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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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339 Reviews
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Reviews: 339
Hads: 2,230
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 1,092
Gots: 312 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
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 Jonada
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle served in a snifter. Bottled 10/2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with 2 fingers of a darker tan head with good retention. Once in the glass the body is opaque and nearly black.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and faint notes of caramel sweetness, smoke and earth.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Malt sweetness hits right upfront followed by dark chocolate, roasted malt, earthy hops and a mild bitterness that comes through in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fully bodied, with a thick creamy mouthfeel and medium fine carbonation. Much fuller feel than I would expect from a 7.5% beer.

Overall: My first Hill Farmstead beer and I'm not disappointed. This is definitely an excellent porter, though it's not so much better than some of it's easier to obtain counterparts that it warrants going to great lengths to obtain.

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

Pure obsidian with a creamed-coffee coloured head. Oddly, some carbonation appeared to cling to the sides of the stein.

Smells fairly sweet, lots of chocolate with a bit of coffee. Maybe a tiny bit of hops and fruit, with a subtle kick from the medium ABV.

Taste begins super sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, before transitioning to a very nicely balanced hop bitterness that leads into roasted coffee flavours. The finish is the slightest bit dry but still extremely smooth with lingering, sweet toffee and malt notes.

The body is thick, but on the lighter side. Overall, a nearly perfect representation of a porter.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown-black body, opaque, with a full dark tan head. Fades quickly to thin coating head. Decent lacing, full and robust. All told, this is what I want my beer to look like.

S - A full, complex roast nose, with big chocolate and coffee elements, coupling with a strong molasses bread note. This just makes me want to go in for a drink.

T - Delivering on the nose, with an open of strong roasted malts, full of coffee and bread, leading to a middle with slightly more acidity and smoke and savory highlights, closing with a solid bitter finish that clears the flavors perfectly.

M - Full, with a nice weight on the tongue that indicates the beers presence, coupled with decent carbonation to keep the fullness from becoming cloying. No real drying on the close. Incredibly well balanced.

O - I have finally met a 5.0 beer. A beer that lines up perfectly with the expectations I have for a porter, and delivers both precise balance and nuanced flavor notes that make drinking both extraordinarily rewarding and a genuine pleasure. Brewers would do well to take note of the beauty, simplicity and depth this beer achieves. Illustration no. 1 that all beers do not have to take it to 11.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 2/27/12.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. There is a little more than a finger of dark tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and there is some nice scattered lace left behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice big dark roasted malt aroma. There are some other nice scents of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, and it little touch of booze.

T - The taste follows the nose quite well. It starts off with a big dark roasted malt flavor. Coffee and dark chocolate also stand out well. There are also some flavors of vanilla, some caramel, mild hops, and a little bit of booziness. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, coffee, mild hops, and a touch of booze.

M - This has just about a full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a little bit of a chewy quality to it. There is a good amount of initial sweetness and a bold roasted malt bitterness that makes it balance out quite well. There is also a really mild hop bitterness and a touch of boozy warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. It has great flavor and goes down easy. It has a nice balance between roasted bitterness and sweetness. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a really nice example of the style. I really enjoyed this beer, and I recommend trying it out. I would buy it again.

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Photo of SABERG
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Dark as night, ebony wood, wonderful mocha cap can be coaxed from a vigorous pour.
S - Bakers chocolate, hint of smoke, cocoa and toffee, just beautiful.
T - Roasted grains, a bit of Madagascar chocolate note, deep grains and a surprising raspberry buried deep in there.
F - Silky is the primary observation. Finish is a bit oily, and the complete palate coverage never ends.
O - A wonderful porter, in the Danish model, super body and flavor.

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Photo of davey101
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a tulip glass. No clue what age/vintage it is, but I believe its somewhat fresh.

A - Pitch black body which lets zero light through. Massive fluffy mocha head. Settles down to a frothy cap with crazy amounts of retention. The foam just clings to the glass the entire time. Probably the best lacing I've ever seen on a beer.

S - Robust indeed. Deep roasty malts, fresh espresso beans, sweet and lactic milk chocolate, and a touch of bitter mineral rich water. Finishes with sweet and rich vanilla. Perfect aroma.

