Everett (Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Everett (Barrel Aged)Everett (Barrel Aged)

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by NoLiberty on 11-27-2010

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Photo of jaasen64
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass during the bottle share post HF's FOFA. Thanks to whoever was kind enough to give me a generous pour of this. This was one of the first beers I had during the bottle share (and the only one I will review). Reviewed from notes taken while drinking.

A- Pours a jet black that is opaque in the glass, a thin layer of light mocha brown head forms- much thinner then regular Everett, head recedes to a flat top leaving some light lacing.

S- Aromas of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, lightly sweet balanced bourbon, hints of oak. Fairly aromatic and very pleasant smelling.

T- Creamy rich coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, sweet extremely well integrated bourbon that complements the dark flavors exceedingly well. Easily one of the better barrel-aged beers I've had, the barrel lends a nice sweetness that complements the base beer adding a complexity while still retaining the great qualities of the base beer.

M- Creamy, silky smooth, fairly minimal carbonation but complements the style nicely, very drinkable.

O- This was another fantastic barrel-aged beer from HF that is easily on the same level of birth of tragedy, damon, etc. and stands up against some of the best barrel-aged porters out there. Despite being a couple years old this beer is holding up fantastically well. I'm not sure how many bottles are still out there, but this is definitely worth tracking down if possible.

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Photo of Skrip
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversize wine glass.

A~ BLACK! with a nice tan, desert like head and a tiny bit of lacing.

S~ lots of bourbony oak, charred dark malts, some sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and a lot of vanilla.

T~ pretty much follows the nose with more bitter chocolate here. the bourbon is definitely dominate but you can taste where the Utopias comes in. gives it kind of a strong ale/cognac like aspect. bourbon, vanilla, and slight coffee notes in the after taste.

M~ tastes more like a stout, feels more like an over carbonated porter. definitely too much carbonation for me for this style but still very enjoyable. very smooth and no trace of booze.

O~ the barrel aspects are superb in this brew. interesting barrel as well, Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Sam Adams Utopias! this bottles is pretty old at this point so that may be why the barrel/bourbon are so dominate but i feel like there should be more of an Everett presence that i'm just not getting. not bad by any means but i guess i was just expecting more of a sweet porter rather then an over carbonated bourbony "stout" i use that phrase very loosely haha. definitely worth a try though!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile, thanks! Long time want of mine. At the time of this review, this is #32 on the "Top Beers - American Porter" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is black with a thin broken tan head of small bubbles, almost no carbonation, low retention, low lacing.

Aroma is bourbon, sweet, oak, smells really nice.

Beer is medium in body and quite sweet, some grainy bitterness on the end, overall a great great beer. I really enjoy the notes of bourbon / booze on the front and a vanillic sense from the oak on the finish. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is black with a thin cap. The aroma offers oak, roast, smoke, chocolate, bourbon. Lightly sweet with everything coming together beautifully. Semi-sweet chocolates with hints of vanilla. The barrel aging does make it difficult to connect to the standard Everett. Medium bodied and silky smooth with fairly low carbonation. Another tasty beer from the nation's best brewery.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL gold wax bottle.

Pours a still, thick and viscous chocolate black with a bubbly tan collar and thin splotchy film. Chocolate, molasses, oak, smoke and raisin give the nose a rich, decadent blended balance. Flavor is a less oaky version of the nose; like a rich and sweet confectionary blend without being cloying. Brown sugar, molasses, baker's chocolate, smoke, plum and oak all blend seamlessly with slight oxidization. Slightly thin body for style, but no real complaints. A little old at this point, but this bottle held up very well. Can't wait for more of this beer.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for sharing this one. Another HF wale! Served next to regular Everett.

