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Everett (Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 294
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 325
Gots: 49 | 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: 66 | Hads: 294
Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (497 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (961 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of mendvicdog
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (207 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (1,456 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,134 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nickd717 for opening a bottle of this at the Bruery RS Post-Party. Thanks again Nick! Served into a tasting glass.

A - Pours deep brown with a nice tan cap of head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Quite earthy all around. Oak, chocolate, and plenty of dark roasted malt help balance some of the boozy smell. Pretty smooth overall.

T - Very earthy with hints of oak, chocolate, licorice, and some brandy? Not as much heat as I was expecting but still a bit hot. Lots of roasted malt in the finish that dries the pallet and lingers for a short period of time. Good balance but the body is lacking a bit.

M - Medium body with heavy flavors and moderate carbonation. Nice warming feel with plenty of dark roasted malt in the finish. A bit on the thin side toward the end, it could use a bit more body department.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Not the best barrel aged porter I have ever had but nowhere near the worst. I liked this one and I would love to try some of the other barrel aged hill farmstead offerings someday. (1,043 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (1,280 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (230 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin head but did leave a little lacing sticking to the glass. It had a big coffee aroma with nice chocolate, caramel, some roastiness from the malts, mild booze and hops but had faint barrel character. The coffee chocolatey flavors blended really well but had caramel roasty accents with faint hops and a touch of barrel booze. The brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet chcocolatey, roasty, subtle hoppy, and creamy finish. I most definitely thought the beer was tasty but I didn't get not much of the utopia barrel character. Either way it was a solid offering and was a decent sipper. (694 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (179 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (1,748 characters)

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Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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