Everett Porter | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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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Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Papat444. Big thank you for this one.

Beer pours black with a large tan head. Incredible retention- head just sits there. Good lacing.

Nose contains chocolate, bitter roast malt, some coffee. A bit of caramel. Slightly woody.

Taste is very good. Lots of roast flavours, malt and burnt caramel, with some bitter dark chocolate. Some molasses. Finish is bitter with some coffee flavour. Very rich and tasty.

Full bodied, nice and thick, with a moderate carbonation level. Smooth.

Overall, excellent. A terrific robust porter.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this growler.

A - Almost black beer with some ruby on the edges. Tan head that fades to a partial cap with some spots on the sides.

S - Smoke, wood, burnt cocoa, roasted malts, little bit of an earthy/peaty hop quality to it as well as a peatyness to the smoke. Very nice, a lot going on, and it's all good.

T - Don't really know how to improve on this. Coffee, roasted malts, burnt cocoa, great touch of smoke, oak, some dark fruit. Really has it all, and in all the right amounts. This is fantastic.

M - Nice carbonation on a full bodied beer.

D - Goes down easy, can really drink a lot of this, highly recommended.

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

On tap at Beer Table in Brookly, NY.
Served in an oversized snifter.
Dark deep brown/black with a mocha color thick head. Smells of coffee, roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Slight alcohol hits the nose.
Taste is smooth...roasted malts and coffee. Again, slight vanilla and alcohol.
This is a superb beer. I try not to give many 5's, but this deserves a great rating.

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours pitch black with a big rocky tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is not as roasty as I was expecting with more sweet milk chocolate and malty sweetness. There is a light roasted black malts and coffee beans.

Taste mirrors the aroma with some smooth caramel malts and dark chocolate dominating up front. The backbone is roasty but not overly so. There is definitely some chocolate sweetness in the finish as well as a hint of smoke.

The mouthfeel is excellent and about as creamy as I've ever had in a porter. Solid carbonation.

This is one of the sweeter porters I've tasted recently and almost tastes like a smoky chocolate stout. Really good stuff.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Black color. First pour yielded over a hand of head, but I got a full glass on my second pour. Three fingers of super creamy/pillowy light brown head with excellent retention and tons of ungodly thick lacing. This would have easily been a perfect score if I only needed one pour to achieve this.

4.0 S: Coffee and chocolate are the main attraction here with smoke and dark crystal malts not far behind. Good amount of roastiness as well, which strikes a good balance between the sweet maltiness. This smells very nice as is, but would be amazing if all the aromas were amplified a bit.

4.5 T: This is really tasty. Again, there's lots of coffee and chocolate. A peaty twang is there along with smoke. A healthy bit of caramel sweetness gives this robust porter the robustness. Lots of sweet maltiness overall, which is again balanced nicely by the roastiness. The taste is a lot like the nose, just more powerful.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super creamy, especially for the ABV. Can't get much better than this.

4.5 D: This is a very good beer. It's quite robust overall, but no flavor is out of place or too strong. Really great beer that didn't need to be more than 7.5% to be delicious.

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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 Jeffo
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome beer from Rutager this past summer. Wonderful box man. Cheers!

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter
21 Plato

APPEARANCE: Pours out black, slightly clear, yielding a 1+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a thick, full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A half wisp remains and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Really good looking.

SMELL: Roasted aromas, sweet cream and vanilla with coffee, espresso, milk chocolate and light caramel notes. Some nuts on the nose too. Great, but not quite as impressive as the taste.

TASTE: Yes. Roasted flavors, milk chocolate and sweet caramel laced with vanilla cream up front. A big and persistent finish of sweet cream and milk chocolate, roasted grain, bitter espresso and coffee notes. Really delicious. Wonderful.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and silky on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Good feel for sure.

OVERALL: This is phenomenal. An exceptional beer that really crosses the boundaries between porter and stout, and I'd probably put it in the later category if pushed. Lots of great flavors and aromas with a solid, creamy feel to support it all. Something worth seeking out if you can. Thanks again Rutager. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler (from the source) opened 10 days after filling. Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

A: A hard pour down the middle leads to a little of a finger of dark mocha brown head with a lot of bubbly action (looks a lot like the surface of a macchiato. Pitch black. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Very heavy roasted grains with a little char, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark caramel (nearly burnt), a little wood (don't think it's actually aged in/on wood though). Dark, strong, and a little sweet.

T: Follows the nose quite well with the most striking difference is that it isn't nearly as sweet as it smells. Extremely balanced, heavy roasted malt with a ton of grain, dark chocolate, and Earthy, medium roasted coffee, with just a little dark caramel sweetness. There isn't really any variation or progression of flavors, it's all completely incorporated and stays the same from start through the middle. The finish does become bitter and dry with a dry oak quality (dry bitter char wood finish). Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol is barely detectable, a feat for an 8% beer.

