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BEER INFO

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 TheManiacalOne
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/1/2015 at Armsby Abbey, in Worcester, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium dense beige head that fades very slowly and leaves an extremely thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong black coffee flavor followed by some chocolate and maple sweetness. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but quite complementary and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent Porter to drink for a long time.

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

Tap served in a glass at prohibition pig

Deep dark brown, taupe head

Deep rich chocolate, aroma of coffee

First sip, wow! What a sensation. Velvety Smooth, rich, intense deep malty, chocolate sweet , coffee, delicious. Very smooth start and finish. Glides across your tongue, very drinkable. Waiter, please bring me more , more , more!

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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 gueuzedreg
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml 2014 bottle

A- Dark roasty black with medium to medium large lacing, dark coffee in color. No legs creepin

S- Kinda bland here compared to the taste. I am getting in order-> dark fruits and fig>chocolate>malty backbone

T- Chocolate comes first followed by dark fruits and malt backbone after that. Great taste going on here. There is def a diff, haha, in taste between a well done porter and a well done stout. Lighter on taste, a little more dark fruit IMO

M- Almost perfect here, creamy; perfect amount of carb. Very well done. This might be my favorite HF offering along with BG&E (obvious that I have not conquered the HF world).

O- A terrific brew, almost perfect for a porter. Highly highly recommended.

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

Brewery filled 2 liter "genie" shaped swing-top growler into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a dense black in the glass, topped with 2 thick fingers of milk chocolate colored head. The retention of this is strong, sticking around with a stiff creamy finger width that soaks the sides of the glass with rich spotty lacing. Wow, the aroma alone earns this beer its name, with a ROBUST mix of coffee, smoky roast, cocoa, toffee, fresh citrus, and a leafy spiciness. This literally just blows up in the nose with flavor. Awesome.

The taste follows right along with the lead taken by the aroma, drenching the palate with a rich tangy mix of roasted coffee, chocolate malts, sticky caramel, and zesty citrus flavors, while hops and roast add a bitter bite to the proceedings. I think that the sticky dark sweetness mostly wins out here in the end, being well balanced and leaving a favorable lasting impression. The finish here is dry, with lingering notes of bitter fruit, sweet sugars, and burnt roast. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a BIG feeling crisp creaminess that expands out into the mouth after each sip but then gets much more slick and creamy as this works its way towards the back of the throat. That slicker feel really highlights all of that delicious sweetness in the profile and couples with a zero alcohol presence to really keep this easy and silky feeling despite the extreme richness of the flavors.

This was a VERY impressive American Porter and is definitely in my top 2-3 for the style. It's a robust, complex, easy drinking, and just a flat out flavorful Hill Farmstead offering that kept me completely satisfied until I drained the last drop from my glass. This is yet another in a long line of well executed and kick ass beers from Shaun and company. Well done!

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

Wow, first time reviewing a beer in quite some time. Thanks to bootswithtrees (Nick) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my Darkness tulip with an opaque black color. Held up to the light there is just the faintest light coming through around the edges causing the beer to look dark brown. About a finger of mocha colored head that dissipates slowly leaving decent lacing.

Smell – Heavy roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa, slight coffee, vanilla, and just a hint of anise licorice.

Taste – I will be the first to admit I love a good porter. I will also be the first to state that I have never really gotten into the “hype” with HF. I by no means am saying their beers are bad (I have been able to sample MANY of their beers thanks to numerous generous Chi-town BA’s), just that when I drink them, I rate them as if they didn’t have the hype surrounding them. That said, damn this is a good porter. Begins with bittersweet cocoa mixed with a milky chocolate. A bit more coffee in the flavor than the aroma let on, which is followed by a prominent amount of roasted malts (which I enjoy more than less in my porters). At the tail end you can taste the licorice and a hint of sweet molasses, though it does finish a bit bitter (also what I look for in a good porter).

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate to lower carbonation, very rich and creamy in texture. Finishes nice and dry.

Overall – I am happy this is one of the “easier” to get beers from HF. I will be seeking this out in the future again for sure. An extremely well put together American Porter.

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Photo of philbe311
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A generous surprise from buddy and fellow BA rfgetz...

A - A finger's worth of rich thick densely packed menacing deep dark brown colored head... Solid retention, especially given the minimal head to start... Once fully receded you're left with a full rich creamy lacing... The color is an opaque flat black... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - A potent mix of chocolate and coffee... The chocolate notes are predominately milk chocolate with a bit of dark chocolate mixed in... Bits of fudge... The coffee lightly roasted but still assertive... Some faint roasted malt character... Some very mild woody notes as well... Some caramel and toffee sweetness... Excellent aroma...

