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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 312
Hads: 2,072
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.95%
Wants: 1,072
Gots: 247 | FT: 17
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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Photo of ehammond1
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of Azurescens
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 4/29/12.

A: Pours a dark clear brown with frothy mocha head. Great retention leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Loaded with toasted malt and hints of cocoa and coffee. Hop and alcohol presence are both faint. As it warms the 7.5% ABV becomes more apparent.

T: Taste follows the aroma with rich lightly roasted malt and some chocolate. Sweetness is balanced by above average hop bitterness for a porter. A mild herbal hop flavor and some alcohol come through more towards the finish.

M: Body is on the fuller side of medium with moderate carbonation. Finishes semi-dry with some bitterness

O: Nice, rich flavorful porter, good drinkability but I feel a bit less bitterness would make this dangerously easy drinking. Another solid offering from Hill Farmstead. (824 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a khaki head.
Aroma is primarily dark chocolate and mocha, with a touch of oat.
It's flavor brings, more specifically, Nuttela to mind as favors nuts and dark chocolate meld. There is also a touch of slightly acidic vanilla bean on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full, primarily creamy, yet a little slick on the finish.

Overall it's hard to find fault here as its extremely enjoyable. If it had more notes for earth, wood, it might be perch. Who knows, maybe that would muddle the favors. I'm being picky though as I would never turn this down. One of the best porters I've ever had. (595 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had: on tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT

Excellent porter here. Dark brown pour with mahogany tints around the edges, nice finger-plus of fluffy tan head that receded to a thin layer, leaving nice quad-style lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, scents of dark malts, coffee, toasted grains. Robust and hearty! The taste followed the aroma pretty spot-on, roasted dark malts, pumpernickel, smooth coffee, hearty toasted grains, and just enough brown sugar sweetness to take off whatever edge might have been caused by the dominant roastiness, without offsetting the overall equilibrium. Nice heavy-medium body, tremendously drinkable. Had to bring a 750ml growler home from the source. I don't believe a porter can get any better than this. No nonsense. Exemplary! (771 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some slight cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a really roasty flavor without being too harsh. (554 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first from the brewery, but certainly not my last.

A: 2 fingered creamy brown head tops this dark brown bodied brew that leaves loads of soapy lacing.

S: Coffee, cocoa malts, and vanilla. Fairly straight forward, but very pleasant.

T: Very smooth, earthy flavors combine nicely with coffee and cocoa nibs. Undertones of vanilla and sugar really add to the overall flavor of the beers nicely.

M: Light for the style, yet it remained creamy.

O: I think I need to try more from this brewery, much more. (507 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a pitch black with a layered dark chocolate colored head that sticks around a while and laces impeccably.

a bit more of a lactose-like sweetness in the bottled version than I remember in my few experiences from the growler. tons of dark roasted coffee, bitter cacao, some roasted/candied nuts, vanilla extract, and roasted malts obviously. I think my experiences from the growler have shown more of a charred/cacao powder aroma, while the bottle shows a bit more sweetness.

flavor just does not quit. I have only taken a small sip so far and can pick up so many flavors its ridiculous. cacao, coffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, molasses, burnt brown sugar, woody and earthy hops. just amazing.

a bit lighter bodied than an imperial stout, but perfect for a robust porter. carbonation is there, but remains in the background. no alcohol heat or burn.

growler, on tap, or in bottles, this is THE porter to compare all other porters to. Can't wait for the barrels to mature, because I can only imagine what some bourbon character could add to this beer. (1,057 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Dark ruby garnet with a good creamy brown head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is dominated by roast followed by malts and a pungent tartness. The tartness is fortunately absent in the taste. Strongly roasty with intense dark chocolate, subtle grain and a hint of citrus hops.

Obscure smokiness that comes through strongly once in a while. Slightly warming minus the booze. Dry finish with a lingering roasted beans aftertaste.

Perfect level of carbonation... enough to carry the beer without compromising the silkiness. Very well designed and executed beer. (587 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Also on tap at the prohibition pig in Waterbury. Poured into a hill farmstead stem

A- pours a dark body with a thin layer of mocha foam reaching for the sides of the glass.

