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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.28/5
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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:
#735
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
726
pDev:
6.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
82
Trade:
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Ratings: 726 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of starrdogg
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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

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

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

Photo of GDawgs34
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unoriginal
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakemn91
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I didn't love the anise flavor. Other than that, pretty solid.

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Photo of JohnofUpton
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of halo3one
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler received in a trade with psprings. Thanks Paul! Poured into an Allagash stemmed glass. Reviewed from notes - sampled 11/26/2010

A - Pours a color as black as night with a finger of dense foam that fades quickly to a thin cap and leaving behind sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Some coffee, grassy hops and dark roasted malts. Some alcohol present in the aroma. Overall, the aroma is little on the light side - would enjoy more if there was a bit more intensity.

T - Intense coffee flavor with some sweet creaminess, a bit of malty sweetness, some sweet malt, caramel, green and grassy hops.

M - Thin to medium body. Medium carbonation that is creamy and smooth. A bit sweet overall with a lingering roastiness in the aftertaste.

D - Smooth, coffee roastiness - very tasty. Goes down way too easily. This growler disappeared very quickly.

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3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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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3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is black with a tight mocha head. Nose is smooth roasted coffee, hint of burnt toffee, with a light vanilla aroma. Taste is more roasty and burnt than the nose, lots of coffee and gets a hint acrid and bitter. Some chocolate malts cling to the back sides of the mouth with notes of vanilla. Body is incredibly soft and creamy with extremely gentle carbonation. Really opens as it warms bringing out more malt depth and richness balancing well with coffee and helping reduce the bitterness.

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3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid black orb with burnt red edges and a soft, dark tan head.

Heavily roasted coffee aroma, with a soft vanilla undertone and chocolate.

Taste is more like a savory breakfast beer, with dry bitter coffee, all the more dainty elements in the background. A fruity sweetness from the beans seems to arise as it warms. I also pick up a good amount of piney hops and cedar wood, which has me feeling that this beer is nearing black IPA territory, albeit not quite.

Overall this is a pretty bitter and dry coffee stout, like munching on a teaspoon of high quality cocoa powder. It's also quite tangy, with an almost spicy bitterness never letting up.

I have a few favorite coffee stouts and porters that have yet to be toppled. This is a good attempt, but just can't compare. Finally, a beer by Hill Farmstead that isn't the pinnacle of a style!

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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On taptap at the Blackback. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Viscous looking. Huge chocolate head. Settles to a small collar.

Smell - Coffee and extremely roasty malt. Oatmeal is really strong. Smells like it could be too roasty.

Taste - Much improved. Coffee blends into the roasted malt. A little sweet. Oatmeal lends to the sweetness. Even a bit of burnt smokiness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, but it had a roasty bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A little disconnected. Sweet and bitter, both in seemingly disproportionate quantities.

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3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GoBeerGo
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of naproxen
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this black beauty a few times last Sunday at the Blackback Pub & Flyshop in Waterbury with BeerTruth. This would be my first non-hop-centric brew by Hill Farmstead.

Hmmm, well I might as well start off with the issues with pouring this one. I don't know where the fault lies, the tap system at Blackback or the keg itself (after missing out on this at SIPtemberfest because of serving issues, I am leaning towards the kegging), but this was all thick caramel foam. Each full serving literally took 15 minutes and multiple cups to achieve. There was no infection or off taste here thankfully. By the time the beer settled it was at perfect carbonation, but by the time a glass was finished it was pretty flat.

Well now that the negative is out of the way, it is all positive from here on out. I'm reviewing this one post-foam pre-flat, if that makes sense.

Almost black, almost. The head that remains after waiting patiently for this to settle is thick and creamy, a darker caramel that paints the DFH snifter well.

This just smells so enticing. The coffee notes are rich and roasty, not bitter at all, with some sweet light molasses and caramel to boot.

Mmmm oatmeal, you make my beer so smoooth. A light pillow of coffee and dark chocolate with some brown sugar sprinkled on top coats the mouth. The body on this one is less than you expect when you see it, a lot less in my opinion. It works well with this beer though, increasing the drinkability, but I would not think this beer would age well.

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Photo of CTFalcon
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 726 ratings
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