Pours black with a thin off-white head. Smell is not really much like regular Everett but is actually pretty nice. It's very chocolatey and oaky, with very little bourbon to speak of. Flavor is actually quite impressive. I was worried about the most recent reviews, but it's got a nice oaky chocolatey thing happening along with some other sweeter flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Interestingly, it doesn't taste that much like Everett. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but it doesn't detract too much from the experience. Overall, this is a damn good beer, and I had absolutely no expectations for it (maybe my problem with my last 2 HF reviews?). It doesn't taste much like Everett, but I don't mind.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks go to Kegatron for supplying this beer to taste immediately after the base version. 500ml bottle, gold wax into a couple snifters. The brew appears black in color with a finger of frothy mocha. Webby fingers of lace stick to the glass and the head displays pretty awesome retaining powers.

The aroma has plenty of barrel character that comes across with a note of spice like cinnamon before transitioning to raw oak and something along the lines of incense or cedar. Across the back, it picks up a sweet accent of cocoa and vanilla. A little strange combo that doesnt really blend together but is enjoyable for the most part.

The taste is very barrel forward and intense with a spiced quality that makes me think of rum. Some hints of cinnamon and insense or cedar are present just like the nose led on. Some tannic quality pushes forward with a sharp edge of raw oak. Some solvent alcohol is the last thing left burning on the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is integrated decent for the most part but collectively the brew doesnt blend together that well. The barrel adds an interesting complexity but its a bit of a crazy party in your mouth. Id drink it again if offered but wouldnt go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml gold wax topped bottle into a couple of glasses.

Pours black, topped with a finger of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. Head retention is pretty solid here, pretty much staying that way through the duration of the glass and leaving back a robust cascade of lacing that rings the sides with thick froth. The aroma smells of bourbon up front, which adds spiciness, vanilla character and sharp charred warmth to the nose. The roast here also has an almost tart acridness to it that mingles with those notes from the barrel, herbal hops, and green citrus and sweeter notes of cocoa and caramel mix in as well. The tartness here is a little off-putting.

The taste has a solid base to it of chocolate, toffee and burnt roast, with those bourbon barrel notes coming in off the edges before leading into a dry, tannic and spicy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue but then more creamy feeling as this moves out along the back of the palate. There is some alcohol here but it mostly seems to come from the bourbon, which gives this a fairly sharp bite at times.

This was OK. Personally, I thought that this needed some more integration between the beer and barrel, as the bourbon was still just a little too much in your face to make this completely enjoyable and runs over the base Everett a bit too much as well (a beer that I REALLY like). Anyway, this was interesting. Maybe future batches will show some improvement.

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Photo of claaark13
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HF hasn't let me down yet, so I've got high expectations. Thanks Andrew! Chilled and poured into a HF snifter. I wouldn't have it any other way.

A - Pours black with a nice light-tan head. Thick head that stays around for a bit. Looks great. Sticks fairly well to the side, just about as good as a Porter could.

S - Dark malt with a little roast, oak comes through. A very slight amount of charred oak comes through, but it seems subdued. More virgin oak than charred.

T - Light roast and a slight amount of booziness that is trying to come though but never quite doe. Coffee, cocoa and vanilla come through towards the end and mix with some dryness.

M - Medium body, right amount of medium carbonation that provides a silky feel. Pretty nice, fits the style well.

O - I'm not generally a huge fan of straight Porters, but a BA Porter from HF was just too much to pass up. The barrel wasn't overwhelming and just seemed to add to the middle/back of the flavor. I'm pretty happy to have tried this one and really enjoyed it as a BA Porter. I really can't think of another of this style that I like more. Hopefully it is made again so I get a chance to try it fresh.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml waxed bottle sent a few months ago by tytoanderso poured into 2 snifters.

Pours jet black with a dark brown head great lacing.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla and coffee.

Taste is amazing huge milk choclate upfront that mellows out to a nice coffe and vanilla like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is amazing it has this almost mouth coating feel to it. If anything carbonation is a little high.

Overall great beer I wish I had more of this.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this one open sitting outside with the Upper South Endzone of Beaver Stadium in the distance. Perfect fall weekend in Happy Valley.

A - Pours pretty vicious with a coffee head rising up. For a porter very dark and stout like. A real winner.

