Everett Porter
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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American Porter
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4.51 | pDev: 7.32%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Everett PorterEverett Porter
Notes: 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: 421 | Ratings: 2,798
Photo of npolachek
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of chocholate with some coffee flavors. This beer is definitely bitter and embodies the true porter feeling. It's not sweet at all. Robust, and a good portrayal of this style.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 500mL bottle into a willi becher pint glass. pours a deep black with mocha colored head that settles into a thin film on top and leaves lacing as the beer is consumed. beautiful looking beer. smells chocolatey and smoky with a hint of hops. taste is similar with a dry, hoppy finish. feel is decent, especially so for a porter. overall, fantastic rendition of the style and extremely flavorful and drinkable for such a dark beer.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic, oldschool porter - quite hoppy, very roasty, lots of bitter, dark chocolate. It's not tremendously thick, but you don't expect that from a porter.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/24/16; drank 5/13/16 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Brown/black appearance.

Big, noisy tan head; nice lace.

Roasted coffee bean, fresh flowers & milk chocolate notes in the nose; unique!

Medium mouthfeel.

Roasted coffee bean & cream flavors up front; milk chocolate notes on the finish. Fresh flower notes emerged as this warmed.

The floral touches added unexpected depth to an already strong porter; great!

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Photo of FriedSlug
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark and thick for a porter. Dense creamy tan head. Smells roasty and sweet with coffee, malt and chocolate. Tastes like it smells with a nice bitter finish. This is an amazing porter.

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Photo of leantom
4.99/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah, this was my first HF beer. After trying it, I must admit that I understand why people consider HF the best brewery in the world. Here goes:

A: Pitch black; huge, white head that lingers. The head leaves great lacing. Against the snowy backdrop, the beer certainly looks spectacular.

S: Absolutely perfect. Tons of chocolate; milk-chocolate and dark-chocolate sweetness; surprised if the beer doesn't contain any lactose. Burnt malts give the smell a coffee profile, too. Absolutely stunning.

T: Follows the nose perfectly. This is an awesome beer. Remarkable that a beer can be so rich without being boozy. Can tell that a lot of effort was put into making it.

F: Thick and creamy. Extremely rich.

O: Wonderful.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very dark black color with a small amount of dark tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Getting a ton of chocolate malts and coffee, followed by the slight hint of vanilla and some dark fruit notes.

Taste: Coffee is big and dominant when cold. As it warms the more chocolate taste there is and a decent amount of vanilla flavors.

Feel: This has a thick and creamy mouthfeel, with a very nice dry finish

Overall: This is just an excellent porter and I am loving this beer.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head. Head is quite creamy looking with decent retention. Average lacing. Good looking but nothing special.

S: Well, this smells like a very traditional but intense porter. There are chocolate malts, coffee notes (but not espresso), leather, pecans, vanilla and some very light cherries. This a dark, round and complex smelling porter.

T: If the smell made me think of coffee without being espresso, the taste really puts the espresso right in the front and center. There is cacao powder, vanilla, leather, cherries (much stronger than in the smell), oak like tannins, pecans and a little bit of earth. The balance is wonderful and with very little residual sweetness.

M: I've never had a Hill Farmstead beer that hadn't a perfect mouthfeel for the genre. This is the case here too: it's broad and round, heavy (but not too much) with a low and soft carbonation.

O: This truly is a wonderful beer from an incredible brewery that doesn't seem to know how to brew a bad beer. The only thing I can say about this beer, and I think it's the first time I say it, is that it would benefit to have a little bit more sweetness. Not a lot, just a little bit. Also, with it's predominant espresso notes, this beer really sits in between a stout and a porter.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a very dark brown color with an off white head.

Smell - The beer had a big bold roasty color.

Taste - The initial taste was the big bold malts accompanied by coffee. Toward the back, there were nice hints of burnt sugar and perhaps caramel. The malts stayed strong throughout

Mouthfeel - The beer was smooth in mouthfeel with tiny carbonation bubbles.

Overall - This is a really nice porter, but I don’t really think its a Top 250 beer.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 500 ml. bottle into a tulip glass. This beer pours out dark brown and forms black in the glass. It forms one finger worth of dense and creamy caramel colored crown. The smell is roastiness with some hop presence almost bringing a resin element into the mix. The taste brings a creamy note into the roastiness, while still delivering that hop presence. Mouthfeel is creamy. This reminds me a lot of Pappys Porter. Must be something about Vermont.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours jet black with big fluffy mocha colored head that leaves tons of lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Big coffee, roasted malt, char, rich milk chocolate, light vanilla, very bold and rich.

