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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 Siriusfisherman
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pitch black with a foamy, sticky brown head. Superb lacing, some of the best I have ever seen. Served in Hill Farmsteads long-stem tulip glass.

A: Rich coffee, caramel, and melanoidins with some gentle earthy hops. A nice dark fruit character, some malty breadiness, and soft fruity esters round this beer out. A very soft and rich aroma.

T/M: Smooth bitterness and coffee and chocolate malt flavors take the front, moves into rich caramel and melanoidins with some soft earthy hops. The body is full and the carbonation soft, allowing the flavors to strike perfect balance for a long savory finish.

Overall, an amazing beer. By no means is this to style, much to strong and much to different, but it is one of the most delicious dark beers I have ever tasted. It is very much like a strong Doppelbock hybridized with a Robust Porter. The flavors are soft and rich, and the bitterness and mouthfeel provide perfect balance. Hill Farmstead has blown me away.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly filled growler at Hill Farmstead and poured into a snifter glass.
Pouring this into the glass, wow. So dark and the head appeared to be a dark ginger caramel color.
Smell was piney and roasted malt, really nice combination in this porter.
Taste was fantastic, big, bold, in your face, some substantial bitterness, coffee, some chocolate.
Mouthfeel was good, on the thinner side, mild carbonation.
Overall Everett demands your attention. This is a finely crafted and substantial porter. Delicious.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Robust American Porter
500ml bottle split with Hab11
7.5% abv

Appearance: Oh my god. Jet Black. Little to no head at all. Held up to the light and it was like a total eclipse.
Not a glimmer of light made its way through this beer. Little, almost no lacing.

Aroma: Dark chocolate. Bitter chocolate. Dark roasted malts. No hop aroma. Cacao, cocoa nibs,
all the best things dark. Faint chocolate syrup at the tail end. Really have to reach for the
sweetness but it’s there. Hershey’s syrup? Can’t wait to try it.

Taste: So tasty. Light bitterness that I’m hoping doesn’t overshadow the perfect chocolate. Hershey’s syrup with bitter chocolate on the finish. Can’t stop drinking this. The bigger the sips, the more the sweetness comes through. Small sips and the bitterness shines through. What’s your cup of tea? Go for it!

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth mouthfeel. No carbonation but such a silky smoothness that it doesn’t matter. Would have been ruined by too much carbonation. This beer slides right down the pipe. Not overpowering but not so light that you don’t think you’re drinking a real beer.

Overall this is exceptional. Is there a better beer out there in this style? Yes there is because I’ve had several other Hill Farmstead and Cigar City but my word this is good. There isn’t a bad thing that I can say about it. Drool. I wish I could get this year round. What a perfect beer. Thanks Shaun!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour with a half finger of off white foam. Heavy lacing down to the last drop. Burnt oak in the aroma with nice hints of chocolate and berry coming through. Charred meat and coffee in the taste. Great medium-heavy body carries the flavors.

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Photo of mj81
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 03/2014

Pours jet black with a beautiful brown mocha head

Smell is a little underwhelming. Getting some toasted malts and chocolate.

Taste more than makes up for the smell. You get hit immediately with dark chocolate followed by some dark fruits and a finish that I can only describe as that which comes from drinking well water. It's a cleaner, slightly mineral/earthy taste that just doesn't come from processed city water.

Carbonation is perfect and mouthful is very silky.

All in all this is the best porter I've ever had. Can only imaging how off the charts this would be BBA. It almost reminds me of a well aged founders imperial stout lite (highest compliment I can give to a straight stout/porter as aged it's my favorite RIS). My first ever offering from HF and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. I've never tasted a beer that featured its malt flavor so prominently. Distinctive roasted malt flavor, almost exaggerated. And underneath the roast, caramel sweetness. Very clean, nothing muddled. Almost reminds me of fresh un-fermented wort. Probably the thickest mouthfeel of any beer this abv I've ever had also. Pretty wonderful, intense, perfect porter. That said, if you don't like intensely roasty, burnt flavors, this won't be your bag.

