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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Everett PorterEverett Porter

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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,289 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1289
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.3%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-15-2010)
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 00:56:27 | More by scotorum
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 16:11:36 | More by lordofthewiens
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maltman24

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the Resivoir in Waterbury, VT. 10oz pour into a snifter.

This was an amazing porter. Deep black with a nice tan head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee and chocolate maybe? Taste some malty sweetness but not overpowering. Some chocolate, coffee and roast. The mouthfeel is where this beer is king! Extremely smooth and full bodied. No harshness or overpowering carbonation here.
Overall this was the best damn porter I've ever had!

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 01:50:49 | More by maltman24
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AltBock

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the CCB Brewpub on 12/20/2013. They served it to me in a CCB Brewpub marked Snifter. Since I'll probably never see this beer again in these parts, I should probably review it. These notes are NOT from memory. These notes were made while I was drinking the beer.

Everett Pours a thick oily black color with no highlights. The CCB Brewpub isn't the brightest brewpubs around but I could tell that Everett was a solid coal black colored beer. On top of this pitch black brew was a beautiful thick and creamy mocha colored head of foam. Great retention that left behind a solid string of mocha rings and streak after streak of beautiful lace.

Everett smells like what a good roasted Porter should smell like. The aroma was thick and roasted with roasted malt, a drop of roasted coffee, a nice medium sized whiff of dark chocolate, a mild scent of smoke, and a speck of black cherry in the finish. When it warms up, the smoke comes out a little more but it doesn't conquer the roastedness of the beer.

The taste mirrored the aroma. There wasn't much separating the two. No hidden surprises or anything like that. Everett was a roasted Porter (like it should be) with a very good roasted slight smoky taste of roasted malts, some dark roasted coffee beans, plenty of dark chocolate, a drop of smoke, and a subtle black cherry taste at the finish line. An extremely well done Porter.

I thought the beer's roastedness would give this beer a super dry aftertaste, but it really didn't. HF managed to keep the roastedness but not the dryness. Well done! The aftertaste was roasted but not really dry with more roasted malt, dark chocolate, smoke, and coffee beans. The roasted aspect of the aftertaste sticks around for a while. Good thing I got a glass of water nearby.

This is one beer that I've been trying to get my hands on for a while after trying it in line at a bottle release. Thanks to the CCB Brewpub for giving me that chance. It lives up to its reputation. An extremely well made Porter from Vermont. Would I drink it again? I sure would! In fact, I ordered another glass.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2014 03:01:28 | More by AltBock
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dar482

New York

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It comes in a beautiful black color with an inviting brownish white head .

The aroma smells of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Instead of a milky and creamy aroma of a porter, it has a robust and deep dark aroma.

The taste has an smooth bitter chocolate flavor, but then there's a second flavor that hits. It's almost a jump of malt that makes this beer so complex. After a few drinks, it gets a hint of alcohol. There's a beautiful coffee flavor on the finish.

The body is creamy and medium to full.

This beer is a dilemma for me. It drinks gorgeously, as well as some aged 10% imperial stouts. The body, robust flavors, and beautiful melding of those flavors is extremely impressive for 7.5% ABV. However, that is in a vacuum. The beer in the end is trapped in a weird space between lower ABV porters and big robust drinking imperial stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 06:22:31 | More by dar482
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tap served in a glass at prohibition pig

Deep dark brown, taupe head

Deep rich chocolate, hint of coffee

First sip, wow! What a sensation. Smooth, rich, intense deep malty, chocolate sweet , coffee, delicious. Very smooth start and finish. Glides across your tongue, very drinkable. Waiter, please bring me more , more , more!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 03:49:11 | More by WunderLlama
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Amalak

New York

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I had at Muggs Alehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It is pure black with a dark tan head. With the pour there wasn't much of a head, so not much lacing, but you can tell that if you poured it straight in it would leave much lacing behind.

S. It has a not-overbearing nutty and malty scent.

T/M. There's a strong dose of chocolate that comes through at first. The alcohol is strong; full bodied. Very, very rich. It's carbonated and tingly on the palate, with a long finish. Mild grassy taste and a hint of caramel sweetness.

O. It's a very complex, delicious brew. A truly fantastic porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 15:42:06 | More by Amalak
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GrotiusM

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I had one. Robust with a punginess that is, well, insane

Mouthfeel is organic earth-touched-by-coffee/chocolate. World class.

Carbonation was great. The head was the only complaint on beer, but I'm guessing it was just a slightly off pour.