T - Follows the nose with a pleasant mix of intense espresso beans, milk chocolate, vanilla and perfectly roasted malts. Just a touch of hop bitterness to work against the sweetness and richness of it all. Booze isn't present in the taste but there is a light warmth happening in the throat.

M - Slick and coating mouth feel. Very silky with a high level of carbonation that prevents it from being cloying.

O - The best porter I'v ever had, easily. Which sucks considering how tough it is to get bottles of this beer. Hype and availability aside, Hill Farmstead is the real deal. Unbelievable beer.

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Photo of themind
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever had! Chocolate roasty aroma with an incredible nutty, chocolate taste. Really!!! I could drink this every day it's that good. Pours almost no head yet has a fantastic mouthfeel with crisp slight carbonation. This is the very definition of a World Class Beer! Seek this out, sell your home do what you need to do to try this beer.

Bottom Line: Legendary beer!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tcassel1 for hookin this one up. Growler poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Pretty much black, just slight highlighted edges. The pour dropped a great two finger head that faded to a thin rim, but left very little lace.

A: Huge chocolate, it really just overpowers the brew, but not in a bad way. I get notes of roast and earth as well.

T: Chocoalte, roasted malt, small coffee, earth, and a very small hop presence. This is a very chocolate forward brew which I love. I am assuming this one is around 7 or 8%, and the alcohol is practically unnoticable. It finishes creamy and smooth.

M: As good as any beer can be. Creamy, carbonation is spot on. Heavy body, really just perfect.

O: As far as porters go, I don't think I have had a better one. The mouthfeel is perfect, and the taste is out of this world. Hill Farmstead is brewing some world class beer. Get it if you can. Skal.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 Pint, 9oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. I can almost confidently call this beer black, but could be brown in color. Its certainly brown with deep amber highlights on the side of the glass. Nice tan colored HUGE head with various sized bubbles. There were a good deal of big bubble pockets and this beer produced an excellent amount of lacing. A really good looking porter, pretty close to being flawless.

Smell is really really freaking good. Malts come right at you. Rich chocolate malts and caramel as well, the blend gives a slight coffee aroma. Hops are present, herbal and floral combination. Much sweeter than I expected, but at the same time it really is robust. However it's robust in a subtle sort of way if that makes sense.

Big props to Kevin for bringing this back from VT, you're the freaking man!

Taste is equally as excellent. Again with the rich chocolate flavor. You can taste caramel, chocolate and pale malts pretty distinctively. Roasted barley comes out because it certainly has a roasty flavor. You really can't get enough of the flavor. There's a nice hop finish to the flavor that's a bit earthy, but not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is perfect, straight up. It's silky smooth, a great carbonation level and a perfect balance between bitter and sweet. It's amazing the amount of flavor compact into this beer while at the same time being this smooth and drinkable. Overall this is truly a wonderful porter a great example of the style. Top notch version of an American Porter.

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Photo of afksports
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Black Back (thanks to a below review for a name I had forgotten) in Waterbury over July 4th weekend. Review from notes scrawled on my phone while politely listening to an old local guy talk about his old beat-up girlfriend in demeaning fashion and politely smiling while she encouraged it by talking about how she danced on top of the bar last time she was there. It's a tiny bar. And the guy asked me if I wanted to fight him when he saw me typing on my phone. Awkward.

In fact, remembering that experience, I have to say that it was both one of the weirdest and best bar experiences I've had. Cool bartender, great taps, low key vibe, and two extremely strange locals that will never read this review.

And since it IS a review... Everett Robust Porter from Hill Farmstead is a high example of the style that everyone should try. The deep brown pour reveals a big tan head that leaves only a little lacing after it dissipates, but still produces a brilliant smell. Roasted but not burnt coffee, chocolate, and a distinct nuttiness as well come into my nose.

The guy beside me gives me a funny look "Wanna take my girlfriend home with you? Wanna trade girlfriends?"... I eye my girlfriend protectively and sip. Pow - bitter coffee, sweet roasty coffee, grains, touch of nuts, everything a porter should be come through in the first sip all the way to the last. No hint of alcohol, only a trace of hops, but still Everett has a totally clean finish. "No thanks."

