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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 61
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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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this while on a beerventure with BPK59. This time around Earl achieved its coffee characteristics via a pour over method (pouring the beer over the beans) with the coffee from a wonderful place in western MA whose name escapes me while writing this (which is a shame as I am very familiar with them after having spent years living in western MA).

A - Poured in to my Duvel tulip a super dark brown slightly translucent around the edges with one of the darkest, richest heads I have ever seen. Three fingers of creamy milk chocolatey goodness that leaves light side lacing and very nice retention.

S - Nice rich, roasted coffee aromas with some very, very light vanilla notes. Good roasty sweeter malts, definitely an oatmeal stout.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice bitter roast coffee, light malty sweetness, subtle caramel and faint vanilla (though I think that's just my tongue playing tricks), that gentle oat taste. Yum.

M - Oh yah, definitely an oatmeal stout. Smooth, creamy, almost lightly chewy.

O - Overall this was a solid oatmeal stout. Good, but not my favourite (that still goes hands down to Wormtown's Sweet Tats).

Serving type: growler

01-05-2013 02:11:15 | More by rudzud
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Arbitrator

California

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled growler into a glass, from a long-ago trade. This is from notes; the growler was consumed fresh.

A: Pours black with edge translucence. Tan head.

S: Smells heavily of coffee, roasted grain, vanilla. The aroma is rounded out by mild wafts of dark chocolate. Earthy hops. It reminded me a little of Velvet Merlin at the time; this was at least a year ago, so maybe the recipe has changed.

T: Roasted coffee beans, roasted malt; they lead the way and set the tone of the beer. The roast is enhanced by the choice of earth hops. It isn't until the finish, which carefully coaxes milk chocolate and vanilla out of the nether, that the beer moves away from the charred flavors into something more balanced.

M: Smooth, silky body; the use of oats is evident, and well-received.

O: I think this is solid, but in this rough area of styles (porter / stout being kind of interchangeable today), I'd give the nod to Twilight of the Idols and Everett in HF's stable.

Serving type: growler

10-25-2012 04:03:04 | More by Arbitrator
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to spycow. Happy I got to have this again since my growler of Earl didn't quite make the trip home from VT :(

A - Near black beer with a dark khaki bubbly head that dissipated quickly. Occasional lacing.

S - Solid coffee notes erupt first (would like to know the roaster), along with slight ashiness and a very strong bready note, maybe from the oatmeal. This is making me want breakfast.

T - Nice dry coffee and chocolate and a touch of yeast. Very dry roasty finish that really works for me.

M - Medium bodied, very light carbonation. No alcohol. Nice lingering creaminess on the finish.

O - Fantastic stout and I'm lucky I got to try this again. Complex, yet exceptionally drinkable. Adds great variety to the HF portfolio.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2011 22:53:18 | More by ChrisPro
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

08-25-2011 04:39:15 | More by AgentZero
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2011 14:29:39 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler thanks to Chris (spycow). Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a big-bubbled cap and some wisps, leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown body.

S - Reminds me of Everett, but with more char and smoke and a mild amount of coffee. Earthy grains, roasted barley, light molasses and brown sugar, some yeasty bread.

T - Taste is again roasted grains, baker's chocolate, some yeasty bread, a bit of molasses, and a mounting roast bitterness.

M - Smooth texture from the oatmeal, lower carbonation, medium-full body. No alcohol presence. Pretty much everything I'd want for this style of beer.

D - It's a nice stout, but not as good as Everett. I think I'd like this if there was more coffee presence.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2011 20:37:33 | More by MasterSki
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours dark brown, almost black with a nice 1 finger head that has moderate retenrion. Some lacing left on the glass after the heads gone. Body is black and cant be seen through. Looks pretty good

S- gigantic coffee bean scent thats more sweet than bitter. Sweet malt is there but behind the coffee.

T- sweet coffee thats nice and not overboard. Becomes subtly bitter in the middle and roasty on the finish. Very nice and balanced stout.

M- feels about medium on the tongue with very little carbonation (probably because of the growler). Feels good.

O- very nice stout. Everything is good and well balanced.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2011 00:14:31 | More by Gushue3
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 64 oz. unmarked growler (all the swingtops were gone on the day I went unfortunately) poured into a pint glass. Split partially with a friend, but I enjoyed about two thirds of the growler myself.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. A nice two finger brown head rises up during the first pour. Plenty of carbonation here.

Aroma: Coffee beans, smoke, and dark chocolate notes all hit first. The coffee is pleasant and smooth with a slight char edge to it and it dominates the aroma. Everything is nicely balanced with the backing notes.

Taste: Big coffee notes upfront. The quality of the coffee is definitely noticable. Some smooth milk chocolate and raisin sweetness in the background. A balanced and smooth representation of the style that still packs a ton of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. I would definitely prefer this to be slightly creamier but it is by no means thin.

Overall, a really impressive coffee stout and the second beer from Hill Farmstead I've had that I thought was bordering on greatness, if not there already. Definitely thrilled I had a growler of this. Worth the effort to get.

Serving type: growler

05-05-2011 17:56:37 | More by Gosox8787
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Glouglouburp- thanks again Dany! Pours opaque cola with frothy two finger head. Huge delicious coffee nose, slight chocolate, but mostly just unbelievable coffee. Taste- a juicy tart twang from the oatmeal, slight bitterness, and tons of fresh roasted coffee . Fantastic. Drinkability is off the charts. Very light bodied but yet the flavour profile is amazing and the freshness of the coffee really shiines through. HF really nailed this

Serving type: growler

05-04-2011 12:22:58 | More by oakbluff
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2010 23:26:13 | More by portia99
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Brad007

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to split this with some friends when we got together to brew.

Earl pours a pitch black color with a brown head into my glass.

The aroma is full of bitter coffee but not too much of it.

The taste is rich with creamy bitter coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel has an oily texture with lingering creamy coffee notes.

Certainly one of the better local examples I've had of this type of beer. Wish I still had a growler full of it.

Serving type: growler

10-16-2010 01:27:28 | More by Brad007
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 04:30:58 | More by HuskyinPDX
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2014 12:41:24 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 15:35:30 | More by BEERchitect
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 03:12:29 | More by pmarlowe
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 01:06:59 | More by cbutova
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.26/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:04:19 | More by rlee1390
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dar482

New York

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:24:31 | More by dar482
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2014 00:37:55 | More by cpetrone84
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:43:17 | More by GJ40
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 02:33:22 | More by Chico1985
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:20:28 | More by MarcWP
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 22:19:20 | More by JMScowcroft
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BTVflatlander

Vermont

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2014 16:13:55 | More by BTVflatlander
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:00:12 | More by KingdomBobcat
Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.