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Hill Farmstead Everett - Bourbon Barrel Aged (2011)

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


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Everett (1908-1939) was our grandfather’s brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, we barrel aged this Porter in a Bourbon Barrel (that previously held Buffalo Trace bourbon and Sam Adam’s Utopias) for 7 months. Naturally carbonated and hand bottled. This is one of only 300 bottles... and one of which I dream to have shared with Everett. 8% ALC/VOL 21ºP

Editor’s Note, Released in 2011, waxed 500ML bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (3036) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a big brown head. Sweet aroma of liqour chcolate. Very imperial stout like. Taste of salimak, vanilla and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
500mL gold wax thanks to monsterzero. A very deep to jet black pour generates a perfect, billowing, dense cinnamon tan head. 360 full sheety lace. Perfect appearance. Nose is briney and salty at first- volatile. Moves to soft hazelnut, candied pecans, toasted coconut, soft rich complexities. No dates, figs, or raisins. Instead: hazelnut, Nutella, Belgian chocolate, cinnamon ganache. Soft booze but nothing bourbon per se. Mild vinous notes and oak. Taste up front is lightly tart moving to hazelnut chocolate keeping the "Porter" aspect as it is not heavy bodied or that bitter. Really stout is not what this is. Porter it is without a doubt. Thinner than you would expect by SRM but mouthfeel is still silky and aerated/frothy. In the finish some light tartness and coffee acidity. Slightly watery in the finale moreso than wanted. Much later the finish has gained more lactic yogurtiness with small red wine fattiness. Richer. And quenching. Wow. A quick flash of booziness is wildly soft with hints of lemon and lime. Very interesting. Love the lactic fullness and melted milk chocolate palate. I cracked open a Founders Porter to do a side by side. Founders appearance similarly awesome with large, explosive dark tan head. 360 lace but not full sheets. Nose has some detergent and volatile chemicals like chlorine. Very inferior. As it warms volatile notes move away for bigger cinnamon stick, raspberry chocolate. Taste is similarly more tart and acidic. A bit powdery but full on cocoa powder. Palate is dry rather than vinous and tart. Different. Not really inferior or superior. Very different. Heavier in mouthfeel it seems. Definitely not as complex as the BA Everett.

MUST BE DRUNK WARM AND MOST DECANT FOR 1 HOUR. Not kidding you. Incredible nose. Incredible palate. Salty, oily, lactic, vinous. Hard to appreciate these things if you are trying to tick this sucker in 10 minutes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 8, 2011
500mL bottle. Thanks to GT2! Aroma is very soft and subtle. Chocolate and hazelnut with some light coconut. There’s a cream aroma in there as well. Appearance is great, dark chocolate brown with great retention. Nice lacing. The retention is not as good as the normal Everett, but that head retention lasted for years, so good luck. Large lightly toasted brown head. Palate is very soft. Mouthfeel is light and fluffy. There is some of the hazelnut present from the nose, but there is also a heavy red wine element. Nice. Great beer to enjoy slowly while it opens up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de café torréfié avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café torréfié et de chocolat avec une pointe de vanille et de fumée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #3932)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle, split with mcberko. Pours solid black with a foamy tan head. Aroma of mild chocolate, roasted coffee and roasted malts. Flavour of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, bitter, spices and bourbon. Medium-bodied. Typical barrel-aged beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (13894) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2011
500mL bottle, sent from gn0sis (thanks Eric), pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, liqueur, roasted malt, some dark cocoa and licorice. Flavour features the barrel traits prominently, with bourbon and vanilla upfront, roasted malt and a bit of licorice. A totally different beast than the regular Everett. The bourbon is a little too heavy / dominating, but very good nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
bottle at dak’s 1/19/11. dark porter color with a soft orange tinted pale brown head. initial sour aroma... odd... but it dies down to reveal notes of wood, smoke, roast, cocoa and vanilla. the flavor is the same although the sourness remains in the form of bitter cocoa. amazing aftertaste of nutty coffee, charcoal and chocolate. medium/full body is aided by roasty bitterness. 7/4/7/4/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3329) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Another sick bottle courtesy of hopscotch. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Muted whiskey aromas. Roasted malt, coffee, and mellow bourbon flavors. A real gem, thanks for sharing Eric........

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head that never entirely diminishes. The aroma is a marriage of dark chocolate, spicy bourbon and vintage port with lesser notations of charcoal and tobacco. Full-bodied and fatty with moderate carbonation. The flavor isn’t all that chocolaty, but offers loads of spicy bourbon, dark sherry and both acrid and mildly acidic notes. Lengthy, burnt, bitter, bourbony finish. Thanks goes out to Glouglouburp for shipping this world class bottle of beer my way!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2011
In short: A complex roasted stout with a moderate barrel character
How: Bottle 500ml, first batch (only batch so far). Consumed 5 months after the beer release.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Complex nose with highly roasted malts, coffee-ish notes (espresso), some wood barrels, chocolate, and more... Taste is classy. Unlike too many BA beers, this one is not dominated by the barrels. Plenty of burnt malts, some of the base beer fantastic fresh green hopping still showing, cocoa powder and black chocolate, burnt wood, a bit of booze. Not as good as the base beer (which is one of my favorite porter ever) but this is still a great beer. Bottles of this first batch I’m rating came with a really thick beige wax-top, not sure if future batches will have the same, just thinking about the number of q-tips it took to gather all that wax.

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