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Everett (Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 299
Gots: 46 | 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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

acurtis, May 18, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

mikesgroove, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

womencantsail, Jan 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
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4.16/5  rDev -4.6%

Knapp85, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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 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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3.98/5  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
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 28, 2012
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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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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

mendvicdog, Aug 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

InspectorBob, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

yourefragile, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

orangesol, Jan 17, 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
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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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Kelp, Mar 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ShanePB, Jul 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

iL0VEbeer, May 28, 2014
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Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.