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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Everett PorterEverett Porter

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,913 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,913
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 1,002
Gots: 219 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-15-2010

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, this Porter is crafted from American malted barley, English and German roasted malts, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Decadent in its depth, with a complex backbone of chocolate, coffee, and malty sweetness, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Everett.

Pale, Caramel, and Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
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Ratings: 1,913 | Reviews: 305
Reviews by MrVonzipper:
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice, luscious dark brown and black in the glass. Very nice bubbly mocha head with great retention and lacing. 

Nose is very nice, very pleasant roasted nuttiness along with robust coffee. A touch of bitter chocolate or cacao. 

Flavor is just what it represents, Robust. Great flavor with big roastiness. Roasted nuts and coffee with dark bitter chocolate. A touch a vanilla hidden in there. 

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Velvety smooth like a nice stout. Medium bodied with medium creamy carb. A touch dry.

This is an exception porter! Right there with my favorite porter, V@S, minus the vanilla. I was going to say that the mouthfeel is where this really shines, but that's not fair to say as the flavor and look are absolutely amazing as well. Clearly one of the best porters made. 

More User Reviews:
Photo of hillvt4me
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Crying shame what the bros scored this beer; try again.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark brown, almost black opaque with a nice tan head and good lacing.

S - Coffee, sweet caramel, roasted malt, and earthy tones

T - Big bitterness, dark chocolate, a touch of espresso, some oak. The swallow brings everything together, with big chocolate bitterness and charred toast.

M - Full bodied. Silky smooth. Low side of moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O - This is the definition of what a porter is. If you had to choose a beer to define a category this is it when it comes to porters for me. Another solid brew from HF.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Just an exceptional beer. It's been a long, long time since I rated a beer this highly.

In a tulip the beer was black. There was a small, café au lait colored head with a smattering of lace.

Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt.

Complex taste. One minute I'm tasting sweet chocolate, the next minute dark chocolate, then espresso.

A wonderful combination of bitter and sweet. Medium-bodied.

I could drink this forever.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy to get to try this one on tap at the Lazy Boy in White Plains, NY a few months ago and this is reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a dark tan head. Leaves tons of fine lace covering the glass all the way to the top of the glass.

Dense dark chocolate nose.

More dark chocolate, vanilla and dark malty notes. Densely flavorful and super smooth. Finishes with a quite dry flourish. All star porter. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of ehammond1
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Black throughout with a small dark brown head. Surprisingly, this leaves the glass relatively clean on the way down.

A very rich, roasty aroma. There's a bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee, but this is a showcase of powerful, roasted malt character.

The flavor follows similarly. This is a complete, delicious, incredibly drinkable robust porter. The flavors consist of roasted malt, a bit of cocoa, slight coffee, and moderate bitterness. No alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A delicious, classic, to-style porter.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dark porter, just a hair under black, nice pretty creamy head on it, over 1" in depth. Good retention of the lace as well. Aroma, dark chocolate, solid, but not substantial roast aroma, didn't really get much if anything in the way of coffee.

Taste, pretty smooth, like there's a bunch of oatmeal used. Very smooth, very rich. I think there's a little touch of vanilla in there. Or maybe its caramel I'm tasting and that's helping with the smoothness, not a robust porter in the sense its a highly hopped one, it really just lays something down smooth. Alcohol hid well. Carbonation is spot on. Frankly, I don't really see what is robust, its really good and all, but not because it is robust or in your face, its nice because its a smooth operator.

One of the better porters I've had in awhile. Unless you count the BBXXIII as a true porter. . . this is a very good non bal porter.

Photo of hagbergl
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 750mL growler of Hill Farmstead's big Porter, Everett, from the brewery during an early August beer pilgrimage. Served from the growler into a pint glass. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): Everett pours a nearly-black with brown highlights and is topped by a nice milk chocolate brown head of foam. This is a black beauty if there ever was one. Good things to come, I'm sure.

Smell (5/5): Everett's aroma is quite pungent and VERY nice: notes of fresh brewed coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts spring to the fore. Roasty–one for the cooler months, for sure. Mellow, not very aggressive, and despite being a quite robust 7.5% ABV Porter, not a hint of booze in the nose. Top marks! The nose on this American Porter blows the doors even off of the venerable Founders Porter.

Taste (4.5/5): The first thing one notices when drinking Everett is the roastiness, its dominant character. It stays in the driver's seat for the whole ride and lingers on into the long finish. Flavors of dark chocolate and fresh brewed coffee are there beautifully balancing against the roast fest and provide some sweetness and bitterness, respectively. There is some subtle, herbal hoppiness to the beer, too. Not a sweet beer, and it's also a little dry. The overall effect is wonderful: Everett ends up tasting like a flourless chocolate cake with a side of toasted almonds or walnuts. Excellent.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Everett is smooth as silk, not very viscous, full-bodied and semi-dry. Its medium-light carbonation does not leave one wanting–you don't want a roasty dark beer like this to be bubbly! No, Everett is a silky palate massage if there ever was one. It has a looong finish that is a bit bitter and dry. Again, premium stuff.

