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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Everett PorterEverett Porter

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339 Reviews
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Reviews: 339
Hads: 2,230
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 1,091
Gots: 311 | FT: 32
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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Reviews: 339 | Hads: 2,230
Photo of notchucknorris
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich black color with a two finger khaki colored head and ridiculous lace. Just sticks all over the glass.

S: SUPER roasty with some charred wood, tons of freshly ground dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and just a hint of toffee.

T: So much coffee and charred wood. Rich and silky with a lingering hop and charred wood bitterness. Dark chocolate and bittersweet chocolate galore. A very solid porter.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Bottle Poured into HF Tumbler

L - Dark body with a thin, light brown head
S - Lots of roasty goodness. Some chocolate is present.
T - Same as the aroma. Very balanced with some nice bitter chocolate.
F - Drinks semi creamy for a porter. Slight coating of the mouth.
O - Very good porter. Super drinkable. Glad I had the chance to try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a dark brown nearly black in color with a 1/2 inch tan head very good retention and sticky lace

Smell: Semi sweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malt

Taste: The flavors for me a just slightly sweet. There is a nice amount of chocolate and espresso in the flavor backed up by a touch of vanilla and some piney hops. Good not great

Mouthfeel: Medium body with close to medium carbonation and a bit creamy

Overall: This was a very good porter but I am not sure if it is world class and with how hard it is to get HF stuff not sure if it is really worth seeking out

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from super growler (less than 5 days old) into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to fellow BeerAdvocate for going to the HF release party to pick up a growler for me. Pours dark brown with a nice one and a half finger khaki head with beautiful lacing that lasted throughout. Aromas of grain, oatmeal, coffee, and some vanilla. Flavors of grain, wood, some alcohol and chocolate. Gosh, this beer sure reminded me of Founders Porter, but only better! There are some light bitterness throughout the session. Thick bodied with good carbonation. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Though good, wasn’t world class as many beer raters gave it.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont.

On tap at The Prohibition Pig. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of light brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Maybe some hints of smoke. This beer has a nice roasted malts flavor with some bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Earthy with hints of smoke. Not much of an alcohol presence. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, damn good Porter worth seeking out.

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Photo of myrixis
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks black with brown around the edges
Smells sweet and roasty like a sugary coffee
Tastes like a lots going on here. Some coffee and caramel hints of nuttiness like slight almond flavor. Very smooth silky mouthfeel too. The mouthfeel is not too thick really perfect.
Overall a great porter you can't do much better.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a mocha cap of foam; decent retention and a fair amount of lace

Smell: Chocolate and char dominate, with some hops and licorice underneath

Taste: Chocolate and char, up front, with nuts and licorice arriving in the middle with the earthy hops; a bit astringent in the finish though there is a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: I aged my bottle for a couple of years and perhaps that is why I am not as excited about the porter as are others; still, it is quite nice - just not the bee's knees to me

Thanks, acurtis, for the opportunity

N.B. Tasted a fresh bottle in 2015 and the hops are much brighter though the rest of my review holds

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer with a very dark color with a slight carbonation creating a tannish head. The aroma of chocolate, with hints of coconut & vanilla. As a porter it has a thickness that matches many stouts. Flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Finishes with a slight bitterness like burnt coffee. Had it at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, with a big, dense, cratering mocha-tan head. Great retention and sticky lacing galor. Very nice.

Ooh, this smells nice. Coffee roasty notes, some dark chocolate, a touch of smoke, and a rich sweetness underlying it all. To put it simply, this smells like what every porter should smell like (IMO). Complex, but all the elements link together so well. Creamy, smooth, and just perfectly integrated. Wow.

Taste is less complete, and, hmm, just thinner than the smell. Much more smoke and heavily roasted stuff, and much less of the sweetness and choco-coffee goodness. Very dark and rather burned. Drifts into bitter char through the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Silky smoth, creamy, mmm nice. Medium-heavy body, but enough carbonation to make it both fluffy and chewy. Lasting finish, carrying those charcoal flavors along with it.

