Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Porter
Ranked #1
Ranked #200
4.49 | pDev: 7.35%
Nov 17, 2022
Aug 16, 2010
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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Rated: 4.54 by foundersasap from Michigan

Nov 17, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by Affinity from Missouri

May 02, 2022
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.63/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Thanks to Roy_Hobbs for this one from his strike during NBS BIF #15. 16oz can (dated 5/18/21) Poured into 16oz tulip. Poured the expected dense, nearly solid, black color with about an inch of tan head head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma had a solid, but not overpowering, amount of roast at the front of the nose, backed with solid grains, and just a bit of floral hops.

Similar on the tongue, a good blend of grain, roast, and soft, slightly grassy, hops.

The body was also about typical for the style, perhaps a touch fuller than usual, smooth, and had a dry, roasty finish that lingered.

Drinkability was very good, a nice sipper, and an easy quaffer at the same time.

Overall, a very nicely done brew. A must-try if you get the chance.
Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Handz from Rhode Island

Mar 07, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by rstump24 from Ohio

Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 5 by birdsellam from Indiana

Jan 25, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Canned on 10/12/21 (best before 1/12/22); consumed on 1/19/22

Pours a glossy jet-brown body with chocolate/chestnut hues and capped with two fingers of rich, light mocha foam; excellent head retention leaves a slim layer of frothy cap, a moderate, creamy collar, and a near-comprehensive coating of mounded, webby lacing caked across the walls of the glass.

Aroma features an extensive malt char deftly interwoven with lager yeast and toasty brown bread as tinges of beechwood smoke and bakers chocolate over the middle engage minerality into the back end and hints of coffee on the close.

Taste shows touches of leathery char and burnt coffee upfront, with added nuances of bakers chocolate against a rounded lager yeast and a touch of minerality over the mid-palate; malt roast grazes the back end, while brown bread crusts and nutty coffee grounds offer a subtle inflection on the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with a medium-full carbonation, a purely silky texture seeing a sinewy backbone weaving grit and char to pseudo-creamy sensations throughout the mid-palate toward a firm, drying, and persistently roasty back end to nimble harmony on the finish.

Lagery roast finds waves of smoke and silky chocolate undertones to fuse with an obsessive Hill Farmstead precision of texture, bringing the modesty of an American Porter to climax with detailed expression on an otherwise restrained medium.
Jan 20, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 18, 2022
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Reviewed by StanleysCup from Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: opaque, dark chestnut brown, bordering on black. Slightly viscous ringing when swirled; thick, tight carbonation.
Smell: lots of cocoa, coffee, toffee and brown sugar.
Taste: absolutely incredible! Perfectly balanced with a nutty malt backbone that stops just short of drifting into stout territory.
Feel: perfect body; thick but not chewy or overly sugary. Carbonation was on point and makes this eminently drinkable.
Overall: hands down one of the best--if not the best--porters I've had in a while. Would definitely seek this out as a winter-warmer, or after dinner drink. Best of all, the ABV is manageable and leaves room for another glass.
Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by Piffler from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4 by micada from New York

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a can at fridge temp. Pours jet black with a good amount of light brown head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is extensive. The nose is roasted malts, black licorice, milk chocolate, some coffee grounds, and a light tobacco note. Really smooth and nice.

The taste is outstanding. Intense and complex. Dark chocolate, charred wood, malts, licorice, burnt toffee, dark roast coffee, and a bitter smoky flavor that becomes more intense on the aftertaste. Very smooth and well integrated. I really dig this one. Not surprised by the great ratings!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. There is a nice creaminess to it. Overall, this is a fantastic porter that I'm very glad to have tried.
Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Deep brown color where light will pass with a bright light. Minor beige head but it lasts. Nice ring lace.

Creamy, almost like milk, chocolate. Not very sweet though. No coffee.

Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Lower carbonation. There's a bit more bitterness than the smell suggests but it seems to come from hops not black patent malt as there's no burnt elements of coffee flavors. Rich sweet to semisweet chocolate flavor before the bitterness comes from the swallow.
Nov 26, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by IanX from New York

Nov 14, 2021
Rated: 4.58 by santig0nzalez from Paraguay

Nov 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from a fresh can into a tulip glass:

Appearance: really dark brown, verging on black, with mahogany lights. Thick beige head. Plenty of retention and lacing, with fairly persistent head.

Very roasty, warm and inviting with multiple layers of aroma: light milk chocolate underlain by mellow coffee.

Taste follows the nose: deep base of roasted malt, with some bitter chocolate. Coffee notes are very mellow with a hint of vanilla and hazlenut.

Medium-bodied with light carbonation and really nice mouthfeel. Quite a clean finish for a porter.with a relatively crisp finish for a porter.

