Everett (Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Everett (Barrel Aged)Everett (Barrel Aged)

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 323
Gots: 48 | FT: 9
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NoLiberty on 11-27-2010

Batch 2: Barrel aged for 18 months in hand select bourbon barrels from our favorite distilleries.

Batch 3: Our Everett porter aged for over 28 months in hand-selected bourbon barrels from some of our favorite distilleries. 500ml.
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Ratings: 283 | Reviews: 65
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in February 2014. Super smooth drinkability. Tons of coconut and vanilla. Maybe a little bit of tobacco and oak. Amazingly balanced, long finish. Just an awesome beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a nice cap; a decent amount of lacing lingers and the head retains well

Smell: Roasted tones and chocolate, with a smoky/peaty edge

Taste: Chocolate and roasty flavors, up front, with developing smoky/peaty elements; the oak and vanilla develop in the mid-palate but the finish is rather harsh

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Normally, I like what Bourbon barrels bring to a beer but in this case I think I prefer the base beer

Photo of iong516
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everett is so good on its own, so to my taste aging took away from the hops, masked it in bourbon... would take a fresh Everett growler any day over this although I was very glad to have tried. Wouldn't hesitate to drink again, but I prefer the fresh base beer.

Photo of kscaldef
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rather disappointing. I consider Everett to be about the best American porter our there. The BA version doesn't come close to the same level. I found it a bit sharp and woody, and noticeable thinner mouthfeel than the base beer.

Photo of Jeffo
2.37/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from cparles a while back. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled February 2014

APPEARANCE: This one was a slow foamer upon opening. A clear black pour produces 2+ finger, looser, fizzy, foamy, light tan head with excellent retention. Black body with piles of carbonation all over the place. Very foamy head as well; it just doesn’t quit. Eventually the head fades to a thick foamy cap that leaves some chunky lacing on the glass. Very foamy and far too much carbonation but good color for the style.

SMELL: Oak, milk chocolate, light toffee, butterscotch, sweet cream and coconut on the nose. Mild but nice for sure.

TASTE: Wood, oak and toffee notes up front, then a harsh and spicy alcoholic swallow. Lots of alcohol on this one, then a bold and lingering finish of bourbon, some caramel and toffee sweetness, spicy alcohol flavors and a touch of sweet cream. Not much complexity really, and rather spicy and boozy. Light milk chocolate comes through later, but as it is, this is rather sweet and alcoholic.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy and a bit light on the palate, goes down okay with a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth coating. Some heat and burn lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: Too boozy and lacks complexity, unfortunately. The carbonation is far too active and it’s too foamy all around as well. A rather poor, below average offering from Hill Farmstead. Given how good their other porter and stout beers generally are, this is a massive disappointment. Avoid this one and wait until they produce something else of unnecessarily awesome world-class quality. Thanks again cparles! They can’t all be winners.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black as night in the body with a dense head. The head is a nice chocolate brown in color and about two fingers thick. It really looks more like a stout in terms of thickness, color, and texture of the head. Lacing and retention are both very good.

S- Big bourbon notes are the primary scents of this beer. Prominent barrel spice and vanilla sweetness are the main scents here, with an underlying caramel and almost cinnamon like quality.

T- Starts off with the dark porter malts first, but the barrel flavors quickly move in and take over. The same barrel flavors from the nose transition almost identically over to the taste, with the spicy barrel hitting first. The sweeter vanilla and caramel like flavors come in next before the return of the barrel and whiskey flavors. Lingering notes of barrel transition back to dark malts on the tongue for the lasting impression.

M- Thick and smooth, but not quite as thick and smooth as its imperial stout cousins. A higher level of carbonation lessens the silky smooth feel of this beer. The boozy barrel flavors and heat bring this one right back toward the feel of a big stout, and promote sipping rather than quaffing, yet it is relatively easy drinking.

Overall, this is a great beer. It really provides just enough of a base beer to support the barrel aging. The barrel is the prominent flavor provider here, but it really is supported well by the base beer.

Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, dated 05 2014, poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, touches of cola brown when hit by the light, thick texture, with a fizzy, but taut khaki head that sits about 2 fingers high with very nice retention, no lace. The aroma is big, lots of warm bourbon alcohol, wood, char, stone fruit and a bit of vanilla. The flavors mirror the nose well, plenty of barrel character, bourbon, oak, molasses, toffee, vanilla, charred grain, rich grain, chocolate, stone fruit, really dominated by the barrel and the base Everett and all it's robust porter glory is a bit muted. The mouthfeel is okay, very thin and carbonated body, coats the mouth moderately well, feels a bit too prickly and bubbly. The finish is easy, very warming with a bit of an alcohol kick.


