Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #3
Ranked #56
4.61 | pDev: 6.07%
Mar 13, 2023
Jun 25, 2014
Notes: Aaron A. Hill (1786-1869) was our great-great-great grandfather who operated the original tavern in North Greensboro- an industrious, inventive and indomitable figure in the community. The Hill Farmstead Brewery logo is based upin the tavern's original sign. In his honor, we crafted this barleywine at the outest of our venture. It has rested, unhurriedly and undisturbed, for over 2 years in bourbon barrels from some of our favorite distilleries, absorbing the essence of its surroundings and history. Bottle conditioned for 5 months.
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Rated: 4.41 by Handz from Rhode Island

Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 4.51 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Feb 03, 2023
Rated: 4.63 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jan 06, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Dec 18, 2022
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2016 bottling.
Dec 09, 2022
Rated: 4.51 by Eman17 from Illinois

Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 5 by JAWS from New York

Jul 07, 2022
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Reviewed by dboon from Florida

4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Bottle generously shared by Seth. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Big booze and caramel malt aromas. Big booze, caramel malts, and dark fruit highlights. Wow, this is fantastic. Mild oak and vanilla sub tones. Complex with a great body and mouthfeel. An incredible example of this style.....
May 15, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Affinity from Missouri

May 01, 2022
Rated: 4 by Travitten from Iowa

Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 4.61 by cj8311 from Maryland

Feb 08, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
DLD - 5/18/2019
Jun 25, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Jmalo from Ohio

Jun 17, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

Jun 17, 2021
Rated: 4.69 by lemmy187 from Missouri

May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Vintage 2016, Bottled July 2018, Drank March 2021

Look - Dark, reddish brown. Minimal to no head

Smell - Sweet, with notes of Toffee, brown sugar, & raisins

Taste - Toffee, Rasin, Tobacco, a hint of chocolate and a finish of bourbon barrel. Sweet and smooth with minimal alcohol burn. Medium carbonation

Feel - Creamy and thick

Overall - Really impressed, and this was a real treat. I have not had a lot of barleywines, but certainly everything in the future will be compared to this.
Mar 19, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by Original_Gravity from Washington

Feb 28, 2021
Rated: 4.96 by alamode from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by Jkolls from Ohio

Dec 14, 2020
Rated: 4.96 by djcira from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Vintage: 2016

Appearance: Pours mahogany with a one finger beige head; dots and a few streaks

Smell: Dark fruit (plum, cherry, and raisin) with toffee and Bourbon tones

Taste: Toffee foward with the plum, raisin and, in particular, cherry emerging; there is an unusual herbal tone that is also in the mix; hints of Bourbon barrel, through the middle), with the sweeter fruit tones driving home the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; a touch of warmth in the gullet

Overall: I get the reputation of Hill Farmstead and I have had some very good beers from them; I just don't think this is a top notch English barleywine; I like the dark fruit element (and that is creative) but this needs some hop tones to balance the sweetness - not American over the top hops; just some English hops and toffee to be more authentic to the style
Nov 26, 2020
Rated: 4.51 by hopley from Massachusetts

Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 4.58 by nollie77 from Ohio

Nov 19, 2020
Rated: 4.55 by Gtwreck45 from Missouri

Nov 03, 2020
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
It's finally about to happen... Years I've dreamed about this bottle. Years it has eluded me. Now, on my birthday evening, I'm staring face-to-face with Aaron - preparing to crack him open.

I'm ready

2015 Vintage - Bottled May, 2017 - poured into a shifter at 45°F.

Pours out with a glug, glug, glug, sitting a ruddy, rusty red-brown hue - cloudy, but does let some light in. A partial loose tan head bubbles, before quickly dissipating to a thin tan collar. 4.5

Nose: As soon as the cap came off, the aroma filled the room. English barleywine to a T. Sweet malt, raisins, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, Werther's Originals, leather, varnish, maple, cherry wood, pecan, maraschino cherries, candied dates, black grape, prune, and a kiss of molasses, all wrapped up into splintery white oak, with a beautiful bourbon presence, lending vanilla, and more caramel. A whisper of roast, some musty old rackhouse, and age. Time. Maturity. 4.5

Palate: Aaron greets the palate with a big sweet hug of toffee, caramel, date, dried fig, dried cherry, raisin, vanilla, plum, pecan, and maple. Rich, decadent, and bold, yet not cloying, as a second wave with oak, bourbon, and tons of dark fruit washes in and cuts into the sweetness. The dark fruit is very prominent, lending a subtle fruity tart kiss, which is crucial to providing balance. A round, malty nuttiness follows, with pecan, walnut, and that almost fatty element to them. The woody oak presence grows, and with it, some malted milk, vanilla creme, and just a dusting of cocoa, before the bourbon finally emerges, flowing into the finish - dry now, with splintery white oak and just a shadow of barrel char.

Mouthfeel/Body: This is near-perfection. Aaron is rich, luscious, smooth, thick, and a bit viscous, yet avoids ever being syrupy, cloying, or overbearing. The oak and dark fruit brightness cut in just enough to thin it out, and the 9% ABV ensures it isn't pure glue, but worlds away from thin. Restrained, but respectable effervescence for the age, size, and style, and finishes with an incredible oaky dryness.

Overall: Aaron is the number one rated English barleywine on BeerAdvocate, and for good reason - however, this goes beyond superficial ratings. Hill Farmstead instills magic in all of their hoppy and farmhouse ales, and Aaron is no exception. It's a beer with an identity, from a brewery with an identity. I'm not sure you could brew a better English barleywine if you tried. Yes, Aaron is hard to get, but if you can get him fairly, you'll be rewarded.
Oct 22, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by Hopelessly0 from California

Aug 20, 2020
Rated: 5 by motoxrdr21 from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by Spaten454 from Texas

Aug 10, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

May 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark raisin brown. Raisins and salted nuts on the nose. It's incredibly smooth. There's alcohol there, but not in a hot way. Lots of dried fruit and nuts. Getting raisins and prunes, as well as some almonds. The high alcohol content of a barleywine prevents me from drinking more of them, but I also not all barleywines are Aaron.
May 19, 2020
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2020
Rated: 4.65 by swanfungus from California

Apr 27, 2020
Rated: 5 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Apr 12, 2020
Aaron from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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