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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: 2,233
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 1,091
Gots: 311 | 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 Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep brownish black color with a thin film on top. Not much head on there or any lacing either. The smell of the beer is a mixture or roasted and smoked malts. The taste of the beer gives off a decent flavor of smoked malt that isn't salty which is a good thing. There isn't much in the way or chocolate or other roasted flavors in this one. The mouthfeel was on the thinner side, kinda low in carbonation. Overall this beer is decent in my opinion, I'm not really a fan of smoked flavors but I think for people who are this beer is awesome for them. I was happy to have tried it.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo, poured into a HF tulip.

Pour: Incredibly murky dark, dark brown (not quite black) with a finger of light khaki head. Head recedes to a rim and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee beans, some dark chocolate, and a slight smoke. This porter certainly smells robust.

Taste: Bitter chocolate up front, bolstered with a heavy roastiness. Follows with nice bitter coffee grounds. This beer doesn't get too complex in my opinion, but everything it does it does nearly flawlessly.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, yet incredibly fluffy (if you can describe a porter in than way). A nice sipper, that goes down easy.

Overall: It's no joke that this is hands down the best porter there is.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303

Appearance is absolute perfection. 1.5 finger dark mocha head with great retention. Oily legs and thick patchy lace that really sticks around. Beer is pitch black with a nice density.

Very aromatic. Notes of coffee beans, chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, liquorice, and vanilla. A very subtle hop presence floats in the background too. Super appetizing.

Opens chocolate, cocoa, and light iced coffee. Some roasted malt peaks towards the middle but not enough to overpower the sweetness, only serving to balance it out. Very small notes of dark fruit at the end with more cocoa powder and chocolate. Molasses sweetness right at the end with a fudgy and roasted malt aftertaste. Doesn't get better than this.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down smooth and slick. Spot on. Finish is slightly messy and filmy with a lingering aftertaste. Leaves me craving more.

I've never given out all 5's but this is as close as it gets to perfection for me. For a brewery known for its pale ales and saisons to put out a porter of this caliber... Shaun Hill is a master and Hill Farmstead may just be the best all-around brewery on the planet.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a couple snifters. The brew appears black in color with some brown clarity around the edges. A finger of mocha head sits atop and slowly fades leaving a patchy wall of lace sticking to the glass. A swirl effortlessly revives the cap.

The aroma includes roast with some bright citrus notes caught between hopiness and the citrus that is present sometimes in fresh coffee beans. Some hints of bitter chocolate to nutty aspect across the back that mixes with a bit of mineral quality.

The taste is bitter cocoa coupled with some nutty grain element. Chocolate and coffee is present with roast and quite a bit of minerals that mixes with some hints of citrus hopd. Across the back it gets somewhat fruity to floral with hops. The aftertaste is somewhat musty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a nice arrangement of flavor but the hops clash a bit with the roast in almost an american black ale sort of way. Also, the mineral component here was fairly aggressive throughout, id rather that not be such a significant presence in the beer if i was to have it again.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown black opaque with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, coffee, earthy, hint of vanilla

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, little vanilla, hints of sweetness as well as hop bitterness

F-medium to full body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth as silk

O-fantastic Porter with great balance and flavor, best I have ever had

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Photo of Holland
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of maximep
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, this shit is brolic.

A- Ruby up to light black with no light khaki head big bubbles

S- sticky coffee toffee and chocolate. bit of plum and smokiness

T- huge chocolate coffee and boozy raisniness. tastes like chocolate malts + a touch of special b

M- perfectly creamy, round and rich. chewy, and delicate at the same time.

O- perfect example of the American Porter. Big in character yet easily accessible (very complex and appealing). left me wanting more

Look forward to more Hill Farmstead offerings.

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Photo of davey101
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a tulip glass. No clue what age/vintage it is, but I believe its somewhat fresh.

A - Pitch black body which lets zero light through. Massive fluffy mocha head. Settles down to a frothy cap with crazy amounts of retention. The foam just clings to the glass the entire time. Probably the best lacing I've ever seen on a beer.

S - Robust indeed. Deep roasty malts, fresh espresso beans, sweet and lactic milk chocolate, and a touch of bitter mineral rich water. Finishes with sweet and rich vanilla. Perfect aroma.

