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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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:
99
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658
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
7.08%
 
 
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So, today we're drinking with Earl, great-uncle of the Hill Farmstead is commemorated in a dark and lush ale that tempers its dry coffee roast with the silky effect of oats- playing atop an English-type stout with peps of citrus and dark fruit.

Earl opens with the standard appearance for stout- dark as night and with a subtle film of haze. But pleasantly surprised, its tall column of foam is expansive and lavish- like mocha-stained meringue. With its long retention and intricate lacing, the ale carries a more fortified appearance that even the British have achieved.

Its scent is squarely focused on coffee, borrowing its java-forward scent from both the natural roast of barley but also from actual coffee additions which give the beer a tilt toward the coffee bean but without undue boastfulness. Underneath, a pillow of burnt sugar and heavy cream soften the roasty scent and bring life to softer notes of walnut, toast, toffee and campfire.

To taste, the fusion of toffee malt and coffee weave together seamlessly, coating the tongue with robust sweetness. As the toffee and cream begin to fade, nutty columbian coffee and french-roast coffee give the middle palate a deeply hearty taste. As the ale trends dry and bitter in finish, subtle flavors of grapefruit peel, burnt wood and grape come out to play.

Boldly textured, the abrasive edges of roast are tempered by the silkiness of oats for a creamy palate sensation early, but trailing for a malty-dry taste late that's chocked full of coffee bitterness and lingering wafts of cocoa.

Earls memory lives on in ale form that's tall, dark and truly handsome. Its a stern demeanor with a reasonable side. Masculine and strong throughout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hill Farmstead First Anniversary Party. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a very, very dark brown color with a good off-white head and some really nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some really nice coffee along with some roast and earthy characteristics. A bit of chocolate in the background as well as some hops. The flavor has nice coffee character along with some roast. Chocolate throughout. Mouthfeel is really excellent and the oats come through. No noticeable booze. Really a fantastic stout.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip, as it should.

A dark chocolate colored rich creamy 1.5 finger head that fades fairly slowly with lots of lacing, over a pitch black beer with no light coming through, great appearance for a growler that's almost week old.

Nose brings some dark malts, a light milk chocolate and flaked oats, quite creamy, a little roast, etc. and despite all that no real acrid or char aroma. Then coffee, a little from possible roast, but more like fresh brewed and fresh roasted coffee, but not a ton. Also alittle caramel and fluffy nougat, as well as hints of light earthy hops, and just a touch of vanilla.

Taste starts with big fluffy malts, fluffy nougat flavors, caramel, a bit of milk chocolate and cocoa, etc. Then coffee, fresh roasted coffee beans like they steeped the beer right in the beans for a while, an earthy coffee that's slightly nutty and a little bitter but not a lot. Dark malts bring just a bit of bitter slightly charred flavor, but hardly acrid, and even seems to have a nice caffeine pick-me-up. A nice fluffy oatmeal center, creamy and rich with a nice nougat caramel touch to it, and hint of vanilla again, little bitter acrid char lingering as it moves to the finish. There are very light earthy hops with a touch of pine in there as well adding to the bitterness of the charred malts and coffee beans. The finish dries a bit but remains a little sweet, long lingering bitterness that doesn't get overpowering, in fact it's a nice bitterness, due to both light earthy piney hops and roasted char. Finish also coats the tongue a bit as the oats really stick there for a bit, and leave the light chocolate, bitter roast, vanilla, and a nice coffee bitterness and light roasted coffee beans.

Mouth is med to fulled bodied but quite rich and creamy, nice carb.

Overall quite nice, nice malt bill with creamy oats, little chocolate, caramel, nougat, and even hint of vanilla (not sure how, maybe just perceived from the oats and chocolate and coffee). The coffee is quite strong but not overpowering, nice coffee flavor that really comes through. The bitterness is nice too, a combination of roasted malts, light earthy piney hops, and roasted coffee beans. The only thing keeping this from being a great beer is that light bitter acrid char flavor that gets a little much at times. Otherwise very nice.

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Photo of mothman
2.36/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

How does this beer get a 4.2+???
Tan head. Black color. Lace left.

Way over roasted. The coffee isn't even that good. Same HF yeast and malt bill. Smokey and peaty. Tastes like Mikkeller crap.

Medium bodied. Ends extremely dry and roasted.

I still cannot believe how this beer is rated so high. It isn't drinkable.

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Capone's into a sampler glass.

