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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - FEB 14, 2011
As dark of a brown as I have ever seen, you can’t even see thru it. Head was a dense mocha crown. The aroma was pure coffee. The taste was the blackest, richest coffe I ever done drank. Even after letting it warm in my hands the alchol barely peeked thru. Considering the high abv this was way too drinkable. This ain’t your mommas coffee beer, but dad gonna enjoy her after she drinks it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2011
stopped in winter 10 and was lucky to sample this beast. pours a pitch black color with a viscous swirl to it. not much head on this one. smell is intense rich roasty carmel malt with a coffee kick. taste is a blast of dark chocolatey slightly roasty malts and a rich coffee presesnce. slight sweetness, a bit of a coffee bitterness and a hoppy bitterness. the mouthfeel is quite viscous but not overly heavy. an intense flavor experience i would like to revisit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2013
A couple of samples at Extreme Beer Fest 2011. Pours a opaque, dark chocolate brown with a thin, wispy mocha head. Aggressive nose of roast coffee, cream, dark chocolate, light vanilla. Surprisingly little booze or burnt notes, smells like Earl on steroids. Dark and roasty flavor, obviously dominated by roasted coffee and dark malts and nice transition from sweet to bitter throughout into the finish. Silky and decadent texture and again, very little presence of booze. Was in my top 3 looking forward to at the fest, and it delivered.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8957) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9100) - 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 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (9635) - 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 15/20
HonusWagner (1974) - 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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