T - Follows the nose with a pleasant mix of intense espresso beans, milk chocolate, vanilla and perfectly roasted malts. Just a touch of hop bitterness to work against the sweetness and richness of it all. Booze isn't present in the taste but there is a light warmth happening in the throat.

M - Slick and coating mouth feel. Very silky with a high level of carbonation that prevents it from being cloying.

O - The best porter I'v ever had, easily. Which sucks considering how tough it is to get bottles of this beer. Hype and availability aside, Hill Farmstead is the real deal. Unbelievable beer.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 750mL growler of Hill Farmstead's big Porter, Everett, from the brewery during an early August beer pilgrimage. Served from the growler into a pint glass. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): Everett pours a nearly-black with brown highlights and is topped by a nice milk chocolate brown head of foam. This is a black beauty if there ever was one. Good things to come, I'm sure.

Smell (5/5): Everett's aroma is quite pungent and VERY nice: notes of fresh brewed coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts spring to the fore. Roasty–one for the cooler months, for sure. Mellow, not very aggressive, and despite being a quite robust 7.5% ABV Porter, not a hint of booze in the nose. Top marks! The nose on this American Porter blows the doors even off of the venerable Founders Porter.

Taste (4.5/5): The first thing one notices when drinking Everett is the roastiness, its dominant character. It stays in the driver's seat for the whole ride and lingers on into the long finish. Flavors of dark chocolate and fresh brewed coffee are there beautifully balancing against the roast fest and provide some sweetness and bitterness, respectively. There is some subtle, herbal hoppiness to the beer, too. Not a sweet beer, and it's also a little dry. The overall effect is wonderful: Everett ends up tasting like a flourless chocolate cake with a side of toasted almonds or walnuts. Excellent.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Everett is smooth as silk, not very viscous, full-bodied and semi-dry. Its medium-light carbonation does not leave one wanting–you don't want a roasty dark beer like this to be bubbly! No, Everett is a silky palate massage if there ever was one. It has a looong finish that is a bit bitter and dry. Again, premium stuff.

Overall (4.5/5): With all the insanely good hoppy stuff that Hill Farmstead puts out it can be easy to overlook their "house porter," Everett. Don't! Here is an American Porter with serious body, incredibly well balanced, deep flavors, a long finish, and a smooth finish (for when you get tired Abner's big, tropical fruit bitterness, maybe). Enjoy it with friends.

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

not sure about all the hype around this one. on tap at the farmhouse tap in burlington. pours thick dark brown color, blacker than molasses, but with similar viscosity. short tan head rests atop but fades fast. it smells smokey and earthen, curious malt profile, and maybe some black pepper. its a unique aroma to say the least. the flavor is also quite different from other porters ive has, it starts kind of boozy and mellows into a rich malt roast and there is that pepper like flavor again. the finish is thin and empty in feel, but full of flavors of cocoa and tobacco. so hard to place this one. the booze is not well hidden in my opinion and it felt a bit strong. mouthfeel is right on, its bigger than a lot of porters in body, but it drinks nice and smooth, not weighty at all. it went well with the rare lamb burger, but i certainly didnt think this was the best porter ive ever had. that pepper flavor in the middle is still confusing me though... ill have to try this again in another setting.

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

Poured from a bottle provided by ejyoung.

Syrupy black, with a thin yet dense head the color of cardboard. The bubbles stick to the walls and remain as a thick, frothy layer.

Woo. GREAT aroma. A smooth, robust blend of oats, chocolate malt, a touch of coffee, sweet wort boiling on the stove.

Equally solid flavor. Bigger bitterness, dark chocolate, a touch of espresso, some oak. The swallow brings everything together, with big chocolate bitterness and charred toast. Amazing balance.

Creamy medium body, thick in the mouth. Very soft, gentle carbonation and a touch of fizz. Not a hint of alcohol.

Great balance, flavor, and body. Very well-balanced, robust and delicious.

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

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch darkish tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a tight ring of lacing. Pours solid black and looks full bodied. Leaves some lacing islands.

Smell: Coffee and cocoa, roasted malt, pastry sweetness, hint of piny hops that might be placebo. Booze infused pastry aromas, though all told not much alcohol in the nose. Develops with time, and smells great.

