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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Everett PorterEverett Porter

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,275 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1275
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.3%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-15-2010)
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TychoNDC

New York

4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a HF stemmed tulip. The growler was obtained on 3/01/2014 from the brewery, and consumed on 3/03.

A- Jet black with a molasses brown hue at the edge of the glass. The small tan head from the pour recedes quickly, leaving minimal lacing. This is a beautiful beer and hits all of the visual cues that my brain is looking for in a porter. I suppose a tiny bit more head/lacing could make this a perfect 5, but I'm reaching here!

O- Wow. Just absolutely wonderful on all accounts. Fresh malted barley with a beautiful medium roast. Neither overwhelming nor faint, this one is just right. It's hard to imagine a better smelling porter.

T- Up front, it's pure malty, roasty goodness. As the mild sweetness fades, the coffee flavor starts to pick up, reaching a quite lovely combination of malt and mocha. Coffee dominates the finish, bringing on a satisfying light bitter quality that makes you crave another sip.

M - Silky smooth, this beer is not as heavy as I expected. There's minimal carbonation, yet it still feels light on the tongue. It's a bit surprising, as its not as syrupy as I expected, nor as dry. The alcohol is quite well hidden, as is the case with most HF beers.

O - Simply the best porter I have ever had. Absolutely astounding purity. I've had this on tap and from a growler, and it did not disappoint. If you are a fan of porters, I highly recommend you seek this out!

Serving type: growler

02-28-2014 21:09:40 | More by TychoNDC
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown from the growler, black in the glass. Beautiful lacing from a nice head for the style, very dark brown with good retention.

Aroma is of coffee beans, barley, dark malts, and cream. Not a particularly complex or overpowering nose, but nice and relaxing.

Taste follows the nose, highlighting big coffee notes, a sweet creaminess, a hint of grape-like booze, dark malts, dark fruit, earthy hop bitterness, and chewy wheat.

In a lot of stouts and porters with a full mouthfeel, "chewy" is the nom de jour typically sought after; here, "creamy" seems so much more appropriate. Full, robust, creamy, luscious; pick your favorite. I can't imagine improving on the mouthfeel.

Interestingly, I like this beer anywhere from refrigerator to cellar temperature; once it warms to room temperature, the bitterness and coffee flavor become a little too dominant for my tastes, and you lose out on the delicious creaminess.

Serving type: growler

02-23-2014 01:57:25 | More by Roguer
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2014 23:09:30 | More by cpetrone84
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to williamjbauer for this one. Served in a snifter
verett

A- Pours nearly pitch black with no head at all, no fizz, nothing. Looks like a cup of coffee

S- Very complex nose that includes lots of chocolaty malt, slightly smoky campfire, charcoal, raisin and prune. The chocolate notes just continue throughout, reminiscent of a nutty piece of chocolate fudge

T- The complexity continues to the flavor. Rich roasted chocolaty malt with big notes of coffee and dark fruit with some nutty hazelnut. Smoky notes add a slight bitterness and charred woodsy flavor, the finish picks up some herbal notes with more coffee and chocolate on the linger that seems to last forever

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slick mouthfeel and silky finish. Drinks efortlessly for a 7.5% ABV

O- This is my first HF beer and I was weary of all of the hype, but this was an awesome porter. I had a growler and it had lost some carbonation, so I’d love to try the bottled version. Nontheless, this was a great intro to HF and I look forward to trying more.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2014 03:37:32 | More by Treyliff
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL growler poured into a snifter. Thanks Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours practically pitch black in color with some tan froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Quite rich and deep, even for a porter. Mountains of raisin and coffee grounds with a subtle kick of sweet vanilla. A superb underlying roasted quality to this that makes the coffee aromas very striking.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. An excellent roasted quality with coffee and cocoa. Hints at a smoky licorice and vanilla on the finish that I am really enjoying right now.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Definitely one of the more robust porters I have had in recent memory. Just a superb roasted quality to the malts.

(O)- A world class porter in every way. It is also perhaps one of the strongest porters I have had as well, but that is the way I like them.

