Terrapin Single Origin Coffee Stout – Ethiopian Hambela
Once again Terrapin has teamed up with Jittery Joe’s coffee, but this time it is a brilliant and ambitious endeavor. The Single Origin Series gives you the chance to experience distinct single origin coffees from around the world each brewed with the same base stout. These stouts were sold in a mixed 4 pack with one of each stout included. Although I certainly need a cup in the morning, I am not what you might call a coffee nerd and know next to nothing about these coffee varieties. So I am taking this on in totally random fashion. The third bottle to be opened is Terrapin Single Origin Coffee Stout – Ethiopian Hambela.
Just like the the other two beers I’ve had from the four pack, Ethiopian Hambela pours with a rather dark color and tan head. Although all of the heads have fallen quickly this one seemed the fastest so far. This has the coffee stout aroma you are probably quite used to in this kind of stout, lots of chocolate and fresh coffee, just a nice little hint of vanilla as well. The taste is a bit different. Yes there is plenty of your typical coffee flavor, but there are some additional notes that are fruity and a bit tart and acidic. I’m also getting some minor grass and earth towards the finish, which is a welcome addition that helps to create a little complexity to the taste.
No more or no less enjoyable than Guatemala Huehuetenango or Sumatra Wahana Natural, but once again distinctly different.