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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Everett PorterEverett Porter

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339 Reviews
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Reviews: 339
Hads: 2,228
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 1,091
Gots: 313 | 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 KornWallace
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Date: 8/2/14
Location: Growlers Beer Bistro
Glassware: Sniffer

Appearance: Black in color. Towards the edges the beer has a reddish tinge. Tan to milk chocolate colored carbonation. Full long lasting head. Great retention. Good cling cause a very nice cascading appearance.
Aroma: Chocolate malts. Coffee grinds sweet chocolates and battering chocolates. No hop aroma.
Flavor: Way more flavorful then the aroma lets on. Chocolate Malts. Toast. Really nice chocolates flavors. Just a touch of sourness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of BobZ
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to roon for chance to try this one.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a nice 2" head that recedes to a healthy cap which leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt which is coffee forward when cold but turns more chocolaty as it warms in the glass.

Taste: Similar to the nose, very coffee forward when colder with the roasty bitterness combining with some hoppy bitterness on the finish. Some warmth and the flavor unlocks, the coffee moves toward mocha then dark chocolate. Almost a lactic sweetness comes forward giving this beer a very nice finish. Pleasantly bitter on the finish, again, a combination of roasted malts and hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Overall: Very nice porter, a flavor bomb, one of the best I've sampled.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of metalgdog
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is dark, near black with a small amount of head and lacing. Has a pleasant nose of vanilla and chocolate.

Taste is robust with a myriad of well integrated flavors including chocolate, coffee and vanilla in one roasty package. The back end has a smidge of bitterness adding another level of complexity.

Silky smooth mouthfeel on this bad boy. Perfect carbonation level as you are drinking this.

This is unquestionably a robust beer. Anyone brewing a porter should use this as a baseline. Definitely try this one if you haven't already.

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Photo of Luk13
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Black pour with a finger of tan foam and heavy lacing. Very chocolatey aroma, light roastiness, a bit of coffee. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt finish (burnt toast). Palate is maybe this beers strongest point, very well carbonated, pillowy with a nice lingering finish. Packe with flavors, yet unagressive and velvety. The best porter I’ve had.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BlacK! - pretty darn opaque with a medium brown, generous head that breaks down slowly leaving moderate lacing.

Prominent aroma, as is typical for Hill Farmstead beers, of roasted grains, coffee, chocolate. Very inviting.

Full flavor of roasted grains, a bit of charcoal and coffee with suggestions of stone fruit. A touch of sweetness resolving into a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is full, velvety and smooth, but with just the right amount of carbonation to keep from getting heavy and bogged down.

I have not tried all of the top rated porters yet, but I have enjoyed this style for a long time and would hold this out as the standard to measure other porters against. This is especially true as this is not enhanced by vanilla, coffee, maple, bacon, or other additives. Everett achieves its great flavor and complexity with just hops, malt and yeast.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 16oz bottle into a Smutty pint glass. Served about cellar temps. 10-2013 batch.

Appearance- Black as night with real quick half finger mocha head that left some lacing. Real dark beer here.

Smell- Very roasty. Coffee, chocolate, touch of hops, roasted malts. Pretty standard porter aromas.

Taste- Oh boy. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cinnamon, dark stone fruits, vanilla. One of the most flavorfull porters I've ever had. Reminds me of an unsmoked Fear and Trembling. So good.

Mouthfeel- So smooth. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation. Super light hint of booze. Easy drinking.

Overall- Sitting here on a very cold snowy day, this is exactly the beer I was looking for. This will keep you warm in the darkest nights. Quite incredible and hands down the best porter I've ever had.

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Photo of -Rick
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, and roasted coffee take over. The taste is true to the smell, sweet chocolate with the lingering presence of coffee. A creamy smooth feel, this is truly one of the best porters around!

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours a deep ebony with two and a half fingers of creamy dark tan head. Superb head retention with some beautiful lacing.

S- rich chocolate aromas with warm cake like character. Caramel and mocha notes in the middle. Finishes with an aggressive hop character for a porter giving a floral undertone in the finish.

T- rich chocolate mousse, caramel covered chocolate cake and the perfect touch of roasted malt envelope the palate. Hop flavors blend in as well with floral and orange marmelade notes. Lingering malt sweetness in the finish with a mocha like character.

MF- lucious creamy velvet mouthfeel with a heavy medium body. Fine soft carbonation.

D- superbly drinkable. I was picking up a different facet of the beer with each sip.

Overall a world class porter!

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When the first person who ever brewed a "Porter" carried out to do just that, this is the beer they were trying to make. Dark, rich, smooth, deftly balanced roast malt sweetness and hop bitterness, smooth and drinkable. I would be surprised if I ever tasted a better version of the style.

