Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Earl Coffee Oatmeal StoutEarl Coffee Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
4.28/5
724 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#731
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
724
pDev:
6.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
193
Gots:
80
Trade:
9
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3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz pour at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Quick review: Pours pitch black with HUGE thick tan head that looks like I might need a spoon for! Aroma is packed with freshly brewed coffee and toasted grains doused with fresh cream. Palate is a little thinner than I was expecting, but packed with flavor. No acidity to speak of, but the body seems to be teetering on the edge due to the amount of coffee. I'm not sure how this beer would be in a month. Flavors are great, but I'd personally like more body. The lighter body adds drinkability, however.

Good integration of coffee, but a little light on the body.

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3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler thanks to Chris!

A - Pours black, mocha color head, slight spotty lacing.

S - Slight coffee, roasty malts, toffee, slight cream. A little bit of everything here, which is nice. Wish there was a bit more coffee.

T - Similar to the nose. Slight coffee, roasted beans, malts, some cream. Kind of like a cold cup of coffee.

M - Too thin of a body, slight carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Enjoyable, but the thin body and hints of coffee hurt the overall score of this one. Wishing for more coffee and medium to full body but I guess I can't have everything. Good, not great.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 724 ratings
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