Overall (4.5/5): With all the insanely good hoppy stuff that Hill Farmstead puts out it can be easy to overlook their "house porter," Everett. Don't! Here is an American Porter with serious body, incredibly well balanced, deep flavors, a long finish, and a smooth finish (for when you get tired Abner's big, tropical fruit bitterness, maybe). Enjoy it with friends.

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with large amounts of dark chocolate. Also present are light espresso coffee bean and crisp earthy hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are tempered quickly by good amounts of smooth dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the roasted flavors subside further with the addition of earthy hops. Very slight amounts of smoke come into play near the end of the sip before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer reminded me of Cadillac Mountain Stout with a hint of smokiness – no bells or whistles but nearly flawless. Well worth a shot.

Photo of 05Harley
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased @ Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, Vermont

Price - $15.00/ growler

Appearance is pitch black with a beautiful two inch creamy brown foam head, wow. After several minutes the head settles down to a thin layer covering the liquid goodness. Big time thick lacing decorates the drinking vessel to show itself off as an exceptional example of the style. A quick swirl of the glass and a blanket of creamy brown foam reappears.

The aroma is a right hook to the jaw with dark chocolate followed by coffee, roasted malt, nuts and caramel.

The flavor is right up my alley with a strong taste of chocolate, mocha, licorice, vanilla and a smoke finish that's near perfect.

Starts off creamy soft and silky smooth with a full body, I really dig this beer. At room temperature the mouthfeel is near perfect. Hoppy and bitter in the middle followed by a semi dry sticky finish. Outstanding balance between the malts and hops.

Damn, I can't get enough of Shaun's beers and this is another favorite of mine. Added to the website as another stellar example of the style.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Funkyaudio for this one.

Pours straight black with half of finger of khaki head that recedes to some splotchy lacing in the glass.

The aroma is powerful and complex lots of chocolate up front with some roasted coffee in the background. Very "clean" aroma, everything fits together and nothing clashes.

The taste is more of the same. In the wine world I would say this beer has good concentration. It is full of flavor but does not taste harsh or cloying. Just enough bitterness to cleanse my palate and keep me wanting more.

The mouthfeel is phenomenal, smooth, just a touch creamy, very drinkable, glad to take down the whole 500ml by myself.

Overall I tried to keep my expectations in check and started with a very critical eye but this beer delivers, this is definitely becoming a perma-want.

Photo of Guess2814
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead!!!! Absolutely killing the top 250 list.. Their beers are riddling all over the top of this list.. This Porter beer has a dark tan color with a coffee bean type smell to it... Smooth .. Great taste it has.. They brew such fresh beer.. Not huge on Porter beers but Farmstead is soooo consistent on their great brewing.. You can't go wrong with this beer..

Photo of Aberration
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the blackback tavern.

Dark pour, dark brown head with good lacing. Looks great right off the bat.

Smells like roasty malty goodness.... robust is definitely the right description for this porter. Very pleasing to the nose.

Tastes magical. Roasted Malts permeate the palate while keeping a balanced and not overpowering flavor, if that makes sense. Well balanced chocolate malt is all I can describe it as.

Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated porter. Acidic and bitter zing.

This may be the best porter that I've ever had. In fact, I think it is. I don't really even like porters aside Baltic ones and this has completely made my taste for the genre flipturn upside down. Fresh prince style.

If you ever get the chance to try this, do so.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ferillo for this one.

A: Pours black with a massive tan head on top, very thick, two fingers in height with great retention. Thick foam lacing on all sides of the glass.

S: Some roasted malt and barley, chocolate, a little coffee. There is some caramel and a slight sweetness to it, almost like a milk stout.

T: Very roasty, but in a really good way. There is a nice underlying chocolate/creamy sweetness that balances this beer. As it warms more chocolate comes out. Very tasty.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Extremely smooth and easy drinking.

O: A great porter, probably the best I have had thusfar. Drinks easy with a great flavor profile. Lives up to its reputation.

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 06/2013

Poured into a glass goblet.

