Everett Porter | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Everett PorterEverett Porter
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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by Brad007 on 08-15-2010

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Reviews: 360 | Ratings: 2,442
Photo of ragnar3
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour into a tulip. Extremely well executed roasty no-adjunct porter. Like nothing else I've tasted...to date, this is the gold standard for porters.

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black as oil; no transparency. Pours with 1/4 inch head, small to medium light brown bubbles
Smell: Honestly off-putting at first; slightly astringent; almost earthy. Got better with warmth and developed a roasted, mostly chocolate smell.
Taste: Very light chocolate and coffee tastes. A little smokey; reminded me a little of a tootsie roll's taste.
Feel: So drinkable for a porter. Almost watery; not syrupy at all. Very little bitterness. Not coating.
Overall: Possibly the best porter I've had. Great taste and feel. Worried by the odors at first but everything got a little better with some warmth.

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Photo of pagriley
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml into snifter.

L - pours dark, settles to black in the glass with an inch of good mocha head
S - chocolate, black patent malt and a hint of molasses
T - More of the same, with hints of coffee, chocolate and a slightly dry finish with ashy black patent malt
F - Medium to full for the ABV. Smooth, but not overly thick.

Overall, a very tasty beer. Nothing wow, but very well made.

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Photo of mccorvey
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this beer for it's subtleties. It was nothing over the top, just really solid all the way around. It really defines what a Porter is to me.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle from the brewery $8. Dark black, good head. Aroma is super malty, roasty, hint of dark chocolate. Flavor is super robust, I kept thinking it was on the verge of smoky but really it was dark chocolate and malt. Pretty delicious porter.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Everyone has their long sought brew, the one that had to be tracked down eventually. As someone weaned on dark beer, Everett was mine. So awesome to finally get to try this. Excellent pour, nice creamy head that settles over time but hangs on just enough. Nose was probably my least favorite part of the beer, though it's certainly not awful, just a bit heavy on the roasted malt, so that there's a hint of black marker in the air. Certainly some dark chocolate in there too (and, really, even chocolate can have some interesting aromas/flavors, so, again, hard to fault Everett too much here). Lovely on the palate, supremely because of a superlative body, absolutely perfect balance of rich, creamy decadence and eminent drinkability. Truly masterful. Taste is dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate perhaps, and a goodly acidic kick (this thing gave me some serious heartburn). Overall, really, really well done, that body a real revelation, and the taste pretty darn textbook, although I think it'd do especially well a touch smaller, maybe in the 5.5-6.5% range, just to take that acidic edge off. Otherwise, well done indeed.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Pitch black pour, thin head fades to a ring, not much lace. Roasted chocolate aroma. Deep chocolate taste, sweet and bitter cocoa, coffee in the finish. About as rich tasting porter as I've had so far. Chewy, creamy mouthfeel. This is an excellent brew.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My beers of choice are generally RusImpStouts/Porters and I have started to branch out into IPA's and Saisons, etc. So when I hit HF for the first time I'm checking out beer styles that I wasn't particularly knowledgible about but was willing to try. (OMG, I'm glad I did!!) BUT, HF's darker side, this Porter really hit home. One of the best I've ever had and, like some of my other reviews, I was able to get this in bottles and I find it's a gift that keeps on giving if I dole it out slowly to myself on special occasions. Drink safely!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown. As close to black as you can get. Substantial head, over one inch. The lacing was full of tight bubbles, and retention before it got there was excellent. Aroma bursting with roast.

Even though there was substantial roast in the nose, the taste and mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Standard no frills no adjunct porter and it does it pretty well.

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Photo of cvm4
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/14/2015

L - Pours pretty dark for a porter. Definitely black coffee body and tan one finger head. Looks more like a double stout or RIS.

S - Some sweet and bitter coffee on the opening. Roasted malts and licorice midway in. Some smokiness on the ending.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate starts off strong. Mildly sweet coffee comes through along with vanilla. The roasted malts show up on the finish.

F - For a porter, medium bodied and low carbonation. Has a wet finish, really coats the mouth.

O - One of the better porters I've had.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 9/11, so consumed at 3 months old. Very toasty with some smokiness. Finish was bitter dark chocolate. Great example of a non adjunct stout.

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Photo of myrixis
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks black with brown around the edges
Smells sweet and roasty like a sugary coffee
Tastes like a lots going on here. Some coffee and caramel hints of nuttiness like slight almond flavor. Very smooth silky mouthfeel too. The mouthfeel is not too thick really perfect.
Overall a great porter you can't do much better.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite Sean Hill's need for stemware for beers, this was treated as an American styled Porter and poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was dark brown color ranging close to black and having a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lacing weaves around the glass.
The smell starts off with a sweet to roasty coffee bean and then a delicate roasty cocoa bean. Vanilla slides in for the balance underneath.
The taste involved all of the previously mentioned flavors - warmingly sweet, roasty with subtle bitterness of the coffee beans underneath. An aftertaste of mellow roasty to sweet cocoa beans slides into the finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium in body with a good sessionable feel surrounding my tongue. Gentle roasty to bitter harshness does hit my tongue. Carbonation hits my tongue appropriately.
Overall, this is a wonderful American styled porter hitting all of the notes. Of course, I would have this again.

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Photo of Myotus
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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 JamLand
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look and Feel were what you'd expect out of a great porter. Smell and Taste both good, but slightly below some other non-adjunct porters I've had. Still worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thick, beige head. Lots of retention and lacing, with the head sticking around for awhile. Beautiful beer, perfectly executed.

