Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.47/5 rDev -1.3%
750ml growler (from the source) opened 10 days after filling. Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.
A: A hard pour down the middle leads to a little of a finger of dark mocha brown head with a lot of bubbly action (looks a lot like the surface of a macchiato. Pitch black. Leaves a little lacing.
S: Very heavy roasted grains with a little char, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark caramel (nearly burnt), a little wood (don't think it's actually aged in/on wood though). Dark, strong, and a little sweet.
T: Follows the nose quite well with the most striking difference is that it isn't nearly as sweet as it smells. Extremely balanced, heavy roasted malt with a ton of grain, dark chocolate, and Earthy, medium roasted coffee, with just a little dark caramel sweetness. There isn't really any variation or progression of flavors, it's all completely incorporated and stays the same from start through the middle. The finish does become bitter and dry with a dry oak quality (dry bitter char wood finish). Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol is barely detectable, a feat for an 8% beer.
M: Close to a full body with oderate to slightly high carbonation with very fine bubbles. Very smooth and creamy, it's like velvet even with the dry and bitter finish.
O: A fantastic Robust Porter, about as close to the ideal as it gets. Big, roasty with lots of depth and complexity, smooth, creamy, drinkable, and above all else, enjoyable.
07-13-2011 00:20:44 | More by Satchboogie
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
Reviewing the Everett from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
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).
05-28-2012 21:05:45 | More by jegross2
4.08/5 rDev -9.9%
Poured from super growler (less than 5 days old) into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to fellow BeerAdvocate for going to the HF release party to pick up a growler for me. Pours dark brown with a nice one and a half finger khaki head with beautiful lacing that lasted throughout. Aromas of grain, oatmeal, coffee, and some vanilla. Flavors of grain, wood, some alcohol and chocolate. Gosh, this beer sure reminded me of Founders Porter, but only better! There are some light bitterness throughout the session. Thick bodied with good carbonation. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Though good, wasn’t world class as many beer raters gave it.
05-16-2012 16:55:05 | More by CuriousMonk
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
A generous surprise from buddy and fellow BA rfgetz...
A - A finger's worth of rich thick densely packed menacing deep dark brown colored head... Solid retention, especially given the minimal head to start... Once fully receded you're left with a full rich creamy lacing... The color is an opaque flat black... Still with no discernible carbonation...
S - A potent mix of chocolate and coffee... The chocolate notes are predominately milk chocolate with a bit of dark chocolate mixed in... Bits of fudge... The coffee lightly roasted but still assertive... Some faint roasted malt character... Some very mild woody notes as well... Some caramel and toffee sweetness... Excellent aroma...
T - The palette displays a bit more predominance of roasted malt and coffee... The chocolate notes take a back seat but are still present... Mild caramel and toffee sweetness... A slightly charred finish...
M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Very lightly carbonation... Thick... Rich... Mildly creamy... A bit chalky on the finish... Consistent... Very nice...
D - A top tier slightly assertive American Porter... True to the style with out blurring any style guideline... Excels in all facets... Highly recommended...
11-08-2011 02:24:14 | More by philbe311
4.33/5 rDev -4.4%
Had on draft at BlackBack Pub in Waterbury, VT 12/7
Served in a flute
A: This beer pours an opaque, deep, dark brown with a 1/2 inch of foamy, creamy, mocha head. Head recedes to a film and leaves wisps of lacing on the glass.
S: Nose is charred, roast, cocoa and chocolate.
T: Taste starts with milk chocolate then moves to deep roast notes with just a hint of caramel sweetness and brown sugar. Charred burnt notes come in with a coffee aftertaste.
M: Medium body, moderate to high carbonation, prickly feeling that stays with you.
O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, very good representation of style. This was a damn fine porter that I would love to have again!
12-20-2011 03:02:33 | More by Jayli
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
Had this on 2012-06-09 in Wayne, PA at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week. Had this again on 2012-12-08 at TJ's in Paoli, PA for their 9th anniversary celebration.
A - Dark ruby-brown with a 1-finger tan head. Looks very inviting.
S - Rich, sweet milk chocolate and some roasted grain and coffee.
T - Tons of flavors. Chocolate, expresso, mild anise, roasted grain. Finishes sweet. Not chalky. More flavor than some Imperial Stouts manage. Delicious.
M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and fairly creamy.
O - This is an excellent porter. Maybe the best I've had; beating out Founders Porter.
06-10-2012 16:25:48 | More by Tucquan
4.43/5 rDev -2.2%
Served on-tap at the Blackback in Waterbury.
Appearance is near black with a finger of light brown head. The smell contains coffee, cocoa and some light roasted malts. While its` taste has more of those roasted malts, some flora hops, coffee again, bread and a little vanilla. MF is med-full with a dry finish to it. This is a very nice porter and worth seeking out.
