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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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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 164
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

Brad007, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -7%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -7%

xnicknj, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Griffith, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of dark and milk chocolate; mainly milk chocolate, so inciting. As it warms you get some java/coffee notes as well.

The taste starts of really dry, roasted dark malts. Mouthfeel is really full bodied. Finishes a little slick with some lingering coffee bitterness on the tongue; not over powering at all but pleasant.

Overall this is amazing drinkable and delicious. Highly recommended and will seek out more offerings from this brewery.

claspada, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Lare453, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

AgentZero, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Gobzilla, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

LoveStout, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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).

rudzud, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -7%

BGsWo22, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

cpetrone84, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

outoffocus, May 26, 2013
Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BMart, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, dark brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: coffee dominates

Taste: big coffee and robust roasted malt with some citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-heavy bodied, sweet with a bitter finish

Overall: Another Hill Farmstead brew..another beer right at the top of its class. Exceptional for a coffee stout. While this is not my favorite style, the coffee is not too bitter but it is highly present. If I were to reach for a coffee stout, this is where I would go to.

tigg924, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -7%

tom10101, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dicers, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

akang, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -7%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -7%

petermethot, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

williamjbauer, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

thegerm87, Jan 14, 2013
Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.