M: Close to a full body with oderate to slightly high carbonation with very fine bubbles. Very smooth and creamy, it's like velvet even with the dry and bitter finish.

O: A fantastic Robust Porter, about as close to the ideal as it gets. Big, roasty with lots of depth and complexity, smooth, creamy, drinkable, and above all else, enjoyable.

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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 Reagan1984
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Thanks to Mtardiff for this bottle. Sadly, it’s the last of my bottles from Hill Farmstead. Time to another trade or a trip to Vermont.

Wow, is this a standard Porter? Pours like an Imperial Stout. The head build from within and then appears to sit on top the beer like a coffee colored milk shake. Excellent retention. The beer is very dark brown with no light showing anywhere. Decent lacing.

Aroma is very nice. Molasses, black licorice and some dark roasted malt. A smoothness and rounded sweetness to the aroma. No harshness.

Initially a moment of coffee, then a touch of cocoa. Black licorice isn’t really present for me in the flavor like it was in the aroma. Black pepper notes along with the dark roasted notes. A touch of ash, but not with the grit that sometimes accompanies this. Some cinnamon every now and again.

Mouth feel is soft, rounded and smooth. Medium to robust in body but not nearly as thick as an Imp stout as mention in the first paragraph above.

Good Porter. Spot on for the style and I prefer the larger mouth feel of this version.

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

Had this on 2012-06-09 in Wayne, PA at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week. Had this again on 2012-12-08 at TJ's in Paoli, PA for their 9th anniversary celebration.

A - Dark ruby-brown with a 1-finger tan head. Looks very inviting.

S - Rich, sweet milk chocolate and some roasted grain and coffee.

T - Tons of flavors. Chocolate, expresso, mild anise, roasted grain. Finishes sweet. Not chalky. More flavor than some Imperial Stouts manage. Delicious.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and fairly creamy.

O - This is an excellent porter. Maybe the best I've had; beating out Founders Porter.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich black color with a two finger khaki colored head and ridiculous lace. Just sticks all over the glass.

S: SUPER roasty with some charred wood, tons of freshly ground dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and just a hint of toffee.

T: So much coffee and charred wood. Rich and silky with a lingering hop and charred wood bitterness. Dark chocolate and bittersweet chocolate galore. A very solid porter.

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

1085th Review on BA
Growler to stemmed tulip
750 ml growler

Thanks to CliffBrake for this one

Shared with GuruDel..."Thats a good porter"

App- If this wasnt one of the most dark and lush porters I have seen than I dont know what it. Super dark brown, like a good coffee with some rich crimson edges. Nice 1-1/2" head with a nice khaki head that fell with great cling lines.

Smell- A bit of a stout/porter mix. A bit grainular with some coffee, toast, roast, earthy and chocolatey notes.

Taste- Opens very smooth with a good amount of grain, oatmeal, roast, bitter and chocolate. The beer is very well layered with each flavors coming with the next. Roasty flows into the chocolate magically to create a velvet smoothness.

Mouth- Almost thick bodied and bordering on oatmeal stout territory and a almost full carbonation level, just leaves this creamy chocolatey flavor.

Drink- "Thats a good porter" says GuruDel. He is the porter man and this did not dissapoint in the slightest. Very layered. Very smooth and rich. I would love this closer to CA.

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Photo of peensteen
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to TheSevenDuffs for the bottle

Nearly jet black, ring of tan head, some lace as well on the glass. Smell is a wonderful mix of roast and chocolate, coffee notes mix with hops give off a nice bittersweet presence, a little bit of liquorice, but such a rich roast that is truly lovely is right upfront the whole time. Taste Is a mix of rich dark chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and a bit of milk chocolate with a touch of anise/liquorice, moderately bitter hop bill here as well, lovely roasted finish and chocolatey aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, full bodied, good feel throughout. This is no doubt the best porter to have met my glass, an absolutely drinkable beer that I would drink as often as I am lucky to encounter it.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Extremely dark brown in color with essentially no visible carbonation. Forms only a moderate tan head - but the head has quite a thick, sticky foamy consistency.

S: Chocolate, caramel, slight bacon smoke, vanilla. This smells pretty roasty.

T: This is likely one of the most complex porters I've ever had. Chocolate, cacao, mocha, toffee, vanilla, dark spicy, all with roasted malt. There is just a touch of (hickory?) smoke mid-swallow, especially if I exhale. There is sweetness near the end but a still has a drying finish.

M: The alcohol is nearly unnoticeable. This has an amazing, thick creamy mouthfeel.