09-11-2011 02:32:04 | More by mltobin
4.56/5 rDev +0.7%
Big thank you to TheSevenDuffs for the bottle
Nearly jet black, ring of tan head, some lace as well on the glass. Smell is a wonderful mix of roast and chocolate, coffee notes mix with hops give off a nice bittersweet presence, a little bit of liquorice, but such a rich roast that is truly lovely is right upfront the whole time. Taste Is a mix of rich dark chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and a bit of milk chocolate with a touch of anise/liquorice, moderately bitter hop bill here as well, lovely roasted finish and chocolatey aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, full bodied, good feel throughout. This is no doubt the best porter to have met my glass, an absolutely drinkable beer that I would drink as often as I am lucky to encounter it.
04-08-2013 19:43:16 | More by peensteen
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Extremely dark brown in color with essentially no visible carbonation. Forms only a moderate tan head - but the head has quite a thick, sticky foamy consistency.
S: Chocolate, caramel, slight bacon smoke, vanilla. This smells pretty roasty.
T: This is likely one of the most complex porters I've ever had. Chocolate, cacao, mocha, toffee, vanilla, dark spicy, all with roasted malt. There is just a touch of (hickory?) smoke mid-swallow, especially if I exhale. There is sweetness near the end but a still has a drying finish.
M: The alcohol is nearly unnoticeable. This has an amazing, thick creamy mouthfeel.
O: This is really well done. I'm not generally a big fan of any smoke flavor, but the smokiness here is subtle and compliments rather than overpowers the other flavors. A nice touch & not enough to detract. My first Hill Farmstead brew, but I hope the first of many.
07-08-2012 20:46:42 | More by macrosmatic
4.23/5 rDev -6.6%
750ml growler (swing top). Filled by caquair on Friday 5/4/12. Big thanks there! Poured into my Boulevard tulip.
A: Pours pitch black. Actually still some carbonation. About a quarter finger of light tab head. Leaves some lacing bits.
S: Lots of roastiness. I definitely smell some coffee and rich chocolate goodness.
T: Wow. It's a fuller bodied porter. It's creamy. Lots of roast and bitter dark chocolate. Also a touch of roast coffee is there too. I also get a touch of hop bite, piney.
M: Medium bodied, but leading to full.
O: Worldclass for sure. Different than other porters out there. Drinks much bigger than 7.5% ABV, but not because of booze.
05-11-2012 13:41:28 | More by inlimbo77
4.48/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a bottle provided by ejyoung.
Syrupy black, with a thin yet dense head the color of cardboard. The bubbles stick to the walls and remain as a thick, frothy layer.
Woo. GREAT aroma. A smooth, robust blend of oats, chocolate malt, a touch of coffee, sweet wort boiling on the stove.
Equally solid flavor. Bigger bitterness, dark chocolate, a touch of espresso, some oak. The swallow brings everything together, with big chocolate bitterness and charred toast. Amazing balance.
Creamy medium body, thick in the mouth. Very soft, gentle carbonation and a touch of fizz. Not a hint of alcohol.
Great balance, flavor, and body. Very well-balanced, robust and delicious.
08-27-2012 04:50:47 | More by Phelps
4.35/5 rDev -4%
I had at Muggs Alehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A. It is pure black with a dark tan head. With the pour there wasn't much of a head, so not much lacing, but you can tell that if you poured it straight in it would leave much lacing behind.
S. It has a not-overbearing nutty and malty scent.
T/M. There's a strong dose of chocolate that comes through at first. The alcohol is strong; full bodied. Very, very rich. It's carbonated and tingly on the palate, with a long finish. Mild grassy taste and a hint of caramel sweetness.
O. It's a very complex, delicious brew. A truly fantastic porter.
01-10-2014 15:42:06 | More by Amalak
4.35/5 rDev -4%
I purchased this beer at the Hill Farmstead brewery during their 2nd annual Fall Fest.
Everett pours black into the glass with a small, light tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Hints of citrus and pine hops are also present.
Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, silky and lightly carbonated. The flavor begins with chocolate, coffee and a touch of roast malt. In the middle a touch of nuts and piney hops move in. It finishes sweet and leaves a lingering chocolate flavor when gone.
This is a very drinkable, full flavored beer. Very tasty and well balanced.
10-16-2011 23:01:35 | More by WanderingFool
4.68/5 rDev +3.3%
It comes in a beautiful black color with an inviting brownish white head .
The aroma smells of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Instead of a milky and creamy aroma of a porter, it has a robust and deep dark aroma.
The taste has an smooth bitter chocolate flavor, but then there's a second flavor that hits. It's almost a jump of malt that makes this beer so complex. After a few drinks, it gets a hint of alcohol. There's a beautiful coffee flavor on the finish.
The body is creamy and medium to full.
This beer is a dilemma for me. It drinks gorgeously, as well as some aged 10% imperial stouts. The body, robust flavors, and beautiful melding of those flavors is extremely impressive for 7.5% ABV. However, that is in a vacuum. The beer in the end is trapped in a weird space between lower ABV porters and big robust drinking imperial stouts.
01-11-2014 06:22:31 | More by dar482
Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,645 ratings.