"What? She's not hot?"

Awkward laugh. "She seems totally suited to you, my man."

"What's that supposed to mean?"

"Nothing man, it's all good. Cheers!" I lift Everett up, ching ching glasses, and finish the thick bodied porter with a smile.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice, luscious dark brown and black in the glass. Very nice bubbly mocha head with great retention and lacing. 

Nose is very nice, very pleasant roasted nuttiness along with robust coffee. A touch of bitter chocolate or cacao. 

Flavor is just what it represents, Robust. Great flavor with big roastiness. Roasted nuts and coffee with dark bitter chocolate. A touch a vanilla hidden in there. 

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Velvety smooth like a nice stout. Medium bodied with medium creamy carb. A touch dry.

This is an exception porter! Right there with my favorite porter, V@S, minus the vanilla. I was going to say that the mouthfeel is where this really shines, but that's not fair to say as the flavor and look are absolutely amazing as well. Clearly one of the best porters made. 

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

A: Pours pitch back with a full brownish head.
S: The nose is probably the best thing about this exceptional beer. Vanilla, caramel, coconut, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, graham cracker.
T: At first, I get bitter coffee-like notes and sweet lactose. Toffee, chocolate and vanilla/oak. The finish has the traditional earthy hop presence of a robust porter with a slight alcohol tinge. The hops are kept in check by the sweet chocolate notes.
M: Decadent. Extremely smooth and creamy, but very very drinkable.
O: the best porter I've had the pleasure of trying. As the beer warms, different flavors are accentuated, and so I looked forward to each sip. I need to seek this out again.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. Nice black color with a half inch tan head (though the head was much larger on my brother's glass).

The aroma indicates slightly sweet black coffee with a note of chocolate fudge.

The taste starts out with sweet malt followed by a clean bitter roasted finish. There is a gentle hop flavor in the finish. Nothing too fancy here, but I have to be impressed by the perfect sweet and bitter balance.

The mouthfeel is robust and the carbonation just enough to make this refreshing.

Another impressive offering from Hill Farmstead. Can't wait to go back for more!

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Photo of fdig23
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Railroad Street, Linfield, PA.

Appearance: Standard porter. Deep black, small dark tan head.

Nose: Fragrant fresh coffee beans, rich milky chocolate, and a subtle hint of green apple in the background.

Taste: Very clean and rich. Initial taste is freshly brewed dark coffee, there's some lightly tart green apple in the middle, and it finishes with an incredibly rich chocolate covered espresso bean flavor.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly creamy and carbonated. Very drinkable, as a porter should be.

Overall: Easily my favorite porter to date. It's a fairly straightforward style that's taken to a new level of richness and sophistication by Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml 2014 bottle

A- Dark roasty black with medium to medium large lacing, dark coffee in color. No legs creepin

S- Kinda bland here compared to the taste. I am getting in order-> dark fruits and fig>chocolate>malty backbone

T- Chocolate comes first followed by dark fruits and malt backbone after that. Great taste going on here. There is def a diff, haha, in taste between a well done porter and a well done stout. Lighter on taste, a little more dark fruit IMO

M- Almost perfect here, creamy; perfect amount of carb. Very well done. This might be my favorite HF offering along with BG&E (obvious that I have not conquered the HF world).

O- A terrific brew, almost perfect for a porter. Highly highly recommended.

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Photo of tewaris
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Dark ruby garnet with a good creamy brown head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is dominated by roast followed by malts and a pungent tartness. The tartness is fortunately absent in the taste. Strongly roasty with intense dark chocolate, subtle grain and a hint of citrus hops.

Obscure smokiness that comes through strongly once in a while. Slightly warming minus the booze. Dry finish with a lingering roasted beans aftertaste.

Perfect level of carbonation... enough to carry the beer without compromising the silkiness. Very well designed and executed beer.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from big 2L growler into snifter baby

A- pours very dark brown and has a little less than one finger light chocolate colored head. Body is very deep brown/black. nice head.