Serving type: growler

10-30-2013 15:33:14 | More by sweemzander
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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Poured into a tulip glass from a 2L growler filled yesterday and stored over night in the refrigerator.

Bottom Line: I recently wrote a not-very-nice review about Hill Farmstead's Edward Pale Ale, which I felt did not even approach the expectation generated by its hype. Combined with my experience at the brewery itself, I was ready to write the entire experience off. That being said, I like the Everett Porter quite a bit. I mostly like it because it is refreshing with a crisp mouthfeel and a nice flavor that does not linger. This is the kind of beer that you finish a glass of without even realizing how much you've already had.

A: Dark beer. Extremely dark brown, if not black, with a thin 1cm , caramel-colored head. A quick swirl shows that it runs off the side of the glass rather quickly. The head leaves a beautiful, small bubbled glistening effect on the sides of the glass as it runs down.

S: Light, refreshing, coffee notes. An subtle, underlying level of alcohol vapors.

T: Refreshing coffee flavor that does not overwhelm or underperform. There is something else here that I can't quite place - something sour, oily, or syrupy but not quite hoppy, sweet, or citrusy. Not quite two-dimensional in flavor, but maybe 1.5-dimensional, in a nice way with a nice coffee aftertaste that does not overstay its welcome

M: Low carbonation. Initially thin mouthfeel, that has a nice stickiness to it that causes the beer to feel a little syrupy on the sides of your mouth. I really like it.

Overall: I recently wrote a not-very-nice review about Hill Farmstead's Edward, but I think the Everett is pretty good. It is amazingly refreshing, with crisp flavors that are in no way cloying.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2013 18:13:51 | More by tkdchampxi
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BTVflatlander

Vermont

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in an old-school Hill Farmstead pint from a growler obtained in Greensboro about a week prior.

A: Silk, black, oily with a caramel mocha head. Perfect.

S: Chocolate, coffee, whisky, and oak.

T: Spot on porter. As with the smell, the coffee flavor is the most powerful and the balance of roasted malts, hops, along with the mouthfeel make this superb.

M: Perfect creamy, thick mouthfeel one would expect from Hill.

O: This is, by far, the best porter or stout I've ever had the pleasure of trying and I suspect it's up there on all counts. This was the first non-hoppy beer from Hill that I got to try on tap back in the winter at Parker Pie Co., in West Glover, Vt., and did it blow me away. Execution down to a minute detail as has become the trend from Hill. Try it if you can.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2013 20:45:33 | More by BTVflatlander
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rodkin

Missouri

4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From a growler filled today at the brewery.

Pours dark dark brown, almost black. Little carbonation.

Smell is big coffee and chocolate, sweet malts, slightly bitter roast. Really nice interplay of the sweet and bitter. Fantastic.

Taste was smooth coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, slightly sweet creamy flavor. Really good, though not quite as noteworthy as the nose.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, low carbonation, on the lighter side of medium bodied.

I wish the mouthfeel was a bit thicker or a bit more carbonated. Other than that though, no real complaints. A truly impressive porter that lived up to its reputation.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2013 00:26:55 | More by rodkin
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly filled growler at Hill Farmstead and poured into a snifter glass.
Pouring this into the glass, wow. So dark and the head appeared to be a dark ginger caramel color.
Smell was piney and roasted malt, really nice combination in this porter.
Taste was fantastic, big, bold, in your face, some substantial bitterness, coffee, some chocolate.
Mouthfeel was good, on the thinner side, mild carbonation.
Overall Everett demands your attention. This is a finely crafted and substantial porter. Delicious.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2013 14:31:48 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750ml growler generously opened up by Dustin at our crazy bottleshare last night, 10/5/2013. Poured into a Zwanze 2013 glass. Also just recently opened a 750ml growler yesterday, 10/22/2013, split with Doug.

Looks like a pretty straightforward porter. Sexy, viscous, dark body with a fair 1cm white head that dissipates slowly. I can tell this is a well-carbonated beer. A bit of lacing throughout which sticks around. Outstanding, looks great. Pretty much like Black Butte or Edmund Fitzgerald.

