Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.53/5 rDev -17.3%
Thanks again to Chris for providing another Hill Farmstead growler.
A - Dark brown beer with a bit of brownish head that left a little bit of lace on the sides.
S - A decent bit of coffee, lots of roast, smells a bit dry actually. Little bit of cocoa and earthy notes.
T - There's a lot of char in this, almost too much. To me it seems a lot like an Irish Dry Stout, or even an Imperial Irish Dry Stout. Some coffee, molasses, but the char kind of kills this one, I'm not a big fan of the taste truthfully.
M - Lower carbonation, medium bodied.
O - Not a huge fan of this beer, it's solid, but not an upper-class brew like I've come to expect from Hill Farmstead. Too much char for me, just didn't care a ton for the flavor profile as much as I thought I would.
08-25-2011 04:39:15 | More by AgentZero
3.6/5 rDev -15.7%
12oz pour at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill.
Quick review: Pours pitch black with HUGE thick tan head that looks like I might need a spoon for! Aroma is packed with freshly brewed coffee and toasted grains doused with fresh cream. Palate is a little thinner than I was expecting, but packed with flavor. No acidity to speak of, but the body seems to be teetering on the edge due to the amount of coffee. I'm not sure how this beer would be in a month. Flavors are great, but I'd personally like more body. The lighter body adds drinkability, however.
Good integration of coffee, but a little light on the body.
09-17-2010 04:11:53 | More by SFLpunk
3.75/5 rDev -12.2%
Growler thanks to Chris!
A - Pours black, mocha color head, slight spotty lacing.
S - Slight coffee, roasty malts, toffee, slight cream. A little bit of everything here, which is nice. Wish there was a bit more coffee.
T - Similar to the nose. Slight coffee, roasted beans, malts, some cream. Kind of like a cold cup of coffee.
M - Too thin of a body, slight carbonation, creamy finish.
O - Enjoyable, but the thin body and hints of coffee hurt the overall score of this one. Wishing for more coffee and medium to full body but I guess I can't have everything. Good, not great.
08-23-2011 14:29:39 | More by Sean9689
3.89/5 rDev -8.9%
Pour is black with a tight mocha head. Nose is smooth roasted coffee, hint of burnt toffee, with a light vanilla aroma. Taste is more roasty and burnt than the nose, lots of coffee and gets a hint acrid and bitter. Some chocolate malts cling to the back sides of the mouth with notes of vanilla. Body is incredibly soft and creamy with extremely gentle carbonation. Really opens as it warms bringing out more malt depth and richness balancing well with coffee and helping reduce the bitterness.
02-10-2014 00:37:55 | More by cpetrone84
3.9/5 rDev -8.7%
Growler received in a trade with psprings. Thanks Paul! Poured into an Allagash stemmed glass. Reviewed from notes - sampled 11/26/2010
A - Pours a color as black as night with a finger of dense foam that fades quickly to a thin cap and leaving behind sparse lacing on the glass.
S - Some coffee, grassy hops and dark roasted malts. Some alcohol present in the aroma. Overall, the aroma is little on the light side - would enjoy more if there was a bit more intensity.
T - Intense coffee flavor with some sweet creaminess, a bit of malty sweetness, some sweet malt, caramel, green and grassy hops.
M - Thin to medium body. Medium carbonation that is creamy and smooth. A bit sweet overall with a lingering roastiness in the aftertaste.
D - Smooth, coffee roastiness - very tasty. Goes down way too easily. This growler disappeared very quickly.
12-19-2010 23:26:13 | More by portia99
3.93/5 rDev -8%
The only disappointing beer I've had from HF so far.
A bit pedestrian of a beer. The notes hit well of coffee and porter roasted malt and coffee notes. However, the beer is obviously a bit thin because of the ABV, despite the oats. Still a creamy mouthfeel.
02-12-2014 04:24:31 | More by dar482
3.94/5 rDev -7.7%
On taptap at the Blackback. Served in a snifter.
Appearance - Black body. Viscous looking. Huge chocolate head. Settles to a small collar.
Smell - Coffee and extremely roasty malt. Oatmeal is really strong. Smells like it could be too roasty.
Taste - Much improved. Coffee blends into the roasted malt. A little sweet. Oatmeal lends to the sweetness. Even a bit of burnt smokiness.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, but it had a roasty bitterness. Medium carbonation.
Overall - A little disconnected. Sweet and bitter, both in seemingly disproportionate quantities.
12-27-2013 02:09:13 | More by Alieniloquium
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
I enjoyed this black beauty a few times last Sunday at the Blackback Pub & Flyshop in Waterbury with BeerTruth. This would be my first non-hop-centric brew by Hill Farmstead.
Hmmm, well I might as well start off with the issues with pouring this one. I don't know where the fault lies, the tap system at Blackback or the keg itself (after missing out on this at SIPtemberfest because of serving issues, I am leaning towards the kegging), but this was all thick caramel foam. Each full serving literally took 15 minutes and multiple cups to achieve. There was no infection or off taste here thankfully. By the time the beer settled it was at perfect carbonation, but by the time a glass was finished it was pretty flat.
Well now that the negative is out of the way, it is all positive from here on out. I'm reviewing this one post-foam pre-flat, if that makes sense.
Almost black, almost. The head that remains after waiting patiently for this to settle is thick and creamy, a darker caramel that paints the DFH snifter well.
This just smells so enticing. The coffee notes are rich and roasty, not bitter at all, with some sweet light molasses and caramel to boot.
Mmmm oatmeal, you make my beer so smoooth. A light pillow of coffee and dark chocolate with some brown sugar sprinkled on top coats the mouth. The body on this one is less than you expect when you see it, a lot less in my opinion. It works well with this beer though, increasing the drinkability, but I would not think this beer would age well.
09-29-2010 20:15:44 | More by naproxen
Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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