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Earl (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Earl (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Earl (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 164
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SFLpunk on 03-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%

A pretty nice beer, the barrel was pretty subtle which was great.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't get the infection others have mentioned....solid barrel with a hefty dose of coffee. Better than the base.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

Served alongside Earl.

Gusher! Upon settling, the beer appears dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas include oak, bourbon. Coffee presence is minimal in the nose. Ok flavor. Nothing off putting. A bit bland, but hey, this beer is getting old. Some distant port / sherry notes attributed to age. Light oxidation. Regardless of the current status, a treat. Fun to try.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Skrip
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a Craft Gear snifter.

A~ black as night, with a slight tan head and a little bit of lacing. very inviting!

S~ tons of bourbon sweetness, dark malts and not much else...

T~ alright i'm glad it opened up! i can't believe the coffee still has a huge presence! huge bourbon sweetness up front, followed by charred coffee, bitter dark chocolate, then slight oatmeal comes smashing through the bourbon wall of death, and vanilla caramel sweetness on the finish. this remind me of a perfectly aged KBS. mmm..!

M~ nicely carbonated, extremely smooth, and the thickness really plays its part but its not overkill, thats for sure!

O~ one of the best BA stouts i've ever had! once again the balance and complexity shines. the vanilla that comes from the bourbon adds such a nice aspect to the charred coffee flavor. its like the perfect balance of a vintage Bourbon County and a KBS. holy shit get a bottle right now!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Jeffo
1.81/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this bottle from jedwards a while back. Cheers for the trade man, and thanks again for all the cool HF bottles. These guys are slowly becoming one of my favorite stout/porter brewers in the USA.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: This one slowly started to foam out after opening. A brown pour yields a huge, four finger, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Transparent bistre brown in color, almost black, and no carbonation evident. Head is massive, but eventually fades to a rocky, foamy, bubbly thick cap and leaves some chunky lacing down the sides. A half bubbly wisp remains and leaves lots of bubbly lacing down the glass. The foaming and massive head make this one look infected.

SMELL: Definitely smells infected as well. First wiff is tart cherries and vinegar. Yikes. After a few more wiffs, there is a touch of bourbon and oak in there, as well as a light hint of cocoa powder. Still, this smells tart, which is never a good thing for this style.

TASTE: Sour and tart as well. Some roasted malts and a touch of cocoa in there, as well as oak, vanilla and bourbon from the barrel aging, but there is definitely a sour and acidic flavor that dominates it all. Tart cherries and vinegar accompany a touch of bourbon, oak anf light bitter coffee in the bold and lingering aftertaste. This is 100% infected. Unfortunate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Some acidity definitely lingers.

OVERALL: Can't imagine this was the point. While it calmed a little as it sat, this bottle is clearly infected, which is very disappointing to say the least. HF has been nothing but phenomenal so far, what with BoT, Damon, and Daybreak being spectacular, so ignoring this little blip will be easy. Be wary of searching this one out. Drain pour. Cheers again for the trade jedwards. The rest of the beers were world class.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Earl (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.