Smells intensely roasty. I love the nose on this beer. Its very rich, roasty and quite hoppy. There's a nice bit of espresso bitterness in there mixed in with some dark chocolates. It's very strong, somewhat complex and balanced.

Oh hell yes. This is the most intense, complex yet balanced porter I've ever had. It has a ton of sweet milk chocolate, espresso bitterness, roast barley malts. There is even a dash of vanilla here. Pretty much everything I could ever want in a porter. All of these flavours meld together so well despite all being so intense, which is the real key to this beer. Ridiculously awesome.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Lots of porters are fairly thin-medium bodied, but this is solidly medium-full bodied. It is substantial and has that creamy, full Hill Farmstead mouthfeel. I'm not surprised that this is 7.5% ABV given how much flavour and body is in this beer, but I don't get any burn on this beer. While it is full bodied and hefty, it remains just right in terms of carbonation and roasty finish.

Best American porter I've ever had. It's the best in the style, no question which is why I give it a 5 overall. Hill Farmstead seems to really define the best of the styles I've had so far, especially pale ales and porters. I'm looking forward to trying some of their saisons and stouts, if I ever get my hands on some!

Serving type: growler

10-07-2013 03:36:30 | More by Stevedore
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alaimoa

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Again another perfect 5 from Hill Farmstead
Big boy growler brought to CT by TauroE
Pours a fully opaque jet black with a 1 inch head and phenomenal lace
Taste has a medium density with chocolate, coffee shining through and vanilla in the background
Mouthfeel smooth and creamy
Overall perfect

Serving type: growler

07-26-2013 21:07:13 | More by alaimoa
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kevanb

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized glass.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, touches of cola brown when struck by the light with a nice finger or two of khaki head that has decent retention and leaves a decent amount of spotted lacing. The aroma is simply amazing, loads of bitter dark chocolate, rich smooth dark malt, roasted coffee beans, lightly toasted grain, molasses with touches of chalkiness and a bit of stone fruit and alcohol on the finish. The flavors are really lovely and quite in line with the nose, lots of chocolate and coffee with super smooth grain that has some lightly toasted qualities, stone fruit, a touch of licorice and lightly abrasive alcohol as it goes down. The flavors are exceptionally complex and the balance is near perfect, each sip brings out something new and exciting. The body is fantastically rich, smooth and coats the mouth very well and has a wonderfully creamy finish that has a bit of dryness to it.

Verdict: Spectacular to say the least. This porter is absurdly complex, impressively balanced and just a delight to drink. Easily the best Porter I've tried to date and one of the more impressive beers from Hill Farmstead. For a beer that doesn't rely on the crutch of barrel aging or adjuncts, this is quite the experience.

Serving type: growler

06-30-2013 00:57:32 | More by kevanb
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew was poured from a growler into Hill Farmstead stemware, showing the color of burnt molasses. It put up a one and a half finger head of big coffee colored bubbles, showing nice retention. Creamy rings of lacing were left around the glass as it dissipated at a slower pace. No haze or sediment was appreciated, and carbonation appeared to be active. The nose was heavy, with cloying coffee and chocolate malt melt and residual dextrins, deep black and brown malt roastiness, floral hop freshness, ash, brown sugars, mineral, glassy metallics, and warming booze. Our first impression was that this was a serious porter, with fantastic sweetness met by leafiness, sourness, and dark roast of grain. As we sipped, the buds were flooded with notes of thick roast, caramel, bittered chocolate, and caramel roastiness, soy sauce salts, green grassy and herbal hops, mineral water, baker’s yeast, vanilla icing sweetness, plum skins, and milk chocolate oiliness. The middle came to a peak with more metallics, musk and funk of grain and straw, heavy dark chocolate bitterness, molasses sweetness, devil’s food cake breadiness, white sugar, gritty yeast, and phenolic medicinals. The ending wash came with even greater sweetness of toffee and caramel candies, bittered waxiness, lactic cream, mineral, metallic coffee bean bite, vanilla extract, stark booziness, buttery warmth, brown sugar toast, tobacco leafiness, and burnt floral hops. The aftertaste breathed of salty seawater, vegetals, blackboard chalkiness, baker’s yeast bite, coffee and richly toffee malts, cooked brown sugars, earthy and floral hop balance, wild roasty sweetness, tobacco smokiness, cakey breadiness, wheat rind, distant lemon zest, and brassy metallics. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave wonderful sip, smack, slurp, cream, and froth. The finishing pop was crisp, and the corners of the mouth were left sticky and taken care of. The mouth was left thickly coated and equally as sticky, with eventual dry astringency across the hard palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped excellently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma and its flavoring. The nose gives roasty malts and robustness off the bat, with the taste following suite wonderfully. The latter actually was much more rich than expected, with toffees and caramels giving more thickness, sweetness, and flavor across the taste. This was helped along by a silky smooth feel that left the mouth coated, but also asking for more. The sip was smooth, and everything was really inviting about this beer, making it second in the line of Hill Farmstead beers that we’ve been impressed with. Fantastic for the style, deep, and contemplative.

