Hill Farmstead Earl - Barrel Aged

Formerly brewed at Hill Farmstead Brewery
Style: Stout
Greensboro, Vermont USA


on tap


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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skrip (228) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
6/23/2013 500ml bottle poured into a Craft Gear snifter. A~ black as night, with a slight tan head and a little bit of lacing. very inviting! S~ tons of bourbon sweetness, dark malts and not much else... T~ alright i’m glad it opened up! i can’t believe the coffee still has a huge presence! huge bourbon sweetness up front, followed by charred coffee, bitter dark chocolate, then slight oatmeal comes smashing through the bourbon wall of death, and vanilla caramel sweetness on the finish. this remind me of a perfectly aged KBS. mmm..! M~ nicely carbonated, extremely smooth, and the thickness really plays its part but its not overkill, thats for sure! O~ one of the best BA stouts i’ve ever had! once again the balance and complexity shines. the vanilla that comes from the bourbon adds such a nice aspect to the charred coffee flavor. its like the perfect balance of a vintage Bourbon County and a KBS. holy shit get a bottle right now!

fiulijn (21019) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
Tasting at Matt’s
Black color with small head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, some tobacco. The mouthfeel is thinner than expected, roasted malt flavor, with hints of leather, cardboard, coffee.

mcberko (18600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
500mL bottle, sent from my sugar daddy, pours black with a medium brown head. Nose is highly oxidized, with coffee and roast. Flavour brings out smooth coffee, very subtle barrels, and a very dry palate. Not the most complex Hill Farmstead beer. I would’ve liked to try this newer, but there aren’t really any off-notes as of now, despite other recent reviews. Finishes on notes of coffee, alcohol and subtle dark fruits. Good stuff.

Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael. Served alongside Earl. Gusher! Upon settling, the beer appears dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas include oak, bourbon. Coffee presence is minimal in the nose. Ok flavor. Nothing off putting. A bit bland, but hey, this beer is getting old. Some distant port / sherry notes attributed to age. Light oxidation. Regardless of the current status, a treat. Fun to try.

RussianDragon (578) - - AUG 9, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by yourefragile, thanks Moll. This bottle gushed immediately and agressively upon opening! The bottle was clearly infected from the beginning, and we lost half of it when opened. Dark caramel brown with lasting beige edge head. Aroma is mild bourbon notes, roasted malt and infected metallic tang. Flavor is - unfortunate. I’d love to try this fresh or un-infected. Drain pour.

Steve_0 (3744) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Pour courtesy of André. Huge thanks for the opportunity to try this one buddy!!! Appearance is pitch black with a small brown head. Coffee, vanilla, charred wood notes, bourbon, coconut, and cocoa in the aroma. Taste is big bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, somewhat nutty, earthy, and vanilla with a touch of coconut on the back-end and some alcohol warmth. Syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Very tasty, however, most notes present are a bit muted, due to age. I would love to try this one again fresh, still extremely fun to try!

radarsock (1207) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2013
These bottles are always 8% abv, and not 7.5. Huh, strange. Bottle. From notes. Silky pour which was a leathery dark-brown (not quite yet black) in presentation from the lip to snifter, a trim beige head peaking up above. I thought it was sincerely cute. I still smell booze on this one; coconut and bitter chocolate are prominent as well. The oak is agreeably intense, as is its char, roast and spices. Tastes of booze, with expressions of dark chocolate, bourbon, American hops, vanilla beans, molasses, candle wax and licorice (which Shaun hates).

AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Thanks Wally for sharing this with us. Enjoyed in Hill Farmstead stemware. Served at room temperature.

A - Dark brown pour but black in the glass. 1-finger head subsides to a thin line of head pretty fast.

S - Solid up-front charred oak and vanilla with a boozy hot bourbon barrel notes. Very small level of espresso beans that aren’t so fresh any more but smell once pretty great.

T - Wow. Okay, so the bourbon dominates the first taste. Smoked malts follow with hints of vanilla at the finish. There’s this slight grassy taste as well.

M - 40% carbonation. Heavy body. boozy finish with this grassy vanilla taste.

O - This is a beer I would have preferred to have fresh. Even still, it’s delicious and tasty and very enjoyable.

Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Pours unclear dark coffee with a creamy mocha head with some sediment. The aroma has lost a bit with age, a bit of creamy bourbon barrel and some warm sweetness. The flavor brings some sweet bitter malt and nutty notes from the oatmeal on a nice fairly creamy body.

BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle via a trade. Pours with a near black hued body with a lasting tan head. Great retention and lace. Aromas are of bourbon, fudge, chocolate, dark fruit esters, floral, plums, nutty, nougat, tar, low roast, complex malt character, lots of chocolate, light iodine. Flavors could stand to be a touch bigger to carry the coffee and bourbon. Slightly dirty, black malt (seems like), nutty, nougat, chocolate, cacao nibs, vanillin, light bourbon, coffee. Lots of esters, licorice, tannin, orange peel and old coffee. Medium to slightly higher than expected carbonation. Fuller bodied, but could benefit from a slightly heftier build to carry the flavors. Good though!

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