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Everett (Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Everett (Barrel Aged)Everett (Barrel Aged)

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 308
Gots: 51 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -48.4%

ThatsThatDude, May 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

cfrances33, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

EnticeMySpice, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours a large layer of fizzy tan head. Decent retention with a lot of lace. Color is a dark brown settling black.

Aroma: Right away I pick up an off flavor. I think it might be rubbing alcohol. It has chocolate, oak, vanilla, and some whiskey flavors. Pretty malty. Some caramel notes. Very roasty with coffee flavors.

Taste: Chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, leather, and alcohol showing. Some kinds of barrels showing, but I would have never guessed it to be Utopias.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a bit warming. Medium to full bodied. A bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and very roasty.

Overall, this one just wasn't what I was expecting. Nothing really reminded me of Utopias. Very roasted. Kind of a let down. Sounded a lot better than it tasted.

mothman, May 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

mjohnson17, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Arbitrator
3.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne.

A: Pours a dark brownish-black body. The head is a mocha color that retains fairly well; it leaves a small rim of sticky lace around the edges of the glass as it falls. Quite nice.

S: The beer gives off a tart, caramelized dark fruit aroma with oak and small vanilla. Roasted grain and chocolate reveal the presence of the base beer. The beer is lacking in pungency, but it has a good nose.

T: The promise of the nose dies a bit in the flavor. I don't pick up much of the barrel flavors at all, unless the restrained tartness / dark fruit is a symptom of Utopias -bal aging. What's stronger is a notable roasted grain flavor, with bits of coffee and some smoke on the finish. Something of a lackluster taste.

M: The beer falls off the tongue a bit fast. It seems to lack the heft it needs to absorb and complement the barrel well. Nonetheless, it's quite solid.

D: Having had a number of Shaun Hill's beers lately, most entirely by luck, I find this is an uncharacteristic disappointment.

Arbitrator, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Apparently only 1 of 300 bottles made. Thanks to Mothman for sharing! Poued into a tulip glass a dark brown almost black color with a big mocha tan head that slowly settles down. Very roasty, coffee like aroma in the nose along with some dark chocolate and leather. The barrel comes across me as being rather mild and I never woudl have picked out the Untopias barrels being used. Some alcohol notes as well. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation, for me this is a downer and wished it had a more substantial feel. The flavor is roasted coffee and mild dark chocolate. The roast seems to be a tad heavy bordering on burnt coffee. Boozy. Dry oaky finish. Some dark fruit notes as well. Overall, a tad let down on this one.

kbutler1, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Caudalie, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

beefsquatch, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

xenjoiii, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is dark brown, small head

Smell: Oak, dark fruit, roasted malts, cocoa, smoke, booze

Taste: A bit sweet, close to port. Dark fruit, coffee, oak, roasted malts, smoke and booze

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium body

Overall: Nothing special here, I was not particularly impressed and was ready to move on.

craytonic, May 18, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

stakem, Sep 21, 2012
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3.69/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

cpetrone84, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%
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.

Gfunk720, Jan 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Noyt, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

baybum, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thorpe AGAIN!!! Waxed sealed bottle into my Narke tulip...A very dark black for a porter, light tan head, great carbonation at first but then the head is gone right away, too light overall...The aroma is all coffee, but its old off coffee, not the best aroma, not sure what the barrel added to this if anything, no char, wood or vanilla...The taste is much better as the coffee is complimented by chocolate, and the emergence of the barrel; wood with with some sweet notes I attribute to the Utopias.

Overall, this is a good porter, but it somehow fell short of my expectations. I would have thought the Utopia aging would have added much more complexity of sweet maple and wood notes and it didn't happen. Would love to see what would happen if this was aged much longer.

jrallen34, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -11%
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.

thagr81us, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

kevanb, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

largadeer, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing. Served in a Rodenbach tulip.

A - Pours with a few fingers of tan foam that settle to a thin cal and thick collar. Black body that is very dark for a porter.

S - Coffee, but oddly acetic and astringent. As it warms up the tart note dissipates and more earthy roasted grains and wood character emerges. I would be unsure if this was barrel-aged or just heavily roasted, as there's minimal "spirit" character or alcohol.

T - Thankfully the taste doesn't display any of the odd tart note found in the aroma. Lots of chocolate cake and caramel, roasted grains, and some earthy barrel notes. Not much in the way of overt bourbon or Utopias character.

M - Medium bodied, with smooth pleasant moderate carbonation. Minimal heat, and a rich, chewy finish.

D - This is pretty good, but I prefer Fear & Trembling more. I'd like to try this one again, assuming the tart note was from the coffee and not from a developing lactobacillus infection.

MasterSki, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Rifugium, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Dlestz, Jun 23, 2014
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Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.