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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Everett PorterEverett Porter

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,272 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1272
Reviews: 261
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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ehammond1


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Black throughout with a small dark brown head. Surprisingly, this leaves the glass relatively clean on the way down.

A very rich, roasty aroma. There's a bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee, but this is a showcase of powerful, roasted malt character.

The flavor follows similarly. This is a complete, delicious, incredibly drinkable robust porter. The flavors consist of roasted malt, a bit of cocoa, slight coffee, and moderate bitterness. No alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A delicious, classic, to-style porter.

Serving type: growler

05-03-2012 21:20:53 | More by ehammond1
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Azurescens

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 4/29/12.

A: Pours a dark clear brown with frothy mocha head. Great retention leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Loaded with toasted malt and hints of cocoa and coffee. Hop and alcohol presence are both faint. As it warms the 7.5% ABV becomes more apparent.

T: Taste follows the aroma with rich lightly roasted malt and some chocolate. Sweetness is balanced by above average hop bitterness for a porter. A mild herbal hop flavor and some alcohol come through more towards the finish.

M: Body is on the fuller side of medium with moderate carbonation. Finishes semi-dry with some bitterness

O: Nice, rich flavorful porter, good drinkability but I feel a bit less bitterness would make this dangerously easy drinking. Another solid offering from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:41:26 | More by Azurescens
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

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

Black with a khaki head.
Aroma is primarily dark chocolate and mocha, with a touch of oat.
It's flavor brings, more specifically, Nuttela to mind as favors nuts and dark chocolate meld. There is also a touch of slightly acidic vanilla bean on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full, primarily creamy, yet a little slick on the finish.

Overall it's hard to find fault here as its extremely enjoyable. If it had more notes for earth, wood, it might be perch. Who knows, maybe that would muddle the favors. I'm being picky though as I would never turn this down. One of the best porters I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:12:04 | More by jbertsch
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some slight cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a really roasty flavor without being too harsh.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 00:40:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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tjkinate

Texas

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 19:44:01 | More by tjkinate
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a pitch black with a layered dark chocolate colored head that sticks around a while and laces impeccably.

a bit more of a lactose-like sweetness in the bottled version than I remember in my few experiences from the growler. tons of dark roasted coffee, bitter cacao, some roasted/candied nuts, vanilla extract, and roasted malts obviously. I think my experiences from the growler have shown more of a charred/cacao powder aroma, while the bottle shows a bit more sweetness.

flavor just does not quit. I have only taken a small sip so far and can pick up so many flavors its ridiculous. cacao, coffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, molasses, burnt brown sugar, woody and earthy hops. just amazing.

a bit lighter bodied than an imperial stout, but perfect for a robust porter. carbonation is there, but remains in the background. no alcohol heat or burn.

growler, on tap, or in bottles, this is THE porter to compare all other porters to. Can't wait for the barrels to mature, because I can only imagine what some bourbon character could add to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 05:20:21 | More by silentjay
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Dark ruby garnet with a good creamy brown head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is dominated by roast followed by malts and a pungent tartness. The tartness is fortunately absent in the taste. Strongly roasty with intense dark chocolate, subtle grain and a hint of citrus hops.

Obscure smokiness that comes through strongly once in a while. Slightly warming minus the booze. Dry finish with a lingering roasted beans aftertaste.

Perfect level of carbonation... enough to carry the beer without compromising the silkiness. Very well designed and executed beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 18:03:06 | More by tewaris
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dark porter, just a hair under black, nice pretty creamy head on it, over 1" in depth. Good retention of the lace as well. Aroma, dark chocolate, solid, but not substantial roast aroma, didn't really get much if anything in the way of coffee.

Taste, pretty smooth, like there's a bunch of oatmeal used. Very smooth, very rich. I think there's a little touch of vanilla in there. Or maybe its caramel I'm tasting and that's helping with the smoothness, not a robust porter in the sense its a highly hopped one, it really just lays something down smooth. Alcohol hid well. Carbonation is spot on. Frankly, I don't really see what is robust, its really good and all, but not because it is robust or in your face, its nice because its a smooth operator.