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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 mikey711
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: deep black, blacker than some stouts even get but it poured an excessive amount of head. the head was mocha colored, and held really well once it faded a bit.

S: nice balance of roastiness, chocolate and smokiness. very smooth and pleasant

T: A wave of bitter chocolate and coffee hits firsts followed by a heavy amount of roastiness and a mild sweet milk and dark chocolate flavor. It actually has a more milk chocolate sweetness as it warms up a little

M: Silky smooth, almost like drinking a chcolate milk. There is none of that chalky feel that is noticable in other roasty beers

D: Overall this is a fantastic beer and possibly better than its barrel aged counter part. Very complex but balanced flavors and when the only real flaw i found is the excessive amount of head, you have a winner. Hill Farmstead continues to impress me with each beer i try

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to egrace84 for bringing this to a tasting! Thanks Elliot!

reviewed from notes taken on 5/23/12.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a dark brown head. Nice lacing from this beer.

Smell: Great smelling porter! Roasty malts, milk chocolate, hint of caramel, light smoke, hint of peat and earthiness. This is what the best porter in the world smells like!

Taste: This porter starts off with a lite bitterness from roasty malts; then some sweetness in the form of lots of premuim milk chocolates and hints of caramel, brown sugar and maybe even some molasses. A hint of earthy hops in the middle, that are reminicent of the flavor contributed by an oak barrel. In the finish, you get some light meaty smoke and very mild char/ashen notes that linger in the background with a nice mellow and sweet milk chocolates finish. As this beer warms up, the level of roastiness intensifies in a fairly aggressive manner. Which is actually very nice. This is what the best porter in the world tastes like.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer and almost moderate carbonation levels with a smooth, silky, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is damn near perfect and really inhances the drinking experience of this beer. This porter is so very very drinkable; drinks like its a 5% beer. Not a hint of booze. This is how the best porter in the world feels on your palate.

Overall: A great tasting porter thats very flavorful, complex, and overall a really well balanced beer in both flavor profile and aroma. Very well executed mouthfeel. This is my very first Hill Farmstead beer. All I have got to say is WOW... I am extremely impressed with this brewery based on thier execution this of beer. I can see why people talk so highly of this brewery. This is the easily the very best Porter in the world; no other porter even comes close to the bar set by Everett. Seriously!

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Photo of lovindahops
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Also on tap at the prohibition pig in Waterbury. Poured into a hill farmstead stem

A- pours a dark body with a thin layer of mocha foam reaching for the sides of the glass.

S- a robust blast of mocha, cocoa nibs, and even dome coffee scents emerging. There is a secondary blast of dark chocolate that is just as roasty. Really strong

T- wow! What a porter! Massive cocoa and coffee flavors running parallel to some caramel and sugar flavors. The best way to summarize the flavors are completely dark, rich, and robust. Great taste for a porter

M- good flavor that is syrupy and mingles around. Good feel

O- ok, hill farmstead is two for two with me. This is a great porter that exponentially pushes all the flavors that makes up the brew. Absolutely fantastic.

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

6/13 bottling. Thanks Arsenal_MC! Deep, deep inkiness in the glass -- lovely dark chocolate or dirty motor oil. The flavor is silky and decadent. Roasty malt, coffee, cocoa powder and Hershey's syrup. It just keeps unfolding and unfolding. As big, bold and complex as some boozier BA treatments. But still has that signature HF balance. Superior porter here.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaquem very dark brown. Dark tan head that settles to a ring.

Aroma is rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark burt caramels, light fruitiness, subtle "C" hops. Very nice, I can honestly call it decadent.

Flavor follows the nose, very chocolatey, nice balance of roast, hints of dark fruits (figs). Midway through/towards the finish there is some alcohol, light roast, more chocolate (dark) and hints of hop bitterness. The finish is smooth and enjoyable with dark caramels and chocolate lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium/low carbonation. Smooth, slightly creamy.