S- a robust blast of mocha, cocoa nibs, and even dome coffee scents emerging. There is a secondary blast of dark chocolate that is just as roasty. Really strong

T- wow! What a porter! Massive cocoa and coffee flavors running parallel to some caramel and sugar flavors. The best way to summarize the flavors are completely dark, rich, and robust. Great taste for a porter

M- good flavor that is syrupy and mingles around. Good feel

O- ok, hill farmstead is two for two with me. This is a great porter that exponentially pushes all the flavors that makes up the brew. Absolutely fantastic. (766 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
3.76/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to see this on tap at Sunswick 35/35, it looks like they are building a solid relationship with HF. Actually got to try this one a few times.

A-solid dark brown with a 1 finger heads that did not go away. Nice lacing.

S-roasted malt and a bit of cocoa. Not much else

T-heavy roasted malt taste with very little sweetness if any, reminiscient of Anchor's variety.

M-rich but not heavy, lower on carbonation like a good porter should.

O-a very solid representation of the style, but not my favorite. (516 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.45/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL growler to Portsmouth glass on 3/10/12
*From notes

-- Thanks & cheers, Eric --

A: A rich, robust chocolate brown. A good pour yields a one finger head. As it fades, decent lacing and a fair collar follow.

S: Quite green, with a good bit of coffee injecting life into the nose.

T: Thin. Watery. Cardboard. These aren't qualities that I look for in a beer, let alone a Porter from Hill Farmstead. This isn't infected or off, it's just not up to snuff with a lot of the better Porters on the market. Extremely underwhelming.

M: It feels alright, I guess. The carbonation isn't where I feel it should be, as it's (yet again) a bit thin and not overly complex or rich in the mouth.

O: How anti-climactic. HF's Everett is one of the biggest letdowns I've come across in some time. The rest of the tasting group bought into the hype with this and rather enjoyed it. But me....nah. It's simply a Porter. (912 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington, Vt.

Looks black, but some light shines through. Head leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of burnt caramel and thick chocolate. Pretty robust.

Taste is heavy on the chocolate. Some burnt black malt flavors. Dark caramel. I don't really taste any coffee here. Light bitterness in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel. Just right for a porter.

This is a solid porter. Not sure if it's the hop notes or the burnt caramel flavors I pick up, but it's a bit different than some other porters. Not a bad thing. (532 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 2/27/12.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. There is a little more than a finger of dark tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and there is some nice scattered lace left behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice big dark roasted malt aroma. There are some other nice scents of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, and it little touch of booze.

T - The taste follows the nose quite well. It starts off with a big dark roasted malt flavor. Coffee and dark chocolate also stand out well. There are also some flavors of vanilla, some caramel, mild hops, and a little bit of booziness. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, coffee, mild hops, and a touch of booze.

M - This has just about a full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a little bit of a chewy quality to it. There is a good amount of initial sweetness and a bold roasted malt bitterness that makes it balance out quite well. There is also a really mild hop bitterness and a touch of boozy warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. It has great flavor and goes down easy. It has a nice balance between roasted bitterness and sweetness. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a really nice example of the style. I really enjoyed this beer, and I recommend trying it out. I would buy it again. (1,375 characters)

Photo of metalgdog
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is dark, near black with a small amount of head and lacing. Has a pleasant nose of vanilla and chocolate.

Taste is robust with a myriad of well integrated flavors including chocolate, coffee and vanilla in one roasty package. The back end has a smidge of bitterness adding another level of complexity.

Silky smooth mouthfeel on this bad boy. Perfect carbonation level as you are drinking this.

This is unquestionably a robust beer. Anyone brewing a porter should use this as a baseline. Definitely try this one if you haven't already. (546 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pony Bar NYC. A lovely porter, one of the best I’ve ever had.

