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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 349
Hads: 2,327
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 1,107
Gots: 356 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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 jegross2
4.38/5  rDev -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 MrVonzipper
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice, luscious dark brown and black in the glass. Very nice bubbly mocha head with great retention and lacing. 

Nose is very nice, very pleasant roasted nuttiness along with robust coffee. A touch of bitter chocolate or cacao. 

Flavor is just what it represents, Robust. Great flavor with big roastiness. Roasted nuts and coffee with dark bitter chocolate. A touch a vanilla hidden in there. 

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Velvety smooth like a nice stout. Medium bodied with medium creamy carb. A touch dry.

This is an exception porter! Right there with my favorite porter, V@S, minus the vanilla. I was going to say that the mouthfeel is where this really shines, but that's not fair to say as the flavor and look are absolutely amazing as well. Clearly one of the best porters made. 

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Photo of Hophead717
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml growler

A: Black, with a thin head that dissipates instantly. Looks pretty.

S: Lightly sweet cocoa, with mild roasted malt. Subtle coffee notes as well. This smells incredible.

T: That's robust! Semisweet cocoa, light hops, and a bit roasty.

M: Luscious. Lighter bodied, but great for a porter.

O: The best porter that I've ever had. They are generally not my style, but the great mouthfeel and complex flavor profile knocks it out of the park. Definitely one I'd like to have again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to egrace84 for bringing this to a tasting! Thanks Elliot!

reviewed from notes taken on 5/23/12.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a dark brown head. Nice lacing from this beer.

Smell: Great smelling porter! Roasty malts, milk chocolate, hint of caramel, light smoke, hint of peat and earthiness. This is what the best porter in the world smells like!

Taste: This porter starts off with a lite bitterness from roasty malts; then some sweetness in the form of lots of premuim milk chocolates and hints of caramel, brown sugar and maybe even some molasses. A hint of earthy hops in the middle, that are reminicent of the flavor contributed by an oak barrel. In the finish, you get some light meaty smoke and very mild char/ashen notes that linger in the background with a nice mellow and sweet milk chocolates finish. As this beer warms up, the level of roastiness intensifies in a fairly aggressive manner. Which is actually very nice. This is what the best porter in the world tastes like.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer and almost moderate carbonation levels with a smooth, silky, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is damn near perfect and really inhances the drinking experience of this beer. This porter is so very very drinkable; drinks like its a 5% beer. Not a hint of booze. This is how the best porter in the world feels on your palate.

Overall: A great tasting porter thats very flavorful, complex, and overall a really well balanced beer in both flavor profile and aroma. Very well executed mouthfeel. This is my very first Hill Farmstead beer. All I have got to say is WOW... I am extremely impressed with this brewery based on thier execution this of beer. I can see why people talk so highly of this brewery. This is the easily the very best Porter in the world; no other porter even comes close to the bar set by Everett. Seriously!

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Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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 CuriousMonk
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from super growler (less than 5 days old) into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to fellow BeerAdvocate for going to the HF release party to pick up a growler for me. Pours dark brown with a nice one and a half finger khaki head with beautiful lacing that lasted throughout. Aromas of grain, oatmeal, coffee, and some vanilla. Flavors of grain, wood, some alcohol and chocolate. Gosh, this beer sure reminded me of Founders Porter, but only better! There are some light bitterness throughout the session. Thick bodied with good carbonation. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Though good, wasn’t world class as many beer raters gave it.

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Photo of iadler
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 3/31. Thanks to exitmusic00 for sharing this bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S- Quite smoky upfront, with dark chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malt, and some smoked meat.

T- Luckily the meaty aroma isn't in the taste. Again smoke is prominent with dark chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malt, char and cocoa powder.

M- Medium carbonation and a creamy full body. The best aspect of the beer and something that Hill Farmstead always impress me with.

O- A unique take on the porter with the smokiness, but the smoke presence was a bit overwhelming. Still good, but not one of my favorites from HF.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a snifter. I'm not sharing this one!

A: Pours dark brown a shade away of black with two and a half fingers of dense tan foam. Retention and lacing are superb.

