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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Everett PorterEverett Porter

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,280 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1280
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.3%


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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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter glass it generates a frothy head of tan foam, with a creamy texture to the surface. Jet black with mahoghany edges. As time passes, the foam becomes slightly sticky in the glass, around the edges.

Pure liquid chocolate, mellow char, dark chocolate aroma.

Deep roast, mocha and espresso notes, dark chocolate composing the core flavors of this porter. Creamy with a dry aftertaste. Mellow and moderately bitter towards the end. Relatively dry, mellow feel. Pleasantly rich dark chocolate flavors, tasty stuff, but not all that different from local favorites. Thank you Dave for sharing!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 04:09:08 | More by emerge077
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ggilman

Maine

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler at the Hill Farmstead Brewery retail store on my way to the Vermont Brewers Festival.

Pours motor oil black into my tulip glass, no light penetrates. Small tan infused head settles quickly, but leaves speckles as you go. Nose is roasty and sweet smelling. Dark chocolate and oak. Sweet malt up front with bitter chocolate. Molasses & coffee linger on the palate. Dark dried fruit. Vanilla and bourbon notes. Subtly smoky, with a super dry finish. A crisp carbonation stings your mouth, and the medium creamy body makes this super drinkable. As it warms some cherry cola and tobacco flavors come out. Agitating leaves a beautiful faint wispy head swirl. Rich but not over indulgent. Gets better and better as it warms.

Absolutely Delicious.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2011 23:40:21 | More by ggilman
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown root beer color with but sits opaque black in my glass. Thin beige Georgia clay colored head is quick to collar but leaves consistent tiny speckles of retention.

Aroma is dominated by deep and immersive wood char with cola caramel and licorice. Taste is more wood char, ash, mocha, and the black cookie part of an Oreo cookie. Light and delicate yet robust and flavorful. Beautifully roasty.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2011 22:01:37 | More by donkeyrunner
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afksports

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Black Back (thanks to a below review for a name I had forgotten) in Waterbury over July 4th weekend. Review from notes scrawled on my phone while politely listening to an old local guy talk about his old beat-up girlfriend in demeaning fashion and politely smiling while she encouraged it by talking about how she danced on top of the bar last time she was there. It's a tiny bar. And the guy asked me if I wanted to fight him when he saw me typing on my phone. Awkward.

In fact, remembering that experience, I have to say that it was both one of the weirdest and best bar experiences I've had. Cool bartender, great taps, low key vibe, and two extremely strange locals that will never read this review.

And since it IS a review... Everett Robust Porter from Hill Farmstead is a high example of the style that everyone should try. The deep brown pour reveals a big tan head that leaves only a little lacing after it dissipates, but still produces a brilliant smell. Roasted but not burnt coffee, chocolate, and a distinct nuttiness as well come into my nose.

The guy beside me gives me a funny look "Wanna take my girlfriend home with you? Wanna trade girlfriends?"... I eye my girlfriend protectively and sip. Pow - bitter coffee, sweet roasty coffee, grains, touch of nuts, everything a porter should be come through in the first sip all the way to the last. No hint of alcohol, only a trace of hops, but still Everett has a totally clean finish. "No thanks."

"What? She's not hot?"

Awkward laugh. "She seems totally suited to you, my man."

"What's that supposed to mean?"

"Nothing man, it's all good. Cheers!" I lift Everett up, ching ching glasses, and finish the thick bodied porter with a smile.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 16:12:39 | More by afksports
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

On tap at the Black Back in Waterbury VT.
Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a tight tan head that sticks around for a while. Smells of roasted grains, coffee and chocolate, licorice and a hint of alcohol. Taste is smooth dark chocolate mixed with coffee and anise with hints of alcohol molasses and dark dried fruits. Velvety smooth creamy mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation, medium to thick body. This is a fantastic porter! I just wish it were a little easier to come by.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 21:53:09 | More by johnnnniee
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2011 00:20:44 | More by Satchboogie
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler shared by Sean. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - Voluminous tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Black body that is surprisingly dark for a porter, with only the faintest glint of brown near the edges.

S - Earthy grains, roasted barley, light molasses and brown sugar, and notes of coffee and chocolate as it warms up.

T - Taste is nearly identical to the aroma. It's roasty, but with a sufficient amount of balancing sweetness to get things from getting to bitter. Just a delightful and balanced robust porter.

M - Creamy, medium-full body, with pleasant moderate carbonation, some slight roasty dryness, and no obvious alcohol.

D - It's a reference quality robust porter. The only thing that would prevent me from consuming mass quantities is the mounting roast bitterness in the finish. Otherwise, a superb brew that I think surpasses the barrel-aged version. Who the heck said this was too thin?!

