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:
720
Reviews:
114
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
6.84%
 
 
Wants:
193
Gots:
83
For Trade:
11
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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from oline73. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/13/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, caramel, dark bread, toffee, herbal, and floral; with lighter notes of pepper, nuttiness, smoke, char, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, caramel, dark bread, toffee, herbal, and floral; with lighter notes of pepper, nuttiness, smoke, char, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, caramel, dark bread, toffee, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding oatmeal stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. The coffee has faded a fair amount as expected given the bottle dating; but this is still a wonderfully well balanced, complex, and spot on example of the style. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

Photo of DucksFan16
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

09/31/2016

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Photo of Myotus
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at 50°F from a 500ml bottle (bottled 13Jan16) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Consumed on 21Sep16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of plums, figs, and spicy and earthy coffee are balanced by mild aromas of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and sweet oats. Subtle scents of bitter roasted malts, vanilla, alcohol further expand the Stout aspects.
4.25 out of 5
TASTE: Strong flavors of earthy and spicy coffee first set foot upon the palate. Balance is immediately found from the trailing of mild caramel and bittersweet chocolate flavors. The sweetness of the brew is amplified by mild sweet oat, plum, and fig flavors as they simultaneously caress the taste buds. Subtle flavors of bitter roasted malts counter the prior sweetness to once again achieve a balanced brew. The taste theatrical begins to end with subtle vanilla and alcohol flavors, but finally concludes with the flavors of bitter roasted malts growing more bitter.
4 out of 5
NOTE: This was a good Stout that could have been great if it was not so bitter. I enjoyed the coffee aspect because it interacted well with the fruity and chocolatey sweetness. The sweetness was a bit mild. I would not have minded the bitterness if the sweetness would have been more dominant than it was.

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

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

Photo of psweendogg
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lunchboxhead
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyB
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tregan_20
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbthom123
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bieniek30
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle dated 5.6.16 picked up at the brewery. Looks gorgeous coming out of the bottle. Light nose - some (surprise ) coffee. Smooth in the middle with a touch of sweetness. Bitter black coffee at the end. I am a black coffee drinker but this is a little too bitter on the backside. After having Everett a few weeks ago, I had high hopes. This is a very nice coffee stout but it does not reach the uber level of many of HF's other offerings.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

Photo of mattreitz49
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 720 ratings.
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