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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Everett PorterEverett Porter

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339 Reviews
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Reviews: 339
Hads: 2,227
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 1,091
Gots: 313 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-15-2010

Everett (1908-1939) was our grandfather’s brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Porter is crafted from American malted barley, English and German roasted malts, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Decadent in its depth, with a complex backbone of chocolate, coffee, and malty sweetness, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Everett.

Pale, Caramel, and Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is Adam Jackson beer, growler filled on 4/22. Hey oh!

Everett pours a medium bodied black chocolate darkest of browns with a one finger dark beige head. It certainly looks the part. The nose is robust. There are loads of bitter chocolate, lightlly roasted coffee, and more bitter chocolate. It's vibrant for a porter. The flavors lead with bitter chocolate and tobacco with plenty of coffee roast. There's a whole lot of roast, and a whole lot of chocolate. The flavors are strong in this one. I hate using this descriptor, but the aftertaste is robust. I really enjoy this one. It's definitely a full flavor porter. Yet another nice beer from HF.

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

A: poured a very dark brown in color almost black with brown highlights and a nice half finger of head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: great porter features in the aroma such as chocolate roasted malts, some sweetness coming from the toffee, hints of caramel, I suspect a little oat grains, slight coffee, and hints of brown sugar.

T: the chocolate character was just as apparent on the palate alongside toffee caramel sweetness, hints of nuttiness, oat grains coming through with vanilla accents and a touch of molasses.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, rich chocolatey, and silky finish.

O: damn solid all around, great example of a porter. HF doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of mltobin
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a massive coffee tan head that dissipates but retains well. This really looks the bollocks! Nose is roast malt, cocoa, molasses, chocolate malts Taste comprises chocolate malt, light mineral notes, cocoa powder, Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth and massaging on the palate.

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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 oglmcdgl
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ferillo for this one.

A: Pours black with a massive tan head on top, very thick, two fingers in height with great retention. Thick foam lacing on all sides of the glass.

S: Some roasted malt and barley, chocolate, a little coffee. There is some caramel and a slight sweetness to it, almost like a milk stout.

T: Very roasty, but in a really good way. There is a nice underlying chocolate/creamy sweetness that balances this beer. As it warms more chocolate comes out. Very tasty.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Extremely smooth and easy drinking.

O: A great porter, probably the best I have had thusfar. Drinks easy with a great flavor profile. Lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #7. Poured into tulip.

Appearance: Talk about a sexy head… words don't do it justice. The lacing is comparable in its thick and lush layers. Inky thick black into the glass.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, tobacco. Very nice.

Taste: A luscious blend of coffee, malt, hops. Not bitter in the least. This guy is a little bit on the sweet side, but otherwise nails it.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, but perfect for the style. Perfectly carbed.

Drinkability: Pretty high. It's sweetness might get to me after one bottle, but the one bottle is awesome.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. This is a porter but almost seems to push into coffee stout territory, and this one pretty much nails it.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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..

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

Bottle from Papat444. Big thank you for this one.

Beer pours black with a large tan head. Incredible retention- head just sits there. Good lacing.

Nose contains chocolate, bitter roast malt, some coffee. A bit of caramel. Slightly woody.

Taste is very good. Lots of roast flavours, malt and burnt caramel, with some bitter dark chocolate. Some molasses. Finish is bitter with some coffee flavour. Very rich and tasty.

Full bodied, nice and thick, with a moderate carbonation level. Smooth.

Overall, excellent. A terrific robust porter.

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Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Half inch medium mocha head Ina dark brown/black base. Leaves a collar and a thin coating of head throughout, some lacing.

Smells awesome!! Just a clean earthy coffee/mild chocolate.

Chocolate cocoa upfront, some faint coffee notes. Semi Sweet aftertaste. So smooth with the ABV.

Mouthfeel is right up there with the best of them. Full, creamy...all the best descriptors. Medium carbonation, just right.

This was just awesome. It's rare that some that isn't "imperial" gets a ratin this high, both from me and everyone else. Wonderful Hill Farmstead. Thanks for sharing egrace84.

