Hakim Stout | Harar Beer Factory

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Brewed by:
Harar Beer Factory
Ethiopia

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jreitman on 07-18-2003

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90
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53
Avg:
3.2
pDev:
18.13%
 
 
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of Chizoad
2.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I find it hard to review this beer if only because it's so clearly not a stout. If I were reviewing some sort of weizenbock, then maybe it would be easier.

Very strange looking "stout". Brown hazy beer. Almost looks like coffee with milk in it. Off white head. Instantly obvious this is not a stout.

Ok smell, but lacking any characteristics of any stout I've ever had. Getting some malts and wheaty sweetness.

Not a terrible flavor. Mostly malt, zero hops, again that wheaty essence. Un-stout-like.

Quite thin. Mouthfeel is definitely the worst aspect of this beer. Weak carbonation. Definitely on the boat too long.

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Photo of snaotheus
1.85/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass

This is the lightest stout I've ever seen (not in a pleasant way). It's a not-quite-opaque brown in color, with a thin, sort of clotty pale head. It looks more like a dark amber. Smell is too sweet, reminds me of a lager with caramel notes in it.

The taste is almost completely lagery. I wonder if they used food dye to getwhat little color there is in this "stout". This is no stout of any sort. Taste is unpleasantly sweet. This is a bad beer.

Mouthfeel is thin but filmy, not horrible, perhaps the best aspect of this beer. Not very drinkable. I'm very tempted to drainpour.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours light brown with amber notes - surprisingly light. A very small head dissipates instantly leaving no lacings.

S: Sweet light roasted malt, some of it caramell. Nuts and some citric notes.

T: This doesn't taste like a stout to me - more like an English Brown Ale or something like that. Caramell malt with some buttery notes. Fruityness and citric notes.

M: Body is as thin as the carbonation is rich. Aftertaste stays for some time.

D: A very strange beer-experience. As a stout this is a poor product - but if I would review this beer as a "beer" rather than a stout it would get a higher grade, because it tastes and smells nice but very far from a stout.
Strange... I better have another one just to make sure...

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.3/5  rDev -28.1%
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 TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

African beer #2, following the very disappointing Tusker. Crossing the border into Ethiopia...better? Fingers are crossed. This guy pours a weak dark burnt brown with some translucence and a minor bit of off-white foamy head. Looks less like a stout, more like a slightly darker brown ale. Not a good start. The nose is cocoa, rye bread crust, yeast, dark wheat, and some faint, unidentified dark fruit. Someone didn't use the bullion cube properly in this soup. The taste is a bit of a step-up, with notes of cocoa, very light coffee, a pinch o' brown sugar, and a bready undercurrent. Not bad, but nowhere near great (or even very good). The body is medium, on the lighter end of that mini-spectrum, with a surprisingly high level of carbonation. The whole thing is exceedingly thin and far too watery. I just can't see myself drinking too much of this, frankly. Looks like the Horn's issues now include brewing (though maybe the political, social, and economic issues are still worse...tough to tell...).

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Photo of froghop
2.79/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a semi-clear brown with a very thin beige head that dissipates quickly, and a very little lacing.

smell is of malt, some sweetness, and some caramel.

taste is a little watery, sour malt, and some caramel, ends a little tart and a little bitter.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Bookseeb
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
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 chickencoop
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A&S - Deep brown color but not black as you'd expect with a stout, poured with a white/ tan head with some body to it. Smell had light caramel, boozy, with a faint bit of hops.
T&M - Big boozy taste with slight malt undertones. Malty mouthfeel that lingers but not totally unpleasant, but just ok.
Drinkability - interesting beer, not much of a stout but overall not that bad as far as a beer, but that being said, I probally wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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 gnbird
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked some up in Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles. I spotted all kinds of Ethiopian beers and picked up this one from Harrar and a lager to try. This is more of a brown ale in my opinion, pours with a very small head that dissipates immediately. Color was dark brown, no murkiness. Tastes very coffee like with a strong malt flavor, high carbonation with a pleasant yeasty aftertaste . It's a very tasty beer and I will buy some more if I'm ever down there again.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a glass at Zeni Ethiopian restaurant in San Jose.

A: Pours a dark muddy brown.

S: Roasted malt with a lot of chocolate.

T: Chocolate, some light coffee. Very light in body and in flavor as well. Not really a stout.

M: Light bodied, high carbonation.

D: An interesting beer. I'd probably order it again in an Ethiopian restaurant.

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Photo of hreb
2.31/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had tonight at Asmara in central square. Very cold 330cc bottle served with an unfortunately chilled tall narrow stange glass. Beer pours very reddish brown color with almost no head. Aroma is very faint, but vaguely sweet and adjunct-malty.

The first sip is sharp with carbonation and not much else. The coldness amplifies this. The flavor is also sweet and vaguely malty but there's not much else going on here. It does taste fairly lagery for a stout. I really have no idea how beeradvocate came up with the "Russian Imperial Stout" designation. It's all of 5.5% abv -- and has none of the flavor profile.

