Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
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
3.89/5 rDev -8.9%
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
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
Serving type: cask
09-07-2011 15:32:05 | More by tigg924
3.75/5 rDev -12.2%
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
3.96/5 rDev -7.3%
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
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this one at the Black Back this past Friday. Apparently this particular keg was extremely foamy and Mr. Hill called Rick (owner of the Black Back) to ask him if he was ok with it....Rick hadn't tapped it prior to him calling so he drew from his experience with the last keg and told him it was fine. Upon tapping and pouring for a day or two he realized that Shaun knew what he was talking about. Rick graciously warned me about the condition of the keg before pouring it and I said I'd be fine with it. He then basically poured me 3 large snifter glasses of foam which eventually receded into 3x 1/3 glasses of beer. A bit of pouring one into the other and viola I had a perfect snifter of brew!
Appearance: Pours (or shall I say settles!) deep dark brown black with a dark brown massive crown. Loads of retention and lace.
Smell: Nice coffee notes over dark malt with caramel and brown sugar notes.
Taste: Same as nose....really nice integration of coffee going on here!
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with loads of carbonation.
Drinkability: Very good!
Another solid HF Brew!
Serving type: on-tap
10-04-2010 22:28:54 | More by koopa
Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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