Shirley Mae
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #32
Ranked #4,874
4.14 | pDev: 7.73%
Mar 10, 2022
Feb 07, 2016
Notes: An American session Porter... "Baby Everett"

Shirley Mae (1936 - 2015) was our cousin, daughter of Everett, and a beloved supporter of her family and Hill Farmstead. In her honor, this American session version of our Everett porter is crafted from American malted barley, English and German roasted malts, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from our well. Chocolate, coffee, and light malty sweetness, this ale embodies her ebullient and generous spirit—a fitting tribute.
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4.61 by mattycasey from Massachusetts on Mar 10, 2022
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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Holderness from Massachusetts

On tap at the brewery

The coffee character is really fresh but not syrupy. Probably the most flavorful low ABV porter I've had


Mar 06, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Paul9656

Very smooth nice low carbonation. Creamy and easy on the palate. Guinness like in it's drink ability.

Jan 09, 2022
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3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Excellent, lasting head. Blanketing lace. Deep dark brown color where only the brightest of lights can pass through.

Nice blend of darker chocolate malt and light bittering hop.

The beer is a touch watery on the mouth. Neutral carbonation. Notable coffee flavors. Much dryer than the smell. The finish is darker mocha with no milk or sugar. Longer Aftertaste.

Nov 26, 2021
4.28 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Oct 21, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

Like a classic draft pour of Guinness, the nitro takes forever to cascade upwards out of solution, building a gigantically tall and dense creamy tan head over a dark polished mahogany body.

Mild roast meets deliciously toasty coffee bean with an almost brown sugar and maple quality, while exhibiting absolutely no sweetness. The thick head makes for a pillowy start to the otherwise silky smooth medium body, which finishes paper dry and exhales a hint of cigar smoke.

As with Poetica, I'm finding myself a little perplexed by Hill's menu and their choice of wording on these beer names. I'm not really sure if this should be a different beer entry, but Hill branded it as regular Shirley Mae, and I still have a picture of the menu. The menu describes this as having additions of coffee, cacao nibs and lactose sugar, via nitro. The Sunrise Addition listed here and on Untappd is supposedly only coffee and vanilla with lactose. I wonder, has regular Shirley Mae always had adjuncts?

Whatever the case, it's an excellent porter, and I was surprised to have thoroughly enjoyed it far more than the Poetica I was much more hyped for. I even made sure to dig into half my pour of the pilsner before even touching this darker brew.

Oct 20, 2021
4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Nov 15, 2019
3.89 by ckeegan04 from Texas on Nov 14, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Crowheadhopper from New York

Had this on tap at Henry's Taproom in Saratoga, ny in early November 2019. 4%? Hmmmm. No hint of alcohol but a beautiful and fulfilling mouth feel. This is what a Guiness should feel like, and this is a porter! Beautiful coffee like, almost wine presence. Then again Hill Farmstead has that stature that does affect one's beer attitude not to mention the palate. A very beautiful session on a cold autumn day.

Nov 12, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

Poured out at the Hill Farmstead Taproom. Dark brown, with creamy khaki head. Nitro bubbles slowly creeping to the top.

Smell is huge roasty coffee. It just smells like a fresh cup of morning coffee.

Taste is coffee as well with some mild dark chocolate and smoky notes. No alcohol taste whatsoever. 3.8% ABV makes this a very easy drinking beer.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Medium bodied, nitrogenated. A very relaxed brew.

Haven't had a brew quite like this. Very smooth, easy to drink, enjoyable.

Nov 08, 2019
4.12 by BEERMILER12 from Maine on Sep 03, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

40cl at the brewery, “slow poured via nitrogenation.” About as good as this style gets, it’s so damn smooth, with massive coffee & subtle cacao character. Smoky in the feel and finish. Roasted malt is on-point. No beer should be this good, seriously, wow!

Aug 28, 2019
3.75 by fitzy84 from Massachusetts on Aug 17, 2019
4.19 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont on Aug 08, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

served on nitro at the farmhouse tap in burlington, gorgeous looking beer with a rich creamy almost white head atop a near black silky body, looks stunning. i dont know if there is always coffee in this or not, but the ones i have seen around town this week all seem to have it, so i am assuming its part of the normal shirley mae, if anyone knows differently, fill me in. this is a real nice porter, as decadent and roasty as the stronger everett, seemingly just as much malt depth to it, and the coffee here is extremely well integrated, not just forced in over top, its really an essential piece of this, especially in the nose, where its almost warm brewed and cozy to me. hints of leather and dark chocolate are here too, a softly english yeast maybe, a breadiness to it that really rounds it out and seems to soften some of the roasted character. insanely smooth to drink on too, probably would be even without the nitro, but in this format its just silk, so gentle and creamy, expansive and then dry, almost with a finish like an irish dry stout. enormously impressive beer, i love the low abv and all the structure and complexity. ive always liked the fermentation forward beers the most from these guys, but from a quality standpoint, this is as good as anything they have ever made. this was possibly a special edition with coffee, if thats not part of the normal recipe...

Aug 01, 2019
4.34 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2019
4.09 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Jul 22, 2019
4.15 by Nunya from Ohio on Apr 21, 2019
4 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Apr 14, 2019
4.04 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Feb 02, 2019
4.24 by moltch from Massachusetts on Jan 03, 2019
3.85 by rogacks from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2019
4.02 by AMCimpi from New York on Dec 24, 2018
4.25 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2018
4.19 by blaje from Canada (QC) on Sep 28, 2018
4.4 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Sep 22, 2018
4.21 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Aug 28, 2018
4.1 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Aug 22, 2018
4.38 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Aug 01, 2018
4.38 by Ajlvt from Washington on Aug 01, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by PicoPapa from Connecticut

On nitro at The Bench. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of creamy tan head. Tons of lacing. Roasted malt aroma with some chocolate, black coffee, and earth. The taste is rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee and earth. Very little alcohol presence with a creamy mouthfeel. Great easy drinking Porter.

Aug 01, 2018
3.53 by coz from Illinois on Jul 26, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

Nitro version on tap at Hill. Light mocha colored but as the bubbles cascade down, quickly turns black with a slightly off-white bright head. Coffee, hints of vanilla and roasted malt. Super smooth feel. Light and delicate but very flavorful. It's amazing you can get this much flavor into a sub 5% beer. Impressed. Delicious.

Jul 24, 2018
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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Jtsang1 from New York

favorite beer from hill farmstead!

Jul 24, 2018
4.46 by johnlatona from New Jersey on May 24, 2018
4.04 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina on May 21, 2018
3.98 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on May 16, 2018
4.3 by lic217 from Connecticut on Apr 07, 2018
4.25 by alexsergio from New York on Mar 11, 2018
2.71 by probert from New York on Mar 10, 2018
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