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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
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
672
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
17.92%
 
 
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195
Gots:
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Photo of jhavs
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery, nitro version, 25cl pour into their Willi becher glassware.

Look: Deep, near completely opaque, dark brown. Nitro pour, so cascading latte colored bubbles rising into tan creamy head. Layers of dark brown, deep tan, to light tan head slowly settles into the complete dark, dark brown.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, big dark roasted bitter coffee aroma.

Taste: Get dark roasted coffee, a bit bitter, followed by the roasted malts. Smooths out nicely as it warms.

Feel: A fairly full body that remain light and easy drinking thanks to the nitro..

Overall: Rich and smooth, bold flavors, balanced.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One must compare this to classic oatmeal stouts, not the jumped up steroidal stouts that roam the land today, to appreciate the timeless brilliance of this. It's earthy, incredibly rich for the abv, smokey, dry, lingeringly bitter from hops (and, presumably, coffee), dense with chocolate, perfectly carbonated. The one weak link is the aroma which is rather muted though I honestly can't imagine this particular style ever being intensely aromatic.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled january 13, 2016, enjoyed from a hill farmstead bulb. pour is as expected black with a khaki head a nice lace. nose is as advertised...coffee over a somewhat char heavy oatmeal stout. really nice full bodied beverage...taste is definitely coffee infused oatmeal stout. nice rich roasted coffee. working man's coffee...not coffee that ends in an "...ino". as always, hill farmstead remains a brewery you can count on to deliver quality for virtually any style. a perfect reward for shoveling a foot of snow this afternoon.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/14/16

A: Dark, dark, deep brown, with some slightly less dark brown around the edges - pours with a rich, creamy, medium-large mocha colored head, gradually fades to a wispy cap, keeps a medium sized collar and leaves a wall of spotty lacing

S: Beautiful coffee aromas backed up with chocolate and some burnt malts - really nice dark roast coffee, coffee beans, and some coffee grounds - roasty in general - lots of chocolate, which adds to a mocha-like aroma - dark chocolate, fudge, chocolate cake, brownies - dry, lightly burnt chocolate malts, with some caramel for depth - more sweetness than I expected, with some caramel, molasses, and toffee

T: It's dessert in a glass - every sip is is like a bite of some kind of mocha chip brownie ice cream - really nice coffee flavor, dark roast, touch of espresso flavor - tons of chocolate, with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fudge, and brownies - oats and oatmeal - moderately sweet with some burnt sugar, raw sugar, molasses, caramel, and toffee - touch of vanilla - very roasty and lightly burnt, with not a ton of burnt bitterness - finishes somewhat dry with lingering chocolate malts

M: On the heavy side of medium, smooth and chewy thanks to the oats, medium carbonation

O: This is a dessert that I dream to share... actually no, this is hard to share

It's pretty hard to mess up a breakfast stout, as far as I'm concerned, as I am an absolute sucker for the style. Apparently it's also pretty hard for Hill Farmstead to produce anything that is less than stellar. If you take a look at my reviews, you'll see me swoon repeatedly over hoppy Hill Farmstead beers. But I think this is the first dark beer from HF that has truly surprised me. It's a little too sweet, but that is the only thing holding it back from legendary status.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great nose...oatmeal and faint coffee. Light mouthfeel....getting light coffee and oatmeal notes, very smooth drinking stout! Excellent!! Wish the bottle was larger :)

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich black with a nice one finger mocha colored head. Great lace down the glass after each sip.

S: A nice mix of coffee and dark chocolate. Just loads of freshly ground coffee in here. Just a trace of toffee sweetness in there as well.

