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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 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 Jimmys
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle into tulip. bottled 06 2013.

A: not pitch black, but a very dark brown. head is very frothy and a rich brown hue. retention is terrific. thick spots of lacing left behind.

S: I think this has more rich sweet and dark chocolate than any roast. a very minor warming factor. rich, warm, inviting.

T: a lot of roast, even more chocolate. a boatload more chocolate. perhaps a little bit of astringency. minor vanilla. soft sweetness. there may be a touch of espresso in here too. however the finish is all dark chocolate.

M: the mouthfeel is different but fucking awesome. not quite nitro, but super soft and super smooth.

D: nice to see an American porter on the prestigious top 250 list, especially this high. very tasty shit. certainly one of the best porters I have had, however this mouthfeel and flavor is making me think more stout-side than porter-side. regardless, go get some.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a snifter. I'm not sharing this one!

A: Pours dark brown a shade away of black with two and a half fingers of dense tan foam. Retention and lacing are superb.

S: Lots of heavily roasted malts with a bit of dark chocolate and a good amount of hoppiness.

T: Smooth roasted malts combine with bitter hops and dark chocolate. Roastiness rules, though. Subtle smoke comes out as the beer warms. Very light caramel and milk chocolate sweetness help to balance, but this beer is certainly more on the roasty and hoppy side.

M: Medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: An extremely well done American Porter. No crazy flavors or ingredients, but a delicious roasty character and no flaws whatsoever, just like pretty much all of Shaun's beers.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackback Pub & Flyshop about a month ago. Reviewing from notes.

A: Great looking beer, mostly black with hints of red and a substantial tan head. Very nice lacing.

S: A nice mix of sweet chocolate and roast malts.

T: Wow, I'm speechless. This might be the best tasting porter I've ever had. Incredible balance here, it's sweet, but has an awesome roasty backbone and has hints of dark fruit hiding in there.

M: Very carbonated, but also quite nicely medium-thick bodied. Perfect for the style.

O: Until I had this beer, I pretty much had sworn off American Porter as a style, but no more. Of course Hill Farmstead is the brewery that revived this style for me, and now I can't wait to have more. Thank you for ruining porters at the same time, because I know no other porters will be as great as this one.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Reservoir in Waterbury Vermont.

a: Black with a finger thick tan head which dissipated to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Molasses and black coffee.

t: Mild and sweetish black coffee.

m: Light to moderate.

o: Perhaps the most agreeable porter I have had, easy drinking and tasty.

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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 vinny21bal
3.19/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I have never been as big a fan as hill farmstead as others. Granted I have only had about five of there beers. I have never been blown away by any of them. And a couple I have had I think are actually poor beers. The Everett however is a decent porter. There are definitely better porters out there, but this one does the trick. Nothing special at all.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml growler

A: Black, with a thin head that dissipates instantly. Looks pretty.

S: Lightly sweet cocoa, with mild roasted malt. Subtle coffee notes as well. This smells incredible.

T: That's robust! Semisweet cocoa, light hops, and a bit roasty.

M: Luscious. Lighter bodied, but great for a porter.

O: The best porter that I've ever had. They are generally not my style, but the great mouthfeel and complex flavor profile knocks it out of the park. Definitely one I'd like to have again.

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Photo of Etan
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler sent to me by valdieu, poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a rich black with a small but robust cardboard-colored head. Decent retention with some nice lacing.

S: Big coffee roast dominates the nose. Some chocolate and dark malt, a hint of sweet hops, with a metallic note on the end.

T: Milk and dark chocolate, earthy coffee beans, big lactic sweetness, a bit of piney hop, caramel, slightly bitter roasted barley. Great balance between sweetness and bitterness/roastiness. Sweet coffee lingers.

M: Amazing mouthfeel: rich, thick, creamy, just enough carbonation. Perfect.

O: Certainly one of the best porters I've ever had. Fantastic flavor profile, complimented immensely by the rich mouthfeel.

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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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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very black with a nice two finger depth of head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S- Chocolate and roasted malts. Some hop presence.

T- Chocolate and Roasted malt goodness. A little hot on the finish. Some vanilla and Coffee in there too. Tasted somewhere between a porter and Russian Imperial (and closer towards a RIS). As it warmed the flavors really started to come out.

