Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 303
Hads: 2,012
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.95%
Wants: 1,042
Gots: 224 | FT: 14
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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 lordofthewiens
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Just an exceptional beer. It's been a long, long time since I rated a beer this highly.

In a tulip the beer was black. There was a small, café au lait colored head with a smattering of lace.

Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt.

Complex taste. One minute I'm tasting sweet chocolate, the next minute dark chocolate, then espresso.

A wonderful combination of bitter and sweet. Medium-bodied.

I could drink this forever. (462 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Armsby Abby.

Pours into an HF chalice, dark with a chocolate brown head. What you expect from a porter.

Smells charred and chocolately. Dark chocolate, especially, with nodes of coffee that don't taste like they're from coffee so much as they're coffee-like hints you'd pick up from roasted grain. One of the most pleasantly intense bitter aromas I've ever come across.

Tastes like it smells only more variegated. Milk chocolate and light roast coffee up front, dark roasted espresso near the middle, dark chocolate at the back. Intense and wonderful throughout without ever becoming unbalance to too strong.

This is turning out to be the year of the porter for me. On the sweet side is Tributary's otherworldly Porter, and toward the bitter end is Everett. It might not be trendy enough to rank among HF's more desirable beers, but Everett is as good as they come. (886 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HF at Armsby Abbey.

A- Black with a thick creamy mocha tan head. Good size and retention. Endless lacing it seems.

S- Not as strong as I expected. Cocoa powder, coffee beans, roast malts and a vanilla hint. Mostly malt here.

T- Follows the nose and starts with a rich blend of chocolate chips, coffee, black malts, slight smoke and some dark fruit. Earthy hops are moderate in strength and round it out.

MF- Silky carbonation in a moderate and smooth amount. Finished with cocoa powder bitters and some hop feel.

Awesome porter with a rich and dark flavorful feel. More hops than I remember but that balances it nicely. Russian River is the only one off the top of my head that rewlly beats this. (701 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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. (853 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to whoever donated this to the epic CdC bottle share.

A: Fairly clear dark brown body with a a thin cap of persistant tan froth. Spotty lace. Solid.

S: Richly roasty. Coffee, chocolate, char, herbal hops, earthiness. Lovely.

T: Sweet and roasty up front (major coffee and char), with caramel and citrus/herbal hops filling in behind. Clear, coffe-tinged finish. Very tasty indeed.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Ok.

O: Great porter, plain and simple. I was expecting more fireworks from something so highly rated, but was perfectly happy to find nothing but a great, straightforward example of the style. I'd love to get to try a whole bottle some time.

Cheers! (722 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1085th Review on BA
Growler to stemmed tulip
750 ml growler

Thanks to CliffBrake for this one

Shared with GuruDel..."Thats a good porter"

App- If this wasnt one of the most dark and lush porters I have seen than I dont know what it. Super dark brown, like a good coffee with some rich crimson edges. Nice 1-1/2" head with a nice khaki head that fell with great cling lines.

Smell- A bit of a stout/porter mix. A bit grainular with some coffee, toast, roast, earthy and chocolatey notes.

Taste- Opens very smooth with a good amount of grain, oatmeal, roast, bitter and chocolate. The beer is very well layered with each flavors coming with the next. Roasty flows into the chocolate magically to create a velvet smoothness.

Mouth- Almost thick bodied and bordering on oatmeal stout territory and a almost full carbonation level, just leaves this creamy chocolatey flavor.

Drink- "Thats a good porter" says GuruDel. He is the porter man and this did not dissapoint in the slightest. Very layered. Very smooth and rich. I would love this closer to CA. (1,054 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hill Farmstead.

A: dark black in the middle to brown on the edges with a thick tan head that leaves a nice layer on top for the duration of my drink.

S: coffee, sweet caramel, roasted malt, and earthy tones

T: very earthy with a slight sweetness, quite a bit of coffee and roasted notes, and a touch of smoke and chocolate.

