This is the second stout I’ve reviewed from Weird Beard in as many days, and after their Black Perle it puts my expectations quite high. However, Hippy Hating Hippie is a very different beast to Weird Beard’s signature Milk Stout. Whereas Black Perle was full of strong, traditional stout flavours with an extra whack of smooth, sweet creaminess from the milk – this one is a much more floral affair.
Hippy Hating Hippie advertises itself as a Rose, Cinnamon and Cardamom stout but, in reality, I could only detect one of those flavours. On the initial pour, it’s an extremely carbonated beer for a stout and I nearly ended up overpouring the beer as it’s so active. The body is dark and fairly thick with a large head to the beer as well and it does look good once it settles down. There’s a very strong aroma on the beer for which the overriding flavour is Cardamom, but with floral and spicy hints which likely come from the Rose and Cinnamon respectively, but these notes are much less than the Cardamom.
It’s this balance, or rather unbalance, of flavours that carry over into the taste as well, as the overriding flavour that you get is the cardamom which is an extremely powerful flavour, and if you don’t like it then this beer definitely won’t be for you. I feel Weird Beard need to try and refine the balance of this beer a little since that flavour is strong it kind of renders the rest of them obsolete. If there is rose and cinnamon in there, then it only comes through as very slight floral notes and hints of spice, but it’s overpowered by the medicinal taste of the cardamom. For me, personally, it’s not a unpleasant taste at all and you still get some of the flavours you’d expect from a stout as well including roasted coffee beens and hints of dark chocolate which does leave a long, bitter aftertaste to the beer.
All in all, Hippy Hating Hippe isn’t a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination and it’s a nice stout, but it’s not one I would come back to if there were other beers (like Black Perle) on offer and, personally, I would like to see the recipe tweaked so you get more of the rose and cinnamon rather than get overpowered by the cardamom because if you advertise these flavours then you’d want to get all of them.
A decent stout that doesn’t quite deliver on the flavours it promises.