A - Pours jet black with a light one finger head, dissipating to small patches of head, leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of dark flavors in this one. Coffee, milk chocolate, and plenty of dark malt blend well. Some oatmeal and a bit of caramel sweetness creeps in as it begins to come to room temp. Good balance but nothing mind blowing.

T - A bit thin on entry. Quite a bit of dark smokiness up front giving way quickly to a mix of dark roasted coffee and chocolatey sweetness. Oatmeal adds a bit of chewiness and seems to help bring the body back up a bit. Finish is a huge blast of dark roast that lingers for some time. I liked how balanced all the flavors where.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is neither thin nor overly creamy, good balance again. Finish is a bit too roasty for my liking.

D - Pretty high. I wish more brewery could brew a well balanced stout like this one. I liked it quite a bit but it was just good not great. I would definitely drink it again.

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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 mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Review from notes.

A: Dark black with one finger brown head. Slow dissipation leaving bits of lacing.

S: A roasted aroma, with some coffee and a little bit of chocolate on the initial whiff. There is also some oatmeal and hints of toffee. Like others noted, I am glad that this is not overwhelmingly coffee smelling.

T: Sweeter than expected, but in a good way. Not has harsh/bitter as some coffee stouts, this is most likely from the oatmeal. Besides the coffee/oatmeal flavors I also get some chocolate and even a little bit of a hop kick.

M/D: Medium bodied with great carbonation. Overall, very nice. I was glad that the coffee wasn't in the forefront. The sweetness from the oatmeal was really nice as was the little bit of hops.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 01/18/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLayer85 for sharing a growler of this one; full glass poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of coffee, sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, cream, toasted malts, earthy notes, and burnt malts. Awesome nose; wonderful mix of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. I really like it.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, milk chocolate, caramel malts, and bitter burnt malts. Not quite as great as the nose and a little less coffee but still a great taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and no heat, easy to drink.

o - Overall a fantastic oatmeal stout; lots of coffee mixing nicely with chocolate and vanilla. Easy to drink, I'd love to have it again. highly recommended if you like coffee and/or oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served alongside Earl (bourbon).
The beer is dark brown, near black, with a half inch of beige cap. The aroma brings roast, coffee, oats. Definitely smells true to style. A delicious beer. Oatmeal, chocolate cereal grains. On par with Samuel Smith and Young's (is that sacrilege? - if so, favoring whom?). A solid beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler thanks to Chris (spycow). Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a big-bubbled cap and some wisps, leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown body.

S - Reminds me of Everett, but with more char and smoke and a mild amount of coffee. Earthy grains, roasted barley, light molasses and brown sugar, some yeasty bread.

T - Taste is again roasted grains, baker's chocolate, some yeasty bread, a bit of molasses, and a mounting roast bitterness.

M - Smooth texture from the oatmeal, lower carbonation, medium-full body. No alcohol presence. Pretty much everything I'd want for this style of beer.

D - It's a nice stout, but not as good as Everett. I think I'd like this if there was more coffee presence.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Capone's in a little dinky snifter.

Earl look black, blackie, its a black ale with a little bit of sugar on top with small spots of lace. up to light, Earl look black. Earl smell roasty and oaty with a deep sweet caramel scent and oats with chocolate rounding it out. Hops are present in the nose, it's a well rounded scent. Earl is one of the richer oat stouts I've had recently. Notes of cocco/chocolate, mounds of oats and even a mild hop bite towards the end. I get a bunch of roasted coffee with some warming, where did that come from? Like I said Earl is well rounded, but he is not fat with soaring alcohol, 7% is fine with me, it drinks like it should be more though, but that's what I like, a lot of taste with not a bunch of alcohol. Feel is a bold medium with adaquate carb. I coulda drank a pint of this if it was not summer and it was not the beginning of my day. I cant quite place this, it hits many styles in one

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Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, served in a HF wine glass.

Clear, very dark brown color with a light, bubbly tan head. Excellent retention and thick lacing. Earthy and roast coffee aroma, with surprising amount of hops and some faint chocolate notes. Flavor is typical of an oatmeal stout, creamy and smooth, with a silky body, and a strong chocolate and malt body throughout. Minimal bitterness, but strong fresh coffee flavor throughout. Much more robust and enjoyable experience than the BA version of Earl.