M- Full bodied no doubt. Very creamy. Absolute perfection here.

O- So much great flavor going on here. It's too bad this is a hard one to get. Vermonters are so damn lucky. Totally enjoyed it, though it seemed to be less a porter than RIS.

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Photo of kevanb
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized glass.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, touches of cola brown when struck by the light with a nice finger or two of khaki head that has decent retention and leaves a decent amount of spotted lacing. The aroma is simply amazing, loads of bitter dark chocolate, rich smooth dark malt, roasted coffee beans, lightly toasted grain, molasses with touches of chalkiness and a bit of stone fruit and alcohol on the finish. The flavors are really lovely and quite in line with the nose, lots of chocolate and coffee with super smooth grain that has some lightly toasted qualities, stone fruit, a touch of licorice and lightly abrasive alcohol as it goes down. The flavors are exceptionally complex and the balance is near perfect, each sip brings out something new and exciting. The body is fantastically rich, smooth and coats the mouth very well and has a wonderfully creamy finish that has a bit of dryness to it.

Verdict: Spectacular to say the least. This porter is absurdly complex, impressively balanced and just a delight to drink. Easily the best Porter I've tried to date and one of the more impressive beers from Hill Farmstead. For a beer that doesn't rely on the crutch of barrel aging or adjuncts, this is quite the experience.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%

A: Pours pitch back with a full brownish head.
S: The nose is probably the best thing about this exceptional beer. Vanilla, caramel, coconut, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, graham cracker.
T: At first, I get bitter coffee-like notes and sweet lactose. Toffee, chocolate and vanilla/oak. The finish has the traditional earthy hop presence of a robust porter with a slight alcohol tinge. The hops are kept in check by the sweet chocolate notes.
M: Decadent. Extremely smooth and creamy, but very very drinkable.
O: the best porter I've had the pleasure of trying. As the beer warms, different flavors are accentuated, and so I looked forward to each sip. I need to seek this out again.

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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 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 cfrances33
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo, poured into a HF tulip.

Pour: Incredibly murky dark, dark brown (not quite black) with a finger of light khaki head. Head recedes to a rim and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee beans, some dark chocolate, and a slight smoke. This porter certainly smells robust.

Taste: Bitter chocolate up front, bolstered with a heavy roastiness. Follows with nice bitter coffee grounds. This beer doesn't get too complex in my opinion, but everything it does it does nearly flawlessly.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, yet incredibly fluffy (if you can describe a porter in than way). A nice sipper, that goes down easy.

Overall: It's no joke that this is hands down the best porter there is.

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Photo of Treebs
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Eric (Holland) for giving me this as an extra(!!). 500 ml bottle served in a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a solid black color with a brown head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap and collar that leaves some nice sticky, soapy lace down the glass.

S: Roasted malts and coffee beans up front. Some light bakers chocolate and some toffee.

T: The taste is transcendent. Milk chocolate, nice roasted malts and some chocolate covered espresso beans all fill my mouth and run across my taste buds. Delicious vanilla sweetness with a light toffee richness to it. The finish is a little bitter bakers chocolate, a hint of burnt sugar and some light molasses as well.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Medium low carbonation with a nice combination of roast and sweet notes on the finish with just a hint of dryness. The drinkability is off the charts.

O: This is an incredibly decadent treat. Rich and creamy with great notes of roast, chocolate and espresso. This is the best porter money can buy. I will be seeking this out again, and very soon.

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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 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 RichD
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured this into a snifter.

A: Pours a crude oil, black color with about a finger or 2 of khaki colored head. Not much lacing left along the glass as I drink away.

S: The smell of coffee and roasted malts overtake my nose. A slight whiff of smoke is also present. Some faints smells of dark fruits come through, though not as prominent as the coffee and roasted malts. Good stuff here.

T: Wow! What an experience this is! The flavors of coffee and roasted malts are incredible. Also there is a good smokiness at the end which is something that I've never tasted in any porter I've ever had. The dark fruits that I mentioned in the smell section come through in a mild way. The taste of this porter is like nothing I've ever tasted and it is definitely the best tasting porter I've ever had. This is truly awesome. There isn't an incredible amount of depth, but honestly it's not really needed with the flavors that this brew exudes.

