Hill Farmstead Everett - Bourbon Barrel Aged (2011)

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


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Everett (1908-1939) was our grandfathers 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 Adams 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 21P

Editors Note, Released in 2011, waxed 500ML bottle

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2011
500ml bottle into the new Lost Abbey tulip. March 17, 2011. Thanks to an unnamed RB for this.

The color reminds me of Humes problem of the missing shade of blue. Its that missing shade of almost, so-close-to-being-black brown-black; Im perceiving a color for the first time, even though Ive 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, Shauns 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 cant believe this was barrel-aged for seven months. The base beer must be peculiarly complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2251) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
500ml bottle, Was no label from bought at HF.
Appearance : Pitch black big foamy and creamy brown expresso-like head. Light lacing but very long head retention.
Aroma : Lots of woody barrel with notes of bourbon. Some roasted malt, chocolate and coffee underneath. Light hops too. This is mainly barrel though. Notes of raisins and vanilla.
Taste : Very complex and rich. At first there is a lot of barrel. Notes of bourbon and lots of wood. Then the roasted malt and chocolate comes along with the coffee while still having that lingering "liquoreux" woody bourbon. Finish is very lengthy. Barrel comes again in the finish but there is more place for the awesome chocolate and roasted malt. Light smoke on finish. Lots of barrel on finish.
Overall : Wow this is very complex. I think the barrel is a tiny bit too intense. I would have liked to see a bit more of the base beer. Still, the barrel gives it a lot of complexity and depth. Finish is just so good. A bit too warm maybe especially for the low abv. Another gem by Shaun !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Enjoyed at Dasilkys pad. Black/brown with dark brown head. Mid thickness in glass. Funky sourness in nose, on top of alcohol high and clear. Cherries. Taste has big sweetness, dark fruit in front of aspirin and alcohol. Medicine and turpentine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
holy smoke! thanks riversideak! soft creamy coffee nose, warm gentle barrel character. black, small tan head. very hot, some raspberry fruit, strong biting heat, charred oaky barrel, offensively hot

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
500ml waxed bottle, thanks Alex. Chocolate, patent malt, hints of coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, bits of oak. Smooth silky body feel. Balanced barrel with vanilla, cola, hints of dark fruit, roasted nut and light coffee. Balanced and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Patent, roast dark malts, light barrel, nice nose. Pours black, nice creamy bubbly tan head. Nice looking. Charred flavors, bourbon underneatj, dark sugary sweet, light though, roasty black malts. Nice underlying barrel. Earthy bitterness. A nice berr with balance, welld done barrel. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2011
. Pours a dark black hue with a thin to medium sized beige head. Big bourbon, char, toast, roast, and nice coffee notes on the nose. Roast and chocolate, smoke and wood. Dry bourbony finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Pours a black on tan from an unmarked wax sealed bottle. Smells like chocolate, dried fruits, malts, a hint of vanilla, and oak barrels. Taste of chocolate, oak barrels, malts, bitter hops, and dried fruits. Bitter hops and alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Bottle via Glouglouburp. practically black pour, super thick, creamy chocolaty milky head. Nose is notably boozy and barrely...lots of whiskey character in the fumes for sure..with some added coffee and cream elements overlaid amongst everything...actually, it takes on a very vivid bailys & coffee element the more I sniff. Again in the flavors..lots of vivid whiskey, coffee, and cream notes...Watchin Canadian comedy right now (Trailer Park Boys...Best Invention since half of the Apatow Crew)...and this tastes like canadian whiskey with a shot of canadian coffee. I like it...its fucking boozy and earthly refined...its baileys & coffee for smart people.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate, crunchy cereals, vanilla and molasses evolve in a superbly cuddly mouthfeel, where raisin-y depths are soon met by rising bourbon, wood and alcohol. This is one complex Barrel-Aged Porter, my friends.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam settles atop the impenetrable blackness.
-The natural carbonation, like in all Hill Farmstead brews, does wonders for drinkability, whatever their gravity.
-The barrel is perfectly integrated to the flavor profile; not intense, not too shy.
-The finish is where this barrel shines the most; this presence might make me sway towards the equally-sumptuous "regular" Everett though, but thats just a question of personal taste. Both are scrumptious.
-All flavors are cohesive, harmonious and impeccably presented. Wow.


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