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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 328
Hads: 2,146
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 1,086
Gots: 280 | FT: 21
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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 gford217
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours pitch black with a big rocky tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is not as roasty as I was expecting with more sweet milk chocolate and malty sweetness. There is a light roasted black malts and coffee beans.

Taste mirrors the aroma with some smooth caramel malts and dark chocolate dominating up front. The backbone is roasty but not overly so. There is definitely some chocolate sweetness in the finish as well as a hint of smoke.

The mouthfeel is excellent and about as creamy as I've ever had in a porter. Solid carbonation.

This is one of the sweeter porters I've tasted recently and almost tastes like a smoky chocolate stout. Really good stuff.

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

bottle poured into tasting glass - thanks alex

Pours an opaque mahogany brown with a light layering of tanned head. Spots of lacing left behind, wispy retention lays on top of the brew.

Roasty, malty nose with coffee and espresso notes. Light char and smoke with some dark chocolate sweetness. Almost no alcohol presence, very inviting.

Bold malty profile begins up front with roasted tones. Some nutty flavor with a nice layering of coffee and espresso beans. Dark chocolate lies underneath the malt backbone. Light smokiness comes through towards the back end with a touch of char. Finishes a little sweet and smoky.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, robust and chewy on the palate. Excellent example of the porter - I wish I could have this all the time.

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Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Picked this up at Winooski Beverage on the way back from the Alchemist bottle release.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle.

Appearance: A reverse cascade effect that billows into a voluminous head. Foam is the color of dark milk chocolate. Body is an opaque brown. Only knock is not enough lacing. Simply gorgeous.

Smell: Cocoa, dark chocolate, espresso, some fruit (dried cranberries?). Strong and powerful.

Taste: A nice medley of milk chocolate (bordering on the dark) and coffee. Espresso with cream. Raw coffee grinds with roasted goodness. As it warms, flavors really open up.

Mouthfeel: Just the right mix of mild bitterness and strong malt. Really searches all the corners of the palate. As it warms, it almost feels like i'm eating rather than drinking it which proves that a beer can be chewy :)

Overall: I thin i found my favorite porter. Really easy to drink, a pleasure and top notch. Grab this if you can find it.

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

500 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse for $10. Beautiful muddy beige head a good lacing. This brew is straight black with good medium to full body.

Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, some earthy hops, port wine, maybe a little raisin or dark fruit too.

Tastes sublime: chocolate notes, subtle roastiness, molasses, coffee, raisins, mildly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth up front, with subtle bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall one of the best - if not the best - porters I've ever had. This brewery is top notch - very happy I found this bottle (last one in the shop back in September).

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Thanks to Mtardiff for this bottle. Sadly, it’s the last of my bottles from Hill Farmstead. Time to another trade or a trip to Vermont.

Wow, is this a standard Porter? Pours like an Imperial Stout. The head build from within and then appears to sit on top the beer like a coffee colored milk shake. Excellent retention. The beer is very dark brown with no light showing anywhere. Decent lacing.

Aroma is very nice. Molasses, black licorice and some dark roasted malt. A smoothness and rounded sweetness to the aroma. No harshness.

Initially a moment of coffee, then a touch of cocoa. Black licorice isn’t really present for me in the flavor like it was in the aroma. Black pepper notes along with the dark roasted notes. A touch of ash, but not with the grit that sometimes accompanies this. Some cinnamon every now and again.

Mouth feel is soft, rounded and smooth. Medium to robust in body but not nearly as thick as an Imp stout as mention in the first paragraph above.

Good Porter. Spot on for the style and I prefer the larger mouth feel of this version.

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

500ml into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks a million for this bottle, kingkong.

