Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Earl Coffee Oatmeal StoutEarl Coffee Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kingcrowing on 09-09-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
714
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
6.84%
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
83
For Trade:
11
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Photo of kidzord
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BNarc
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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 unoriginal
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScientificSquill
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Prager62
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +0.9%
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 msondel
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AussieActor
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Lucnifter
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moestavern
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mateo2699
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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 taospowder
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KAP1356
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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 buzzy
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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