Serving type: growler

06-27-2013 04:12:10 | More by TheBrewo
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-poured into Hill Farmstead glass, very rich dark brown with a small mocha head. Looks like you're about to drink a brownie.
S-very chocolate, dark malt, coffee
T-just like it smells, very chocolatey coffee, sweet aftertaste, nothing really smokey. Phenomenal
M-almost creamy, sweet aftertaste, very rich.
O-Probably my favorite porter I've had. This alone is always worth the trip to HFB

Serving type: growler

06-26-2013 13:01:21 | More by KingdomBobcat
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured with a very thin light brown head that clung nicely. Color was a very very dark brown that was almost black and was completely opaque. Came out a bit on the thicker side. Aroma was slightly sweet, but a bit burnt as well. Almost like a burnt mocha with just a hint of malt. Flavor was very similar to the smell. Seemed like a roasted grain, with some sweetness from lactose. A small hint of bitter on the backend, but very balanced. Felt very good in the mouth. Coated extremely well, with a bit of tingle from carbonation. Overall a very smooth and well balanced beer Pleasant to drink, perhaps a bit to sweet to be sessionable.

Serving type: growler

06-25-2013 22:29:29 | More by mountdew1
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4ster

Quebec (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml flip top growler. Filled on 05/15/13, drank today. Poured into large wine glass, first pour at around 10c/50f.

A: Pours very black as expected, very quick, light chocolate tan head, dies off pretty quickly, little lakes of lacing floating on top.

S: Pretty light on the nose at the initial temp, but most of the aroma is the roasted malts...I don't get much hops or bitterness, but mainly chocolates...

T: Right out of the bottle (at above noted temps), starts light, lots of roasted malts....but in a milk chocolate way that is typical of porters, not that sweet at all and with that interesting earthy/acidic barley flavour, finishes slightly bitter burnt espresso coffee, caramel, and as others note, roasted almonds/nuts.

M: Light, nice carbonation (may differ from bottle, but still, as with all HF, naturally carbonated... extremely balanced and smooth, not really sticky like a stout or overly dry....allows for easy drinking

O: Certainly the best porter I've had... not too light, but has that easy drinking style compared to stouts, but quite full flavoured, too often porters turn out more watery as they try to get that nice drinkability but this one doesn't disappointed... not overly hoppy either, with just a lot of nice burnt/roasted malt profiles blending together... where the typical porter runs around 5% but turns out flat, HF has been able to finally build up the malt profile while raising the ABV, but without sacrificing the style and making it syrupy/sticky/stout like... love it...

Serving type: growler

06-01-2013 01:50:21 | More by 4ster
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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(copied from blog - written March 9, 2013)

Appearance – On the lighter side of black. Creamy brown head. Slight lacing.
Smell – Chocolate and roasted barley. Some vanilla.
Taste – Very bold, burnt/roasted backbone. Chocolate is prominent. Slight boozy taste.

