Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,952
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.52%
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Gots: 216 | FT: 13
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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 s1ckboy
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Chincino
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
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.
4.5

S Milk chocolate and roasty nose. Smells pretty good.
4

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.
4.5

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.
4

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.
4.5

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of alpineclimber
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
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!!!

Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaquem very dark brown. Dark tan head that settles to a ring.

Aroma is rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark burt caramels, light fruitiness, subtle "C" hops. Very nice, I can honestly call it decadent.

Flavor follows the nose, very chocolatey, nice balance of roast, hints of dark fruits (figs). Midway through/towards the finish there is some alcohol, light roast, more chocolate (dark) and hints of hop bitterness. The finish is smooth and enjoyable with dark caramels and chocolate lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium/low carbonation. Smooth, slightly creamy.

Overall this is a very good porter, I would love to have this again.

Photo of Bardwashrind
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle direct from the friendly home of RSchaeffer. My first non farmhouse, non hop focused beer from Hill Farmstead.

The simple labels are beginning to mean so much to me.

Everett opens with a nice hiss and pours a steady head of tight bubbles. The carbonation is firm but not overly thick as it lasts and sticks quite nicely to the sides of the glass. Big aroma of dark coffee, some char, smoke and a bit of chalk that reminds me of limestone. Some bitterness from the hops is also present.

The first sip brings the same smokey and toasty flavors to light that were felt on the nose. Coffee, bitter chocolate, hops and a delicious bitterness holds throughout the semi-sweet body of the beer. Long on the tongue with favorable complexity that is easily enjoyed. This is a remarkable porter as it has more of the drying toasted grain flavors and bitter hopping but it all works upon the faint mineral notes. Very drinkable as the body doesn't weight down the palate with heft.

One of the better porters I have had recently, truth be told, I'm a fan of bitter dark beers so I can see some not agreeing who like the sweeter more caramelized styles. Russian River's Porter is still perhaps the beer that I find to be my favorite representation of the style but Everett will be one I hope to drink many more times in the future. Truly delicious.

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

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one.

Appearance: Black with reddish hues when held to the light, topped off with a thin mocha colored head that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Roasted grain, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Light chocolate flavor mixed with roasted grain, coffee, and even molasses. On the sweeter side of porters.

Mouthfeel: This is really, for me, the only reason it is not easily in the top 3 porters for me. It was a little thin then what I prefer, medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A great porter and on of the best I've had, I look forward to trying more of Hill Farmstead beers in the future.

Photo of jsled
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

P: 4/5. opaque black. a reasonable deep tan head, receding after some time, no lacing.

A: 4/5. deep, sweet roasty caramel malty

F: 9/10. nice roasty sweetness. some astringency, bur not really strong. wonderful smoothness for a robust porter.

M: 2/5

O: 8/10

Photo of mmurphy525
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500ml bottle in a Hill Farmstead Tulip

Pours all black with a cm of tan head which dissipates to a thin ring, some lacing on the glass.

There is a very delicious smell with this beer, one of the best noses I have experienced. Notes of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and some burnt/smoke.

The taste follows the nose closely, though the nose is stronger in my opinion. Flavors include smoke/charcoal, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. I even think there was a little bit of pepper and hickory in the mix.

This beer has an incredibly thick and creamy texture, silky smooth, incredible.

Overall this is a very good beer. I was lucky enough to get a few Hill Farmstead brews on a recent trip and so far they have stood up to their reputation. I will be making excuses to return in the near future.

Photo of mltobin
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Blackback in Waterbury.

Appearance is near black with a finger of light brown head. The smell contains coffee, cocoa and some light roasted malts. While its` taste has more of those roasted malts, some flora hops, coffee again, bread and a little vanilla. MF is med-full with a dry finish to it. This is a very nice porter and worth seeking out.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. No date, but recently released.

Pours a thick black with rich, creamy light tan head. Nose is mellow and lovely with notes of cocoa powder and earth. Palate is rich and wide, rather viscous and with creamy carbonation. Flavors of black strap molasses, cocoa nibs, mocha, tree bark and cappuccino, froth and all. Long, lush finish.

Wonderful.

Photo of Aberration
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the blackback tavern.

Dark pour, dark brown head with good lacing. Looks great right off the bat.

Smells like roasty malty goodness.... robust is definitely the right description for this porter. Very pleasing to the nose.

Tastes magical. Roasted Malts permeate the palate while keeping a balanced and not overpowering flavor, if that makes sense. Well balanced chocolate malt is all I can describe it as.

Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated porter. Acidic and bitter zing.

This may be the best porter that I've ever had. In fact, I think it is. I don't really even like porters aside Baltic ones and this has completely made my taste for the genre flipturn upside down. Fresh prince style.

If you ever get the chance to try this, do so.

Photo of starrdogg
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackback Pub & Flyshop about a month ago. Reviewing from notes.

A: Great looking beer, mostly black with hints of red and a substantial tan head. Very nice lacing.

S: A nice mix of sweet chocolate and roast malts.

