brystmar (1261) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Big whiff of coffee in the nose, roasty as hell, oats & caramely roast on the palate. Not super complex; just beautifully blended. Approaching best-of-style. Jesus, Shaun & crew did it again.
swoopjones (5927) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Lord hobo, black thicker pour, thing of beauty. big roasted maltiness, coffee and chocolate notes in both aroma & flavor. another great beer from HF
Lukaduke (2222) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich deep umber black color with a finger of mocha foam. The nose is gritty earthy coffee, chocolate and some nice roasty malts and some traces of dark fruit... the palate follows the nose nicely with a good dose of carbonation to really lighten up the rich velvety mouthfeel. Nice lingering chocolate with a hint of oat coming through... dry finish.
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at worthy burger. Bunch of clean bright fresh roast. Dark chocolate. Dry tasty. Clean. Touch of cream. Deep luscious bitter roast and truffle on the finish. Real nice.
Reynolds314 (2334) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Prohibition Pig. One of the nicest looking beers Ive come across. Pours a viscous black with thick brown head and great head retention. Aroma is coffee, light roasted maltyness, chocolate, and spuce/citrus hoppyness. Flavor is lightly sweet and creamy with nice coffee flavors and pretty assertive hop flavors. Awesome brew.
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap straight at the source, delicious coffee flavors, thick foamy dark body and head, this is crushing t
AdamJackson (2652) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Review from notes. Thanks Wally! Gorgeous pour, dense black with hints of sediment, nice frothy head. Nose was pretty great. Very smoky and still some coffee left over. Taste was decent but it’s not what it used to be as far as fresh flavors. No hop bitterness left, lots of coffee, some creamy mouth feel. Heavy bold body.
Updated 2013 Batch enjoyed at home on the day I bought it
Nice dark brown to black. 2 finger decent creamy brown head
Loaded with huge bursting coffee. bursting with chocolate as well.
Nice. very mellow, drinkable and not overpowering. Nice bitterness. roasted walnuts, chocolate and crisp minerally water. bottle conditioning is great. yeah nice beer but not pushing any limits
Leighton (11123) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared in NH, many thanks to the generous Wallace. Pours rich brown with a large, beige cream head. Nose of strong roasted malts, heavy bourbon, burnt wood. Bold flavor, hefty roast and charred wood, bitter chocolate, some woody dryness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish with pronounced bourbon character, wood, dark and bitter chocolate, rich dark bread, lasting roast. Awesome stuff.
radarsock (920) - Vermont, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8% abv. Thanks to Wally for the share! Smells of booze, liquorice, coconut grease, bitter chocolate and brandy alcohols. Tastes of booze, dark chocolate, fried plums, hops and earthiness
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes, served in a HF wine glass.
Clear, very dark brown color with a light, bubbly tan head. Excellent retention and thick lacing. Earthy and roast coffee aroma, with surprising amount of hops and some faint chocolate notes. Flavor is typical of an oatmeal stout, creamy and smooth, with a silky body, and a strong chocolate and malt body throughout. Minimal bitterness, but strong fresh coffee flavor throughout. Much more robust and enjoyable experience than the BA version of Earl.