Black in color with a dark, tan head, 1.5 fingers in height. Bittersweet chocolate on the nose, hint of coffee, then sweeter milk chocolate. Super thick and smooth on the palate with loads of chocolate malt, it’s sweet up front with a bittersweet finish. There is substantial lacing on the glass. Coffee flavors are very present, even though no coffee was used. At 7.5%, the alcohol is well-hidden. I think I am drinking this too fast, - it’s that good. This beer has incredible body for a porter and has an almost oily quality…it could easily pass for a stout. The bitterness from the chocolate malts and Columbus hops really gives it its character. This is an intense porter, but everything comes together magically and produces one of the best porters I've had to date.

Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich very dark brown body, initially overflowing head. One and a half inches retained thick light brown foamy head after several minutes.Aromas are malty, chocolate, light roast. Thick creamy mouthfeel, rich, some boozyness. Very drinkable but a sipper. Excellent porter.Thanks Steve S. who hooked me up with this and two other HF.

Photo of Roguer
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown from the growler, black in the glass. Beautiful lacing from a nice head for the style, very dark brown with good retention.

Aroma is of coffee beans, barley, dark malts, and cream. Not a particularly complex or overpowering nose, but nice and relaxing.

Taste follows the nose, highlighting big coffee notes, a sweet creaminess, a hint of grape-like booze, dark malts, dark fruit, earthy hop bitterness, and chewy wheat.

In a lot of stouts and porters with a full mouthfeel, "chewy" is the nom de jour typically sought after; here, "creamy" seems so much more appropriate. Full, robust, creamy, luscious; pick your favorite. I can't imagine improving on the mouthfeel.

Interestingly, I like this beer anywhere from refrigerator to cellar temperature; once it warms to room temperature, the bitterness and coffee flavor become a little too dominant for my tastes, and you lose out on the delicious creaminess.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303

Appearance is absolute perfection. 1.5 finger dark mocha head with great retention. Oily legs and thick patchy lace that really sticks around. Beer is pitch black with a nice density.

Very aromatic. Notes of coffee beans, chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, liquorice, and vanilla. A very subtle hop presence floats in the background too. Super appetizing.

Opens chocolate, cocoa, and light iced coffee. Some roasted malt peaks towards the middle but not enough to overpower the sweetness, only serving to balance it out. Very small notes of dark fruit at the end with more cocoa powder and chocolate. Molasses sweetness right at the end with a fudgy and roasted malt aftertaste. Doesn't get better than this.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down smooth and slick. Spot on. Finish is slightly messy and filmy with a lingering aftertaste. Leaves me craving more.

I've never given out all 5's but this is as close as it gets to perfection for me. For a brewery known for its pale ales and saisons to put out a porter of this caliber... Shaun Hill is a master and Hill Farmstead may just be the best all-around brewery on the planet.

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. This is a hell of a porter. The body is thick, like a robust porter should be, but is a pleasure to sip (though you don't have to). In addition to a big mix of cocoa and mocha grains, there are clear notes of maple syrup, molasses, and smoke. Damn, this is good. It goes above and beyond what a good porter tastes like.

Photo of mikey711
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: deep black, blacker than some stouts even get but it poured an excessive amount of head. the head was mocha colored, and held really well once it faded a bit.

S: nice balance of roastiness, chocolate and smokiness. very smooth and pleasant

T: A wave of bitter chocolate and coffee hits firsts followed by a heavy amount of roastiness and a mild sweet milk and dark chocolate flavor. It actually has a more milk chocolate sweetness as it warms up a little

M: Silky smooth, almost like drinking a chcolate milk. There is none of that chalky feel that is noticable in other roasty beers

D: Overall this is a fantastic beer and possibly better than its barrel aged counter part. Very complex but balanced flavors and when the only real flaw i found is the excessive amount of head, you have a winner. Hill Farmstead continues to impress me with each beer i try

Photo of hooliganlife
3.74/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it gushed. a gusher porter? eeks. massive head, way too much carbonation.

nose is chocolate. some sweet candy and espresso. a few hints of berry. hint of port wine.

taste has me locking in. so much bitter dark chocolate. espresso and roasted malt blend. really strong, bitter, dark, and flavorful. hops are a bit faint, maybe some citrus.

very carbonated, too carbonated. tons of bite and bloating in the mouth. after many swirls, it tames down for a sweet light body.

good but mother of god the carbonation killed it.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unbreakabolt for this in-person trade. Saved me a trip to Vermont, at the mere cost of 2 KBS. Picked up by him in late March, consumed on 5-26-2013.

Poured from a 500 mL (16.9 oz) bottle to a 13.75 oz tulip - 10 oz at first, with the remainder capped and placed back in the fridge. Poured the remainder after downing the first pour in approximately 40 minutes. In other words, the beer sat at room temperature warming for at most 40 minutes. Certainly not unreasonable, considering the recommendation to serve heavier stouts at 55 or so.

