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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4395) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Hackobock. Pours viscous black with a rather big creamy dark mocha head that leaves lots of spotty sticky trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and roasty with roasted malts, caramel, burnt cookies, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, dried cherries, dried cranberries, sweet liquorice candy, moist soil and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, heavy malty, roasty and tiny fruity. Mouthfeel is fat, creamy, velvety, round, roasted astringent and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and extremely rich in the roasty malts and fruity coffee. Lovely full bodied coffee treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
linusb (717) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
A: Pitch black with a one finger brown/nougat coloured head. N: Coffee, grapes T: Coffee, espresso, milk chocolate O: Coffee coffee coffee! Very creamy mouth feeling!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (2597) - GREECE - MAR 6, 2016
500 ml bottle shared with friends at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, from trade with Frank. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, light fruity, light caramel. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma, chocolate coffee and dark fruits. Full silky almost creamy body with soft carbonation. Great coffee stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle at home. I’ve tried a lot of coffee stouts, and I typically find that they falter in one of two places: either the coffee flavor is too faint, or the acidity is so high from the coffee and the dark malt that it tastes almost sour. This beer was completely different -- easily the best coffee stout I’ve ever had. Rich, medium-full mouthfeel gives it a creamy texture, and the chocolate and coffee are both present and well-integrated. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garrold (4018) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle, by way of trade with Leighton. Big thanks! Clear, dark, chestnut brown. Messy, sticky, bubbly, tan head. Viscous and leggy. Handsome beer. Nose has fresh ground coffee. Vanilla. Coffee ice cream. Chocolate ice cream. Sweet, wheaty malts. As it opens up there’s a woody, unwashed coffee bean earthiness. Some final notes of grassy hop. Taste is earthy bitter. Plenty of cereal sweetness. Smooth, chocolatey soft mouthfeel. Really easy drinking. Finishes long, roast coffee bean bitter. Lingering sweetness on the lips. Packs it in big for only 7.2%. Delightful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Abner (325) - Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a mocha head that leaves behind some lacing as it dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malts most apparent after the pour. Slight alcohol after it has warmed. Light sweetness up front overtaken mid-palate by a moderate, slowly growing bitterness and dryness. Chocolate, cocoa. Full bodied, soft and fluffy mouthfeel. Quite dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9230) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle from SlovakSniper (thanks!), shared with Parksy, phantomhennes, and TvM. We had this alongside Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, and this brew was the clear standout, sperior in balance, complexity, mouthfeel, and simple tastiness. by far the most elegant coffee beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2195) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle dated 08/17/15, from the source. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, molasses, coffee. Flavor follows. Dark chocolate, oak, coffee. Nice and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1008) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer black brown pour with a nice two finger tan head. Aromas of fresh coffee roasted malt and hint of oatmeal. A nice rich creamy mouth feel with notes of dark chocolate coffee and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ctipping (1126) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
On tap at the Blackback. Black body. Viscous looking. Huge chocolate head. Settles to a small collar. Aroma of coffee and extremely roasty malt. Oatmeal is really strong. Smells like it could be too roasty. Taste taste is much improved. Coffee blends into the roasted malt. A little sweet. Oatmeal lends to the sweetness. Even a bit of burnt smokiness. Smooth and creamy, but it had a roasty bitterness. Medium carbonation. A little disconnected. Sweet and bitter, both in seemingly disproportionate quantities.

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