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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Photo of jrallen34
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into my Hill Farmstead glass... Pours a dark brown, almost black with a nice medium tan head. Good carbonation, retention is nice, no lacing... Aroma is outstanding, the epitome of what a porter should smell like, perfect coffee, a hint of alcohol, and dark fruits, simply perfect... The taste is equally perfect. Only thing that I wish it had was smoke to come to close to the Captain Lawrence Imperial Smoked porter. Roasted coffee with hints of chocolate, a slightly bitter finish. Did I say perfect?

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sharing his VT booty. Pours one shade shy of black. Nose is roasty and chocolatey with a hint of lactose. Taste follows nose with a slight smokiness and a light hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even carbonation and a slightly silky finish. Overall, an amazing porter with a great balance and flavor profile. A wonderful American porter.

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

HF at Armsby Abbey.

A- Black with a thick creamy mocha tan head. Good size and retention. Endless lacing it seems.

S- Not as strong as I expected. Cocoa powder, coffee beans, roast malts and a vanilla hint. Mostly malt here.

T- Follows the nose and starts with a rich blend of chocolate chips, coffee, black malts, slight smoke and some dark fruit. Earthy hops are moderate in strength and round it out.

MF- Silky carbonation in a moderate and smooth amount. Finished with cocoa powder bitters and some hop feel.

Awesome porter with a rich and dark flavorful feel. More hops than I remember but that balances it nicely. Russian River is the only one off the top of my head that rewlly beats this.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with large amounts of dark chocolate. Also present are light espresso coffee bean and crisp earthy hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are tempered quickly by good amounts of smooth dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the roasted flavors subside further with the addition of earthy hops. Very slight amounts of smoke come into play near the end of the sip before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer reminded me of Cadillac Mountain Stout with a hint of smokiness – no bells or whistles but nearly flawless. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of maximum12
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Long, long after meeting & loving the barrel-aged version, I finally get to sample the base beer, thanks to moose3285, who remembered me on his vacation. What more could a guy ask of a trading partner? 500ML bottle.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, this is a porter with a ton of life; I can't fit head & body into the glass. Let us have a moment of stillness. The smell is what a great porter should smell like: big chocolate & roast, underbite of lactose, gracefully blended. Nice.

Everett, I would like to pen you a love letter, because you are beautiful. Seriously. It's not that there's chocolate & roast - it's that they're Perfectly Balanced & serenading the tongue. I can't tell which one is first, last, or always. Bittersweetness loads up the middle, whether hopping or part of the chocolate, I'm unsure (& don't care), along with a bit of lactose. Then everything recombines like a fine piece of furniture for the flawless finish. I could drink this by the bathtub full.

If every porter tasted like this there would be a worldwide shortage of porters. Without putting it in a barrel or aging it on bamboo shoots or having ferrets poop in it - well, it's just borderline perfect. Certainly the best straight-up porter I've ever had, & a fantastic beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice black, some carbonation one finger tan head.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, smells wonderfully balanced.

T-Great roasted malt balanced out with coffee and chocolate. The balance here is amazing.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and very smooth.

O-The balance on this beer is out of this world. Also the smoothness is wonderful.

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

Big thank you to both Hoppypockett and Jayhoop for each getting me a bottle of this. My first HF!

Appearance. Pours pretty darn black with half a finger of light brown head.

Smell. Dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. There's some dark coffee a little dark fruit and some sweet black licorice. Smells really good.

Taste. Nice dark chocolate, a little dark fruit in the middle and some nice fresh dark coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low, very smooth carbonation.

Overall. A very nice porter, probably the best I've tried of the style so far.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Big thanks goes out to Alec for sending this one my way. Cheers My Friend.

appearance: dark brown black with 2 finger mocha head,

smell: roast, coffee, caramel, malts,

taste: coffee, roast, malts, dry bitter finish,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: this is a very nice porter. well balanced and full of flavor. so glad to finally have something from this up and coming brewery.


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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Just an exceptional beer. It's been a long, long time since I rated a beer this highly.

In a tulip the beer was black. There was a small, café au lait colored head with a smattering of lace.

Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt.

Complex taste. One minute I'm tasting sweet chocolate, the next minute dark chocolate, then espresso.

A wonderful combination of bitter and sweet. Medium-bodied.

I could drink this forever.

