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Everett Porter | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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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4.47
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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 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 KickInTheChalice
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter.

With a fairly aggressive pour, there is a nice, tightly wound mocha brown cap. The head retains nicely and leaves some nice spotty lace all over the glass.

The aroma and flavor are both very smooth. Dark roasted malt contains dark semi-sweet chocolate and creamy espresso flavor with no smokey or burnt character. The flavor starts with that malt, and the malt and chocolate linger through the middle of the flavor, ending with a semi-sweet creamy espresso note. There is a soft spicy pine hop note right at the end.

The mouthfeel is worth noting separately. The flavors integrate well with the smooth body and creamy carbonation.

I haven't been impressed with the Hill Farmstead beers I have had so far, but this was very impressive. At this point I would say it is one of the best porters I have had.

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Photo of pagriley
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml into snifter.

L - pours dark, settles to black in the glass with an inch of good mocha head
S - chocolate, black patent malt and a hint of molasses
T - More of the same, with hints of coffee, chocolate and a slightly dry finish with ashy black patent malt
F - Medium to full for the ABV. Smooth, but not overly thick.

Overall, a very tasty beer. Nothing wow, but very well made.

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Photo of zrab11
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice beautiful dark brown color with a nice 2 finger brown head. Nice lacing throughout

S- Dark Chocolate and roasted malts are the first thing that hit my nose. Also getting some carmel and dark fruit hints

T- Has a nice roastiness up front followed by alittle bit of sweetness. Then in the middle the dark chocolate comes through with some toffee and coffee flavors. Towards the end comes some bitterness and then finishes with a nice alcohol chocoalate creaminess

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and silky

D- Overall this is my #2 Porter right now. right behind maple bacon coffee porter. This really surprized me. I knew it would be good but not this good. HAd alot of flavors but they were all balanced soo nicely. Will seek this out atleast once a year.

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Photo of lic217
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Jet black, brown head, lacing on glass
Aroma: Chocolate, roasted malts, cream, dark fruits
Taste: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, starts sweet, but finishes dry and bitter
Feel: Creamy, but a touch thin
Overall: an amazing porter, would pair incredibly well with dessert

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Photo of nataku00
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black with a finger of chocolate brown creamy head mixed with a few bubbles. Nice lacing as the head dissipates to a slick of head.

Big roasted notes, medium roasted coffee, dark roasted malt, a light smokiness, dark chocolate. A hint of citrusy hop bitterness and dark fruit as it warms a little.

Taking a sip, bitterness upfront, roasted malt and coffee with some earthiness, then mellows to fruitier coffee flavors, bittersweet chocolate, sweet almond, graham cracker. Lingering coffee and roasted malt flavors on the tongue after a swallow.

Probably on the lighter side of medium, but the good carbonation helps contribute to a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A very nicely crafted porter.

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Photo of cvm4
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/14/2015

L - Pours pretty dark for a porter. Definitely black coffee body and tan one finger head. Looks more like a double stout or RIS.

S - Some sweet and bitter coffee on the opening. Roasted malts and licorice midway in. Some smokiness on the ending.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate starts off strong. Mildly sweet coffee comes through along with vanilla. The roasted malts show up on the finish.

F - For a porter, medium bodied and low carbonation. Has a wet finish, really coats the mouth.

O - One of the better porters I've had.

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Photo of Pahn
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch darkish tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a tight ring of lacing. Pours solid black and looks full bodied. Leaves some lacing islands.

Smell: Coffee and cocoa, roasted malt, pastry sweetness, hint of piny hops that might be placebo. Booze infused pastry aromas, though all told not much alcohol in the nose. Develops with time, and smells great.

Taste: Follows the nose. Rich and delicious, with some prickly hop flavor at the end and moderate bitterness. Long chocolate cake aftertaste. Gets into coffee liqueur territory with the malt complexity. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, some nice burnt, husky/nutty roasted malt near the end. Aftertaste takes on some anise flavor with the chocolate cake after awhile.

So much going on, and it all works. This would be getting a 4.5 for flavor if the beer was an 11%ABV Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Silky smooth. Low side of moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Perfection.

Overall: Everything about this beer is outstanding. It's ostentatiously good, like the brewer is trying to embarrass everyone else-- "See, this is how much flavor you can get out of these ingredients. Try harder everyone!"

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. No date, but recently released.

