Everett (Barrel Aged)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #13
Ranked #492
4.4 | pDev: 8.64%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Everett (Barrel Aged)Everett (Barrel Aged)
Notes: 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.
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing bourbon barrel / character from this beer. Shows what you can do barrel-wise something that isn't chewy thick and has a little bit lower ABV.

Mar 21, 2021
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BrandonAllaire from Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2020 vintage. Dark in appearance. Coffee on the nose. I really enjoyed the taste of this one. Roasty, a tad bit of smoke, everything you could ask for. Excellent mouthfeel that left you satisfied and wanting another sip. Compared to Damon I have to say, this is right on par. Glad I still have another one of these!

Dec 28, 2020
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2020- poured into Hill Farmstead wine stem.

Drank barrel aged Everett along side the latest canning of Everett for comparison of what time in the barrel does.

Appearance: black body with medium brown head that pours a large head. Nice lacing found on the glass. Head eventually drops to a thick ring around the glass.

Smell: nothing is popping out as prominent as far as aromas coming from this beer. Milk chocolate, roasted malts, and whiskey barrel notes. It smells inviting and delicious. Anticipation is high based on the smell.

Taste: roast malts, cocoa powder, and a hint of smoke. Oak, vanilla, tobacco, and whiskey. Stellar balancing of flavors between the barrel aging notes and base beer Everett. As elegant as I imagined.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied porter with low but adequate carbonation. Smooth with no boozy barrel heat found here. Appropriate heft in the beer. Its not thin, but its right where you would expect a barrel aged porter to be regarding the beer's body. Not quite silky or creamy, but it's in the ball park for those descriptors. Its got great really texture for sure. Very easy to drink as well.

Overall: I have looked forward to trying this barrel aged porter for a long time. Incredibly well balanced barrel aged porter. It's easy to take down a 500ml bottle yourself. No surprise here that this beer will uphold the upstanding reputation of Hill Farmstead beers. Hill farmstead dark beers in a barrel go for complexity, balance, & nuance over huge massive flavors. Everett is the best porter ever... barrel aged Everett is not necessarily an improvement on Everett, but does add a little more nuance and texture to an already undisputed champ in the beer style of Porter. There is also a little added sweetness with less roast noted to barrel aged Everett compared to Everett. No disappointment to be had when drinking barrel aged Everett.

Nov 15, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Black with a thick brown head that lasts forever and leaves behind a thick wall of lacing.

S:. Dominated by barrel notes of bourbon, toasted coconut, oak, sherry, and vanilla. Behind that there is some coffee and chocolate as well as a little caramel.

T: Rich bourbony chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and sherry. The bitterness is firm but short lived and the finish is sweet and pleasantly roasty.

F: Full bodied and so creamy that I just let this beer sit in my mouth for ages.

Overall: While I honestly prefer the standard Everett, this is still easily one of the best dark ales of any style I have ever tried. The complexity and smoothness is unparalleled.

Oct 25, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Long awaited tick. Dark black body, brown head, fairly standard with slight legs. Deep chocolate, cocoa and roast. Mild espresso, sweet whiskey and a mild warming presence on the finish. Very complex with a lot going on that isn't too sweet or bitter. Mild earthy bitterness tempered by wet oak and mild vanillin, even a touch of dark fruit. Medium fuller bodied, not thick, but not thin either. Similar mouthfeel to the base Everett.

Oct 21, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had both the '14 and '18 vintage side by side. The '14 vintage had gone straight to cardboard/sour fruit/red wine land, so this review only concerns the nearly perfect '18 vintage.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like chocolate brownies, espresso, roast, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and cookie dough.

The taste is dynamite. It's so smooth, creamy, and with no hint of booze at all. I was worried since it was a porter, and under 10%, that the barrel might overpower the base Everett. Luckily, none of those fears came true. It's brownie batter, chocolate-covered espresso, and vanilla cream all the way through. There's a touch of bourbon, and some slight spicy oak that melds well with Everett's elegant roast character. It's like the best chocolate truffle you've ever had, in liquid form. The barrel-aging really transforms Everett, which is a world-class beer to begin with.