M: medium body with a light feeling carbonation that is enough to replenish the layer of head with each sip but not be overwhelming.

O: excellent beer with great characteristics, but not one I would reach for all the time. It's balanced with hoppy bitterness and the sweetness, and a great fall beer. Glad I picked up a few bottles. (675 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to both Hoppypockett and Jayhoop for each getting me a bottle of this. My first HF!

Appearance. Pours pretty darn black with half a finger of light brown head.

Smell. Dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. There's some dark coffee a little dark fruit and some sweet black licorice. Smells really good.

Taste. Nice dark chocolate, a little dark fruit in the middle and some nice fresh dark coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low, very smooth carbonation.

Overall. A very nice porter, probably the best I've tried of the style so far. (580 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks a million for this bottle, kingkong.

A: Pours near black with a huge, dense, dark brown head that lasted forever and left patches of soapy lacing as it faded into a wispy scum.
S: Robust notes of chocolate malt, roasted malts, smoke, burnt wood and a bit of something sweeter – caramel and raisins maybe.
T: The chocolate really comes through along with notes of coffee, raisins, and toasted wood. The finish is lightly sweet and the aftertaste has a bit of a dark chocolate bitterness to it. Not as smoky as the nose, but it shows up in the finish as well.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel with a drying finish. The body is rich and decadent, and the carbonation is smooth, soft and mellow.
O: One of the best porters I’ve had. Loved the smoky notes that accompanied the dark chocolate, and the mouthfeel was crazy soft, rich, and smooth. Thanks again for the bottle, Patrick. (915 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Thanks to Mtardiff for this bottle. Sadly, it’s the last of my bottles from Hill Farmstead. Time to another trade or a trip to Vermont.

Wow, is this a standard Porter? Pours like an Imperial Stout. The head build from within and then appears to sit on top the beer like a coffee colored milk shake. Excellent retention. The beer is very dark brown with no light showing anywhere. Decent lacing.

Aroma is very nice. Molasses, black licorice and some dark roasted malt. A smoothness and rounded sweetness to the aroma. No harshness.

Initially a moment of coffee, then a touch of cocoa. Black licorice isn’t really present for me in the flavor like it was in the aroma. Black pepper notes along with the dark roasted notes. A touch of ash, but not with the grit that sometimes accompanies this. Some cinnamon every now and again.

Mouth feel is soft, rounded and smooth. Medium to robust in body but not nearly as thick as an Imp stout as mention in the first paragraph above.

Good Porter. Spot on for the style and I prefer the larger mouth feel of this version. (1,076 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,439 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice black, some carbonation one finger tan head.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, smells wonderfully balanced.

T-Great roasted malt balanced out with coffee and chocolate. The balance here is amazing.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and very smooth.

O-The balance on this beer is out of this world. Also the smoothness is wonderful. (343 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750ml growler generously opened up by Dustin at our crazy bottleshare last night, 10/5/2013. Poured into a Zwanze 2013 glass. Also just recently opened a 750ml growler yesterday, 10/22/2013, split with Doug.

Looks like a pretty straightforward porter. Sexy, viscous, dark body with a fair 1cm white head that dissipates slowly. I can tell this is a well-carbonated beer. A bit of lacing throughout which sticks around. Outstanding, looks great. Pretty much like Black Butte or Edmund Fitzgerald.

Smells intensely roasty. I love the nose on this beer. Its very rich, roasty and quite hoppy. There's a nice bit of espresso bitterness in there mixed in with some dark chocolates. It's very strong, somewhat complex and balanced.

Oh hell yes. This is the most intense, complex yet balanced porter I've ever had. It has a ton of sweet milk chocolate, espresso bitterness, roast barley malts. There is even a dash of vanilla here. Pretty much everything I could ever want in a porter. All of these flavours meld together so well despite all being so intense, which is the real key to this beer. Ridiculously awesome.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Lots of porters are fairly thin-medium bodied, but this is solidly medium-full bodied. It is substantial and has that creamy, full Hill Farmstead mouthfeel. I'm not surprised that this is 7.5% ABV given how much flavour and body is in this beer, but I don't get any burn on this beer. While it is full bodied and hefty, it remains just right in terms of carbonation and roasty finish.