Taste: Follows the nose. Rich and delicious, with some prickly hop flavor at the end and moderate bitterness. Long chocolate cake aftertaste. Gets into coffee liqueur territory with the malt complexity. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, some nice burnt, husky/nutty roasted malt near the end. Aftertaste takes on some anise flavor with the chocolate cake after awhile.

So much going on, and it all works. This would be getting a 4.5 for flavor if the beer was an 11%ABV Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Silky smooth. Low side of moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Perfection.

Overall: Everything about this beer is outstanding. It's ostentatiously good, like the brewer is trying to embarrass everyone else-- "See, this is how much flavor you can get out of these ingredients. Try harder everyone!"

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Photo of ppoitras
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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

Big thanks to Pahn for this huge want! Thanks a ton Evan, I still owe ya!

500ml poured into a Bruery Tulip, my first hf beer I can take my time to enjoy.

A- this guy looks amazing, dark brown with a nice chocolate brown head, you know this will be a treat.

S- at first it's very muted but as it warms you get nice chocolate, some roasted and sweet malts. This is going to be good.

T- this one packs huge flavors! Lots of chocolate upfront, perfect amount of roastiness. The flavors are all melded together very well. Each sip beckons another. Funny enough the after taste is fantastic!

M- I believe this is why hf beers succeed. You can tell right away they strived for the perfect mouthfeel, and this one is near perfect. Nice thick body that's like velvet on the tongue. The flavors really stick to the mouth. Delicious

O- this beer is damn good. One of the better porters out there for sure. If your a porter fan it doesn't get much better, this is a must. I need to try more hf. I need to try the ba version

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Photo of BeRanger
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Tulip - thanks to SilentJay for this one.

A: Pours jet black, while I didnt make it too hard of a poor, hardly any tan head appears, just a rim that disappates pretty quickly.

S: Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted Malts, a hint of Vanilla. No real booze smell as expected for a 7.5%.

T: As it smells, everything comes through quite nicely. Very balanced porter, a slight hop biterness comes through that reminds me a little of Founders Imperial Stout.

M: Full bodied, mild carbonation. Very rich

O: Absolutely wonderful porter, especially given that its readily available at the brewery from what I hear. I could drink plenty of these and drink them often. Another stellar beer from HFS.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills the glass with a absolute pitch black body and a dark tan head makes a short but attractive appearance.

A strong coffee note upfront with a nice bit of chocolate and sweet brown sugar to back it up. A smokey charred note gives you a preview of the robustness to come.

An explosion of flavor takes place with the first sip and it takes a while to really understand everything that is going on here. Certainly the coffee notes play a major role but the sweetness of the carmel malts adds a nice touch. Roasted notes come through in a wave of smokey flavors and leaves you with a lingering bitterness that allows the hops to come into play as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Certainly makes this a nice sipper for a damp and dark night. Overall, I had pretty high expectations coming into this beer as I consider the standard robust porter (i.e. non-imperialized or flavored) to be one of my favorite styles. Everett met all those expectation and exceeded them in some parts and is only going to make the 100 mile drive to the brewery all the more tempting.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my bro for sharing this bottle.

Poured a black coffee hue with a finger of khaki colored head.

The aroma was fresh espresso beans ground with fresh coffee beans, cocoa and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose. This brew tastes so fresh! Like a delicious fresh brewed espresso with some cocoa and vanilla. Amazing!

The mouth feel is medium bodied but full in flavor. A moderate amount of carbonation... I really feel like it complimented the beer perfectly. Drying roasty espresso finish. So money!

Overall, this beer was every bit worth the "hype". All around a solid brew.

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Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

A - Pours deep brown, might as well be black, with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha colored head leaving thin trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and plenty of dark roasted malts. A bit of smoke comes through as it sits in the glass. Very nice nose.

T - Starts off with a ton of sweet dark roasted flavors - namely coffee, chocolate and molasses - slowly giving way to some of the other flavors - licorice, smoke and a bit of dark fruit. The dark roasted malt is ever present. Finish is quite roasty but the smooth feel really helps to keep things in check.

