Everett (Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 325
Gots: 50 | FT: 9
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews by NoLiberty:
Photo of NoLiberty
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GrassrootsVT for the hand bottle of this beer.

Pours deep and dark black with thick, luscious toffee-colored head that builds to three fingers. Settles into a solid velvety cap that lasts throughout the entire beer. Beautiful in appearance.

Aroma is light chocolate, vanilla and hints of alcohol with subtle roasted notes. Exceptionally well balanced and with subtle edges of spice and enticing white chocolate softness.

Taste is...rich, velvety, sweet, chocolate, vanilla, roasty...just nice all around. This is certainly a barrel-aged beer and presents the bourbon attributes very clearly, perhaps on the strong side.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, soft and inviting. A soft pillow for your tongue to rest on while delicious flavors whisper it into happiness.

More please.

More User Reviews:
Photo of iong516
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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 kscaldef
3.55/5  rDev -18%
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 kingcrowing
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml gold waxed bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a pitch black oily color with a one finger very dark brown fine and creamy head. Nose is roasty and chocolaty, it's a bit sweet and has that certain Hill Farmstead smell.

Right off this is quite solid, it's rich and creamy and has an amazing mouthfeel, very smooth and velvety. On the finish there's an alcoholic bite that lingers for a bit and helps for a dry finish. The bourbon is really well done, I can taste it but it's not too overpowering, honestly more well done than most.

Photo of nkersten
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally catching up on some reviews. Unlabeled bottle poured into NB globe. Pours a thick opaque black with a thin tan head that settles to a cap. Big aroma of bourbon, vanilla, frosting, oak, sweet chocolate, some dark roasted malts. Taste is very sweet, malty, slight oak/wood flavors, some vanilla and bourbon, a touch of pine hops, some alcohol, slightly smokey in the finish. Heavy body with a light carbonation. This is one of my favorite Hill Farmstead beers so far. Big and complex but still well balanced, very drinkable. Probably a bit on the heavy side for a porter, but I like it.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dave (Sleepydave) for this one. Poured from a gold-waxed and capped 16oz. bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a quickly upward creeping frothy 2.5 finger mocha head with great retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is thick and web-like and covers almost the entire side of the glass. Great stick and pretty legs.

S: Nose is surprisingly subtle from a bourbon barrel-aged beer. Notes of roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, creamy hops, and coffee beans. Barrel-aging is present but only in the background and provides an incredible backdrop. Could have a bit more oomph though.

T: Opens liquorice, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt ashiness. Creamy hop presence comes in towards the middle balanced out by sweet booze from the barrels. Very well executed. Smokiness arises at the end just as the barrel presence begins to fade. Finish is a slight tingle of sweet heat and some bitter chocolate. Roasted malt on the aftertaste. Barrel-aging here is unbelievably subtle and achieves a booze presence in the beer that is just right.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Fluffy, smooth and slick in the mouth with a nice lightness. Goes down extremely easily, almost caressing the palate and throat with its silkiness. Finish is messy and aftertaste is slightly sticky and lingers.

D: This is probably the most drinkable barrel-aged beer that I've ever come across. At 8% abv., its lighter than most other -bal aged imperial stouts and porters but the feel makes it go down incredibly easily. If anything, this brew puts Hill Farmstead on the map for me. An absolutely incredible beer all around. Worth seeking out!

Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle thanks to grassrootsVT.

Pours a very dark brown color with a massive tan head that lasts.

Rich roasty aroma with floral hops, slight oxidative notes, and dark chocolate.

Really rich, roasty, and chocolatey flavor, not sweet at all really. Charcoal and ash, in a good way, with piney and resinous hops on the finish.

Great dry mouthfeel, drying in a roasty way, with medium body and a creaminess despite the dryness.

Really excellent overall. Shaun, you've done well with this one. Possibly my favorite Hill Farmstead beer yet besides Ephraim.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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 Kegatron
3.46/5  rDev -20.1%
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 thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to nickd717 (at least I think that was who gave a sample off this) for sharing a bottle of this at the Beachwood BBQ Bruery RS Post-Party. Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, caramel, cream, wood, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, nutmeg, wood, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great either. It was felt lighter than most porters on the mouthfeel to myself. Just something about the wheat and nutmeg in this one killed the overall beer for me. Worth trying at least once, but that is about it.

Photo of claaark13
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge thanks to my friend up north for getting me this one. i was thrilled to finally open this gold waxed bottle. served into a snifter and split with my mother in law.

pour was dark as night with a heavy tan head that was thick and gave the beer that thick and creamy look i had so wanted it to be. nice lacing down the sides of the glass as well..

aroma starts with warm vanilla and roasted malts, hints of light oak and coffee, nice touches of chocolate and a warm brown sugar as it hits room temperature. flavor follows suit perfectly as the warming from the roasted malts and rich barrel flavor are simply superb. rich vanilla and caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee and a nice smooth finish that was dotted with notes of light bitterness that were balanced against the malts with near perfection, creamy, full and just a delightfully wonderful beer.

overall one of the better barrel aged beers i have had in a long time. i really enjoyed this one a ton!

Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Nick.

Appearance: Black opaque body capped by a lasting tan head.

