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Everett Porter | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Brad007 on 08-15-2010

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4.47
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Photo of ElGallo
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse for $10. Beautiful muddy beige head a good lacing. This brew is straight black with good medium to full body.

Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, some earthy hops, port wine, maybe a little raisin or dark fruit too.

Tastes sublime: chocolate notes, subtle roastiness, molasses, coffee, raisins, mildly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth up front, with subtle bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall one of the best - if not the best - porters I've ever had. This brewery is top notch - very happy I found this bottle (last one in the shop back in September).

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I had at Muggs Alehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It is pure black with a dark tan head. With the pour there wasn't much of a head, so not much lacing, but you can tell that if you poured it straight in it would leave much lacing behind.

S. It has a not-overbearing nutty and malty scent.

T/M. There's a strong dose of chocolate that comes through at first. The alcohol is strong; full bodied. Very, very rich. It's carbonated and tingly on the palate, with a long finish. Mild grassy taste and a hint of caramel sweetness.

O. It's a very complex, delicious brew. A truly fantastic porter.

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Photo of Resuin
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass. No bottling date on the bottle but I picked this one up at the brewery a couple months ago.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown and leaves a half finger or so of tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt, raisins, plums, figs, coffee, chocolate.

Taste: Matches the nose: roasted malts, dark fruits, cocoa, coffee, slight bitterness. Well balanced porter. The smooth finish really sets this one apart.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body, creamy. Very smooth and very well balanced.

Overall: This is an excellent porter - perhaps the best "standard" for the porter style that I have had.

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Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Warpigs, pre-CBC. Pitch black with an espresso head. Chocolate, cocoa roastness, espresso. Medium body with low carbonation and a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color with mocha head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, caramel and sweet malts. taste follows with sweet coffee and roasted malts. Finishes with coffee bitterness. Body is medium with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Really good porter but I had higher expectations.

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Photo of Tommo
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While this surely is delicious, i am not so sure it is a top 100 beer in america. Great body to it, nice balance of malt with bitterness, low hop with light coffee and chocolate taste. This is good, maybe the best porter ive had; i might just not be a porter guy

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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks a million for this bottle, kingkong.

A: Pours near black with a huge, dense, dark brown head that lasted forever and left patches of soapy lacing as it faded into a wispy scum.
S: Robust notes of chocolate malt, roasted malts, smoke, burnt wood and a bit of something sweeter – caramel and raisins maybe.
T: The chocolate really comes through along with notes of coffee, raisins, and toasted wood. The finish is lightly sweet and the aftertaste has a bit of a dark chocolate bitterness to it. Not as smoky as the nose, but it shows up in the finish as well.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel with a drying finish. The body is rich and decadent, and the carbonation is smooth, soft and mellow.
O: One of the best porters I’ve had. Loved the smoky notes that accompanied the dark chocolate, and the mouthfeel was crazy soft, rich, and smooth. Thanks again for the bottle, Patrick.

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Photo of BeRanger
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Tulip - thanks to SilentJay for this one.

A: Pours jet black, while I didnt make it too hard of a poor, hardly any tan head appears, just a rim that disappates pretty quickly.

S: Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted Malts, a hint of Vanilla. No real booze smell as expected for a 7.5%.

T: As it smells, everything comes through quite nicely. Very balanced porter, a slight hop biterness comes through that reminds me a little of Founders Imperial Stout.

M: Full bodied, mild carbonation. Very rich

O: Absolutely wonderful porter, especially given that its readily available at the brewery from what I hear. I could drink plenty of these and drink them often. Another stellar beer from HFS.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle split into tulips. Big thanks to inlimbo77 for sending this one my way.

Pours a dark brown to black color with a caramel colored head. About three centimeters of head forms and lingers for a bit before receding to a healthy, bubbly ring and patches across the surface of the liquid. Scattered patches of sticky lacing decorate the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate, brown sugar, roasted barley, a bit of toffee or caramel, and a hint of dark licorice.

The taste is of bitter chocolate, licorice, caramel, brown sugar, roasted barley, some muddle, earthy grains, and a vague hint of citrus. It’s fairly sweet when you break it down, but it’s exceptionally balanced by the roasted characteristics.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Slightly bitter from the cacao and hops, full-bodied, and rich, but finishing quite cleanly and going down smoothly. The bitterness/roastiness subsides towards the back of the mouth, taking on a more velvet-like feel.