S- big dark malt with roasty coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T- Big roast throughout with some chocolate behind it. Sweeter light malt comes through toward the end giving a choco milk kind of taste.

M- Pretty much almost flat, thanks to a long ride home. other than that theres a medum to heavier feel on the tongue.

O- really nice tasting porter. All the ingredients that I want in a robust porter.

2/28/12 from 1.5week old growler

A Pours very dark brown/black and is flat black in the glass. Nice 1+ finger head forms and and goes down at a decent rate and leaves a 1/4 inch froth above the body. Some lacing is left and theres nice carbonation.

S Milk chocolate and roasty nose. Smells pretty good.

T Lots of roasty malts, coffee and milk chocolate. Coffee taste comes out more in the middle and the finish is slightly bitter with some chocolate.

M Thicker mouthfeel thats almost chewy, just how I like my porters and stouts. Little carbonation makes for a smooth and easy to sip brew.

O Really good porter. Taste is pretty close to perfect porter. Taste is great and feels good as well. If I could get this regularly I would drink this all the time.

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Photo of KevSal
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of Kinsman
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unbreakabolt for this in-person trade. Saved me a trip to Vermont, at the mere cost of 2 KBS. Picked up by him in late March, consumed on 5-26-2013.

Poured from a 500 mL (16.9 oz) bottle to a 13.75 oz tulip - 10 oz at first, with the remainder capped and placed back in the fridge. Poured the remainder after downing the first pour in approximately 40 minutes. In other words, the beer sat at room temperature warming for at most 40 minutes. Certainly not unreasonable, considering the recommendation to serve heavier stouts at 55 or so.

This beer demonstrates the fine stylistic line between "porter" and "stout," right from the pour. There is an unexpected "glug glug" aspect. Pleasant and inviting.

Close to black appearance, with slight (1/2 finger) darker tan head - though this was not a vigorous pour. Darker "English and German roasted malts" making their presence felt. The head did not linger long, with minimal lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt, plain and simple, true to the description on the bottle ("American malted barley, English and German roasted malts [pale, caramel, and chocolate]"). French roast coffee grinds, chocolate, with a hint of milk lactose and oat. I sense the American hops [Columbus] more early on - very faint fruit (grape skin, but not citrus). Again, this is close to a milk stout or (lower ABV) RIS initially. Certainly not as hoppy as Storm King, but comparable aroma to GL Blackout.

Early sips, I thought there was a hop bite to the aftertaste, a la Storm King. With time, however, I realized the bite owed to the bold roasted grains. Coffee and chocolate primarily, with a very pleasant sweetness that was not cloying in any way. It is not, coffeewise, on the level of FBS. Not noticeably carbonated. Mouthfeel and taste not drawn out. Palate not left "coated." Very smooth to the last drop. Overall impression next day: pleasant roasted grain, slight chocolate.

Coming to this tasting, I did not hold "robust" porters (Founders, Smuttynose) in high esteem, especially in comparison to Eddy Fitz and Anchor. True, those are lower ABV, but I preferred the less bitter approach taken by them. With time, however, I came to appreciate the boldness of this beer. It is very smooth, an indication of the attention to detail paid by HF. It is complex, not sure I would call it "decadent" in its depth though. All told, I'm not sure if this is my fave porter, but it is damn close. More impressive than Eddy FItz out of the bottle (I'd hope so, at $8 a pop).

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Photo of mikey711
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: deep black, blacker than some stouts even get but it poured an excessive amount of head. the head was mocha colored, and held really well once it faded a bit.

S: nice balance of roastiness, chocolate and smokiness. very smooth and pleasant

T: A wave of bitter chocolate and coffee hits firsts followed by a heavy amount of roastiness and a mild sweet milk and dark chocolate flavor. It actually has a more milk chocolate sweetness as it warms up a little

M: Silky smooth, almost like drinking a chcolate milk. There is none of that chalky feel that is noticable in other roasty beers

D: Overall this is a fantastic beer and possibly better than its barrel aged counter part. Very complex but balanced flavors and when the only real flaw i found is the excessive amount of head, you have a winner. Hill Farmstead continues to impress me with each beer i try

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Photo of mountdew1
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.