A: Pours near black with a huge, dense, dark brown head that lasted forever and left patches of soapy lacing as it faded into a wispy scum.
S: Robust notes of chocolate malt, roasted malts, smoke, burnt wood and a bit of something sweeter – caramel and raisins maybe.
T: The chocolate really comes through along with notes of coffee, raisins, and toasted wood. The finish is lightly sweet and the aftertaste has a bit of a dark chocolate bitterness to it. Not as smoky as the nose, but it shows up in the finish as well.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel with a drying finish. The body is rich and decadent, and the carbonation is smooth, soft and mellow.
O: One of the best porters I’ve had. Loved the smoky notes that accompanied the dark chocolate, and the mouthfeel was crazy soft, rich, and smooth. Thanks again for the bottle, Patrick.

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Photo of Overlord
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks ineedabeerhere!

Pours a slightly brown/ruddy black with a large light tan head.

Smells primarily of char and ash, with notes of coffee and a slightly bitter ... chocolate? Maybe something bitterer than that .. kind of an espresso cacao aroma. Smells good.

Taste is surprisingly more rounded than the aroma, with notes of dark fruit, a surprising amount of espresso/coffee, and a light, very very light, undercurrent of malty chocolate sweetness. Unfortunately, the ash/char/smoke continues to make its presence felt in a big way, and it gets a bit distracting.

I like it. Good, robust mouthfeel.

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Photo of philbe311
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A generous surprise from buddy and fellow BA rfgetz...

A - A finger's worth of rich thick densely packed menacing deep dark brown colored head... Solid retention, especially given the minimal head to start... Once fully receded you're left with a full rich creamy lacing... The color is an opaque flat black... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - A potent mix of chocolate and coffee... The chocolate notes are predominately milk chocolate with a bit of dark chocolate mixed in... Bits of fudge... The coffee lightly roasted but still assertive... Some faint roasted malt character... Some very mild woody notes as well... Some caramel and toffee sweetness... Excellent aroma...

T - The palette displays a bit more predominance of roasted malt and coffee... The chocolate notes take a back seat but are still present... Mild caramel and toffee sweetness... A slightly charred finish...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Very lightly carbonation... Thick... Rich... Mildly creamy... A bit chalky on the finish... Consistent... Very nice...

D - A top tier slightly assertive American Porter... True to the style with out blurring any style guideline... Excels in all facets... Highly recommended...

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Anyone remember Carl Everett? Man, it seems like forever ago that the ChiSox won it all with that guy... Anyway, this stuff pours a rather dark black-brown topped by a healthy bit o' light sienna foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, toasted biscuit, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. The taste follows pretty closely, with the roast coming in darker, more charred. and the coffee, though still subdued compared to the other elements, coming in a tad darker and more acrid. Everything melds nicely, though, with nothing taking any real stage time from anything else. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice porter, nothing overtly extraordinary, but a tasty, enjoyable treat.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler purchased in early October and shared with GarrettMD a week later.

A - Black with brown edges. Half a finger of mocha head. Retention is average. Good lacing.

S - Licorice aroma with an English characteristic that I sometimes describe as being like copper or blood. Some cocoa makes an appearance as well. Nicely balanced.

T - Licorice, coffee, chocolate, and a huge roast character that later turns into a charred or smoky flavor. All the flavor of a nice big stout, but lighter and better balanced in the way a porter often can be. Cocoa beans and smoked malts.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Beer remains wet throughout. Dull around the edges but there is a sort of sharpness to the feel.

O - Perhaps my favorite porter. At my tasting at the brewery we were each given the opportunity to double up on one of the tastings. Given the options including both James and Ephraim, I still went with Everett. It really goes to show that this beer is truly great in my mind. A huge hit from a wonderful brewery.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Big thanks goes out to Alec for sending this one my way. Cheers My Friend.

appearance: dark brown black with 2 finger mocha head,

smell: roast, coffee, caramel, malts,

taste: coffee, roast, malts, dry bitter finish,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: this is a very nice porter. well balanced and full of flavor. so glad to finally have something from this up and coming brewery.


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

A - Perfectly black, no light gets through this beer anywhere. 1 finger of slightly darker than normal tan head. Fades to a ring around the outer rim quickly.

