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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. 7.2% ALC/VOL 18º P Ingredients: Pale, Caramel, and Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2010
On tap at the Ginger Man, and at Blind Tiger during their Hill Farmstead events. Pours a deep black with a thin beige to tan head. Sweet roast, coffee and vanilla on the nose. Smooth chocolate. Really nice. Coffee, lightly sweet. Very long velvety chocolate finish. Another really well done beer from Shaun.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized off white head. Aromas of some oats, coffee with cream, chocolate, lighter smoke, and caramel. Tastes of the same coffee with cream, caramel, oats, chocolate, and roast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4437) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours a deep brown with a creamy deep tan head. Aroma of coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee and light smoke. Flavor of coffee, caramel, toffee, nuts, roasted malt, oats and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Huge fan of this beer. Had on tap and in growlers. Deep brown/black color with a medium sized, tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is nicely roasted malts, coffee, caramel, and light chocolate. Medium body with highly complex, mature flavors of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and the perfect touch of hops. Pleasantly reminiscent of Mikkeller Beer Geek or the Olbutikken Porter, this is a staple beer in my fridge the last few months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at Hill Farmstead.
Appearance : Dar black with a small brown head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Roasted malt with lots of coffee. A bit smokey. A bit fruity. Light citrusy and resinous hops.
Taste : Strong coffee with nice roasted malt. Finish has big notes of coffee with some rubbery phenols. Intense finish. Quite resinous.
Overall : Very nice beer. Very rich taste and nose. Nice strong coffee notes. Still rather drinkable. Great beer !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5269) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Nearly opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, burnt oats, coffee, smoke, caramel, and light cocoa. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, rolled oats, vanilla bean, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau (3153) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2010
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 On tap at the brewery. I really wish I knew how to make stout of Danish influence. Is it the water? There’s just something so delightfully intense about the viscosity, roast, and brightness of these kind of stouts. It’s got an almost pine-like or juniper-scented roast character to it that gives it a real terroir. This example is very much similar to the Mikkeller Beer Geek, the Nogne beers, or the Olbutikken Porter, with really amazing density, roast flavor complexity, and a mature alcohol profile. Considering that I generally hate coffee in beer, this is a very remarkable example, with a clean, well-integrated and fresh presence that’s enjoyable and flavorful. I craved this beer most of all at Hill Farmstead.

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