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Photo of Myotus
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pearpicker for this bottle!
Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled 31Aug15) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter finger's worth of cinnamon foam that shrivels into a khaki line after 5 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. There are no visisble rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sweet chocolate and sugared coffee that entangle with mild aromas of bitter roasted malts and barley along with subtle vanilla and oak aromas.
TASTE: Strong flavors of sweet chocolate enter initially and are immediately followed by mild sugared coffee and bitter roasted malt flavors. Mild flavors of vanilla along with subtle oak flavors follow. Subtle barley flavors and hints of earthy hops (weren't detected in the aroma) finish off the symphony of flavors as all previous flavors persist except for bitter roated malts, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly smooth and somewhat creamy (it's too thin to have the full creamy feeling). Ends with the slightest hint of dryness.
NOTE: I am not a fan of bitter at all, but this brew pulled it off incredibly well. With that being said, if the bitterness was toned down, this would taste even more spectacular than it already does.

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

Don't know the vintage, but it's an older bottle.

L -Beautiful dark black beer with a nice mocha head.
S - Nose seems to have dropped off a tad but I'm getting roasted dark malts with hints of earthiness and some spicy notes. Some sweeter aromas too. As it warms up, some smokey/umami notes come through.
T - Very drinkable dark roasted malt balanced with some milky/chocolatey/vanilla sweetness. Damn is this good. Finishes with a little bit earthy/spicy notes, but dark roast malts dominate the finish. Way past the finish I can taste the hops...tastes like the aroma you smell when you visit a hoppy brewery. Super awesome!
F - For a porter, very think mouthfeel. Thicker than a lot of stouts I've had before. Lighter carbonation.
O - Just an amazing beer that I'm fortunate enough to have tried. Almost drinks like a stout but has some very distinctive porter qualities. Would happily drink this again! Cheers!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a very dark brown opaque color with nice, 2 finger, mocha colored head. Little bit of lacing along the side.

S - I could smell this when I was pouring it. It's actually just a tinge fruity in the beginning. That dark fruit, with molasses smell. Good amount of burnt coffee, plenty of roasted malts. Excellent blend.

T - Incredibly full, robust blend of dark, roasted malt, again, just a tinge of sweetness, before finishing with bitter, full, roasted coffee. That's an incredible taste. It goes from phase to phase seemlessly. Perfection.

M - Exactly what you want in a porter. Perfect mouthfeel here. It's creamy, a little thinner than a stout, and smooth.

Overall - This is it. World's best porter, and I love porters. Hill Farmstead has it. Absolutely excellent beer.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dfh snifter

A: pours black with a finger of mocha head that slowly recedes to about a 1/4 film that sticks around for the rest I the glass, beautiful lacing, great lookin beer.

S: milk chocolate with a light roastyness, some caramel sweetness, and a light hint of hops. There is also a light touch of smoke.

T: milk chocolate with a touch of roast and smoke, givin the brew some nice coffee like notes, there is a bit of sweetness in the middle, with notes of caramel and toffee, and then the hops come in lightly on tennis palate to the finish adding a light citrusy note, tasty and well balanced.

M: I love the mouthfeel here, it really makes the brew or me, thick, decadent and creamy, drinks with a beautiful velvetyness crisp carbonation on the high end of medium keeps the mouthfeel going, and a nice you h of dryness on the finish from the hops , leavs the mouth coated in deliciousness.

O: a good porter, I personally would have enjoyed a bit more roast and a bit less sweetness, but that is splitting hair w/ a brew this tasty, another great one From hill farmstead, I would recommend grabbing any offering you could find from these guys.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks csustar001 for the trade! Pours black with a quickly dissipating mocha head and decent lacing. Aroma full of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts with just a hint of hops. As far as taste goes, this is the most flavorful porter I've ever had! Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cinnamon, stone fruits, vanilla, just outstanding! Medium bodied with light carbonation. Super smooth and easy drinking. Overall, hype or no, this is the finest porter out there!

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a porter this is a nice looking beer. Hazelnut head that produces some sheeting and a thin coating of foam that hangs around for a little while. The aroma reminds me of coffee grounds, dark chocolate and cacao nibs. Maybe some chicory too. Overall the aroma is clean for a porter, no real hop or yeast quality. Dark chocolate, cacao, chalky. Coffee is certainly big. I look for but can not find vanilla. There is a dry bitterness associated with roast. The body is full without being sweet.

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

This bottle courtesy of franklinn...thanks man!
500ml bottle poured int GI pint

Pour: I would not call this black but probably as close to black as it can get. It is a very dark brown with an outstanding 3 finger light brown head. Head receded slowly leaving a ton of lacing that is sticking to the entire area where the head once was.