One of the better porters I've had in awhile. Unless you count the BBXXIII as a true porter. . . this is a very good non bal porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:50:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL growler to Portsmouth glass on 3/10/12
*From notes

-- Thanks & cheers, Eric --

A: A rich, robust chocolate brown. A good pour yields a one finger head. As it fades, decent lacing and a fair collar follow.

S: Quite green, with a good bit of coffee injecting life into the nose.

T: Thin. Watery. Cardboard. These aren't qualities that I look for in a beer, let alone a Porter from Hill Farmstead. This isn't infected or off, it's just not up to snuff with a lot of the better Porters on the market. Extremely underwhelming.

M: It feels alright, I guess. The carbonation isn't where I feel it should be, as it's (yet again) a bit thin and not overly complex or rich in the mouth.

O: How anti-climactic. HF's Everett is one of the biggest letdowns I've come across in some time. The rest of the tasting group bought into the hype with this and rather enjoyed it. But me....nah. It's simply a Porter.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2012 22:49:10 | More by Rhettroactive
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metalgdog

New York

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

The pour is dark, near black with a small amount of head and lacing. Has a pleasant nose of vanilla and chocolate.

Taste is robust with a myriad of well integrated flavors including chocolate, coffee and vanilla in one roasty package. The back end has a smidge of bitterness adding another level of complexity.

Silky smooth mouthfeel on this bad boy. Perfect carbonation level as you are drinking this.

This is unquestionably a robust beer. Anyone brewing a porter should use this as a baseline. Definitely try this one if you haven't already.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 02:23:00 | More by metalgdog
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

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

Picked up a bottle of this on my first visit to HF. Got to try a sample of some great beer. This one was very good, so here's an official review...

A: Yep, absolutely perfect. A super pitch black brew with a thick pour. This leads to a huge 2 inch mocha colored fluffy had that fades at a decent pace to a small lake atop the brew.

S: I first get some sweet chocolate on the nose which blends into a mild hop scent which leads to some burnt coffee notes. I get vanilla and very faint raisin on the back. Very good.

T: I get a full thick bitter chocolate upfront which blends into a roasty vanilla coffee. Good.

M: Full body with a good carbonation. A roasty finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a very good robust porter. With this type of beer you would expect a fullness with a nice roastiness. This meets and exceeds the criteria. Definitely enjoy this one if you like a nice roasty porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 00:33:15 | More by steve8robin
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

Matt, you rule. Thanks for the growler!

Pouring black with a dense, crema-colored head with excellent retention and some lacing, this is a beautiful porter.The nose is just as good. Big, robust, roasted malt character with dashes of chocolate and caramel, this is pretty much what I'd expect from a robust porter.The chocolate character on the nose is particularly alluring, with a blend of milk chocolate and cream. The roasted barley adds an aggressive roast note, with mild smoky, burnt grain characteristic that's at the perfect level. And of course, there's plenty of medium-dark roast coffee aromas, fresh and complex. There's a mild, earthy hop character as well. Excellent.

The palate is perfect. With an excellent blend of aggressive roasted malt (barley in this case) bitterness, dark chocolate and a touch of caramel sweetness, this is really tasty. The dark chocolate character is pretty phenomenal, and it also has some coffee flavors. Drying and roasty on the finish with a some caramel sweetness, there's some vanilla that's also present here. As it warms up, the chocolate and coffee come to the forefront, and the alcohol begins to peek. Just a touch of licorice as well, on the finish, and I could swear I taste a little anise. Medium in body with medium-low carbonation, this is soft and luscious on the palate. Perfectly carbonated, this is near-perfect on the palate but for a fleeting moment of wateriness on the mid-palate. The caramel sweetness on the finish grows increasingly noticeable over the course of a growler, making the 750ml quite easily the perfect serving size. That said, it is nowhere near as sweet as some of the new-age porters and stouts out there (RRBC Porter, Eclipse, etc)

An outstanding porter, quite easily the best I've had. While not as robust (read: bitter) as the Smuttynose Robust Porter, and better conditioned than Ed Fitz, both of which make this insanely enjoyable.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2012 01:30:44 | More by DefenCorps
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FosterJM

California

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2012 00:09:07 | More by FosterJM
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter.

