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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: 54 | FT: 4
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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:
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 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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Photo of mdfb79
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 01/18/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLayer85 for sharing a growler of this one; full glass poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of coffee, sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, cream, toasted malts, earthy notes, and burnt malts. Awesome nose; wonderful mix of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. I really like it.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, milk chocolate, caramel malts, and bitter burnt malts. Not quite as great as the nose and a little less coffee but still a great taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and no heat, easy to drink.

o - Overall a fantastic oatmeal stout; lots of coffee mixing nicely with chocolate and vanilla. Easy to drink, I'd love to have it again. highly recommended if you like coffee and/or oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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Photo of BTVflatlander
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-jet black, decent mocha/brown/almost red head that becomes a ring with some lacing
S-Lots of chocolate malt and coffee
T-Roasted malt, thick chocolate, followed by an almost bitter/burnt coffee taste
M-This is kinda where I lose sense of this, it's almost too sludge-like, like an entire meal in itself. The coffee leaves an overly roasted dryness in your mouth that makes each subsequent sip not as inviting as I would like.
O-Getting a couple bottles of this sure beats the 3+ hours I would have waited in line for a growler fill, but my high hopes for this weren't quite met

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kyle for picking this one up for me. 22oz. growler poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a 1 finger fine mocha head with decent retention. Lacing is stringy and sparse with good stick. Thin oily legs. A good looking beer.

Nose is huge coffee and mocha notes. Like a man made of coffee beans took a crap and it got put in a beer. Incredible. Very aromatic.

Opens chocolate and mocha. Dank coffee beans towards the middle with milk and dark chocolate in the finish. Some fudginess lends a mellow sweetness throughout. Aftertaste of coffee, lactose, and chocolate. Delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky and smooth in the mouth and smooth, warm, and silky going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Great body and super drinkable. Spot on as always.

Hill Farmstead just can't help but put up winner after winner. Earl is no different. Not the most complex brew but this beer delivers exactly what it intends to. Like smelling and drinking a mocha latte through and through. The body just serves to enhance the experience. One of the best in the style.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml to HFS sniffer glass

A: Dark dark brown with fluffy but small white to mocha head that fades to a thin lacing of mocha coloring, it is completely opaque but not the darkest stout I've seen still quite good.

S:lots of coffee and oats the smell is there but not pungent or even that strong. There is not much else there I can't smell the malt or hops at all.

T: upfront there is a solid coffee taste but it is not overpowering and well balanced with a nice sweet malt presence. The oats start to come in after the ential taste that blends with the taste of hops that balance out everything with there slight bitterness through the finish which also features the coffee flavor and the oat flavor.

M:it has a hop bite to it for a stout. It is also quite oily it is neither thick nor thin, but does have some chewiness to it though not toffee status

O: This is a pretty good coffee oatmeal stout not my favorite of the variety as WNB is definitely better imo but nonetheless this is a really good beer that I quite enjoyed as with pretty much all hill farmstead if you can get your hands on it do so.

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

A-dark brown black color with a tan head and good lacing

S-roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, light herbal notes

T-dark roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, hint of sweet oatmeal cookie and vanilla

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a well-balanced and flavorful stout, a great sipper to enjoy with dessert

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Photo of Skrip
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Jester King snifter

A~ black as night with a nice creamy head

S~ straight oatmeal coffee, with roasted malts

T~ dark chocolate coffee with a nice bitterness. roasted dark fruits as well

M~ not too heavy which i like in a porter but still a really nice consistency. nice carbonation. low rating just because its not very "stouty" to me

O~ a really good oatmeal coffee porter for sure. i could compare it to a lighter Highland Oatmeal porter without the coffee of course. would definitely like a few bottles to keep IN hand ::see what i did there:: lol

bottled edition.

as i stated before it drinks like a porter. its like they took Everett, dumped a whole lot of oats in it. along with a little bit of coffee and theres totally nothing wrong with that! very delicious and smooth! it goes down way too easily!

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