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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Earl Coffee Oatmeal StoutEarl Coffee Oatmeal Stout

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 553
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 201
Gots: 55 | FT: 4
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 09-09-2010

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.
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Photo of lochraneg
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark black, with beige head
Smell: Coffee, Malt
Taste: Coffee, Cocoa, very smooth
Feel: Fluffy body, hangs out on the tongue
Overall: A great HFS, but not something I would go out of my way to get again.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great Hill Farmstead brew
Pour - jet black with a small brown head
Smell - Coffee, espresso, burnt malt
Taste - Burnt coffee flavored oatmeal stout
Overall - not too heavy feel, I'd stick to only 1 a night drinking these.

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Photo of kculrich
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - dated 08/17/2015 - into a cool tulip. L: Deep black and opaque with a modest brown head which fades quickly leaving big bubbles and slight lacing. S: Coffee and sweet malt, of course, with floral, earthy notes. Smells like light rain on a hot sidewalk. T: Sweet-bitter malt right on top with lingering coffee and some dark chocolate, maybe some grape? earthy, minerals. F: smooth and creamy, slight, tight carbonation, slight mineral tang lingering on the tongue. O: I honestly tried to linger over this and savor it but it was so massively tasty I practically siphoned it down and had to open a second one to finish writing the review.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks Tim for the Want! 2013 version still has beautiful chocolate appearance and a nice coffee smell after 1.5 years. Coffee on the taste is a little burnt and stale but melds well with a good chocolate taste and a very creamy mouthfeel that is not too thin. Good stuff!

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

December 2023 bottling
L: brownish black with a dark tan head.
S: lots of roast coffee. Surprised there is so much given the age. Some bitter chocolate.
T: some coffee but less than the nose, Cacao, a bit of oattiness, very smooth
F: soft, medium body with a lingering tingle of effervescance.

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Photo of kevanb
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, very opaque and thick, billowy, khaki head, about 2 fingers high that has nice retention and yields a decent amount of spotted lace. The aroma is very pleasant, chocolatey oatmeal, rich grain, light coffee, mild fruit, a touch of roast and toasty char to counter balance against the sweet chocolate and grain with just a touch of bitterness. The flavors are nice, super smooth chocolate, lightly bittersweet, chewy oatmeal, coffee is more potent, rich and roasted, a touch of bright fruit character that contrasts the stone fruits that linger towards the finish with just a touch of vanilla sweetness. The mouthfeel is excellent, coating, full bodied and rich but easy and gentle with lower carbonation and a creamy finish.

Verdict: A very nice coffee stout from Hill Farmstead, mild and balanced and oh so silky smooth. The coffee profile is really enjoyable, not overpowering but at the same time, not an afterthought, it serves to highlight everything nice about this beer, rather than being one dimensional.

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Photo of ivyman
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey.

Pours black with a huge mocha head.

Nice coffee and chocolate aromas and the same on the palate.

Medium mouthfeel.

Another hit from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler filled at the brewery last month. A little past the expiry but stored in the fridge until opening it today.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a big frothy dark mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves foam with big bubbles in it.. some lacing. Beautiful pour.

Huge aromas of ground coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla and caramel in the background.

Upfront I get light notes of coffee, milk chocolate, roasty malt. The follow through is really roasty, charred malt and heavily roasted coffee notes. Not too strong on the aftertaste. Somewhat watery, medium-low carbonation.

Overall a very enjoyable stout, pretty easy to drink and flavorful. Wish it was a little more rich and full bodied, but nonethless a good beer.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a great trade with Evan! 2013 Vintage. Creamy pitch black pour with a gorgeous two finger caramel-colored head with great retention and crazy lacing. Big nutty, roasty nose with tons of fresh brewed coffee along with hints of oats, toast, espresso, toffee, burnt sugar, and subtle cocoa. The taste is also very coffee forward with tons of roasty malt, toasted oats, leather, tobacco, toffee, vanilla, espresso, and cocoa. The mouthfeel is creamy and mouth-coating with light carbonation, subtle sweetness, and a velvety smooth, dry, bitter finish. Overall, some of the most intense coffee flavor I've tasted in a coffee stout. Another great offering from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

On tap at Hill Farmstead in Greensboro Bend, VT.

Pours a very dark black, with a big mocha-colored head, and a bit lacing.

Smells very strongly of rich, creamy and nutty coffee, with tons of roasted malt.

There is a ton of roasted malt here, with roasted espresso bean flavor, some creamy chocolate, roasty bitterness. There's some vanilla-like flavors as well. One of the more bitter stouts I've had, it's really, really roasty.

Earl has a fairly thick body, with a low amount of carbonation, and a creamy and very rich mouthfeel.

Even though I didn't end up getting a growler of this, it was still amazingly tasty, with a very genuine coffee flavor.

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Photo of SebD
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted coffee, rich roasted malts, chocolate, some oats and faint vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a loads of roasted malts, coffee, an espresso bitterness, some chocolate, oats and very faint vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Shaun Hill truly is a world class brewer.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served alongside Earl (bourbon).
The beer is dark brown, near black, with a half inch of beige cap. The aroma brings roast, coffee, oats. Definitely smells true to style. A delicious beer. Oatmeal, chocolate cereal grains. On par with Samuel Smith and Young's (is that sacrilege? - if so, favoring whom?). A solid beer.