M: A medium to heavy mouthfeel. This beer is so damn creamy and smooth. A very balanced beer and I've yet to taste any alcohol at all. A slightly dry finish that lingers, but not for too long. A pleasant feel.

Overall: This is by far the best porter I have ever had in my beer drinking life. I am truly unsure if I'll ever have one that can even contend with this. The smell of brewed coffee along with the smokiness that comes through when I drink this just make Everett an absolute treat to taste. I only bought 2 bottles at Hill Farmstead and right now I am kicking myself for not grabbing at least 2 more. What an amazing beer. Awesome job, Shaun Hill and co.!!

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

On tap at Rattle N Hum

Dark brown/black pour with head reducing to ring of lacing. Sweet, roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, a hint of dark fruit and slightly tart. Finishes with some bitter hop presence. The balance of sweetness, bitterness, tartness and richness of flavor pushes my buttons in the right way. Creamy, viscous and oily mouthfeel but not thick. Very easy drinking. A fine fine porter and an awesome beer. Love it.

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

Thanks Fitz for the trade!

A: Black with 2 finger tan frothy head. Lots of lacing. Beautiful looking porter!

S: Unlike most American porters (in general), this one has a huge smell. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.

T: WOW... amazing flavours that don't quit (very long lasting bold taste). It starts with coffee, roasted malt, then finishes with chocolate and slight hop bitterness at the end (but not too bitter). Some smoke to in the after taste. This is the most complex and tasty porter I have ever had.

M: I would say, for the style, the beer is quite thick and syrupy (but not thick and syrupy like a imperial stout). Creamy. Good amount of carbonation.

O: This is awesome. I think this is a porter/stout (maybe an imperial porter if there is such a category...). Will be seeking for more of this and other beers from HF.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this on my first visit to HF. Got to try a sample of some great beer. This one was very good, so here's an official review...

A: Yep, absolutely perfect. A super pitch black brew with a thick pour. This leads to a huge 2 inch mocha colored fluffy had that fades at a decent pace to a small lake atop the brew.

S: I first get some sweet chocolate on the nose which blends into a mild hop scent which leads to some burnt coffee notes. I get vanilla and very faint raisin on the back. Very good.

T: I get a full thick bitter chocolate upfront which blends into a roasty vanilla coffee. Good.

M: Full body with a good carbonation. A roasty finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a very good robust porter. With this type of beer you would expect a fullness with a nice roastiness. This meets and exceeds the criteria. Definitely enjoy this one if you like a nice roasty porter.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown to almost black color with a thick chocolate colored head. the smell is roasty and sweet with hints of cocoa and coffee. the taste is sweet malty with a hint of roastiness and coffee hints as well. the mouthfeel is a bit thicker than expected. overall this is a very good ber, but just a little to sweet for the style so thats where it lost points

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Photo of 4ster
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml flip top growler. Filled on 05/15/13, drank today. Poured into large wine glass, first pour at around 10c/50f.

A: Pours very black as expected, very quick, light chocolate tan head, dies off pretty quickly, little lakes of lacing floating on top.

S: Pretty light on the nose at the initial temp, but most of the aroma is the roasted malts...I don't get much hops or bitterness, but mainly chocolates...

T: Right out of the bottle (at above noted temps), starts light, lots of roasted malts....but in a milk chocolate way that is typical of porters, not that sweet at all and with that interesting earthy/acidic barley flavour, finishes slightly bitter burnt espresso coffee, caramel, and as others note, roasted almonds/nuts.

M: Light, nice carbonation (may differ from bottle, but still, as with all HF, naturally carbonated... extremely balanced and smooth, not really sticky like a stout or overly dry....allows for easy drinking

O: Certainly the best porter I've had... not too light, but has that easy drinking style compared to stouts, but quite full flavoured, too often porters turn out more watery as they try to get that nice drinkability but this one doesn't disappointed... not overly hoppy either, with just a lot of nice burnt/roasted malt profiles blending together... where the typical porter runs around 5% but turns out flat, HF has been able to finally build up the malt profile while raising the ABV, but without sacrificing the style and making it syrupy/sticky/stout like... love it...

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.47 out of 5 based on 2,542 ratings.
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