Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,949
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 1,042
Gots: 216 | FT: 13
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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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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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: Medium body. 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 disapoints.

Photo of jbertsch
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of AltBock
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

Update: 1/17/15

Drinking a growler fresh from the brewery (filled today). And honestly, it's even better than I remember. I'm upping the taste from 4 to 4.5 and the feel from 4 to 4.25. This is one of the best porters I've ever had.

Photo of starrdogg
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackback Pub & Flyshop about a month ago. Reviewing from notes.

A: Great looking beer, mostly black with hints of red and a substantial tan head. Very nice lacing.

S: A nice mix of sweet chocolate and roast malts.

T: Wow, I'm speechless. This might be the best tasting porter I've ever had. Incredible balance here, it's sweet, but has an awesome roasty backbone and has hints of dark fruit hiding in there.

M: Very carbonated, but also quite nicely medium-thick bodied. Perfect for the style.

O: Until I had this beer, I pretty much had sworn off American Porter as a style, but no more. Of course Hill Farmstead is the brewery that revived this style for me, and now I can't wait to have more. Thank you for ruining porters at the same time, because I know no other porters will be as great as this one.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The depth of flavor that this beer offers without using additives is world class. It is truly a world class porter. The mouthfeel and body of this beer distinguishes itself as a true porter with the proper viscosity. So much roast that you get all the coffee you want without the bitterness or burnt taste. There is some chocolate/sweetness that balances the whole beer out as well. Truly a delight and the best porter I've had.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark brown, almost black opaque with a nice tan head and good lacing.

S - Coffee, sweet caramel, roasted malt, and earthy tones

T - Big bitterness, dark chocolate, a touch of espresso, some oak. The swallow brings everything together, with big chocolate bitterness and charred toast.

M - Full bodied. Silky smooth. Low side of moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O - This is the definition of what a porter is. If you had to choose a beer to define a category this is it when it comes to porters for me. Another solid brew from HF.

Photo of Etan
4.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle into tulip. bottled 06 2013.

A: not pitch black, but a very dark brown. head is very frothy and a rich brown hue. retention is terrific. thick spots of lacing left behind.

S: I think this has more rich sweet and dark chocolate than any roast. a very minor warming factor. rich, warm, inviting.

T: a lot of roast, even more chocolate. a boatload more chocolate. perhaps a little bit of astringency. minor vanilla. soft sweetness. there may be a touch of espresso in here too. however the finish is all dark chocolate.

M: the mouthfeel is different but fucking awesome. not quite nitro, but super soft and super smooth.

D: nice to see an American porter on the prestigious top 250 list, especially this high. very tasty shit. certainly one of the best porters I have had, however this mouthfeel and flavor is making me think more stout-side than porter-side. regardless, go get some.

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Poured into a tulip glass from a 2L growler filled yesterday and stored over night in the refrigerator.

Bottom Line: I recently wrote a not-very-nice review about Hill Farmstead's Edward Pale Ale, which I felt did not even approach the expectation generated by its hype. Combined with my experience at the brewery itself, I was ready to write the entire experience off. That being said, I like the Everett Porter quite a bit. I mostly like it because it is refreshing with a crisp mouthfeel and a nice flavor that does not linger. This is the kind of beer that you finish a glass of without even realizing how much you've already had.

A: Dark beer. Extremely dark brown, if not black, with a thin 1cm , caramel-colored head. A quick swirl shows that it runs off the side of the glass rather quickly. The head leaves a beautiful, small bubbled glistening effect on the sides of the glass as it runs down.

S: Light, refreshing, coffee notes. An subtle, underlying level of alcohol vapors.

T: Refreshing coffee flavor that does not overwhelm or underperform. There is something else here that I can't quite place - something sour, oily, or syrupy but not quite hoppy, sweet, or citrusy. Not quite two-dimensional in flavor, but maybe 1.5-dimensional, in a nice way with a nice coffee aftertaste that does not overstay its welcome

M: Low carbonation. Initially thin mouthfeel, that has a nice stickiness to it that causes the beer to feel a little syrupy on the sides of your mouth. I really like it.

Overall: I recently wrote a not-very-nice review about Hill Farmstead's Edward, but I think the Everett is pretty good. It is amazingly refreshing, with crisp flavors that are in no way cloying.

Photo of vinny21bal
3.19/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I have never been as big a fan as hill farmstead as others. Granted I have only had about five of there beers. I have never been blown away by any of them. And a couple I have had I think are actually poor beers. The Everett however is a decent porter. There are definitely better porters out there, but this one does the trick. Nothing special at all.

