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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:
673
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
17.92%
 
 
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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 pmarlowe
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/2013 bottling. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black, medium thickness, with a half finger of attractive, light brown head. Very good retention and some dots and streaks of lacing.

S: Medium-roast coffee, caramel, light roasted malt. Delicate aroma.

T: Roasted malt is more in the forefront, with coffee taking more of a backseat, finishing with some bright acidity.

M: Creamy medium body and medium-light carbonation. A little watery.

O: Overall, a tasty, well crafted coffee stout. Highly drinkable, though a tad one dimensional.

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

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a pitch black color with a thin khaki head. Leaves some good lacing.

The aroma is very roasted, with lots of bitter dark chocolate and coffee beans.

Taste follows the nose. Roasted coffee up front, followed by dark chocolate. I get some mild roasted grains and a touch of char as well.

The feel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and rich. Slight lingering bitterness.

Overall a good stout with some excellent coffee flavors and a good balance between sweetness and bitterness.

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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 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 MarcWP
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into belgian stemmed glass. Fresh.

Pours pitch black with a nice dark caramel colored head about two fingers that lingers nicely.

Aroma is earthy coffee, fresh oats, cocoa powder, some grass, and a faint mineral like quality. Coffee smell is lighter than a lot of other coffee infused beers I've had.

On the palate come more pronounced coffee flavors, bitter bakers chocolate, earth, toasted biscuit, black tea, chicory, and a caramelized molasses spice. Very interesting and definitely get the oatmeal throughout. It's not bash in any form, more of an easy drinking breakfast beer than anything else. Can also see this being a beer you pull out on a camping trip.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would have liked. Medium body with a nice silky feel to it. Once again, seems like Shaun gets that perfect carbonation level in his beer.

Overall this is an earthy, grainy, bitter chocolate with a coffee presence kind of beer. Not huge on rich chocolate, roast, vanilla, or dark fruit like some can be. You have to enjoy it for what it is and forget about your expectations.

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Photo of Skrip
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Jester King snifter

A~ black as night with a nice creamy head

S~ straight oatmeal coffee, with roasted malts

T~ dark chocolate coffee with a nice bitterness. roasted dark fruits as well

M~ not too heavy which i like in a porter but still a really nice consistency. nice carbonation. low rating just because its not very "stouty" to me

O~ a really good oatmeal coffee porter for sure. i could compare it to a lighter Highland Oatmeal porter without the coffee of course. would definitely like a few bottles to keep IN hand ::see what i did there:: lol

EDIT:
bottled edition.

as i stated before it drinks like a porter. its like they took Everett, dumped a whole lot of oats in it. along with a little bit of coffee and theres totally nothing wrong with that! very delicious and smooth! it goes down way too easily!

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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 koopa
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Black Back this past Friday. Apparently this particular keg was extremely foamy and Mr. Hill called Rick (owner of the Black Back) to ask him if he was ok with it....Rick hadn't tapped it prior to him calling so he drew from his experience with the last keg and told him it was fine. Upon tapping and pouring for a day or two he realized that Shaun knew what he was talking about. Rick graciously warned me about the condition of the keg before pouring it and I said I'd be fine with it. He then basically poured me 3 large snifter glasses of foam which eventually receded into 3x 1/3 glasses of beer. A bit of pouring one into the other and viola I had a perfect snifter of brew!

Appearance: Pours (or shall I say settles!) deep dark brown black with a dark brown massive crown. Loads of retention and lace.

Smell: Nice coffee notes over dark malt with caramel and brown sugar notes.

Taste: Same as nose....really nice integration of coffee going on here!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with loads of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good!

Another solid HF Brew!

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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 lic217
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark Black black, tan head
Smell:Coffee
Taste: Coffee, sweet in middle, bitter at end, touch of alcohol heat as it ages, dark fruit
Feel: Smooth, thick
Overall: Nice beer, but not spectacular

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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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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 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 BeerThursdays
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Capone's

A - Dark brown with thick creamy colored head. Holds pretty well and sticks all over the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, sugars, caramel and roasted malts.

T - Sweet oatmeal with coffee flavor and some earthy hops. Finishes with caramel and some bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied, which is a surprise for the darkness and size of the head. Sticks around in the mouth for a bit.

D - Very nice beer. Smooth and well balanced.

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Photo of Axic10
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capone's during their Hill Farmstead event.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a thin layer of khaki head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a nice smoke aroma.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted and smoked malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: A very nice take on the stout as I almost saw it as a hybrid stout/rauchbier with the smokiness in this one.

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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 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 claspada
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of dark and milk chocolate; mainly milk chocolate, so inciting. As it warms you get some java/coffee notes as well.

The taste starts of really dry, roasted dark malts. Mouthfeel is really full bodied. Finishes a little slick with some lingering coffee bitterness on the tongue; not over powering at all but pleasant.

Overall this is amazing drinkable and delicious. Highly recommended and will seek out more offerings from this brewery.

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

On tap at blackback pub.

Black pour, gives way to dark ruby and brown notes at the top of the glass.

Smells sweet and of oatmeal, a good sign considering what it is. Strong coffee scent mingled with the sweetness smells enticing.

Tastes fantastic, bittersweet oatmeal, very thick on the palate. Strong roasted coffee notes. Lingering aftertaste. Delicious.

This bests FBS as my favorite coffee oatmeal stout. A great offering from hill farmstead! Wish it was available closer to me though...

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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 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 ElGallo
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Threepenny Taproom in Montpelier. This was my dessert (after dinner, a Houblon Chouffe, and a Hill Farmstead Edward)

Very dark brown, nearly black in color with a dark beige head that is thick and hangs around for a while. Alas, the loud and annoying middle-aged woman sitting next to me at the bar also stuck around until I was almost done. Puts a damper on the mellowness typically associated with sipping a fine beer in a fine establishment, but I digress...

Smells of roast coffee, with some molasses and chocolate notes.

Taste is heavy with coffee and chocolate, but with very little bitterness. This is one of the smoothest coffee stouts I have ever had. Very nice.

Kind of a medium mouthfeel that is smooth, malty, and almost buttery.

Overall, another hit from Hill Farmstead. I know there is a barrel-aged version of this somewhere - would love to try that too.

Thanks again to the Threpenny staff for a great meal, a couple of stellar beers, and some good beer chat. Cheers!

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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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Earl Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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