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

On tap at Capone's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retetion and considerable lacing. The nose is all CDA goodness (or black IPA goodness if you prefer), with a huge aroma of coffee and dry citrus. There's a hint of dark chocolate and vanilla as well, but the citrus and coffee dominate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I'm impressed by the amount of hoppy goodness I get on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit thin, but there's no denying the amount of flavor one gets. The finish is long and bitter, with the alcohol barely noticeable.

An excellent CDA/stout from the brewer at farmstead hill. While I don't believe Shaun Hill's ability as a brewer quite compares to the genius of Shawn Kelso at Barley Brown, he's awfully damn close. Just an excellent beer from Farmstead Hill.

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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 corby112
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at Capone's.

Pours pitch black and comletely opaque without even the slightest trace of lifhtercolor when held to a light source and a one finger mocha colored head that slowly disappears leaving sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Slightly roasted coffee bean aroma with silky chocolate malt, oatmeal, toffee and hazelnut. It's very refreshing to encounter a coffee stut that doesn't smell like a burnt coffee bomb. I'm even picking up some slight citrus and earhy hops. I'm excited to drink this one.

Chewy full body with a great balance of roasted coffee bean, silky, luscious dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and bitter hops. Slight lactic character adds creaminess and fullness to the body and greatly increases the drinkabilitu. I'm actually surprised how well balanced this is. I was expected it to be more acrid and bitter even though the aroma didn't suggest that. Slight citrus and earthy pine hops add complexity. This is a very well crafted, extremely quaffable coffee beer. Not very extreme but damn good.

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Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this while on a beerventure with BPK59. This time around Earl achieved its coffee characteristics via a pour over method (pouring the beer over the beans) with the coffee from a wonderful place in western MA whose name escapes me while writing this (which is a shame as I am very familiar with them after having spent years living in western MA).

A - Poured in to my Duvel tulip a super dark brown slightly translucent around the edges with one of the darkest, richest heads I have ever seen. Three fingers of creamy milk chocolatey goodness that leaves light side lacing and very nice retention.

S - Nice rich, roasted coffee aromas with some very, very light vanilla notes. Good roasty sweeter malts, definitely an oatmeal stout.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice bitter roast coffee, light malty sweetness, subtle caramel and faint vanilla (though I think that's just my tongue playing tricks), that gentle oat taste. Yum.

M - Oh yah, definitely an oatmeal stout. Smooth, creamy, almost lightly chewy.

O - Overall this was a solid oatmeal stout. Good, but not my favourite (that still goes hands down to Wormtown's Sweet Tats).

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +5%

On tap at Hill Farmstead in Greensboro Bend, VT.

Pours a very dark black, with a big mocha-colored head, and a bit lacing.

Smells very strongly of rich, creamy and nutty coffee, with tons of roasted malt.

There is a ton of roasted malt here, with roasted espresso bean flavor, some creamy chocolate, roasty bitterness. There's some vanilla-like flavors as well. One of the more bitter stouts I've had, it's really, really roasty.

Earl has a fairly thick body, with a low amount of carbonation, and a creamy and very rich mouthfeel.

Even though I didn't end up getting a growler of this, it was still amazingly tasty, with a very genuine coffee flavor.

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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 Davepoolesque
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8-17-15. Roasted coffee yumness. First time I had it on draft and didn't like it as much. Maybe it was the coffee they used. It was much more bitter. This time around the flavors were smoothed out and rounded.

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Photo of Brad007
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to split this with some friends when we got together to brew.

Earl pours a pitch black color with a brown head into my glass.

The aroma is full of bitter coffee but not too much of it.

The taste is rich with creamy bitter coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel has an oily texture with lingering creamy coffee notes.

Certainly one of the better local examples I've had of this type of beer. Wish I still had a growler full of it.

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

Bottle opened on 1.30.14
12 2013

A - Pours a very dark brown with a light brown head, very active with good retention.

S - Strong coffee, some oats and chocolate as well.

T - Nice coffee, the oats and subtle coffee come on just before the coffee gets bitter.

D - Medium body with decent carbonation.

O - Coffee, oats, all there. Not bitter or sweet. Decent.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, dark brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: coffee dominates

Taste: big coffee and robust roasted malt with some citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-heavy bodied, sweet with a bitter finish

Overall: Another Hill Farmstead brew..another beer right at the top of its class. Exceptional for a coffee stout. While this is not my favorite style, the coffee is not too bitter but it is highly present. If I were to reach for a coffee stout, this is where I would go to.

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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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