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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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Photo of edward_boumil
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review on this site, not my first rodeo however. None-the-less, given the score of this beer definately a big beast to tackle

From a grolwer poured into a mid-sized snifter

Look: Black, opaque, with a slight reddish-brown hue on the edges. Nice head, tan colored though dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is decent though also doesn't linger too long. Looks like your standard porter.

Smell: Incredibly pleasant, sweet chocolate obviously comes to mind. Hints of sweetness and just a touch of alcohol can be picked out. What separates this one for me is that sweetness, though. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Chocolate is what really comes to mind here, like a 95% cocoa chocolate, which lends a nice bitterness to the beer. This is balanced by a sweetness. Also there are excellent hints of smoke, not detected on the nose initially. These notes are present yet not overpowering. Overall an incredibly balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Malt lends an astringency, which I find enjoyable. Other than that it is quite smooth with adaquate carbonation for the style.

Overall: An incredible porter, hard to say if it's the best I've ever drank without side-by-side comparision but can say with confidence its definately up there. Will definately be making a trip up to VT soon for another fill of this one.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a very dark brown opaque color with nice, 2 finger, mocha colored head. Little bit of lacing along the side.

S - I could smell this when I was pouring it. It's actually just a tinge fruity in the beginning. That dark fruit, with molasses smell. Good amount of burnt coffee, plenty of roasted malts. Excellent blend.

T - Incredibly full, robust blend of dark, roasted malt, again, just a tinge of sweetness, before finishing with bitter, full, roasted coffee. That's an incredible taste. It goes from phase to phase seemlessly. Perfection.

M - Exactly what you want in a porter. Perfect mouthfeel here. It's creamy, a little thinner than a stout, and smooth.

Overall - This is it. World's best porter, and I love porters. Hill Farmstead has it. Absolutely excellent beer.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours a deep ebony with two and a half fingers of creamy dark tan head. Superb head retention with some beautiful lacing.

S- rich chocolate aromas with warm cake like character. Caramel and mocha notes in the middle. Finishes with an aggressive hop character for a porter giving a floral undertone in the finish.

T- rich chocolate mousse, caramel covered chocolate cake and the perfect touch of roasted malt envelope the palate. Hop flavors blend in as well with floral and orange marmelade notes. Lingering malt sweetness in the finish with a mocha like character.

MF- lucious creamy velvet mouthfeel with a heavy medium body. Fine soft carbonation.

D- superbly drinkable. I was picking up a different facet of the beer with each sip.

Overall a world class porter!

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Photo of KornWallace
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Date: 8/2/14
Location: Growlers Beer Bistro
Glassware: Sniffer

Appearance: Black in color. Towards the edges the beer has a reddish tinge. Tan to milk chocolate colored carbonation. Full long lasting head. Great retention. Good cling cause a very nice cascading appearance.
Aroma: Chocolate malts. Coffee grinds sweet chocolates and battering chocolates. No hop aroma.
Flavor: Way more flavorful then the aroma lets on. Chocolate Malts. Toast. Really nice chocolates flavors. Just a touch of sourness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of spycow
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sean for this fresh growler. Nice dark/black with minimal carbonation with minimal head and nice lacing. The smell is roasty, chocolate, light buttery, syrupy light molasses or maple not sure which. The taste is thick, rich, oaky, leathery, and smoky. Great porter. Great mouthfeel and carbonation. This and Captain Lawrence porters are top of this class. I've had this in bottle and growler a few times and it never fails to impress. If you like porters, this is a must have and even better readily available.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

I enjoyed this during our birthday stout tasting, enjoyed chilled from the growler purchased at the Brewery in a stout glass.

The color is dark brown almost black with thick beige cap with fine bead. The aroma is strong with malt and roasted aroma with a slight fruit and sweet cookie-like scent with mild cocoa and vanilla qualities. The feel is a bit on the sweeter side, but roasted presence is there with a nice roastd middle and medium carbonation with semi-dry smooth finish.

The taste is pretty outstanding I would say more impressive than that it just oozes the malt flavor with low roast and subtle caramel in the background with a light spice and very mild alcohol with sligth dark cocoa flavor as it finishes. Overall this is one of my favorites of this style and in the realm of all-time-favorite beers for me, exceptional in every way.

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Photo of maximep
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, this shit is brolic.

A- Ruby up to light black with no light khaki head big bubbles

S- sticky coffee toffee and chocolate. bit of plum and smokiness

T- huge chocolate coffee and boozy raisniness. tastes like chocolate malts + a touch of special b

M- perfectly creamy, round and rich. chewy, and delicate at the same time.

O- perfect example of the American Porter. Big in character yet easily accessible (very complex and appealing). left me wanting more

Look forward to more Hill Farmstead offerings.

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Photo of Gperson
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

At Three Penny in Montpelier yesterday. Shouldn't ask anything else from a porter. Have had it in the past and thought it had a little too much sweetness, but yesterday they nailed it.

