Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 303
Hads: 2,012
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.95%
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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 Faxmesomehalibut
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: black, dark, thick
S: roasty malt, carmel, chocolate
T: similar to nose, very rich and roasty, amazing depth, very balanced
M: thick, rich, roasty, heavy, good carb and smooth
O: a growler filled 5 days ago, held up perfectly....wonderful roasty and malty flavors come through throughout....one of, if not the most balanced and well crafter American porters ever! (372 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sharing his VT booty. Pours one shade shy of black. Nose is roasty and chocolatey with a hint of lactose. Taste follows nose with a slight smokiness and a light hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even carbonation and a slightly silky finish. Overall, an amazing porter with a great balance and flavor profile. A wonderful American porter. (396 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT (great bar!). They served Everett to me in a tulip. Deep, dark brown body: nearly black. Two fingers of red-tinged, dark brown head.

I'm not the biggest fan of porters. I enjoy them, but they never wow me. This one WOWed me. Everett is pitch-perfect. Great nose, great taste. The mouthfeel is so rich and creamy. I drank it while eating the meat flatbread I ordered, and the two paired so very well together.

Can't wait to head up to Hill Farmstead and get myself a growler of Everett! (542 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle served in a snifter. Bottled 10/2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with 2 fingers of a darker tan head with good retention. Once in the glass the body is opaque and nearly black.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and faint notes of caramel sweetness, smoke and earth.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Malt sweetness hits right upfront followed by dark chocolate, roasted malt, earthy hops and a mild bitterness that comes through in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fully bodied, with a thick creamy mouthfeel and medium fine carbonation. Much fuller feel than I would expect from a 7.5% beer.

Overall: My first Hill Farmstead beer and I'm not disappointed. This is definitely an excellent porter, though it's not so much better than some of it's easier to obtain counterparts that it warrants going to great lengths to obtain. (851 characters)

Photo of Setmup10322
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I snagged a growler of this from the tap room during their anniversary party. Thick, smooth and creamy, Everett is an easy drinking porter. It doesn't have an overwhelming alcohol taste which is good if you plan to drink multiple glasses -- with a slightly bitter taste, this brew is roasty, with a hint of lingering chocolate notes. (333 characters)

Photo of Dad_of_Rad
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained via trade w/Adirondack47- growler to snifter

Excellent version of a porter. Bittersweet chocolate, roast and coffee flavors abound. Mouthfeel is just right for style, not super full, but distinguishable from a stout. My second experience with a Hill Farmstead beer, first being Double Citra. Can say I've never been disappointed yet. Wonderful beer. (359 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 Ian_B
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pure obsidian with a creamed-coffee coloured head. Oddly, some carbonation appeared to cling to the sides of the stein.

Smells fairly sweet, lots of chocolate with a bit of coffee. Maybe a tiny bit of hops and fruit, with a subtle kick from the medium ABV.

Taste begins super sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, before transitioning to a very nicely balanced hop bitterness that leads into roasted coffee flavours. The finish is the slightest bit dry but still extremely smooth with lingering, sweet toffee and malt notes.

The body is thick, but on the lighter side. Overall, a nearly perfect representation of a porter. (628 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

I enjoyed this during our birthday stout tasting, enjoyed chilled from the growler purchased at the Brewery in a stout glass.

The color is dark brown almost black with thick beige cap with fine bead. The aroma is strong with malt and roasted aroma with a slight fruit and sweet cookie-like scent with mild cocoa and vanilla qualities. The feel is a bit on the sweeter side, but roasted presence is there with a nice roastd middle and medium carbonation with semi-dry smooth finish.

The taste is pretty outstanding I would say more impressive than that it just oozes the malt flavor with low roast and subtle caramel in the background with a light spice and very mild alcohol with sligth dark cocoa flavor as it finishes. Overall this is one of my favorites of this style and in the realm of all-time-favorite beers for me, exceptional in every way. (851 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a half pint of Everett Porter at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT while killing time waiting for the Hunger Mountain Co-Op to start selling Heady Topper at three one Friday afternoon.
This is an amazing beer and I can not understand why it is not in the Top 250. I t is way more than your usual porter. It is pitch black, under the blankets dark; with the sticky lacing that tells you "This is going to be really Good."
My second time having Everett, but this time I was sitting in a pub with time to kill, and time to fully enjoy this Best Porter Ever beer. Before I was hustling around the Boston Extreme Beerfest from one station to the next and did really get the chance to savor all that this beer has to offer. It is AWESOME!!! (741 characters)

Photo of oldmankoch
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on Tap in Burlington a few weeks ago and now reviewing out of a bottle I picked up from HF.

Pours pitch black with a 1/4 inch khaki espresso head that dissipates quickly but remains thin through to finish. Minimal lacing is left behind in my pint glass but that's okay.

Smell is complex and robust. Coffee, Chocolate, oak, char, vanilla, toffee, even some spicy pepper notes (could be my sinus' though with Spring allergy) backing dark fruit and faint booze & hop resin.

