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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: 379 | Ratings: 2,549
Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Utterly magnificent beer from Hill Farmstead and ranks second in my book only behind Society and Solitude #5. It is a black oil with a 1.5 finger dusty white head that turns into mocha tan. It smells incredible of dark chocolate and some coffee. The dark chocolate profile is so enduring that it lingers even after the distinct espresso end notes. Complex yet smooth. Would love to always have it at my fingertips.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle split into two tulip glasses.

Look: Very dark. Can't see any light through it. A nice dark brown head is formed leaving very little lacing.

Smell: Smells like fudge, a tad of vanilla and coffee, and a ton of dark fruits.

Taste: Very fudgey. Almost as fudgey as Aun Mas Jesus. Dark fruits up front ending with a bit of coffee, caramel and a bit of vanilla. A touch of smoke also.

Feel: Feels a bit thick for a regular porter but it's not too thick.

Overall: This beer is fantastic. I had thr BA version last night and enjoyed that even more. This beer is definitely a top 5 porter/stout for me. Hill Farmstead knows their stuff.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black brown with a chocolate brown bubbly head. Smell is dark roast coffee, char, single origin chocolate. Taste is big roasty notes with bittersweet chocolate and malts coming together with a Chocolate Riesen candy vibe. Sweetness subsides and bold roast takes over as it warms up. Feel is soft and perfect for the style. Great beer.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of dense tan head. A ridiculously thick curtain of lace coats the glass all the way down. Absolutely beautiful.

Smell is chocolatey roasted malts and dark ripe fruit. Taste is the same with some coffee flavors, with a perfectly bitter hop finish. Feel is thinner than you expect with such big flavors, but in line with the style.

Overall, a magnificent beer, well worth seeking out.

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

Hits every note right for the style. Love having a great porter or stout that is free from adjuncts and barrel character. A lot of depth in a simple blend of ingredients. This is a beer you can fall in love with on an autumn day or just about any day. Simply good.

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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 Kraj30
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the best just regular stout out there. no adjuncts... just a straight refined beautiful porter with a great nose, mouthfeel and taste.. wish i could get a BBA one..

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Photo of ragnar3
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour into a tulip. Extremely well executed roasty no-adjunct porter. Like nothing else I've tasted...to date, this is the gold standard for porters.

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black as oil; no transparency. Pours with 1/4 inch head, small to medium light brown bubbles
Smell: Honestly off-putting at first; slightly astringent; almost earthy. Got better with warmth and developed a roasted, mostly chocolate smell.
Taste: Very light chocolate and coffee tastes. A little smokey; reminded me a little of a tootsie roll's taste.
Feel: So drinkable for a porter. Almost watery; not syrupy at all. Very little bitterness. Not coating.
Overall: Possibly the best porter I've had. Great taste and feel. Worried by the odors at first but everything got a little better with some warmth.

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

500ml into snifter.

L - pours dark, settles to black in the glass with an inch of good mocha head
S - chocolate, black patent malt and a hint of molasses
T - More of the same, with hints of coffee, chocolate and a slightly dry finish with ashy black patent malt
F - Medium to full for the ABV. Smooth, but not overly thick.

Overall, a very tasty beer. Nothing wow, but very well made.

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

Really liked this beer for it's subtleties. It was nothing over the top, just really solid all the way around. It really defines what a Porter is to me.

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

500 ml bottle. Pitch black pour, thin head fades to a ring, not much lace. Roasted chocolate aroma. Deep chocolate taste, sweet and bitter cocoa, coffee in the finish. About as rich tasting porter as I've had so far. Chewy, creamy mouthfeel. This is an excellent brew.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My beers of choice are generally RusImpStouts/Porters and I have started to branch out into IPA's and Saisons, etc. So when I hit HF for the first time I'm checking out beer styles that I wasn't particularly knowledgible about but was willing to try. (OMG, I'm glad I did!!) BUT, HF's darker side, this Porter really hit home. One of the best I've ever had and, like some of my other reviews, I was able to get this in bottles and I find it's a gift that keeps on giving if I dole it out slowly to myself on special occasions. Drink safely!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown. As close to black as you can get. Substantial head, over one inch. The lacing was full of tight bubbles, and retention before it got there was excellent. Aroma bursting with roast.

