Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev -3.3%
A 500 mL bottle split into tulips. Big thanks to inlimbo77 for sending this one my way.
Pours a dark brown to black color with a caramel colored head. About three centimeters of head forms and lingers for a bit before receding to a healthy, bubbly ring and patches across the surface of the liquid. Scattered patches of sticky lacing decorate the glass.
The aroma is of chocolate, brown sugar, roasted barley, a bit of toffee or caramel, and a hint of dark licorice.
The taste is of bitter chocolate, licorice, caramel, brown sugar, roasted barley, some muddle, earthy grains, and a vague hint of citrus. It’s fairly sweet when you break it down, but it’s exceptionally balanced by the roasted characteristics.
The mouthfeel is spot on. Slightly bitter from the cacao and hops, full-bodied, and rich, but finishing quite cleanly and going down smoothly. The bitterness/roastiness subsides towards the back of the mouth, taking on a more velvet-like feel.
Overall, this is a phenomenal porter. I pulled some strange individual flavors out of it, but they worked together beautifully. Well balanced, easy to drink, and simply delicious; a pleasure all around.
11-14-2012 02:03:04 | More by eclipse54
4.13/5 rDev -8.8%
Pours black with a light brown head. Good retention and lacing.
Very roasty aroma with a little bit of chocolate. A little bit of a burnt character to the roast.
Lots of roast in the flavor as well. Burnt malts with some dark coffee flavors bringing some chocolate along for the ride.
Medium bodied porter with medium carbonation levels. As normal, creamy mouthfeel gets the most out of the individual flavors. Very much on the dry side.
Very enjoyable although perhaps a bit disappointed from the hype. A very well made enjoyable porter I'll seek out again, although nothing that screams "best porter ever".
11-13-2012 14:50:40 | More by jmarsh123
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
11-06-2012 02:33:47 | More by pmlondrigan
4.53/5 rDev 0%
Thanks to Funkyaudio for this one.
Pours straight black with half of finger of khaki head that recedes to some splotchy lacing in the glass.
The aroma is powerful and complex lots of chocolate up front with some roasted coffee in the background. Very "clean" aroma, everything fits together and nothing clashes.
The taste is more of the same. In the wine world I would say this beer has good concentration. It is full of flavor but does not taste harsh or cloying. Just enough bitterness to cleanse my palate and keep me wanting more.
The mouthfeel is phenomenal, smooth, just a touch creamy, very drinkable, glad to take down the whole 500ml by myself.
Overall I tried to keep my expectations in check and started with a very critical eye but this beer delivers, this is definitely becoming a perma-want.
10-30-2012 03:09:46 | More by quirkzoo
British Columbia (Canada)
4.48/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
10-29-2012 00:14:25 | More by Rutager
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
Wow, first time reviewing a beer in quite some time. Thanks to bootswithtrees (Nick) for this beer. Cheers!
Appearance – Pours into my Darkness tulip with an opaque black color. Held up to the light there is just the faintest light coming through around the edges causing the beer to look dark brown. About a finger of mocha colored head that dissipates slowly leaving decent lacing.
Smell – Heavy roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa, slight coffee, vanilla, and just a hint of anise licorice.
Taste – I will be the first to admit I love a good porter. I will also be the first to state that I have never really gotten into the “hype” with HF. I by no means am saying their beers are bad (I have been able to sample MANY of their beers thanks to numerous generous Chi-town BA’s), just that when I drink them, I rate them as if they didn’t have the hype surrounding them. That said, damn this is a good porter. Begins with bittersweet cocoa mixed with a milky chocolate. A bit more coffee in the flavor than the aroma let on, which is followed by a prominent amount of roasted malts (which I enjoy more than less in my porters). At the tail end you can taste the licorice and a hint of sweet molasses, though it does finish a bit bitter (also what I look for in a good porter).
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate to lower carbonation, very rich and creamy in texture. Finishes nice and dry.
Overall – I am happy this is one of the “easier” to get beers from HF. I will be seeking this out in the future again for sure. An extremely well put together American Porter.
10-27-2012 02:01:33 | More by SpdKilz
Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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