Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Earl Coffee Oatmeal StoutEarl Coffee Oatmeal Stout
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #10
Ranked #942
4.29 | pDev: 6.76%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Earl Coffee Oatmeal StoutEarl Coffee Oatmeal Stout
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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Photo of Nugganooch
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of npolachek
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/6/16

Black thick looking pour with a slow to leave finger of tan foam.

Coffee is first to greet nose in this med. strength aroma. It is not at all artificial or burnt like sometimes it is in this style, very tasty med. roast aroma. Excellent brown bread with chocolate sprinkles and hints of cream and very light roast round this into a delectable bouquet.

Med./full strength taste, led by more roast than anticipated, a sturdy bitter and not acrid backbone on which bright and strong coffee notes, dark toast, cream, and hints of herbal bitter are balanced well. Quite delicious.

Light on palate, med. carb. light bodied (perhaps a touch thin for style), with an excellent deep finish that never gets too bitter and stays clean.

Simple, well made beer from a complex, genius brewer, Shaun Hill

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: aggressive pour leads a tan root beer float long lasting head with a nice clear black bottom
S: strong roasted malt flavor followed by a faint booze burn (a good thing)
T: front is strong roasted coffee flavor follows the nose a burnt roasted malt
M: A touch thin for a oatmeal stout but the + is easy to drink

O: a great beer that I throughly enjoyed

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Feb-15-2017

Pours a thick used motor oil color with three fingers of tan whipped cream head.
Decent retention; doilies of lacing. (4.25)

Sweet layers of roast malt. Molasses, nuts, coffee, chocolate. (4.25)

Follows the nose with the bitter notes a little more up front than the sweet. (4.25)

Velvety body with medium carbonation and a smooth finish. (4.25)

Really nice beer!
This is a rich, full, drinkable, malty beauty of a beer. Pours nice, smells nicer, tastes and feels better still. It is not too strong in any one point, nutty, chocolatey, roasty, big, great all around. (4.5)

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Photo of yasky
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour, But a thumbs worth of head. Huge roast and oat aroma. Taste of fresh roasted coffee beans, oat, roasted malt, grains, dark bakers chocolate. Fuller body, amazing mouthfeel

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Photo of nfedas
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the top 5 stouts I've ever had. Amazing flavor without the residual aftertaste I find with many stouts. huge coffee flavors. This is one of the few stouts I could drink over and over again.

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Photo of Buck89
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful-looking beer - it was nearly opaque bark brown with a fairly large and pillowy light tan head. The foam settled slowly and reluctantly, but never completely. There was a lively mix of aromas, including milk chocolate, coffee, char, and dry roasty malt. Just a hint of floral hoppiness. The char and bitterness jumped out on the first sip, but faded enough to allow for the chocolate and roasted malt to appear. Coffee was more subtle but present throughout. I was left with a pleasant cigar aftertaste. The carbonation was on the high end for the style, but not too much. The feel was silky smooth and the body was somewhere between medium and full. Not surprisingly this was quite enjoyable!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Bottled: 12.2.16.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full two fingers worth of tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Biscuity, milk chocolaty aroma with some mild medium roast coffee. Slightly sweet.

T- Great balance between big roasty flavors of malt and coffee and sweeter flavors of vanilla and milk sugar. Bitter roast lingers on the palate in the best of ways. Very smooth for the ABV.

M- The oats give a nice creamy feel to this beer while the bite of the roast complements it at the same time. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- This is a great example of an assertively balanced beer. The coffee and dark roasted malt stand out while the oats provide an amount of softness to counter their bold flavors.

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Photo of Prager62
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle with a date that appears to read 12/8/16 poured in a 14oz. dailyware stout glass.

Look- Pours a medium thick dark brown leaving a mountainous three fingers of foam after a fairly conservative pour. It lingers forever along with some thick lacing.

Smell- Coffee, dark roast and chocolate along with a hint of char.

Taste- Coffee, bakers chocolate, molasses, dates, tobacco, leather and some mild char.

Feel- Oily and creamy with a mouth coating smoothness.

Overall- A big bodied roasty coffee stout that tastes bolder than the 7.2% abv., but yet has creamy slick feel that makes it extremely pleasant on the tongue. Must be the oats? A top notch and very satisfying stout. Thanks fellow BA jhavs for sending it my way!

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Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent head production and retention. Thick lacing.

Coffee on the nose, with sour red grapes, bitter cocoa, and char.

Incredibly smooth on the palate: chocolate and coffee, cream, molasses, and toffee. Slightly burnt bitterness on the finish, with notes of powdery cocoa and toffee. Just a touch of slightly sour dates and grapes, and a slight alcohol presence.

Smooth and creamy feel - classic HF. Borders on thick.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a 1" head that creates some thick lacing during the session.

Smell: roasted malts are pleasant.

Taste: roasted malt, grainy dark bread, hits of chocolate, raisins, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at this finish.