M - Big, smooth body with a ton of dark flavors and moderate carbonation. Nice creamy feel brings everything together.

O - I could drink this beer every day no problem. It possesses all of the flavors I look for in a dark beer and the execution is nearly flawless. This deserves all of the praise it receives.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a viscous, nearly sludgy consistency. Full bodied. Essentially a stout. Light, bubbled head. Mild lacing.

S-Chock full of coffee beans and artisanal chocolate. Creamy. Chocolate milk and espresso beans. Incredibly rich. Aromatic and wealthy in the nose. Perhaps the perfect Porter nose.

T-Flavor does not disappoint A perfected mixture of Dutch dark chocolate powder and melted milk chocolate. Chocolate-dipped espresso beans. Light vanilla extract. Light hopped bitterness.

M-Full boded. Could mistaken this for a Stout so easily. Why isn't this a stout? A creamy, dessert-worthy feel.

O/D-One of the best Porters I have ever had. Magical. No gimmicks. Just a round, full-bodied treat. A stalwart of its genre.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, somehow missed reviewing this one, not sure how. Love this and get it every time I visit.

It pours an almost pitch black rich liquid that bubbles out a nice 1 finger darker colored head, creamy head that fades semi slowly with a decent lacing on the glass.

NOse explodes with chocolate and caramel, some baker's and a slight dark chocolate, plenty of caramel, a hint of roast and coffee, a chewy malt base with a hint of oats, a nice big meaty dark malt profile that really pumps up the beer. And somewhere in the middle of all that comes very light earthy hops.

Taste comes on with waves of smooth rich malts, lots of chocolate, a bit of dark chocolate, baker's, and plenty of creamy milk chocolate. A light roasted malt profile, bringing a hint of coffee with it, and I think a touch of black patent malt. Plenty of caramel comes through with the waves, and brings just a touch of bready like malts that, with the chocolate, give a malted milk ball taste. Some creamy flavors with a lactose like feel and maybe hint of oats. There is an earthy slightly bitter hop taste in the background that let's the malts speak. The finish is fairly dry with a long lingering chocolate flavor, fair amount of earthy bitterness, light lingering roast and caramel.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and creamy, decent carb.

Overall very nice, quite drinkable with lots of great malts that taste great and make me want more with each sip. The booze is mostly hidden, and the earthy hops give just enough bitterness to prop up the malts so they can shine. Almost a perfect porter, delicious.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml into my HFS Stemmed glass.

A: Poured black with about a finger of dark khaki head. The head left a collar around the walls of the glass, and lots of suds.

S: The aroma is full of sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee.

T: Lots of dark chocolate and sweet caramel notes upfront. The finish is long with mild coffee bitterness and a milk chocolate sweetness.

M: Liquid velvet. Medium carbonation and a medium/full body.

O: This is an excellent porter; there is a ton of flavors in this beer and they all flow together well. An extremely well balanced porter, indeed.

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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 adam42381
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken at Cigar City Brewing taproom on 7/15/12. Poured on draft into a Cigar City shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a 1/2 finger light tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, toasted malt and white bread crust.

Taste: Milk chocolate, roasted malt and coffee throughout. Aftertaste is bitter coffee with a touch of sweet chocolate. Extremely well-balanced. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could drink this all day.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Maybe the best porter (it's really close to a milk stout in my opinion) I've ever had. It's extremely well-balanced and smooth. I'd recommend trying this one if you get a chance. I hope I'm lucky enough to get some bottles of Everett at some point.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome hookup from Celtic001 recently! My first from HF. Very excited for this one! Poured into a Highland pint glass.

Pours a deep foreboding black. Heavy and scary looking. A great finger width of luscious mocha-head rests atop. The nose is rich with roasted malt, coffee grounds, dark breads, molasses. Well-rounded aroma invites me to partake.

For the style, the feel holds up wonderfully. Velvety chewy mouth with a moderately-full heft to it. This is not an easy drinker, and that's fine by me. Holds up the decadence of the flavors perfectly. The beer is overflowing with rich, malty goodness. Roasted coffee stands out, followed by a not-unpleasant burst of charred bread. Semi-sweet chocolate, cut oats on the finish. Fantastic Porter. One of the best. I'd love to have this one again.

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