S - Licorice, anise, hints (and I mean very faint hints) of cherry, with a background of slight roasted malts that barely peek through the licorice. This beer really does smell almost exactly like a black licorice stick, so much so I almost want to say it has some sort of brett in it.

T - Licorice still dominates, but lesser so than in the aroma. Smoke is also present right along with it. Sweet sugars come through a lot more pairing well with the chocolate and toffee from the roasted malts.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, thicker than a normal porter and quite sticky. Finish is slightly sticky, slightly drying, and very sweet with a licorice/chocolate lingering aftertaste.

O - One of the most interesting porters I have ever had. A lot of flavors and aromas not normally found in a porter as well as a body more likely to be found in a stout.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown to almost black color with a thick chocolate colored head. the smell is roasty and sweet with hints of cocoa and coffee. the taste is sweet malty with a hint of roastiness and coffee hints as well. the mouthfeel is a bit thicker than expected. overall this is a very good ber, but just a little to sweet for the style so thats where it lost points

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Photo of largadeer
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from bring. Thanks, Barry.

Appearance: A ton of foam upon first pour, with a small amount of black liquid beneath. Swirling out some of the carbonation leaves me with an opaque dark brown beer topped by a frothy, lasting head. While it's excessively carbonated for the style, it's a great looking beer once the foam settles down.

Aroma: Cocoa, subtle smoke, licorice, coffee, roasted malt, roasted peanuts. Smells fantastic, wow. There's a lot going on here.

Palate: Nearly perfect for the style. Rich without a ton of sweetness, though it's plenty malty. Roasty, bready flavors roll across the tongue first, followed by smoke and licorice, coffee, roasted nuts. Medium-full body with a bitter, toasty finish that leaves a lingering note of anise. Fantastic.

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Photo of n2185
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with three fingers of brown head that recedes into a thick, dense cap with a solid sheet of lacing. Beautiful

S: Lots of roasted malts with creamy chocolate and robust coffee aromas. There are some vanilla notes in there as well along with just a hint of tart aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts dominate with creamy chocolate and robust coffee flavors. It's sweet at first but finishes with robust flavors that are only slightly bitter. Again, there are also faint notes of vanilla and tartness.

M: Medium-thick body with fairly lowish carbonation despite the great head retention, this beer is super silky and creamy.

O: Overall, I think I might have a new favorite porter. This beer is beautiful and delicious. My only real complaint is on the nose, which I wish were a bit more pronounced. Beyond that, it is great and I'd love to have regular access to this beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another 750ml growler thanks to Gushue3
Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a 3/4 dark tan head. The head fades quickly to a thin layer and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malts, nuts, some coffee.

T - Hard for me to place, but in a good way. Light coffee, chocolate, nuts, mild all-around. Improves as it warms.

D - Average body and carbonation.

O - Very smooth and good. enjoyable.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer at the Hill Farmstead brewery during their 2nd annual Fall Fest.

Everett pours black into the glass with a small, light tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Hints of citrus and pine hops are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, silky and lightly carbonated. The flavor begins with chocolate, coffee and a touch of roast malt. In the middle a touch of nuts and piney hops move in. It finishes sweet and leaves a lingering chocolate flavor when gone.

This is a very drinkable, full flavored beer. Very tasty and well balanced.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark and chunky brown color with thin but dense cap of brown head, little rings of lacing towards the top. Scent leads with dark and milk chocolate before settling into a long note of roast with some char, the end has notes of fresh ground coffee and dark fruit. Taste follows suit without being too thin or venturing into stout territory. Full flavored on the palate, equal parts chocolate and roast with background notes of coffee and fruit, little hints of spice... very well layered as each presents themselves. Medium to full bodied, good carbonation levels, a little lingering char on the palate. One of the top American Porters that strikes the right balance without encroaching too far on stout territory like many full flavored porters do.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a small amount of mocha head

S - Very sweet and chocolatey. Brown sugar,

T - Chocolate, coffee notes, honey, brown sugar, anise, molasses. Tons of brown sugar in the aftertaste.

M - Pretty full, low in carbonation,

O - Good beer. Would like to try this from a bottle so see how that effected carbonation.

