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Hill Farmstead Earl - Barrel Aged

Formerly brewed at Hill Farmstead Brewery
Style: Stout
Greensboro, Vermont USA


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2011
HOLY HELL THIS IS GOOD! Black pour, big brown creamy head. Aroma is loaded with coffee, bourbon, vanilla, charred oak. Flavor? Damn! Creamy body leads to an amazing blend of coffee, light hops, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon. This beer is phenomenal in all aspects. What a brew. Brave to the guys at HF!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Thanks Shaun! Super black pour with a robust frothy tan head. The aroma holds massive coffee incarnations (think mocha), hints of oatmeal, caramel, creamy milk chocolate, cocoa nib, and vanilla. Pure bliss. The flavor holds a sweet side of latte, vanilla sweetness, caramel, and milk chocolate, with a roasty side of cocoa nib, espresso, and bakers chocolate. The palate is thick, rich, and caressing with low carbonation that still maintains soft and pillowy carbonation. The finish is roasty with a hint of alcohol. Excellent barreling on an excellent base beer equals great success.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2011
Bottle at Nate’s Big Time Birthday Brawl. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Rish dark malt aroma, some bourbon and wood. Medium sweet flavor, woody, some dark sugars, bit of dark cocoa, hard alcohol, light earthy bitterness. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Mild warm finish, wood, roasted malts, dark chocolate, some bourbon. Pretty damn exceptional. Great wood incorporation here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Pours a deep black with a creamy light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, oak, vanilla, light alcohol and caramel notes. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, oak, very smooth, caramel and tobacco.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Iced coffee aromas lace this classy Barrel-Aged Coffee Stout’s deft cereals, leading to a lengthy aftertaste of roasted malts and wood.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the brown-edged blackness.
-The aroma is more evocative than the flavor profile.
-The bourbon barrel presence is perfect to my taste; it does not jump at you and barely provides a hint of something different. This is not one of those blatantly barrel-aged strong ales that scream "bourbon" across the tastebuds.
-The mouthfeel’s soft fluffiness is really comfortable. This brew is however drier than the nose lets on. Not a problem per say; this is thus more drinkable.
-The roasted malts, coffee bean flavors and wooden character are quite harmonious.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2144) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2011
500ml bottle thanks to MartinT and Shaun.
Appearance : Pitch black with rocky creamy brown head.
Aroma : Awesome coffee with nice oak and light vanilla. Not much bourbon.
Taste : Soft pillowy carbonation. Awesome coffee with light oak. Finish is very persistent and I really dig this. Lengthy notes of coffe, dark chocolate and oak. Light resinous hops also.
Overall : Wow awesome stuff. Great appearance, great carbonation, great aroma and taste. Really nice persistent finish. Great pairing of the coffee flavours with the woody oak. It seemed those two blended really well together.. each making the other shine a little bit more. The bourbon flavours were surprisingly subtle but I won’t complain. Too much bourbon would have ruined the base beer. Only negative comment would be that maybe the coffee was a bit too intense for my taste. Overall great beer, great use of BA... I had a great time. Will try to revisit this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11411) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
Bottled. Blind no 3 @ Yesprs. Pitch black coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, coffee, rooast, vanilla. Flavour of vanilla, coffee, liqourice, roast and wood. Meidum to full bodied. Roasty bitter end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2011
Bottled@Yespr’s blindtasting. Quite much black colour with small brown head. Aroma is roasted notes ,some black old coffee, ashes, mild toffee and liquorice as well. Flavour is big time coffee, vanilla, toffee and some roasted malts. Very pleasantly balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011

Bottle 500ml. @ yespr blindtasting. [ Bottle #3. ]

Clear dark dark brown colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, dusty malt, bourbon notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration,bourbon, coffee, chocolate notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110526]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3675) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Thx shanny and isaac for the bottle!! Pours dark brown with a fairly thick dark mocha colored head...nice retention and lacing. Aroma has vanilla, notable bourbon, faint dark fruit and roastiness...slightly boozy. Flavor has intense coffye flavor that was hidden in the aroma! Also notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla, dark roastiness, and bourbon...not nearly as boozy in the flavor. Mouthfeel is rich with some liveliness and a long, roasty coffee finish. This beer is delectable!

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