Even though there was substantial roast in the nose, the taste and mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Standard no frills no adjunct porter and it does it pretty well.

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Photo of cvm4
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/14/2015

L - Pours pretty dark for a porter. Definitely black coffee body and tan one finger head. Looks more like a double stout or RIS.

S - Some sweet and bitter coffee on the opening. Roasted malts and licorice midway in. Some smokiness on the ending.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate starts off strong. Mildly sweet coffee comes through along with vanilla. The roasted malts show up on the finish.

F - For a porter, medium bodied and low carbonation. Has a wet finish, really coats the mouth.

O - One of the better porters I've had.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 9/11, so consumed at 3 months old. Very toasty with some smokiness. Finish was bitter dark chocolate. Great example of a non adjunct stout.

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Photo of myrixis
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks black with brown around the edges
Smells sweet and roasty like a sugary coffee
Tastes like a lots going on here. Some coffee and caramel hints of nuttiness like slight almond flavor. Very smooth silky mouthfeel too. The mouthfeel is not too thick really perfect.
Overall a great porter you can't do much better.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite Sean Hill's need for stemware for beers, this was treated as an American styled Porter and poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was dark brown color ranging close to black and having a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lacing weaves around the glass.
The smell starts off with a sweet to roasty coffee bean and then a delicate roasty cocoa bean. Vanilla slides in for the balance underneath.
The taste involved all of the previously mentioned flavors - warmingly sweet, roasty with subtle bitterness of the coffee beans underneath. An aftertaste of mellow roasty to sweet cocoa beans slides into the finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium in body with a good sessionable feel surrounding my tongue. Gentle roasty to bitter harshness does hit my tongue. Carbonation hits my tongue appropriately.
Overall, this is a wonderful American styled porter hitting all of the notes. Of course, I would have this again.

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Photo of Myotus
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pearpicker for this bottle!
Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled 31Aug15) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter finger's worth of cinnamon foam that shrivels into a khaki line after 5 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. There are no visisble rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sweet chocolate and sugared coffee that entangle with mild aromas of bitter roasted malts and barley along with subtle vanilla and oak aromas.
TASTE: Strong flavors of sweet chocolate enter initially and are immediately followed by mild sugared coffee and bitter roasted malt flavors. Mild flavors of vanilla along with subtle oak flavors follow. Subtle barley flavors and hints of earthy hops (weren't detected in the aroma) finish off the symphony of flavors as all previous flavors persist except for bitter roated malts, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly smooth and somewhat creamy (it's too thin to have the full creamy feeling). Ends with the slightest hint of dryness.
NOTE: I am not a fan of bitter at all, but this brew pulled it off incredibly well. With that being said, if the bitterness was toned down, this would taste even more spectacular than it already does.

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Photo of JamLand
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look and Feel were what you'd expect out of a great porter. Smell and Taste both good, but slightly below some other non-adjunct porters I've had. Still worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thick, beige head. Lots of retention and lacing, with the head sticking around for awhile. Beautiful beer, perfectly executed.

Aroma: TONS of roast. If Epiphany and Congress St. are the standard bearers for hop aroma, this is the standard bearer for roasted dark malt. So inviting and warm. Layers of milk chocolate and light coffee underneath.

Taste: following the smell, lots of roasted malt, with some bitter chocolate. It's delicate and not overwhelming in sweetness or roastiness. Solid base of malt, but not sweet at all. Some charred, burnt coffee-esque flavor.

Feel: Medium-bodied, with a relatively crisp finish for a porter. The perfect compliment to the flavor and smell, it definitely elevates the brew.

Overall: I try to rate beers based on adherence to style. A 5 to me is literally the perfect embodiment of a style, with anything above 5 being a beer that all others within that style are compared to. This is one of those for porters. It is incredibly complex, delicate, and warming. Excellent!

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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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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.47 out of 5 based on 2,549 ratings.
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