Holy shit, man! Perhaps it’s the anticipation of having 64 ounces of this godly liquid in my fridge for a few days untouched… or perhaps it’s because the first glass I had was after drinking four crappy Lionsheads… or maybe it’s because it is ABSOLUTELY delicious, but this beer woke me up from the tired stupor I was in on this boring Saturday night. I had barely gotten done taking the picture of it in the glass before it was going down the hatch. It is known that I love imperial porters but this takes that love to a different place. A honeymoon in Hawaii perhaps… OK I’ll leave the weird, romantic shit at the door…

In all seriousness, Earl’s bigger and more badass brother Everett has a huge roasted barley taste which is the highlight of this beer, it REALLY catches your attention, and if you like that sort of flavor you will be blown away. The chocolate along with the smooth mouthfeel assist in the drinkability which is unusually high considering the strong flavor.

One more time, thanks to Brian for making this consumption possible! Cheers!

Serving type: growler

05-24-2013 22:57:56 | More by RummyRedbeard
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour from a growler provided to me courtesy of forum member Bluecane.

Pours with a stout-like darkness and a nice healthy looking mocha head. Strong lacing, looks well carbonated.

Smell is roasty malt and chocolate and a bit of a hop presence (strikes me as centennial but i'm probably wrong). The hop presence is far from overwhelming, but stronger than in most porters.

Taste is in line with smell, but just a little more enjoyable. Lots of roasty chocolate goodness without being overwhelming. No real sense of alcohol and no real bitterness in the finish. Just as with the smell, the hops are evident but not jarring.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style. Feels pretty smooth and is easy to drink.

Overall this is probably the best porter i've ever had. Based on its ranking, i don't feel particularly creative in making that assertion. It's super drinkable while having its hop and malt character remain assertive while simultaneously blending together well. Kind of a slightly better, lighter version of fresh Nightstalker. Give it a try if you can, but then again you already knew that.

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Serving type: growler

04-22-2013 20:00:40 | More by mechamifune
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oline73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2013 23:49:29 | More by oline73
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DevilsCups

New York

4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2013 03:05:44 | More by DevilsCups
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 750mL growler of Hill Farmstead's big Porter, Everett, from the brewery during an early August beer pilgrimage. Served from the growler into a pint glass. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): Everett pours a nearly-black with brown highlights and is topped by a nice milk chocolate brown head of foam. This is a black beauty if there ever was one. Good things to come, I'm sure.

Smell (5/5): Everett's aroma is quite pungent and VERY nice: notes of fresh brewed coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts spring to the fore. Roasty–one for the cooler months, for sure. Mellow, not very aggressive, and despite being a quite robust 7.5% ABV Porter, not a hint of booze in the nose. Top marks! The nose on this American Porter blows the doors even off of the venerable Founders Porter.

Taste (4.5/5): The first thing one notices when drinking Everett is the roastiness, its dominant character. It stays in the driver's seat for the whole ride and lingers on into the long finish. Flavors of dark chocolate and fresh brewed coffee are there beautifully balancing against the roast fest and provide some sweetness and bitterness, respectively. There is some subtle, herbal hoppiness to the beer, too. Not a sweet beer, and it's also a little dry. The overall effect is wonderful: Everett ends up tasting like a flourless chocolate cake with a side of toasted almonds or walnuts. Excellent.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Everett is smooth as silk, not very viscous, full-bodied and semi-dry. Its medium-light carbonation does not leave one wanting–you don't want a roasty dark beer like this to be bubbly! No, Everett is a silky palate massage if there ever was one. It has a looong finish that is a bit bitter and dry. Again, premium stuff.

Overall (4.5/5): With all the insanely good hoppy stuff that Hill Farmstead puts out it can be easy to overlook their "house porter," Everett. Don't! Here is an American Porter with serious body, incredibly well balanced, deep flavors, a long finish, and a smooth finish (for when you get tired Abner's big, tropical fruit bitterness, maybe). Enjoy it with friends.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2012 02:26:44 | More by hagbergl
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Kinsman

California

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills the glass with a absolute pitch black body and a dark tan head makes a short but attractive appearance.

