Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,832
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 901
Gots: 220 | FT: 14
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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Photo of Billolick
4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy to get to try this one on tap at the Lazy Boy in White Plains, NY a few months ago and this is reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a dark tan head. Leaves tons of fine lace covering the glass all the way to the top of the glass.

Dense dark chocolate nose.

More dark chocolate, vanilla and dark malty notes. Densely flavorful and super smooth. Finishes with a quite dry flourish. All star porter. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of mothman
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Long story short, this porter is just awesome.

Black in color. Tan head with lace.

Flavors of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Rich and creamy. A little bit of hops show. Reminds me of 11 darkness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and roasted.

Overall, one of the best porters I have had. Everything you could ask for in a porter.

Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. This is a hell of a porter. The body is thick, like a robust porter should be, but is a pleasure to sip (though you don't have to). In addition to a big mix of cocoa and mocha grains, there are clear notes of maple syrup, molasses, and smoke. Damn, this is good. It goes above and beyond what a good porter tastes like.

Photo of Gonzoillini
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep brown with spot on carbonation leaving a dirty tan cap. Looked very sexy,

S: Big roasted malt, milk chocolate, hint at espresso and nuts

T: Starts out with a big and rich roasty smoothness, milk chocolate backed up with a hint at bitter cocoa and very small, quick dash of Earthy hops, light booze and dark fruit;has a nice robust finishing taste but smooth bitterness from chocolate and roasted malts.

M: Body is medium to big, well carbonated, smooth, light booze is warming and thie flavor is persistently great on the palate.

O: Of all the porters I have had this one takes the cake. If I imagine the perfect porter this would be it and if all porters were this well crafted, tasty and drinkable, porters would be among my favorite style.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ferillo for this one.

A: Pours black with a massive tan head on top, very thick, two fingers in height with great retention. Thick foam lacing on all sides of the glass.

S: Some roasted malt and barley, chocolate, a little coffee. There is some caramel and a slight sweetness to it, almost like a milk stout.

T: Very roasty, but in a really good way. There is a nice underlying chocolate/creamy sweetness that balances this beer. As it warms more chocolate comes out. Very tasty.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Extremely smooth and easy drinking.

O: A great porter, probably the best I have had thusfar. Drinks easy with a great flavor profile. Lives up to its reputation.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Michael knew how much I wanted this and generously donated it to our tasting today. Yet another extremely gracious gesture from an exceptional member of this community. Very cool. Thanks man!

The beer is dark brown, verging on black, with a gargantuan, soapy, beige head that coats the tumbler with lacing. The aroma offers chocolates, roast, malt, dark chocolates, hints of coffee. Great flavor. Really smooth. Not overpowering or exceptionally bold, but rather, well balanced, easy drinking, and highly enjoyable. One of the best porters I have ever had.

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

Everett in my glass at Capone's

Everett (never name your kids this) came to me looking porterish with a dark shoe shine polish brown look with blackness creeping in. A nice whisp of head up top with slotz of lace here and there. Smell is malt ridden with some smoke and coffee beans underlined with some dark fruit and peat. Taste is a robust porter, this one screams malts and shows em off to. Roasty malt, Smoky malt and probably some others. The coffee comes through and some cocco powder and even a little vanilla under all of that. This is what a porter should be, no bells and whistles. Feel was stepping up from medium and it was just dank, I cant explain it any other way. I coulda drank a shit ton of this.

Photo of smakawhat
4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A wonderful creamy mocha cocoa brown and light chocolate head, forms really nicely, settling down to a nice three finger controlled head, some swiss cheese character, but mostly even on bubble size. Lots of valleys and retention in the head. Body is a nice dark dark walnut brown getting near black, almost red hue, slight red hues even for the entire body, a little bit of flake of yeast at the bottom not a lot, and some rising carbonation but you really have to look. Really sexy looking beer.

A great nose on this brew just flat out wonderful. Coffee, warm chocolate, wonderful milk cream, and roasting malts. Great chocolate sense, rich creamy dark chocolate, milky sensations with cream egging on the coffee angle and nice small sweetness. Just flat out wonderful and great.