Taste follows the nose well. This beer awakens once warmed for 10 minutes. My first cold sips were muted but the chocolate and vanilla, booze, toffee become more pronounced when nearing room temp. The faint pepper zing dances on tongue for a few seconds after swallowing and I'm left with a nice biscuit, booze, and malt presence.

Mouthfeel...hands down the best I've ever experienced....Just ahead of Imp Biscotti BBA. So very silky smooth with just enough carb to keep things interest without being overbearing.

Overall this is the best representation of a style I've ever encountered and the best non BBA beer I've ever had. These guys are definitely the mark for most every style they produce. (1,183 characters)

Photo of Guess2814
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead!!!! Absolutely killing the top 250 list.. Their beers are riddling all over the top of this list.. This Porter beer has a dark tan color with a coffee bean type smell to it... Smooth .. Great taste it has.. They brew such fresh beer.. Not huge on Porter beers but Farmstead is soooo consistent on their great brewing.. You can't go wrong with this beer.. (369 characters)

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pitch black with a foamy, sticky brown head. Superb lacing, some of the best I have ever seen. Served in Hill Farmsteads long-stem tulip glass.

A: Rich coffee, caramel, and melanoidins with some gentle earthy hops. A nice dark fruit character, some malty breadiness, and soft fruity esters round this beer out. A very soft and rich aroma.

T/M: Smooth bitterness and coffee and chocolate malt flavors take the front, moves into rich caramel and melanoidins with some soft earthy hops. The body is full and the carbonation soft, allowing the flavors to strike perfect balance for a long savory finish.

Overall, an amazing beer. By no means is this to style, much to strong and much to different, but it is one of the most delicious dark beers I have ever tasted. It is very much like a strong Doppelbock hybridized with a Robust Porter. The flavors are soft and rich, and the bitterness and mouthfeel provide perfect balance. Hill Farmstead has blown me away. (963 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks csustar001 for the trade! Pours black with a quickly dissipating mocha head and decent lacing. Aroma full of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts with just a hint of hops. As far as taste goes, this is the most flavorful porter I've ever had! Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cinnamon, stone fruits, vanilla, just outstanding! Medium bodied with light carbonation. Super smooth and easy drinking. Overall, hype or no, this is the finest porter out there! (458 characters)

Photo of mj81
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 03/2014

Pours jet black with a beautiful brown mocha head

Smell is a little underwhelming. Getting some toasted malts and chocolate.

Taste more than makes up for the smell. You get hit immediately with dark chocolate followed by some dark fruits and a finish that I can only describe as that which comes from drinking well water. It's a cleaner, slightly mineral/earthy taste that just doesn't come from processed city water.

Carbonation is perfect and mouthful is very silky.

All in all this is the best porter I've ever had. Can only imaging how off the charts this would be BBA. It almost reminds me of a well aged founders imperial stout lite (highest compliment I can give to a straight stout/porter as aged it's my favorite RIS). My first ever offering from HF and it did not disappoint. (806 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml 2014 bottle

A- Dark roasty black with medium to medium large lacing, dark coffee in color. No legs creepin

S- Kinda bland here compared to the taste. I am getting in order-> dark fruits and fig>chocolate>malty backbone

T- Chocolate comes first followed by dark fruits and malt backbone after that. Great taste going on here. There is def a diff, haha, in taste between a well done porter and a well done stout. Lighter on taste, a little more dark fruit IMO

M- Almost perfect here, creamy; perfect amount of carb. Very well done. This might be my favorite HF offering along with BG&E (obvious that I have not conquered the HF world).

O- A terrific brew, almost perfect for a porter. Highly highly recommended. (730 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead Brewery - Everett Porter, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip glass.

Look - Sits a dark black with a slight red hue around the edges when held up to the light. Small soapy head dissipates quickly but leaves an abundance of lacing.

Smell - Slight roasted malts prominent. Coffee. Some semisweet chocolate. Rich and inviting. Faint hops.

Taste - Rich creamy chocolate and coffee followed by a perfectly balanced roasted malt and a dash of hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy body but smooth as hell, medium carbonation. So creamy. Rests a fading tasty bitter roasted malt with coffee and chocolate. So drinkable.

Overall - Easily one of the best if not the best porters ever. (695 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Reservoir in Waterbury Vermont.

a: Black with a finger thick tan head which dissipated to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Molasses and black coffee.

t: Mild and sweetish black coffee.

m: Light to moderate.

o: Perhaps the most agreeable porter I have had, easy drinking and tasty. (309 characters)

Photo of TychoNDC
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a HF stemmed tulip. The growler was obtained on 3/01/2014 from the brewery, and consumed on 3/03.

A- Jet black with a molasses brown hue at the edge of the glass. The small tan head from the pour recedes quickly, leaving minimal lacing. This is a beautiful beer and hits all of the visual cues that my brain is looking for in a porter. I suppose a tiny bit more head/lacing could make this a perfect 5, but I'm reaching here!

