#671 Hardywood’s Sidamo Coffee Stout

If you remember from a previous post on my visit to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s taproom (Richmond, Virginia, USA), I took a few beers back to the hotel to bring to Vienna. Last night (1/27/2016) I tried the first of these beers, Hardywood’s Sidamo Coffee Stout, a 9.3% alcohol by volume (ABV) Russian Imperial Stout brewed with locally roasted Ethiopia Sidamo coffee from Richmond’s Lamplighter Roasting Company. Hardywood’s Sidamo Coffee Stout is part of their Reserve Series line of beers.

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Hardywood’s Sidamo Coffee Stout came in a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle with a big cup of coffee (with latte art tree) center-label and a coffee bean in place of the “O” in “COFFEE”. According to Hardywood’s website, Sidamo Coffee Stout exhibits 55 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) and an Original Gravity of (OG) of 1.092. This winter release beer is available on draft, cask, and in 750 mL bottles.

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Below is the commercial description and a “best with” suggestion for Hardywood’s Sidamo Coffee Stout:

“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 these brisk winter months.” – Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

“Hardywood Sidamo Coffee Stout pairs masterfully with pastries, with spiced doughnuts and with all manner of sweet cakes. The roast chocolate character in Sidamo Coffee Stout embraces sweet cream- or chocolate-based desserts, while the beer’s pleasant city roast coffee bitterness provides a harmonious contrast. Perhaps the perfect complement to Sidamo Coffee Stout would be a Belgian waffle with warm chocolate sauce and a side of whipped cream and berries.” – Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Information about beer found at:
www.hardywood.com/content/hardywood-sidamo-coffee-stout
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26753/88688/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/hardywood-sidamo-coffee-stout/196868/
www.untappd.com/b/hardywood-park-craft-brewery-sidamo-coffee-stout-2015/988267

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