Everett Porter
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Porter - American
Ranked #1
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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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colts9016 from Idaho

4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
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
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -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
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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WanderingUlysses from Pennsylvania

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

From a growler filled at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, poured immediately into a tulip glass.

Chocolate, deep deep brown but not quite black. Nice, chocolate-brown head, about 1.5 inches thick.

Roasted goodness. Nutty, chocolatey, coffeey. Just all the great things about fall, roasted in a perfect blend.

The best blend of coffee-chocolate-nut roast I have ever experienced in any dining experience. Simply unbelievable, everything is roasted perfectly in their own right--no burn chocolate or coffee taste, nothing is lost or overpowers. Absurd.

Stouty without being thick or cumbersome. Could easily drink the 64 oz growler in one evening, as it is lighter than expected given the taste and abv.

My favorite beer. Ever. Hands down. Just...unreal blend of flavors and roasting profiles everything is simply astonishing.

Apr 28, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The roast profile on this beer is almost unbelievable before even considering it's limited at 7.2% abv. Bittersweet chocolate, city dark roast coffee grounds, and charcoal suggests a grittiness that swirls within a medium-full body that never cloys nor removes focus from the flavor. Tough to tell where roast ends and hops begin, both giving tremendous depth of flavor.

I am most impressed with the light smoke/kindling character that comes through subtly on the finish, almost just an olfactory sensation. It really takes the roast flavor and overall experience over the top. In the style, I've had nothing that comes close

Feb 29, 2020
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npolachek from New York

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.

Sep 01, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

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.

Jul 05, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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.

Jun 04, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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!

Mar 17, 2019
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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.

Mar 07, 2019
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leantom from Indiana

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.

Dec 29, 2018
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Bum4ever from California

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.

Sep 30, 2018
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flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

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.

Sep 19, 2018
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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.

Sep 15, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

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.

Jul 16, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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.

Jun 03, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Jun 03, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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

May 13, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Mar 31, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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’


Mar 31, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 29, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

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.

Mar 29, 2018
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NextBestThing from New York

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.

Feb 05, 2018
Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2833 ratings