Pours a thick black with rich, creamy light tan head. Nose is mellow and lovely with notes of cocoa powder and earth. Palate is rich and wide, rather viscous and with creamy carbonation. Flavors of black strap molasses, cocoa nibs, mocha, tree bark and cappuccino, froth and all. Long, lush finish.

Wonderful.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Andrewinski. Thanks again homey. Poured into a true pint glass. Pours dark brown, pretty much a notch on the color wheel away from black with two fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Really nice retention and sticky lace. Probably one of the best looking beers I've seen.

A little bit smokey on the aroma with bitter dark chocolate aromas. Wheat toast in the background with a little bit or dark roast coffee in the aroma. Dark bitter bakers chocolate on the aroma with a nice char flavor to round it out. A little bit of dark roast coffee to finish this one up.

For a robust porer the body seems a bit on the light side, but real nice soft carbonation. Overall this one is simply rock solid. Another well done effort from the Vermont crew. I will always look forward to any of their beers.

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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 adam42381
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken at Cigar City Brewing taproom on 7/15/12. Poured on draft into a Cigar City shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a 1/2 finger light tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, toasted malt and white bread crust.

Taste: Milk chocolate, roasted malt and coffee throughout. Aftertaste is bitter coffee with a touch of sweet chocolate. Extremely well-balanced. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could drink this all day.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Maybe the best porter (it's really close to a milk stout in my opinion) I've ever had. It's extremely well-balanced and smooth. I'd recommend trying this one if you get a chance. I hope I'm lucky enough to get some bottles of Everett at some point.

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Photo of SABERG
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Dark as night, ebony wood, wonderful mocha cap can be coaxed from a vigorous pour.
S - Bakers chocolate, hint of smoke, cocoa and toffee, just beautiful.
T - Roasted grains, a bit of Madagascar chocolate note, deep grains and a surprising raspberry buried deep in there.
F - Silky is the primary observation. Finish is a bit oily, and the complete palate coverage never ends.
O - A wonderful porter, in the Danish model, super body and flavor.
Cheers

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Photo of silentjay
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a pitch black with a layered dark chocolate colored head that sticks around a while and laces impeccably.

a bit more of a lactose-like sweetness in the bottled version than I remember in my few experiences from the growler. tons of dark roasted coffee, bitter cacao, some roasted/candied nuts, vanilla extract, and roasted malts obviously. I think my experiences from the growler have shown more of a charred/cacao powder aroma, while the bottle shows a bit more sweetness.

flavor just does not quit. I have only taken a small sip so far and can pick up so many flavors its ridiculous. cacao, coffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, molasses, burnt brown sugar, woody and earthy hops. just amazing.

a bit lighter bodied than an imperial stout, but perfect for a robust porter. carbonation is there, but remains in the background. no alcohol heat or burn.

growler, on tap, or in bottles, this is THE porter to compare all other porters to. Can't wait for the barrels to mature, because I can only imagine what some bourbon character could add to this beer.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my bro for sharing this bottle.

Poured a black coffee hue with a finger of khaki colored head.

The aroma was fresh espresso beans ground with fresh coffee beans, cocoa and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose. This brew tastes so fresh! Like a delicious fresh brewed espresso with some cocoa and vanilla. Amazing!

The mouth feel is medium bodied but full in flavor. A moderate amount of carbonation... I really feel like it complimented the beer perfectly. Drying roasty espresso finish. So money!

Overall, this beer was every bit worth the "hype". All around a solid brew.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Everyone has their long sought brew, the one that had to be tracked down eventually. As someone weaned on dark beer, Everett was mine. So awesome to finally get to try this. Excellent pour, nice creamy head that settles over time but hangs on just enough. Nose was probably my least favorite part of the beer, though it's certainly not awful, just a bit heavy on the roasted malt, so that there's a hint of black marker in the air. Certainly some dark chocolate in there too (and, really, even chocolate can have some interesting aromas/flavors, so, again, hard to fault Everett too much here). Lovely on the palate, supremely because of a superlative body, absolutely perfect balance of rich, creamy decadence and eminent drinkability. Truly masterful. Taste is dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate perhaps, and a goodly acidic kick (this thing gave me some serious heartburn). Overall, really, really well done, that body a real revelation, and the taste pretty darn textbook, although I think it'd do especially well a touch smaller, maybe in the 5.5-6.5% range, just to take that acidic edge off. Otherwise, well done indeed.

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

Draft at Blackback Pub

A - black with a monnster light mocha head.