Verdict: A nice bourbon barrel aged beer, but the barrel really dominated the base beer and stole a lot of viscosity and texture as well as subtly and balance. This screams bourbon and oak, and tends to forget the porter that it was built from. I enjoyed this beer for sure, but having it side by side with the base, it was clear that the base Everett was the vastly superior beer.

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

The barrels really do elevate this beer.

The barrel offers a pop of bright bourbon that lingers throughout the beer. Chunky chocolate and coffee come through from the base beer, as this beer really has another layer of complexity from that sweet bourbon flavor.

As expected, this beer still drinks above its ABV towards 9-10%.

Photo of keags_beer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Hill Farmstead Brewery / Everett American porter aged in bourbon barrels . Batch 3 (26-plus months aged) . Bottled in May, 2014.

Got this as a gift from my mother while she was in Vermont . Huge thanks to her ! This is the batch 3 Everett aged in Bourbon barrels for 26-plus months. Super hard to get and very happy to try this .

Pour : Poured into a Hill Farmstead wine Snifter glass . It pours thick from the glass , the color is a deep dark brown , not motor oil black like a Russian imperial , but a see a little bit of brown below the lacing . The head is a rich mocha brown , with a medium high amount of carbonation with little bubbles . The lacing is sticking , but not a full stick on the glass .

Aroma : A big roasted oak character on this one . Not over powering bourbon , but wow is this complex for a porter. I get the smoked character of the Non barrel Everett , but it's more subtle in this version . Vanilla , toffee , dark fruits like raisin , and plum . Also some coffee notes as well as milk chocolate , but the bourbon is so nice ! A little cherry oak as well . Like something you would smell in Jim Beam.

Taste : Yeah this is a whole other animal . It really tastes like sipping on a smooth bourbon with chocolate and vanilla . Also a very nice smokey taste that warms up into dark fruits , a touch of coffee , milk chocolate , and a little bit of lactose . It's very drinkable !

Mouthfeel: medium , the bourbon coats the back palate , as well as making the flavors spiced up a notch . It's creamy , but packs a punch .

Verdict : 4.5/5 . Drinking it somewhat fresh is great , but aging it might make this a touch smoother , but it's a great beer and am super lucky to try this ! Cheers .

Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery.
Batch 3.

This actually fizzed up a little in the bottle when I opened it, and the first pour was pretty foamy. Good appearance, much like regular Everett, the darkest brown you can imagine, with two inches of foamy tan head that eventually settled down to a wispy layer. Lots of barrel in the aroma, dark malts, coffee, some dark fruits, anise. In the taste, again, big woody barrel profile, hot bourbon, dark roasty malts, notes of dark fruit and licorice. Medium body verging on medium-full, decent drinkability, but a little too green/messy at this point, and a bit over-carbonated. The booze thinned the body out a bit compared to the base beer.

I definitely prefer regular Everett over this, as the regular is pretty much the best porter on the planet. It's not often I feel barrel aging detracts from a beer, but I felt this was the case here. However, this beer is still very young, relatively, and I think it needs to sit at LEAST another 6 months. And that's the next time I'll revisit it. Essentially, it needs to mellow: the bourbon is too hot, the barrel is too strong, and the carb is too high.

Photo of Resuin
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. This is the 2014 version, which was aged for 20+ months in barrels. Reviewed from notes from last night.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown and leaves a finger of dark tan head, which slowly fades to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Big roasty, toasted malts, fudgy dark chocolate, vanilla, loads of oak, hint of plum and cherry.

Taste: Fudgy milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, a little vinous, roasty coffee, hint of char. Really nice balance between sweet and bitter. Just a note of alcohol comes through as it warms.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium to full body.

Overall: Super well balanced, with delicious sweet and bitter components. Has a great mouthfeel, and a nice big barrel component. A fantastic big porter, I definitely think it is an improvement on Everett.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with a dark caramel head. Nose is wood, bourbon, olive, and notes of some rich caramel and chocolate malt. Taste is similar, strong bourbon notes with a good bit of slightly charred wood. Malts aren’t super strong, some caramel, hints of olive, and notes of sweetness in back. Finish is a hint hot, lots of booziness, well carbonated and full bodied.

