Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.61/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured on tap at Farmhouse in Burlington.
Pours jet black with dark caramel head half a finger high.
Aromas are insane. Incredible roasted malts and coffee and mild caramel sweetness.
Tastes just a incredible as aromas, but even more so. Complex, round flavor of roasted coffee, roasted malts, full flavor.
Mouthfeel is full and smooth.
A wonderful oatmeal coffee stout. More than wonderful, incredible.
Serving type: on-tap
04-17-2014 12:41:24 | More by BoldRulerVermont
4.23/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
So, today we're drinking with Earl, great-uncle of the Hill Farmstead is commemorated in a dark and lush ale that tempers its dry coffee roast with the silky effect of oats- playing atop an English-type stout with peps of citrus and dark fruit.
Earl opens with the standard appearance for stout- dark as night and with a subtle film of haze. But pleasantly surprised, its tall column of foam is expansive and lavish- like mocha-stained meringue. With its long retention and intricate lacing, the ale carries a more fortified appearance that even the British have achieved.
Its scent is squarely focused on coffee, borrowing its java-forward scent from both the natural roast of barley but also from actual coffee additions which give the beer a tilt toward the coffee bean but without undue boastfulness. Underneath, a pillow of burnt sugar and heavy cream soften the roasty scent and bring life to softer notes of walnut, toast, toffee and campfire.
To taste, the fusion of toffee malt and coffee weave together seamlessly, coating the tongue with robust sweetness. As the toffee and cream begin to fade, nutty columbian coffee and french-roast coffee give the middle palate a deeply hearty taste. As the ale trends dry and bitter in finish, subtle flavors of grapefruit peel, burnt wood and grape come out to play.
Boldly textured, the abrasive edges of roast are tempered by the silkiness of oats for a creamy palate sensation early, but trailing for a malty-dry taste late that's chocked full of coffee bitterness and lingering wafts of cocoa.
Earls memory lives on in ale form that's tall, dark and truly handsome. Its a stern demeanor with a reasonable side. Masculine and strong throughout.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2014 15:35:30 | More by BEERchitect
Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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