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

I had this beer on-tap in Waterbury, VT and I bought several bottles of it from the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival last weekend.

This beer poured to be a very dark brown color almost black with a small tan head. Nice aroma of coffee and malts with a small hint of chocolate.

The beer was medium-bodied. Full of intense flavors-chocolate, malt, and coffee.

This beer is amazing! I would definitely recommend trying it if you have the opportunity.


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

Dark rich very dark brown body, initially overflowing head. One and a half inches retained thick light brown foamy head after several minutes.Aromas are malty, chocolate, light roast. Thick creamy mouthfeel, rich, some boozyness. Very drinkable but a sipper. Excellent porter.Thanks Steve S. who hooked me up with this and two other HF.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from big 2L growler into snifter baby

A- pours very dark brown and has a little less than one finger light chocolate colored head. Body is very deep brown/black. nice head.

S- big dark malt with roasty coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T- Big roast throughout with some chocolate behind it. Sweeter light malt comes through toward the end giving a choco milk kind of taste.

M- Pretty much almost flat, thanks to a long ride home. other than that theres a medum to heavier feel on the tongue.

O- really nice tasting porter. All the ingredients that I want in a robust porter.

2/28/12 from 1.5week old growler

A Pours very dark brown/black and is flat black in the glass. Nice 1+ finger head forms and and goes down at a decent rate and leaves a 1/4 inch froth above the body. Some lacing is left and theres nice carbonation.

S Milk chocolate and roasty nose. Smells pretty good.

T Lots of roasty malts, coffee and milk chocolate. Coffee taste comes out more in the middle and the finish is slightly bitter with some chocolate.

M Thicker mouthfeel thats almost chewy, just how I like my porters and stouts. Little carbonation makes for a smooth and easy to sip brew.

O Really good porter. Taste is pretty close to perfect porter. Taste is great and feels good as well. If I could get this regularly I would drink this all the time.

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

Shared with my wife who is just now sneaking sips of beer after her pregnancy. At the time of this review, this is the #2 American Porter on the top style list and this beer is also on the Top Beers - Popular list at spot #70.

Beer is black / dark brown and hazy with a nice off white head of small tan bubbles, lacing, nice carbonation...

Aroma is mildly roasty, mildly alcohol, smells like a porter should, mildly sweet.

Beer is medium to light in body, pretty sweet on the lead off but the back palate is all porter all the time. Great little beer, wonderful how the alcohol is there without the beer being boozy, sweet, strong, drinkable...nice.

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to mmurphy525 for dragging this bottle back to Nova Scotia from Vermont and then shipping it to Calgary, this is beer advocacy at it's finest!

A 500ml bottle from my cellar and into a chalice. A huge frothy mocha head forms on the darkest SRM possible for a beer, a little darker then your typical porter.

A decent nose of roasty malt, chocolate, a slight lactose sweetness and cola.

Awesome taste on this one, lots of depth and complexity. Layers of roasty coffee and dark chocolate, a touch smokey. The taste finishes with a slight sweetness and a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is big.

A great porter overall, this one really blurrs the line between a stout and a porter. It is not as roasty as some of the best stouts but it's close. What's impressive about this porter is the amount of coffee in the taste without a coffee infusion. Hill Farmstead brews up a dream in a bottle!!!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep brown with spot on carbonation leaving a dirty tan cap. Looked very sexy,

S: Big roasted malt, milk chocolate, hint at espresso and nuts

T: Starts out with a big and rich roasty smoothness, milk chocolate backed up with a hint at bitter cocoa and very small, quick dash of Earthy hops, light booze and dark fruit;has a nice robust finishing taste but smooth bitterness from chocolate and roasted malts.

M: Body is medium to big, well carbonated, smooth, light booze is warming and thie flavor is persistently great on the palate.

O: Of all the porters I have had this one takes the cake. If I imagine the perfect porter this would be it and if all porters were this well crafted, tasty and drinkable, porters would be among my favorite style.

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.