Deep, dark brown color, bordering on black, with a small brown head that settles slowly, leaving nice lacing. Roasty aroma with notes of chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and smoke. Smells faintly sweet as well. All of this is present in the taste as well, with the standard roast malt, espresso and bittersweet chocolate notes and a subtle, delightful vanilla flavor. Perhaps a touch of maple syrup? Bitterness and hop character is very restrained but still noticeable lurking under the more prominent flavors. Sweeter and creamier than is usual for the style. No booziness. Mouthfeel is medium to on the full side for a porter, with moderate carbonation and an exceptionally smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed the somewhat restrained carbonation as I’m not the biggest fan of porters with prickly carbonation.

Overall a tremendous beer, my first from Hill Farmstead, and certain to not be my last. (989 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this on my first visit to HF. Got to try a sample of some great beer. This one was very good, so here's an official review...

A: Yep, absolutely perfect. A super pitch black brew with a thick pour. This leads to a huge 2 inch mocha colored fluffy had that fades at a decent pace to a small lake atop the brew.

S: I first get some sweet chocolate on the nose which blends into a mild hop scent which leads to some burnt coffee notes. I get vanilla and very faint raisin on the back. Very good.

T: I get a full thick bitter chocolate upfront which blends into a roasty vanilla coffee. Good.

M: Full body with a good carbonation. A roasty finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a very good robust porter. With this type of beer you would expect a fullness with a nice roastiness. This meets and exceeds the criteria. Definitely enjoy this one if you like a nice roasty porter. (903 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Matt, you rule. Thanks for the growler!

Pouring black with a dense, crema-colored head with excellent retention and some lacing, this is a beautiful porter.The nose is just as good. Big, robust, roasted malt character with dashes of chocolate and caramel, this is pretty much what I'd expect from a robust porter.The chocolate character on the nose is particularly alluring, with a blend of milk chocolate and cream. The roasted barley adds an aggressive roast note, with mild smoky, burnt grain characteristic that's at the perfect level. And of course, there's plenty of medium-dark roast coffee aromas, fresh and complex. There's a mild, earthy hop character as well. Excellent.

The palate is perfect. With an excellent blend of aggressive roasted malt (barley in this case) bitterness, dark chocolate and a touch of caramel sweetness, this is really tasty. The dark chocolate character is pretty phenomenal, and it also has some coffee flavors. Drying and roasty on the finish with a some caramel sweetness, there's some vanilla that's also present here. As it warms up, the chocolate and coffee come to the forefront, and the alcohol begins to peek. Just a touch of licorice as well, on the finish, and I could swear I taste a little anise. Medium in body with medium-low carbonation, this is soft and luscious on the palate. Perfectly carbonated, this is near-perfect on the palate but for a fleeting moment of wateriness on the mid-palate. The caramel sweetness on the finish grows increasingly noticeable over the course of a growler, making the 750ml quite easily the perfect serving size. That said, it is nowhere near as sweet as some of the new-age porters and stouts out there (RRBC Porter, Eclipse, etc)

An outstanding porter, quite easily the best I've had. While not as robust (read: bitter) as the Smuttynose Robust Porter, and better conditioned than Ed Fitz, both of which make this insanely enjoyable. (1,924 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey during Hill Farmstead tap takeover. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a thick, oily black with a nice mocha head that reduces to a thick creamy blanket leaving some nice light side lacing in its wake.

S - Excellent aromas here with strong chocolate and coffee along with vanilla and roasted malts. So, so inviting.

T - Taste is spot on with the nose. Super coffee notes along with a TON of vanilla. I mean, a TON of vanilla. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. This is amazing.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent, nice and silky velvety smooth. So enjoyable.

O - Overall this is a very, very good porter. Love the vanilla and everything else that was in this porter. Could drink this stuff all day long! Easily the highlight of the night. (769 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1085th Review on BA
Growler to stemmed tulip
750 ml growler

Thanks to CliffBrake for this one

Shared with GuruDel..."Thats a good porter"

App- If this wasnt one of the most dark and lush porters I have seen than I dont know what it. Super dark brown, like a good coffee with some rich crimson edges. Nice 1-1/2" head with a nice khaki head that fell with great cling lines.

Smell- A bit of a stout/porter mix. A bit grainular with some coffee, toast, roast, earthy and chocolatey notes.

