Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 302
Hads: 1,999
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.95%
Wants: 1,043
Gots: 224 | 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 mynie
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Armsby Abby.

Pours into an HF chalice, dark with a chocolate brown head. What you expect from a porter.

Smells charred and chocolately. Dark chocolate, especially, with nodes of coffee that don't taste like they're from coffee so much as they're coffee-like hints you'd pick up from roasted grain. One of the most pleasantly intense bitter aromas I've ever come across.

Tastes like it smells only more variegated. Milk chocolate and light roast coffee up front, dark roasted espresso near the middle, dark chocolate at the back. Intense and wonderful throughout without ever becoming unbalance to too strong.

This is turning out to be the year of the porter for me. On the sweet side is Tributary's otherworldly Porter, and toward the bitter end is Everett. It might not be trendy enough to rank among HF's more desirable beers, but Everett is as good as they come. (886 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours pretty true to the style, dark dark brown with a little off-white head. Smells like a coffee-covered chocolate bar with some type of dark fruits in the back. Taste follows suit, with the roasty coffee taking the front seat. Mouthfeel is medium plus. Definetely one of the best of the style. (302 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

About as perfect as a porter gets. Great nose filled with notes of chocolate, roasted malts and barley, and a hint of coffee. Taste is a great balance of light and refreshing, but with a nice creaminess you expect in a good porter. Not clingy and extremely drinkable. I'd visit this porter everyday if I could. (314 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown-black body, opaque, with a full dark tan head. Fades quickly to thin coating head. Decent lacing, full and robust. All told, this is what I want my beer to look like.

S - A full, complex roast nose, with big chocolate and coffee elements, coupling with a strong molasses bread note. This just makes me want to go in for a drink.

T - Delivering on the nose, with an open of strong roasted malts, full of coffee and bread, leading to a middle with slightly more acidity and smoke and savory highlights, closing with a solid bitter finish that clears the flavors perfectly.

M - Full, with a nice weight on the tongue that indicates the beers presence, coupled with decent carbonation to keep the fullness from becoming cloying. No real drying on the close. Incredibly well balanced.

O - I have finally met a 5.0 beer. A beer that lines up perfectly with the expectations I have for a porter, and delivers both precise balance and nuanced flavor notes that make drinking both extraordinarily rewarding and a genuine pleasure. Brewers would do well to take note of the beauty, simplicity and depth this beer achieves. Illustration no. 1 that all beers do not have to take it to 11. (1,204 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Midnight black with a thin white lacing.
S: Caramel, chocolate, malted hops.
T: Very sweet similar to the nose. Has a slight bitter dark chocolate finish.
M: Mild to medium carbonation, thin mouthfeel. Very smooth.
O: A great porter, sweet, has a nice roasted, dark malt backbone. (283 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, and roasted coffee take over. The taste is true to the smell, sweet chocolate with the lingering presence of coffee. A creamy smooth feel, this is truly one of the best porters around! (255 characters)

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass. Dark brown body with a very light brown head. Excellent lacing on the glass after first few sips. Smell is roasted malts, coffee and delicious chocolate. Taste is coffee forward but not overly aggressive, malt next, chocolate to finish. Great feel for a porter. Easily one of the best porters I've had to date. (350 characters)

Photo of edward_boumil
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review on this site, not my first rodeo however. None-the-less, given the score of this beer definately a big beast to tackle

From a grolwer poured into a mid-sized snifter

Look: Black, opaque, with a slight reddish-brown hue on the edges. Nice head, tan colored though dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is decent though also doesn't linger too long. Looks like your standard porter.

Smell: Incredibly pleasant, sweet chocolate obviously comes to mind. Hints of sweetness and just a touch of alcohol can be picked out. What separates this one for me is that sweetness, though. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Chocolate is what really comes to mind here, like a 95% cocoa chocolate, which lends a nice bitterness to the beer. This is balanced by a sweetness. Also there are excellent hints of smoke, not detected on the nose initially. These notes are present yet not overpowering. Overall an incredibly balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Malt lends an astringency, which I find enjoyable. Other than that it is quite smooth with adaquate carbonation for the style.

Overall: An incredible porter, hard to say if it's the best I've ever drank without side-by-side comparision but can say with confidence its definately up there. Will definately be making a trip up to VT soon for another fill of this one. (1,316 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

6/13 bottling. Thanks Arsenal_MC! Deep, deep inkiness in the glass -- lovely dark chocolate or dirty motor oil. The flavor is silky and decadent. Roasty malt, coffee, cocoa powder and Hershey's syrup. It just keeps unfolding and unfolding. As big, bold and complex as some boozier BA treatments. But still has that signature HF balance. Superior porter here. (358 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 markgugs
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle (Oct 2013) poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed wine tulip

First pour is amber brown, quickly becomes almost purely opaque, dark as night. A solid 1-inch mocha head forms, featuring 100s of tiny bubbles, and while it doesn't stick around forever, it manages to retain itself quite well with lots of sticky lacing. While this should have been drunk when it was much more fresh, the nose still produces ample roast coffee & cocoa notes, leaving no doubt to the sweet nature of the brew. Flavor-wise, it features the perfect amount of sweetness, reminds me of the hint of vanilla soy from a Starbucks drink, closing in on mocha rich. Finish produces that moderately bitter coffee bite, but it all works, in fact, it's perfect. On top of all that, the mouthfeel is unparalleled for a non-BA, sub-8%, porter. Incredible beer. Quite likely the best "regular" porter I've ever had. (888 characters)