Yes, please.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 14:24:46 | More by GrotiusM
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jbone78

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Had it on tap in Montpelier. Poured dark brown with little tan head, not much. Smells of roasted malt, I kinda pickup some black malt, not sure. Tastes very balanced with chocolate, coffee, and finishes with the black malt character mentioned before. All around good beer and if there isn't any black malt, my bad.

Bye

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2013 16:47:05 | More by jbone78
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Billolick

New York

4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy to get to try this one on tap at the Lazy Boy in White Plains, NY a few months ago and this is reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a dark tan head. Leaves tons of fine lace covering the glass all the way to the top of the glass.

Dense dark chocolate nose.

More dark chocolate, vanilla and dark malty notes. Densely flavorful and super smooth. Finishes with a quite dry flourish. All star porter. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 14:05:48 | More by Billolick
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Chocolate brown in color with a nice tan head to complement. Creamy head. Good lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee.

T: More of the same from the nose with ample malting present. Sweet and could be a dessert. A subtle fresh hop flavor is present.

M: Creamy, and on the thicker side.

O: Redefines a porter for me - rarely have seen this depth of flavor in this style and really enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 04:14:35 | More by Oakenator
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Railroad Street, Linfield, PA.

Appearance: Standard porter. Deep black, small dark tan head.

Nose: Fragrant fresh coffee beans, rich milky chocolate, and a subtle hint of green apple in the background.

Taste: Very clean and rich. Initial taste is freshly brewed dark coffee, there's some lightly tart green apple in the middle, and it finishes with an incredibly rich chocolate covered espresso bean flavor.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly creamy and carbonated. Very drinkable, as a porter should be.

Overall: Easily my favorite porter to date. It's a fairly straightforward style that's taken to a new level of richness and sophistication by Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 13:40:20 | More by fdig23
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont.

On tap at The Prohibition Pig. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of light brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Maybe some hints of smoke. This beer has a nice roasted malts flavor with some bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Earthy with hints of smoke. Not much of an alcohol presence. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, damn good Porter worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 01:12:54 | More by PicoPapa
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chalsk

New Jersey

4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at Torst. My maiden beer there. Pours a dark brown cloudy color with a caramel colored head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, alcohol and slight slight spice. Sweet creamy chocolate taste with coffee notes and slight spice pinch. Perhaps a slight vanilla to add silkiness. Love it. Best porter I have had. It gets as close to a stout as a porter will get without crossing the line.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 02:02:15 | More by chalsk
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 23:13:21 | More by mothman
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haazer

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last reviewed beer from the Blue Dog Wealth of Riches event.

A- A light brown, mocha head sits atop an entirely pitch black brew. No light gets through at all. Good head retention, and lacing trails down the glass as I drink.

S- Burnt crispy malt. Dark and bitter roast coffee.

T- A fairly dry, roasty porter. Definitely taste the coffee, with notes of cocoa as well. Fairly bitter, unsweetened. To me this seems a bit watered down. Definitely takes away from the beer.

M- Smooth medium bodied porter with medium carbonation. Quite drinkable.

O- The keep it simple approach does work for the beer, and it is good. But I don't see this porter as mind blowing as the ratings are. It tasted pretty bland to me. I would have this again and my tastebuds could've been wrecked by this point in the day anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 20:46:55 | More by haazer
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tarheels86

California

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Capone’s and later at Eulogy for RBSG Philly 2011/Philly Beer Week. The pour is midnight with a utterly insane deep mocha head erupting and sitting still for about 30 minutes. No joke. Infinite retention and giant lace of Jesus. Nose is wet tobacco, chili pepper, hazelnut liquor similar to De Molen Heaven & Hell. Taste has some salty chocolate bacon, savory umami, deep and rich baker chocolate and spicy chili pepper. Buttery, full, De Molen imperial stout palate. Wickedly rich. Unfair to put this in the porter category. Definitely the new superlative for style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 15:26:25 | More by tarheels86
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep brownish black color with a thin film on top. Not much head on there or any lacing either. The smell of the beer is a mixture or roasted and smoked malts. The taste of the beer gives off a decent flavor of smoked malt that isn't salty which is a good thing. There isn't much in the way or chocolate or other roasted flavors in this one. The mouthfeel was on the thinner side, kinda low in carbonation. Overall this beer is decent in my opinion, I'm not really a fan of smoked flavors but I think for people who are this beer is awesome for them. I was happy to have tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 14:07:07 | More by Knapp85
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 12:06:38 | More by MDDMD
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Holland

Illinois

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

On tap at Hill Farmstead.