Best American porter I've ever had. It's the best in the style, no question which is why I give it a 5 overall. Hill Farmstead seems to really define the best of the styles I've had so far, especially pale ales and porters. I'm looking forward to trying some of their saisons and stouts, if I ever get my hands on some! (1,846 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Black color. First pour yielded over a hand of head, but I got a full glass on my second pour. Three fingers of super creamy/pillowy light brown head with excellent retention and tons of ungodly thick lacing. This would have easily been a perfect score if I only needed one pour to achieve this.

4.0 S: Coffee and chocolate are the main attraction here with smoke and dark crystal malts not far behind. Good amount of roastiness as well, which strikes a good balance between the sweet maltiness. This smells very nice as is, but would be amazing if all the aromas were amplified a bit.

4.5 T: This is really tasty. Again, there's lots of coffee and chocolate. A peaty twang is there along with smoke. A healthy bit of caramel sweetness gives this robust porter the robustness. Lots of sweet maltiness overall, which is again balanced nicely by the roastiness. The taste is a lot like the nose, just more powerful.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super creamy, especially for the ABV. Can't get much better than this.

4.5 D: This is a very good beer. It's quite robust overall, but no flavor is out of place or too strong. Really great beer that didn't need to be more than 7.5% to be delicious. (1,255 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Virtually black in color. Forms a large light brown colored head that sticks around for a while. Very good retention and some moderate lacing. 4.5

S: Cocoa, chocolate, and roasty malts. 4.0

T: Loads of milk chocolate and some roasty malts. The chocolate practically bludgeons you over the head. The mild sweetness, mixed with just a little vanilla and a hint of coffee is reminiscent of brownies. 4.0 - 4.5

M: On the heavy side of medium with a silky smooth mouthfeel to it. Mild bitterness. 4.5

O: If you like you Porters full of chocolate and roasted malts, this one is for you. A very well crafted Porter. 4.5 (619 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Chocolate brown in color with a nice tan head to complement. Creamy head. Good lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee.

T: More of the same from the nose with ample malting present. Sweet and could be a dessert. A subtle fresh hop flavor is present.

M: Creamy, and on the thicker side.

O: Redefines a porter for me - rarely have seen this depth of flavor in this style and really enjoyable. (390 characters)

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

Poured via growler procured at the Hill Farmstead brewery on 6/19/11.

A - Deep coffee brown body with almost three fingers of creamy mocha-colored foam on top that receded to a thick webbing of intricate lacing.

S - Rich cocoa and roasted coffee notes in the nose, as well as a hint of smoke and peat. There is also a faint earthy hop presence.

T - Like the aroma, chocolate and coffee dominate the initial flavor. However, the porter quickly moves into more bitter territory, offering an earthy hop bite as well as some smokey notes reminiscent of firewood. Everett is quite bitter in the backend, which pairs nicely with the earthy, roasty attributes, giving the finish a hint of astringency.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a smooth, creamy texture. Finishes with a hint of smokey astringency and earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - Tasty, complex Porter with smokey, roasty and chocolatey characteristics, giving the brew tons of depth and minimal sweetness. (982 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Papat444. Big thank you for this one.

Beer pours black with a large tan head. Incredible retention- head just sits there. Good lacing.

Nose contains chocolate, bitter roast malt, some coffee. A bit of caramel. Slightly woody.

Taste is very good. Lots of roast flavours, malt and burnt caramel, with some bitter dark chocolate. Some molasses. Finish is bitter with some coffee flavour. Very rich and tasty.

Full bodied, nice and thick, with a moderate carbonation level. Smooth.