T - The palette displays a bit more predominance of roasted malt and coffee... The chocolate notes take a back seat but are still present... Mild caramel and toffee sweetness... A slightly charred finish...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Very lightly carbonation... Thick... Rich... Mildly creamy... A bit chalky on the finish... Consistent... Very nice...

D - A top tier slightly assertive American Porter... True to the style with out blurring any style guideline... Excels in all facets... Highly recommended...

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

Reviewed from notes. Bottled shared by Andrew. A complex intertwine of roasted malt, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. Mellow and dreamy smooth. A joy to try.

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

Wow, somehow missed reviewing this one, not sure how. Love this and get it every time I visit.

It pours an almost pitch black rich liquid that bubbles out a nice 1 finger darker colored head, creamy head that fades semi slowly with a decent lacing on the glass.

NOse explodes with chocolate and caramel, some baker's and a slight dark chocolate, plenty of caramel, a hint of roast and coffee, a chewy malt base with a hint of oats, a nice big meaty dark malt profile that really pumps up the beer. And somewhere in the middle of all that comes very light earthy hops.

Taste comes on with waves of smooth rich malts, lots of chocolate, a bit of dark chocolate, baker's, and plenty of creamy milk chocolate. A light roasted malt profile, bringing a hint of coffee with it, and I think a touch of black patent malt. Plenty of caramel comes through with the waves, and brings just a touch of bready like malts that, with the chocolate, give a malted milk ball taste. Some creamy flavors with a lactose like feel and maybe hint of oats. There is an earthy slightly bitter hop taste in the background that let's the malts speak. The finish is fairly dry with a long lingering chocolate flavor, fair amount of earthy bitterness, light lingering roast and caramel.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and creamy, decent carb.

Overall very nice, quite drinkable with lots of great malts that taste great and make me want more with each sip. The booze is mostly hidden, and the earthy hops give just enough bitterness to prop up the malts so they can shine. Almost a perfect porter, delicious.

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Photo of Leftbob
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Very well balanced porter with rich chocolate flavors. Finished with a nice bitter end.

Good head, rich texture in the mouth, aroma of hops and chocolate

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

A: Midnight black with a thin white lacing.
S: Caramel, chocolate, malted hops.
T: Very sweet similar to the nose. Has a slight bitter dark chocolate finish.
M: Mild to medium carbonation, thin mouthfeel. Very smooth.
O: A great porter, sweet, has a nice roasted, dark malt backbone.

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

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

A - Pours deep brown, might as well be black, with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha colored head leaving thin trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and plenty of dark roasted malts. A bit of smoke comes through as it sits in the glass. Very nice nose.

T - Starts off with a ton of sweet dark roasted flavors - namely coffee, chocolate and molasses - slowly giving way to some of the other flavors - licorice, smoke and a bit of dark fruit. The dark roasted malt is ever present. Finish is quite roasty but the smooth feel really helps to keep things in check.

M - Big, smooth body with a ton of dark flavors and moderate carbonation. Nice creamy feel brings everything together.

O - I could drink this beer every day no problem. It possesses all of the flavors I look for in a dark beer and the execution is nearly flawless. This deserves all of the praise it receives.

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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 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 Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for the growler. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black, huge mocha-colored head, thick bubbly cap, nice thick lacing. Really, a beautiful-looking beer.

S - Dark chocolate, slight smoke, oak/woody, nice hoppy notes.

T - Very similar to the nose, but even better. Nice bitter dark chocolate, molasses, creamy sweetness. Hard to express how delicious this one is.

M - Medium, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

D - This beer doesnt try to be anything but a phenomenal porter. Very straight forward and right on the spot. If you're reading this Shaun, great job on this one. A must-try.

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

500ml bottle 7,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Thanks to Futura123 for this bottle.

Appearance: Wow, Everett is one dark porter! It appears pitch black in the glass, with a back light only showing a some faint red-brown streaks along the edges of the glass. A rough pour yields a massive creamy tan coloured head, that lasts really well and leaves some thick lacing.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious and a lot roastier than I expected from a standard porter. The initial nose offers dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark toasted grains, some char, a hint of smoke and some cocoa. As the beer begins to warm, more toasted notes become apparent, alongside earthy tobacco, brown sugar, milk chocolate, molasses and the faintest hint of vanilla.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour initially leans towards the roasted side of things, with an underlying sweetness becoming apparent with warming. Notes include: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, some coffee, a touch of smoke, some ash/char, dark toasted grains, a little milk chocolate, a touch of earthy tobacco and an underlying sweetness that is reminiscent of dark fruits and molasses. The finish is fairly bitter and lightly astringent. There is no trace of the 7,5%.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just about perfect for a standard porter and makes for a fantastically drinkable beer. Medium (or just over) bodied, with a medium level of wonderfully creamy carbonation.

