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Everett (Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 294
Gots: 38 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: NoLiberty on 11-27-2010)
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Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by nkersten:
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nkersten

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

02-11-2011 19:52:17 | More by nkersten
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-21-2014 11:16:27 | More by tectactoe
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-19-2013 03:20:08 | More by Callmecoon
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

02-02-2011 23:20:34 | More by kingcrowing
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-21-2014 01:41:31 | More by doremite
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-05-2014 15:29:32 | More by stereosforgeeks
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-18-2014 13:08:26 | More by acurtis
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-15-2011 14:38:02 | More by twowheelssoar
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jh1982

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-14-2011 15:22:57 | More by jh1982
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

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!

02-07-2011 01:55:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
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nickd717

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

01-21-2011 18:52:36 | More by nickd717
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -3%

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.

06-10-2014 22:49:22 | More by Alieniloquium
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KMcG

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-24-2013 02:53:43 | More by KMcG
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

09-12-2012 12:29:01 | More by Kegatron
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Dlestz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.8%

06-23-2014 15:31:19 | More by Dlestz
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

01-12-2011 14:31:49 | More by thagr81us
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.8%

08-13-2014 23:09:30 | More by Kevincredible
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Denzo

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-16-2014 00:27:36 | More by Denzo
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-16-2014 01:34:48 | More by Keith_R
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claaark13

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

01-05-2012 02:14:09 | More by claaark13
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

05-26-2014 15:28:10 | More by Psychmusic
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-04-2014 19:55:27 | More by rondufresne
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DrunkAl

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%

08-07-2014 02:53:18 | More by DrunkAl
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

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!

02-07-2011 01:18:56 | More by mikesgroove
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OnryAndMean

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

05-14-2014 23:53:35 | More by OnryAndMean
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Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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