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a almost black color with a nice mocha color head. Head disappeared to a thin coating over the top. Smell is amazing. Bourbon and lots of it. Get some smokey smell, dark fruits and oak. Taste is just as good. The great thing is the base Everett is still there not hidden by the barrel. You still get the nice smokey noted that the base beer offers combine with the dark fruits. Mouthfeel is perfect. Very smooth with a little heat from the bourbon. Leaves a little dryness at the end. Overall a fantastic beer. I love regular Everett so this was a nice treat.

2014 bottle.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 02/2014.

Appearance - Black. Nice khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Lots of oak. Nutty malts and chocolate. A little bit metallic.

Taste - Strong bourbon flavor, but not a strong alcohol flavor from it. Rich chocolate. Woody. Vanilla. And then more wood. That metallic flavor has turned into astringent wood.

Mouthfeel - Very woody. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. No heat from the barrel.

Overall - It's overpowered by bourbon, but I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing.

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is black, with a nice thin mocha head. Bubbly around the edges. Smell is huge with dark fruit, toffee, bourbon, oak. Really potent aroma. The taste is bourbon and toffee right up front. It has the great toffee taste that love about Everett. You can tell the barrel doesn't totally disguise the base beer. Bourbon makes it's a little sweet, especially at the end. Not a lot of carbonation. Thin to medium mouthfeel. This is a great beer. Mouthfeel is the worst part, but the flavor and aroma make up for it.

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Down vote all you want, and maybe it was just a bad bottle, but the 1st '14 release was 4.75, and 2nd '14 release (longer barrel time) was a 3.9.

Photo of jaasen64
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass during the bottle share post HF's FOFA. Thanks to whoever was kind enough to give me a generous pour of this. This was one of the first beers I had during the bottle share (and the only one I will review). Reviewed from notes taken while drinking.

A- Pours a jet black that is opaque in the glass, a thin layer of light mocha brown head forms- much thinner then regular Everett, head recedes to a flat top leaving some light lacing.

S- Aromas of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, lightly sweet balanced bourbon, hints of oak. Fairly aromatic and very pleasant smelling.

T- Creamy rich coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, sweet extremely well integrated bourbon that complements the dark flavors exceedingly well. Easily one of the better barrel-aged beers I've had, the barrel lends a nice sweetness that complements the base beer adding a complexity while still retaining the great qualities of the base beer.

M- Creamy, silky smooth, fairly minimal carbonation but complements the style nicely, very drinkable.

O- This was another fantastic barrel-aged beer from HF that is easily on the same level of birth of tragedy, damon, etc. and stands up against some of the best barrel-aged porters out there. Despite being a couple years old this beer is holding up fantastically well. I'm not sure how many bottles are still out there, but this is definitely worth tracking down if possible.

Photo of Skrip
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversize wine glass.

A~ BLACK! with a nice tan, desert like head and a tiny bit of lacing.

S~ lots of bourbony oak, charred dark malts, some sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and a lot of vanilla.

T~ pretty much follows the nose with more bitter chocolate here. the bourbon is definitely dominate but you can taste where the Utopias comes in. gives it kind of a strong ale/cognac like aspect. bourbon, vanilla, and slight coffee notes in the after taste.

M~ tastes more like a stout, feels more like an over carbonated porter. definitely too much carbonation for me for this style but still very enjoyable. very smooth and no trace of booze.

O~ the barrel aspects are superb in this brew. interesting barrel as well, Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Sam Adams Utopias! this bottles is pretty old at this point so that may be why the barrel/bourbon are so dominate but i feel like there should be more of an Everett presence that i'm just not getting. not bad by any means but i guess i was just expecting more of a sweet porter rather then an over carbonated bourbony "stout" i use that phrase very loosely haha. definitely worth a try though!

Photo of drabmuh
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile, thanks! Long time want of mine. At the time of this review, this is #32 on the "Top Beers - American Porter" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is black with a thin broken tan head of small bubbles, almost no carbonation, low retention, low lacing.

Aroma is bourbon, sweet, oak, smells really nice.

Beer is medium in body and quite sweet, some grainy bitterness on the end, overall a great great beer. I really enjoy the notes of bourbon / booze on the front and a vanillic sense from the oak on the finish. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is black with a thin cap. The aroma offers oak, roast, smoke, chocolate, bourbon. Lightly sweet with everything coming together beautifully. Semi-sweet chocolates with hints of vanilla. The barrel aging does make it difficult to connect to the standard Everett. Medium bodied and silky smooth with fairly low carbonation. Another tasty beer from the nation's best brewery.