Overall, excellent. A terrific robust porter. (541 characters)

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

On tap at Beer Table in Brookly, NY.
Served in an oversized snifter.
Dark deep brown/black with a mocha color thick head. Smells of coffee, roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Slight alcohol hits the nose.
Taste is smooth...roasted malts and coffee. Again, slight vanilla and alcohol.
This is a superb beer. I try not to give many 5's, but this deserves a great rating. (371 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for the growler. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black, huge mocha-colored head, thick bubbly cap, nice thick lacing. Really, a beautiful-looking beer.

S - Dark chocolate, slight smoke, oak/woody, nice hoppy notes.

T - Very similar to the nose, but even better. Nice bitter dark chocolate, molasses, creamy sweetness. Hard to express how delicious this one is.

M - Medium, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

D - This beer doesnt try to be anything but a phenomenal porter. Very straight forward and right on the spot. If you're reading this Shaun, great job on this one. A must-try. (609 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Black throughout with a small dark brown head. Surprisingly, this leaves the glass relatively clean on the way down.

A very rich, roasty aroma. There's a bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee, but this is a showcase of powerful, roasted malt character.

The flavor follows similarly. This is a complete, delicious, incredibly drinkable robust porter. The flavors consist of roasted malt, a bit of cocoa, slight coffee, and moderate bitterness. No alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A delicious, classic, to-style porter. (597 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass. No bottling date on the bottle but I picked this one up at the brewery a couple months ago.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown and leaves a half finger or so of tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt, raisins, plums, figs, coffee, chocolate.

Taste: Matches the nose: roasted malts, dark fruits, cocoa, coffee, slight bitterness. Well balanced porter. The smooth finish really sets this one apart.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body, creamy. Very smooth and very well balanced.

Overall: This is an excellent porter - perhaps the best "standard" for the porter style that I have had. (653 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bought this growler on Thursday at the brewery- now that we are back from vacation I am sitting here on Sunday night enjoying this brew with my husband. Poured into a Sam Adams lager glass-which I feel has a more ideal shape than a standard pint glass

A- Body appears obsidian in soft lighting allowing no light to pass through even when held up to the light-in aggressive lighting it takes on more of a black coffee tone but still allows little if any light to pass through. Pours with a 1-2 finger latte colored head. The head grows slightly after the initial pour and fades to one finger trapping aroma and leaving traces of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, oats, and a touch of roasted malt overtones.

T- Initial flavor is somewhat mild and offers hints of dark chocolate and vanilla and smooth rich malt. There is a balanced roasted malt bitterness and maybe a touch of floral hops that meet the initial smooth rich flavor. Left to linger is a perfect balance of all the flavors aforementioned.

M- Almost unbelievable. My husband initially described this brew as "too smooth." Yes, there is a low carbonation and a medium to heavy weight rich, smooth, and creamy body.

O- Overall this is one of the best porters I have had. This is a new "gold standard" porter for me. It is a very smooth and well balanced beer that doesn't really have anything aggressive, experimental, or over the top. It really shouldn't be anything special in theory-but the quality and class of this brew are top notch. (1,540 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with nice tan head, nice lacing left behind. Nose is robust and smokey with notes of chocolate, cream, oats, and smoke. Taste is roasty up front. Roast and chocolate are followed up by some earthy hop notes. Nicely balanced notes here, spot on for the style. Mouthfeel is moderate with appropriate carbonation. Delicious porter, well worth a try. (364 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap several times in VT over the past few years.

Appearance: Super dark chestnut / mahogany to opaque black. The crown is 3 fingers, brown, shows loads of retention and good lace.

Smell: Medium roast malt, some dark chocolate, a dash of caramel, and a light charred backbone.

Taste: Same as nose. So well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and a thick side of medium body.

Drinkability: Super drinkable thanks to nicely balanced flavors. I dig it more than the BA version myself. (507 characters)

Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.