Everett Porter | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Everett PorterEverett Porter

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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.

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Reviews: 390 | Ratings: 2,622
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottled 2.8.17

Pours pitch black with a creamy tan brown foam head. Smells like licorice, baker's chocolate, tobacco, dark roast coffee, espresso, smoky roasted malts, raisins, dark dried fruits, dark caramel, molasses, charred brown sugar, with woody earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like licorice, dark baker's chocolate, tobacco leaf, smoky roasted malts, dark roast black coffee, espresso, raisins, dark dried fruits, dark caramel, molasses, charred brown sugar, with woody earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great robust porter.

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Photo of Gavage
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: roastred tones with some chocolate and hints of coffee.

Taste: follows the nose as a big roasted malt profile leads off with some dark chocolate, coffee, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: a wonderful beer loaded with well balanced flavors.

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

750 ML growler in trade, either day of or day after. Fresh either way. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: Beer pours completely dark with 2F light tan head with good retention, lots of lacing, and a cap and ring.

S: Roasty malt and barley goodness, giving off scents like coffee, unsweetened cocoa, and caramel. Tiny deduction for barely noticeable off-note that is mineral in character (likely the famous HF well water).

T: Lots of roasty goodness that generally follows the nose with slightly sweet coffee and unsweetened cocoa.

F: Medium bodied, light natural carbonation. Creamy goodness. Excellent construction and balance.

O: Best basic porter I've had. No big frills or added flavor, just solid goodness.

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Photo of Buck89
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer was opaque and somewhat viscous on the pour. A very dark brown color with a thick and creamy tan head. The first whiff brought milk chocolate with a bit of roasted coffee, some roasty malt, and a tiny bit of char. The malt was slightly sweet and it gave the sensation of chocolate milk. The first thing I noticed on the drink was the incredible silky feel of this one. I mean this beer just flowed effortlessly across my palate. Not thin, not sweet, just right. Carbonation was lower than most ales which seemed perfect for a big porter. The taste was huge dark chocolate, some coffee, some toast, mild char, and a pleasing floral bitterness on the finish. A big, complex beer that approaches imperial stout territory. This beer was 7.2% but I never noticed it. I'm finding out that these HF beers certainly stand up to the hype!

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Photo of JamFuel
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mule Bar in Winooski.

Pours a nice black color, or lack of color, with a fine brown head.

Loads of coffee on the nose, with a bit of toast and soy sauce.

Very soft flavor, chocolate and coffee dominate, with hints of toasted bread and salt in he back.

Unbelieveably thick and rich texture considering the ABV. Velvety goodness.

Porters are my least favorite style, but I had heard so many good things, I had to go for it, and very happy I did. Really rich and velvety, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour with nice khaki head
Smells of coffee, chocolate and slight toffee
Chocolate forward followed by coffee and with caramel like sweetness on the back
Tad thin

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on draft in a nonic pint glass

black in color, foamy tan head. nice aroma of chocolate and coffee. flavorful but not too bold. similar flavor, well balanced. medium bodied, and easy drinking.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fool's Gold, poured a complete black with a thick foamy brown head. The smell is dark chocolate with coffee and hints of tobacco. The flavor is bitter chocolate, a little coffee, and some spicy smoke. The feel was a little creamy with some decent carbonation. Easily one of the best porters I've ever had!

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Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the 750 ml growler into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a thin film of light brown head.

S: Roasted barley malt, toasted nuts and some earthy hops.

T: Roasted barley, roasted coffee beans, generic nuttiness. Some cocoa powder and cocoa nibs. Finishes with a piney hop bitterness doing battle with the roasty bitterness. Modest heat noted on the back of the palate from the ABV. This is just a really tasty porter.

M: Medium in heft - a bit meatier than your standard porter. Carbonation is a bit subdued.

O: Excellent. Not awe-inspiring with unique flavors or anything "weird." Just a really good porter.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Always a pleasure to have this. Best standard porter I've ever had. Awesome taste, creamy taste. The malt just works perfect with everything. Nice medium smooth feel in the mouth. A+

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Walderek for this gem.
Ah the American porter. maybe if more people made 'em like this, this category would get a helluva lot more respect. A stunning, gently toasty, nutty, candied sugar (in a subtle way) sweet, smooth baker's chocolate melange of greatness. And the mouthfeel is particularly full and creamy for the style.

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Photo of aleigator
3.91/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a fluffy, bubbly, mocha colored head.

Smells of melted chocolate, toasted walnuts, rock sugar and unsweetened marzipan. The nose comes very well together, balanced by a mellow earth note, including a whiff of dough and flowers, adding to the prominent chocolate.