Overall: a real satisfying stout that is full of flavor.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nearly a black hue, excellent lacing with an off white colored head. Smell is of crisp roasted dark malt, hints of chocolate, cocoa powder, cigar smoke, leather. Taste is lacto forward chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and a subtle splash of coffee bitterness and grassiness in the back end. Soft on the palate, low carbonation and velvety.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a different kind of coffee stout here, relying less on sweet crystal malts to cover up or balance out bitter or acidic coffee, this beer instead seems to choose to embrace those elements, and the malt bill seems designed to compliment that, not cover it up. the beer is obsidian shiny black, with a surprisingly active and lasting dark brown head, very lively and foamy, crows this nicely in the glass. bitter coffee aroma right away, heavily roasted drip coffee, maybe even some thats been sitting on awhile, gas station sludge in a good way, with this intense almost charred grain depth to it. the flavor is much of the same, tons of bitterness and even some light astringency from the coffee. only the oats seems to temper that, with a little starchy richness that adds some body and a very thin vein of sweet. the coffee is bold here, obviously added liberally, but also tasting on the edge of going stale. i have become acutely sensitive to freshness of coffee in the last few months, and i notice a ton of beers now have a stale coffee element. this is nowhere near oxidized and green peppery, but it seems like it may be near the end of its useful life, at least for the coffee part. i like the intense bitterness this brings, and the body. i like the bold nature of it, and the abv is spot on for the style and what i like to do with it. always a treat to drink hill farmstead beer, and this is cool because its neither yeast nor hop driven, which makes it one of their very few i have had like that. thanks to my man back east for sending this one out in an amazing box of beers. memorable for its coffee intensity and minimalist almost naked approach.

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Photo of lumbert
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

25oz bottle purchased at the brewery, opened 21/2 months after bottling. Stemless red wine glass.
L: opaque black, 2" head that slowly dissipated, leaving considerable lacing
S: chocolate, malt, coffee, green hops, goldenseal
T: smooth chocolate, malt, coffee, almost overwhelming, enduring bitter goldenseal:
F: smooth, chewy, slightly oily, astringent
O: good example of the type, but not my favorite. Might be just me, but I get such and overwhelming goldenseal (the herb used in cold remedies) blast, it almost ruins it.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - pours like motor oil out of the growler. I tried to give it a bit of turbulence for some head, but boy was it sludgy! Impenetrable black with a quickly dissipating dark mocha head.

S - strong lactose coffee nose. Bright, fresh, and lively. A tad hoppy too. Lots of roastiness, some smoked meat, but without the bite. Ham and bacon.

T - biting, hoppy, grassy, and bitter. Burnt coffee roast and some milk chocolate sweetness, but most of the chocolate is dark and bittersweet. Oats are very distinct. Grassy and earthy. Still got dirt on the coffee beans from picking!

F - creamy from the oats. Decadent and provides weird contrast to the bitter flavor.

O - excellent flavors, but on the bitter side. Most IPAs aren't this bitter!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark pour with a brown head that decorates the glass beautifully as it recedes.

aromas are very roasty, earthy coffee and bitter espresso notes, burnt malts, hint of sugary sweetness. palate is dark chocolate, creamy oats, earthy hops, espresso, burnt coffee, caramel and hint of vanilla. mouthfeel is on point - medium bodied and nice fluffy texture, creates a marshmallow like cheweyness that goes nicely with the burnt flavors. overall its a very roasty and bitter, almost hop forward, coffee stout. typical stout notes are complimented by earthy, floral and spicy hops that i really enjoy. well done!

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Photo of mig100
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, no light shines through whatsoever, even when held closely to the light. Huge 4-finger micro-bubbly mocha head slowly rises and is just mesmerizing to watch, settles to around 2 fingers and stays.

Aroma is sweet and earthy roasted malt and coffee, has a faint syrup and almond aroma as well. Really pleasing. Taste follows through on the aroma and is incredibly smooth with very slight acrid bitterness on the tongue, likely from the coffee.

Overall, a truly amazing and incredibly drinkable oatmeal stout. This would be a regular beer for me if it weren't for it's limited availability. Underrated.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from oline73. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/13/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, caramel, dark bread, toffee, herbal, and floral; with lighter notes of pepper, nuttiness, smoke, char, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, caramel, dark bread, toffee, herbal, and floral; with lighter notes of pepper, nuttiness, smoke, char, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, caramel, dark bread, toffee, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding oatmeal stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. The coffee has faded a fair amount as expected given the bottle dating; but this is still a wonderfully well balanced, complex, and spot on example of the style. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Myotus
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at 50°F from a 500ml bottle (bottled 13Jan16) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Consumed on 21Sep16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of plums, figs, and spicy and earthy coffee are balanced by mild aromas of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and sweet oats. Subtle scents of bitter roasted malts, vanilla, alcohol further expand the Stout aspects.
4.25 out of 5
TASTE: Strong flavors of earthy and spicy coffee first set foot upon the palate. Balance is immediately found from the trailing of mild caramel and bittersweet chocolate flavors. The sweetness of the brew is amplified by mild sweet oat, plum, and fig flavors as they simultaneously caress the taste buds. Subtle flavors of bitter roasted malts counter the prior sweetness to once again achieve a balanced brew. The taste theatrical begins to end with subtle vanilla and alcohol flavors, but finally concludes with the flavors of bitter roasted malts growing more bitter.
4 out of 5
NOTE: This was a good Stout that could have been great if it was not so bitter. I enjoyed the coffee aspect because it interacted well with the fruity and chocolatey sweetness. The sweetness was a bit mild. I would not have minded the bitterness if the sweetness would have been more dominant than it was.

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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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