O: This is really well done. I'm not generally a big fan of any smoke flavor, but the smokiness here is subtle and compliments rather than overpowers the other flavors. A nice touch & not enough to detract. My first Hill Farmstead brew, but I hope the first of many.

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

poured on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
Pours a deep brown color with a light brown, finger-sized head. Moderate retention, moderate lace
Aromas were of roasted malts, big chocolate flavors
Taste was followed the nose with the chocolate becoming more of a bitter baker's chocolate. Also picked up notes of coffee as well. Modereate hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was medium and coating. Clearly, the best attribute of this beer.
Overall, one of the better porters I've had.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle into a porter/stout glass. 8/31/15 bottle.

Pours a deep brown with amber hues, like maple syrup, but settles into a pitch black color in the glass. Not much head results from the pour, but eventually a half finger of cocoa and khaki-colored foams establishes itself. This eventually becomes a creamy-looking, foamy lace that lingers on. 4.75

Mellow milk chocolate notes, caramel and vanilla seep out, along with a gentle floral bouquet. It's a very gentle, subtle nose, but very appealing. 4.25

As with the nose and as I've found with many Hill Farmstead beers, there's a gentle, even-handed approach to the beer. Nothing over asserts itself here, as the flavors seek more to harmonize and complement one another. Up front is creamy milk chocolate and caramel followed by dark chocolate followed by some light stone fruit. The finish is pleasantly floral with what seems to my tongue to be some lactose and sugar. 4.25

I must say, the pour suggested a thinner beer than how this turns out when on the tongue. It's creamy and full-feeling, while still drinking easy. It has roasted elements, light sweetness, and a perfectly-placed carbonation mid-to-late finish that linger on the tongue creating a satisfying sensation. 4.5

Exceptional. Another artful product from Hill Farmstead. I must tip my hat to this brewery for the true artisanship they display in their beers. Truly incredible.

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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 Florida9
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Virtually black in color. Forms a large light brown colored head that sticks around for a while. Very good retention and some moderate lacing. 4.5

S: Cocoa, chocolate, and roasty malts. 4.0

T: Loads of milk chocolate and some roasty malts. The chocolate practically bludgeons you over the head. The mild sweetness, mixed with just a little vanilla and a hint of coffee is reminiscent of brownies. 4.0 - 4.5

M: On the heavy side of medium with a silky smooth mouthfeel to it. Mild bitterness. 4.5

O: If you like you Porters full of chocolate and roasted malts, this one is for you. A very well crafted Porter. 4.5

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold bottle split with Stopper.
Pours a cola brown color with minimal tan head moving quickly to a thin surface layer that sticks around throughout sampling.
Aroma is all malt with roasted notes and coffee grinds mixing throughout tasting, I also get some dark molasses notes and a bit of grassy hop that is buried deep in the nose.
First sip reveals an average to thick body with a silky smooth texture and gentle carbonation.
Flavor is all malt with roasted notes and a bit of dark cocoa chocolate. I also get brown sugar on the finish. No hint of booze or hops on the flavor profile.
Quite a nice drinkable beer. Worth the travel to get a bottle. Thanks to Stopper for sharing!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer at the Hill Farmstead brewery during their 2nd annual Fall Fest.

Everett pours black into the glass with a small, light tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Hints of citrus and pine hops are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, silky and lightly carbonated. The flavor begins with chocolate, coffee and a touch of roast malt. In the middle a touch of nuts and piney hops move in. It finishes sweet and leaves a lingering chocolate flavor when gone.

This is a very drinkable, full flavored beer. Very tasty and well balanced.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Chocolate brown in color with a nice tan head to complement. Creamy head. Good lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee.

T: More of the same from the nose with ample malting present. Sweet and could be a dessert. A subtle fresh hop flavor is present.

M: Creamy, and on the thicker side.

O: Redefines a porter for me - rarely have seen this depth of flavor in this style and really enjoyable.

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

Poured via growler procured at the Hill Farmstead brewery on 6/19/11.

A - Deep coffee brown body with almost three fingers of creamy mocha-colored foam on top that receded to a thick webbing of intricate lacing.

S - Rich cocoa and roasted coffee notes in the nose, as well as a hint of smoke and peat. There is also a faint earthy hop presence.

T - Like the aroma, chocolate and coffee dominate the initial flavor. However, the porter quickly moves into more bitter territory, offering an earthy hop bite as well as some smokey notes reminiscent of firewood. Everett is quite bitter in the backend, which pairs nicely with the earthy, roasty attributes, giving the finish a hint of astringency.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a smooth, creamy texture. Finishes with a hint of smokey astringency and earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - Tasty, complex Porter with smokey, roasty and chocolatey characteristics, giving the brew tons of depth and minimal sweetness.

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.47 out of 5 based on 2,622 ratings.
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