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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,694 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,694
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.28%
Wants: 847
Gots: 213 | FT: 17
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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Ratings: 1,694 | Reviews: 289 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Sammy, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some slight cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a really roasty flavor without being too harsh.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

djrn2, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hill Farmstead First Anniversary Party. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours near black with a really nice tan/mocha head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward coffee and chocolate along with some light roasted malt character. There's a light touch of smoke in the background. The flavor is dominated by chocolate and coffee. Light smoke and sweetness with some roast there as well. Medium body with good carbonation. Nice and creamy. Alcohol is not noticeable. Really solid brew.

Thorpe429, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

zestar, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

acurtis, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a mocha cap of foam; decent retention and a shard or two 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

brentk56, May 23, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 24, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect blend of boldness, robustness, masculinity, and smoothness are the ingredients that work best in this American-style Porter of world class status.

Somewhere in the Porter or Stout register, the beer pours with a creamy and lavish separation of darkest "bark" brown ale and light mocha-tan meringue that forms on top. Firm withstanding and intricate lacing patterns emerge as the foam character easily endures the session. To the eye, the beer is as good as advertised.

Strong roasty-sweet aromas are easily confused with Stout, but the scent shares elements of heavy toast, walnuts, bold-roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and an almost milkshake-like malty-sweet undercurrent.

And that milkshake like taste is alive on the early palate as the taste of burnt caramel, heavy whipping cream, vanilla and near-yougurt milky tang all make a mark early. Simultaneous taste of strong fresh coffee, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate, and heavily charred toast balance the sweetness and creaminess and offer an identity of their own. Nearly strong enough to suggest Stout, the beer restrains its deep roasty dryness to win over the Porter argument. A finish of coffee-like bitterness and roasted nuts close the beer malty-dry and decadent in taste.

Full bodied, creamy and velvety- the Porter rivals any Milk or Oatmeal Stout on the market. The beer simply blankets the mouth with a cocoon of creaminess that latches onto the mouth and seduces it with its silk. The beer retains its creamy structure until very late in the session where rummy alcohol warmth, light bitterness, and drying roast malt sharpens the textures to signal a long and roasty aftertaste.

I'm not sure if the ale is more of a Porter or a Stout, but style-police aside, this is a sultry and savory beer of roasted proportions that soothes the sense of taste like few can. Its remarkable drinkability would allow for a greater rate of consumption if its savory creaminess didn't act so dessert-like on the mouth.

BEERchitect, May 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Texasfan549, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thick black as night opaque oil color with a nice two inch head that ever so slowly faded and stayed at about a half inch until the bottom. Very nice thick lace down the sides, gooey and creamy, very nice look to it. Smell took a while to warm up, at first was strong alcohol and caramel sweetness. As it warmed some more subtle smells started to come through, hints at chocolate and coffee started to overtake, and the alcohol quickly faded, leaving a very nice overall aroma. The taste followed the smell with the caramel hitting first. Nice flavors of coffee followed, maybe even a hazelnut hint in there, well rounded.

mikesgroove, Aug 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

kjkinsey, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

GRG1313, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Bobby. Thanks.

A: The pour is a very dark brown with some definite red notes when held to the light. A thin layer of tan foam.

S: There's a slight smoke to the aroma as well as some peat. Roasted malts, dark and bitter chocolate, and quite a bit coffee. There are some sort of surprising dark fruits, but a lot of licorice.

T: A lot of coffee and roasted malt flavor with some bitter dark chocolate. It's sort of bitter and astringent, however, with some definite ash and char. There's a good bit of smoke notes to it. Also, a lot of oak/wood flavor to this, which was sort of surprising.

M: Medium in body with a smooth and full carbonation.

D: A bit too ashy to be super drinkable, but still a solid beer. Glad to have tried this.

womencantsail, Feb 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sean for this fresh growler. Nice dark/black with minimal carbonation with minimal head and nice lacing. The smell is roasty, chocolate, light buttery, syrupy light molasses or maple not sure which. The taste is thick, rich, oaky, leathery, and smoky. Great porter. Great mouthfeel and carbonation. This and Captain Lawrence porters are top of this class. I've had this in bottle and growler a few times and it never fails to impress. If you like porters, this is a must have and even better readily available.

spycow, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Knapp85, Sep 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

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

TMoney2591, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter glass it generates a frothy head of tan foam, with a creamy texture to the surface. Jet black with mahoghany edges. As time passes, the foam becomes slightly sticky in the glass, around the edges.

Pure liquid chocolate, mellow char, dark chocolate aroma.

Deep roast, mocha and espresso notes, dark chocolate composing the core flavors of this porter. Creamy with a dry aftertaste. Mellow and moderately bitter towards the end. Relatively dry, mellow feel. Pleasantly rich dark chocolate flavors, tasty stuff, but not all that different from local favorites. Thank you Dave for sharing!

emerge077, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from bring. Thanks, Barry.

Appearance: A ton of foam upon first pour, with a small amount of black liquid beneath. Swirling out some of the carbonation leaves me with an opaque dark brown beer topped by a frothy, lasting head. While it's excessively carbonated for the style, it's a great looking beer once the foam settles down.

Aroma: Cocoa, subtle smoke, licorice, coffee, roasted malt, roasted peanuts. Smells fantastic, wow. There's a lot going on here.

Palate: Nearly perfect for the style. Rich without a ton of sweetness, though it's plenty malty. Roasty, bready flavors roll across the tongue first, followed by smoke and licorice, coffee, roasted nuts. Medium-full body with a bitter, toasty finish that leaves a lingering note of anise. Fantastic.

largadeer, Oct 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

SocalKicks, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Jason, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewery filled 2 liter "genie" shaped swing-top growler into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a dense black in the glass, topped with 2 thick fingers of milk chocolate colored head. The retention of this is strong, sticking around with a stiff creamy finger width that soaks the sides of the glass with rich spotty lacing. Wow, the aroma alone earns this beer its name, with a ROBUST mix of coffee, smoky roast, cocoa, toffee, fresh citrus, and a leafy spiciness. This literally just blows up in the nose with flavor. Awesome.

The taste follows right along with the lead taken by the aroma, drenching the palate with a rich tangy mix of roasted coffee, chocolate malts, sticky caramel, and zesty citrus flavors, while hops and roast add a bitter bite to the proceedings. I think that the sticky dark sweetness mostly wins out here in the end, being well balanced and leaving a favorable lasting impression. The finish here is dry, with lingering notes of bitter fruit, sweet sugars, and burnt roast. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a BIG feeling crisp creaminess that expands out into the mouth after each sip but then gets much more slick and creamy as this works its way towards the back of the throat. That slicker feel really highlights all of that delicious sweetness in the profile and couples with a zero alcohol presence to really keep this easy and silky feeling despite the extreme richness of the flavors.

This was a VERY impressive American Porter and is definitely in my top 2-3 for the style. It's a robust, complex, easy drinking, and just a flat out flavorful Hill Farmstead offering that kept me completely satisfied until I drained the last drop from my glass. This is yet another in a long line of well executed and kick ass beers from Shaun and company. Well done!

Kegatron, Mar 02, 2011
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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,694 ratings.