A: dark black in the middle to brown on the edges with a thick tan head that leaves a nice layer on top for the duration of my drink.

S: coffee, sweet caramel, roasted malt, and earthy tones

T: very earthy with a slight sweetness, quite a bit of coffee and roasted notes, and a touch of smoke and chocolate.

M: medium body with a light feeling carbonation that is enough to replenish the layer of head with each sip but not be overwhelming.

O: excellent beer with great characteristics, but not one I would reach for all the time. It's balanced with hoppy bitterness and the sweetness, and a great fall beer. Glad I picked up a few bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 17:37:20 | More by Holland
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

not sure about all the hype around this one. on tap at the farmhouse tap in burlington. pours thick dark brown color, blacker than molasses, but with similar viscosity. short tan head rests atop but fades fast. it smells smokey and earthen, curious malt profile, and maybe some black pepper. its a unique aroma to say the least. the flavor is also quite different from other porters ive has, it starts kind of boozy and mellows into a rich malt roast and there is that pepper like flavor again. the finish is thin and empty in feel, but full of flavors of cocoa and tobacco. so hard to place this one. the booze is not well hidden in my opinion and it felt a bit strong. mouthfeel is right on, its bigger than a lot of porters in body, but it drinks nice and smooth, not weighty at all. it went well with the rare lamb burger, but i certainly didnt think this was the best porter ive ever had. that pepper flavor in the middle is still confusing me though... ill have to try this again in another setting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 19:52:23 | More by StonedTrippin
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

A - Pours deep brown, might as well be black, with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha colored head leaving thin trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and plenty of dark roasted malts. A bit of smoke comes through as it sits in the glass. Very nice nose.

T - Starts off with a ton of sweet dark roasted flavors - namely coffee, chocolate and molasses - slowly giving way to some of the other flavors - licorice, smoke and a bit of dark fruit. The dark roasted malt is ever present. Finish is quite roasty but the smooth feel really helps to keep things in check.

M - Big, smooth body with a ton of dark flavors and moderate carbonation. Nice creamy feel brings everything together.

O - I could drink this beer every day no problem. It possesses all of the flavors I look for in a dark beer and the execution is nearly flawless. This deserves all of the praise it receives.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 19:05:33 | More by orangesol
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a viscous, nearly sludgy consistency. Full bodied. Essentially a stout. Light, bubbled head. Mild lacing.

S-Chock full of coffee beans and artisanal chocolate. Creamy. Chocolate milk and espresso beans. Incredibly rich. Aromatic and wealthy in the nose. Perhaps the perfect Porter nose.

T-Flavor does not disappoint A perfected mixture of Dutch dark chocolate powder and melted milk chocolate. Chocolate-dipped espresso beans. Light vanilla extract. Light hopped bitterness.

M-Full boded. Could mistaken this for a Stout so easily. Why isn't this a stout? A creamy, dessert-worthy feel.

O/D-One of the best Porters I have ever had. Magical. No gimmicks. Just a round, full-bodied treat. A stalwart of its genre.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 02:55:50 | More by VelvetExtract
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adam42381

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken at Cigar City Brewing taproom on 7/15/12. Poured on draft into a Cigar City shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a 1/2 finger light tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, toasted malt and white bread crust.

Taste: Milk chocolate, roasted malt and coffee throughout. Aftertaste is bitter coffee with a touch of sweet chocolate. Extremely well-balanced. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could drink this all day.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Maybe the best porter (it's really close to a milk stout in my opinion) I've ever had. It's extremely well-balanced and smooth. I'd recommend trying this one if you get a chance. I hope I'm lucky enough to get some bottles of Everett at some point.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 15:27:08 | More by adam42381
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Extremely dark brown in color with essentially no visible carbonation. Forms only a moderate tan head - but the head has quite a thick, sticky foamy consistency.

S: Chocolate, caramel, slight bacon smoke, vanilla. This smells pretty roasty.

T: This is likely one of the most complex porters I've ever had. Chocolate, cacao, mocha, toffee, vanilla, dark spicy, all with roasted malt. There is just a touch of (hickory?) smoke mid-swallow, especially if I exhale. There is sweetness near the end but a still has a drying finish.

M: The alcohol is nearly unnoticeable. This has an amazing, thick creamy mouthfeel.

O: This is really well done. I'm not generally a big fan of any smoke flavor, but the smokiness here is subtle and compliments rather than overpowers the other flavors. A nice touch & not enough to detract. My first Hill Farmstead brew, but I hope the first of many.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 20:46:42 | More by macrosmatic
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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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