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Hill Farmstead Everett - Bourbon Barrel Aged (2014)

Formerly brewed at Hill Farmstead Brewery
Style: Porter
Greensboro, Vermont USA


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Released May 2014, Editor’s Note: This version aged in Bourbon barrels only 500ML bottle no-wax

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (4633) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle at SSAN V, 18 months on oak. Opaque black pour with creamy brown foam. Aroma of bourbon, pretty bourbon forward, nice rich vanilla notes, very oaky, light spicy notes, good whisky, chocolate. Tastes a lot like bourbon, lots of alcohol, chocolate notes, light roastiness, not very sweet at all, attenuated but I would have used a bit more malty sweetness to support the bourbon, bourbon is a bit too dominant. Palate is medium bodied with good carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5328) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle. Moderate character of bourbon in the flavor and aroma. Very heavy roast, and a thick, heavy palate. A good porter, but unfortunately ruined by bourbon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
Thanks to Johnsense for sharing. Heavy black pour, foam dissipates with little lacing. Sweet bourbon nose, black cherry and cassis liqueur. Barrel dominates the flavour, and the porter can’t quite stand up to it. Finishes sweet with a hint of cigar

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
13th August 2014
Tasting at Jack’s RAH Annexe! Thanks to Leighton for this one. Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and dry with fine carbonation. Dry and fairly thin dark malts. Spicy alcohol and bourbon. Whisper of oak. Dry finish. This continues to be a curiousity, once again the barreling doesn’t appear to have done much for the lovely base beer. It’s not bad though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10556) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
500mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is hugely bourbony, with lots of roast and a touch of coffee. Flavour is complex as hell, with loads of heavily roasted malt and moderate bourbon that doesn’t dominate. Excellent use of battles to amp up an already kickass beer. Carbonation is slightly more aggressive than the base beer. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1882) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
Dark brown with a good brown head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, wood, molasses, touch of soy sauce, hint of anise. Medium bodied, slightly velvety mouthfeel, complex on the palate with a touch of booze on the finish. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, wood, molasses, hint of soy. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle: Inky black center, shades of dark brown at the edges with a mocha-tan foam on top; bubbly & quick to reduce to a thin ring. Aroma of fudge brownie batter, Devil’s food cake coated in a bourbon-vanilla reduction. Spicy oak, salted caramel, moderate notes of musty wood, & a slight kiss of anise on the back-end. Rich, velvety. Super dark chocolate flavor; approaching 86% cacao territory with a side of warm & spicy bourbon. Imagine double dark chocolate fudge brownies, covered with brown sugar, drizzled with vanilla & bourbon, then baked for a little too long. Deep roast, char. Get get a touch of coffee in the finish, too, along with long lasting notes of wood, booze, & bitter dark fudge. A great barrel aged porter. I think this one would get even better with some time to mellow & meld.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3681) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Une bouteille partagée. Un liquide presque noire avec une belle tête beige foncée. Un nez de bois, fruits rouges, whiskey. Une bouche simple, peu agressive, note de chocolat, cerises, finale sur la poussière. Simple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4132) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Une bouteille obtenue via un échange avec Didier. Merci! Beau liquide visqueux avec une tête brune qui finit tranquillement par quitter mon verre. Au nez, le bourbon apporte une belle richesse caramélisée et vanillée ainsi qu’une dimension épicée (cannelle) aux notes chocolatées, fruitées et fumées existantes. Ça ouvre l’appétit! En bouche, le liquide chaud et boisé pousse les malts sur le bord du précipice : c’est malheureux de tomber ainsi dans une barrique et de s’y noyer. En bouche, le corps de la bière est définitivement dense avec une armée de bulles très fines et une texture veloutée. La finale est alcoolisé et persistante, pleine de bourbon et de bois noir. Bouquet des plus intéressants mais saveurs bien écrasées par la barrique. Pas mauvais mais rien à voir avec la sublime version originelle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
knickskicks (993) - - AUG 30, 2014
Dark brown pour, thick tan head. Very carbonated. Nose is booze, a touch vinous, chocolate, somewhat metallic and vegetal. Taste is a touch vinous, fresh water, rich chocolate, dark fruits. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Wow, did not expect a HF BA dark beer to be so damn good.

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