T: This is pretty fantastic. Lots of freshly roasted coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt with some wet wood and espresso on the back. Just a touch of toasted marshmallow sweetness in there as well. Tons of roasty flavors without ever becoming overly bitter. This is really nicely done.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to @F2brewers for hooking me up w/ my first HF dark brew. Pretty darn stoked to break into this bad boy. Out of the bottle, the esteemed Mr. Hill is crushing it, his brew bursting with rich, completely un-acrid java, almost a touch of marshmellow, a certain bit of chocolate, and perhaps some other sweetness. This is a smell with dimension, with depth! Palate is a coffee bomb, through and through, the absolute star attraction. Some roasted malt slips through, perhaps a bit of char/ash. It's some legit bitterness, and I'm hard pressed to tell if it's the coffee, the acidity of the roasted malt, or a contribution of hops. Seriously, this is burly, aided and abetted by a nice, coating mouthfeel. Fair or not, the nose set the bar so darn high, I'm not sure the taste quite lived up to it, but I think that's more compliment to the former than critique of the latter. Overall, easily amongst the better coffee stouts I've had. Prob doesn't quite reach the pinnacle (Peche Mortel territory), but clearly a really, really well done coffee stout. Props, Mr. Hill.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this beer is absolutely delicious! Pours beautifully to a nice thick bubbling up creamy head, outstanding chewy mouthfeel, great balance of coffee without much bitterness or high acidity, slight sweetness, all complimented each other especially when it warmed up to 55-60 degrees.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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 PHBoiler
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black body with a big deep brown head almost like a nitro pour from the bottle. Nice light roast on the nose with hints of chocolate and maybe even some maple. Body is right there for an oatmeal stout if not hinting slightly toward a Belgian dry stout. Flavor is very nice and comforting. Coffee balanced with chocolate. Easy drinking for a stout and delivers what it says it will.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Hill Farmstead served in a stemmed glass.

The color is dark brown with translucent clarity and small tan head with average bead. The smell is very aromatic with coffee and cocoa aromas. The feel is great with plenty of roast yet not overdone or too bitter with a nice complimentary carbonation and sweetness.

The taste of the coffee is seamless with the malt and has a very nice cocoa-like flavor with some malt roastiness to keep pace with the coffee with a nice sweet taste like caramel in the finish. Overall I could not ask for much more - this beer delivers everything it advertises and more -an all around excellent oatmeal stout which is one of my favorite styles

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Photo of dar482
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a black color with a beautiful 1.5 finger fluffy brown head.

The aroma offers brown sugar sweetness, medium roasted coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, cappuccino, licorice.

The flavor follows with a medium to light roasted coffee with caramel and brown sugar coming through. Then onto a punchier roasted quality and an aggressive bitterness of anise, sambuca, licorice, earthy. The mouthfeel is creamy upfront as it fades onto the bitter finish.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a thick, viscous, dark brown. Not much head. Looks like a double digit Imperial Stout. Aroma was of premium coffee, fudge, some dark fruit and vanilla. The flavor is great but what elevates the flavor is the intensity and fullness of the mouthfeel. Thick, syrupy, chewy flavors of chocolate syrup, fudge, coffee, molasses and burnt caramel. It also feel like a 14% beer. Very impressive. Unreal body to this beer. The flavor was just as advertised. This beer was very memorable.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To be honest I don't normally gravitate towards oatmeal in beers or for breakfast. If I hadn't sat next to a much more knowledgable HFarmstead person and started talking with him I would have not bought Earl at ALL. But he told me it didn't come around all that often so I bought some and am really glad I did after I just drank my first one tonight. Earl is just so smooth and full of compatible tastes to drink. And savor. Who ever you were who suggested I should consider getting some a hearty THANK YOU.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip at 50 degrees. Pours two shades shy of black with a dense, two inch, mocha-colored head embedded with ringlets and pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent 1/8th inch skim with spots and swaths of lacing revealed as the beer recedes. Nose is a bit subdued - I get a hint of smoke and dark malts. Taste is fantastic - roasted coffee, rich chocolate and bitter char. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with an even carbonation and a creamy texture. Overall, an exceptional oatmeal stout - abv is a bit high of the style, but it's well-hidden and quite flavorful.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Hill glass. Pitch black with latte brown head. Aroma of coffee as well as light dark chocolate. Tastes like coffee with underlying dark chocolate. Light creaminess. For 7%, this is quite good, but maybe a little thin. There is a bit of that alcohol sweetness with an unpleasant finish that lingers a little bit. Overall, this is a good but not great coffee stout that has coffee in it but is not overwhelmed by it. It is mostly a stout. The base beer may be the weakness though.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark black, with beige head
Smell: Coffee, Malt
Taste: Coffee, Cocoa, very smooth
Feel: Fluffy body, hangs out on the tongue
Overall: A great HFS, but not something I would go out of my way to get again.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great Hill Farmstead brew
Pour - jet black with a small brown head
Smell - Coffee, espresso, burnt malt
Taste - Burnt coffee flavored oatmeal stout
Overall - not too heavy feel, I'd stick to only 1 a night drinking these.

