Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Earl Coffee Oatmeal StoutEarl Coffee Oatmeal Stout
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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #11
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
95
Ranked #944
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 6.76%
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
773
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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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Reviews by npolachek:
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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

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 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 Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Near black with some dark brown at the edges when held to direct light. Head is super creamy and dense to start. Head is a medium tan leaning to dark. Drops to a small smooth collar with a few clumps of creamy cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour accompanying a moderately viscous pour. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Super roasted. Roast adds a soft touch of almost burnt malt. Coffee laced throughout. Some small hins of dark fruit. Tons of chocolate and cocoa. Mostly dark chocolate with some baker's cocoa thrown in for good measure. Slightly sweet. A touch of almost soy and meat in there as well...more like a well seasoned grill. A soft hint of citrus from the hops. A touch of rock coupled with some straw. Minerals. Chocolate malt in abundance. A mild hint of oats buried in the back. A slight hint of char and smoke.

Taste: Chocolate malt on steroids. Super chocolaty. Milk chocolate gives way to bitter baker's chocolate and nibs. Super dark chocolate. Oats add a bit of dimension. Small hint of citrus ghosting over the top, but it's very quickly crushed by the assertive malt base. Some generic dark fruit pushes through each sip. Fresh tobacco and a ton of coffee bean. Slightly smoky with a slight hint of grilled meat. Fresh roasted coffee bean. Slight minerality in the back as well. Sweet without crossing in to sugary or cloying. Some husky grain. Warming ups the hoppy backbone throwing a soft floral edge. Ends up a little harsh as it warms jumping the bitter cocoa and deep roasted notes to a distracting and obfuscating level.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium body with a moderate carbonation. Super smooth, but the carbonation livens it up just a touch. Slight astringency.

Overall: Yet another guy you want around all the time.

It's definitely American. Hoppy and creamy and delicious. Everything blends. Drinks bigger than it actually is and will probably age for 2-3 years with grace.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - dated 08/17/2015 - into a cool tulip. L: Deep black and opaque with a modest brown head which fades quickly leaving big bubbles and slight lacing. S: Coffee and sweet malt, of course, with floral, earthy notes. Smells like light rain on a hot sidewalk. T: Sweet-bitter malt right on top with lingering coffee and some dark chocolate, maybe some grape? earthy, minerals. F: smooth and creamy, slight, tight carbonation, slight mineral tang lingering on the tongue. O: I honestly tried to linger over this and savor it but it was so massively tasty I practically siphoned it down and had to open a second one to finish writing the review.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickbman
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of erjaq
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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 LehighAce06
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannyfayy
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of boredalready
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recent growler fill. This might be my favorite oatmeal stout.

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Photo of lic217
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark Black black, tan head
Smell:Coffee
Taste: Coffee, sweet in middle, bitter at end, touch of alcohol heat as it ages, dark fruit
Feel: Smooth, thick
Overall: Nice beer, but not spectacular

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Photo of buzzy
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8 euro per small pour @ Mikkeller Bar Barcelona. On-draught there; served in a teku. Regrettably brief notes below (given a less than ideal review environment):

HEAD: ~2.5cm wide. Gorgeous tan colour with great complexion and a lovely soft, even, coating consistency. Leaves uneven lacing as it recedes. Retention is good - ~7 minutes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque solid black. No yeast, lees, or sediment is visible within.

AROMA: Wonderfully rich coffee immediately seizes my attention - subtle roast, luscious Java, no bitterness. And boy is it pungent, promising incredible depth of flavour. Underscored neatly by perfect chocolatey sweetness and dark malts. No actual oatmeal or roasted barley notes are evident aromatically.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Suggests an impeccably balanced coffee stout with excellent depth of flavour. Still, I suppose it could deliver more complexity.

TASTE & TEXTURE: A beautifully balanced coffee stout with a sleek silky mouthfeel (owed to the oats) and magnificent softness on the palate. Its soft texture counters any coffee harshness (of which there's perceptibly none whatsoever). Subtle chocolate malt accents balance out any coffee bitterness.

And coffee is easily the star of the show. Anything but your buddy's Folger's homebrew, Earl delivers pungent diverse coffee character replete with notes of rich java, subtle roast, and powdery coffee bean. Superb depth of flavour.

A blip of Hershey's chocolate syrup.

No oatmeal starchiness or flavour; oats are here purely to aid the smoothness and wetness of the mouthfeel. Aptly medium-bodied. Perfect thickness and heft on the palate. Near ideal carbonation. Many coffee stouts suffer from too much acidity; this is not amongst them.

Cohesive, absolutely. A gestalt whole of a coffee oatmeal stout with plenty of interesting flavours, though to nitpick there is of course room for still more complexity and subtlety. While it offers very good coffee flavours, I have encountered better.

Boy do I like this.

OVERALL: Hill Farmstead's own-name lineup continues to impress with this inspired coffee stout. A drinkable offering I'd love to buy in six packs, with a depth and balance that puts most expressions of the style to shame. Really remarkable stuff from a brewery I'm constantly looking to try more of.

B (3.66) / GOOD

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattybuchs
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fortunate enough to have had this on-draft at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover, Vt. My good friend, a Kingdom-native and Hill aficionado who had tried this before me was underwhelmed. I figured to give it a try.

A: Silky black and oily with a gorgeous mocha head. Looks great.

S: Coffee, syrupy, chocolately. Smells great.

T: Whoa. Damn. I usually find non-imperial stouts watery and sour, but this hits the nail on the head. Sweet and sour, but well balanced in it. Coffee is most pronounced with a good deal of chocolate, also some vanilla. Absolutely fantastic.

M: Very well done. One of the few Oatmeal stouts I've had with a good mouthfeel. Thick and satisfying. As my underwhelmed friend observed, "it's like a meal." Probably moreso than a Guinness, frankly.

O: Glad to have brought a bottle home with me. Try it for yourself if you can, but this is the only Oatmeal stout I've ever ben wow'ed by. Fantastic.

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Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 773 ratings