Hardywood Sidamo Coffee Stout

Hardywood is a small brewery in Richmond, VA, a newly burgeoning craft beer center. I have never seen their beer other than at Virginia beer festivals before. However, I happened to see this one at Trader Joe’s and jumped at the chance to try it. I like coffee, I like stout and I figured, how can I go wrong? Well, this one was decent, but a tiny bit disappointing. I was looking forward to the coffee flavor and found it was not as evident as I would have hoped. The beer was a good stout. It poured a dark brown with an off-white head. The aroma was of roasted malt and a teeny bit of coffee. The taste was slightly roasty with a little hint of chocolate and some coffee. It was medium bodied with a creamy feel to it. It was an “imperial” stout and had a 9.3% ABV, but hid the alcohol well. I would say the flavor was balanced and no one thing overpowered it. I was slightly disappointed because I was expecting a big coffee flavor. If I had not been, I probably would have thought this was better. I give it three out of five proper pints.

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