Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 302
Hads: 2,004
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.95%
Wants: 1,042
Gots: 225 | FT: 14
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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 chalsk
4.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at Torst. My maiden beer there. Pours a dark brown cloudy color with a caramel colored head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, alcohol and slight slight spice. Sweet creamy chocolate taste with coffee notes and slight spice pinch. Perhaps a slight vanilla to add silkiness. Love it. Best porter I have had. It gets as close to a stout as a porter will get without crossing the line. (392 characters)

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

500ml bottled poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ black! with hardly any head.

S~ sooo much roasty coffee! a little sweetness, kind of like a milk stout followed by dark chocolate and some figs.

T~ Cocoa, roasty malts, and dark figs up front. followed by a crazy sweetness on the finish with a dark coffee aftertaste. wow! way more coffee on the nose though.

M~ oh so smooth! slightly carbonated, has more of a stout feel then a porter.

O~ absolutely delicious! most flavor i've ever experienced in a porter. this is the newest batch, i would love to try a bottle of last years! (601 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

Pours a rich dark chocolaty brown. Huge head, doesn't go down until halfway through the glass.

The smell and taste is all about the roast. Really high quality malts used here. Lots of chocolate, bit of coffee bitterness, lots of roasty bitterness. Never gets to be fatiguing, though. Tastes like a stout by most breweries' standards.

Full, thick creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Awesome. I'm glad I got to snag a bottle of this at Hill Farmstead and look forward to the day I can drink it again. (569 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into a snifter.

Pours dark brown color with just a small amount of tan head. The nose is full of roast and slightly sweet dark chocolate. Just a touch smokey. The smell follows the nose closely. Roasted malt bitterness with dark fruit and dark chocolate behind. Lots of roast in the finish. (315 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Long story short, this porter is just awesome.

Black in color. Tan head with lace.

Flavors of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Rich and creamy. A little bit of hops show. Reminds me of 11 darkness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and roasted.

Overall, one of the best porters I have had. Everything you could ask for in a porter. (427 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Pino, via Marcus. Thanks a whole ton to both y'all. 500ml into a tulip.

Black with a tan/brown head. Great retention and good lacing. Nose has an amazing roast character, milk chocolate and even a hint of licorice. Taste has again a phenomenal roasted malt character, some toasty notes, milk and darker chocolate and the hops are still prominent in the background. Mild acidity. Medium feel, and carbonation could be taken down a half notch. I would worship this on cask. (489 characters)

Photo of DevilsCups
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

A - Black like a stout. Pours and settles not too different than a beer like Old Rasputin. I'm not a huge porter guy, but if I have one I want it to look like this. Darker khaki head with decent lacing.

S - Cocoa, roast, dark fruits and a touch of vanilla.

T - Follows the nose, as I notice that most Hill Farmstead beers do. Chocolate and dark cocoa mixed with a great roasted malt character. Finish has that touch of vanilla.

M - Bright carbonation, not over or under. Not sure how bottles are carbed, but this is great out of the keg and into the growler 4 days ago.

O - Excellent porter. Drinks like a darker, more dark-cocoa forward Founders porter. (714 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 sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
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! (691 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This bottle courtesy of franklinn...thanks man!
500ml bottle poured int GI pint

Pour: I would not call this black but probably as close to black as it can get. It is a very dark brown with an outstanding 3 finger light brown head. Head receded slowly leaving a ton of lacing that is sticking to the entire area where the head once was.

Smell: A wonderful balance of chocolate and roast at first. Neither one is dominant and they complement each other to perfection. Digging a little deeper I get some vanilla, caramel, some dark fruits, a bit of coffee and a touch of earthy hops. Smells like a semi-sweet chocolate cake.

Taste: Chocolate decadence in a beer! Chocolate syrup, chocolate cake, chocolate fudge brownies all come to mind first. There is a mild roast but like the nose is in perfect harmony with the chocolate without one over powering the other. Some coffee, vanilla, and maybe reaching for a dark fruit (raisin) note. The finish is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: This is how a porter should feel IMO. Medium bodied to slightly full especially for a porter with an indescribable perfect amount of carbonation making for an absolute wonderful feeling beer. Creamy and fulfilling in the mouth covering the palate to perfection urging yet another sip.

Overall: I love stouts and especially ones that have spent time in a barrel but let me say that I would take this beer any day. One of the best beers I have had to date and cannot say enough good things about how well done this beer is. (1,499 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Long, long after meeting & loving the barrel-aged version, I finally get to sample the base beer, thanks to moose3285, who remembered me on his vacation. What more could a guy ask of a trading partner? 500ML bottle.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, this is a porter with a ton of life; I can't fit head & body into the glass. Let us have a moment of stillness. The smell is what a great porter should smell like: big chocolate & roast, underbite of lactose, gracefully blended. Nice.

