Review: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Sidamo Coffee Stout | Craft Beer & Brewing
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Sidamo Coffee Stout
89 out of 100

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.3 IBU: 55

89/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Sidamo Coffee Stout

What the brewers say

“Our quest to brew the quintessential coffee beer began over a cupping with the coffee gurus from Richmond’s Lamplighter Roasting Company. Their Ethiopia Sidamo coffee was masterfully roasted to highlight the single origin bean’s bright, crisp body and distinctive blueberry undertones, making it harmonize beautifully with our Russian imperial stout. May this beer warm your spirits in the brisk winter months.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt. Good mocha aroma, nice fruity esters (light cherry), mild caramel. A bit of spicy alcohol.”

Flavor: “Dark roast coffee and dark chocolate backed by a slight toasted malt. Some nice roast. Dry finish. Moderate alcoholic warmth. Thick and sweet, but the sweetness slowly fades with a bit of acrid bitterness in the finish.”

Overall: “Coffee flavors jump out, followed quickly by roast barley and a chocolate aftertaste. It’s big, both in coffee and alcohol. Coffee and chocolate character is intense but balanced. Nice balance but a bit harsh.”

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