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Photo of Myotus
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pearpicker for this bottle!
Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled 31Aug15) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter finger's worth of cinnamon foam that shrivels into a khaki line after 5 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. There are no visisble rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sweet chocolate and sugared coffee that entangle with mild aromas of bitter roasted malts and barley along with subtle vanilla and oak aromas.
TASTE: Strong flavors of sweet chocolate enter initially and are immediately followed by mild sugared coffee and bitter roasted malt flavors. Mild flavors of vanilla along with subtle oak flavors follow. Subtle barley flavors and hints of earthy hops (weren't detected in the aroma) finish off the symphony of flavors as all previous flavors persist except for bitter roated malts, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly smooth and somewhat creamy (it's too thin to have the full creamy feeling). Ends with the slightest hint of dryness.
NOTE: I am not a fan of bitter at all, but this brew pulled it off incredibly well. With that being said, if the bitterness was toned down, this would taste even more spectacular than it already does.

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

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

S-chocolate, coffee, earthy, hint of vanilla

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

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

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

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Photo of mothman
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Long story short, this porter is just awesome.

Black in color. Tan head with lace.

Flavors of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Rich and creamy. A little bit of hops show. Reminds me of 11 darkness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and roasted.

Overall, one of the best porters I have had. Everything you could ask for in a porter.

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Photo of jegross2
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Everett from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Score: 94

Opening a 750 ml growler that I received about a week ago from the overly generous Jason Richard. Served in a Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/28/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with just over a finger of creamy mocha colored head that quickly settles into a bubbly ring around the glass and foggy thin layer that caps off just over 50 percent of the beer. Superior lacing, above average retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Smokey roasted chocolate, dark chocolate and bittersweet baking chocolate morsels. Roasted oat, a little caramel and modest espresso/dark roast coffee. A light dose of piney hops too. 4/5

Taste: Just as much smokey roasted chocolate on the palate as the aroma led on. Toffee, light caramel and plenty of dry dark/raw chocolate with a smooth chocolatey finish. The beer is not very complex, but it's a luscious medley of creamy chocolate flavors throughout. Truly delightful. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full-medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry and modestly bitter finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Quite possibly the best everyday porter that I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. Very roasty/smokey and chocolate-forward.

Recommendation: Everyone should seek out a bottle of this stuff.

Pairings: Ice cream sundae.

Cost: $8 for a 500 ml bottle, $8 for a 750 ml growler or $16 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit).

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Photo of mechamifune
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour from a growler provided to me courtesy of forum member Bluecane.

Pours with a stout-like darkness and a nice healthy looking mocha head. Strong lacing, looks well carbonated.

Smell is roasty malt and chocolate and a bit of a hop presence (strikes me as centennial but i'm probably wrong). The hop presence is far from overwhelming, but stronger than in most porters.

Taste is in line with smell, but just a little more enjoyable. Lots of roasty chocolate goodness without being overwhelming. No real sense of alcohol and no real bitterness in the finish. Just as with the smell, the hops are evident but not jarring.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style. Feels pretty smooth and is easy to drink.

Overall this is probably the best porter i've ever had. Based on its ranking, i don't feel particularly creative in making that assertion. It's super drinkable while having its hop and malt character remain assertive while simultaneously blending together well. Kind of a slightly better, lighter version of fresh Nightstalker. Give it a try if you can, but then again you already knew that.


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Photo of cbutova
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HF at Armsby Abbey.

A- Black with a thick creamy mocha tan head. Good size and retention. Endless lacing it seems.

S- Not as strong as I expected. Cocoa powder, coffee beans, roast malts and a vanilla hint. Mostly malt here.

T- Follows the nose and starts with a rich blend of chocolate chips, coffee, black malts, slight smoke and some dark fruit. Earthy hops are moderate in strength and round it out.

MF- Silky carbonation in a moderate and smooth amount. Finished with cocoa powder bitters and some hop feel.

Awesome porter with a rich and dark flavorful feel. More hops than I remember but that balances it nicely. Russian River is the only one off the top of my head that rewlly beats this.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1085th Review on BA
Growler to stemmed tulip
750 ml growler

Thanks to CliffBrake for this one

Shared with GuruDel..."Thats a good porter"

App- If this wasnt one of the most dark and lush porters I have seen than I dont know what it. Super dark brown, like a good coffee with some rich crimson edges. Nice 1-1/2" head with a nice khaki head that fell with great cling lines.

Smell- A bit of a stout/porter mix. A bit grainular with some coffee, toast, roast, earthy and chocolatey notes.

Taste- Opens very smooth with a good amount of grain, oatmeal, roast, bitter and chocolate. The beer is very well layered with each flavors coming with the next. Roasty flows into the chocolate magically to create a velvet smoothness.

Mouth- Almost thick bodied and bordering on oatmeal stout territory and a almost full carbonation level, just leaves this creamy chocolatey flavor.

