Everett (Barrel Aged)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Everett (Barrel Aged)Everett (Barrel Aged)
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Porter - Imperial
4.4 | pDev: 8.64%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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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

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
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dar482 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +8%

The barrels really do elevate this beer.

The barrel offers a pop of bright bourbon that lingers throughout the beer. Chunky chocolate and coffee come through from the base beer, as this beer really has another layer of complexity from that sweet bourbon flavor.

As expected, this beer still drinks above its ABV towards 9-10%.

Sep 02, 2014
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keags_beer from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Hill Farmstead Brewery / Everett American porter aged in bourbon barrels . Batch 3 (26-plus months aged) . Bottled in May, 2014.

Got this as a gift from my mother while she was in Vermont . Huge thanks to her ! This is the batch 3 Everett aged in Bourbon barrels for 26-plus months. Super hard to get and very happy to try this .

Pour : Poured into a Hill Farmstead wine Snifter glass . It pours thick from the glass , the color is a deep dark brown , not motor oil black like a Russian imperial , but a see a little bit of brown below the lacing . The head is a rich mocha brown , with a medium high amount of carbonation with little bubbles . The lacing is sticking , but not a full stick on the glass .

Aroma : A big roasted oak character on this one . Not over powering bourbon , but wow is this complex for a porter. I get the smoked character of the Non barrel Everett , but it's more subtle in this version . Vanilla , toffee , dark fruits like raisin , and plum . Also some coffee notes as well as milk chocolate , but the bourbon is so nice ! A little cherry oak as well . Like something you would smell in Jim Beam.

Taste : Yeah this is a whole other animal . It really tastes like sipping on a smooth bourbon with chocolate and vanilla . Also a very nice smokey taste that warms up into dark fruits , a touch of coffee , milk chocolate , and a little bit of lactose . It's very drinkable !

Mouthfeel: medium , the bourbon coats the back palate , as well as making the flavors spiced up a notch . It's creamy , but packs a punch .

Verdict : 4.5/5 . Drinking it somewhat fresh is great , but aging it might make this a touch smoother , but it's a great beer and am super lucky to try this ! Cheers .

Aug 18, 2014
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really love the slightly lower than normal amount of carbonation on this because it really allows the barrel to shine through.

Smells chocolatey, fudgy, light bourbon, oaky. Taste follows

Great mouthfeel.

Aug 11, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery.
Batch 3.

This actually fizzed up a little in the bottle when I opened it, and the first pour was pretty foamy. Good appearance, much like regular Everett, the darkest brown you can imagine, with two inches of foamy tan head that eventually settled down to a wispy layer. Lots of barrel in the aroma, dark malts, coffee, some dark fruits, anise. In the taste, again, big woody barrel profile, hot bourbon, dark roasty malts, notes of dark fruit and licorice. Medium body verging on medium-full, decent drinkability, but a little too green/messy at this point, and a bit over-carbonated. The booze thinned the body out a bit compared to the base beer.

I definitely prefer regular Everett over this, as the regular is pretty much the best porter on the planet. It's not often I feel barrel aging detracts from a beer, but I felt this was the case here. However, this beer is still very young, relatively, and I think it needs to sit at LEAST another 6 months. And that's the next time I'll revisit it. Essentially, it needs to mellow: the bourbon is too hot, the barrel is too strong, and the carb is too high.

Aug 05, 2014
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. This is the 2014 version, which was aged for 20+ months in barrels. Reviewed from notes from last night.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown and leaves a finger of dark tan head, which slowly fades to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Big roasty, toasted malts, fudgy dark chocolate, vanilla, loads of oak, hint of plum and cherry.

Taste: Fudgy milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, a little vinous, roasty coffee, hint of char. Really nice balance between sweet and bitter. Just a note of alcohol comes through as it warms.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium to full body.

Overall: Super well balanced, with delicious sweet and bitter components. Has a great mouthfeel, and a nice big barrel component. A fantastic big porter, I definitely think it is an improvement on Everett.

Jul 02, 2014
Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 394 ratings