Overall: Wow! A benchmark porter. The depth of flavour is incredible for a beer with no adjuncts at this ABV. Combined with lovely mouthfeel and a fantastic finish this is truly a world class porter.
Nov 11, 2021
Rated: 4.65 by Rainintheface from Florida

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Review 1660
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Date: 18 May 2021
I nearly fell out of my chair when I discovered I was given this beer. Hill Farmstead is on my shortlist for must-visit breweries. They have several beers I want to consume. They have a best-by date to drink: furthermore, I am sure it is okay; it is only a couple weeks past. The beer was carefully maintained to preserve its integrity of the beer. I poured into a Willi Belcher glass; the temperature was 46 degrees. A frothy and creamy three-fingered dark tan head was created. The slow dissipation left loads of lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 24, dark oily brown. The appearance of the beer is beautiful.

Oh wow, the malty profile is vibrant and aromatic. I smell dark roasted malts, chocolate, medium roasted coffee, a hint of floral, leather, intense earthiness, and subtle char note.

Coffee and chocolate smack your tastes buds in the sweet spot. Dark roasty malts, toast bread, a touch of floral, a dab of Maillard, a tinge of char, tobacco, leather, earthiness, and a slight herbal note is what I taste next. The beer is a parade of flavors doing a technical difficult choreograph dance with precision on your palate.

The mouthfeel is a little bit bitter, with some creaminess followed by a skosh of dryness.

The body is medium, medium carbonation, and has a long and delightful finish.

One of the best porter I have ever consumed. It has all the great qualities of stout but in the porter style. I love the robust flavors and creaminess with the bitterness.
Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by shelby415 from Oregon

Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4.84 by JAWS from New York

Sep 28, 2021
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Rated by Bostonchap from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A porter! Wow, I don’t think I can do this justice with my poor review. This is just, wow!
Sep 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Apellonious from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16 oz can, canned 7/27, poured into curved pint glass. The aroma is chocolate, roasted grains, cold brew, maybe some cocoa powder. The taste is right in line. And it’s quite tasty. The feel is medium , carbonation low and smooth. Overall, an outstanding Porter worth tracking down.
Sep 08, 2021
Rated: 4 by akk14 from Illinois

Aug 24, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky

Aug 20, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Aug 14, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2021
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Can courtesy of yllib.
Jul 12, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jul 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 5/18/21. Poured into a tulip at ~45 degrees. Black as night, with a wonderful, dense beige colored head with good retention and lacing Looks amazing. Aroma is rich, sweet and malty. Taste is roasted malts & unsweetened chocolate. In typical HF fashion, it 's well balanced in a nuanced way that other breweries don't always nail. Simple, yet complex. Little bit of bitterness, yet smooth. Feel is soft and creamy. Good beer.
Jul 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Everett from Hill Farmstead Brewing. Received in early June 2021 in Ninja box from @Roy_Hobbs. 16 oz can stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 1/7/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom rim stamped “CANNED 05/18/21 DRINK BY 09/18/21”. Served at 53.0 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60.6 degrees.
Appearance – 4.5.
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, opaque but translucent amber brown at the edges.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), wheat, high density initially but quickly opening, average retention, diminishing to leave a 0.7 to 1.0 cm lacy crown and a thin complete cap. An archipelago of foam islands resembling coral atolls remains on the sides of the glass above the crown. Second pour produces a dense 0.7 cm head.
Lacing – Fair. Wide band of tiny bubbles, separating into two bands, with short, blunt, stalactites. See also above.
Aroma – 4.25 – Begins with roasted malt and cocoa, no hops, no yeast, no coffee.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins slightly sweet with roasted malt and cocoa and a hint of coffee, no hops, no yeast. No ethanol (7 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Slight gastric warming does occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends slightly bitter.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 Very velvety mouthfeel. The first few swallows went from slightly sweet to very bitter with alarming swiftness, but then it seemed to smooth out, just ending slightly bitter in counterpoint to the initial sweetness. Predominant taste and odor are roasted malt and cocoa, with just a hint of a smoky coffee on the tongue. In total, particularly good porter.
Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I received a can of this famous Porter from @Roy_Hobbs. Canned on 5/18/2021. Poured at 59° into a Willi Becher pint glass. It pours nearly black with very dark cola hues at the bottom of the glass when held to the light, with a large, fluffy, medium khaki-colored had and thick creamy lacing. It's a beautiful pour. Its fragrant nose features dark chocolate, cigar smoke, burnt coffee grounds and charred nuts. Wow, the taste is amazing! The initial chocolate malt sweetness is juxtaposed to acidic coffee (like it's from a Jersey diner), and bitter, earthy, nutty char. There is also strong tobacco. The blend and balance of flavors are exquisite. The mouth feel is rich and creamy - almost stout-like - with mild carbonation, and the 7% ABV seems perfect. Everett is highly drinkable but with excellent substance. This Porter is big and flavorful enough to pair with a fine meal of roasted red meat but you could easily drink a couple of pours casually. Everett's 100 Score is well-deserved. It's as good an American Porter as you'll have the great pleasure of drinking.
May 30, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 09, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Dec 10, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by JonB25 from Delaware

Dec 07, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by ToddBeans from Kentucky

Dec 01, 2020
Rated: 4.57 by CMC73 from Oregon

Sep 28, 2020
Everett from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2850 ratings