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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 171
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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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(copied from blog - written February 2, 2013)

Appearance – The darkest shade of black you can imagine. Awesome reddish/mocha color head. Leaves a notable lacing.
Smell – Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Chocolate. And Coffee.
Taste – Milk chocolatey sweetness at the very front, followed by coffee, dark chocolate/cocoa powder dryness.

Pours like motor oil… I may as well have been pouring the very depths of hell into a glass. Gina even said as I was pouring it in to the glass, “that doesn’t even look like beer.” The aroma of chocolate and coffee was wonderful, very present but not overpowering by any means. Drinking it was like taking a sip of coffee and then having an angel drizzle Hershey’s chocolate syrup in my mouth. Mouth feel is not something I normally write about unless it’s very relevant to the beer and mouth feel is certainly one of the traits that makes this beer so damn good.The inclusion of oatmeal in the brewing process makes this already thick stout very smooth and creamy with a slight amount of carbonation. Honestly it was more like drinking a milk shake than a beer.

I was lucky enough to have a friend who was heading up there and willing to bring a growler back for me but unfortunately this beer is only available at their farm in Greensboro Bend, VT. If you’re ever within an hour or two of this place and have the extra time get out there and grab a growler.

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Hill Farmstead Brewery - Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a dark thick cola brown and settles black with a brown hue and a small mocha foamy head. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Coffee, chocolate malts, some roast, oatmeal at the end. Slight sweet.

Taste - This is what the best oatmeal stout should taste like. Chocolate, oatmeal, rich with a nice sweetness and the slight oatmeal sour (ever so slight).

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy bodied (yes please) with low carbonation. Rests slight malt roasted. Quite drinkable.

Overall - Amazing beer, this is one of my favorites from Hill. This just proves that HF knows beer from IPA to oatmeal stout. Definitely 100% recommend this beer.

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Fortunate enough to have had this on-draft at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover, Vt. My good friend, a Kingdom-native and Hill aficionado who had tried this before me was underwhelmed. I figured to give it a try.

A: Silky black and oily with a gorgeous mocha head. Looks great.

S: Coffee, syrupy, chocolately. Smells great.

T: Whoa. Damn. I usually find non-imperial stouts watery and sour, but this hits the nail on the head. Sweet and sour, but well balanced in it. Coffee is most pronounced with a good deal of chocolate, also some vanilla. Absolutely fantastic.

M: Very well done. One of the few Oatmeal stouts I've had with a good mouthfeel. Thick and satisfying. As my underwhelmed friend observed, "it's like a meal." Probably moreso than a Guinness, frankly.

O: Glad to have brought a bottle home with me. Try it for yourself if you can, but this is the only Oatmeal stout I've ever ben wow'ed by. Fantastic.

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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.