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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Baristas2Brewers (24) - - FEB 15, 2015
This is stout heaven. Creamy chocolate and coffee perfection. Beautiful aroma and smooth taste. Vermont knows how to do it right. Best beer, coffee, and food imaginable. I’m in pure bliss.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3581) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
Black pour with a full beautiful dark brown head. The aroma is intoxicating. Amazing notes of dark, roasted malt, cocoa, and loads of espresso. Some light soy, some smoke, and burnt brown sugar. The body is silky and luscious, the carb is soft and luxurious. The finish is medium bitter, loads of bitter espresso. Sweet and bitter cocoa, and touches of warming alcohol. Incredible stout. World class.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pcshotsauce33 (61) - Columbus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Tap @ Hotel Vermont. Wow now this is what I’m talking about. I’m in stout heaven here with notes of coffee, chocolate, barley, and pure bliss. Slam dunk and wish there was a way I could high jack the keg to bring home.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (3291) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Une magnifique stout dotée d’une torréfaction puissante mais qui ne s’éternise pas en amertume indélébile. Le corps est duveteux et riche pour sa grosseur et les notes de moka finissent par percer à mesure que le liquide se réchauffe. Impressionnante charge de saveurs pour 7.2%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2011
THIS BEER IS STUPID GOOD. Pours a black body with a tan roast y head. A bitter roasted malt chocolate body. A hint of a vanilla sweetness to balance but never sweet. Just a really solid drinking stout. 3 pints later i forgot about my 6 hour drive. Nice to see a brewer that can make an awesome ipa, saison, & stout. Seriously underated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (1073) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2014
From notes. This was shared at a tasting put on by @mikem409 on November 7. The pour on this thing is a nice oily black with a medium tan head and some gorgeous lace. The aroma is heavy in coffee. There is a bit of roasted malt, good cocoa notes, a strong dark fruit presence (prune or cherry) and a light smokey vanilla on the far back. The flavor is just as great. There is a ton of coffee but the rest of the flavors break through as it moves through the mouth. The mouth feel is creamy and viscous with a good medium carbonation that helps it coat really well. The aftertaste is definitely roasty and dry with some good cocoa and coffee Lightly bitter. Love it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
Growler from Glouglouburp- thanks again Dany! Pours opaque cola with frothy two finger head. Huge delicious coffee nose, slight chocolate, but mostly just unbelievable coffee. Taste- a juicy tart twang from the oatmeal, slight bitterness, and tons of fresh roasted coffee . Fantastic. Drinkability is off the charts. Very light bodied but yet the flavour profile is amazing and the freshness of the coffee really shiines through. HF really nailed this

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
Growler sample via and shared with oakbluff. Jet black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of high quality fresh brewed coffee, backed by milk chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Coffee plays the largest role in the mouth as well, but the secondary notes come through a bit stronger here. Oatmeal, faint caramelm roasted barley, and a bit of matchbox all play a role here. Medium to light bodied, with great bite from the roast and a very subtle tartness coming from somewhere. Another home run from Hill Farmstead.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
czar (5843) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
growler. inky black with a small dark beige head, enough retention and lacing. strong coffee aromas and tons of bitter chocolate. taste is loads of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, leather, smoke, licorice, backed with resinous bitter hops. full body, fizzy palate. excellent!

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