Taste- Opens very smooth with a good amount of grain, oatmeal, roast, bitter and chocolate. The beer is very well layered with each flavors coming with the next. Roasty flows into the chocolate magically to create a velvet smoothness.

Mouth- Almost thick bodied and bordering on oatmeal stout territory and a almost full carbonation level, just leaves this creamy chocolatey flavor.

Drink- "Thats a good porter" says GuruDel. He is the porter man and this did not dissapoint in the slightest. Very layered. Very smooth and rich. I would love this closer to CA. (1,054 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter.

With a fairly aggressive pour, there is a nice, tightly wound mocha brown cap. The head retains nicely and leaves some nice spotty lace all over the glass.

The aroma and flavor are both very smooth. Dark roasted malt contains dark semi-sweet chocolate and creamy espresso flavor with no smokey or burnt character. The flavor starts with that malt, and the malt and chocolate linger through the middle of the flavor, ending with a semi-sweet creamy espresso note. There is a soft spicy pine hop note right at the end.

The mouthfeel is worth noting separately. The flavors integrate well with the smooth body and creamy carbonation.

I haven't been impressed with the Hill Farmstead beers I have had so far, but this was very impressive. At this point I would say it is one of the best porters I have had. (851 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thick, frothy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. great head retention and lacing as I drank it. Couldn't really ask anything more for the style.

The aroma has some milk chocolaty, caramel flavors to it. I get a little of a milk stout, sweeter, lactose like quality out of it as well. Very light on the roasty, darker malts compared to how much come through in the taste.

The taste shows a little more of the dark, bitter-sweet chocolate and caramel flavors to it up front. In the finish is where more of the roasty, bitter, slightly burnt malts come out. Great balance between the sweet, chocolaty and roasty, bitterness.

The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with carbonation being a little below average. Great mouthfeel for the style. Overall it was a great beer. Tons of flavor to it and very well balanced. It wasn't a beer that completely blew me away or offered something completely unique for the style, it was just a fantastic tasting, well made porter. Great beer overall.

Update: Such a different beer from the growler I had on 3/10/12. Much more coffee and roasted qualities in the aroma. More lactose and caramel sweetness in the taste with a strong coffee presence. Very good, but I liked the bottle version I had a few months ago better. (1,348 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to angrybabboon for finding and sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black in places depending on the light. Creamy crema head. Specks of lacing. Head dwindles to a ring that persists. Pours nice and thick.

Smell: Loads and loads of chocolate, both malt and something that smells added and real. Ranges from milk down to gritty, almost bitter baker's chocolate. Definite sweetness. Some grainy/grassy notes. Touch of minerals. Smells kind of like sticking your nose in a vat of chocolate full of rocks. Some burnt and toasted malts bring the whole thing together.

Taste: Tastes like fresh espresso and chocolate. Nice compliment of roasted malts. Sweetness is present and works well with the touch of rocks and earth. So many malts. Chocolate is off the wall. Slightly smoky. Some char and burnt notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Borders on full as it warms...is that possible? Touch dry at edges. Smooth with a gritty edge. Carbonation is solid.

Overall: Very nice take on the style. I'd say it leans more English than American. Tons of chocolate and nice depth. Hill Farmstead never disapoints. (1,130 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/08/12 notes. Bottl shared by Huhzubendah via yourefragile for sharing this one; thanks Matt and Michael! very excited to try this one.

a - Pours a pitch black color with 2 inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of head stays throughout drinking it. Looks pretty great.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toasted malts, milk chocolate, light fruit, lightly burnt malts. Very nice roasty nose, and a nice amount of vanilla and chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, smoke, burnt malts, sweet chocolate, and very light vanilla. Taste has more coffee than the nose and less vanilla, a little bit of a smokey quality to it. Very nice, though a step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, an awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall a great beer and porter. Looks great, has a great mouthfeel, and a wonderful nose. Not my favorite tasting porter but certainly still good, and felt like I could have drank the whole bottle myself. Another good beer from these guys; verye xcited for EBF to try some more from them. (1,158 characters)

Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.