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Everett (Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Everett (Barrel Aged)Everett (Barrel Aged)

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NoLiberty on 11-27-2010)
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dsartwell72

Vermont

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gold wax topped 500ml bottle poured into an over sized wine glass.

Appearance- Pours a deep black color. Appears thick and chewy. Beautiful light brown head that lingers for a few minutes. Small dots as well as large swooping arches lace the side of the glass. This is a wonderful looking beer.

Aroma- The first thing you smell is chocolate, and lots of it. The alcohol mixes with the chocolate to give it a very pleasing aroma. A hint of oak in the background, and thats it.

Taste - Much like the smell. Chocolate is up front in this one, a slight hint of the oak in the background, but this is chocolate all the way. Alcohol is well hidden, but again mixes some with the chocolate to give a great overall taste.

Mouthfeel/Drink- Very thick and chewy. Great body for this style of beer. As far as the drinkability goes, it is far too drinkable. At 8% this drinks like a 5% beer. Very tasty and I wish I had more. Great overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 21:22:42 | More by dsartwell72
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dave (Sleepydave) for this one. Poured from a gold-waxed and capped 16oz. bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a quickly upward creeping frothy 2.5 finger mocha head with great retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is thick and web-like and covers almost the entire side of the glass. Great stick and pretty legs.

S: Nose is surprisingly subtle from a bourbon barrel-aged beer. Notes of roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, creamy hops, and coffee beans. Barrel-aging is present but only in the background and provides an incredible backdrop. Could have a bit more oomph though.

T: Opens liquorice, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt ashiness. Creamy hop presence comes in towards the middle balanced out by sweet booze from the barrels. Very well executed. Smokiness arises at the end just as the barrel presence begins to fade. Finish is a slight tingle of sweet heat and some bitter chocolate. Roasted malt on the aftertaste. Barrel-aging here is unbelievably subtle and achieves a booze presence in the beer that is just right.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Fluffy, smooth and slick in the mouth with a nice lightness. Goes down extremely easily, almost caressing the palate and throat with its silkiness. Finish is messy and aftertaste is slightly sticky and lingers.

D: This is probably the most drinkable barrel-aged beer that I've ever come across. At 8% abv., its lighter than most other -bal aged imperial stouts and porters but the feel makes it go down incredibly easily. If anything, this brew puts Hill Farmstead on the map for me. An absolutely incredible beer all around. Worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:55:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:18:56 | More by mikesgroove
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml gold waxed bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a pitch black oily color with a one finger very dark brown fine and creamy head. Nose is roasty and chocolaty, it's a bit sweet and has that certain Hill Farmstead smell.

Right off this is quite solid, it's rich and creamy and has an amazing mouthfeel, very smooth and velvety. On the finish there's an alcoholic bite that lingers for a bit and helps for a dry finish. The bourbon is really well done, I can taste it but it's not too overpowering, honestly more well done than most.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:20:34 | More by kingcrowing
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 00:30:26 | More by Gfunk720
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Arbitrator

California

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 09:43:30 | More by Arbitrator
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nickd717

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle thanks to grassrootsVT.

Pours a very dark brown color with a massive tan head that lasts.

Rich roasty aroma with floral hops, slight oxidative notes, and dark chocolate.

Really rich, roasty, and chocolatey flavor, not sweet at all really. Charcoal and ash, in a good way, with piney and resinous hops on the finish.

Great dry mouthfeel, drying in a roasty way, with medium body and a creaminess despite the dryness.

Really excellent overall. Shaun, you've done well with this one. Possibly my favorite Hill Farmstead beer yet besides Ephraim.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 18:52:36 | More by nickd717
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 22:16:11 | More by orangesol
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largadeer

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 00:25:32 | More by largadeer
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womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 01:40:11 | More by womencantsail
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 14:31:49 | More by thagr81us
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 20:33:04 | More by Gobzilla
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GatheringBrews

Vermont

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a HFB glass to ring in the New Year. Pours a deep, rich black/brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is wonderful mix of the base Everett porter and the barrel character--smoke, chocolate, coffee, malt. Taste is fantastic. Simply put, one of the best beers I've ever had. Rich, complex with everything you'd expect from a top beer made better in a bourbon barrel. Easy to drink, and too soon finished.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 02:36:25 | More by GatheringBrews
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 13:32:08 | More by Thorpe429
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gford217

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, big thanks go out to Ben for this bottle, unlabeled 500ml with gold wax.

Pours pretty close to black with no light passing through the edges. The head is enormous, thick and leaves really impressive lacing on it's slow march down to a hefty cap.