I'm really curious about this beer, as it smells perfect, but the taste doesn't come close. Where's that subtle balance of sweetness and smoky roast? I still like it, but dang, if it tasted like it smells, it would probably be my all-time favorite porter.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light brown head. Good retention and lacing.

Very roasty aroma with a little bit of chocolate. A little bit of a burnt character to the roast.

Lots of roast in the flavor as well. Burnt malts with some dark coffee flavors bringing some chocolate along for the ride.

Medium bodied porter with medium carbonation levels. As normal, creamy mouthfeel gets the most out of the individual flavors. Very much on the dry side.

Very enjoyable although perhaps a bit disappointed from the hype. A very well made enjoyable porter I'll seek out again, although nothing that screams "best porter ever".

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours pitch black with a big rocky tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is not as roasty as I was expecting with more sweet milk chocolate and malty sweetness. There is a light roasted black malts and coffee beans.

Taste mirrors the aroma with some smooth caramel malts and dark chocolate dominating up front. The backbone is roasty but not overly so. There is definitely some chocolate sweetness in the finish as well as a hint of smoke.

The mouthfeel is excellent and about as creamy as I've ever had in a porter. Solid carbonation.

This is one of the sweeter porters I've tasted recently and almost tastes like a smoky chocolate stout. Really good stuff.

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Photo of Overlord
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks ineedabeerhere!

Pours a slightly brown/ruddy black with a large light tan head.

Smells primarily of char and ash, with notes of coffee and a slightly bitter ... chocolate? Maybe something bitterer than that .. kind of an espresso cacao aroma. Smells good.

Taste is surprisingly more rounded than the aroma, with notes of dark fruit, a surprising amount of espresso/coffee, and a light, very very light, undercurrent of malty chocolate sweetness. Unfortunately, the ash/char/smoke continues to make its presence felt in a big way, and it gets a bit distracting.

I like it. Good, robust mouthfeel.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my wife who is just now sneaking sips of beer after her pregnancy. At the time of this review, this is the #2 American Porter on the top style list and this beer is also on the Top Beers - Popular list at spot #70.

Beer is black / dark brown and hazy with a nice off white head of small tan bubbles, lacing, nice carbonation...

Aroma is mildly roasty, mildly alcohol, smells like a porter should, mildly sweet.

Beer is medium to light in body, pretty sweet on the lead off but the back palate is all porter all the time. Great little beer, wonderful how the alcohol is there without the beer being boozy, sweet, strong, drinkable...nice.

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Photo of jamescain
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one.

Appearance: Black with reddish hues when held to the light, topped off with a thin mocha colored head that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Roasted grain, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Light chocolate flavor mixed with roasted grain, coffee, and even molasses. On the sweeter side of porters.

Mouthfeel: This is really, for me, the only reason it is not easily in the top 3 porters for me. It was a little thin then what I prefer, medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A great porter and on of the best I've had, I look forward to trying more of Hill Farmstead beers in the future.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large, dark tan head. Moderate retention and good lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee and cacao. Rich roasted flavors, dark chocolate, mild herbaceous notes. Bitter, but balanced. Moderate-high carbonation with good linger.

Overall, a very solid porter. My biggest complain is that it's a little over-carbonated.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not sure about all the hype around this one. on tap at the farmhouse tap in burlington. pours thick dark brown color, blacker than molasses, but with similar viscosity. short tan head rests atop but fades fast. it smells smokey and earthen, curious malt profile, and maybe some black pepper. its a unique aroma to say the least. the flavor is also quite different from other porters ive has, it starts kind of boozy and mellows into a rich malt roast and there is that pepper like flavor again. the finish is thin and empty in feel, but full of flavors of cocoa and tobacco. so hard to place this one. the booze is not well hidden in my opinion and it felt a bit strong. mouthfeel is right on, its bigger than a lot of porters in body, but it drinks nice and smooth, not weighty at all. it went well with the rare lamb burger, but i certainly didnt think this was the best porter ive ever had. that pepper flavor in the middle is still confusing me though... ill have to try this again in another setting.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold bottle split with Stopper.
Pours a cola brown color with minimal tan head moving quickly to a thin surface layer that sticks around throughout sampling.
Aroma is all malt with roasted notes and coffee grinds mixing throughout tasting, I also get some dark molasses notes and a bit of grassy hop that is buried deep in the nose.
First sip reveals an average to thick body with a silky smooth texture and gentle carbonation.
Flavor is all malt with roasted notes and a bit of dark cocoa chocolate. I also get brown sugar on the finish. No hint of booze or hops on the flavor profile.
Quite a nice drinkable beer. Worth the travel to get a bottle. Thanks to Stopper for sharing!