T: Wow, I'm speechless. This might be the best tasting porter I've ever had. Incredible balance here, it's sweet, but has an awesome roasty backbone and has hints of dark fruit hiding in there.

M: Very carbonated, but also quite nicely medium-thick bodied. Perfect for the style.

O: Until I had this beer, I pretty much had sworn off American Porter as a style, but no more. Of course Hill Farmstead is the brewery that revived this style for me, and now I can't wait to have more. Thank you for ruining porters at the same time, because I know no other porters will be as great as this one.

Photo of yourefragile
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at HF a while back.

Oh dear. This is the best American porter I've had in recent memory. Pours a near black with a large mocha head with impressive lacing and retention. Aroma is complex and subtle, a blend of chocolate, roast malt, coffee, dark fruit, mild bitterness, and smoke. Flavor is similar, with roast and smoke providing a strong backbone for the sweet chocolate and dark fruit. Medium thick, with soft full bodied and soft carbonation. Edmund used to be my favorite American Porter. Now Everrett is.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thick black as night opaque oil color with a nice two inch head that ever so slowly faded and stayed at about a half inch until the bottom. Very nice thick lace down the sides, gooey and creamy, very nice look to it. Smell took a while to warm up, at first was strong alcohol and caramel sweetness. As it warmed some more subtle smells started to come through, hints at chocolate and coffee started to overtake, and the alcohol quickly faded, leaving a very nice overall aroma. The taste followed the smell with the caramel hitting first. Nice flavors of coffee followed, maybe even a hazelnut hint in there, well rounded.

Photo of koopa
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap several times in VT over the past few years.

Appearance: Super dark chestnut / mahogany to opaque black. The crown is 3 fingers, brown, shows loads of retention and good lace.

Smell: Medium roast malt, some dark chocolate, a dash of caramel, and a light charred backbone.

Taste: Same as nose. So well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and a thick side of medium body.

Drinkability: Super drinkable thanks to nicely balanced flavors. I dig it more than the BA version myself.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Baconsausage poured into my Portsmouth tulip.

A very dark red, looks black until backlit. Huuuge gorgeous rocky tan head with intense and thick lacing. Amazing retention.
This is THE BEST looking porter I've come across.

Smells very move as well... Notes of caramel, toffee, coffee and bitter chocolate. The taste is also quite good-- some sweetness with lots of dark chocolate and coffee notes.

Awesome milk-shake thickness feel on the body. Creamy and chewy.

Overall, this is one of the best porters I've come across. For a style I don't like, this beer stands out as a delicious beverage I would be happy to drink again.

Photo of Damian
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml swing top growler purchased at the Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, VT
Served in a Hill Farmstead Brewery stemmed glass

Near obsidian in appearance with dark mahogany edges. A bubbly, one-finger head of mocha-colored froth topped the liquid. The head faded to a thick lasting ring. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was flawless. Totally spot-on for the style. Rich roasted malts came through strong. Lots of semi-sweet chocolate and a decent amount of smoke. Some brown sugar as well. There was a nice balance between the sweetness and the dryness. The chocolate notes came out more as the beer warmed, and they turned sweeter and more cocoa powder-like. A good dosage of vanilla was noticeable as well.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the nose. Robust and moderately roasty up front. Bakers chocolate and French press coffee notes appeared in the center. Some cola as well. Charred malts came through on the finish. A touch ashy and quite dry. A bit of warmth from the alcohol was noticeable in the back of my throat. Crisp, piney hops lingered into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was respectable. Medium bodied for the style with a fine, moderate effervescence. Slick and smooth.

I was aware that Shaun is a master of brewing hoppy beers but I did not realize he could also do other styles so well. This is truly a fantastic rendition of an American porter.

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

Draft at Blackback Pub

A - black with a monnster light mocha head.

S - in your face with the chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Not super complex but it packs a lot in the nose

T - super sweet with a nice roastiness to balance the sweetness. Thus is my style of beer.

M - not sure what to think here. Feels like I'm drinking carbonated chocolate milk, but for the beer it just works. Don't think I've ever had this much body in a beer without oats and higher Abv.

O - one of the best porters I've had. So much aroma and flavor in this beer without a killer alcohol level. This is definitely a beer I'd love to have again.

Photo of wordemupg
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle split with some local beer geeks 17/7/11

A near black with a little cola at the edge, nice dark tan head falls to a thin film leaving a few specks of lace

S a little smokey with a chocolate blast, very big chocolate nose, smells like something I want to eat

T even better then the smell, somehow there's even more chocolate and a blast of coco powder, with some slight coffee and it reminds me of chocolate covered raisins, pretty rich and I wouldn't change anything

M thick liquid and bubbles cream it up a fair bit, quite rich and there's zero booze detected, what impresses me the most is the length of time the flavors sticks to your mouth, toothpick anyone?

O this is one of the better examples of the style, robust is an understatement, this is a wicked brew without doubt,

this one blew me away, I can't imagine anyone not loving this beer, search for it boys and girls its worth it

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

Photo of ggilman
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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