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Hill Farmstead Iced Coffee Stout (Iced Earl)

Hill Farmstead Iced Coffee Stout (Iced Earl)
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
A special winter release only - this is an ’iced’ version of Earl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Sampled from the tap at EBF. Poured an extremely cloudy/murky coffee brown with a brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma was full of strong coffee/espresso with a slight roasted malt. Flavor started with espresso the mellowed slightly to allow a bit of roasted malt and a bit of alcohol to come out. Nice on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Pouring at the Saturday sessions of EBF. Pours a big black with a thin beige head, murky and thick looking. Lots of cocoa, roast, and long thick coffee notes. Coffee, big and sweet, toast and roast, long sweet cocoa and coffee, chocolate. Super smooth, and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Velvety and ever-so-smooth, this Iced Coffee Stout delivers plenty of coffee flavors alongside chocolate cake goodness, until roasted bitterness achieves balance.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy dollop of foam tops the brown-hinged blackness.
-This is 15%?!?. Wow. The body is lascivious, and easygoing at once. This is not a sugar bomb like many iced beers.
-Carbonation is delicate and creamy. Feels like whipped cream on a capuccino.
-This may not be a super complex Iced Stout, but it is highly pleasurable and as impeccably executed as any other Hill Farmstead brew I’ve had.

On tap at Hill Farmstead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2011
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté au Winter Beer Gathering 2011 chez Hill Farmstead Brewery (Greensboro, VT). Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat. Apparance: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café avec une pointe chocolatée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #3524)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2011
In short: A creamy 15% coffee stout that drinks like an 8%. Scary.
How: Tap at Hill Farmstead Winter Gathering 2011
The look: Near black body topped by a persistent small tan head
In long: The surprisingly not-so-intense nose (it is a 15% after all) has black coffee (d’uh!) and burnt malts. Body is full and carbonation is relatively smooth. Taste of black coffee, burnt brownies, burnt chocolate cake, cacao powder, some milk chocolate. I wouldn’t say there was absolutely no alcohol presence at all, but it sure didn’t feel like a 15% brew. This is a 15% that I could drink a full bomber of without getting sick of it. I had my doubt when I heard of a brewery opening in the middle of farmer fields of the deserted northern Vermont. I never thought this could be a viable project for a brewery making beers that push the envelop. But almost one year later it is clear that Hill Farmstead defeated the odds. So if you’re looking for the odds they’re training at the gym right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Draft at EBF. Pours a dark coffee black body with a wispy tan yellow bubbly head. Malty coffee with cream notes. Modes warming. Dark chocolate sweetness and a very fresh coffee bitterness. A really well done stout especially for at 15%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Draft at Extreme Beer Fest 2011. Pour yields a fairly dark brown bodied brew with a very thin tan head that falls into a few spots. The nose is quite pungent, though none of that comes from booze, as you may expect from a 15% beer. There are really strong coffee notes plus a good amount of cream and light roast. Mild chocolate there as well. The taste is a beautiful espresso plus some whipped cream and moderate roast. Smooth chocolate in the background and only the faintest hint of alcohol. Really delicious. Body is medium to full with slight alcohol and a coffee bitterness. Really solid; one of the better coffee beers I’ve had and one of the best iced beers I’ve come across.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
djoeye (3800) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 19, 2016
Look; black beer, beige vanished top. Aroma; ice coffee, caramel, zebra candies, grassy hops. Taste; ice coffee black sort of, caramel, dark prune peels fermented through something - and finishes very well liquorice-pruned. Palate; good body, soft, good. Overall; tasty stuff. Alive again on the market? Tasted@MikkellerBar, Cph.dk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2143) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2011
On tap at Hill Farmstead Winter Gathering 2010..
Appearance : Deep black with a small head.
Aroma : Lots of coffee and roasted malt. Resinous hops too.
Taste : Lots of coffee and roasted malt. Quite warm finish with a light but sharp bitterness. Nice sweetness.
Overall : Lots of coffee all around. Awesome finish, strong and tasty. Not much alcohol considering it’s around 15%. Taste like 7-8%. Great sipper. Really well made. Earl was already an awesome beer and I don’t think this one is better. Interesting experiment nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2011
A very solid coffee stout with lots of roasted espresso in the nose and taste. It would have been better, but in my mind there was definitely a noticeable lingering alcohol note that was a bit too much. Still very good.

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