Smell: A wonderful balance of chocolate and roast at first. Neither one is dominant and they complement each other to perfection. Digging a little deeper I get some vanilla, caramel, some dark fruits, a bit of coffee and a touch of earthy hops. Smells like a semi-sweet chocolate cake.

Taste: Chocolate decadence in a beer! Chocolate syrup, chocolate cake, chocolate fudge brownies all come to mind first. There is a mild roast but like the nose is in perfect harmony with the chocolate without one over powering the other. Some coffee, vanilla, and maybe reaching for a dark fruit (raisin) note. The finish is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: This is how a porter should feel IMO. Medium bodied to slightly full especially for a porter with an indescribable perfect amount of carbonation making for an absolute wonderful feeling beer. Creamy and fulfilling in the mouth covering the palate to perfection urging yet another sip.

Overall: I love stouts and especially ones that have spent time in a barrel but let me say that I would take this beer any day. One of the best beers I have had to date and cannot say enough good things about how well done this beer is.

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

500ml bottle into a tulip.

A - Pour is an dark coffee-brown, with a fluffy mocha-colored head that doesn't want to quit. Superior retention and awesome lacing that leaves spiderwebs all the way down the glass.

S - Cocoa, molasses, a bit of tobacco, and roast. Some hint of alcohol lurking in the background.

T - Milk chocolate and a bit of coffee upfront. Plenty of roast, some light hoppiness, and vanilla in the finish. Absolutely fantastic.

M - Full bodied, with light carbonation. Slightly drying in the finish. Could maybe benefit from the prickliness that comes from somewhat more aggressive bubbles.

O - There's some minor room for improvement, but this is still pretty easily the best straight-up porter that I've had to date. Shaun Hill is a damned wizard.

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Photo of mj81
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 03/2014

Pours jet black with a beautiful brown mocha head

Smell is a little underwhelming. Getting some toasted malts and chocolate.

Taste more than makes up for the smell. You get hit immediately with dark chocolate followed by some dark fruits and a finish that I can only describe as that which comes from drinking well water. It's a cleaner, slightly mineral/earthy taste that just doesn't come from processed city water.

Carbonation is perfect and mouthful is very silky.

All in all this is the best porter I've ever had. Can only imaging how off the charts this would be BBA. It almost reminds me of a well aged founders imperial stout lite (highest compliment I can give to a straight stout/porter as aged it's my favorite RIS). My first ever offering from HF and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of alaimoa
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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

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

I have drank a lot of porters in my day and there must be something in the water at HF, because this beer was outstanding. Strong chocolate tones with some roast and finished with a nice sweetness. One of the best porters I have probably ever drank.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler purchased in early October and shared with GarrettMD a week later.

A - Black with brown edges. Half a finger of mocha head. Retention is average. Good lacing.

S - Licorice aroma with an English characteristic that I sometimes describe as being like copper or blood. Some cocoa makes an appearance as well. Nicely balanced.

T - Licorice, coffee, chocolate, and a huge roast character that later turns into a charred or smoky flavor. All the flavor of a nice big stout, but lighter and better balanced in the way a porter often can be. Cocoa beans and smoked malts.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Beer remains wet throughout. Dull around the edges but there is a sort of sharpness to the feel.

O - Perhaps my favorite porter. At my tasting at the brewery we were each given the opportunity to double up on one of the tastings. Given the options including both James and Ephraim, I still went with Everett. It really goes to show that this beer is truly great in my mind. A huge hit from a wonderful brewery.

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Photo of jamescain
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one.

Appearance: Black with reddish hues when held to the light, topped off with a thin mocha colored head that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Roasted grain, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Light chocolate flavor mixed with roasted grain, coffee, and even molasses. On the sweeter side of porters.

Mouthfeel: This is really, for me, the only reason it is not easily in the top 3 porters for me. It was a little thin then what I prefer, medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A great porter and on of the best I've had, I look forward to trying more of Hill Farmstead beers in the future.

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Photo of seanwhite
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best porter I have ever had and it still blows my mind. Had it on tap at HF and brought a 750ml bottle growler home.

A: Pours a Dark Black/Brown with a tan head.

S: Aroma is Dark Chocolate, Roast, rich coffee. Thick and creamy in the mouth,

T: Taste is dry roasted and chocolaty with just the right amount of clean spicy/citrusy hop profile as to not take away from the important elements of this porter. Flavor is a dark swirl of chocolate, burnt wood, light twinge of smoke, coffee. The list could go on and on, a very deep beer

I couldnt believe a porter could be this amazing.

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