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Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Everett PorterEverett Porter

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339 Reviews
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Reviews: 339
Hads: 2,233
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 1,091
Gots: 312 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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

Pale, Caramel, and Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
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Reviews: 339 | Hads: 2,233
Photo of ELS
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually don't pay much attention to how a beer looks but its hard to miss the fact that this porter looks perfect! Jet black with a good inch of a tan foamy head that is telling me I'm not going to be dissappointed. The smell is burnt coffee and chocolate. The taste has very good balance with a lingering hop presence to balance the roastiness and chocolate flavor. It drinks smooth and overall is a very satisfying porter.

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Photo of rockernino
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Don't know the vintage, but it's an older bottle.

L -Beautiful dark black beer with a nice mocha head.
S - Nose seems to have dropped off a tad but I'm getting roasted dark malts with hints of earthiness and some spicy notes. Some sweeter aromas too. As it warms up, some smokey/umami notes come through.
T - Very drinkable dark roasted malt balanced with some milky/chocolatey/vanilla sweetness. Damn is this good. Finishes with a little bit earthy/spicy notes, but dark roast malts dominate the finish. Way past the finish I can taste the hops...tastes like the aroma you smell when you visit a hoppy brewery. Super awesome!
F - For a porter, very think mouthfeel. Thicker than a lot of stouts I've had before. Lighter carbonation.
O - Just an amazing beer that I'm fortunate enough to have tried. Almost drinks like a stout but has some very distinctive porter qualities. Would happily drink this again! Cheers!

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Photo of Skellbop
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - dark body, with thin, light brown head
S - roasted notes with hints of chocolate
T - lots of roasted notes, but more balance with bitter chocolate
F - very interesting play between lighter carbonation and thicker feel on the liquid itself
O - almost drinks more like a stout with the roasted, chocolate notes. But a very rich, well made enjoyable drink!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a thick, foamy tan head. Smells of roasted malt, fresh brewed coffee and a hint of earthy hops. The hop presence is less noticeable in the taste. Coffee and cocoa flavors dominate. Nice thick texture. An exceptional porter.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a tulip, the beer is jet black, with a foamy, dense, low profile, clingy, light tan head. Aromas of rich, roasted coffee, hints of peat, highlights of cocoa nib, and subtle char notes. Very aromatic and bold. Flavors are big and smooth forward, with a solid dose of cocoa nib, bitter roasted coffee, subtle cream undertones, highlights of char and campfire smoke, and a touch of milk chocolate. Amazingly balanced, with a seamless transition between all of the flavor notes. The body is full, smooth, and big, but it completely fits with the profiles of the beer. Richly sweet and heavily roasted aftertaste, with lingering notes of chocolate of coffee. The finish is smooth, dry, and with a delicious linger. This is arguably the best porter I have ever had.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When the first person who ever brewed a "Porter" carried out to do just that, this is the beer they were trying to make. Dark, rich, smooth, deftly balanced roast malt sweetness and hop bitterness, smooth and drinkable. I would be surprised if I ever tasted a better version of the style.

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Photo of dar482
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a black color with a fluffy dark brown head.

The aroma offers lots of anise and licorice bitterness, sweet caramel and brown sugar, milk chocolate, coffee grounds, robust porter like roasted malt.

The flavor has an underlying anise bitterness. The transitions and moves on with milk chocolate, creamy mocha, roasted coffee, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, hints of dates and dried dark fruit, touches of burnt bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is creamy and rich for 7.5%, towards beers that are much larger than it.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottled shared by Andrew. A complex intertwine of roasted malt, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. Mellow and dreamy smooth. A joy to try.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bittersweet and silky smooth, this porter has some flavors of chocolate milk, roasted malt, well all the classic flavors of a good porter, but man is it smooth! A great example overall of what a porter should be.

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

poured on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
Pours a deep brown color with a light brown, finger-sized head. Moderate retention, moderate lace
Aromas were of roasted malts, big chocolate flavors
Taste was followed the nose with the chocolate becoming more of a bitter baker's chocolate. Also picked up notes of coffee as well. Modereate hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was medium and coating. Clearly, the best attribute of this beer.
Overall, one of the better porters I've had.