Photo of Treebs
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Eric (Holland) for giving me this as an extra(!!). 500 ml bottle served in a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a solid black color with a brown head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap and collar that leaves some nice sticky, soapy lace down the glass.

S: Roasted malts and coffee beans up front. Some light bakers chocolate and some toffee.

T: The taste is transcendent. Milk chocolate, nice roasted malts and some chocolate covered espresso beans all fill my mouth and run across my taste buds. Delicious vanilla sweetness with a light toffee richness to it. The finish is a little bitter bakers chocolate, a hint of burnt sugar and some light molasses as well.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Medium low carbonation with a nice combination of roast and sweet notes on the finish with just a hint of dryness. The drinkability is off the charts.

O: This is an incredibly decadent treat. Rich and creamy with great notes of roast, chocolate and espresso. This is the best porter money can buy. I will be seeking this out again, and very soon.

Photo of cfrances33
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo, poured into a HF tulip.

Pour: Incredibly murky dark, dark brown (not quite black) with a finger of light khaki head. Head recedes to a rim and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee beans, some dark chocolate, and a slight smoke. This porter certainly smells robust.

Taste: Bitter chocolate up front, bolstered with a heavy roastiness. Follows with nice bitter coffee grounds. This beer doesn't get too complex in my opinion, but everything it does it does nearly flawlessly.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, yet incredibly fluffy (if you can describe a porter in than way). A nice sipper, that goes down easy.

Overall: It's no joke that this is hands down the best porter there is.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
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.

Photo of lovindahops
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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

This beer pours a dark brown to almost black color with a thick chocolate colored head. the smell is roasty and sweet with hints of cocoa and coffee. the taste is sweet malty with a hint of roastiness and coffee hints as well. the mouthfeel is a bit thicker than expected. overall this is a very good ber, but just a little to sweet for the style so thats where it lost points

Photo of zrab11
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice beautiful dark brown color with a nice 2 finger brown head. Nice lacing throughout

S- Dark Chocolate and roasted malts are the first thing that hit my nose. Also getting some carmel and dark fruit hints

T- Has a nice roastiness up front followed by alittle bit of sweetness. Then in the middle the dark chocolate comes through with some toffee and coffee flavors. Towards the end comes some bitterness and then finishes with a nice alcohol chocoalate creaminess

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and silky

D- Overall this is my #2 Porter right now. right behind maple bacon coffee porter. This really surprized me. I knew it would be good but not this good. HAd alot of flavors but they were all balanced soo nicely. Will seek this out atleast once a year.

Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of steve8robin
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Props to strohsbeforehoes for this fine trade

A- Dark brown with a mocha color head of about 1 finger. Silky lacing

S- Intense chocolate, vanilla, caramel, earthy hops

T- Follows nose well, but even more of a sweet milk chocolate punch. Toffee, sweet lactose, and subtle hints of coffee. Are you kidding me with this roasted perfection and balance?Layers come at you in waves that takes this malty goodness into another level of complexity. Snappy bitter finish immediately turns smooth.

M- It doesn't get much better than this. Full body, creamy, and viscous. Has the feel of a much stronger stout.

O- Outstanding. Best porter I have had to date. You could easily pair this with a desert dish, but this is one bad ass beer that should probably be enjoyed by itself.

Not 100% sure, but I believe it retails for about $8 for 22oz bomber.

Photo of Hophead717
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. No date, but recently released.

Pours a thick black with rich, creamy light tan head. Nose is mellow and lovely with notes of cocoa powder and earth. Palate is rich and wide, rather viscous and with creamy carbonation. Flavors of black strap molasses, cocoa nibs, mocha, tree bark and cappuccino, froth and all. Long, lush finish.

Wonderful.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Andrewinski. Thanks again homey. Poured into a true pint glass. Pours dark brown, pretty much a notch on the color wheel away from black with two fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Really nice retention and sticky lace. Probably one of the best looking beers I've seen.

A little bit smokey on the aroma with bitter dark chocolate aromas. Wheat toast in the background with a little bit or dark roast coffee in the aroma. Dark bitter bakers chocolate on the aroma with a nice char flavor to round it out. A little bit of dark roast coffee to finish this one up.

For a robust porer the body seems a bit on the light side, but real nice soft carbonation. Overall this one is simply rock solid. Another well done effort from the Vermont crew. I will always look forward to any of their beers.

Photo of silentjay
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,949 ratings.