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Photo of NAPO
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love Coffee Stout beers.

A-Jet black with about a two finger head.

S-Awesome roasted coffee with a small hints of Oats. I also get some really nice chocolate smell.

T-Really nice bitterness from the coffee with some strong cocoa taste. Nice creamy oat taste.

M-Medium body, nice carbonation and very creamy.

O-Very nice Stout. Not in the league of FBS or Double Shot from Tree House, but its very good.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.30.14
12 2013

A - Pours a very dark brown with a light brown head, very active with good retention.

S - Strong coffee, some oats and chocolate as well.

T - Nice coffee, the oats and subtle coffee come on just before the coffee gets bitter.

D - Medium body with decent carbonation.

O - Coffee, oats, all there. Not bitter or sweet. Decent.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a growler into a HF glass. Body appears quite thick on the pour, viscous black with a half-finger brown head.

S: Nice malty stout nose, full of chocolate and coffee, with coffee slightly more dominant.

T: Roasted barley malt, chocolatey malt up front. Modest creaminess presumably from the oatmeal. Touch of earthy bitterness and coffee. Nice chocolate finish.

M: Medium-full in heft with good carbonation and a decently creamy feel.

O: Good stuff.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/2013 bottling. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black, medium thickness, with a half finger of attractive, light brown head. Very good retention and some dots and streaks of lacing.

S: Medium-roast coffee, caramel, light roasted malt. Delicate aroma.

T: Roasted malt is more in the forefront, with coffee taking more of a backseat, finishing with some bright acidity.

M: Creamy medium body and medium-light carbonation. A little watery.

O: Overall, a tasty, well crafted coffee stout. Highly drinkable, though a tad one dimensional.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Black bodied pour from the 500ml to a few pint glasses. One finger light tan head forms and has decent retention. Falls to a small foamy ring leaving spotty lacing all around the glass.

S- Fresh roast coffee off the top above a nice Stout base. Malt complexity is nice and fairly rich. Deep roast grain notes, tons of coffee grounds, toasted nuttiness and even a hint of hops. Nice coffee complexity.

T- Coffee once again takes the show over here. Tons of roasty bean flavor, espresso and just fresh french press coffee. The stout base is mostly roast grains with some nuttiness and toffee feel for me. Hops round it all out with earthy notes.

MF- Moderately thick bodied with fairly high level carbonation. Texture is fairly silky and creamy. Bitterness from the coffee, roast grains and hops lingers on the palate.

Coffee runs the show here but the base stout brings some nice elements as well. Great overall coffee complexity.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass and while pouring. Two finger brown head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Roasted coffee, oats, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt.

T-Good deal of coffee, some oats, good deal of vanilla as well. Chocolate as well. Some bitterness.

M-Lighter not much carbonation and somewhat watery.

O-Not a knockout like some other HF beers but Earl is still mighty tasty.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22oz bottle dated 12/2013. Thanks surge1311!

A - Deep black with no light and a small tan head. Pours like motor oil.

S - Firm but nice coffee with roasted malt notes and hints of cocoa.

T - Bold coffee flavors with subtler roasted malt flavors. Mostly dry but hints of sweetness. Great from start to finish. I might dial back the coffee a bit but it works.

M - Super creamy texture yet light and airy from the fine carbonation.

O - Very flavorful. Very good.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought at the brewery a few weeks ago. Bottled 12-2013.

Black beer, dark brown head. A thick ring remains after some time.

Coffee and chocolate seem to lead the way for the scent, with roasted and vanilla backing. Good and bold, pretty straight forward oatmeal stout.

Taste is a slight improvement, some more complexities here. Some extra roasted malt/char presence here which feels slightly astringent at times, coffee still comes out in front though. Chocolate malts, caramel, oats, nutty malts, light vanilla and some hop presence make up the rest.

Smooth, somewhat heavy feel, very 'oatmeal stout'. Carbonation is spot-on.

Good, doesn't blow me away though. The astringency in the taste is a noticeable bother at first, but does seem to almost completely fade with time.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to egrace84 for the share!

Black body with large white head with great retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass. Nose is coffee bomb, oats, and chocolate. Flavor is exactly the same, but nose is much more impressive and robust. Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and silky body that is slightly thin as it warms up. Everett seems slightly thicker bodied than Earl does. Maybe the coffee thins thing out this stout. Not boozey at all. Really fantastic coffee beer by HF.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into belgian stemmed glass. Fresh.

Pours pitch black with a nice dark caramel colored head about two fingers that lingers nicely.

Aroma is earthy coffee, fresh oats, cocoa powder, some grass, and a faint mineral like quality. Coffee smell is lighter than a lot of other coffee infused beers I've had.

On the palate come more pronounced coffee flavors, bitter bakers chocolate, earth, toasted biscuit, black tea, chicory, and a caramelized molasses spice. Very interesting and definitely get the oatmeal throughout. It's not bash in any form, more of an easy drinking breakfast beer than anything else. Can also see this being a beer you pull out on a camping trip.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would have liked. Medium body with a nice silky feel to it. Once again, seems like Shaun gets that perfect carbonation level in his beer.

Overall this is an earthy, grainy, bitter chocolate with a coffee presence kind of beer. Not huge on rich chocolate, roast, vanilla, or dark fruit like some can be. You have to enjoy it for what it is and forget about your expectations.

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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.