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Everett (Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
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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4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 06, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

boilermakerbrew, Oct 05, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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
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Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.