The bottle says "Hakim Stout (Dark Beer)". As a dark beer, like a sweet brown ale, it's merely bad. As a stout, it's quite possibly the worst example of a stout I've ever had.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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 1759Girl
2.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance> Cloudy, light brown, no head, no lacing.

Smell> honeycomb icecream. different. nice.

taste> Almost has the sourness of a lambic, with an aftertaste that I chose to call "iffy" in my notes.

mouf> not bad. not more than okay.

Drinkability> I wanted to like it, but honestly I cant manage another one probably ever.

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Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, mellow, yet tasty beer.

It is dark red brown, faintly hazy, with a small tan head that soon dissipates to a foamy ring.

The aroma is light, yeasty, malty dough with stewed fruit and wine.

The taste is stronger and more complex, mostly sweet and malty with a faint sour quality, a little caramel, stewed fruit, musky wine, a hint of chocolate.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.82/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly murky cheestnut, which is quite light for the style, with a head that dissipates in about two seconds. No lacing. Aromas of caramel, light maltiness, and minerally as well. Tastes like a sweet stout mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with club soda. The flavors aren't bad, but the beer is light and fizzy- probably the lightest stout of any kind that I've had. Sweet caramel, a slightly treacly character, and mineral water round out the flavors. Mouthfeel is too light and spritzy. This beer is just okay. Too light, spritzy, and sweet. Never had an Ethiopian beer, and since it wasn't a fizzy Euro lager I thought I'd give it a try. Unfortunately, its a fizzy stout instead.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.52/5  rDev +10%
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 msubulldog25
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of henrysunset
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
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 vanrassel
3.07/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's a good thing packaging isn't indicative of quality, because the tattered, practically hand-drawn label — while inspiring curiousity — also instilled me with a slight foreboding about what may be inside.

My apprehension abated when a thick tan head formed as I poured this beer into my pint glass. Holding it to the light, however, revealed a cola-coloured elixir that was too light and transparent for a stout. (I dunno why this is classified as an RIS, but I digress....)

The smell was more in line with the style, roasted malt and a bit of sour yeast — not unlike Guinness Extra Stout (the one contract brewed by Labatt, anyway). Some other pleasant aromas like burnt caramel and molasses made for a nice overall effect.

Taste-wise, things fell apart a bit. Some good stouty elements, such as molasses, roasted malt and black licorice, but they didn't blend well together and the whole thing lacked structure. A slight metallic twang also detracted from things. The body needs the most work of all: way too thin for a stout.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.99/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330cc bottle into a pilsner.

deep brown with an inch of off-white head. head retains well and leaves plenty of lace.

nice blend of sweet aromas. honey, caramel, raisins, and a touch of chocolate. some roasted malts as well.

sweet honey and chocolate in the taste as well, with some roasted malt bitterness. fairly sweet but not cloying and very pleasantly drinkable. fairly light mouthfeel for a stout, but it's a pretty good beer that i'd love to try again.

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Photo of clickpush
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 33cl bottle to pint glass. Lays out a 1.5 finger tan head over a black bodied beer. The head stuck around for a while, making this beer look very inviting. Left nice lacings behind for me to admire.

Nose: Chocolate and a roasting aroma are very strong. Some caramel and alcohol are obvious, and deeper the malts come out with some more chocolate and hints of grapefruit.

Mouth: Didn't quite live up to my expectations: a bit plastic tasting and sour, but not in a horrible way. The chocolate is extremely strong and delicious with a very unique after taste, like burnt chocolate. The flavor is a bit too sour and has some processed candy like qualities that aren't too favorable. My girlfriend screamed "That's the worst beer I've ever tasted!!"... but I disagree. It's not great tasting, but has some interesting flavors that I liked. Thorough carbonation as well.

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Photo of czechsaaz
2.28/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smell right off is sugary, like glucose based sports drinks. Just a hint of dark or roasted malt character that I'd expect in a stout. I get a whiff of DMS too.

Deep copper and clear. Lighter and more translucent than any stout I've ever had. Smallish but lasting tan head.

Flavor is actually O.K. but not at all like a stout. Sweet like a bock beer with decent malt character. But some of the sweetness seems to be unfermented sugar, maybe some adjunct sugar. There's no discernable roast character at all. Hops are there for light bittering but basically not a factor.

Body is pretty light. Carbonation level is also high that helps give it a little bittering bite.

Probably not a beer I will have again. If this were put in front of me blind and someone told me it was a bock, I'd think it was an average effort for a brew-pub or homebrew bock. As a stout, it fails on so many levels. As a R.I.S., it's not even close.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.09/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark yes, but not very dark for a RIS. Small white head.

Liquorice scent, plus a distinct smell that I couldn't put a finger on.

Decent sweet, toasted flavor, but nothing really stands out.

Rather fizzy in the mouth. Not as smooth as I like them.

It's drinkable. Definitely good as an after dinner dessert alternative. I was having Ethiopian food, which I assume the Hakim was made to accompany. It does a decent job of it. Overall though, this is not one of my favorites of the style.

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Hakim Stout from Harar Beer Factory
3.2 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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