S - Dark roasts with chocolate, some smoke, oak, chocolate, and coffee. Bourbon smell was there but not overly strong which was fine with me.

T - Follows the smell with a dash of caramel and vanilla thrown in to boot. Dark roast with coffee and chocolate in there too. After having a ton of bourbon barrel beers, I'm starting to get slightly bored with them. I find the ones I am liking more are the ones that are not too bourbon forward so I very much liked this one.

M - Very nice and full for a porter. No complaints here.

O- Really nice beer, much enjoyed it. Sent compliments of kelp who is one of the really good traders on this site. This was another nice offering by a brewery that makes quality beers.

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Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is dark brown, small head

Smell: Oak, dark fruit, roasted malts, cocoa, smoke, booze

Taste: A bit sweet, close to port. Dark fruit, coffee, oak, roasted malts, smoke and booze

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium body

Overall: Nothing special here, I was not particularly impressed and was ready to move on.

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Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours a large layer of fizzy tan head. Decent retention with a lot of lace. Color is a dark brown settling black.

Aroma: Right away I pick up an off flavor. I think it might be rubbing alcohol. It has chocolate, oak, vanilla, and some whiskey flavors. Pretty malty. Some caramel notes. Very roasty with coffee flavors.

Taste: Chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, leather, and alcohol showing. Some kinds of barrels showing, but I would have never guessed it to be Utopias.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a bit warming. Medium to full bodied. A bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and very roasty.

Overall, this one just wasn't what I was expecting. Nothing really reminded me of Utopias. Very roasted. Kind of a let down. Sounded a lot better than it tasted.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 4-3-11. Hooked up from a generous trader named pimpmyporter. Thanks Brian.

This was sampled during our SundaySuperFriends gathering. I'm sitting and waiting for the slow guy to get the wax off the bottle. Cripes this is taking too long...soooo thirsty.

Finally my turn to pour into my Darkness Snifter. Jet black motor oil colored liquid fills my glass. A tan one finger high foam head sets atop the black ooze. Smokey bourbon on the nose. Slight earth tones emitting. Very smooth beer. In fact the guy next to me says I should right down smooth criminal much like Michael Jackson. Pretty sure I went cross eyed at the bad pun. Then i remembered he was an only child and was dropped on his head numerous times and the reason we were celebrating was his marriage to his mail ordered bride from Cambodia. His special day I will let the bad joke slide for now. Back to the beer. Smooth like I was saying. Roast and char with some chocolate. A hint of booze. Very nice beer. Coats the tongue very well. It would be no problem keeping this to yourself and not sharing. Hill Farmstead shines again.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Apparently only 1 of 300 bottles made. Thanks to Mothman for sharing! Poued into a tulip glass a dark brown almost black color with a big mocha tan head that slowly settles down. Very roasty, coffee like aroma in the nose along with some dark chocolate and leather. The barrel comes across me as being rather mild and I never woudl have picked out the Untopias barrels being used. Some alcohol notes as well. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation, for me this is a downer and wished it had a more substantial feel. The flavor is roasted coffee and mild dark chocolate. The roast seems to be a tad heavy bordering on burnt coffee. Boozy. Dry oaky finish. Some dark fruit notes as well. Overall, a tad let down on this one.

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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Super dark chestnut / mahogany to opaque black. The crown is 3 fingers, brown, shows loads of retention and good lace.

Smell: Medium roast malt, a wave of buffalo trace bourbon, a hint of vanilla, a dash of caramel, and some love :)

Taste: Nice combo of roast malt, bourbon, vanilla, and spicy hops. Good combo but I wish the flavor (and mouthfeel) was more "hefty" for what that's worth.

Mouthfeel: A tad thin for my liking with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Super drinkable thanks to nicely balanced flavors and a fairly light body. Still overall while I like this one I'm not loving it. The whole is not even as great as the sum of its parts.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Nice creamy mocha head with nice tiny bubbles around the rim of the glass. The body is pitch black. There is decently sticky lacing.