With a fairly aggressive pour, there is a nice, tightly wound mocha brown cap. The head retains nicely and leaves some nice spotty lace all over the glass.

The aroma and flavor are both very smooth. Dark roasted malt contains dark semi-sweet chocolate and creamy espresso flavor with no smokey or burnt character. The flavor starts with that malt, and the malt and chocolate linger through the middle of the flavor, ending with a semi-sweet creamy espresso note. There is a soft spicy pine hop note right at the end.

The mouthfeel is worth noting separately. The flavors integrate well with the smooth body and creamy carbonation.

I haven't been impressed with the Hill Farmstead beers I have had so far, but this was very impressive. At this point I would say it is one of the best porters I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 03:47:48 | More by KickInTheChalice
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billab914

Virginia

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thick, frothy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. great head retention and lacing as I drank it. Couldn't really ask anything more for the style.

The aroma has some milk chocolaty, caramel flavors to it. I get a little of a milk stout, sweeter, lactose like quality out of it as well. Very light on the roasty, darker malts compared to how much come through in the taste.

The taste shows a little more of the dark, bitter-sweet chocolate and caramel flavors to it up front. In the finish is where more of the roasty, bitter, slightly burnt malts come out. Great balance between the sweet, chocolaty and roasty, bitterness.

The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with carbonation being a little below average. Great mouthfeel for the style. Overall it was a great beer. Tons of flavor to it and very well balanced. It wasn't a beer that completely blew me away or offered something completely unique for the style, it was just a fantastic tasting, well made porter. Great beer overall.

Update: Such a different beer from the growler I had on 3/10/12. Much more coffee and roasted qualities in the aroma. More lactose and caramel sweetness in the taste with a strong coffee presence. Very good, but I liked the bottle version I had a few months ago better.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:12:46 | More by billab914
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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

Huge thanks to angrybabboon for finding and sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black in places depending on the light. Creamy crema head. Specks of lacing. Head dwindles to a ring that persists. Pours nice and thick.

Smell: Loads and loads of chocolate, both malt and something that smells added and real. Ranges from milk down to gritty, almost bitter baker's chocolate. Definite sweetness. Some grainy/grassy notes. Touch of minerals. Smells kind of like sticking your nose in a vat of chocolate full of rocks. Some burnt and toasted malts bring the whole thing together.

Taste: Tastes like fresh espresso and chocolate. Nice compliment of roasted malts. Sweetness is present and works well with the touch of rocks and earth. So many malts. Chocolate is off the wall. Slightly smoky. Some char and burnt notes.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body. Thinner than I would have expected. Borders on full as it warms...is that possible? Touch dry at edges. Smooth with a gritty edge. Carbonation is solid.

Overall: Very nice take on the style. I'd say it leans more English than American. Tons of chocolate and nice depth. Hill Farmstead never dissapoints.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 23:32:32 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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mdfb79

New York

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/08/12 notes. Bottl shared by Huhzubendah via yourefragile for sharing this one; thanks Matt and Michael! very excited to try this one.

a - Pours a pitch black color with 2 inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of head stays throughout drinking it. Looks pretty great.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toasted malts, milk chocolate, light fruit, lightly burnt malts. Very nice roasty nose, and a nice amount of vanilla and chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, smoke, burnt malts, sweet chocolate, and very light vanilla. Taste has more coffee than the nose and less vanilla, a little bit of a smokey quality to it. Very nice, though a step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, an awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall a great beer and porter. Looks great, has a great mouthfeel, and a wonderful nose. Not my favorite tasting porter but certainly still good, and felt like I could have drank the whole bottle myself. Another good beer from these guys; verye xcited for EBF to try some more from them.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:52:45 | More by mdfb79
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

Michael knew how much I wanted this and generously donated it to our tasting today. Yet another extremely gracious gesture from an exceptional member of this community. Very cool. Thanks man!