S - in your face with the chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Not super complex but it packs a lot in the nose

T - super sweet with a nice roastiness to balance the sweetness. Thus is my style of beer.

M - not sure what to think here. Feels like I'm drinking carbonated chocolate milk, but for the beer it just works. Don't think I've ever had this much body in a beer without oats and higher Abv.

O - one of the best porters I've had. So much aroma and flavor in this beer without a killer alcohol level. This is definitely a beer I'd love to have again.

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Photo of Myotus
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pearpicker for this bottle!
Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled 31Aug15) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter finger's worth of cinnamon foam that shrivels into a khaki line after 5 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. There are no visisble rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sweet chocolate and sugared coffee that entangle with mild aromas of bitter roasted malts and barley along with subtle vanilla and oak aromas.
TASTE: Strong flavors of sweet chocolate enter initially and are immediately followed by mild sugared coffee and bitter roasted malt flavors. Mild flavors of vanilla along with subtle oak flavors follow. Subtle barley flavors and hints of earthy hops (weren't detected in the aroma) finish off the symphony of flavors as all previous flavors persist except for bitter roated malts, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly smooth and somewhat creamy (it's too thin to have the full creamy feeling). Ends with the slightest hint of dryness.
NOTE: I am not a fan of bitter at all, but this brew pulled it off incredibly well. With that being said, if the bitterness was toned down, this would taste even more spectacular than it already does.

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

Pure obsidian with a creamed-coffee coloured head. Oddly, some carbonation appeared to cling to the sides of the stein.

Smells fairly sweet, lots of chocolate with a bit of coffee. Maybe a tiny bit of hops and fruit, with a subtle kick from the medium ABV.

Taste begins super sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, before transitioning to a very nicely balanced hop bitterness that leads into roasted coffee flavours. The finish is the slightest bit dry but still extremely smooth with lingering, sweet toffee and malt notes.

The body is thick, but on the lighter side. Overall, a nearly perfect representation of a porter.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to see this on tap at Sunswick 35/35, it looks like they are building a solid relationship with HF. Actually got to try this one a few times.

A-solid dark brown with a 1 finger heads that did not go away. Nice lacing.

S-roasted malt and a bit of cocoa. Not much else

T-heavy roasted malt taste with very little sweetness if any, reminiscient of Anchor's variety.

M-rich but not heavy, lower on carbonation like a good porter should.

O-a very solid representation of the style, but not my favorite.

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

Tap served in a glass at prohibition pig

Deep dark brown, taupe head

Deep rich chocolate, hint of coffee

First sip, wow! What a sensation. 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 Gtreid
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tcassel1 for hookin this one up. Growler poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Pretty much black, just slight highlighted edges. The pour dropped a great two finger head that faded to a thin rim, but left very little lace.

A: Huge chocolate, it really just overpowers the brew, but not in a bad way. I get notes of roast and earth as well.

T: Chocoalte, roasted malt, small coffee, earth, and a very small hop presence. This is a very chocolate forward brew which I love. I am assuming this one is around 7 or 8%, and the alcohol is practically unnoticable. It finishes creamy and smooth.

M: As good as any beer can be. Creamy, carbonation is spot on. Heavy body, really just perfect.

O: As far as porters go, I don't think I have had a better one. The mouthfeel is perfect, and the taste is out of this world. Hill Farmstead is brewing some world class beer. Get it if you can. Skal.

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

500ml bottle served in a snifter. Bottled 10/2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with 2 fingers of a darker tan head with good retention. Once in the glass the body is opaque and nearly black.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and faint notes of caramel sweetness, smoke and earth.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Malt sweetness hits right upfront followed by dark chocolate, roasted malt, earthy hops and a mild bitterness that comes through in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fully bodied, with a thick creamy mouthfeel and medium fine carbonation. Much fuller feel than I would expect from a 7.5% beer.

Overall: My first Hill Farmstead beer and I'm not disappointed. This is definitely an excellent porter, though it's not so much better than some of it's easier to obtain counterparts that it warrants going to great lengths to obtain.

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

One of the best beers I have ever had! Chocolate roasty aroma with an incredible nutty, chocolate taste. Really!!! I could drink this every day it's that good. Pours almost no head yet has a fantastic mouthfeel with crisp slight carbonation. This is the very definition of a World Class Beer! Seek this out, sell your home do what you need to do to try this beer.

Bottom Line: Legendary beer!

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Everett Porter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.47 out of 5 based on 2,562 ratings.
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