Photo of yourefragile
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL gold wax bottle.

Pours a still, thick and viscous chocolate black with a bubbly tan collar and thin splotchy film. Chocolate, molasses, oak, smoke and raisin give the nose a rich, decadent blended balance. Flavor is a less oaky version of the nose; like a rich and sweet confectionary blend without being cloying. Brown sugar, molasses, baker's chocolate, smoke, plum and oak all blend seamlessly with slight oxidization. Slightly thin body for style, but no real complaints. A little old at this point, but this bottle held up very well. Can't wait for more of this beer.

Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for sharing this one. Another HF wale! Served next to regular Everett.

Pours black with a thin off-white head. Smell is not really much like regular Everett but is actually pretty nice. It's very chocolatey and oaky, with very little bourbon to speak of. Flavor is actually quite impressive. I was worried about the most recent reviews, but it's got a nice oaky chocolatey thing happening along with some other sweeter flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Interestingly, it doesn't taste that much like Everett. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but it doesn't detract too much from the experience. Overall, this is a damn good beer, and I had absolutely no expectations for it (maybe my problem with my last 2 HF reviews?). It doesn't taste much like Everett, but I don't mind.

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks go to Kegatron for supplying this beer to taste immediately after the base version. 500ml bottle, gold wax into a couple snifters. The brew appears black in color with a finger of frothy mocha. Webby fingers of lace stick to the glass and the head displays pretty awesome retaining powers.

The aroma has plenty of barrel character that comes across with a note of spice like cinnamon before transitioning to raw oak and something along the lines of incense or cedar. Across the back, it picks up a sweet accent of cocoa and vanilla. A little strange combo that doesnt really blend together but is enjoyable for the most part.

The taste is very barrel forward and intense with a spiced quality that makes me think of rum. Some hints of cinnamon and insense or cedar are present just like the nose led on. Some tannic quality pushes forward with a sharp edge of raw oak. Some solvent alcohol is the last thing left burning on the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is integrated decent for the most part but collectively the brew doesnt blend together that well. The barrel adds an interesting complexity but its a bit of a crazy party in your mouth. Id drink it again if offered but wouldnt go out of my way for it.

Photo of Kegatron
3.46/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml gold wax topped bottle into a couple of glasses.

Pours black, topped with a finger of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. Head retention is pretty solid here, pretty much staying that way through the duration of the glass and leaving back a robust cascade of lacing that rings the sides with thick froth. The aroma smells of bourbon up front, which adds spiciness, vanilla character and sharp charred warmth to the nose. The roast here also has an almost tart acridness to it that mingles with those notes from the barrel, herbal hops, and green citrus and sweeter notes of cocoa and caramel mix in as well. The tartness here is a little off-putting.

The taste has a solid base to it of chocolate, toffee and burnt roast, with those bourbon barrel notes coming in off the edges before leading into a dry, tannic and spicy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue but then more creamy feeling as this moves out along the back of the palate. There is some alcohol here but it mostly seems to come from the bourbon, which gives this a fairly sharp bite at times.

This was OK. Personally, I thought that this needed some more integration between the beer and barrel, as the bourbon was still just a little too much in your face to make this completely enjoyable and runs over the base Everett a bit too much as well (a beer that I REALLY like). Anyway, this was interesting. Maybe future batches will show some improvement.

Photo of claaark13
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HF hasn't let me down yet, so I've got high expectations. Thanks Andrew! Chilled and poured into a HF snifter. I wouldn't have it any other way.

A - Pours black with a nice light-tan head. Thick head that stays around for a bit. Looks great. Sticks fairly well to the side, just about as good as a Porter could.

S - Dark malt with a little roast, oak comes through. A very slight amount of charred oak comes through, but it seems subdued. More virgin oak than charred.

T - Light roast and a slight amount of booziness that is trying to come though but never quite doe. Coffee, cocoa and vanilla come through towards the end and mix with some dryness.

M - Medium body, right amount of medium carbonation that provides a silky feel. Pretty nice, fits the style well.

O - I'm not generally a huge fan of straight Porters, but a BA Porter from HF was just too much to pass up. The barrel wasn't overwhelming and just seemed to add to the middle/back of the flavor. I'm pretty happy to have tried this one and really enjoyed it as a BA Porter. I really can't think of another of this style that I like more. Hopefully it is made again so I get a chance to try it fresh.

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Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.