Taste is just unreal. One of the most perfectly balanced beers for its style it seems, knocking out flavors that some Russian Imperials could only dream of. Fantastic chocolate sensations, and dry malts, with tobacco mixing finishes. Thick body rich without syrup and a light porter body. Creamy unbelievable mouthfeel with still a light body, in just a hint .. a hint of playful carbonation. I don't know how they got that. Coffee and chocolate is just EVERYWHERE on the palate. Even a small lingering hop so faint.

This brew is literally the definition of every taste and beer component done to perfection, and balanced so nicely. This is hands down the best porter I have ever had to date. I haven't had every Porter imaginable, but this is a practicaly working definition of the "perfect" beer.

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ppoitras
4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle purchased at the brewery.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades ever-so sedately, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is the definition of robust. Hearty dark malts and sweet chocolate.

Taste starts with thick chocolate, creamy chocolate milk in the middle, balances out with some bitterness and coasts through the close. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth, and drinkability is superb.

I told myself I wouldn't be misled by the label or the brewery, but I swear, the contents support the accolades. One of the definitive standards of the style out there right now. Don't let the dirt roads deter you.

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of billab914
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thick, frothy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. great head retention and lacing as I drank it. Couldn't really ask anything more for the style.

The aroma has some milk chocolaty, caramel flavors to it. I get a little of a milk stout, sweeter, lactose like quality out of it as well. Very light on the roasty, darker malts compared to how much come through in the taste.

The taste shows a little more of the dark, bitter-sweet chocolate and caramel flavors to it up front. In the finish is where more of the roasty, bitter, slightly burnt malts come out. Great balance between the sweet, chocolaty and roasty, bitterness.

The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with carbonation being a little below average. Great mouthfeel for the style. Overall it was a great beer. Tons of flavor to it and very well balanced. It wasn't a beer that completely blew me away or offered something completely unique for the style, it was just a fantastic tasting, well made porter. Great beer overall.

Update: Such a different beer from the growler I had on 3/10/12. Much more coffee and roasted qualities in the aroma. More lactose and caramel sweetness in the taste with a strong coffee presence. Very good, but I liked the bottle version I had a few months ago better.

Photo of HopHead84
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6/15/2011

Bottle courtesy of bring, thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: The dark brown color borders on black, with an enormous brown head that remains for over five minutes. A beer of this style cannot improve in appearance. Lacing completely coated the glass as the head slowly receded.

S: Dark chocolate and an upper moderate level of roast with some char. Upper low sweetness. Earthy hops. Dash of caramel accompanies a bready and grainy quality. Whisper of coffee and very faint dark fruit presence.

T: Moderate roastiness with a lower moderate level of sweetness. The chocolate profile resembles dark chocolate with a little caramel, toffee, and nuttiness. Coffee flavor is at an upper low level and there's a dash of biscuit. Bitterness is at an upper low level and the hop profile is earthy and restrained. Alcohol flavor is very faint. The finish is dry, with chocolate and roast.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, creamy, and sticky. Fantastic.

Overall: An exceptional Robust Porter. Highly recommended.

Photo of atrocity
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of liamt07
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Pino, via Marcus. Thanks a whole ton to both y'all. 500ml into a tulip.

Black with a tan/brown head. Great retention and good lacing. Nose has an amazing roast character, milk chocolate and even a hint of licorice. Taste has again a phenomenal roasted malt character, some toasty notes, milk and darker chocolate and the hops are still prominent in the background. Mild acidity. Medium feel, and carbonation could be taken down a half notch. I would worship this on cask.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip. No bottle date.

Appearance - Pours a black body that is translucent at the edges. Billowing mocha head that almost overflows the glass. Excellent retention and even some nice lacing.

Smell - Chocolate and coffee dominate. Some booze, which is surprising for 7.5%. A deep, ashy, almost burnt character persists in the background, perhaps detracting from other aromas.

Taste - Coffee and chocolate are the most dominant flavors. It really mirrors the aromas, even in the relative proportions of the flavors. The finish is bitter, but seemingly from that ashy burnt character. Again, it's slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel - I had this on tap and it seemed much heavier and more viscous than it does in the bottle. It's medium bodied, but slick on the tongue. The bitter ashy finish is a little detracting, but otherwise it's good.

Overall - I don't find this to be earth-shattering as the reviews suggest. It's still a solid and impressive beer. Yet another technical masterpiece from Hill Farmstead, but lacking in a certain refinement that their other beers have.

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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