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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: 378 | Ratings: 2,546
Photo of aleigator
3.91/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a fluffy, bubbly, mocha colored head.

Smells of melted chocolate, toasted walnuts, rock sugar and unsweetened marzipan. The nose comes very well together, balanced by a mellow earth note, including a whiff of dough and flowers, adding to the prominent chocolate.

Has an utmost soft mouthfeel, creamy with a medium, malt relying body, featuring a lively carbonation burst, tickling the tongue during the finish.

Tastes of milk chocolate, bitter cocoa nibs, which add to the complexity of the silk chocolate, and toasted hazelnuts. Turns a tad dryer during the mid palate with even more cocoa nibs, a whiff of licorice and lots of soothing cream. Finishes with rock sugar, fudge and bitter chocolate, clean and soft.

Very well built Porter, pleasantly complex without loosing its focus at any point. Intense during the mid palate, while finishing surprisingly soft and calm.

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Photo of danh53
3.31/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I was rating this just a a porter, the score would be higher. It's a good beer with chocolate, anise, and dry roast finish. The feel is balanced and dry. Maybe a little too bitter for my taste. It's good, but not worth the price and not worth seeking out in a trade.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavor of this should be the standard for all porters. That being said, it's a standard Porter. Nothing added to excite me or elevate this to a higher rating. Good beer with coffee notes.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

opaque black not all that viscous but still only a slight see through at the edges. smell is chocolatey with a hint of coffee and some caramel. Taste kind of follows the nose but seems a tad light and the hops are rather pronounced for this style of beer. There is a piney undertone throughout. Feel is smooth and light. Overall a rather good porter that flirts with the stout line. True to its essence with a strong hoppy profile.

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

Poured from last year's bottle (late August 2015 bottling date) into a nonic pint. Black as night with a dark tan head makes up the appearance. Once the head fades it is hard to disturb it back to life.

Big aroma after the pour, molasses, chocolate, booze, I'm in for a treat here. Flavorwise this was probably the best porter I've ever had. Huge chocolate malt notes, some espresso bean, big molasses note, raisin, touch of alcohol spice. Thick, chewy body, takes some time to finish this one.

Overall best porter yet. Never had a "dark beer" from Hill Farmstead before this one and I can't believe they are so versatile. Can't wait for the next bottle!

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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 daudelin2000
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Everett pours very dark, nearly black with a medium tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some roasted aromas. Maybe a little spice in there as well. Taste follows the nose with added complexity. Roasted chocolate is the dominant flavor, but there's also some caramel sweetness in there as well. The soft, creamy mouthfeel takes this beer to another level. Great Porter!

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Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Warpigs, pre-CBC. Pitch black with an espresso head. Chocolate, cocoa roastness, espresso. Medium body with low carbonation and a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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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 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 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 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 mcvick
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle was from the end of 2015. Poured into a tulip glass. Color was nice and dark. Smell has a hint of smoke to it. Taste is smooth. Nice carbonation. If there is a better Porter out there I haven't found it yet.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Plus dark brown, not quite black, with a one finger head that dissipates after the first 2-3 drinks.
Aroma is char and roast, there is also a little booze and herbal notes but the toasty notes dominate.
Taste is smoky, chocolatey and bitter coffee. The roastiness definitely takes over in this beer. It starts sweet and malty in front and finishes with bitter roast.
Mouthfeel is medium, it's thicker than you'd expect for a 7.5% porter nice satisfying mouthfeel.
Overall this beer isn't worth trading anything crazy for, but is definitely worth going out of your way for. If you don't have to give up much for it trade for it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color with mocha head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, caramel and sweet malts. taste follows with sweet coffee and roasted malts. Finishes with coffee bitterness. Body is medium with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Really good porter but I had higher expectations.

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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 Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Bottled 04.06.16.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Big roast in the nose brings notes of char, smoke and also some earthy hops. Also a bit of booze.

T- More smoke plus dark chocolate, char and a hint of vanilla sweetness. Somewhat bitter but very drinkable. Bitter roast aftertaste.

M- Soft and silky with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Just as George, the brown ale, teeters on the brink of porter territory, this teeters on the brink of stout territory. The only thing keeping it from crossing the threshold is the feel as it's definitely not viscous enough to be classified as a stout. Also, the malt character, while certainly intense, does not make me think of a stout. Either way, this is some tasty stuff. I get a lot of smoke to the point that I'm surprised no smoked malt was used for this beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I get big roasted malt, sweet smelling beer. Not much else
T: sweet up front, big dark malt. Then some hop bitterness, but kept in check. It still finishes sweet.
F: light body and easy to drink
O: a good regular porter/stout. Not imperial, no adjuncts. A good beer.

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Photo of WinSconsin
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievable chocolate aroma. By far the smoothest porter I've had... Like a chocolate, robust shake. Big shoutout to Barry for this one. Worth the hype for sure. You're the man!

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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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