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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of roasted malt, roasted barley, chocolate, oats, slight cream, slight caramel, slight coffee, and light caramel. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that lasted around the edges only. Cloudy. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, slight cream, slight vanilla, and hints of alcohol and roasting. Medium body. Chocolate, malt, slight vanilla, slight roasting and slight cream finish is lightly dry, and medium to heavily sweet. 7.2%ABV is a bit noticeable in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2214) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington. Black pour with a billowing cream colored head. Aroma holds rich amounts of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, vanilla, and roasted malt. Flavor really brings the oatmeal to the forefront, though the vanilla and chocolate are present enough to provide a wonderful balance. A touch of hop character comes through as well. Palate is delightfully full-bodied and rich, particularly for a non-imperial stout. Amazing stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2224) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
smooth and substantial in body as well as taste. coffee, vanilla and barley well balanced with some piney style hops. yeasty and thick it tastes alive with a hint of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (5992) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2010
In short: A roasted stout with plenty of coffee and plenty of refreshing fruity hops. Wow!
How: Tap at the brewery
The look: Black body topped by a medium beige head
In long: The strong nose is an admirable mixture of roasted coffee beans and fruity hops that seems to be made for each-other. Taste is has plenty of very roasted malts, plenty of coffee beans, burnt black cake, a lot of refreshing fruity hops (tropical fruits). With all that roastiness and fruity hops the finish is both very dry and very refreshing. Carbonation is appropriately lively. I could drink this all night long. I can’t believe how well the hopping worked with the coffee in this beer. First time I get that mixture of coffee and refreshing fruity hops. This is unfortunately only available in growler at the moment. A full growler is a lot. And just because *I can* drink a full growler by myself doesn’t mean I won’t.

   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 (8852) - 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 (4470) - 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 (5299) - 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.

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