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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,081
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.95%
Wants: 1,074
Gots: 248 | 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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Photo of Nefarious
3/5  rDev -32.7%

This bottle was infected. It poured like maple syrup, and was the slimiest, sludgy beer I've ever tasted. Will have to revisit when I get a non-infected bottle. (160 characters)

Photo of vinny21bal
3.19/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I have never been as big a fan as hill farmstead as others. Granted I have only had about five of there beers. I have never been blown away by any of them. And a couple I have had I think are actually poor beers. The Everett however is a decent porter. There are definitely better porters out there, but this one does the trick. Nothing special at all. (352 characters)

Photo of haazer
3.29/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last reviewed beer from the Blue Dog Wealth of Riches event.

A- A light brown, mocha head sits atop an entirely pitch black brew. No light gets through at all. Good head retention, and lacing trails down the glass as I drink.

S- Burnt crispy malt. Dark and bitter roast coffee.

T- A fairly dry, roasty porter. Definitely taste the coffee, with notes of cocoa as well. Fairly bitter, unsweetened. To me this seems a bit watered down. Definitely takes away from the beer.

M- Smooth medium bodied porter with medium carbonation. Quite drinkable.

O- The keep it simple approach does work for the beer, and it is good. But I don't see this porter as mind blowing as the ratings are. It tasted pretty bland to me. I would have this again and my tastebuds could've been wrecked by this point in the day anyway. (808 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 stakem
3.58/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a couple snifters. The brew appears black in color with some brown clarity around the edges. A finger of mocha head sits atop and slowly fades leaving a patchy wall of lace sticking to the glass. A swirl effortlessly revives the cap.

The aroma includes roast with some bright citrus notes caught between hopiness and the citrus that is present sometimes in fresh coffee beans. Some hints of bitter chocolate to nutty aspect across the back that mixes with a bit of mineral quality.

The taste is bitter cocoa coupled with some nutty grain element. Chocolate and coffee is present with roast and quite a bit of minerals that mixes with some hints of citrus hopd. Across the back it gets somewhat fruity to floral with hops. The aftertaste is somewhat musty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a nice arrangement of flavor but the hops clash a bit with the roast in almost an american black ale sort of way. Also, the mineral component here was fairly aggressive throughout, id rather that not be such a significant presence in the beer if i was to have it again. (1,118 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.64/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and thick, nice frothy head, does indeed look "robust" and I would guess a higher abv than 7.5% based on the appearance.

This beer is somewhat disappointing though...rich and sweet as you would expect, maybe some chocolate and vanilla, but it's too malty for me to really love. Needs either some more roast, some more hop character, or some more pronounced chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and really nice, and overall this is a good and solid porter, but it was the weakest HF beer out of a lineup of ten and I really didn't think this was anything exceptional.

7.0/10 (579 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.66/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hill Farmstead Everett, 9-oz glass at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, Queens, New York.

Appearance: About a finger worth of mocha-colored head that lasts and lasts. Great pitch-black looks, menacing but inviting. Persistent lacing and tingly carbonation.

Smell: Smooth, hard to pin. Tad of hops. Bitterness, chocolate, high-end bakery.

Taste: Very roasty-bitter, chocolaty at the end of the sip. Liquid smoke and burnt sugar. Licuorice, nice spicy-hoppy feel in the lips. Coffee all around.

Mouthfeel: A little watery-thin, but good rich-creamy feel nonetheless. Low carbonation and body, medium flavor. Dry finish.

Overall: A good porter indeed, mighty drinkable despite the hefty ABV. Probably better than most American Porters, but not up to the standard-bearer: Founders Porter. (786 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep brownish black color with a thin film on top. Not much head on there or any lacing either. The smell of the beer is a mixture or roasted and smoked malts. The taste of the beer gives off a decent flavor of smoked malt that isn't salty which is a good thing. There isn't much in the way or chocolate or other roasted flavors in this one. The mouthfeel was on the thinner side, kinda low in carbonation. Overall this beer is decent in my opinion, I'm not really a fan of smoked flavors but I think for people who are this beer is awesome for them. I was happy to have tried it. (606 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.74/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of Cascade77
3.76/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes: Poured from a growler brought back to "the city" by a friend.

A small but thick head forms. Beer is super dark and a swirl around the glass reveals a very viscous beer. It clings leaving a dark golden slickness almost like molases. As viscous as a beer twice its ABV. One of the most visualy beautiful beers I've seen.

Smell is roasted malt, a little plumb, other dark fruits. Just a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is big bold roasted malt and molasses up front that fades quickly revealing a sweet finish. Further sips bring out the sweetness.

Thick, medium carbonation, slick.

Overall this beer tastes great up front but suffers from the overly sweet finish. I understand that there is supposed to be a bit of that in a porter but it goes too far. Almost milk stout like. Could use a touch more hops to even things up. (835 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 andrewinski1
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. Nice black color with a half inch tan head (though the head was much larger on my brother's glass).

The aroma indicates slightly sweet black coffee with a note of chocolate fudge.

