Everett Porter | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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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374
Ratings:
2,517
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
19.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 374 | Ratings: 2,517
Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have drank a lot of porters in my day and there must be something in the water at HF, because this beer was outstanding. Strong chocolate tones with some roast and finished with a nice sweetness. One of the best porters I have probably ever drank.

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

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 31 August 2015.
4.75/4.25/4.5/4.75/4.75
A: Black, opaque, with a finger of frothy brown head.
S: It smells like a porter...malty, rich, and meaty. Hint of smoke and roast, but mostly cream. Not as potent as might be.
T/M: Thick and rich, with a potent meaty-rich-syrupy-thick strain running through the middle of it. The malty sweetness and the creamy body hint towards vanilla notes, but the bulk of it is lightly smoky chocolate. The aftertaste is clean, bready coffee grounds.
O: The quintessence of a porter. This is precisely what it purports to be and is meant to be.

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Photo of lochraneg
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Deep dark black, with a creme brûlée style head that laces the glass
Smell: Overwhelming coffe and subtle caramel
Taste: The best HFS I've had… ever! Woody, coffee
Feel: Big bold body with a never-ending lingering on the tongue
Overall: Just Great…. get one!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich black color with a two finger khaki colored head and ridiculous lace. Just sticks all over the glass.

S: SUPER roasty with some charred wood, tons of freshly ground dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and just a hint of toffee.

T: So much coffee and charred wood. Rich and silky with a lingering hop and charred wood bitterness. Dark chocolate and bittersweet chocolate galore. A very solid porter.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Bottle Poured into HF Tumbler

L - Dark body with a thin, light brown head
S - Lots of roasty goodness. Some chocolate is present.
T - Same as the aroma. Very balanced with some nice bitter chocolate.
F - Drinks semi creamy for a porter. Slight coating of the mouth.
O - Very good porter. Super drinkable. Glad I had the chance to try.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled four weeks ago.
Appears dark black with a nice mocha head. After a few minutes the head has dissolved to a ring of small bubbles.
Taste is rich with notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and espresso. This could be an imperial stout if I didn't know any better.
Mouth feel is full bodied and creamy
Overall one of the, if not the best, Porters I've tried. The depth and richness of flavor put this one in a different class than most porters.

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Photo of jrnyc
3.77/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was a very big disappointment. I don't understand the high rating for this one, must be Hill Farmstead hype. Had Victory At Sea earlier this week and VAS eats Everett's lunch every day of the week and every week of the year.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep black, with a dark 1 inch brown head that has some significant staying power. Smell dominated by a roasty coffee smell, with some dark chocolate and caramel. Taste led by a rich dark chocolate, hints of caramel, some dark fruit, and a lingering roasty finish. Mouthfeel is hardy, thick, but not dry. Overall this is an outstanding Porter, worthy of it's lofty reputation.

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Photo of vicinandp
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had two growlers full of this and has to be easily top 3 porters I have ever had. Beautiful black bear with a tan/khaki head. Immediately you get tons of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel. Just a great clean porter.

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

I usually don't pay much attention to how a beer looks but its hard to miss the fact that this porter looks perfect! Jet black with a good inch of a tan foamy head that is telling me I'm not going to be dissappointed. The smell is burnt coffee and chocolate. The taste has very good balance with a lingering hop presence to balance the roastiness and chocolate flavor. It drinks smooth and overall is a very satisfying porter.

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Photo of rockernino
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Don't know the vintage, but it's an older bottle.

L -Beautiful dark black beer with a nice mocha head.
S - Nose seems to have dropped off a tad but I'm getting roasted dark malts with hints of earthiness and some spicy notes. Some sweeter aromas too. As it warms up, some smokey/umami notes come through.
T - Very drinkable dark roasted malt balanced with some milky/chocolatey/vanilla sweetness. Damn is this good. Finishes with a little bit earthy/spicy notes, but dark roast malts dominate the finish. Way past the finish I can taste the hops...tastes like the aroma you smell when you visit a hoppy brewery. Super awesome!
F - For a porter, very think mouthfeel. Thicker than a lot of stouts I've had before. Lighter carbonation.
O - Just an amazing beer that I'm fortunate enough to have tried. Almost drinks like a stout but has some very distinctive porter qualities. Would happily drink this again! Cheers!

