Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
Matt, you rule. Thanks for the growler!
Pouring black with a dense, crema-colored head with excellent retention and some lacing, this is a beautiful porter.The nose is just as good. Big, robust, roasted malt character with dashes of chocolate and caramel, this is pretty much what I'd expect from a robust porter.The chocolate character on the nose is particularly alluring, with a blend of milk chocolate and cream. The roasted barley adds an aggressive roast note, with mild smoky, burnt grain characteristic that's at the perfect level. And of course, there's plenty of medium-dark roast coffee aromas, fresh and complex. There's a mild, earthy hop character as well. Excellent.
The palate is perfect. With an excellent blend of aggressive roasted malt (barley in this case) bitterness, dark chocolate and a touch of caramel sweetness, this is really tasty. The dark chocolate character is pretty phenomenal, and it also has some coffee flavors. Drying and roasty on the finish with a some caramel sweetness, there's some vanilla that's also present here. As it warms up, the chocolate and coffee come to the forefront, and the alcohol begins to peek. Just a touch of licorice as well, on the finish, and I could swear I taste a little anise. Medium in body with medium-low carbonation, this is soft and luscious on the palate. Perfectly carbonated, this is near-perfect on the palate but for a fleeting moment of wateriness on the mid-palate. The caramel sweetness on the finish grows increasingly noticeable over the course of a growler, making the 750ml quite easily the perfect serving size. That said, it is nowhere near as sweet as some of the new-age porters and stouts out there (RRBC Porter, Eclipse, etc)
An outstanding porter, quite easily the best I've had. While not as robust (read: bitter) as the Smuttynose Robust Porter, and better conditioned than Ed Fitz, both of which make this insanely enjoyable.
02-27-2012 01:30:44 | More by DefenCorps
4.88/5 rDev +7.7%
Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey during Hill Farmstead tap takeover. Reviewed from notes.
A - Poured a thick, oily black with a nice mocha head that reduces to a thick creamy blanket leaving some nice light side lacing in its wake.
S - Excellent aromas here with strong chocolate and coffee along with vanilla and roasted malts. So, so inviting.
T - Taste is spot on with the nose. Super coffee notes along with a TON of vanilla. I mean, a TON of vanilla. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. This is amazing.
M - Mouthfeel is excellent, nice and silky velvety smooth. So enjoyable.
O - Overall this is a very, very good porter. Love the vanilla and everything else that was in this porter. Could drink this stuff all day long! Easily the highlight of the night.
02-10-2012 02:36:44 | More by rudzud
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
02-03-2012 00:09:07 | More by FosterJM
4.55/5 rDev +0.4%
Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter.
With a fairly aggressive pour, there is a nice, tightly wound mocha brown cap. The head retains nicely and leaves some nice spotty lace all over the glass.
The aroma and flavor are both very smooth. Dark roasted malt contains dark semi-sweet chocolate and creamy espresso flavor with no smokey or burnt character. The flavor starts with that malt, and the malt and chocolate linger through the middle of the flavor, ending with a semi-sweet creamy espresso note. There is a soft spicy pine hop note right at the end.
The mouthfeel is worth noting separately. The flavors integrate well with the smooth body and creamy carbonation.
I haven't been impressed with the Hill Farmstead beers I have had so far, but this was very impressive. At this point I would say it is one of the best porters I have had.
01-23-2012 03:47:48 | More by KickInTheChalice
Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.