long time ago. I'm getting dates and raisins that had been liberally soaked in rum in the aroma, a little bit of chocolate and a lot of cloyingly sweet malt extract. But the overwhelming theme that I'm picking up is that of dates.

The flavour is mildly schizophrenic, as if this stout can't decide what exactly it wants to be. All that ripe flavour I previously encountered has completely disappeared, in fact I don't taste much of anything until well into the aftertaste when some roasted malt rises up and makes an appearance. By the time this stuff reaches room temperature (can ya tell I haven't been frantically chugging away at this stuff?) a marriage of sweet malt and thick chewy dates starts to slowly emerge around the middle of the sip and stands in together at the finish. The roasted malt, as always, continues to lurk in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but gets a bit of backbone from some carbonation, providing this stout with a curious texture. Curious as in "what the heck is going on?", rather than "this is a mystery I'd love to explore and get to the bottom of, c'mon Scooby-Doo!".

I'm happy to have had the chance to sample this stout from Ethiopia, I'm not pining away for my lost cash that went towards the purchase of it, but I can confidently say I can't see myself buying another one of these, especially if I'm in the mood for a stout.

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Photo of woemad
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubbie bought at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane. According to the label, this has an abv of 5.5%. I bought this purely for the novelty of drinking something from Ethiopia. My expectations were low due to the rather weathered appearance of the bottle, and because one has to wonder about beer from predominantly Muslim nations. When many in the culture are at best tolerant of alcohol, you have to question how good the beer is. Well, while this is definitely not the best stout I've had, its really not bad at all. It's really more like a brown ale with a slightly increased amount of hoppiness.
It poured a dark brown color, with a bit of rubiness at the edges when held to the right. Big tan head, which was gone in about 2 minutes. Smell was of a mild roasty maltiness, with caramel and a floral hoppiness. The taste is predominantly caramel, with a slight hoppiness. The mouthfeel is thin for a stout. This is very drinkable, a better session beer than most beers labeled stout.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Dark, ruby brown in color with a huge, tanned, foaming head that left tons of lacing as it went down.

Smell – Roasted malts drenched in hot chocolate syrup. I could pour this over some vanilla ice cream. There’s also a hint of coffee in there as well.

Taste – This Stout loses something at the taste. It still has the chocolate syrup but it picks up an off flavor that I can’t describe. The malts are burnt to a crisp.

Mouthfeel – Way too light for an Imp Stout. This isn’t even medium-bodied. The sharp, relentless bitterness found in the drink and the lingering aftertaste saves this mouthfeel, though.

Drinkability – Not bad, but won’t buy again. It is very interesting though that it comes from Ethiopia. I would have predicted much worse.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown color, small head is quick to disapate.
Very slight aroma, malts i guess. Maybe my bottle is older...I dont imagine the store i picked it up in has to restock often.
Hakim offers up a tiny malt flavor in what is one of the thinnest stouts on the planet. I get some tang in the finish.
Despite not being a proper stout, it does go down pretty easy.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

They say that Euthopia brews beer..some colour and head and sourness. A stout? Light mouthfeel, particularly for this style. Some Hershey chocolate syrup carmel malts and coffee roast for flavour. Quaffable. Radekfest 05 sample 34, I think run in by Oakes.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. I had no idea what to expect from this beer but I didn't expect this.

Beer poured brown and mostly clear with a slight haze to it....ummmm stout right?

The aroma was mostly malty, nutty, with a slight, mild roast.

The taste was a lot like an English brown, it tasted fine but this surely isn't a stout.

I had never had an Ethiopian beer or a Foreign / Export stout, but this totally isn't a stout. Overall the beer was drinkable and overall unoffensive. Everything was subdued, there was a roast flavor but its was an afterthought.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

if by stout, they mean dark amber, then yes, that's what this looks like. It isn't very dark, but it pours with a very impressive head of fine tan bubbles.

Smell isn't terribly strong either, mark malts, a little bit of hoppy qualities, and a citrusy almost lambic quality.

Taste is alright. Again, not dark enough to my palate to warrant a stout label, but pleasent enough. Very little flavor up front, but it leaves behind a pleasent dark flavour. Grain and again a small amount of a citrusy flavor.


A little thin of body, but very drinkable. I guess it is hot in ethiopia, and this would be a tasty beer for the climate. While a different style, it has a similar depth as a negro modelo; dark, but drinkable on a sunny day.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First beer of the night at Addis Red Sea Ethiopian restaurant in the South End. Poured into a glass and formed a small head. Very light in color, mostly brownish red. Not much smell, maybe a hint of cocoa powder. Taste was just above average. Some roasted malt, but not much. Very thin for a stout, but I think it probably suits the environment in which it's brewed. Not heavy at all, very easy to drink. This was more of a dark ale than anything else. I was given a chance to try a stout from Africa, and it didn't let me down too much.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hakim Stout...in a bottle at Queen of Sheeba Restaurant

Appearance-pours a thick black, minimal head seeps out of the glass, thin viscocity.

Smell-charcoal and chocolate mixture, malt is apparent, slight hop flavor as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-muddled, light chocolate taste, alcohol fumes, light coffee notes, subdued flavor, watery mouthfee, notably thin.

