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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Earl (1911-1985) was our grandfathers 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 18 P Ingredients: Pale, Caramel, and Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6090) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2016
750mL growler filled 3/18/16 and drunk 3/25/16.
Perfect pour as expected; massive tan head tops an ebony body with strong retention. Clarity undetermined.
Rich and bready in the nose, with strong roast, vanilla and treacle suggestions. Very fudgey, especially with warming but the dry, cellar/plaster-like house yeast character helps allay some of this. The coffee is strong but not overbearing and pretty well integrated with the malt character. No alcohol or flaw noted.
In the mouth its a bit more difficult to rate. The flavors are certainly rich and well-developed, with tons of chocolate fudge, espresso and vanilla. Coffee is not intensely bitter or heavily roasted and theres a fair amount of syrupy treacle-meets-marshmallow-meets-chocolate-toffee flavor. Carbonation is low though not particularly so for a stout. No alcohol or flaws with a very malty, somewhat syrupy texture. Though there is some amount of enjoyable ash/char, it could still use some more dryness and I dont think this is supposed to be a sweet stout, though it would work better as one of those. Nonetheless, quite drinkable and flawless in the flavor category.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (3219) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2016
Draught at Blind Tiger alehouse. Pours black with a tan head Smooth brew with roasted malts, chocolate And licorice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokestereo (337) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Pours black with a nougat creamy head. Aroma; cocoa, medium roasted coffee malt, dried dark fruits, liqourice, chocolate and caramel. Flavours; Loads of coffee, dried dark fruits, cocoa, liqourice and some vanilla

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3771) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
March 27, 2016. Bottle, courtesy of James, thanks!
Black with a creamy medium sized brown head. Aroma is roasted ground coffee, dark berries, notes of cocoa, dried dsrk fruits, licorice. Taste is light to medium sweet, very soft roasted bitterness. Finish is lots of roasted coffee, soft bitter, berry sweetness, notes of toffee, light cocoa. Medium to full bodied, very creamy, soft carbonation.
Very creamy with lots of soft roasted coffee, great!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4654) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Hackobock. Pours viscous black with a rather big creamy dark mocha head that leaves lots of spotty sticky trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and roasty with roasted malts, caramel, burnt cookies, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, dried cherries, dried cranberries, sweet liquorice candy, moist soil and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, heavy malty, roasty and tiny fruity. Mouthfeel is fat, creamy, velvety, round, roasted astringent and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and extremely rich in the roasty malts and fruity coffee. Lovely full bodied coffee treat.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdmiralVernon (1028) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
A: Pitch black with a one finger brown/nougat coloured head. N: Coffee, grapes T: Coffee, espresso, milk chocolate O: Coffee coffee coffee! Very creamy mouth feeling!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (2946) - GREECE - MAR 6, 2016
500 ml bottle shared with friends at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, from trade with Frank. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, light fruity, light caramel. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma, chocolate coffee and dark fruits. Full silky almost creamy body with soft carbonation. Great coffee stout!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (1067) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle at home. Ive tried a lot of coffee stouts, and I typically find that they falter in one of two places: either the coffee flavor is too faint, or the acidity is so high from the coffee and the dark malt that it tastes almost sour. This beer was completely different -- easily the best coffee stout Ive ever had. Rich, medium-full mouthfeel gives it a creamy texture, and the chocolate and coffee are both present and well-integrated. Fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garrold (4630) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle, by way of trade with Leighton. Big thanks! Clear, dark, chestnut brown. Messy, sticky, bubbly, tan head. Viscous and leggy. Handsome beer. Nose has fresh ground coffee. Vanilla. Coffee ice cream. Chocolate ice cream. Sweet, wheaty malts. As it opens up theres a woody, unwashed coffee bean earthiness. Some final notes of grassy hop. Taste is earthy bitter. Plenty of cereal sweetness. Smooth, chocolatey soft mouthfeel. Really easy drinking. Finishes long, roast coffee bean bitter. Lingering sweetness on the lips. Packs it in big for only 7.2%. Delightful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Abner (347) - Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a mocha head that leaves behind some lacing as it dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malts most apparent after the pour. Slight alcohol after it has warmed. Light sweetness up front overtaken mid-palate by a moderate, slowly growing bitterness and dryness. Chocolate, cocoa. Full bodied, soft and fluffy mouthfeel. Quite dry finish.


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