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Photo of silentjay
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a pitch black with a layered dark chocolate colored head that sticks around a while and laces impeccably.

a bit more of a lactose-like sweetness in the bottled version than I remember in my few experiences from the growler. tons of dark roasted coffee, bitter cacao, some roasted/candied nuts, vanilla extract, and roasted malts obviously. I think my experiences from the growler have shown more of a charred/cacao powder aroma, while the bottle shows a bit more sweetness.

flavor just does not quit. I have only taken a small sip so far and can pick up so many flavors its ridiculous. cacao, coffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, molasses, burnt brown sugar, woody and earthy hops. just amazing.

a bit lighter bodied than an imperial stout, but perfect for a robust porter. carbonation is there, but remains in the background. no alcohol heat or burn.

growler, on tap, or in bottles, this is THE porter to compare all other porters to. Can't wait for the barrels to mature, because I can only imagine what some bourbon character could add to this beer.

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

On tap at the blackback tavern.

Dark pour, dark brown head with good lacing. Looks great right off the bat.

Smells like roasty malty goodness.... robust is definitely the right description for this porter. Very pleasing to the nose.

Tastes magical. Roasted Malts permeate the palate while keeping a balanced and not overpowering flavor, if that makes sense. Well balanced chocolate malt is all I can describe it as.

Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated porter. Acidic and bitter zing.

This may be the best porter that I've ever had. In fact, I think it is. I don't really even like porters aside Baltic ones and this has completely made my taste for the genre flipturn upside down. Fresh prince style.

If you ever get the chance to try this, do so.

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Photo of largadeer
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from bring. Thanks, Barry.

Appearance: A ton of foam upon first pour, with a small amount of black liquid beneath. Swirling out some of the carbonation leaves me with an opaque dark brown beer topped by a frothy, lasting head. While it's excessively carbonated for the style, it's a great looking beer once the foam settles down.

Aroma: Cocoa, subtle smoke, licorice, coffee, roasted malt, roasted peanuts. Smells fantastic, wow. There's a lot going on here.

Palate: Nearly perfect for the style. Rich without a ton of sweetness, though it's plenty malty. Roasty, bready flavors roll across the tongue first, followed by smoke and licorice, coffee, roasted nuts. Medium-full body with a bitter, toasty finish that leaves a lingering note of anise. Fantastic.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best porters I have had. The aroma has everything you would like in a good porter: a lot of roasted malt, smells of chocolate and hints of coffee. Lots of body and good carb. Seriously good porter that I would love to drink again.

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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 GuyIncognito
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been reading a lot about Hill Farmstead, and this beer lived up to the hype. A beautiful opaque pour, with an amazing coffee colored head. This beer is big, with wonderful overtones of coffee, dark chocolate, and fresh baked bread. As I drank it and it warmed up a little, I got some subtle smokiness. This beer screams "WELL MADE WITH INCREDIBLY HIGH QUALITY INGREDIENTS." I cannot wait to go on a roadtrip to Vermont to try every beer they have available.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 16oz bottle into a Smutty pint glass. Served about cellar temps. 10-2013 batch.

Appearance- Black as night with real quick half finger mocha head that left some lacing. Real dark beer here.

Smell- Very roasty. Coffee, chocolate, touch of hops, roasted malts. Pretty standard porter aromas.

Taste- Oh boy. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cinnamon, dark stone fruits, vanilla. One of the most flavorfull porters I've ever had. Reminds me of an unsmoked Fear and Trembling. So good.

Mouthfeel- So smooth. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation. Super light hint of booze. Easy drinking.

Overall- Sitting here on a very cold snowy day, this is exactly the beer I was looking for. This will keep you warm in the darkest nights. Quite incredible and hands down the best porter I've ever had.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an ink black with a two finger, thick, dark khaki cap. Cap rose quickly and settled in raindrop fashion. Excellent retention with dots and sheets of lace everywhere.

The nose on this beast is of deep roast, bakers chocolate, dark cherries, light citrus and a faint touch of ethanol. Everything is big and robust.

The flavor profile explodes on the palate. Deep, delicate roast and bitter dark chocolate take over initially, then dark cherries and light citrus before the roast/chocolate comes back in the finish. Just a faint warming from this guy.

Near perfect. Full body with maybe a touch too much carbonation to make this lush and velvety. Still, very smooth and soft on the palate.

This is definitely the best porter I have ever had. I knew that on the first sip. I so didn't want to buy into the hype, but this beer has it going on. This is an exceptional porter.

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Photo of Treebs
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Eric (Holland) for giving me this as an extra(!!). 500 ml bottle served in a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a solid black color with a brown head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap and collar that leaves some nice sticky, soapy lace down the glass.

S: Roasted malts and coffee beans up front. Some light bakers chocolate and some toffee.

T: The taste is transcendent. Milk chocolate, nice roasted malts and some chocolate covered espresso beans all fill my mouth and run across my taste buds. Delicious vanilla sweetness with a light toffee richness to it. The finish is a little bitter bakers chocolate, a hint of burnt sugar and some light molasses as well.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Medium low carbonation with a nice combination of roast and sweet notes on the finish with just a hint of dryness. The drinkability is off the charts.