Everett, I would like to pen you a love letter, because you are beautiful. Seriously. It's not that there's chocolate & roast - it's that they're Perfectly Balanced & serenading the tongue. I can't tell which one is first, last, or always. Bittersweetness loads up the middle, whether hopping or part of the chocolate, I'm unsure (& don't care), along with a bit of lactose. Then everything recombines like a fine piece of furniture for the flawless finish. I could drink this by the bathtub full.

If every porter tasted like this there would be a worldwide shortage of porters. Without putting it in a barrel or aging it on bamboo shoots or having ferrets poop in it - well, it's just borderline perfect. Certainly the best straight-up porter I've ever had, & a fantastic beer. (1,271 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a very deep, dark brown. Close to black, but not quite there. A moderately aggressive pour yields about 3-4 fingers of creamy brown head. Retention is spectacular, and large sheets of clumpy lacing blanket the glass.

S: Fudge, french roast, German chocolate cake, some nutty and earthy yeast. Black cocoa powder and whiffs of charcoal-like roasted malt. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Very mild alcohol ester and some darkfruits in the background. Fig and plum.

T: Chocolate syrup, double chocolate cake, roasted coffee beans, a bit of a woody impression. Caramel and a slight creamy vanilla impression in the background. More chocolate cake. Very subtle fruity tastes of fig and date. Long, lingering finish of semi sweet dark chocolate, fudge, and roasted coffee beans.

M: Medium bodied. Extraordinarily creamy and velvety smooth. Low carbonation. You rarely come across a mouthfeel like this.

O: This is truly one of the top porters I've ever had. Its shining points are a layered, nuanced, and shifting malt complexity and an uncommonly creamy and smooth body. Its weaknesses are none. (1,151 characters)

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

Bottle courtesy of cbeer88, thanks again!

Pours a deep dark brown color with a very nice tan colored head.

Aromas are nutty, with notes of heavily roasted malts, some light dark fruits, cocoa and mineral hops. Nose is nice, but subtle.

Upon first sip I can see why this is highly regarded. Light cocoa, dark bread, coffee and slightly sweet cream flavors up front. Finish is crisp, with a nice earthy hop bite. Nice flavors, and great balance.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth, soft, and full, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a top notch porter, one of the best I've had in a while. The first Hill Farmstead beer I had was good (Holger Danske), this one is very good. (665 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt with light espresso notes with some light vanilla notes. Taste is a very robust porter with quite strong roasted malt notes with a side sot of espresso and light subtle green hops. Body is super full with strong carbonation, no apparent alcohol and a nice creamy texture. Probably one of the best porter I ever had a chance to drink. (474 characters)

Photo of kcbaby
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage courtesy of Auror. Many thanks!

A: Requisite deep brown, nearly opaque black color. Creamy and deep - surprisingly deep - tan head with dense lacing that breaks like that of the most viscous stouts. Remarkable.

S: Roasted and chocolate malt, dark chocolate, hazelnut. Considerable smoke from some unknown but heavenly source. Some lactose-like sweetness at the end.

T: Everything in the nose, plus: begins to taste like a smokehouse smells (lightly) as it warms, tobacco in the middle, light earthy hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: The pour suggested that it may have been a bit too carbonated; fortunately that was not true - it's velvety and smooth.

Overall: The benchmark American porter. (713 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.15/5  rDev -7%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black with a finger of chocolate brown creamy head mixed with a few bubbles. Nice lacing as the head dissipates to a slick of head.

Big roasted notes, medium roasted coffee, dark roasted malt, a light smokiness, dark chocolate. A hint of citrusy hop bitterness and dark fruit as it warms a little.

Taking a sip, bitterness upfront, roasted malt and coffee with some earthiness, then mellows to fruitier coffee flavors, bittersweet chocolate, sweet almond, graham cracker. Lingering coffee and roasted malt flavors on the tongue after a swallow.

Probably on the lighter side of medium, but the good carbonation helps contribute to a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A very nicely crafted porter. (766 characters)

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

500ml bottle 7,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Thanks to Futura123 for this bottle.

Appearance: Wow, Everett is one dark porter! It appears pitch black in the glass, with a back light only showing a some faint red-brown streaks along the edges of the glass. A rough pour yields a massive creamy tan coloured head, that lasts really well and leaves some thick lacing.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious and a lot roastier than I expected from a standard porter. The initial nose offers dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark toasted grains, some char, a hint of smoke and some cocoa. As the beer begins to warm, more toasted notes become apparent, alongside earthy tobacco, brown sugar, milk chocolate, molasses and the faintest hint of vanilla.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour initially leans towards the roasted side of things, with an underlying sweetness becoming apparent with warming. Notes include: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, some coffee, a touch of smoke, some ash/char, dark toasted grains, a little milk chocolate, a touch of earthy tobacco and an underlying sweetness that is reminiscent of dark fruits and molasses. The finish is fairly bitter and lightly astringent. There is no trace of the 7,5%.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just about perfect for a standard porter and makes for a fantastically drinkable beer. Medium (or just over) bodied, with a medium level of wonderfully creamy carbonation.