O- Wow. Just absolutely wonderful on all accounts. Fresh malted barley with a beautiful medium roast. Neither overwhelming nor faint, this one is just right. It's hard to imagine a better smelling porter.

T- Up front, it's pure malty, roasty goodness. As the mild sweetness fades, the coffee flavor starts to pick up, reaching a quite lovely combination of malt and mocha. Coffee dominates the finish, bringing on a satisfying light bitter quality that makes you crave another sip.

M - Silky smooth, this beer is not as heavy as I expected. There's minimal carbonation, yet it still feels light on the tongue. It's a bit surprising, as its not as syrupy as I expected, nor as dry. The alcohol is quite well hidden, as is the case with most HF beers.

O - Simply the best porter I have ever had. Absolutely astounding purity. I've had this on tap and from a growler, and it did not disappoint. If you are a fan of porters, I highly recommend you seek this out! (1,423 characters)

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 Roguer
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown from the growler, black in the glass. Beautiful lacing from a nice head for the style, very dark brown with good retention.

Aroma is of coffee beans, barley, dark malts, and cream. Not a particularly complex or overpowering nose, but nice and relaxing.

Taste follows the nose, highlighting big coffee notes, a sweet creaminess, a hint of grape-like booze, dark malts, dark fruit, earthy hop bitterness, and chewy wheat.

In a lot of stouts and porters with a full mouthfeel, "chewy" is the nom de jour typically sought after; here, "creamy" seems so much more appropriate. Full, robust, creamy, luscious; pick your favorite. I can't imagine improving on the mouthfeel.

Interestingly, I like this beer anywhere from refrigerator to cellar temperature; once it warms to room temperature, the bitterness and coffee flavor become a little too dominant for my tastes, and you lose out on the delicious creaminess. (930 characters)

Photo of ThreeLions
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Robust American Porter
500ml bottle split with Hab11
7.5% abv

Appearance: Oh my god. Jet Black. Little to no head at all. Held up to the light and it was like a total eclipse.
Not a glimmer of light made its way through this beer. Little, almost no lacing.

Aroma: Dark chocolate. Bitter chocolate. Dark roasted malts. No hop aroma. Cacao, cocoa nibs,
all the best things dark. Faint chocolate syrup at the tail end. Really have to reach for the
sweetness but it’s there. Hershey’s syrup? Can’t wait to try it.

Taste: So tasty. Light bitterness that I’m hoping doesn’t overshadow the perfect chocolate. Hershey’s syrup with bitter chocolate on the finish. Can’t stop drinking this. The bigger the sips, the more the sweetness comes through. Small sips and the bitterness shines through. What’s your cup of tea? Go for it!

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth mouthfeel. No carbonation but such a silky smoothness that it doesn’t matter. Would have been ruined by too much carbonation. This beer slides right down the pipe. Not overpowering but not so light that you don’t think you’re drinking a real beer.

Overall this is exceptional. Is there a better beer out there in this style? Yes there is because I’ve had several other Hill Farmstead and Cigar City but my word this is good. There isn’t a bad thing that I can say about it. Drool. I wish I could get this year round. What a perfect beer. Thanks Shaun! (1,432 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a thin coffee brown ring. Nose is roasted barley, cocoa, hint of roasted coffee and a bit dusty. Taste has more malt sweetness, lightly roasted barley with strong cocoa, coffee lingers in finish. Full bodies, smooth and creamy with strong carbonation. There is more malt sweetness in the taste, towards the back of the palate adding some nice depth. (388 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Props to strohsbeforehoes for this fine trade

A- Dark brown with a mocha color head of about 1 finger. Silky lacing

S- Intense chocolate, vanilla, caramel, earthy hops

T- Follows nose well, but even more of a sweet milk chocolate punch. Toffee, sweet lactose, and subtle hints of coffee. Are you kidding me with this roasted perfection and balance?Layers come at you in waves that takes this malty goodness into another level of complexity. Snappy bitter finish immediately turns smooth.

M- It doesn't get much better than this. Full body, creamy, and viscous. Has the feel of a much stronger stout.

O- Outstanding. Best porter I have had to date. You could easily pair this with a desert dish, but this is one bad ass beer that should probably be enjoyed by itself.

Not 100% sure, but I believe it retails for about $8 for 22oz bomber. (843 characters)

Photo of Hab11
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz. Bomber. American Porter. 7.5 ABV. Jet Black with a hazelnut cream head. Solid malt nose with heavy dark chocolate and medium roasted coffee smell with a sugary sweet end. Almost a sugar in the raw smell. Taste is magnificent. All of the smells are present in the flavor. Light to no carbonation. Rich smooth feel with an even smoother finish. Aftertaste is an exquisite mocha coffee like blend. This beer smacks me in the face with how good it is. My brother in law ThreeLions introduced me to this. It is certainly my favorite beer in this style and might be my favorite beer that I have ever tried. (607 characters)

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