Aroma: TONS of roast. If Epiphany and Congress St. are the standard bearers for hop aroma, this is the standard bearer for roasted dark malt. So inviting and warm. Layers of milk chocolate and light coffee underneath.

Taste: following the smell, lots of roasted malt, with some bitter chocolate. It's delicate and not overwhelming in sweetness or roastiness. Solid base of malt, but not sweet at all. Some charred, burnt coffee-esque flavor.

Feel: Medium-bodied, with a relatively crisp finish for a porter. The perfect compliment to the flavor and smell, it definitely elevates the brew.

Overall: I try to rate beers based on adherence to style. A 5 to me is literally the perfect embodiment of a style, with anything above 5 being a beer that all others within that style are compared to. This is one of those for porters. It is incredibly complex, delicate, and warming. Excellent!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle into a porter/stout glass. 8/31/15 bottle.

Pours a deep brown with amber hues, like maple syrup, but settles into a pitch black color in the glass. Not much head results from the pour, but eventually a half finger of cocoa and khaki-colored foams establishes itself. This eventually becomes a creamy-looking, foamy lace that lingers on. 4.75

Mellow milk chocolate notes, caramel and vanilla seep out, along with a gentle floral bouquet. It's a very gentle, subtle nose, but very appealing. 4.25

As with the nose and as I've found with many Hill Farmstead beers, there's a gentle, even-handed approach to the beer. Nothing over asserts itself here, as the flavors seek more to harmonize and complement one another. Up front is creamy milk chocolate and caramel followed by dark chocolate followed by some light stone fruit. The finish is pleasantly floral with what seems to my tongue to be some lactose and sugar. 4.25

I must say, the pour suggested a thinner beer than how this turns out when on the tongue. It's creamy and full-feeling, while still drinking easy. It has roasted elements, light sweetness, and a perfectly-placed carbonation mid-to-late finish that linger on the tongue creating a satisfying sensation. 4.5

Exceptional. Another artful product from Hill Farmstead. I must tip my hat to this brewery for the true artisanship they display in their beers. Truly incredible.

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Photo of Raj
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black opaque with tan-khaki head. Smells like tons of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, slight hints of vanilla and burnt molasses. Flavor is similar to smells with chocolate, very roasty, finishes bitter, hints of tobacco and licorice. Feels very full and creamy; the mouthfeel maybe the best of any porter I've ever had. Overall a really well made porter that feels more refined and well put together. For me the bitter/spicy finish is little overwhelming and takes over the chocolate and coffee aspects I like about the beer.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Description: Appearance is black with only a faint trace of coffee-colored head. Gives off a smoky, roasted aroma with a chocolate and coffee in the background. The coffee and chocolate come through more prominently in the taste, along with smokiness. Aftertaste is coffee that lingers and complements the rich flavor profile. It's a thick, almost chewy porter with just a hint of carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and not very apparent.

Suggested food pairing: A rich chocolate cake

If you like this beer then you should also try: Victory at Sea Vanilla Coffee Porter

Ideal time to drink this beer: I'm not much of a cigar smoker, but a big, fat cigar would probably pair pretty awesomely with this.

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) If you looked up "Porter" in the dictionary, there should be a picture of this beer. It's exactly what a porter should be. Incredibly well balanced, flavorful and rich. I really don't have any knock on this beer - it's pretty flawless. The only reason I'm not rating it more highly is that it didn't have a "wow factor" that really blew me away. That being said, this is still a very well executed, fantastic offering from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is most certainly a top class porter. Pours jet black, with a two finger khaki head. The nose is lots of roast, with milk chocolate and coffee sneaking in. Once the beer warms, the chocolate on the nose really starts to pop out. The first sip immediately hits you with a near perfect balance of roasted coffee and chocolate, with just a tad bit of sweetness in the body, before a nice roastyness takes you through the finish. The feel is pretty good, just a tad bit thin for my liking.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best porters I have had. The aroma has everything you would like in a good porter: a lot of roasted malt, smells of chocolate and hints of coffee. Lots of body and good carb. Seriously good porter that I would love to drink again.

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Photo of lic217
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Jet black, brown head, lacing on glass
Aroma: Chocolate, roasted malts, cream, dark fruits
Taste: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, starts sweet, but finishes dry and bitter
Feel: Creamy, but a touch thin
Overall: an amazing porter, would pair incredibly well with dessert

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Photo of CayseyW
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Black with a brown frothy head that creates beautiful lacing.
S: Big robust smell with hints of coffee, chocolate and red fruits.
T: So bold and delicious. So much complexity with so many different flavors bursting through.
F: Big bodied, not as soft as many of HF's beers, but still a joy to drink.
O: This beer changed the way I think about porters and what they can be. This is a best-in-class beer.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Hill glass because proper glassware is soooo important.

It's a pitch black with a finger width head length of a tan hue. The aroma is one of coconut, booze, and brown sugar. There is a bit of cloying sweetness up front with a light amount of dark chocolate. More chocolate and some coconut later in the mouth with the a finish of more light coconut. It's definitely better as it warms. A very good porter nonetheless.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

was excited to find a bottle of this at the neighborhood beer store, would love to see more hill farmstead beers available to buy in bottles or four packs. pour is pretty much black with a light tan head. really nice scent on it - very roasty with notes of chocolate and coffee. taste is smokey and rich, coffee, chocolate, caramel. overall, this is a really good beer.

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.