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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Everett PorterEverett Porter

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1,273 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1273
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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Verecund

Texas

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

Opened on May 4, 2011. I have previously had the barrel-aged version, which was really nice, so I was looking forward to this. Thanks to RSchaeffer for the extra!

Pours black with two full fingers of thick tan head. Shaun knows his aesthetics. Ridiculous lacing. The only complaint is that the second pour yields almost too much head (four full fingers).

Smoky roast coffee, tons of milk chocolate, dark fruit and a nice milky creaminess. Toffee sweetness alongside a really pleasant spiciness. The sweeter and milky parts remind me of Velvet Merkin, but this features much more spicy balancing complexity and "robust," smoky elements.

Both milk and [xx%] cocoa dark chocolate, espresso roast coffee beans, peppercorn, and an ashy smokiness. The spicy oak found in the -bal version is here too. How? - I have no idea. More or less maps onto the nose.

At first, this has too much carbonation - medium-bodied, with full, expanding-in-the-mouth carbonation. Thirty minutes later, the creaminess characteristic of HFS comes through, and the body feels appropriately fuller.

Different, but pleasantly so. It's almost exactly what I expected - spicy, somewhat smoky, rich, quietly oaky, with coffee and chocolate. A winner.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

EDIT: Updated score based on second and third bottles.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 02:46:00 | More by Verecund
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Azurescens

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 4/29/12.

A: Pours a dark clear brown with frothy mocha head. Great retention leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Loaded with toasted malt and hints of cocoa and coffee. Hop and alcohol presence are both faint. As it warms the 7.5% ABV becomes more apparent.

T: Taste follows the aroma with rich lightly roasted malt and some chocolate. Sweetness is balanced by above average hop bitterness for a porter. A mild herbal hop flavor and some alcohol come through more towards the finish.

M: Body is on the fuller side of medium with moderate carbonation. Finishes semi-dry with some bitterness

O: Nice, rich flavorful porter, good drinkability but I feel a bit less bitterness would make this dangerously easy drinking. Another solid offering from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:41:26 | More by Azurescens
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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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quirkzoo

Colorado

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

Thanks to Funkyaudio for this one.

Pours straight black with half of finger of khaki head that recedes to some splotchy lacing in the glass.

The aroma is powerful and complex lots of chocolate up front with some roasted coffee in the background. Very "clean" aroma, everything fits together and nothing clashes.

The taste is more of the same. In the wine world I would say this beer has good concentration. It is full of flavor but does not taste harsh or cloying. Just enough bitterness to cleanse my palate and keep me wanting more.

The mouthfeel is phenomenal, smooth, just a touch creamy, very drinkable, glad to take down the whole 500ml by myself.

Overall I tried to keep my expectations in check and started with a very critical eye but this beer delivers, this is definitely becoming a perma-want.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 03:09:46 | More by quirkzoo
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tarheels86

California

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Capone’s and later at Eulogy for RBSG Philly 2011/Philly Beer Week. The pour is midnight with a utterly insane deep mocha head erupting and sitting still for about 30 minutes. No joke. Infinite retention and giant lace of Jesus. Nose is wet tobacco, chili pepper, hazelnut liquor similar to De Molen Heaven & Hell. Taste has some salty chocolate bacon, savory umami, deep and rich baker chocolate and spicy chili pepper. Buttery, full, De Molen imperial stout palate. Wickedly rich. Unfair to put this in the porter category. Definitely the new superlative for style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 15:26:25 | More by tarheels86
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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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danedelman

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drove up there a few weeks ago and feel now that I should have bought more. Don't ask to trade me as nothing will beat this.

A-deep black with a nice 1 finger fluffy tan head.

S-lots of roastiness and almost a subtle coffee/chocolate note. Toasty malt also, very earthy smell goes with it.

T-Very smooth creamy and delicious velvety chocolate and roast come in and smooth right down the throat. I don't give 5's ever but this one is damn perfect.

M-very thick and viscous. very velvety and smooth and creamy. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 21:19:41 | More by danedelman
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rtaps

California

4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown nice mocha head with good retention and lacing and viscous

Big Roasted notes coffee back tones, some dark chocolate

Like the nose it's big roasted mats almost has a smokey character to it, chocolate and coffee back end and the roastedness lingers afterword.