Overall, this is a phenomenal porter. I pulled some strange individual flavors out of it, but they worked together beautifully. Well balanced, easy to drink, and simply delicious; a pleasure all around.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into tasting glass - thanks alex

Pours an opaque mahogany brown with a light layering of tanned head. Spots of lacing left behind, wispy retention lays on top of the brew.

Roasty, malty nose with coffee and espresso notes. Light char and smoke with some dark chocolate sweetness. Almost no alcohol presence, very inviting.

Bold malty profile begins up front with roasted tones. Some nutty flavor with a nice layering of coffee and espresso beans. Dark chocolate lies underneath the malt backbone. Light smokiness comes through towards the back end with a touch of char. Finishes a little sweet and smoky.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, robust and chewy on the palate. Excellent example of the porter - I wish I could have this all the time.

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Photo of Holland
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hill Farmstead.

A: dark black in the middle to brown on the edges with a thick tan head that leaves a nice layer on top for the duration of my drink.

S: coffee, sweet caramel, roasted malt, and earthy tones

T: very earthy with a slight sweetness, quite a bit of coffee and roasted notes, and a touch of smoke and chocolate.

M: medium body with a light feeling carbonation that is enough to replenish the layer of head with each sip but not be overwhelming.

O: excellent beer with great characteristics, but not one I would reach for all the time. It's balanced with hoppy bitterness and the sweetness, and a great fall beer. Glad I picked up a few bottles.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Perfectly black, no light gets through this beer anywhere. 1 finger of slightly darker than normal tan head. Fades to a ring around the outer rim quickly.

S - Licorice, anise, hints (and I mean very faint hints) of cherry, with a background of slight roasted malts that barely peek through the licorice. This beer really does smell almost exactly like a black licorice stick, so much so I almost want to say it has some sort of brett in it.

T - Licorice still dominates, but lesser so than in the aroma. Smoke is also present right along with it. Sweet sugars come through a lot more pairing well with the chocolate and toffee from the roasted malts.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, thicker than a normal porter and quite sticky. Finish is slightly sticky, slightly drying, and very sweet with a licorice/chocolate lingering aftertaste.

O - One of the most interesting porters I have ever had. A lot of flavors and aromas not normally found in a porter as well as a body more likely to be found in a stout.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Black throughout with a small dark brown head. Surprisingly, this leaves the glass relatively clean on the way down.

A very rich, roasty aroma. There's a bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee, but this is a showcase of powerful, roasted malt character.

The flavor follows similarly. This is a complete, delicious, incredibly drinkable robust porter. The flavors consist of roasted malt, a bit of cocoa, slight coffee, and moderate bitterness. No alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A delicious, classic, to-style porter.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to williamjbauer for this one. Served in a snifter
verett

A- Pours nearly pitch black with no head at all, no fizz, nothing. Looks like a cup of coffee

S- Very complex nose that includes lots of chocolaty malt, slightly smoky campfire, charcoal, raisin and prune. The chocolate notes just continue throughout, reminiscent of a nutty piece of chocolate fudge

T- The complexity continues to the flavor. Rich roasted chocolaty malt with big notes of coffee and dark fruit with some nutty hazelnut. Smoky notes add a slight bitterness and charred woodsy flavor, the finish picks up some herbal notes with more coffee and chocolate on the linger that seems to last forever

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slick mouthfeel and silky finish. Drinks efortlessly for a 7.5% ABV

O- This is my first HF beer and I was weary of all of the hype, but this was an awesome porter. I had a growler and it had lost some carbonation, so I’d love to try the bottled version. Nontheless, this was a great intro to HF and I look forward to trying more.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt with light espresso notes with some light vanilla notes. Taste is a very robust porter with quite strong roasted malt notes with a side sot of espresso and light subtle green hops. Body is super full with strong carbonation, no apparent alcohol and a nice creamy texture. Probably one of the best porter I ever had a chance to drink.

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Photo of Bardwashrind
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle direct from the friendly home of RSchaeffer. My first non farmhouse, non hop focused beer from Hill Farmstead.

The simple labels are beginning to mean so much to me.