Has an utmost soft mouthfeel, creamy with a medium, malt relying body, featuring a lively carbonation burst, tickling the tongue during the finish.

Tastes of milk chocolate, bitter cocoa nibs, which add to the complexity of the silk chocolate, and toasted hazelnuts. Turns a tad dryer during the mid palate with even more cocoa nibs, a whiff of licorice and lots of soothing cream. Finishes with rock sugar, fudge and bitter chocolate, clean and soft.

Very well built Porter, pleasantly complex without loosing its focus at any point. Intense during the mid palate, while finishing surprisingly soft and calm.

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Photo of danh53
3.31/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I was rating this just a a porter, the score would be higher. It's a good beer with chocolate, anise, and dry roast finish. The feel is balanced and dry. Maybe a little too bitter for my taste. It's good, but not worth the price and not worth seeking out in a trade.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavor of this should be the standard for all porters. That being said, it's a standard Porter. Nothing added to excite me or elevate this to a higher rating. Good beer with coffee notes.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

opaque black not all that viscous but still only a slight see through at the edges. smell is chocolatey with a hint of coffee and some caramel. Taste kind of follows the nose but seems a tad light and the hops are rather pronounced for this style of beer. There is a piney undertone throughout. Feel is smooth and light. Overall a rather good porter that flirts with the stout line. True to its essence with a strong hoppy profile.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from last year's bottle (late August 2015 bottling date) into a nonic pint. Black as night with a dark tan head makes up the appearance. Once the head fades it is hard to disturb it back to life.

Big aroma after the pour, molasses, chocolate, booze, I'm in for a treat here. Flavorwise this was probably the best porter I've ever had. Huge chocolate malt notes, some espresso bean, big molasses note, raisin, touch of alcohol spice. Thick, chewy body, takes some time to finish this one.

Overall best porter yet. Never had a "dark beer" from Hill Farmstead before this one and I can't believe they are so versatile. Can't wait for the next bottle!

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. I've never tasted a beer that featured its malt flavor so prominently. Distinctive roasted malt flavor, almost exaggerated. And underneath the roast, caramel sweetness. Very clean, nothing muddled. Almost reminds me of fresh un-fermented wort. Probably the thickest mouthfeel of any beer this abv I've ever had also. Pretty wonderful, intense, perfect porter. That said, if you don't like intensely roasty, burnt flavors, this won't be your bag.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Everett pours very dark, nearly black with a medium tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some roasted aromas. Maybe a little spice in there as well. Taste follows the nose with added complexity. Roasted chocolate is the dominant flavor, but there's also some caramel sweetness in there as well. The soft, creamy mouthfeel takes this beer to another level. Great Porter!

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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 Reds76
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Dean for this one. Not a big fan of straight porters but this is the best that I have had. Thick, chalky mouthfeel that coats and lingers. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Very good.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep black with mocha head
Dark chocolate, espresso, slight tobacco
Bitter coffee, roasty, hop bitterness
Medium full mouthfeel
This is my first HF offering. Glad I received this in a trade.

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Photo of schinebd
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best beer I've had in a minute! Pours a dark brown into the glass. A slow pour with a slightly agressive finish will generate a beautiful cascading head that forms a light brown foam. The beer sips wonderfully thick and elegantly drops flavors of coffee, raisin, and chocolate in great proportion, delivering complexity without extremity. The finish is a nice, refreshing hop bitterness and a lightness that I'll skeptically attribute to the divine water up at the Hill Farmstead farm...

Wish I had an infinite supply of this beer.

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Photo of EMH73
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a half inch tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee and smoke. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malts , smoke and a hint of vanilla. Starts off sweet and finishes moderately bitter. Medium bodied and carbonated, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, an excellent porter.

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Photo of mcvick
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle was from the end of 2015. Poured into a tulip glass. Color was nice and dark. Smell has a hint of smoke to it. Taste is smooth. Nice carbonation. If there is a better Porter out there I haven't found it yet.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Plus dark brown, not quite black, with a one finger head that dissipates after the first 2-3 drinks.
Aroma is char and roast, there is also a little booze and herbal notes but the toasty notes dominate.
Taste is smoky, chocolatey and bitter coffee. The roastiness definitely takes over in this beer. It starts sweet and malty in front and finishes with bitter roast.
Mouthfeel is medium, it's thicker than you'd expect for a 7.5% porter nice satisfying mouthfeel.
Overall this beer isn't worth trading anything crazy for, but is definitely worth going out of your way for. If you don't have to give up much for it trade for it.

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