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Photo of akrz47
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wowzers. Best porter I've ever tried. Look is great. Dark, dark brown, thick, nice head, like you expect. Smell and taste are both tons of chocolate, the typical porter roast, and not too much bitterness and coffee, etc. So chocolatey and smooth, unlike a lot of "top-end" porters that are really bitter or roasty, and basically just are made to try to stand out from popular stouts. Nice to find something that actually tastes damn good, rather than just trying to be the best of something no one else does (and therefore automatically the best...yawn). The mouthfeel was so thick and creamy, I didn't even think about it till now, it was just so perfect. Like a roasty mocha. And I get defensive about living 9 min away from Jack's Abby, with their standard-of-the-style Baltic Porter Framinghammer. But this was just awesome.

Honestly -- totally honest here -- this was the best HF beer I've had. And I believe I've had all their beers above 4 on BA multiple times, and many others, as well. The IPAs, in my opinion, are all (ALL) below many of Tree House's IPAs, and I live closer to them. So I will pass of the HF hoppy stuff most of the time (yes, I know I am extremely spoiled. I think about and appreciate that every day of my life :). But this is the best porter I've ever had, and the best HF beer I've had. I am re-committed to HF after this. In-freakin-credible.

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Photo of mynie
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Armsby Abby.

Pours into an HF chalice, dark with a chocolate brown head. What you expect from a porter.

Smells charred and chocolately. Dark chocolate, especially, with nodes of coffee that don't taste like they're from coffee so much as they're coffee-like hints you'd pick up from roasted grain. One of the most pleasantly intense bitter aromas I've ever come across.

Tastes like it smells only more variegated. Milk chocolate and light roast coffee up front, dark roasted espresso near the middle, dark chocolate at the back. Intense and wonderful throughout without ever becoming unbalance to too strong.

This is turning out to be the year of the porter for me. On the sweet side is Tributary's otherworldly Porter, and toward the bitter end is Everett. It might not be trendy enough to rank among HF's more desirable beers, but Everett is as good as they come.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours pretty true to the style, dark dark brown with a little off-white head. Smells like a coffee-covered chocolate bar with some type of dark fruits in the back. Taste follows suit, with the roasty coffee taking the front seat. Mouthfeel is medium plus. Definetely one of the best of the style.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

About as perfect as a porter gets. Great nose filled with notes of chocolate, roasted malts and barley, and a hint of coffee. Taste is a great balance of light and refreshing, but with a nice creaminess you expect in a good porter. Not clingy and extremely drinkable. I'd visit this porter everyday if I could.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown-black body, opaque, with a full dark tan head. Fades quickly to thin coating head. Decent lacing, full and robust. All told, this is what I want my beer to look like.

S - A full, complex roast nose, with big chocolate and coffee elements, coupling with a strong molasses bread note. This just makes me want to go in for a drink.

T - Delivering on the nose, with an open of strong roasted malts, full of coffee and bread, leading to a middle with slightly more acidity and smoke and savory highlights, closing with a solid bitter finish that clears the flavors perfectly.

M - Full, with a nice weight on the tongue that indicates the beers presence, coupled with decent carbonation to keep the fullness from becoming cloying. No real drying on the close. Incredibly well balanced.

O - I have finally met a 5.0 beer. A beer that lines up perfectly with the expectations I have for a porter, and delivers both precise balance and nuanced flavor notes that make drinking both extraordinarily rewarding and a genuine pleasure. Brewers would do well to take note of the beauty, simplicity and depth this beer achieves. Illustration no. 1 that all beers do not have to take it to 11.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Midnight black with a thin white lacing.
S: Caramel, chocolate, malted hops.
T: Very sweet similar to the nose. Has a slight bitter dark chocolate finish.
M: Mild to medium carbonation, thin mouthfeel. Very smooth.
O: A great porter, sweet, has a nice roasted, dark malt backbone.