Everett opens with a nice hiss and pours a steady head of tight bubbles. The carbonation is firm but not overly thick as it lasts and sticks quite nicely to the sides of the glass. Big aroma of dark coffee, some char, smoke and a bit of chalk that reminds me of limestone. Some bitterness from the hops is also present.

The first sip brings the same smokey and toasty flavors to light that were felt on the nose. Coffee, bitter chocolate, hops and a delicious bitterness holds throughout the semi-sweet body of the beer. Long on the tongue with favorable complexity that is easily enjoyed. This is a remarkable porter as it has more of the drying toasted grain flavors and bitter hopping but it all works upon the faint mineral notes. Very drinkable as the body doesn't weight down the palate with heft.

One of the better porters I have had recently, truth be told, I'm a fan of bitter dark beers so I can see some not agreeing who like the sweeter more caramelized styles. Russian River's Porter is still perhaps the beer that I find to be my favorite representation of the style but Everett will be one I hope to drink many more times in the future. Truly delicious.

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Photo of oline73
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into a snifter.

Pours dark brown color with just a small amount of tan head. The nose is full of roast and slightly sweet dark chocolate. Just a touch smokey. The smell follows the nose closely. Roasted malt bitterness with dark fruit and dark chocolate behind. Lots of roast in the finish.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown root beer color with but sits opaque black in my glass. Thin beige Georgia clay colored head is quick to collar but leaves consistent tiny speckles of retention.

Aroma is dominated by deep and immersive wood char with cola caramel and licorice. Taste is more wood char, ash, mocha, and the black cookie part of an Oreo cookie. Light and delicate yet robust and flavorful. Beautifully roasty.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

was excited to find a bottle of this at the neighborhood beer store, would love to see more hill farmstead beers available to buy in bottles or four packs. pour is pretty much black with a light tan head. really nice scent on it - very roasty with notes of chocolate and coffee. taste is smokey and rich, coffee, chocolate, caramel. overall, this is a really good beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hill Farmstead First Anniversary Party. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours near black with a really nice tan/mocha head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward coffee and chocolate along with some light roasted malt character. There's a light touch of smoke in the background. The flavor is dominated by chocolate and coffee. Light smoke and sweetness with some roast there as well. Medium body with good carbonation. Nice and creamy. Alcohol is not noticeable. Really solid brew.

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Photo of -Rick
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, and roasted coffee take over. The taste is true to the smell, sweet chocolate with the lingering presence of coffee. A creamy smooth feel, this is truly one of the best porters around!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to whoever donated this to the epic CdC bottle share.

A: Fairly clear dark brown body with a a thin cap of persistant tan froth. Spotty lace. Solid.

S: Richly roasty. Coffee, chocolate, char, herbal hops, earthiness. Lovely.

T: Sweet and roasty up front (major coffee and char), with caramel and citrus/herbal hops filling in behind. Clear, coffe-tinged finish. Very tasty indeed.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Ok.

O: Great porter, plain and simple. I was expecting more fireworks from something so highly rated, but was perfectly happy to find nothing but a great, straightforward example of the style. I'd love to get to try a whole bottle some time.

Cheers!

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark and nearly back with a light khaki head and great lacing. Notes of coffe, dark bakers chocolate, light smoke, earth and caramel buried underneath it all. Medium body, creamy and slightly sticky on the finish. This is the best non adjunct Porter I've ever had. Remarkably well done.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Everyone has their long sought brew, the one that had to be tracked down eventually. As someone weaned on dark beer, Everett was mine. So awesome to finally get to try this. Excellent pour, nice creamy head that settles over time but hangs on just enough. Nose was probably my least favorite part of the beer, though it's certainly not awful, just a bit heavy on the roasted malt, so that there's a hint of black marker in the air. Certainly some dark chocolate in there too (and, really, even chocolate can have some interesting aromas/flavors, so, again, hard to fault Everett too much here). Lovely on the palate, supremely because of a superlative body, absolutely perfect balance of rich, creamy decadence and eminent drinkability. Truly masterful. Taste is dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate perhaps, and a goodly acidic kick (this thing gave me some serious heartburn). Overall, really, really well done, that body a real revelation, and the taste pretty darn textbook, although I think it'd do especially well a touch smaller, maybe in the 5.5-6.5% range, just to take that acidic edge off. Otherwise, well done indeed.

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.
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