Overall: Everett is an outstanding porter and certainly deserves its place on the top 100 list. I would kill to have this available locally - a few pints would go down wonderfully well over the course of a football game. (1,683 characters)

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

Thanks to seeswo for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a rich, shiny black with a tall two fingers of dense, red-tinted dark brown head. Very good retention and some nice swaths of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, dark molasses, and some dark chocolate. Dark fruit as it warms (plum, fruitcake).

T: Lots of roasted malt up front, with a little coffee, with some dark molasses imparting some nice sweetness.

M: Ultra smooth, medium-full body, slightly creamy, with light carbonation providing very good mouthfeel.

O: Just a really well balanced porter. Great example of a roasty porter. I wouldn't mind a little more chocolate on the palate but that's splitting hairs. (667 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
4.77/5  rDev +7%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Papat444. Big thank you for this one.

Beer pours black with a large tan head. Incredible retention- head just sits there. Good lacing.

Nose contains chocolate, bitter roast malt, some coffee. A bit of caramel. Slightly woody.

Taste is very good. Lots of roast flavours, malt and burnt caramel, with some bitter dark chocolate. Some molasses. Finish is bitter with some coffee flavour. Very rich and tasty.

Full bodied, nice and thick, with a moderate carbonation level. Smooth.

Overall, excellent. A terrific robust porter. (541 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours a deep ebony with two and a half fingers of creamy dark tan head. Superb head retention with some beautiful lacing.

S- rich chocolate aromas with warm cake like character. Caramel and mocha notes in the middle. Finishes with an aggressive hop character for a porter giving a floral undertone in the finish.

T- rich chocolate mousse, caramel covered chocolate cake and the perfect touch of roasted malt envelope the palate. Hop flavors blend in as well with floral and orange marmelade notes. Lingering malt sweetness in the finish with a mocha like character.

MF- lucious creamy velvet mouthfeel with a heavy medium body. Fine soft carbonation.

D- superbly drinkable. I was picking up a different facet of the beer with each sip.

Overall a world class porter! (773 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle courtesy of Mike. Thank you very much for this opportunity!

Into my Central Waters snifter: pours black with a nice mocha colored head with some substantial staying power. My wife actually said, "that looks nice. Can I have a glass?" She's right, this looks scrumptious.

Loads of chocolate on the nose along with a dry bitter roast. Coffee with cream, light yeast, and a touch of herbal hops as well.

Velvety dark chocolate in spades and big dry bitter roast from the nose loom large. Some bright orange notes from the Columbus hops punch through the middle, coupled with the medium roast coffee. Long and lingering light bitterness on the finish that I can only describe as barky...not the dog type, but the woodsy tree type. Not sure it makes sense, but I pulled a ton of that from Daybreak and I find it here as well. Soft vanilla on the back end.

Creamy and luscious and simply soft and luxurious. The first small pour seemed over carbonated, but the bottle seems to have settled down. Alcohol is non existent throughout.

If other porters even considered moving into the neighborhood, I'd be a hell of a lot more interested in the style. Then again, Everett would kick those lesser porters' asses and make them feel a fool. (1,248 characters)

Photo of cbeer88
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #7. Poured into tulip.

Appearance: Talk about a sexy head… words don't do it justice. The lacing is comparable in its thick and lush layers. Inky thick black into the glass.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, tobacco. Very nice.

Taste: A luscious blend of coffee, malt, hops. Not bitter in the least. This guy is a little bit on the sweet side, but otherwise nails it.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, but perfect for the style. Perfectly carbed.

Drinkability: Pretty high. It's sweetness might get to me after one bottle, but the one bottle is awesome.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. This is a porter but almost seems to push into coffee stout territory, and this one pretty much nails it. (729 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle split into tulips. Big thanks to inlimbo77 for sending this one my way.

Pours a dark brown to black color with a caramel colored head. About three centimeters of head forms and lingers for a bit before receding to a healthy, bubbly ring and patches across the surface of the liquid. Scattered patches of sticky lacing decorate the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate, brown sugar, roasted barley, a bit of toffee or caramel, and a hint of dark licorice.

The taste is of bitter chocolate, licorice, caramel, brown sugar, roasted barley, some muddle, earthy grains, and a vague hint of citrus. It’s fairly sweet when you break it down, but it’s exceptionally balanced by the roasted characteristics.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Slightly bitter from the cacao and hops, full-bodied, and rich, but finishing quite cleanly and going down smoothly. The bitterness/roastiness subsides towards the back of the mouth, taking on a more velvet-like feel.

Overall, this is a phenomenal porter. I pulled some strange individual flavors out of it, but they worked together beautifully. Well balanced, easy to drink, and simply delicious; a pleasure all around. (1,170 characters)

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