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Photo of kculrich
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 IrishColonial
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks Tim for the Want! 2013 version still has beautiful chocolate appearance and a nice coffee smell after 1.5 years. Coffee on the taste is a little burnt and stale but melds well with a good chocolate taste and a very creamy mouthfeel that is not too thin. Good stuff!

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

December 2023 bottling
L: brownish black with a dark tan head.
S: lots of roast coffee. Surprised there is so much given the age. Some bitter chocolate.
T: some coffee but less than the nose, Cacao, a bit of oattiness, very smooth
F: soft, medium body with a lingering tingle of effervescance.

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Photo of kevanb
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.


The beer pours a nice jet black color, very opaque and thick, billowy, khaki head, about 2 fingers high that has nice retention and yields a decent amount of spotted lace. The aroma is very pleasant, chocolatey oatmeal, rich grain, light coffee, mild fruit, a touch of roast and toasty char to counter balance against the sweet chocolate and grain with just a touch of bitterness. The flavors are nice, super smooth chocolate, lightly bittersweet, chewy oatmeal, coffee is more potent, rich and roasted, a touch of bright fruit character that contrasts the stone fruits that linger towards the finish with just a touch of vanilla sweetness. The mouthfeel is excellent, coating, full bodied and rich but easy and gentle with lower carbonation and a creamy finish.

Verdict: A very nice coffee stout from Hill Farmstead, mild and balanced and oh so silky smooth. The coffee profile is really enjoyable, not overpowering but at the same time, not an afterthought, it serves to highlight everything nice about this beer, rather than being one dimensional.

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Photo of ivyman
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey.

Pours black with a huge mocha head.

Nice coffee and chocolate aromas and the same on the palate.

Medium mouthfeel.

Another hit from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler filled at the brewery last month. A little past the expiry but stored in the fridge until opening it today.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a big frothy dark mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves foam with big bubbles in it.. some lacing. Beautiful pour.

Huge aromas of ground coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla and caramel in the background.

Upfront I get light notes of coffee, milk chocolate, roasty malt. The follow through is really roasty, charred malt and heavily roasted coffee notes. Not too strong on the aftertaste. Somewhat watery, medium-low carbonation.

Overall a very enjoyable stout, pretty easy to drink and flavorful. Wish it was a little more rich and full bodied, but nonethless a good beer.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a great trade with Evan! 2013 Vintage. Creamy pitch black pour with a gorgeous two finger caramel-colored head with great retention and crazy lacing. Big nutty, roasty nose with tons of fresh brewed coffee along with hints of oats, toast, espresso, toffee, burnt sugar, and subtle cocoa. The taste is also very coffee forward with tons of roasty malt, toasted oats, leather, tobacco, toffee, vanilla, espresso, and cocoa. The mouthfeel is creamy and mouth-coating with light carbonation, subtle sweetness, and a velvety smooth, dry, bitter finish. Overall, some of the most intense coffee flavor I've tasted in a coffee stout. Another great offering from Hill Farmstead.

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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
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