Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.29/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into my Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip, as it should.
A dark chocolate colored rich creamy 1.5 finger head that fades fairly slowly with lots of lacing, over a pitch black beer with no light coming through, great appearance for a growler that's almost week old.
Nose brings some dark malts, a light milk chocolate and flaked oats, quite creamy, a little roast, etc. and despite all that no real acrid or char aroma. Then coffee, a little from possible roast, but more like fresh brewed and fresh roasted coffee, but not a ton. Also alittle caramel and fluffy nougat, as well as hints of light earthy hops, and just a touch of vanilla.
Taste starts with big fluffy malts, fluffy nougat flavors, caramel, a bit of milk chocolate and cocoa, etc. Then coffee, fresh roasted coffee beans like they steeped the beer right in the beans for a while, an earthy coffee that's slightly nutty and a little bitter but not a lot. Dark malts bring just a bit of bitter slightly charred flavor, but hardly acrid, and even seems to have a nice caffeine pick-me-up. A nice fluffy oatmeal center, creamy and rich with a nice nougat caramel touch to it, and hint of vanilla again, little bitter acrid char lingering as it moves to the finish. There are very light earthy hops with a touch of pine in there as well adding to the bitterness of the charred malts and coffee beans. The finish dries a bit but remains a little sweet, long lingering bitterness that doesn't get overpowering, in fact it's a nice bitterness, due to both light earthy piney hops and roasted char. Finish also coats the tongue a bit as the oats really stick there for a bit, and leave the light chocolate, bitter roast, vanilla, and a nice coffee bitterness and light roasted coffee beans.
Mouth is med to fulled bodied but quite rich and creamy, nice carb.
Overall quite nice, nice malt bill with creamy oats, little chocolate, caramel, nougat, and even hint of vanilla (not sure how, maybe just perceived from the oats and chocolate and coffee). The coffee is quite strong but not overpowering, nice coffee flavor that really comes through. The bitterness is nice too, a combination of roasted malts, light earthy piney hops, and roasted coffee beans. The only thing keeping this from being a great beer is that light bitter acrid char flavor that gets a little much at times. Otherwise very nice.
01-09-2013 17:12:34 | More by jlindros
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-21-2014 19:29:15 | More by mdfb79
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
Sampled on draft at Capone's.
Pours pitch black and comletely opaque without even the slightest trace of lifhtercolor when held to a light source and a one finger mocha colored head that slowly disappears leaving sporadic spots of lacing behind.
Slightly roasted coffee bean aroma with silky chocolate malt, oatmeal, toffee and hazelnut. It's very refreshing to encounter a coffee stut that doesn't smell like a burnt coffee bomb. I'm even picking up some slight citrus and earhy hops. I'm excited to drink this one.
Chewy full body with a great balance of roasted coffee bean, silky, luscious dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and bitter hops. Slight lactic character adds creaminess and fullness to the body and greatly increases the drinkabilitu. I'm actually surprised how well balanced this is. I was expected it to be more acrid and bitter even though the aroma didn't suggest that. Slight citrus and earthy pine hops add complexity. This is a very well crafted, extremely quaffable coffee beer. Not very extreme but damn good.
01-07-2011 01:48:38 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
From notes, served in a HF wine glass.
Clear, very dark brown color with a light, bubbly tan head. Excellent retention and thick lacing. Earthy and roast coffee aroma, with surprising amount of hops and some faint chocolate notes. Flavor is typical of an oatmeal stout, creamy and smooth, with a silky body, and a strong chocolate and malt body throughout. Minimal bitterness, but strong fresh coffee flavor throughout. Much more robust and enjoyable experience than the BA version of Earl.
11-26-2011 21:12:42 | More by yourefragile
3.98/5 rDev -6.8%
Served on-tap at Capone's into a sampler glass.
A - Pours jet black with a light one finger head, dissipating to small patches of head, leaving little to no lacing down the glass.
S - Lots of dark flavors in this one. Coffee, milk chocolate, and plenty of dark malt blend well. Some oatmeal and a bit of caramel sweetness creeps in as it begins to come to room temp. Good balance but nothing mind blowing.
T - A bit thin on entry. Quite a bit of dark smokiness up front giving way quickly to a mix of dark roasted coffee and chocolatey sweetness. Oatmeal adds a bit of chewiness and seems to help bring the body back up a bit. Finish is a huge blast of dark roast that lingers for some time. I liked how balanced all the flavors where.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is neither thin nor overly creamy, good balance again. Finish is a bit too roasty for my liking.
D - Pretty high. I wish more brewery could brew a well balanced stout like this one. I liked it quite a bit but it was just good not great. I would definitely drink it again.
01-17-2011 20:23:56 | More by orangesol
4.1/5 rDev -4%
On Tap at Capone's in a little dinky snifter.
Earl look black, blackie, its a black ale with a little bit of sugar on top with small spots of lace. up to light, Earl look black. Earl smell roasty and oaty with a deep sweet caramel scent and oats with chocolate rounding it out. Hops are present in the nose, it's a well rounded scent. Earl is one of the richer oat stouts I've had recently. Notes of cocco/chocolate, mounds of oats and even a mild hop bite towards the end. I get a bunch of roasted coffee with some warming, where did that come from? Like I said Earl is well rounded, but he is not fat with soaring alcohol, 7% is fine with me, it drinks like it should be more though, but that's what I like, a lot of taste with not a bunch of alcohol. Feel is a bold medium with adaquate carb. I coulda drank a pint of this if it was not summer and it was not the beginning of my day. I cant quite place this, it hits many styles in one
06-04-2011 01:06:04 | More by BARFLYB
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-09-2014 23:18:28 | More by Huhzubendah
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
On tap at Capone's today.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retetion and considerable lacing. The nose is all CDA goodness (or black IPA goodness if you prefer), with a huge aroma of coffee and dry citrus. There's a hint of dark chocolate and vanilla as well, but the citrus and coffee dominate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I'm impressed by the amount of hoppy goodness I get on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit thin, but there's no denying the amount of flavor one gets. The finish is long and bitter, with the alcohol barely noticeable.
An excellent CDA/stout from the brewer at farmstead hill. While I don't believe Shaun Hill's ability as a brewer quite compares to the genius of Shawn Kelso at Barley Brown, he's awfully damn close. Just an excellent beer from Farmstead Hill.
06-03-2011 22:17:05 | More by John_M
4.1/5 rDev -4%
Had on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Review from notes.
A: Dark black with one finger brown head. Slow dissipation leaving bits of lacing.
S: A roasted aroma, with some coffee and a little bit of chocolate on the initial whiff. There is also some oatmeal and hints of toffee. Like others noted, I am glad that this is not overwhelmingly coffee smelling.
T: Sweeter than expected, but in a good way. Not has harsh/bitter as some coffee stouts, this is most likely from the oatmeal. Besides the coffee/oatmeal flavors I also get some chocolate and even a little bit of a hop kick.
M/D: Medium bodied with great carbonation. Overall, very nice. I was glad that the coffee wasn't in the forefront. The sweetness from the oatmeal was really nice as was the little bit of hops.
01-07-2011 20:58:12 | More by mdaschaf
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
10-16-2010 01:27:28 | More by Brad007
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
Bottle opened on 1.30.14
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.
04-22-2014 04:30:58 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.94/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
12-27-2013 02:09:13 | More by Alieniloquium
3.53/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
08-25-2011 04:39:15 | More by AgentZero
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
12-11-2010 00:14:42 | More by claspada
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
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).
01-05-2013 02:11:15 | More by rudzud
Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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