Overall this is a very good porter, I would love to have this again.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

Pours a rich dark chocolaty brown. Huge head, doesn't go down until halfway through the glass.

The smell and taste is all about the roast. Really high quality malts used here. Lots of chocolate, bit of coffee bitterness, lots of roasty bitterness. Never gets to be fatiguing, though. Tastes like a stout by most breweries' standards.

Full, thick creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Awesome. I'm glad I got to snag a bottle of this at Hill Farmstead and look forward to the day I can drink it again.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Props to strohsbeforehoes for this fine trade

A- Dark brown with a mocha color head of about 1 finger. Silky lacing

S- Intense chocolate, vanilla, caramel, earthy hops

T- Follows nose well, but even more of a sweet milk chocolate punch. Toffee, sweet lactose, and subtle hints of coffee. Are you kidding me with this roasted perfection and balance?Layers come at you in waves that takes this malty goodness into another level of complexity. Snappy bitter finish immediately turns smooth.

M- It doesn't get much better than this. Full body, creamy, and viscous. Has the feel of a much stronger stout.

O- Outstanding. Best porter I have had to date. You could easily pair this with a desert dish, but this is one bad ass beer that should probably be enjoyed by itself.

Not 100% sure, but I believe it retails for about $8 for 22oz bomber.

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Photo of ggilman
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler at the Hill Farmstead Brewery retail store on my way to the Vermont Brewers Festival.

Pours motor oil black into my tulip glass, no light penetrates. Small tan infused head settles quickly, but leaves speckles as you go. Nose is roasty and sweet smelling. Dark chocolate and oak. Sweet malt up front with bitter chocolate. Molasses & coffee linger on the palate. Dark dried fruit. Vanilla and bourbon notes. Subtly smoky, with a super dry finish. A crisp carbonation stings your mouth, and the medium creamy body makes this super drinkable. As it warms some cherry cola and tobacco flavors come out. Agitating leaves a beautiful faint wispy head swirl. Rich but not over indulgent. Gets better and better as it warms.

Absolutely Delicious.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours pretty true to the style, dark dark brown with a little off-white head. Smells like a coffee-covered chocolate bar with some type of dark fruits in the back. Taste follows suit, with the roasty coffee taking the front seat. Mouthfeel is medium plus. Definetely one of the best of the style.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bought this growler on Thursday at the brewery- now that we are back from vacation I am sitting here on Sunday night enjoying this brew with my husband. Poured into a Sam Adams lager glass-which I feel has a more ideal shape than a standard pint glass

A- Body appears obsidian in soft lighting allowing no light to pass through even when held up to the light-in aggressive lighting it takes on more of a black coffee tone but still allows little if any light to pass through. Pours with a 1-2 finger latte colored head. The head grows slightly after the initial pour and fades to one finger trapping aroma and leaving traces of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, oats, and a touch of roasted malt overtones.

T- Initial flavor is somewhat mild and offers hints of dark chocolate and vanilla and smooth rich malt. There is a balanced roasted malt bitterness and maybe a touch of floral hops that meet the initial smooth rich flavor. Left to linger is a perfect balance of all the flavors aforementioned.

M- Almost unbelievable. My husband initially described this brew as "too smooth." Yes, there is a low carbonation and a medium to heavy weight rich, smooth, and creamy body.

O- Overall this is one of the best porters I have had. This is a new "gold standard" porter for me. It is a very smooth and well balanced beer that doesn't really have anything aggressive, experimental, or over the top. It really shouldn't be anything special in theory-but the quality and class of this brew are top notch.

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to mmurphy525 for dragging this bottle back to Nova Scotia from Vermont and then shipping it to Calgary, this is beer advocacy at it's finest!

A 500ml bottle from my cellar and into a chalice. A huge frothy mocha head forms on the darkest SRM possible for a beer, a little darker then your typical porter.

A decent nose of roasty malt, chocolate, a slight lactose sweetness and cola.