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Photo of tbeckett
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery. From notes.

A - Poured black with a two finger beige head. Decent rings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Super rich chocolate, tobacco, licorice, leather, shoe polish.

T - Tobacco, bitter coffee, leather, lot's of chocolate, a bit ashy. Strong milk chocolate moves to a bitter coffee flavour and becomes more rich and sweet later.

M - Good carbonation, full body, and a sweetness that moves to dry in the finish.

O/D - A solid porter. Very complex and drinkable. Not the craziest thing out there, but it hits all the requisite points right one. Good stuff.

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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of KevSal
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Pahn for this huge want! Thanks a ton Evan, I still owe ya!

500ml poured into a Bruery Tulip, my first hf beer I can take my time to enjoy.

A- this guy looks amazing, dark brown with a nice chocolate brown head, you know this will be a treat.

S- at first it's very muted but as it warms you get nice chocolate, some roasted and sweet malts. This is going to be good.

T- this one packs huge flavors! Lots of chocolate upfront, perfect amount of roastiness. The flavors are all melded together very well. Each sip beckons another. Funny enough the after taste is fantastic!

M- I believe this is why hf beers succeed. You can tell right away they strived for the perfect mouthfeel, and this one is near perfect. Nice thick body that's like velvet on the tongue. The flavors really stick to the mouth. Delicious

O- this beer is damn good. One of the better porters out there for sure. If your a porter fan it doesn't get much better, this is a must. I need to try more hf. I need to try the ba version

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite Sean Hill's need for stemware for beers, this was treated as an American styled Porter and poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was dark brown color ranging close to black and having a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lacing weaves around the glass.
The smell starts off with a sweet to roasty coffee bean and then a delicate roasty cocoa bean. Vanilla slides in for the balance underneath.
The taste involved all of the previously mentioned flavors - warmingly sweet, roasty with subtle bitterness of the coffee beans underneath. An aftertaste of mellow roasty to sweet cocoa beans slides into the finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium in body with a good sessionable feel surrounding my tongue. Gentle roasty to bitter harshness does hit my tongue. Carbonation hits my tongue appropriately.
Overall, this is a wonderful American styled porter hitting all of the notes. Of course, I would have this again.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dfh snifter

A: pours black with a finger of mocha head that slowly recedes to about a 1/4 film that sticks around for the rest I the glass, beautiful lacing, great lookin beer.

S: milk chocolate with a light roastyness, some caramel sweetness, and a light hint of hops. There is also a light touch of smoke.

T: milk chocolate with a touch of roast and smoke, givin the brew some nice coffee like notes, there is a bit of sweetness in the middle, with notes of caramel and toffee, and then the hops come in lightly on tennis palate to the finish adding a light citrusy note, tasty and well balanced.

M: I love the mouthfeel here, it really makes the brew or me, thick, decadent and creamy, drinks with a beautiful velvetyness crisp carbonation on the high end of medium keeps the mouthfeel going, and a nice you h of dryness on the finish from the hops , leavs the mouth coated in deliciousness.

O: a good porter, I personally would have enjoyed a bit more roast and a bit less sweetness, but that is splitting hair w/ a brew this tasty, another great one From hill farmstead, I would recommend grabbing any offering you could find from these guys.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a thick, foamy tan head. Smells of roasted malt, fresh brewed coffee and a hint of earthy hops. The hop presence is less noticeable in the taste. Coffee and cocoa flavors dominate. Nice thick texture. An exceptional porter.

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.