This is medium bodied, silky, and so creamy, with no booziness, and a light and soft amount of carbonation. There's a lot of drinkability here.

This is god-tier. This is absolutely up there with some of HF's best BA dark beers such as Birth of Tragedy or Genealogy of Morals.

Jun 28, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

aromas of bourbon, hinting at vanilla and caramel, mellow smoke.

decadent barrel sweetness of vanilla, marshmallowy fluff, creamy caramel, toffee, burnt oak, chocolaty and roasty throughout, some spice, booze, dark fruits and roasty char on the back end.

Mar 10, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at GAB bottle share

Dark foamy small head, pitch black beer, legs

Nose toasted malts and Roasted coffee, toasted oak, little vanilla barrel and light bourbon, tons of cocoa and dark chocolate

Taste mild sweet candy, roasted cocoa, dark chocolate, cocoa, cookie wafer, mild vanilla barrel and bourbon notes, little flash of alcohol, cocoa fudge

Mouth is fuller bod, nice carb, just a touch of alcohol

Nov 24, 2018
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Zaximus from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from December, 2015.

A little sweet. A little roasty. Nice, balanced barrel presence. A thick and rich mouth feel.

This is really exceptional.

Apr 30, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dec 2015 vintage. For an imperial porter I don't think it gets better then this. Most porters I think couldn't handle the barrel. I though as this warm it was fudgy, bourbon smooth deliciousness. I think if people compare it to barrel aged stouts it might fall a tad short, but please tell me a better bourbon barrel aged porter? I dare you.

Oct 16, 2016
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SDRedDevil from California

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a thin rich mocha head. Nose is bourbon and chocolate. Taste is perfect balance of chocolate and bourbon, not too bitter. The amazing thing that separates this beer is the rich fluffy body in an 8% porter!!! Love the base and enjoy the BA version even more....

May 09, 2016
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MLDucky from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle date 12/9/15.

Wow, the nose on this was straight bourbon, soft caramel and vanilla. Taste was outstanding. Oak, tannin spice, loads of bourbon, vanilla which matched well with the porter. It was on the border of boozy, but I didn't get heat from the bourbon, it was very well balanced. I really, really enjoyed this. I would love to get my hands on another.

Mar 01, 2016
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AMCimpi from New York

4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pitch black with tan head. S: Sweet bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, a touch of roast. T: Big bourbon flavor, tobacco, smoke, vanilla, some dark chocolate and oak barrel. M: One of the best mouthfeels on a Hill Farmstead dark beer. A lighter end of full. O: This beer is great, it's bourbon forward without being boozy. The flavor is killer, it's like a bourbon county brand stout with the Shaun Hill refinement

Feb 10, 2016
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scottfrie from California

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/2014.

A: Pours a deep dark cola brown with a thin cap of dark tan foam faded to a lasting collar.
S: Warming booze, toasted marshmallows, caramel and vanilla. Bourbon is volatile and solventy.
T: Follows the nose with tons of warm bourbon up front followed by toasted coconut, sweet bourbon, rich chocolate, and greasy caramel. I get tons of lingering chocolate in the aftertaste mixed with sweet bourbon. Chewy, greasy, and slick.
M: Thick body. Low carbonation, slick and greasy mouth with a heavy chew to it. Bourbon is warming but not hot.
O: I like the original better but this was excellent. Wasn't a huge fan of the nose at first, but the taste makes up for it.

Sep 08, 2015
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JMFP from Delaware

3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think I must have had a bad bottle, as it smelled a little off and definitely tasted somewhat sour and funky. It was also a little more carbonated than I had expected, all of which points toward infection. A real shame, as I was looking forward to enjoying this immensely...

Sep 03, 2015
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groutenberg from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: From growler filled last week, great dark brown color, terrific head maybe 1" when poured into Hill farm tulip glass.

S: super aroma of roasted malt and chocolate

T: Wonderful mouth filling flavors

F: taste lingers in your mouth, coats the whole thing with lingering deliciousness!