The aroma reveals a lot of vanilla making a sort of chocolate milk shake like aroma when mixed with the cocoa aromas of the grain. The aroma indicates a good amount of sweetness.

The taste starts out with a slight bitterness from the roasted grain. The bitterness is relatively mellow compared to many huge stouts I've had (I know it's a porter). The follow through mimics the aroma with a nice chocolatey flavor with vanilla undertones. The finish is clean and dry. This isn't as sweet as the aroma indicates, increasing drinkability.

This is relatively light and has a sharper carbonation than expected. Nothing bad, but not particularly special in the mouthfeel.

Another great beer from Hill Farmstead. They continue to impress and deserve my moneys.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share courtesy of my tick partner Andy. Thanks again for cracking this one! Poured into a tulip. Beer pours black with about a finger of creamy dark tan head. Good retention on this as I've still got a small layer of foam after a while. Running soapy lace.

Lots of vanilla in the aroma with a touch of toffee sweetness to boot. Litte bit of earthy must in the aroma. Can smell the barrel nicely. It's just a touch of bourbon to be noticable with a slight bitter espresso finish. Nice roasty flavor on this. More of a coffee flavor than the aroma would lead on. The vanilla balances out a bit. Noticable but not overpowering. Nice bourbon flavor too! Just a touch to finish with a warming sensation.

Feel is great. Silky and creamy body with good carbonation. A bit heavy with a bit of heat to the finish but this is simply amazing. Overall, this is top of the charts. In a perfect world, everyone would get a hold of this one.

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Photo of Verecund
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into the new Lost Abbey tulip. March 17, 2011. Thanks to an unnamed BA for this.

The color reminds me of Hume's problem of the missing shade of blue. It's that missing shade of almost, so-close-to-being-black brown-black; I'm perceiving a color for the first time, even though I've already formed the idea. A two to three finger mocha head sits still atop the beer. The lacing leaves terrifying images on the side of the glass.

Fairly sweet nose of chocolate, anise, roasted malt, soft bourbon, and some spicy, wood character.

Amalgam of bittersweet chocolate, chocolate covered coffee beans, and licorice; then, sweet bourbon, butterscotch, and vanilla mid-palate; finally, a tiny bit of smoke, strong spicy woodiness, caramel, and a kick of a finish (featuring some boozy heat, anonymous earthy bitterness, and bittersweet chocolate). As with all of his beers, Shaun's barrel-aging is nicely integrated and really makes this a complex offering that differs from most bourbon bombs.

Medium-bodied, with typical low HF carbonation, making this porter light on the tongue, but creamy. It slides down the throat.

Another winner. I can't believe this was barrel-aged for seven months. The base beer must be peculiarly complex.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to urwithdave for hookin this up at our stout tasting, yes, I know it's a porter, but come on. 500 ml. bottle, poured into a tulip.

A: Rich deep brown color. The pour drops a small tan head that fades to nothing.

A: Sweet burbon, vanilla, and roasted character from the malt. Not much hop presence, but kinda expected from a BA brew.

T: This is very nice. The barrels play well with the base porter. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and burbon. The brew finishes slightly dry and sweet.

M: I find most BA brews to be a bit oily, but it was not the case here. Heavy body, minimal carbonation, but not slick.

D and overall impression: I could probably drink this bottle by myself but it would become a chore. Overall I thought this was one heck of a beer. I hope I get the chance to get my hands on some more HF soon. Skal.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this twice now, but it seems to have been infected the second time, reviewing based on first experience.

A - Black as night with a tan head that had nice retention and left some stick on the sides. Faded to a nice cap that stuck around for a bit.

S - Chocolate, coffee, barrel, vanilla, some oak. Decent amount of roast and a little bit of smoke on the end.

T - Nice chocolate up front with a bit of bourbon. It's not overly sweet, with some nice roasted notes. Coffee and a little dark fruit that is not distracting. Very well done.

M - Creamy, full bodied, and moderate carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to get down, this is a quality beer that I liked quite a bit. Just drink it fast because I know of at least one bottle that turned.