Aroma: Port-like notes, cocoa powder, charred grain, licorice, faint wood smoke. Subtle, integrated oak.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sharp and faintly acidic roasted malt, port-like fruitiness, dark roast coffee, hints of smoke. Just a touch of barrel, and barely a trace of alcohol. Not as much chocolate as the aroma suggests, heavier on licorice and heavily roasted grain. Dry, bitter finish. Easy drinking and complex, though it could use more body and barrel. I strongly prefer the non-barreled Everett.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold waxed bottle, split with 2fastcars. Had mine out of my Founder Snifter

A- Pours a rich black color, with a nice reddish brown head. The head retains very well.

S- Caramel and malt, and nice robust porter. I also get some Vanilla/Chocolate/and dark grain. I don't really smell much bourbon, maybe a little oak.

T-Creamy and smooth up front, with a pronounced dark malty/grainy aftertaste. Maybe a bit of chocolate and vanilla. I get very little bourbon. Could use a more flavor.

M- While the body is full, it's almost a little a watery at times. It's certainly smooth, but not too complex.

D- Pretty good, but from what I've had from HFS it left me just a little disappointed. The barrel aging of this beer just isn't very evident.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out deep dark brown with a tan head. Rum raisin and whisky on the nose. Roasted malts, carmel, and smooth toast from the barrel round out the aroma.

Tangy bourbon up front with bitter dark chocolate on the finish. Well integrated roasted malt flavor. Not overly bitter or charred. Rich malt flavor coats your tongue. Very small hop profile. Some what floral and aromatic. Perfect mouthfeel.

Photo of rpstevens
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet. The beer pours black with hazy brown edges and a thick tan foam head. The head fades slowly, leaving oily patchy lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee and hints of the distinct oily almost-citrus booziness of Utopias first and foremost. There are faint hints of dark fruits, followed by caramel, brown sugar and vanilla that come on strong along with some oaky barrel characteristics. The alcohol heat accents and supports the nose very nicely.

The flavor follows the smell very closely. The chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla are all present. They definitely take a back seat to the citrus booze flavors reminiscent of Utopias. The barrel flavors help to balance the boozy sweet notes nicely, before the charred coffee comes in and finishes the whole thing up. The bitter coffee character lingers on the tongue long after the beer is washed away.

The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and well balanced. The alcohol sweetness and heat accent the flavors and body of the beer nicely, this is a great beer that I have enjoyed more than once. Another nice offering from Hill Farmstead.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of rpstevens. Thanks, Ryan! Shared at the post-Christmas tasting and served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pour yields a very dark brown beer with a thin tan head that head some moderate staying power. Thin collar toward the end. The nose is pretty intense with a nice complexity. Good barrel character plus some vanilla, roast, chocolate, and coffee. Everything blends quite well and the barrel-aging has been good to this one. The flavor isn't quite as powerful, though all the same elements are there; however, the barrel and roast elements really dominate. Good roasty and slightly-boozy feel. Drinks quite well and is another hit from Shaun.

Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
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 AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this twice now, but it seems to have been infected the second time, reviewing based on first experience.

A - Black as night with a tan head that had nice retention and left some stick on the sides. Faded to a nice cap that stuck around for a bit.

S - Chocolate, coffee, barrel, vanilla, some oak. Decent amount of roast and a little bit of smoke on the end.

T - Nice chocolate up front with a bit of bourbon. It's not overly sweet, with some nice roasted notes. Coffee and a little dark fruit that is not distracting. Very well done.

M - Creamy, full bodied, and moderate carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to get down, this is a quality beer that I liked quite a bit. Just drink it fast because I know of at least one bottle that turned.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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 womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a thin tan head forming on it.

S: There's a definite smoke/peat aroma to the beer. I get a fair amount of booze for what is only an 8% beer along with seems to be brandy. A nice chocolate note, too. The nose is definitely quite smooth.

T: A touch of peat and smoke to go with chocolate and roasted malt. The barrels have provided some nice vanilla undertones and oak. There's just a bit of booze influence from the barrel as well.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Pretty smooth on the tongue.

D: The best of the Hill Farmstead beers I have tried to this point. Though they all seem to have a lot of similarities, it sounds like Shaun is doing some really cool things.

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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 chippo33
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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 joshuaseresse
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. No label, writing in silver pen. Gold wax at the top. I believe this was their first bottling. Thanks to gn0sis for this way too generous extra. Thanks Eric! Shared at our epic battle of the 12ozer. Poured into a snifter:

A - Pours a deep black with a nice fluffy, khaki head. Lacing is really nice and creamy. Head dies a bit into a nice puffy cloud.

S - Nice charred roast malts. Chocolate and creamy coffee. Porter like but not getting a lot of barrel in the smell. Nice though.

T - Nice bitter malts and a bit of heat from the barrel. Candy and chocolate. Porter taste in the front and barrel in the back. Pretty smokey.

M - Pretty carbonated and creamy. Barrel heat and a pretty smokey and roast dryness.

D - Overall, not a bad BA porter. I was hoping a bit more from the Utopius barrel but there was a lot of roast and malty characteristics. Not bad and thrilled to try it.

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Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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