Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.23/5 rDev -0.9%
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
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
Serving type: growler
03-06-2014 19:01:58 | More by Kendo
District of Columbia
4.06/5 rDev -4.9%
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
Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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