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Photo of -Rick
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, and roasted coffee take over. The taste is true to the smell, sweet chocolate with the lingering presence of coffee. A creamy smooth feel, this is truly one of the best porters around!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass. Dark brown body with a very light brown head. Excellent lacing on the glass after first few sips. Smell is roasted malts, coffee and delicious chocolate. Taste is coffee forward but not overly aggressive, malt next, chocolate to finish. Great feel for a porter. Easily one of the best porters I've had to date.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review on this site, not my first rodeo however. None-the-less, given the score of this beer definately a big beast to tackle

From a grolwer poured into a mid-sized snifter

Look: Black, opaque, with a slight reddish-brown hue on the edges. Nice head, tan colored though dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is decent though also doesn't linger too long. Looks like your standard porter.

Smell: Incredibly pleasant, sweet chocolate obviously comes to mind. Hints of sweetness and just a touch of alcohol can be picked out. What separates this one for me is that sweetness, though. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Chocolate is what really comes to mind here, like a 95% cocoa chocolate, which lends a nice bitterness to the beer. This is balanced by a sweetness. Also there are excellent hints of smoke, not detected on the nose initially. These notes are present yet not overpowering. Overall an incredibly balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Malt lends an astringency, which I find enjoyable. Other than that it is quite smooth with adaquate carbonation for the style.

Overall: An incredible porter, hard to say if it's the best I've ever drank without side-by-side comparision but can say with confidence its definately up there. Will definately be making a trip up to VT soon for another fill of this one.

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Photo of jjdc
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

6/13 bottling. Thanks Arsenal_MC! Deep, deep inkiness in the glass -- lovely dark chocolate or dirty motor oil. The flavor is silky and decadent. Roasty malt, coffee, cocoa powder and Hershey's syrup. It just keeps unfolding and unfolding. As big, bold and complex as some boozier BA treatments. But still has that signature HF balance. Superior porter here.

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Photo of founddrama
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, but mellow. Dark in the glass -- a rich, deep brown like a cup of black coffee. (But alas, doesn't get much head and then that fades quickly.) Flavor is robust -- rich roasted grains with a touch of bitterness to finish it. But it mellows out nicely.

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Photo of markgugs
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle (Oct 2013) poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed wine tulip

First pour is amber brown, quickly becomes almost purely opaque, dark as night. A solid 1-inch mocha head forms, featuring 100s of tiny bubbles, and while it doesn't stick around forever, it manages to retain itself quite well with lots of sticky lacing. While this should have been drunk when it was much more fresh, the nose still produces ample roast coffee & cocoa notes, leaving no doubt to the sweet nature of the brew. Flavor-wise, it features the perfect amount of sweetness, reminds me of the hint of vanilla soy from a Starbucks drink, closing in on mocha rich. Finish produces that moderately bitter coffee bite, but it all works, in fact, it's perfect. On top of all that, the mouthfeel is unparalleled for a non-BA, sub-8%, porter. Incredible beer. Quite likely the best "regular" porter I've ever had.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I have ever had. If this was readily available to me I'd likely cease to drink any other porter. Instead, I am on the constant search for something that is even remotely a shadow of this.

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Photo of Gperson
4.75/5  rDev +6%

At Three Penny in Montpelier yesterday. Shouldn't ask anything else from a porter. Have had it in the past and thought it had a little too much sweetness, but yesterday they nailed it.

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Photo of mick303
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%

Such a mindblowing porter. Dark black with a great lacing, strong aromas of coffee and earthy hop bitterness, lots of grapefruit citrus. Taste shows cranberry, dark malts and a really robust dark malt profile, smooth coffee and dark chocolate provoke, a gentle carbonation from the growler. A lingering finish with citrus rind, piny forest with a herbal edge. Very full body with a really rich creamy mouthfeel but also a quite assertive bitterness. Espresso, licorice, black molasses, grapefruit citrus, smoky woody character matched by a creamy body and an upfront bitterness. A very flavourful porter, and matched by its great body and balance, delicious and certainly of the most aromatic and well made porters I've tried.

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