Everett (Barrel Aged)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Everett (Barrel Aged)Everett (Barrel Aged)
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Style:
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #13
ABV:
8%
Score:
97
Ranked #481
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 8.64%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
396
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Gots
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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.
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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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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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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
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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 396 ratings