Light bodied, not as viscous as it looks in the glass. Medium carb

Overall it's a good porter 

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 20:32:57 | More by rtaps
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tap served in a glass at prohibition pig

Deep dark brown, taupe head

Deep rich chocolate, hint of coffee

First sip, wow! What a sensation. Smooth, rich, intense deep malty, chocolate sweet , coffee, delicious. Very smooth start and finish. Glides across your tongue, very drinkable. Waiter, please bring me more , more , more!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 03:49:11 | More by WunderLlama
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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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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse for $10. Beautiful muddy beige head a good lacing. This brew is straight black with good medium to full body.

Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, some earthy hops, port wine, maybe a little raisin or dark fruit too.

Tastes sublime: chocolate notes, subtle roastiness, molasses, coffee, raisins, mildly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth up front, with subtle bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall one of the best - if not the best - porters I've ever had. This brewery is top notch - very happy I found this bottle (last one in the shop back in September).

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:36:05 | More by ElGallo
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unclejazz

New York

3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to see this on tap at Sunswick 35/35, it looks like they are building a solid relationship with HF. Actually got to try this one a few times.

A-solid dark brown with a 1 finger heads that did not go away. Nice lacing.

S-roasted malt and a bit of cocoa. Not much else

T-heavy roasted malt taste with very little sweetness if any, reminiscient of Anchor's variety.

M-rich but not heavy, lower on carbonation like a good porter should.

O-a very solid representation of the style, but not my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 11:27:55 | More by unclejazz
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jbone78

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Had it on tap in Montpelier. Poured dark brown with little tan head, not much. Smells of roasted malt, I kinda pickup some black malt, not sure. Tastes very balanced with chocolate, coffee, and finishes with the black malt character mentioned before. All around good beer and if there isn't any black malt, my bad.

Bye

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2013 16:47:05 | More by jbone78
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed HF taster.

A) Jet black with a nice tan head that takes a bit to dissipate

S) Slight Chocolate, Vanilla and a bit of Coffee

T) Nice chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Can't believe coffee was not used reading from some of the other reviews. Alcohol well hidden.

M) Very smooth.

O) Could teach some stouts a lesson. Glad to have tried!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:05:37 | More by jimmy82063
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ggilman

Maine

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler at the Hill Farmstead Brewery retail store on my way to the Vermont Brewers Festival.

Pours motor oil black into my tulip glass, no light penetrates. Small tan infused head settles quickly, but leaves speckles as you go. Nose is roasty and sweet smelling. Dark chocolate and oak. Sweet malt up front with bitter chocolate. Molasses & coffee linger on the palate. Dark dried fruit. Vanilla and bourbon notes. Subtly smoky, with a super dry finish. A crisp carbonation stings your mouth, and the medium creamy body makes this super drinkable. As it warms some cherry cola and tobacco flavors come out. Agitating leaves a beautiful faint wispy head swirl. Rich but not over indulgent. Gets better and better as it warms.

Absolutely Delicious.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2011 23:40:21 | More by ggilman
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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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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a small amount of mocha head

S - Very sweet and chocolatey. Brown sugar,

T - Chocolate, coffee notes, honey, brown sugar, anise, molasses. Tons of brown sugar in the aftertaste.

M - Pretty full, low in carbonation,

O - Good beer. Would like to try this from a bottle so see how that effected carbonation.

Serving type: growler

10-11-2011 11:09:46 | More by s1ckboy
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Skrip

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:47:16 | More by Skrip
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Chincino

Massachusetts

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

I had this beer on-tap in Waterbury, VT and I bought several bottles of it from the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival last weekend.

This beer poured to be a very dark brown color almost black with a small tan head. Nice aroma of coffee and malts with a small hint of chocolate.

The beer was medium-bodied. Full of intense flavors-chocolate, malt, and coffee.

This beer is amazing! I would definitely recommend trying it if you have the opportunity.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 20:39:09 | More by Chincino
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BeRanger

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Tulip - thanks to SilentJay for this one.

A: Pours jet black, while I didnt make it too hard of a poor, hardly any tan head appears, just a rim that disappates pretty quickly.

S: Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted Malts, a hint of Vanilla. No real booze smell as expected for a 7.5%.

T: As it smells, everything comes through quite nicely. Very balanced porter, a slight hop biterness comes through that reminds me a little of Founders Imperial Stout.

M: Full bodied, mild carbonation. Very rich

O: Absolutely wonderful porter, especially given that its readily available at the brewery from what I hear. I could drink plenty of these and drink them often. Another stellar beer from HFS.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 02:37:16 | More by BeRanger
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KevSal

California

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 05:32:29 | More by KevSal
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SkiBum22

New York

4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 00:34:12 | More by SkiBum22
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angelogarcia3

New York

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 21:53:01 | More by angelogarcia3
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:39:08 | More by cbeer88
Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.