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

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 31 August 2015.
A: Black, opaque, with a finger of frothy brown head.
S: It smells like a porter...malty, rich, and meaty. Hint of smoke and roast, but mostly cream. Not as potent as might be.
T/M: Thick and rich, with a potent meaty-rich-syrupy-thick strain running through the middle of it. The malty sweetness and the creamy body hint towards vanilla notes, but the bulk of it is lightly smoky chocolate. The aftertaste is clean, bready coffee grounds.
O: The quintessence of a porter. This is precisely what it purports to be and is meant to be.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle from the brewery $8. Dark black, good head. Aroma is super malty, roasty, hint of dark chocolate. Flavor is super robust, I kept thinking it was on the verge of smoky but really it was dark chocolate and malt. Pretty delicious 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 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 papat444
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Picked this up at Winooski Beverage on the way back from the Alchemist bottle release.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle.

Appearance: A reverse cascade effect that billows into a voluminous head. Foam is the color of dark milk chocolate. Body is an opaque brown. Only knock is not enough lacing. Simply gorgeous.

Smell: Cocoa, dark chocolate, espresso, some fruit (dried cranberries?). Strong and powerful.

Taste: A nice medley of milk chocolate (bordering on the dark) and coffee. Espresso with cream. Raw coffee grinds with roasted goodness. As it warms, flavors really open up.

Mouthfeel: Just the right mix of mild bitterness and strong malt. Really searches all the corners of the palate. As it warms, it almost feels like i'm eating rather than drinking it which proves that a beer can be chewy :)

Overall: I thin i found my favorite porter. Really easy to drink, a pleasure and top notch. Grab this if you can find it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a thin coffee brown ring. Nose is roasted barley, cocoa, hint of roasted coffee and a bit dusty. Taste has more malt sweetness, lightly roasted barley with strong cocoa, coffee lingers in finish. Full bodies, smooth and creamy with strong carbonation. There is more malt sweetness in the taste, towards the back of the palate adding some nice depth.

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Photo of mynie
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Armsby Abby.

Pours into an HF chalice, dark with a chocolate brown head. What you expect from a porter.

Smells charred and chocolately. Dark chocolate, especially, with nodes of coffee that don't taste like they're from coffee so much as they're coffee-like hints you'd pick up from roasted grain. One of the most pleasantly intense bitter aromas I've ever come across.

Tastes like it smells only more variegated. Milk chocolate and light roast coffee up front, dark roasted espresso near the middle, dark chocolate at the back. Intense and wonderful throughout without ever becoming unbalance to too strong.

This is turning out to be the year of the porter for me. On the sweet side is Tributary's otherworldly Porter, and toward the bitter end is Everett. It might not be trendy enough to rank among HF's more desirable beers, but Everett is as good as they come.

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

Having this fresh on my palette and fresh in my mind from a taste (thanks capra!!!!)...these notes are from memory from about 20 minutes ago.

Beer poured a shiny watery black with not much head...several glasses were poured and some had nicer tops...but didn't seem like much of anything visually. The smell was roasty and malty and even a bit smokey. Burnt matches was suggested. Taste was more of the same. I found it mostly to be like a roasty, somewhat smokey, milk stout. The porter characteristics were there, but there was a subtle creaminess and milkyness to the beer, but in a good way. Solid beer. Very unexpected, but SUPER glad I got to try it (seriously, thanks a ton for the share! turned a good night into a great night).

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had another encounter on 10/21 - thanks baconsausage!!!
an aggressive pour gave a nice chocolate milk colored head that vanished quick. the smell is super smokey, like a campfire. flavor was more of the same. definitely more of a smokey milk stout to me...the charred characteristics that i normally associate with a good porter are there, but much more in the backseat to the smokey chocolate milk. still an easy drinker and silky smooth. be forewarned if you aren't a fan of the smoke though. i generally agree with my scores from round one.

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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 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 n2185
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with three fingers of brown head that recedes into a thick, dense cap with a solid sheet of lacing. Beautiful

S: Lots of roasted malts with creamy chocolate and robust coffee aromas. There are some vanilla notes in there as well along with just a hint of tart aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts dominate with creamy chocolate and robust coffee flavors. It's sweet at first but finishes with robust flavors that are only slightly bitter. Again, there are also faint notes of vanilla and tartness.

M: Medium-thick body with fairly lowish carbonation despite the great head retention, this beer is super silky and creamy.

O: Overall, I think I might have a new favorite porter. This beer is beautiful and delicious. My only real complaint is on the nose, which I wish were a bit more pronounced. Beyond that, it is great and I'd love to have regular access to this beer.

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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 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 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 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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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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