The taste starts out with sweet malt followed by a clean bitter roasted finish. There is a gentle hop flavor in the finish. Nothing too fancy here, but I have to be impressed by the perfect sweet and bitter balance.

The mouthfeel is robust and the carbonation just enough to make this refreshing.

Another impressive offering from Hill Farmstead. Can't wait to go back for more! (597 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a thin coffee brown ring. Nose is roasted barley, cocoa, hint of roasted coffee and a bit dusty. Taste has more malt sweetness, lightly roasted barley with strong cocoa, coffee lingers in finish. Full bodies, smooth and creamy with strong carbonation. There is more malt sweetness in the taste, towards the back of the palate adding some nice depth. (388 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 iadler
3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 3/31. Thanks to exitmusic00 for sharing this bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S- Quite smoky upfront, with dark chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malt, and some smoked meat.

T- Luckily the meaty aroma isn't in the taste. Again smoke is prominent with dark chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malt, char and cocoa powder.

M- Medium carbonation and a creamy full body. The best aspect of the beer and something that Hill Farmstead always impress me with.

O- A unique take on the porter with the smokiness, but the smoke presence was a bit overwhelming. Still good, but not one of my favorites from HF. (700 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 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 joe1510
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Big thanks goes out to Ryan for this one! Everett is black on top of black. There's no light shining through this beer. The chocolate brown head forms a nice cascade effect when poured hard and settles into a rich creamy cap. The head leaves some thin but sticky lace down the glass. One handsome beer.

The nose is dense with moderate roast coffee, a touch of hazelnut, and a couple drops of cream. A lactic sweetness adds to the whole overall cup o' coffee experience. Anise adds some black licorice qualities while roasty grains seem to make up the foundation. There's even a tendril of smoke. Sometimes there is a roastiness in beer that comes across as smokey to me but also a little like burnt rubber. While that roastiness is present in this beer it's very faint but I can't help but notice it. There's good depth but it's very subdued, even after warming.

The flavor profile is much more expressive. High cocoa dark chocolate and coffee leap from the glass. That hazelnut and drop of cream, that's close to vanilla, are back and the anise plays a larger role than the nose suggested.I'm not a huge black licorice guy. The chocolate and coffee are rich. I still, unfortunately, get a hint of that burnt rubber on the swallow. It's faint but there, luckily chocolate and roast push it aside and linger.

Active carbonation pushes a body that's a notch below dense to the point of near frothiness. The weighty body is creamy upfront and pushes through to that frothiness. A soft and appreciated roasty bitterness lingers on the swallow. A touch of residual sugar sticks around for a second before drying up. Nicely done!

Everett is a damn fine porter from Hill Farmstead. There's a good depth of flavor and the body is spot on. I wish the nose was a little more expressive but that's just me being picky. While I thoroughly enjoy this porter, and would drink it again, I think I'd reach for either Revolution's or Founder's versions first. Six packs help. Thanks again for the sample, Ryan, appreciated! (2,025 characters)

Photo of jsled
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

P: 4/5. opaque black. a reasonable deep tan head, receding after some time, no lacing.

A: 4/5. deep, sweet roasty caramel malty

F: 9/10. nice roasty sweetness. some astringency, bur not really strong. wonderful smoothness for a robust porter.

M: 2/5

O: 8/10 (263 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Anyone remember Carl Everett? Man, it seems like forever ago that the ChiSox won it all with that guy... Anyway, this stuff pours a rather dark black-brown topped by a healthy bit o' light sienna foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, toasted biscuit, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. The taste follows pretty closely, with the roast coming in darker, more charred. and the coffee, though still subdued compared to the other elements, coming in a tad darker and more acrid. Everything melds nicely, though, with nothing taking any real stage time from anything else. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice porter, nothing overtly extraordinary, but a tasty, enjoyable treat. (846 characters)

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Eulogy.

Pours a pitch black color that's completely opaque with a half finger dark mocha head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.  

Deep roasted malt aroma with a good balance of silky chocolate.  Subtle lactic cream along with hints of roasted espresso/coffee, chicory, oatmeal, nut and toffee.  Very nice roast character without smelling acrid or burnt.  Lots of coffee character without overpowering the chocolate notes

Medium bodied with a nice balance of roasted malt an sweet silky chocolate notes.  Bittersweet chocolate, coffee/espresso, oatmeL hazelnut and toffee. Pretty toasty but still smooth with milk chocolate notes.  Easy drinking and quaffable with a well masked ABV.   (752 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 founddrama
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, but mellow. Dark in the glass -- a rich, deep brown like a cup of black coffee. (But alas, doesn't get much head and then that fades quickly.) Flavor is robust -- rich roasted grains with a touch of bitterness to finish it. But it mellows out nicely. (256 characters)

Photo of rtaps
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown nice mocha head with good retention and lacing and viscous

Big Roasted notes coffee back tones, some dark chocolate

Like the nose it's big roasted mats almost has a smokey character to it, chocolate and coffee back end and the roastedness lingers afterword.

Light bodied, not as viscous as it looks in the glass. Medium carb

Overall it's a good porter  (382 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -9%
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. (1,110 characters)

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.