Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #11
Ranked #1,439
4.29 | pDev: 6.76%
Apr 17, 2022
Sep 09, 2010
Notes: 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.
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4.28 by shelby415 from Oregon on Apr 17, 2022
4.24 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Mar 28, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Holderness from Massachusetts

Just a really solid stout all around. The coffee is expressive on the nose but not candy-like or syrupy in the flavors. The oatmeal makes for a soft, fluffy mouthfeel. The roasted barley malts are rich and chocolatey but not burnt or bitter. The hop bill offers a mild herbal note but is not overwhelming. This won't knock your socks off, but it is a fantastic daily drinker


Mar 17, 2022
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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mintzmeet from Washington

Wow!!! Malted barley, flaked oats. Roasted malt. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Strong coffee flavors, made with coffee from Ethiopia and central/South America. Yeast from hill farmstead ale and water from their well.
Dark black color, dissipating head. Incredible taste. Robust, not bitter, quite smooth.

Mar 13, 2022
4.59 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jul 09, 2021
4.29 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on May 03, 2021
4.25 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Mar 20, 2021
4.21 by timmy2b from New York on Feb 27, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BasWassenaar from Netherlands

Poured from a 440ml can.
Pours with a decent head. Nice body for a relatively light stout. Good amount of coffee in here and some light floral notes. Nice change from all the heavy barrel aged stuff i usually drink.

Jan 27, 2021
4.46 by Benish from Wisconsin on Jan 09, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by OfficerKramitz from Pennsylvania

L: Opaque black with a slight dark brown tint. Perfect off brown head which dissipates rather quickly but coats the side of your glass

A: Pure cold brewed coffee with a hint of sweetness

T: Slight chocolate sweetness up front followed by a delicious dark roast coffee and ends with a dark chocolate bitterness on your tongue. None of the harsh bitterness common to this style

M: medium body which is extremely smooth with a slight creaminess

O: Probably one of the best pure coffee stouts I’ve had. Like a great cold brew coffee with alcohol.

Dec 31, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at Farmhouse T&G

Jun 30, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Nugganooch from California

Big thanks to mdfb79 for sending this gem my way!
Backlog notes from Dec 2015

Bottle shared between 2 snifter glasses

This one gets high marks from me in that I have yet to come across a better example of the Oat Stout style.
Without flaws really. Appearance of a shiny dark coal body with a nice lather of khaki tan froth that settles comfortably.
The nose is inviting with fresh coffee and melted chocolate notes, toasted grains/oats, some light fruity esters. Not incredibly potent but very nice. Flavors are barista grade coffee, chocolate mousse, and toasted oats/granola. The coffee compliments and nothing seems to be in competition here. The feel is rich and lush on the palate with a velvety smooth texture. Incredibly simple and straight forward yet with a complexity that intrigues. I find everything is within unison here. Man this has such smooth balance and creamy texture. I could drink with Earl on the daily.

Jan 08, 2020
4.25 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Dec 26, 2019
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 19, 2019
4.24 by travisvb from New York on Oct 27, 2019
4.5 by Phurley2 from Massachusetts on Jul 30, 2019
4.51 by JPeterson17 from Massachusetts on Jul 07, 2019
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4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

500 ml. Bottle

This should be a nice mini vacation away from the hordes of New England IPA's I'm consuming regularly....

Pours out black with a gorgeous rising Cascade that forms the dark tan foam cover. Thin top but creamy and bubbly. Intricate lacing all around the snifter.

The dark roasted malty aroma is pretty intense, with major players being the dark roasted coffee, silky smelling oats, creamy dark chocolate topped with caramel and blueberries. Deep aroma, complex nose.

The toasty and roasty malt and coffee charecter is spot-on perfect. Smooth and full tasting oats add a layer of depth. The malt complexity is like a deep well, you can't see the bottom.
Baker's bitter chocolate, dry Earth, bitter and leafy hops give it a big bump. Full as Full can be for the texture, silky smooth mouthfeel and intense coffee adjunct brings this into the realm of Alchemy, not just brewing ingredients together. Masterfully created, every aspect to this makes me shake my head in wonder.
It always amazes me when a sweet, fruity, dark berries like current runs through such a malty creation. On a scale of 1-10, the mouthfeel and texture of this stout is infinite.

Overall...mega complexity, brilliantly formulated and crafted.

Jun 20, 2019
1.9 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 06, 2019
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4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Rayd1013 from New York

Great brewery

Mar 31, 2019
4.25 by zotzot from Vermont on Mar 14, 2019
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Mar 07, 2019
4.17 by bhatch729 from Massachusetts on Feb 22, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Dope from Massachusetts

Growler from 3 days ago

A: Pours pitch-black with a small brown head. Very little head retention or lacing. In all fairness, carbonation seems low, likely from time in the growler. After it warmed up a bit, it does leave quite nice lacing on the glass when swirled.

S: Great coffee. I mean, delicious smelling coffee. Some chocolate in there to boot. Really nice.

T: Coffee and chocolate up front. Turns into a bitter dark chocolate in the middle. Get some creamy sweetness from the oatmeal, particularly in the middle and the finish. Aftertaste is creamy and clean with just some very light lingering coffee and subsequent bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: Quite excellent oatmeal stout. Smell is amazing but the coffee taste does not overwhelm like I was expecting. Surprisingly well balanced with a nice creamy mouthfeel. It's not a beer that blows you out of the water but it's just expertly executed.

Feb 20, 2019
3.98 by rogacks from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Bottle in trade from Josh, thanks for the hookup. Bottle is a couple of years old. Earthy roasty with plenty of chocolate and a hint of licorice and some dark dried fruits. Lingering roasted malt at the end of every sip. Creamy silky smooth in the mouth moderate carbonation. Really tasty brew.

Dec 27, 2018
3.88 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Nov 19, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

Had this on tap at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro. The beer had a pure black appearance with a light brown, thin head. Aromas had a strong sense of milk chocolate with some roasty tones to it. The taste followed the nose with a bitter milk chocolate flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, excellent across the board.

Nov 13, 2018
4.5 by djbrown13 from Massachusetts on Oct 25, 2018
4.25 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by npolachek from New York

Fruit forward. Decent coffee stout. One can definitely taste the South American and Ethiopian coffee in this beer. Forward tastes of coffee with fruitiness.

Oct 10, 2018
4.05 by dogdrule from Massachusetts on Oct 09, 2018
4.25 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont on Oct 08, 2018
4.5 by schinebd from Massachusetts on Oct 08, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by SomethingClever from Ohio

750 ml growler into a willybecher glass.

A: Deep black body that a creamy tiny bubbled huge khaki head sits atop.

S: lots of coffee, light chocolate, toasted grains.

T: lots of the ground coffee flavors with a nice grainy malt presence and some light chocolate rounding it out.

M: Creamy full mouthfeel with lighter carbonation.

O: Quite a stellar oatmeal stout this would be something you could drink over and over.

Oct 07, 2018
4.23 by SFC21 from Florida on Oct 05, 2018
4.1 by DMC43 from Connecticut on Sep 28, 2018
4.52 by Phineasco from Massachusetts on Sep 27, 2018
Earl from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 786 ratings