The beer is dark brown, verging on black, with a gargantuan, soapy, beige head that coats the tumbler with lacing. The aroma offers chocolates, roast, malt, dark chocolates, hints of coffee. Great flavor. Really smooth. Not overpowering or exceptionally bold, but rather, well balanced, easy drinking, and highly enjoyable. One of the best porters I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:09:59 | More by Huhzubendah
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BlacK! - pretty darn opaque with a medium brown, generous head that breaks down slowly leaving moderate lacing.

Prominent aroma, as is typical for Hill Farmstead beers, of roasted grains, coffee, chocolate. Very inviting.

Full flavor of roasted grains, a bit of charcoal and coffee with suggestions of stone fruit. A touch of sweetness resolving into a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is full, velvety and smooth, but with just the right amount of carbonation to keep from getting heavy and bogged down.

I have not tried all of the top rated porters yet, but I have enjoyed this style for a long time and would hold this out as the standard to measure other porters against. This is especially true as this is not enhanced by vanilla, coffee, maple, bacon, or other additives. Everett achieves its great flavor and complexity with just hops, malt and yeast.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:01:29 | More by CliffBrake
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2012 02:40:24 | More by seanwhite
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 12-10-11

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - basically black with some brown around the edges - tan head that leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: Surprisingly intense - rich cocoa, coffee, espresso - super burnt, a little smoky - chocolate malts, baker's chocolate

Taste: So, so good - tons of chocolate, tons of burnt, char, some coffee - kind of like semisweet chocolate - slightly sweet, nicely dry - nicely balanced, decadent - so good - some vanilla, espresso, licorice

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: Robust, to say the least

This was my first Hill Farmstead (aside from some samples), and it was a good place to start. It's also the kind of beer that makes me question the distinction between a porter and a stout. Because in my opinion, this is a stout. And a great one.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 06:54:42 | More by angrybabboon
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to whoever donated this to the epic CdC bottle share.

A: Fairly clear dark brown body with a a thin cap of persistant tan froth. Spotty lace. Solid.

S: Richly roasty. Coffee, chocolate, char, herbal hops, earthiness. Lovely.

T: Sweet and roasty up front (major coffee and char), with caramel and citrus/herbal hops filling in behind. Clear, coffe-tinged finish. Very tasty indeed.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Ok.

O: Great porter, plain and simple. I was expecting more fireworks from something so highly rated, but was perfectly happy to find nothing but a great, straightforward example of the style. I'd love to get to try a whole bottle some time.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:07:52 | More by woosterbill
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spdyfire83

Ireland

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

56th Review
Bottle to pint glass

Thanks to CharlieMurphy for sending this amongst other HF treats in a wonderful trade! First American Craft Beer from my stash cracked on this side of the pond.

A: Deep black. 3+ (brilliantly dark tan) fingernail head on gentle pour. Needed to give it a minute or two for the head to dissipate before taking my first sip.

S: Roasty and charred. Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

T: Very roasty, charred, and coffee-esque with a slight hint of caramel/vanilla. Well done here!

M: Definitely full bodied for a porter. Loads of carbonation.

O: Most enjoyable and just awesome! Stoked to have this as a beer that reminds me of home and the wonderful craft beer community in the States. Hill Farmstead is the real-deal and this porter shows that off quite well. Robust. Mature. And just really, really good.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 13:35:26 | More by spdyfire83
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gford217

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:58:08 | More by gford217
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 22:16:36 | More by xnicknj
Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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