Taste - good bit more smoke on the taste than the nose, coffee, roasted malts, decadent chocolate flavor it is almost like a smoked chocolate dessert. light vanilla on the finish the roastiness carries on and on.

Feel - Big full creamy mouthfeel slick oily nice dry finish.

Overall - Just an amazing porter not sure I have had one with this much roast and nuttiness. Excellent full mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Shop, NYC.
Pours a thick, viscous dark brown/mahogany with hints of ruby. Modest creamy head that quickly dissipates, leaves a thin ring of lacing.
Nutty, chocolate and cocoa, coffee and roasted malt aroma. Also, a touch of alcohol and dark fruit.
Complex taste that masterfully alternates between the sweetness of the chocolate malts, dark caramel, dark fruit and the bitterness of the espresso roast and earthy hops. Bright and creamy finish that is also sticky, dry and bitter.
Full bodied, rich, robust, yet easy to drink. Smooth and creamy.
Wonderful porter that feels bigger than its 7.50% ABV.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a twilight brown, half inch of creamy head, good retention. Aroma is a very smooth roasted malt, milk chocolate, espresso beans and creme fraiche. Taste is simple but evocative - the malt backbone is deceptively clean, highlighting that roasted malt flavor perfectly, elements of cappuccino, foam latte, burnt nut and pumpernickel. One of the best porters out there

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap in a 10 oz (296 ml) snifter at Beer Noggin in Bronxville, NY.
A: Pours an opaque, very dark brown to nearly black color with a mocha brown head with limited retention (in that style of glass, but modest soapy lacing.
S: Malty with aromas of milk chocolate >> coffee and molasses.
T: Sweet with a flavor melange of dark chocolate and black coffee. Maybe a blackberry note. Light bitterness offsets any excessive sweetness.
M: Full bodied with strong carbonation. Creamy, feels substantive on the palate.
O: Really a delicious porter, almost a stout. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Holderness
4.04/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Whetstone Station, Brattleboro

L — Quite deep black for a porter. Tiny tan head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Just a bit of spotty glass lacing
S — Dark chocolate, cold brew coffee, barley malt, apple peel, hint of caramel
T — Lots of well-roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, char, dark roast coffee, bitter hops. Touch of brown sugar as well. Easily the most roast-forward porter I’ve had to date
F — Big mouthfeel, medium carb. Mouthfeel doesn’t jump off the palate as much as it could. Has that signature Hill Farmstead effervescence of remarkably tiny bubbles
O — An interesting offer from Hill Farmstead that definitely doesn’t fall into the common issue with many porters of being too thin/watery in the mouthfeel. Sadly the flavors and aromas are fairly nondescript and lack a certain ‘character’


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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In review is a 2012 vintage from the cellar.

A - Very dark brown pour that's borderline black, thick and creamy caramel colored lacing. Thick and viscous on the sides of the glass with lots of legs.

S - Nose is dominated by chocolate and cocoa with a slight hint of dark fruit.

T - Chocolate and cocoa all throughout with some slight dark fruit on the very back end. Big chocolate roast presence and a lingering bittersweet chocolate roast finish.

M - Full bodied, lip smacking sticky, and velvety texture. semi-dry on the back of the tongue.

O - This bottle held up incredibly well for being six years old.

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Photo of darktronica
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a 2013 vintage obtained in trade, which is apparently not recommended, but I still find it one of the best porters I've ever had. No signs of significant oxidation, and the floral hop character is extremely delicate, surrounded by dark chocolate, earthy cold-brew coffee, and oats. Moderately full body and luscious, silky mouthfeel. Perfect degree of carbonation and a light, medium-dry finish.

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Photo of NextBestThing
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely good beer. Drank it back-to-back with a 2018 Victory at Sea and in no way does this take a back seat. Dark brown, half-finger head with an aggressive pour. Perfect roasty nose. Not coffee, not shoe leather, not chocolate, maybe a combination of all three? Not sure but a very pleasant and unique aroma.

I love this beer. Medium mouth feel, equally superb after an hour in the refrigerator as it is as close to room temperature. Easily sessionable. goes great with semi-sweet chocolate. My can was about 4 months old. I've also consumed this extremely fresh, loses nothing with age although the can recommends to drink fresh.

