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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
On tap on at Capone’s, this stout pours dark with a small head. The aroma is delicious - heavy caramel and toffee notes with light chocolate notes - right in my wheelhouse. The flavor is moderately sweet with some light bitterness from the malts and hops combined nicely for the style. The body was smooth, not too creamy or bubbly.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilgrimoutlaw (770) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Roast, coffee, slightly bitter. Seemed rather weak and watery to me, but it may have been that I didn’t let it warm up enough.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Sampled on draft at Capone’s. Pours pitch black and comletely opaque without even the slightest trace of lifhtercolor when held to a light source and a one finger mocha colored head that slowly disappears leaving sporadic spots of lacing behind. Slightly roasted coffee bean aroma with silky chocolate malt, oatmeal, toffee and hazelnut. It’s very refreshing to encounter a coffee stut that doesn’t smell like a burnt coffee bomb. I’m even picking up some slight citrus and earhy hops. I’m excited to drink this one. Chewy full body with a great balance of roasted coffee bean, silky, luscious dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and bitter hops. Slight lactic character adds creaminess and fullness to the body and greatly increases the drinkabilitu. I’m actually surprised how well balanced this is. I was expected it to be more acrid and bitter even though the aroma didn’t suggest that. Slight citrus and earthy pine hops add complexity. This is a very well crafted, extremely quaffable coffee beer. Not very extreme but damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
On tap at Capones. Dark brown with a trace of tan foam. Nose is coffee, oats and molasses. Not quite medium body with a tang. Taste is coffee bean and chocolate; slightly bitter. Very solid stout that disappeared from my glass way too quickly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Draft at Capones (PA) 5 oz glass... Black in color.. Good aroma, chocolate, little smoke and roasted malts. Nice simple stout. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, a little smoke in the taste? Medium, creamy body. Overall: Nice stout!

3.7
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2227) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2234) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - 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.

4
   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.


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