This beer demonstrates the fine stylistic line between "porter" and "stout," right from the pour. There is an unexpected "glug glug" aspect. Pleasant and inviting.

Close to black appearance, with slight (1/2 finger) darker tan head - though this was not a vigorous pour. Darker "English and German roasted malts" making their presence felt. The head did not linger long, with minimal lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt, plain and simple, true to the description on the bottle ("American malted barley, English and German roasted malts [pale, caramel, and chocolate]"). French roast coffee grinds, chocolate, with a hint of milk lactose and oat. I sense the American hops [Columbus] more early on - very faint fruit (grape skin, but not citrus). Again, this is close to a milk stout or (lower ABV) RIS initially. Certainly not as hoppy as Storm King, but comparable aroma to GL Blackout.

Early sips, I thought there was a hop bite to the aftertaste, a la Storm King. With time, however, I realized the bite owed to the bold roasted grains. Coffee and chocolate primarily, with a very pleasant sweetness that was not cloying in any way. It is not, coffeewise, on the level of FBS. Not noticeably carbonated. Mouthfeel and taste not drawn out. Palate not left "coated." Very smooth to the last drop. Overall impression next day: pleasant roasted grain, slight chocolate.

Coming to this tasting, I did not hold "robust" porters (Founders, Smuttynose) in high esteem, especially in comparison to Eddy Fitz and Anchor. True, those are lower ABV, but I preferred the less bitter approach taken by them. With time, however, I came to appreciate the boldness of this beer. It is very smooth, an indication of the attention to detail paid by HF. It is complex, not sure I would call it "decadent" in its depth though. All told, I'm not sure if this is my fave porter, but it is damn close. More impressive than Eddy FItz out of the bottle (I'd hope so, at $8 a pop).

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very black with a nice two finger depth of head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S- Chocolate and roasted malts. Some hop presence.

T- Chocolate and Roasted malt goodness. A little hot on the finish. Some vanilla and Coffee in there too. Tasted somewhere between a porter and Russian Imperial (and closer towards a RIS). As it warmed the flavors really started to come out.

M- Full bodied no doubt. Very creamy. Absolute perfection here.

O- So much great flavor going on here. It's too bad this is a hard one to get. Vermonters are so damn lucky. Totally enjoyed it, though it seemed to be less a porter than RIS.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip. No bottle date.

Appearance - Pours a black body that is translucent at the edges. Billowing mocha head that almost overflows the glass. Excellent retention and even some nice lacing.

Smell - Chocolate and coffee dominate. Some booze, which is surprising for 7.5%. A deep, ashy, almost burnt character persists in the background, perhaps detracting from other aromas.

Taste - Coffee and chocolate are the most dominant flavors. It really mirrors the aromas, even in the relative proportions of the flavors. The finish is bitter, but seemingly from that ashy burnt character. Again, it's slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel - I had this on tap and it seemed much heavier and more viscous than it does in the bottle. It's medium bodied, but slick on the tongue. The bitter ashy finish is a little detracting, but otherwise it's good.

Overall - I don't find this to be earth-shattering as the reviews suggest. It's still a solid and impressive beer. Yet another technical masterpiece from Hill Farmstead, but lacking in a certain refinement that their other beers have.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewery filled 2 liter "genie" shaped swing-top growler into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a dense black in the glass, topped with 2 thick fingers of milk chocolate colored head. The retention of this is strong, sticking around with a stiff creamy finger width that soaks the sides of the glass with rich spotty lacing. Wow, the aroma alone earns this beer its name, with a ROBUST mix of coffee, smoky roast, cocoa, toffee, fresh citrus, and a leafy spiciness. This literally just blows up in the nose with flavor. Awesome.

The taste follows right along with the lead taken by the aroma, drenching the palate with a rich tangy mix of roasted coffee, chocolate malts, sticky caramel, and zesty citrus flavors, while hops and roast add a bitter bite to the proceedings. I think that the sticky dark sweetness mostly wins out here in the end, being well balanced and leaving a favorable lasting impression. The finish here is dry, with lingering notes of bitter fruit, sweet sugars, and burnt roast. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a BIG feeling crisp creaminess that expands out into the mouth after each sip but then gets much more slick and creamy as this works its way towards the back of the throat. That slicker feel really highlights all of that delicious sweetness in the profile and couples with a zero alcohol presence to really keep this easy and silky feeling despite the extreme richness of the flavors.

This was a VERY impressive American Porter and is definitely in my top 2-3 for the style. It's a robust, complex, easy drinking, and just a flat out flavorful Hill Farmstead offering that kept me completely satisfied until I drained the last drop from my glass. This is yet another in a long line of well executed and kick ass beers from Shaun and company. Well done!

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,913 ratings.