Recommend highly and also recommend a trip to the brewery. Superb value at six 12-ounce cans for $16.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

At last: Everett. After so many missed opportunities - here he sits, in a chilled growler not more than two weeks old. Welcome to my home, brother - please make yourself comfortable; we’ve saved you a seat.

Split two ways; enjoyed by all.

Pours a charcoal black with a cardboard-colored head that lingers. On par with the good looking crowd of the style. Neither outstanding nor detracting.

Adjunct-free aroma is just fucking amazing. French roast, toasted grains, char, chocolate. Unreal. Balanced: sweet, bitter and charred.

Taste is a malt-forward mix of fresh coffee grounds, toasted grains, dark chocolate and bitter hops.

So smooth. Extremely drinkable; not delicate in the least but still a complex drinking experience with its cascade of flavors that washes over the palate with each sip. Minimal ingredients, huge body.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. Can.

Pours or slides out with a total opaque blackness. Just about as thick and oily looking as any Imperial Porter or IRS.black liquid, mocha chunky foam cap, short, well retained with lace leftover. Plenty of bubbly suds for coverage.

The aroma is simply awesome! As complex as any RIS or Baltic porter. Dense, and I mean, heady chocolate, dark roasty coffee beans, vanilla, charred oats and grains, dark, wild berries, blueberry pie, rollo's, peanutbutter cups, sandy, wet grass hops under the intense malted barley grains and smoked sweetness.

After the first sip, I havevtp comment on the mouthfeel and body texture. Lets see....Full, thick, silky, chunky, hearty, smoooooth, nitro-ish, did I say heavy??.....heavy, silky smooth and full. Wow.

Dense French roast coffee style barley malt kicks in quick, bakers chocolate in multiple layers, vanilla and cream is perhaps slightly hidden by super toasty, earthy, bitter and dry hops with a punch of dark, chatted wheat malt. Complexity= OH SHIT!! Massive.

Listen, Hill Farmstead has created the most unreal and amazing big-ass Porter. Robust Porter....perfect.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Out of the bottle, this pours a swiftly moving, slick but stark black ribbon, filling the glass with a thick and densly growing dark tan to mocha head that leaves some craggy lace.

Smell is chocolate milk as it pours from the bottle, but coming in closer it becomes very roasty, nearing smoky, and a little acidic, like as from coffee. Woody hops plus a touch of molasses and cedar take supporting roles. Everett really smells like a walk through the fall woods, where maybe a woodstove chimney billows away, far in the distance.

Taste is tangy and simple, yet multifaceted. Dark chocolate cut by woody hops. Deeply roasted malt with mocha coffee syrup. A bittering dark cocoa finish.

The body glides thinly and quickly down the throat, with a very light carbonation despite its decadent head, and a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead bulb glass. December 2015 bottle purchased at the brewery.

Pours a deep brown body with a huge, fluffy cappuccino colored head that reduces slowly to leave great lacing and retention. This is what a porter should look like!

Aromas are coffee and chocolate heavy, cocoa and coffee grounds dominate. Taste is rich with coffee and roasty malts, milk chocolate, bittersweet bakers chocolate on the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation.

A classic porter indeed. Very solid.

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Photo of Rristow
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from draft. Pours black with a beige soda like head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, and tobacco. Taste is moderately bitter with mild malty sweet backbone. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and licorice. Pretty full bodied. Excellent porter.

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Photo of bobochan_vt
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like Hill Farmstead's offerings, and it is certainly worth a stop at the brewery when I am in the Northeast Kingdom but... I had always considered them just one of the many excellent breweries here in Vermont. This weekend I had Everett, fresh, and my entire opinion of their enterprise changed. This is, quite simply, the best tasting thing that I have ever had... it is perfect in every dimension. The taste starts with chocolate and coffee and a glorious warmth sustains like the tone of a vintage Les Paul through an old tube amp.

I have never been this happy drinking a beer. Beyond perfection.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing surrounded the glass, thick yet not too thick as it showed enough spliced delicate thin-ness to it (adequate). The smell started off with sweet to robust and roasty coffee and cocoa moving slowly into a real nice malty aroma. The taste rolled into the sweetness nicely with a fairly sweet to roasty with a tad of bitter coffee blending nicely. There’s a nice semi-sweet to roasty aftertaste bleeding into a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a fairly nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely underneath fulfilling a fairly light quality but not too light. Overall, as an American Porter, it works. Its nice and definitely one to have this time of the year.

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