S: Lots of heavily roasted malts with a bit of dark chocolate and a good amount of hoppiness.

T: Smooth roasted malts combine with bitter hops and dark chocolate. Roastiness rules, though. Subtle smoke comes out as the beer warms. Very light caramel and milk chocolate sweetness help to balance, but this beer is certainly more on the roasty and hoppy side.

M: Medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: An extremely well done American Porter. No crazy flavors or ingredients, but a delicious roasty character and no flaws whatsoever, just like pretty much all of Shaun's beers.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler (swing top). Filled by caquair on Friday 5/4/12. Big thanks there! Poured into my Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours pitch black. Actually still some carbonation. About a quarter finger of light tab head. Leaves some lacing bits.

S: Lots of roastiness. I definitely smell some coffee and rich chocolate goodness.

T: Wow. It's a fuller bodied porter. It's creamy. Lots of roast and bitter dark chocolate. Also a touch of roast coffee is there too. I also get a touch of hop bite, piney.

M: Medium bodied, but leading to full.

O: Worldclass for sure. Different than other porters out there. Drinks much bigger than 7.5% ABV, but not because of booze.

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Photo of Etan
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler sent to me by valdieu, poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a rich black with a small but robust cardboard-colored head. Decent retention with some nice lacing.

S: Big coffee roast dominates the nose. Some chocolate and dark malt, a hint of sweet hops, with a metallic note on the end.

T: Milk and dark chocolate, earthy coffee beans, big lactic sweetness, a bit of piney hop, caramel, slightly bitter roasted barley. Great balance between sweetness and bitterness/roastiness. Sweet coffee lingers.

M: Amazing mouthfeel: rich, thick, creamy, just enough carbonation. Perfect.

O: Certainly one of the best porters I've ever had. Fantastic flavor profile, complimented immensely by the rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Florida9
4.38/5  rDev -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 ehammond1
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.47/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had: on tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT

Excellent porter here. Dark brown pour with mahogany tints around the edges, nice finger-plus of fluffy tan head that receded to a thin layer, leaving nice quad-style lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, scents of dark malts, coffee, toasted grains. Robust and hearty! The taste followed the aroma pretty spot-on, roasted dark malts, pumpernickel, smooth coffee, hearty toasted grains, and just enough brown sugar sweetness to take off whatever edge might have been caused by the dominant roastiness, without offsetting the overall equilibrium. Nice heavy-medium body, tremendously drinkable. Had to bring a 750ml growler home from the source. I don't believe a porter can get any better than this. No nonsense. Exemplary!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.38/5  rDev -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 silentjay
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of tewaris
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Also on tap at the prohibition pig in Waterbury. Poured into a hill farmstead stem

A- pours a dark body with a thin layer of mocha foam reaching for the sides of the glass.

S- a robust blast of mocha, cocoa nibs, and even dome coffee scents emerging. There is a secondary blast of dark chocolate that is just as roasty. Really strong

T- wow! What a porter! Massive cocoa and coffee flavors running parallel to some caramel and sugar flavors. The best way to summarize the flavors are completely dark, rich, and robust. Great taste for a porter

M- good flavor that is syrupy and mingles around. Good feel

O- ok, hill farmstead is two for two with me. This is a great porter that exponentially pushes all the flavors that makes up the brew. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to see this on tap at Sunswick 35/35, it looks like they are building a solid relationship with HF. Actually got to try this one a few times.

A-solid dark brown with a 1 finger heads that did not go away. Nice lacing.

S-roasted malt and a bit of cocoa. Not much else

T-heavy roasted malt taste with very little sweetness if any, reminiscient of Anchor's variety.

M-rich but not heavy, lower on carbonation like a good porter should.

O-a very solid representation of the style, but not my favorite.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.45/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington, Vt.

Looks black, but some light shines through. Head leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of burnt caramel and thick chocolate. Pretty robust.

Taste is heavy on the chocolate. Some burnt black malt flavors. Dark caramel. I don't really taste any coffee here. Light bitterness in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel. Just right for a porter.

This is a solid porter. Not sure if it's the hop notes or the burnt caramel flavors I pick up, but it's a bit different than some other porters. Not a bad thing.

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.