Everett (Barrel Aged)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Everett (Barrel Aged)Everett (Barrel Aged)
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Style:
Porter - Imperial
ABV:
8%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 8.64%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
394
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  341
Gots
  63
SCORE
97
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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.
Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 394 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Rifugium:
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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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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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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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MattXT from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

Jun 08, 2014
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JavaNoire from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Nov 28, 2014
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mobius387 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Sep 13, 2014
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goldspire from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Sep 14, 2014
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mklisz from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 08, 2015
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Kaydogg from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.6%

Nov 19, 2011
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GatheringBrews from Vermont

4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Jan 06, 2011
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greenspointexas from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Aug 10, 2014
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BDeibs from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 10, 2015
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funkel81 from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 03, 2016
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LoveStout from New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

May 17, 2014
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baybum from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Aug 20, 2014
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yergermeister from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 23, 2015
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

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

Aug 20, 2016
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Boozecamel from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Sep 14, 2014
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 29, 2016
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DonFrap from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.6%

Aug 15, 2013
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claytong from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Aug 17, 2012
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 30, 2017
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DaveHack from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Aug 03, 2014
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ErrandWolfe from Maine

4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 20, 2015
Everett (Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 394 ratings