A strong coffee note upfront with a nice bit of chocolate and sweet brown sugar to back it up. A smokey charred note gives you a preview of the robustness to come.

An explosion of flavor takes place with the first sip and it takes a while to really understand everything that is going on here. Certainly the coffee notes play a major role but the sweetness of the carmel malts adds a nice touch. Roasted notes come through in a wave of smokey flavors and leaves you with a lingering bitterness that allows the hops to come into play as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Certainly makes this a nice sipper for a damp and dark night. Overall, I had pretty high expectations coming into this beer as I consider the standard robust porter (i.e. non-imperialized or flavored) to be one of my favorite styles. Everett met all those expectation and exceeded them in some parts and is only going to make the 100 mile drive to the brewery all the more tempting.

Serving type: growler

07-29-2012 01:56:25 | More by Kinsman
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, somehow missed reviewing this one, not sure how. Love this and get it every time I visit.

It pours an almost pitch black rich liquid that bubbles out a nice 1 finger darker colored head, creamy head that fades semi slowly with a decent lacing on the glass.

NOse explodes with chocolate and caramel, some baker's and a slight dark chocolate, plenty of caramel, a hint of roast and coffee, a chewy malt base with a hint of oats, a nice big meaty dark malt profile that really pumps up the beer. And somewhere in the middle of all that comes very light earthy hops.

Taste comes on with waves of smooth rich malts, lots of chocolate, a bit of dark chocolate, baker's, and plenty of creamy milk chocolate. A light roasted malt profile, bringing a hint of coffee with it, and I think a touch of black patent malt. Plenty of caramel comes through with the waves, and brings just a touch of bready like malts that, with the chocolate, give a malted milk ball taste. Some creamy flavors with a lactose like feel and maybe hint of oats. There is an earthy slightly bitter hop taste in the background that let's the malts speak. The finish is fairly dry with a long lingering chocolate flavor, fair amount of earthy bitterness, light lingering roast and caramel.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and creamy, decent carb.

Overall very nice, quite drinkable with lots of great malts that taste great and make me want more with each sip. The booze is mostly hidden, and the earthy hops give just enough bitterness to prop up the malts so they can shine. Almost a perfect porter, delicious.

Serving type: growler

07-22-2012 22:55:44 | More by jlindros
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jegross2

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Everett from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Score: 94

Opening a 750 ml growler that I received about a week ago from the overly generous Jason Richard. Served in a Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/28/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with just over a finger of creamy mocha colored head that quickly settles into a bubbly ring around the glass and foggy thin layer that caps off just over 50 percent of the beer. Superior lacing, above average retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Smokey roasted chocolate, dark chocolate and bittersweet baking chocolate morsels. Roasted oat, a little caramel and modest espresso/dark roast coffee. A light dose of piney hops too. 4/5

Taste: Just as much smokey roasted chocolate on the palate as the aroma led on. Toffee, light caramel and plenty of dry dark/raw chocolate with a smooth chocolatey finish. The beer is not very complex, but it's a luscious medley of creamy chocolate flavors throughout. Truly delightful. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full-medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry and modestly bitter finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Quite possibly the best everyday porter that I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. Very roasty/smokey and chocolate-forward.

Recommendation: Everyone should seek out a bottle of this stuff.

Pairings: Ice cream sundae.

Cost: $8 for a 500 ml bottle, $8 for a 750 ml growler or $16 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit).

Serving type: growler

05-28-2012 21:05:45 | More by jegross2
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml growler

A: Black, with a thin head that dissipates instantly. Looks pretty.

S: Lightly sweet cocoa, with mild roasted malt. Subtle coffee notes as well. This smells incredible.

T: That's robust! Semisweet cocoa, light hops, and a bit roasty.

M: Luscious. Lighter bodied, but great for a porter.

O: The best porter that I've ever had. They are generally not my style, but the great mouthfeel and complex flavor profile knocks it out of the park. Definitely one I'd like to have again.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2012 02:10:03 | More by Hophead717
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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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