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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 6.78%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Earl (1911-1985) was our grandfather’s brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Stout is crafted from American malted barley, Flaked Oats, English roasted malts, American hops, Organic Guatemalan Coffee, our ale yeast, and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. A silhouette of coffee and malt - an embodiment of complexity and drinkability, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Earl.

Pale, Caramel, and Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 09-09-2010)
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lovindahops

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4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Onto Earl, Hill Farmsteads oatmeal stout. I am a huge coffee lover and therefore a huge coffee stout and coffee porter lover. Growler obtained at Hill Farmstead on Saturday December 29th

A- earl pours a massive opaque body with a mocha head of foam that elevates over the body of the brew from the pour. A rich chocolate latte cover remains as the subsiding occurs. Good lacing on the edges with a dark glow seems to be positioning this brew as a big time coffee rush

S- a rush of coffee beans and a delicious flakes oat scent is immediately dispensed from the head. Some chocolate and mocha flavors are evident in the background along with a bitter hop scent with is a delight. I even get a slight vanilla theme that rounds it off as some cream in the coffee feeling

T- Nailed it!!!! Bitter coffee flavors are enhanced with the chocolate and oatmeal flavors I seek out. There is no question Shaun concentrated on utilizing the coffee component to enhance the stout instead of relying on just the flaked outs. There are some mean beans in this brew. Not to mention the sweet vanilla flavors as well as some excellent roasty flavor

M- smooth and creamy simultaneously. furthermore, there is a bitter and roasty flavor happening

O- again, this is what I look for in a coffee stout. An all out assault on coffee flavors. In my opinion, this is the best coffee stout I have had since wake n bake. I wish I could do a side by side with these two.

Serving type: growler

01-05-2013 17:22:05 | More by lovindahops
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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.

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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.

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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.