Serving type: growler

07-11-2011 13:56:39 | More by MasterSki
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spycow

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sean for this fresh growler. Nice dark/black with minimal carbonation with minimal head and nice lacing. The smell is roasty, chocolate, light buttery, syrupy light molasses or maple not sure which. The taste is thick, rich, oaky, leathery, and smoky. Great porter. Great mouthfeel and carbonation. This and Captain Lawrence porters are top of this class. I've had this in bottle and growler a few times and it never fails to impress. If you like porters, this is a must have and even better readily available.

Serving type: growler

07-10-2011 00:38:10 | More by spycow
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased @ Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, Vermont

Price - $15.00/ growler

Appearance is pitch black with a beautiful two inch creamy brown foam head, wow. After several minutes the head settles down to a thin layer covering the liquid goodness. Big time thick lacing decorates the drinking vessel to show itself off as an exceptional example of the style. A quick swirl of the glass and a blanket of creamy brown foam reappears.

The aroma is a right hook to the jaw with dark chocolate followed by coffee, roasted malt, nuts and caramel.

The flavor is right up my alley with a strong taste of chocolate, mocha, licorice, vanilla and a smoke finish that's near perfect.

Starts off creamy soft and silky smooth with a full body, I really dig this beer. At room temperature the mouthfeel is near perfect. Hoppy and bitter in the middle followed by a semi dry sticky finish. Outstanding balance between the malts and hops.

Damn, I can't get enough of Shaun's beers and this is another favorite of mine. Added to the website as another stellar example of the style.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2011 23:39:24 | More by 05Harley
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zrab11

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice beautiful dark brown color with a nice 2 finger brown head. Nice lacing throughout

S- Dark Chocolate and roasted malts are the first thing that hit my nose. Also getting some carmel and dark fruit hints

T- Has a nice roastiness up front followed by alittle bit of sweetness. Then in the middle the dark chocolate comes through with some toffee and coffee flavors. Towards the end comes some bitterness and then finishes with a nice alcohol chocoalate creaminess

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and silky

D- Overall this is my #2 Porter right now. right behind maple bacon coffee porter. This really surprized me. I knew it would be good but not this good. HAd alot of flavors but they were all balanced soo nicely. Will seek this out atleast once a year.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 16:33:07 | More by zrab11
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-27-2011 06:05:17 | More by ffejherb
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Andrewinski. Thanks again homey. Poured into a true pint glass. Pours dark brown, pretty much a notch on the color wheel away from black with two fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Really nice retention and sticky lace. Probably one of the best looking beers I've seen.

A little bit smokey on the aroma with bitter dark chocolate aromas. Wheat toast in the background with a little bit or dark roast coffee in the aroma. Dark bitter bakers chocolate on the aroma with a nice char flavor to round it out. A little bit of dark roast coffee to finish this one up.

For a robust porer the body seems a bit on the light side, but real nice soft carbonation. Overall this one is simply rock solid. Another well done effort from the Vermont crew. I will always look forward to any of their beers.

Serving type: growler

06-27-2011 01:15:58 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. Nice black color with a half inch tan head (though the head was much larger on my brother's glass).

The aroma indicates slightly sweet black coffee with a note of chocolate fudge.

The taste starts out with sweet malt followed by a clean bitter roasted finish. There is a gentle hop flavor in the finish. Nothing too fancy here, but I have to be impressed by the perfect sweet and bitter balance.

The mouthfeel is robust and the carbonation just enough to make this refreshing.

Another impressive offering from Hill Farmstead. Can't wait to go back for more!

Serving type: growler

06-27-2011 01:13:27 | More by andrewinski1
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Eulogy.

Pours a pitch black color that's completely opaque with a half finger dark mocha head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.  

Deep roasted malt aroma with a good balance of silky chocolate.  Subtle lactic cream along with hints of roasted espresso/coffee, chicory, oatmeal, nut and toffee.  Very nice roast character without smelling acrid or burnt.  Lots of coffee character without overpowering the chocolate notes

Medium bodied with a nice balance of roasted malt an sweet silky chocolate notes.  Bittersweet chocolate, coffee/espresso, oatmeL hazelnut and toffee. Pretty toasty but still smooth with milk chocolate notes.  Easy drinking and quaffable with a well masked ABV.  

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 00:32:09 | More by corby112
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an ink black with a two finger, thick, dark khaki cap. Cap rose quickly and settled in raindrop fashion. Excellent retention with dots and sheets of lace everywhere.

The nose on this beast is of deep roast, bakers chocolate, dark cherries, light citrus and a faint touch of ethanol. Everything is big and robust.

The flavor profile explodes on the palate. Deep, delicate roast and bitter dark chocolate take over initially, then dark cherries and light citrus before the roast/chocolate comes back in the finish. Just a faint warming from this guy.

Near perfect. Full body with maybe a touch too much carbonation to make this lush and velvety. Still, very smooth and soft on the palate.