Long drive, if you get lost, everyone knows them and is happy to give you directions, great scene when you're there, nice food truck out front. Be sure to check out The Museum of Every Day Life near by. What a hoot!

Aug 23, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in February 2014. Super smooth drinkability. Tons of coconut and vanilla. Maybe a little bit of tobacco and oak. Amazingly balanced, long finish. Just an awesome beer.

Apr 13, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a nice cap; a decent amount of lacing lingers and the head retains well

Smell: Roasted tones and chocolate, with a smoky/peaty edge

Taste: Chocolate and roasty flavors, up front, with developing smoky/peaty elements; the oak and vanilla develop in the mid-palate but the finish is rather harsh

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Normally, I like what Bourbon barrels bring to a beer but in this case I think I prefer the base beer

Mar 28, 2015
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle dated 12.9.15 into a HFB large goblet.
A - An aggressive pour yields a mocha cap, a swirl displays a slick coating around the glass. The color
of bakers chocolate, lets very little light through. Carbonation labors through the body in support of a
ring of froth.
S - The barrel component is the welcoming, then once the party starts, cocoa, dark fruit, are the coat check
followed up by vanilla, toffee and sun dried broad leaf tobacco.. Incredibly in the mix lurks blackberry, planed
cherry wood and even more dried dark fruit. Pleasantly lacking alcohol fusel elements the barrel notes are orchestral in their presentation.
T - Remarkable and few other choice descriptors! Refined chocolate element, caressed lightly by wisps of bourbon, dark wood mixes with dark fruits, dark berry, and a lone vanilla bean. Enough toffee, caramel, without tilting to the sweet side.
M - A full bodied offering, starts sweet, changes in time to luxury. The palate rejoicing in the pleasure. A refined carbonation keeps things swept along. The finish takes time, but the conversation does not become tedious.
O - "That is somethin" quote from my sweetheart. Pretty much sums this up. Everett already wonderful gently developed into a treasure.
Worth seeking out

Feb 23, 2015
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iong516 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everett is so good on its own, so to my taste aging took away from the hops, masked it in bourbon... would take a fresh Everett growler any day over this although I was very glad to have tried. Wouldn't hesitate to drink again, but I prefer the fresh base beer.

Feb 02, 2015
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rather disappointing. I consider Everett to be about the best American porter our there. The BA version doesn't come close to the same level. I found it a bit sharp and woody, and noticeable thinner mouthfeel than the base beer.

Dec 28, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

2.37/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from cparles a while back. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled February 2014

APPEARANCE: This one was a slow foamer upon opening. A clear black pour produces 2+ finger, looser, fizzy, foamy, light tan head with excellent retention. Black body with piles of carbonation all over the place. Very foamy head as well; it just doesn’t quit. Eventually the head fades to a thick foamy cap that leaves some chunky lacing on the glass. Very foamy and far too much carbonation but good color for the style.

SMELL: Oak, milk chocolate, light toffee, butterscotch, sweet cream and coconut on the nose. Mild but nice for sure.

TASTE: Wood, oak and toffee notes up front, then a harsh and spicy alcoholic swallow. Lots of alcohol on this one, then a bold and lingering finish of bourbon, some caramel and toffee sweetness, spicy alcohol flavors and a touch of sweet cream. Not much complexity really, and rather spicy and boozy. Light milk chocolate comes through later, but as it is, this is rather sweet and alcoholic.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy and a bit light on the palate, goes down okay with a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth coating. Some heat and burn lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: Too boozy and lacks complexity, unfortunately. The carbonation is far too active and it’s too foamy all around as well. A rather poor, below average offering from Hill Farmstead. Given how good their other porter and stout beers generally are, this is a massive disappointment. Avoid this one and wait until they produce something else of unnecessarily awesome world-class quality. Thanks again cparles! They can’t all be winners.

Nov 09, 2014
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely decadent. Rich bourbon, vanilla and oak notes are complimented by a chocolate fudge flavour from the base beer. The pour and mouthfeel are thick and viscous. Such a great deviation from the regular version.

Oct 06, 2014
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Oct 05, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Oct 04, 2014
Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 402 ratings