The aroma is huge for a porter with the Utopia barrel showing itself early with dark, booze-soaked fruit and oak. The underlying porter aromas aren't overshadowed though with heavily roasted malts, cocoa and a bit of smoke.

Taste is even heavier on the Utopia barrel, very sweet and port-like with fruits and booze featuring prominently. The dark malts form a solid backbone with light chocolate notes. The finish is dry and vinous with some bitter chocolate.

The mouthfeel is full bodied for a porter and is really close to Baltic porter territory. Moderate carbonation.

This is my first Hill Farmstead brew and I'm really impressed. The Utopia barrels make it extremely unique but the underlying beer is very evident. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:38:56 | More by gford217
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. A robust, dark-brown, body supports a thin, tan, head. Beautiful lacing is left behind.

Chocolate and Utopias barrel fruit. Somewhat vinous with other dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. Apples, pears and oak with a touch of vanilla. The fruity barrel notes are faint and hard to classify, but still good.

Oaky chocolate with vanilla and a touch of dark fruit. Slightly tannic with a hint of alcohol. The barrels come through nicely on top of a great base beer. Chocolaty with light fruit/oak.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with lower carbonation, but spot on for the beer. Could be slightly thicker, but well done.

BA Everett drinks very well. This beer has a great base flavor and the barrels add another level of light complexity. Awesome on a cold winter's night. Another great addition to the Hill Farmstead lineup.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:21:17 | More by sisuspeed
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle of this with Bearsonacid.
Extremely dark brown body with a massive tan head that fades into about a quarter inch thick. Very roasty, bourbon aroma. Bourbon comes out more as the beer warms up. Flavor mostly follows the nose. Tangy whiskey flavor up front with a roasty malt flavor throughout. Very roasty, chocolate espresso finish. Hops come through in the finish as well. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 18:00:59 | More by muttyd
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out deep dark brown with a tan head. Rum raisin and whisky on the nose. Roasted malts, carmel, and smooth toast from the barrel round out the aroma.

Tangy bourbon up front with bitter dark chocolate on the finish. Well integrated roasted malt flavor. Not overly bitter or charred. Rich malt flavor coats your tongue. Very small hop profile. Some what floral and aromatic. Perfect mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 17:59:47 | More by BearsOnAcid
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:33:06 | More by TurdFurgison
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 22:40:24 | More by jrallen34
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 18:40:20 | More by MasterSki
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlabeled bottle provided by Thorpe429, thanks for brining this one to our post-Christmas tasting. Poured into 3F glass.

A - Pours black, a couple fingers-worth of tan head, some nice lacing along the sides of the glass and a thin cap remains after the initial pour.

S - Rich roasty notes, vanilla, some expresso beans, nice oak barrel notes, slight sweet milk chocolate. No real hints of booze, the sweetness and roast notes hide it very well.

T - Not quite as good as the nose. Nice roasted malt character, chocolate, some coffee beans, oak barrel, slight booze but still very well hidden.

M - Medium, slick and rich, creamy finish.

D - Very good! This is a very solid porter and I wouldn't expect anything less from Hill Farmstead. Keep the good beers coming, Shaun!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 06:01:54 | More by Sean9689
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle purchased at the brewery some weeks ago.

Pours a beautiful black with thick creamy tan head.

Nose is dominated by vanilla oak char. Roasted coffee beans, vanilla bean, toffee.

Palate is round and fleshy, medium-full-bodied. Carbonation is creamy (as per usual with HF). Bittersweet chocolate, espresso grounds, charred oak, bitter vanilla beans, something vegetal or "green" like you might get in a high cocoa content dark chocolate. Finish is phenomenal and long. Lots of baking chocolate notes and some black vanilla too.

Notes: Fantastic. Just great.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:35:25 | More by SFLpunk
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GrassrootsVT for the hand bottle of this beer.

Pours deep and dark black with thick, luscious toffee-colored head that builds to three fingers. Settles into a solid velvety cap that lasts throughout the entire beer. Beautiful in appearance.

Aroma is light chocolate, vanilla and hints of alcohol with subtle roasted notes. Exceptionally well balanced and with subtle edges of spice and enticing white chocolate softness.

Taste is...rich, velvety, sweet, chocolate, vanilla, roasty...just nice all around. This is certainly a barrel-aged beer and presents the bourbon attributes very clearly, perhaps on the strong side.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, soft and inviting. A soft pillow for your tongue to rest on while delicious flavors whisper it into happiness.

More please.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 00:38:43 | More by NoLiberty
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