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Everett (Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 307
Gots: 51 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

mjohnson17, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of cfrances33
3/5  rDev -31%

cfrances33, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Hugonaut13
4/5  rDev -8%

Hugonaut13, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

jaasen64, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
5/5  rDev +14.9%

DonFrap, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

HevvyMetalHippie, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of CypherEnigma
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

CypherEnigma, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of EnticeMySpice
3/5  rDev -31%

EnticeMySpice, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Skrip
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversize wine glass.

A~ BLACK! with a nice tan, desert like head and a tiny bit of lacing.

S~ lots of bourbony oak, charred dark malts, some sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and a lot of vanilla.

T~ pretty much follows the nose with more bitter chocolate here. the bourbon is definitely dominate but you can taste where the Utopias comes in. gives it kind of a strong ale/cognac like aspect. bourbon, vanilla, and slight coffee notes in the after taste.

M~ tastes more like a stout, feels more like an over carbonated porter. definitely too much carbonation for me for this style but still very enjoyable. very smooth and no trace of booze.

O~ the barrel aspects are superb in this brew. interesting barrel as well, Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Sam Adams Utopias! this bottles is pretty old at this point so that may be why the barrel/bourbon are so dominate but i feel like there should be more of an Everett presence that i'm just not getting. not bad by any means but i guess i was just expecting more of a sweet porter rather then an over carbonated bourbony "stout" i use that phrase very loosely haha. definitely worth a try though!

Skrip, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of KMcG
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

KMcG, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Callmecoon, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of Hopbully
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Hopbully, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Kelp, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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
Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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 starrdogg
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for sharing this one. Another HF wale! Served next to regular Everett.

Pours black with a thin off-white head. Smell is not really much like regular Everett but is actually pretty nice. It's very chocolatey and oaky, with very little bourbon to speak of. Flavor is actually quite impressive. I was worried about the most recent reviews, but it's got a nice oaky chocolatey thing happening along with some other sweeter flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Interestingly, it doesn't taste that much like Everett. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but it doesn't detract too much from the experience. Overall, this is a damn good beer, and I had absolutely no expectations for it (maybe my problem with my last 2 HF reviews?). It doesn't taste much like Everett, but I don't mind.

starrdogg, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -8%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
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 Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -20%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

claytong, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

coreyfmcdonald, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

raythealeman, Jun 26, 2012
Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.