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Photo of maximum12
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the generous baconsausage, who has spun a double-handful of very good bottles my way in the past eight weeks or so. I have found myself getting more excited about these small homestead brews arriving these days that aquatic mammals of any kind.

500 ML bottle with that cool, minimalist Hill Farmstead look to it. Someday I am going to learn to get wax off a bottle without puncturing/almost puncturing my thumb; alas, tonight is not that night. Poured into my well-loved Terrapin snifter. I'm not much for giving a beer the once over, I'd rather reserve that for passers-by, but this thing looks like it belongs in a glossy add. Big, manly, wood-colored head beams out at me over a jet-black body. The aroma is just as fetching, chocolate, malty, vanilla, roast. Damn. I like where this is headed.

Barrel-Aged Everett slips into the palate with a wink & sly grin. Where to begin? An acrid beer, this is ashy-roasted. But after the roasted rush-hour passes by, subtle complexities abound. Chocolate & vanilla soothe & relax. Mid-beer the barrel arrives with a minute touch of port, an almost vinuous quality, dark fruits, & a quick stab of bittering hops. The downhill slide allows the cremated malts to re-establish themselves, with a side-serving of black licorice, but they're cut now by all of the other pleasantries making themselves known. Absolutely wow.

Creamy, full, & richer than your average porter in the mouth, with a hell of a lot more going on. And I'm now beginning to pout because there's only 500 ML. Could you put this in milk gallon jugs for me? Please? Pretty please?

Well, I was expecting this to be good, but it's a flippin' masterpiece. I've wasted enough words on this, I'm going to go enjoy this now. 'Bye.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. No label, writing in silver pen. Gold wax at the top. I believe this was their first bottling. Thanks to gn0sis for this way too generous extra. Thanks Eric! Shared at our epic battle of the 12ozer. Poured into a snifter:

A - Pours a deep black with a nice fluffy, khaki head. Lacing is really nice and creamy. Head dies a bit into a nice puffy cloud.

S - Nice charred roast malts. Chocolate and creamy coffee. Porter like but not getting a lot of barrel in the smell. Nice though.

T - Nice bitter malts and a bit of heat from the barrel. Candy and chocolate. Porter taste in the front and barrel in the back. Pretty smokey.

M - Pretty carbonated and creamy. Barrel heat and a pretty smokey and roast dryness.

D - Overall, not a bad BA porter. I was hoping a bit more from the Utopius barrel but there was a lot of roast and malty characteristics. Not bad and thrilled to try it.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet. The beer pours black with hazy brown edges and a thick tan foam head. The head fades slowly, leaving oily patchy lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee and hints of the distinct oily almost-citrus booziness of Utopias first and foremost. There are faint hints of dark fruits, followed by caramel, brown sugar and vanilla that come on strong along with some oaky barrel characteristics. The alcohol heat accents and supports the nose very nicely.

The flavor follows the smell very closely. The chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla are all present. They definitely take a back seat to the citrus booze flavors reminiscent of Utopias. The barrel flavors help to balance the boozy sweet notes nicely, before the charred coffee comes in and finishes the whole thing up. The bitter coffee character lingers on the tongue long after the beer is washed away.

The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and well balanced. The alcohol sweetness and heat accent the flavors and body of the beer nicely, this is a great beer that I have enjoyed more than once. Another nice offering from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of nkersten
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally catching up on some reviews. Unlabeled bottle poured into NB globe. Pours a thick opaque black with a thin tan head that settles to a cap. Big aroma of bourbon, vanilla, frosting, oak, sweet chocolate, some dark roasted malts. Taste is very sweet, malty, slight oak/wood flavors, some vanilla and bourbon, a touch of pine hops, some alcohol, slightly smokey in the finish. Heavy body with a light carbonation. This is one of my favorite Hill Farmstead beers so far. Big and complex but still well balanced, very drinkable. Probably a bit on the heavy side for a porter, but I like it.

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