Drinkability-a little jumbled

Overall-not as successful as their other beer, a muddled weak Stout, not recommended.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not an imperial stout.
pours like thin coffee. You can see all through the edges. Cola colored. Short head. Indistinct, didn't stay around much.
stubby little bottle is cool.
pretty simple nose; burnt malts, caramel malts.
It runs a little smokey, and pleasantly bittersweet. A little fruity, a bit of grass comes through. This is thin, but very drinkable. Exceedingly delicious with Ethiopian foods. Doesn't overpower any of the delicately spiced legumes, but stands up to the chiles, and the wonderful collard greens. Yeah, it's kinda thin, and not very complicated, but it sure goes down easily. It's totally enjoyable with the meal.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby, brown bottle, label as pictured above. No bottling date.
Cola colored liquid, dark brown when held to the light (rather than reddish of other dark beers). Thick tan head, not bad retention, good carbonation.
The smell had some roasted malt and was a bit yeasty. Also got some caramel and molasses.
Taste and mouthfeel were a bit thin. Some stout flavors, but were a bit weak overall. Roasted malt, a bit coffee-like, licorice.
Not as rich and flavorful as some other stouts, (especially an RIS). However, if it were scorching hot out, this probably be quite refeshing and smooth, lighter and easy to drink.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent dark brown, small quickly dissipating head. Smell is suitably roasted malts, some toffee. The flavors are not nearly as forceful. The malts are very subdued, still present, but not strong enough to have a lasting impact. The body is lighter than a feather for this style. Carbonation approaches soda levels. It's drinkable. An interesting sample from Ethiopia. Thanks to goschool for this via Boxing Day BIF 05.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at an Ethiopian restaurant in SF. Small bottle poured into a water glass. Dark brown, no head, no lacing, not too dark either. Smelled of roasty malts, more along the lines of a porter than a stout. Tasty. Not much if any alcohol present. Decent mouthfeel, not too remarkable in any way. Some caramel, some raosty malts, but not overly sweet. All in all it was very drinkable, complemented the meal well, and I had another.

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Photo of Orrshow
2.81/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark with a red hue especially when held up to light. A decent amount of tan head covers the top of the beer but doesnt stay for long.

Smell - The aroma given off by this beer is weak but hints of chocolate and sweet coffee. I can't get much else out of it. Not very impressive.

Taste - The taste of this stout is also quite weak. Almost like its been watered down. Roasted malts are present with an almost sweet chocolate flavor to come. A slightly sour aftertaste was left in my mouth afterwards which was not very appealing.

Mouthfeel - Way too light for the style. This beer was thinner than any Porter I've ever had let alone an Imperial Stout. Carbonation was slightly high but not too noticeable.

Drinkability - This beer is drinkable enough. Nothing about it is overpowering and it goes down easily for me.

This beer is not something I would recommend to someone new to the craft beer scene. Worth trying once but not something I would have another go at.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at an ethiopian market. I was hesitant because the owner reccomended some beers and this was not one of his suggestions. I picked it up anyway for the sake of my fellow beer advocates. The low alcohol content had me wary with this long journey to the west coast. Had a nice carbonation phssst when I popped the cap and it poured nicely into a gobblet forming a solid one finger head. The froth was odd for an imperial in that it was off white at best and fell to an island with no lacing. Lots of dark fruity smell and huge chocolate presence that dominated throughout. I'm ranking this as an imperial but it seems more suited for a stout category. This has to have the worst mouthfeel of any imperial I've had. Watered down, nothing creamy, oily or anything other than a watered down chocolate and some burnt flavors but no zing. If there was such a thing as a "light stout" this would be it. Nothing offensive just doesnt produce the "imperial" status.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330 cl bottle to the La Rulles taster. On the eve of my favorite festival, the Portland International Beerfest, I chose this, the most 'international' of my current beers. Picked one up recently at By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Sports a simply designed label, which was definitely hand-applied (crooked) and looks as though printed on a third-rate color copier; label lists ABV at 5.5%.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, rusty/red-brown with a finger and a half of fizzy light tan head. Short-lived foam winnows down to a blotchy film of tiny, percolating bubbles and a faint ring of larger ones. After a few minutes, there is no head and never any lace. This beer looks nothing like a Russian Imperial Stout should, resembling in color a Wee Heavy or murky Red Ale. I was told by the co-owner at BTB not to expect a 'stout' in the American sense and she was absolutely right. Hard to judge...an unconventional look, to say the least...

S: Full of caramel malt, as if someone actually dropped a chewy cube of it in the mix and melted it in. Fruity and sugary, again likening this to a different style, this is like a sweet, grainy Baltic porter.

T: Interesting - quite spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins, carob or dates. Lots of sweetness, malty caramel, light cocoa/chocolate. Once again if I'm going to compare this to anything I've ever tried, it won't be a stout; the grainy/sweet Wee Heavies and Baltics again come to mind. Even Euro Dark Lagers and Dopplebocks have some similar flavoring, though a totally different yeast and brewing technique... Bittering in the finish is kinda chalky and medicinal.

M: Begins with a light crispness then really quickly thins out. Weak and watery end, a slightly gummy/grainy lingering finish.

D: A curious beer, seems to defy categorization in the BA/BJCP sense. Am I glad to have tried this? - yes. Have it again? - probably not. A treat to sample this brew; it's one I'd recommend any fan of the 'unusual beer' to try. Good luck finding it, though...

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Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 90 ratings