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:
721
Reviews:
115
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
6.84%
 
 
Wants:
193
Gots:
82
For Trade:
11
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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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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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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lumbert
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - pours like motor oil out of the growler. I tried to give it a bit of turbulence for some head, but boy was it sludgy! Impenetrable black with a quickly dissipating dark mocha head.

S - strong lactose coffee nose. Bright, fresh, and lively. A tad hoppy too. Lots of roastiness, some smoked meat, but without the bite. Ham and bacon.

T - biting, hoppy, grassy, and bitter. Burnt coffee roast and some milk chocolate sweetness, but most of the chocolate is dark and bittersweet. Oats are very distinct. Grassy and earthy. Still got dirt on the coffee beans from picking!

F - creamy from the oats. Decadent and provides weird contrast to the bitter flavor.

O - excellent flavors, but on the bitter side. Most IPAs aren't this bitter!

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

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

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4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Oswick
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 721 ratings.
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