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

L - dark body, with thin, light brown head
S - roasted notes with hints of chocolate
T - lots of roasted notes, but more balance with bitter chocolate
F - very interesting play between lighter carbonation and thicker feel on the liquid itself
O - almost drinks more like a stout with the roasted, chocolate notes. But a very rich, well made enjoyable drink!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a thick, foamy tan head. Smells of roasted malt, fresh brewed coffee and a hint of earthy hops. The hop presence is less noticeable in the taste. Coffee and cocoa flavors dominate. Nice thick texture. An exceptional porter.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a tulip, the beer is jet black, with a foamy, dense, low profile, clingy, light tan head. Aromas of rich, roasted coffee, hints of peat, highlights of cocoa nib, and subtle char notes. Very aromatic and bold. Flavors are big and smooth forward, with a solid dose of cocoa nib, bitter roasted coffee, subtle cream undertones, highlights of char and campfire smoke, and a touch of milk chocolate. Amazingly balanced, with a seamless transition between all of the flavor notes. The body is full, smooth, and big, but it completely fits with the profiles of the beer. Richly sweet and heavily roasted aftertaste, with lingering notes of chocolate of coffee. The finish is smooth, dry, and with a delicious linger. This is arguably the best porter I have ever had.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When the first person who ever brewed a "Porter" carried out to do just that, this is the beer they were trying to make. Dark, rich, smooth, deftly balanced roast malt sweetness and hop bitterness, smooth and drinkable. I would be surprised if I ever tasted a better version of the style.

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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 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 jmasher85
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bittersweet and silky smooth, this porter has some flavors of chocolate milk, roasted malt, well all the classic flavors of a good porter, but man is it smooth! A great example overall of what a porter should be.

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

poured on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
Pours a deep brown color with a light brown, finger-sized head. Moderate retention, moderate lace
Aromas were of roasted malts, big chocolate flavors
Taste was followed the nose with the chocolate becoming more of a bitter baker's chocolate. Also picked up notes of coffee as well. Modereate hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was medium and coating. Clearly, the best attribute of this beer.
Overall, one of the better porters I've had.

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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 akrz47
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wowzers. Best porter I've ever tried. Look is great. Dark, dark brown, thick, nice head, like you expect. Smell and taste are both tons of chocolate, the typical porter roast, and not too much bitterness and coffee, etc. So chocolatey and smooth, unlike a lot of "top-end" porters that are really bitter or roasty, and basically just are made to try to stand out from popular stouts. Nice to find something that actually tastes damn good, rather than just trying to be the best of something no one else does (and therefore automatically the best...yawn). The mouthfeel was so thick and creamy, I didn't even think about it till now, it was just so perfect. Like a roasty mocha. And I get defensive about living 9 min away from Jack's Abby, with their standard-of-the-style Baltic Porter Framinghammer. But this was just awesome.

Honestly -- totally honest here -- this was the best HF beer I've had. And I believe I've had all their beers above 4 on BA multiple times, and many others, as well. The IPAs, in my opinion, are all (ALL) below many of Tree House's IPAs, and I live closer to them. So I will pass of the HF hoppy stuff most of the time (yes, I know I am extremely spoiled. I think about and appreciate that every day of my life :). But this is the best porter I've ever had, and the best HF beer I've had. I am re-committed to HF after this. In-freakin-credible.

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

On tap at Armsby Abby.

Pours into an HF chalice, dark with a chocolate brown head. What you expect from a porter.

Smells charred and chocolately. Dark chocolate, especially, with nodes of coffee that don't taste like they're from coffee so much as they're coffee-like hints you'd pick up from roasted grain. One of the most pleasantly intense bitter aromas I've ever come across.

Tastes like it smells only more variegated. Milk chocolate and light roast coffee up front, dark roasted espresso near the middle, dark chocolate at the back. Intense and wonderful throughout without ever becoming unbalance to too strong.

This is turning out to be the year of the porter for me. On the sweet side is Tributary's otherworldly Porter, and toward the bitter end is Everett. It might not be trendy enough to rank among HF's more desirable beers, but Everett is as good as they come.

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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 EveningCordial
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

About as perfect as a porter gets. Great nose filled with notes of chocolate, roasted malts and barley, and a hint of coffee. Taste is a great balance of light and refreshing, but with a nice creaminess you expect in a good porter. Not clingy and extremely drinkable. I'd visit this porter everyday if I could.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown-black body, opaque, with a full dark tan head. Fades quickly to thin coating head. Decent lacing, full and robust. All told, this is what I want my beer to look like.

S - A full, complex roast nose, with big chocolate and coffee elements, coupling with a strong molasses bread note. This just makes me want to go in for a drink.

T - Delivering on the nose, with an open of strong roasted malts, full of coffee and bread, leading to a middle with slightly more acidity and smoke and savory highlights, closing with a solid bitter finish that clears the flavors perfectly.

M - Full, with a nice weight on the tongue that indicates the beers presence, coupled with decent carbonation to keep the fullness from becoming cloying. No real drying on the close. Incredibly well balanced.

O - I have finally met a 5.0 beer. A beer that lines up perfectly with the expectations I have for a porter, and delivers both precise balance and nuanced flavor notes that make drinking both extraordinarily rewarding and a genuine pleasure. Brewers would do well to take note of the beauty, simplicity and depth this beer achieves. Illustration no. 1 that all beers do not have to take it to 11.

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.
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