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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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
tectactoe (3122) - Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Michael. Oily, dark black pour with a huge, chunky, foamy, deep tan head that builds up thick, lasts for a while, & leaves a few nice sheets of wet lacing on its way down the glass. Aroma is full force roasted & oily coffee beans. Not quite charred like French roast, more like a Full City roast. Underside of bitter cocoa nibs, faint vanilla, & deeply driven dried black cherries. Back end has a small twinge of roasted smokiness, much like Everett has throughout. Taste is a coffee bomb as well... Loaded with a light bitterness & roasted element, however gracefully balanced by a touch of milky malt sweetness, hints of dark chocolate, & anise. The finish ends with a kiss of roast, faint smoke, & only last nibble of rich coffee beans. Somewhat creamy body. Lovely beer for coffee drinkers, just great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2014
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Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy dark chocolate, black licorice, anise, molasses, espresso /coffee, and very faint vanilla. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small brown head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The finish has moderate-heavy coffee and light-moderate black licorice. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikem409 (1858) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle pours black with tan with frothy tan head. Aroma of nuts and coffee. Finish is bitter with coco and oatmeal

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsandman (635) - New York, USA - OCT 14, 2014
On tap @ the Jeffrey NYC. Pours a deep dark brown, soft and creamy beige head. Aroma is fresh espresso, coffee, caramel, cocoa, bourbon, light campfire. Flavor is jam packed with roasted malt, smoked cedar, bourbon, light licorice and burnt coffee, bitter hoppy chocolate finish. Light bourbon booze on the finish, as well as dry chocolate hop. This stuff is pretty ridonk... Really dig the balance and hop character pushing through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (2283) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle from Luk_, thanks! Pours a complete black with a medium brown head that fades into a rim that leaves some lacing. Nose is of roasted coffee, nuts and chocolate. Taste is of same coffee beans (with the slightlest green pepper angle) and roasted malt. It is not an ounce to sweet, really nice. Body is medium-full and carbonation medium, making the mouthfeel so smooooth. Overall a really nice coffee stout that for whatever reason I had never rated. This is my first time with a bottle but it seemed a little different from the tap version I had last time, a little less green pepper maybe? Anyway, really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
esjunknyc (21) - - SEP 28, 2014
Typical Hill Farmstead, Shaun has some sort of otherworldly touch and everything he does it really on point. As far as flavor it's coffee with a nice balanced bitter finish. Worth seeking out

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Draft at Rye House, huzzah. Pours near black with small mocha head. Aroma is fantastic cold brew, bitter chocolate, burnt toffee, prunes, oak, berries, whisky. Taste is silky dark chocolate fading into coffee milkshake and caramel with a prominent drying hop bitterness and lingering finish. Think Everett plus caramel cold brew. Medium light mouthfeel. Out of control.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2749) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Draft at ginger man for lunch. Pours deep brown with nose of chocolate and licorice. Tastes of espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, and some plum. Just right amounts of sweet chocolate and bitter hops. Really lovely stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6384) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Draft at Gingerman (thanks for the heads up, Jow). Pours a rich jet black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is rich, luscious chocolate, mild to sweet coffee roast and faint hop profile. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a nice prickly carbonated feel towards to the end; the dark chocolate character dominates over the sweet roast, with a subtle fresh hop flavor lingering towards the end. Great superbly balanced stout. If it wasn’t lunch, I’d take down a few of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1938) - Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2014
750 swingtop. Not sure when filled, added to HF lineup recently, still available. Tried the day after initially opened. Lots of built up carbonation when opened. Taste and aroma was lots of dark bitterness from malt and coffee. Roast and coffee. Body was slightly flat but assuming that it was because of the prior opening. ACTH more carbonation than when I had fresh Everett on the second day of a 2L. Overall it’s pretty good stuff. Definitely seem to enjoy the dark HF beers much more fresh than aged or barrel aged.

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