O: This is an incredibly decadent treat. Rich and creamy with great notes of roast, chocolate and espresso. This is the best porter money can buy. I will be seeking this out again, and very soon.

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

Picked up a 750mL growler of Hill Farmstead's big Porter, Everett, from the brewery during an early August beer pilgrimage. Served from the growler into a pint glass. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): Everett pours a nearly-black with brown highlights and is topped by a nice milk chocolate brown head of foam. This is a black beauty if there ever was one. Good things to come, I'm sure.

Smell (5/5): Everett's aroma is quite pungent and VERY nice: notes of fresh brewed coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts spring to the fore. Roasty–one for the cooler months, for sure. Mellow, not very aggressive, and despite being a quite robust 7.5% ABV Porter, not a hint of booze in the nose. Top marks! The nose on this American Porter blows the doors even off of the venerable Founders Porter.

Taste (4.5/5): The first thing one notices when drinking Everett is the roastiness, its dominant character. It stays in the driver's seat for the whole ride and lingers on into the long finish. Flavors of dark chocolate and fresh brewed coffee are there beautifully balancing against the roast fest and provide some sweetness and bitterness, respectively. There is some subtle, herbal hoppiness to the beer, too. Not a sweet beer, and it's also a little dry. The overall effect is wonderful: Everett ends up tasting like a flourless chocolate cake with a side of toasted almonds or walnuts. Excellent.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Everett is smooth as silk, not very viscous, full-bodied and semi-dry. Its medium-light carbonation does not leave one wanting–you don't want a roasty dark beer like this to be bubbly! No, Everett is a silky palate massage if there ever was one. It has a looong finish that is a bit bitter and dry. Again, premium stuff.

Overall (4.5/5): With all the insanely good hoppy stuff that Hill Farmstead puts out it can be easy to overlook their "house porter," Everett. Don't! Here is an American Porter with serious body, incredibly well balanced, deep flavors, a long finish, and a smooth finish (for when you get tired Abner's big, tropical fruit bitterness, maybe). Enjoy it with friends.

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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 Hophead717
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml growler

A: Black, with a thin head that dissipates instantly. Looks pretty.

S: Lightly sweet cocoa, with mild roasted malt. Subtle coffee notes as well. This smells incredible.

T: That's robust! Semisweet cocoa, light hops, and a bit roasty.

M: Luscious. Lighter bodied, but great for a porter.

O: The best porter that I've ever had. They are generally not my style, but the great mouthfeel and complex flavor profile knocks it out of the park. Definitely one I'd like to have again.

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Photo of dar482
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a black color with a fluffy dark brown head.

The aroma offers lots of anise and licorice bitterness, sweet caramel and brown sugar, milk chocolate, coffee grounds, robust porter like roasted malt.

The flavor has an underlying anise bitterness. The transitions and moves on with milk chocolate, creamy mocha, roasted coffee, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, hints of dates and dried dark fruit, touches of burnt bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is creamy and rich for 7.5%, towards beers that are much larger than it.

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

Had this on Tap in Burlington a few weeks ago and now reviewing out of a bottle I picked up from HF.

Pours pitch black with a 1/4 inch khaki espresso head that dissipates quickly but remains thin through to finish. Minimal lacing is left behind in my pint glass but that's okay.

Smell is complex and robust. Coffee, Chocolate, oak, char, vanilla, toffee, even some spicy pepper notes (could be my sinus' though with Spring allergy) backing dark fruit and faint booze & hop resin.

Taste follows the nose well. This beer awakens once warmed for 10 minutes. My first cold sips were muted but the chocolate and vanilla, booze, toffee become more pronounced when nearing room temp. The faint pepper zing dances on tongue for a few seconds after swallowing and I'm left with a nice biscuit, booze, and malt presence.

Mouthfeel...hands down the best I've ever experienced....Just ahead of Imp Biscotti BBA. So very silky smooth with just enough carb to keep things interest without being overbearing.

Overall this is the best representation of a style I've ever encountered and the best non BBA beer I've ever had. These guys are definitely the mark for most every style they produce.

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Photo of Oswick
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not a huge fan of porter, but this may have changed my mind. The bottle aroma was better than the glass, but the color was beautiful. Mouth feel was good and the finish was silky smooth. Glad I tried this one.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%

Got this special for our 1,000th review, a Hill Farmstead seemed the right brew for the occasion. Enjoyed from a Growler.

A - Black with a thin brown halo. Creamy dark khaki head with great retention and ok lace.

S - Porridge, plum, touch of booze, graham cracker, and an edge of vanilla.

T - Chocolate, marshmallow, plum, cream, oats, and warm oaky booze.

M - Outstanding mouthfeel. Silky smooth with a creamy, medium full body.

O - I'd call this a Belgian Porter. A boozy and fruity example of the style.


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4.71 Everett Porter
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A - 4.75 5.00 5.00 4.75 4.88 10%
S - 4.50 4.75 4.75 4.00 4.50 20%
T - 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 40%
M - 4.75 5.00 5.00 4.75 4.88 10%
O - 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.50 4.69 20%

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