Overall: Everett is an outstanding porter and certainly deserves its place on the top 100 list. I would kill to have this available locally - a few pints would go down wonderfully well over the course of a football game.

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

750ml growler shared by Sean. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - Voluminous tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Black body that is surprisingly dark for a porter, with only the faintest glint of brown near the edges.

S - Earthy grains, roasted barley, light molasses and brown sugar, and notes of coffee and chocolate as it warms up.

T - Taste is nearly identical to the aroma. It's roasty, but with a sufficient amount of balancing sweetness to get things from getting to bitter. Just a delightful and balanced robust porter.

M - Creamy, medium-full body, with pleasant moderate carbonation, some slight roasty dryness, and no obvious alcohol.

D - It's a reference quality robust porter. The only thing that would prevent me from consuming mass quantities is the mounting roast bitterness in the finish. Otherwise, a superb brew that I think surpasses the barrel-aged version. Who the heck said this was too thin?!

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

On tap at the CCB Brewpub on 12/20/2013. They served it to me in a CCB Brewpub marked Snifter. Since I'll probably never see this beer again in these parts, I should probably review it. These notes are NOT from memory. These notes were made while I was drinking the beer.

Everett Pours a thick oily black color with no highlights. The CCB Brewpub isn't the brightest brewpubs around but I could tell that Everett was a solid coal black colored beer. On top of this pitch black brew was a beautiful thick and creamy mocha colored head of foam. Great retention that left behind a solid string of mocha rings and streak after streak of beautiful lace.

Everett smells like what a good roasted Porter should smell like. The aroma was thick and roasted with roasted malt, a drop of roasted coffee, a nice medium sized whiff of dark chocolate, a mild scent of smoke, and a speck of black cherry in the finish. When it warms up, the smoke comes out a little more but it doesn't conquer the roastedness of the beer.

The taste mirrored the aroma. There wasn't much separating the two. No hidden surprises or anything like that. Everett was a roasted Porter (like it should be) with a very good roasted slight smoky taste of roasted malts, some dark roasted coffee beans, plenty of dark chocolate, a drop of smoke, and a subtle black cherry taste at the finish line. An extremely well done Porter.

I thought the beer's roastedness would give this beer a super dry aftertaste, but it really didn't. HF managed to keep the roastedness but not the dryness. Well done! The aftertaste was roasted but not really dry with more roasted malt, dark chocolate, smoke, and coffee beans. The roasted aspect of the aftertaste sticks around for a while. Good thing I got a glass of water nearby.

This is one beer that I've been trying to get my hands on for a while after trying it in line at a bottle release. Thanks to the CCB Brewpub for giving me that chance. It lives up to its reputation. An extremely well made Porter from Vermont. Would I drink it again? I sure would! In fact, I ordered another glass.

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

Thanks to seeswo for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a rich, shiny black with a tall two fingers of dense, red-tinted dark brown head. Very good retention and some nice swaths of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, dark molasses, and some dark chocolate. Dark fruit as it warms (plum, fruitcake).

T: Lots of roasted malt up front, with a little coffee, with some dark molasses imparting some nice sweetness.

M: Ultra smooth, medium-full body, slightly creamy, with light carbonation providing very good mouthfeel.

O: Just a really well balanced porter. Great example of a roasty porter. I wouldn't mind a little more chocolate on the palate but that's splitting hairs.

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

Thanks to Funkyaudio for this one.

Pours straight black with half of finger of khaki head that recedes to some splotchy lacing in the glass.

The aroma is powerful and complex lots of chocolate up front with some roasted coffee in the background. Very "clean" aroma, everything fits together and nothing clashes.

The taste is more of the same. In the wine world I would say this beer has good concentration. It is full of flavor but does not taste harsh or cloying. Just enough bitterness to cleanse my palate and keep me wanting more.

The mouthfeel is phenomenal, smooth, just a touch creamy, very drinkable, glad to take down the whole 500ml by myself.

Overall I tried to keep my expectations in check and started with a very critical eye but this beer delivers, this is definitely becoming a perma-want.

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.47 out of 5 based on 2,602 ratings.
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