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Everett (Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 311
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 21.38%
Wants: 336
Gots: 50 | FT: 8
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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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Photo of joefuzz
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml waxed bottle sent a few months ago by tytoanderso poured into 2 snifters.

Pours jet black with a dark brown head great lacing.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla and coffee.

Taste is amazing huge milk choclate upfront that mellows out to a nice coffe and vanilla like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is amazing it has this almost mouth coating feel to it. If anything carbonation is a little high.

Overall great beer I wish I had more of this.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a HFB glass to ring in the New Year. Pours a deep, rich black/brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is wonderful mix of the base Everett porter and the barrel character--smoke, chocolate, coffee, malt. Taste is fantastic. Simply put, one of the best beers I've ever had. Rich, complex with everything you'd expect from a top beer made better in a bourbon barrel. Easy to drink, and too soon finished.

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Photo of maximum12
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the generous baconsausage, who has spun a double-handful of very good bottles my way in the past eight weeks or so. I have found myself getting more excited about these small homestead brews arriving these days that aquatic mammals of any kind.

500 ML bottle with that cool, minimalist Hill Farmstead look to it. Someday I am going to learn to get wax off a bottle without puncturing/almost puncturing my thumb; alas, tonight is not that night. Poured into my well-loved Terrapin snifter. I'm not much for giving a beer the once over, I'd rather reserve that for passers-by, but this thing looks like it belongs in a glossy add. Big, manly, wood-colored head beams out at me over a jet-black body. The aroma is just as fetching, chocolate, malty, vanilla, roast. Damn. I like where this is headed.

Barrel-Aged Everett slips into the palate with a wink & sly grin. Where to begin? An acrid beer, this is ashy-roasted. But after the roasted rush-hour passes by, subtle complexities abound. Chocolate & vanilla soothe & relax. Mid-beer the barrel arrives with a minute touch of port, an almost vinuous quality, dark fruits, & a quick stab of bittering hops. The downhill slide allows the cremated malts to re-establish themselves, with a side-serving of black licorice, but they're cut now by all of the other pleasantries making themselves known. Absolutely wow.

Creamy, full, & richer than your average porter in the mouth, with a hell of a lot more going on. And I'm now beginning to pout because there's only 500 ML. Could you put this in milk gallon jugs for me? Please? Pretty please?

Well, I was expecting this to be good, but it's a flippin' masterpiece. I've wasted enough words on this, I'm going to go enjoy this now. 'Bye.

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Photo of dsartwell72
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gold wax topped 500ml bottle poured into an over sized wine glass.

Appearance- Pours a deep black color. Appears thick and chewy. Beautiful light brown head that lingers for a few minutes. Small dots as well as large swooping arches lace the side of the glass. This is a wonderful looking beer.

Aroma- The first thing you smell is chocolate, and lots of it. The alcohol mixes with the chocolate to give it a very pleasing aroma. A hint of oak in the background, and thats it.

Taste - Much like the smell. Chocolate is up front in this one, a slight hint of the oak in the background, but this is chocolate all the way. Alcohol is well hidden, but again mixes some with the chocolate to give a great overall taste.

Mouthfeel/Drink- Very thick and chewy. Great body for this style of beer. As far as the drinkability goes, it is far too drinkable. At 8% this drinks like a 5% beer. Very tasty and I wish I had more. Great overall beer.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really love the slightly lower than normal amount of carbonation on this because it really allows the barrel to shine through.

Smells chocolatey, fudgy, light bourbon, oaky. Taste follows

Great mouthfeel.

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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%.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of groutenberg
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: From growler filled last week, great dark brown color, terrific head maybe 1" when poured into Hill farm tulip glass.

S: super aroma of roasted malt and chocolate

T: Wonderful mouth filling flavors

F: taste lingers in your mouth, coats the whole thing with lingering deliciousness!

Long drive, if you get lost, everyone knows them and is happy to give you directions, great scene when you're there, nice food truck out front. Be sure to check out The Museum of Every Day Life near by. What a hoot!

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of keags_beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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 .

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

The last beer for me at the end of a post-Christmas tasting, courtesy of thorpe429 (thanks Mike!). This was an unlabeled bottle with gold wax.

The beer poured dark brown with a tan foam. Really nice aroma, toasty malts and coffee, a little oaky vanilla, nice.

Sweet tasting, the coffee and chocolate dominate for me, very nice blend of flavors. I didn't get much from the barrel besides the vanilla aromas, but nonetheless this was delicious in its own right.

Full bodied and creamy, how is it that every beer I get from Hill Farmstead is so solid? Absolutely recommended as an excellent porter.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share courtesy of my tick partner Andy. Thanks again for cracking this one! Poured into a tulip. Beer pours black with about a finger of creamy dark tan head. Good retention on this as I've still got a small layer of foam after a while. Running soapy lace.

Lots of vanilla in the aroma with a touch of toffee sweetness to boot. Litte bit of earthy must in the aroma. Can smell the barrel nicely. It's just a touch of bourbon to be noticable with a slight bitter espresso finish. Nice roasty flavor on this. More of a coffee flavor than the aroma would lead on. The vanilla balances out a bit. Noticable but not overpowering. Nice bourbon flavor too! Just a touch to finish with a warming sensation.

Feel is great. Silky and creamy body with good carbonation. A bit heavy with a bit of heat to the finish but this is simply amazing. Overall, this is top of the charts. In a perfect world, everyone would get a hold of this one.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. A robust, dark-brown, body supports a thin, tan, head. Beautiful lacing is left behind.

Chocolate and Utopias barrel fruit. Somewhat vinous with other dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. Apples, pears and oak with a touch of vanilla. The fruity barrel notes are faint and hard to classify, but still good.

Oaky chocolate with vanilla and a touch of dark fruit. Slightly tannic with a hint of alcohol. The barrels come through nicely on top of a great base beer. Chocolaty with light fruit/oak.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with lower carbonation, but spot on for the beer. Could be slightly thicker, but well done.

BA Everett drinks very well. This beer has a great base flavor and the barrels add another level of light complexity. Awesome on a cold winter's night. Another great addition to the Hill Farmstead lineup.

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Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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