Aaron (Double Barrel)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
Not listed
Score:
Needs more ratings
Avg:
4.8 | pDev: 2.29%
Ratings:
8
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 27, 2022
Added:
Mar 25, 2022
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Notes: Brewed in April 2015, Aaron’s namesake beer rested for over two years in a Bourbon barrel from our favorite distillery. Then, transferring directly from that initial barrel, it found extended stay in a freshly emptied Ruby Port barrel for three additional years. Patience and seasonal rhythm allowed for the space necessary for an unhurried transformation, one that gifts us with a representation of harmony, refinement, and complexity.

Aaron A. Hill (1785-1869) was Edward's great-great-grandfather who operated the original tavern in North Greensboro and upon whose original sign the Hill Farmstead Brewery logo is based.
Recent ratings and reviews.
 
4.7 by chippo33 from Vermont on Apr 27, 2022
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4.74/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

Bottle pour at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT.

This one pours a dark golden brown, with a very small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like caramel, port, black cherry, tobacco, oak, chocolate, toffee, prune, brown sugar, and bourbon.

This is undeniably a step up from what you typically expect out of Aaron. It's better than the recent Aaron Bourbon/Cognac, probably because that was a blend and that this particular batch was consecutively aged in bourbon and port barrels. There's a very deep port flavor here, like I sort of get like a caramel pecan fruit jam sort of flavor, with dry vanila, oak, a touch of leathery bourbon, dried cherry, toffee, brown sugar, old dusty tobacco, and molasses.

This is medium bodied, with very little booziness, with a smooth oaky and silky finish.

The price on this is pretty rough, but it's undeniable how high quality it is.

Apr 13, 2022
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4.87/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Beers-es from Virginia

Bottle pour at Hill Farmstead. This beer has the complexity of a fine old port, just insanely great. Great way to cap off my visit.

Apr 07, 2022
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4.81/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Pros:
-Amazing nose
-Wonderfully sweet on the palate
-Makes you smile

Cons:
-Price
-Limited availability
-Thin mouthfeel

For reference, this is better than all previous batches and barrel treatments of Aaron, with the exception of Aaron batch 1, which was slightly better.

Only ADWTD b3 is better in the BiL category.

Apr 03, 2022
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4.96/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Roeg4567 from New York

Missed out on purchasing the bottle based on the day limits, so was glad to be offered a bottle pour as part of the onsite reservation. Wish I had gotten a bottle to age.

Apr 02, 2022
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4.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by edthehead from New York

Port over bourbon, raisin, butterscotch, caramel, nut, and not overly sweet. Not overly thick but lingers on the palate nicely. One of the best balanced barleywines ever.

Apr 02, 2022
 
4.95 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Mar 31, 2022
 
4.75 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Mar 30, 2022
Aaron (Double Barrel) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.8 out of 5 with 8 ratings