Photo of tylerstravis
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I have ever had. If this was readily available to me I'd likely cease to drink any other porter. Instead, I am on the constant search for something that is even remotely a shadow of this. (219 characters)

Photo of Gperson
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

At Three Penny in Montpelier yesterday. Shouldn't ask anything else from a porter. Have had it in the past and thought it had a little too much sweetness, but yesterday they nailed it. (186 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%

Such a mindblowing porter. Dark black with a great lacing, strong aromas of coffee and earthy hop bitterness, lots of grapefruit citrus. Taste shows cranberry, dark malts and a really robust dark malt profile, smooth coffee and dark chocolate provoke, a gentle carbonation from the growler. A lingering finish with citrus rind, piny forest with a herbal edge. Very full body with a really rich creamy mouthfeel but also a quite assertive bitterness. Espresso, licorice, black molasses, grapefruit citrus, smoky woody character matched by a creamy body and an upfront bitterness. A very flavourful porter, and matched by its great body and balance, delicious and certainly of the most aromatic and well made porters I've tried. (726 characters)

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 dboon
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottle. Dark brown with a mocha head. Nice roasted malt aromas. Easy drinking with a really good mouthfeel and body. Rich roasted malt notes with mellow caramel, chocolate, toffee, and expresso undertones. Honestly, I prefer an imperial stout to a porter 99 out of 100 times. However, this is a very fine ale and an exception to the rule. One quick side note, this bottle had a bit of age on it so the hop characteristics were diminished. This is one HF beer that lives up to the hype... (495 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of loads of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, faint smoke and some dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a loads of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, some smokiness and some sweet dark fruit in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another solid beer from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: growler (658 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Date: 8/2/14
Location: Growlers Beer Bistro
Glassware: Sniffer

Appearance: Black in color. Towards the edges the beer has a reddish tinge. Tan to milk chocolate colored carbonation. Full long lasting head. Great retention. Good cling cause a very nice cascading appearance.
Aroma: Chocolate malts. Coffee grinds sweet chocolates and battering chocolates. No hop aroma.
Flavor: Way more flavorful then the aroma lets on. Chocolate Malts. Toast. Really nice chocolates flavors. Just a touch of sourness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium carbonation. (551 characters)

Photo of snowmageddon
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Pours pitch back with a full brownish head.
S: The nose is probably the best thing about this exceptional beer. Vanilla, caramel, coconut, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, graham cracker.
T: At first, I get bitter coffee-like notes and sweet lactose. Toffee, chocolate and vanilla/oak. The finish has the traditional earthy hop presence of a robust porter with a slight alcohol tinge. The hops are kept in check by the sweet chocolate notes.
M: Decadent. Extremely smooth and creamy, but very very drinkable.
O: the best porter I've had the pleasure of trying. As the beer warms, different flavors are accentuated, and so I looked forward to each sip. I need to seek this out again. (690 characters)

Photo of Leftbob
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Very well balanced porter with rich chocolate flavors. Finished with a nice bitter end.

Good head, rich texture in the mouth, aroma of hops and chocolate (155 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%

Got this special for our 1,000th review, a Hill Farmstead seemed the right brew for the occasion. Enjoyed from a Growler.

A - Black with a thin brown halo. Creamy dark khaki head with great retention and ok lace.

S - Porridge, plum, touch of booze, graham cracker, and an edge of vanilla.

T - Chocolate, marshmallow, plum, cream, oats, and warm oaky booze.

M - Outstanding mouthfeel. Silky smooth with a creamy, medium full body.

O - I'd call this a Belgian Porter. A boozy and fruity example of the style.


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4.71 Everett Porter
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A - 4.75 5.00 5.00 4.75 4.88 10%
S - 4.50 4.75 4.75 4.00 4.50 20%
T - 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 40%
M - 4.75 5.00 5.00 4.75 4.88 10%
O - 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.50 4.69 20% (837 characters)

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rattle N Hum

Dark brown/black pour with head reducing to ring of lacing. Sweet, roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, a hint of dark fruit and slightly tart. Finishes with some bitter hop presence. The balance of sweetness, bitterness, tartness and richness of flavor pushes my buttons in the right way. Creamy, viscous and oily mouthfeel but not thick. Very easy drinking. A fine fine porter and an awesome beer. Love it. (428 characters)

Photo of Dawgboned37
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Friend picked this up at the brewery for me. Poured from 750ml growler into tulip glass. Thin caramel-colored head quickly dissipated. Smell was subtle roast malt with hints of chocolate. The taste in awesome... decadently sweet chocolate with balanced flavor from the roast malts. The columbus hops also keep the chocolate sweetness from being too overpowering. Easily my favorite porter. (389 characters)

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: black, dark, thick
S: roasty malt, carmel, chocolate
T: similar to nose, very rich and roasty, amazing depth, very balanced
M: thick, rich, roasty, heavy, good carb and smooth
O: a growler filled 5 days ago, held up perfectly....wonderful roasty and malty flavors come through throughout....one of, if not the most balanced and well crafter American porters ever! (372 characters)

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.