This is definitely the best porter I have ever had. I knew that on the first sip. I so didn't want to buy into the hype, but this beer has it going on. This is an exceptional porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 00:41:37 | More by ColForbinBC
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hill Farmstead First Anniversary Party. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours near black with a really nice tan/mocha head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward coffee and chocolate along with some light roasted malt character. There's a light touch of smoke in the background. The flavor is dominated by chocolate and coffee. Light smoke and sweetness with some roast there as well. Medium body with good carbonation. Nice and creamy. Alcohol is not noticeable. Really solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 15:20:18 | More by Thorpe429
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HopHead84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 04:03:05 | More by HopHead84
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angelogarcia3

New York

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer with a very dark color with a slight carbonation creating a tannish head. The aroma of chocolate, with hints of coconut & vanilla. As a porter it has a thickness that matches many stouts. Flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Finishes with a slight bitterness like burnt coffee. Had it at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 21:53:01 | More by angelogarcia3
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 17:32:48 | More by DavoleBomb
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 03:12:35 | More by BARFLYB
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at capones.

A- comes over with little to no head just a few bubbles at the edges atop a almost pitch black body.

S- robust is right. Lots of bordering on burnt roasted malts with a deep smokey sweetness. Dark dried fruits and a rich bready hit.

T- this is all about the malts. Layer upon layer of deep roasted malts giving you dark chocolate and some espresso, with a molasses and burnt brown sugar sweetness. Lots of dried dark fruits again with some blackberries as well. Hints of smoke and char but not over the top.

M- a few steps above medium in body and lightly carbed, just enough fizz to keep things moving and light enough so it never gets to fluffy.

O- great porter and a stand out in its depth. I keep saying this about Shauns beers but I stand buy it, they are some amazing brews and as easy to drink as they are fun to dissect into their many pieces.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 02:24:28 | More by oglmcdgl
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glid02

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with large amounts of dark chocolate. Also present are light espresso coffee bean and crisp earthy hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are tempered quickly by good amounts of smooth dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the roasted flavors subside further with the addition of earthy hops. Very slight amounts of smoke come into play near the end of the sip before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer reminded me of Cadillac Mountain Stout with a hint of smokiness – no bells or whistles but nearly flawless. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 19:27:21 | More by glid02
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a brown head of about 2 fingers, dark head for a porter. Retains easily at a finger and leaves some lacing behind.

Wow, intense smell. Fresh espresso beans right out of the bag, caramel, some roasted malt and hints of dark fruit.

Taste somehow beats the awesome nose, this stuff is excellent. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malt and milk chocolate all balanced to perfection. I don't know how they got some of the flavors without actually adding coffee, but damn this is one tasty beverage.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, perfect balance, no alcohol at 7.5%. This drinks like an iced coffee concoction without being overly sweet.

A damn fine way to end the fest for me, this was my favorite of the beers I tried with an honorable mention to the Edward Pale Ale. I'd love to try this again from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 14:53:22 | More by Chico1985
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: deep black, blacker than some stouts even get but it poured an excessive amount of head. the head was mocha colored, and held really well once it faded a bit.

S: nice balance of roastiness, chocolate and smokiness. very smooth and pleasant

T: A wave of bitter chocolate and coffee hits firsts followed by a heavy amount of roastiness and a mild sweet milk and dark chocolate flavor. It actually has a more milk chocolate sweetness as it warms up a little

M: Silky smooth, almost like drinking a chcolate milk. There is none of that chalky feel that is noticable in other roasty beers

D: Overall this is a fantastic beer and possibly better than its barrel aged counter part. Very complex but balanced flavors and when the only real flaw i found is the excessive amount of head, you have a winner. Hill Farmstead continues to impress me with each beer i try

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:16:09 | More by mikey711
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Arbitrator

California

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: The body is a very dark brown with just the faintest edge translucence. Even a mild pour produces two fingers of tan head with excellent retention and lace left in its wake.

S: Roasted coffee -- done in that perfect way that brings out beans and smoke without char and vegetables. It's so prevalent that I find myself scanning the bottle to see if this, like Earl, is made with coffee. It is not. Whatever grain selection or yeast went to work here, it did its job right. Milk chocolate (a mild lactic sweetness), smoke, and dark fruit are also evident.

T: As in the nose, this beer is quite coffee-forward, though I'm aware at this point that the flavor is an effect of grain and yeast doing their work. I'm extremely impressed by its nuances of smoke, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. A lightly spicy bite in the finish complements the resurgent smoke flavor. Wow.

M: 7.5% ABV isn't a heavyweight for my tasting group, but it's certainly a bit bigger than your usual beer. Yet Everett shows no trace of alcohol, perhaps due to the slightly fuller-than-medium body it boasts. It's not completely smooth; the peppery bite in the finish gives it a mild harshness that is unusual for a porter. I'm torn, because the pepper adds so much to the flavor, yet it detracts from the mouthfeel. I don't care. I'm rounding up.

O: I simply could not stop sipping this. Rarely do I encounter a beer I could not put down. This is one. Seek this out. It's a gold standard for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 07:23:31 | More by Arbitrator
Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,280 ratings.