Awesome taste on this one, lots of depth and complexity. Layers of roasty coffee and dark chocolate, a touch smokey. The taste finishes with a slight sweetness and a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is big.

A great porter overall, this one really blurrs the line between a stout and a porter. It is not as roasty as some of the best stouts but it's close. What's impressive about this porter is the amount of coffee in the taste without a coffee infusion. Hill Farmstead brews up a dream in a bottle!!!

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Photo of SaulFox
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep black with mocha head
Dark chocolate, espresso, slight tobacco
Bitter coffee, roasty, hop bitterness
Medium full mouthfeel
This is my first HF offering. Glad I received this in a trade.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

02.24.16 bottle drank in a chalice on 5/13/2016

L - dark dark brown body with a thick tan head, nice lace for a 7.8% beer

S - roasty chocolate. excellent

T - roasty milk chocolate, some sweetness, complex and bold. fabulous

F - creamy for its ABV. drinks easier than water!

O - Love this. had this multiple times and always fantastic. best porter ive ever had

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Photo of Rifugium
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had: on tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT

Excellent porter here. Dark brown pour with mahogany tints around the edges, nice finger-plus of fluffy tan head that receded to a thin layer, leaving nice quad-style lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, scents of dark malts, coffee, toasted grains. Robust and hearty! The taste followed the aroma pretty spot-on, roasted dark malts, pumpernickel, smooth coffee, hearty toasted grains, and just enough brown sugar sweetness to take off whatever edge might have been caused by the dominant roastiness, without offsetting the overall equilibrium. Nice heavy-medium body, tremendously drinkable. Had to bring a 750ml growler home from the source. I don't believe a porter can get any better than this. No nonsense. Exemplary!

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Photo of davey101
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a tulip glass. No clue what age/vintage it is, but I believe its somewhat fresh.

A - Pitch black body which lets zero light through. Massive fluffy mocha head. Settles down to a frothy cap with crazy amounts of retention. The foam just clings to the glass the entire time. Probably the best lacing I've ever seen on a beer.

S - Robust indeed. Deep roasty malts, fresh espresso beans, sweet and lactic milk chocolate, and a touch of bitter mineral rich water. Finishes with sweet and rich vanilla. Perfect aroma.

T - Follows the nose with a pleasant mix of intense espresso beans, milk chocolate, vanilla and perfectly roasted malts. Just a touch of hop bitterness to work against the sweetness and richness of it all. Booze isn't present in the taste but there is a light warmth happening in the throat.

M - Slick and coating mouth feel. Very silky with a high level of carbonation that prevents it from being cloying.

O - The best porter I'v ever had, easily. Which sucks considering how tough it is to get bottles of this beer. Hype and availability aside, Hill Farmstead is the real deal. Unbelievable beer.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 Pint, 9oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. I can almost confidently call this beer black, but could be brown in color. Its certainly brown with deep amber highlights on the side of the glass. Nice tan colored HUGE head with various sized bubbles. There were a good deal of big bubble pockets and this beer produced an excellent amount of lacing. A really good looking porter, pretty close to being flawless.

Smell is really really freaking good. Malts come right at you. Rich chocolate malts and caramel as well, the blend gives a slight coffee aroma. Hops are present, herbal and floral combination. Much sweeter than I expected, but at the same time it really is robust. However it's robust in a subtle sort of way if that makes sense.

Big props to Kevin for bringing this back from VT, you're the freaking man!

Taste is equally as excellent. Again with the rich chocolate flavor. You can taste caramel, chocolate and pale malts pretty distinctively. Roasted barley comes out because it certainly has a roasty flavor. You really can't get enough of the flavor. There's a nice hop finish to the flavor that's a bit earthy, but not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is perfect, straight up. It's silky smooth, a great carbonation level and a perfect balance between bitter and sweet. It's amazing the amount of flavor compact into this beer while at the same time being this smooth and drinkable. Overall this is truly a wonderful porter a great example of the style. Top notch version of an American Porter.

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.
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