Drink- "Thats a good porter" says GuruDel. He is the porter man and this did not dissapoint in the slightest. Very layered. Very smooth and rich. I would love this closer to CA.

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Photo of seanwhite
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best porter I have ever had and it still blows my mind. Had it on tap at HF and brought a 750ml bottle growler home.

A: Pours a Dark Black/Brown with a tan head.

S: Aroma is Dark Chocolate, Roast, rich coffee. Thick and creamy in the mouth,

T: Taste is dry roasted and chocolaty with just the right amount of clean spicy/citrusy hop profile as to not take away from the important elements of this porter. Flavor is a dark swirl of chocolate, burnt wood, light twinge of smoke, coffee. The list could go on and on, a very deep beer

I couldnt believe a porter could be this amazing.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up on my visit yesterday. I enjoyed a small sample of it and it's starting to cool down and soon, fall will be here. Perfect kind of beer for that.

Pours a pitch-black color with a thick, frothy brown head into my tulip. Excellent presentation for the style.

The aroma? Hints of rich, creamy coffee stand out at the front followed by a subtle hint of chocolate. Robust in aroma and looks thus far.

The taste is full of creamy coffee followed by dark fruit and a slight, slight hint of chocolate. In addition, there's a slight amount of hops.

Mouthfeel can only be described as full of lingering creaminess. Carbonation is just right as there's no "harshness" on the throat.

A marvelous local example of the style. I don't drink as many porters as I used to but if this becomes available on tap, I expect it to become a staple of my palate in the colder months.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-06-09 in Wayne, PA at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week. Had this again on 2012-12-08 at TJ's in Paoli, PA for their 9th anniversary celebration.

A - Dark ruby-brown with a 1-finger tan head. Looks very inviting.

S - Rich, sweet milk chocolate and some roasted grain and coffee.

T - Tons of flavors. Chocolate, expresso, mild anise, roasted grain. Finishes sweet. Not chalky. More flavor than some Imperial Stouts manage. Delicious.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and fairly creamy.

O - This is an excellent porter. Maybe the best I've had; beating out Founders Porter.

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Photo of Florida9
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Virtually black in color. Forms a large light brown colored head that sticks around for a while. Very good retention and some moderate lacing. 4.5

S: Cocoa, chocolate, and roasty malts. 4.0

T: Loads of milk chocolate and some roasty malts. The chocolate practically bludgeons you over the head. The mild sweetness, mixed with just a little vanilla and a hint of coffee is reminiscent of brownies. 4.0 - 4.5

M: On the heavy side of medium with a silky smooth mouthfeel to it. Mild bitterness. 4.5

O: If you like you Porters full of chocolate and roasted malts, this one is for you. A very well crafted Porter. 4.5

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Photo of tjkinate
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first from the brewery, but certainly not my last.

A: 2 fingered creamy brown head tops this dark brown bodied brew that leaves loads of soapy lacing.

S: Coffee, cocoa malts, and vanilla. Fairly straight forward, but very pleasant.

T: Very smooth, earthy flavors combine nicely with coffee and cocoa nibs. Undertones of vanilla and sugar really add to the overall flavor of the beers nicely.

M: Light for the style, yet it remained creamy.

O: I think I need to try more from this brewery, much more.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a porter this is a nice looking beer. Hazelnut head that produces some sheeting and a thin coating of foam that hangs around for a little while. The aroma reminds me of coffee grounds, dark chocolate and cacao nibs. Maybe some chicory too. Overall the aroma is clean for a porter, no real hop or yeast quality. Dark chocolate, cacao, chalky. Coffee is certainly big. I look for but can not find vanilla. There is a dry bitterness associated with roast. The body is full without being sweet.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle into tulip. bottled 06 2013.

A: not pitch black, but a very dark brown. head is very frothy and a rich brown hue. retention is terrific. thick spots of lacing left behind.

S: I think this has more rich sweet and dark chocolate than any roast. a very minor warming factor. rich, warm, inviting.

T: a lot of roast, even more chocolate. a boatload more chocolate. perhaps a little bit of astringency. minor vanilla. soft sweetness. there may be a touch of espresso in here too. however the finish is all dark chocolate.

M: the mouthfeel is different but fucking awesome. not quite nitro, but super soft and super smooth.

D: nice to see an American porter on the prestigious top 250 list, especially this high. very tasty shit. certainly one of the best porters I have had, however this mouthfeel and flavor is making me think more stout-side than porter-side. regardless, go get some.

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