Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
When you think of Hill Farmstead, you probably think of IPAs and saisons, but they do make a wide variety of styles including porter. This is my first dark beer from this highly sought-after brewery and it’s definitely an excellent example of the style. Robust palette with a body that’s as nice on the eyes as it is on the tongue.
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/14/15 and cost $8.50 ($0.50 per ounce). Thanks to Jon H. for the bottle!
Appearance: One of the darkest porters I’ve seen with a jet black, opaque hue with just a hint of brown highlights. Pours to a large, dark tan frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Plenty of dark malt, though not roasty or chocolaty per se. Fairly sweet scent all around with a trace of pine.
Taste: There’s a fine line between a strong robust porter and a stout and Everett seems to straddle that line pretty firmly. I don’t get the lighter fruity sweetness here that’s typical of a porter, but more of a deeply bitter roasty sensation usually associated with stouts. Not that I’m complaining, but the flavors that are present are plenty delectable. Sweet dark malty flavor is the first component, followed by a resiny/piney sensation from the hops. Not especially bitter, though there is a dry, coffee and burnt toast-like taste on the finish. A residual earthy aftertaste completes and complements the palette perfectly.
Drinkability: Hill Farmstead Everett is not only a great-tasting beer, it’s also a pleasure to drink. The mouthfeel is very silky and smooth, though it does feel just a tad thin. For a 7.2% ABV brew, there is no alcohol presence whatsoever; which makes it almost dangerously drinkable. Even the aftertaste is good, if a bit astringent but easily tolerable.
punkska101 (1364) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml growler shared with Alex and Seb A: chocolate, tobacco, light roastiness, light caramel. App: pitch black minimal beige head. T/p: med to full body with moderate long bitter finish. O: A great complexity with nice overall smoothness. Been a while since I had such a balanced porter.
Stoned99 (725) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2015 750ml 1 week fresh growler from the brewery shared with Jo and Seb. Aroma: rosted malt, chocolate, wood, tobacco. App: dark brown, even burgundy, small brown head. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, average carbonation, smooth, medium bitter finish. Overall: great. Really smooth. Enjoyed the bitter finish. Will sure buy again
electrotype (430) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Liquide bien foncé qui génère une mini mousse dorée et très crémeuse. On sent le caramel, les noisettes et le café. En bouche l’impression est bien ronde, on dirait prèsqu’un sirop, à cette légère différence qu’une bouteille de sirop ne me donne pas envie de la boire en entier! Les bières foncées et/ou sucrées ne sont pas celles que je préfère, mais j’apprécie toujours, malgré tout, lorsque la bière est bien brassée. Et c’est clairement le cas ici. Hill Farmstead rate rarement sa cible... Une bière parfaite pour les amateurs du style!
Klimaet (978) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a big dark brown head. Aromas of dark roast, bitter chocolate, caramel, dust, malts, light smokiness, dark fruits. Taste is dark chocolate, roast, caramel, tobacco, liceorice, light smokiness, dry wood, dark sweet fruits. Damn classy smooth porter!
bartlebier (2820) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2015 Well-traveled 500ml, bottled 06/2013, courtesy of Chicago RB posse 2013, shared@Aarhus Belgisk Blåmuslinger Tasting 08/2015. - subtly layered Robust American Porter that gradually opens up to its well-hopped potential under a rich dry layer of young tobacco leaf and chocolate espresso roast. - First whiffs of thick espresso and toasted wood gave way to fruitier, but still earthy red berry, currant, red grapes, tobacco, mildly roasted cocoa bean. Dry roast also defines its dry mouthfeel and taste, with more chocolate, woody notes and liquorice developing at repeated sipping. Restrained caramel sweetness, maybe thinned out with age. Highly drinkable as well. - Personally prefer my Porter a tad more luscious in creamy mouthfeel, Fuller’s style, but the semi-heavy, fresh cocoa bean dry roast here remains well balanced and lively with subtle hop watercolours, even aged 2 years.
linusb (211) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Coffee, chocolate, liqourice T: Follows nose very well. Starts off with a light sweetness, a bit tart afterwards and ends with a bitterness.
nealblind (1287) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour dark brown head. Aroma char. Tastes molasses sweet char. Very light body. Flavor that is pugnacious and keeps coming.
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at the brewery and Parker Pie, 7/24/15
Deep ebony liquid is topped by a tan head that shows moderate retention. Undetermined clarity.
The fresh, plastery, lovely Hill Farmstead yeast/water character is the first thing I notice, even before the roast. The beer just smells alive and vibrant. Light vanilla, dark chocolate and mild coffee notes are all presented very cohesively, with lush, dank, juicy hop notes adding light citrus/wintergreen aspects, but not overdone or dominant. With warming, buttercream, vanilla and milk chocolate emerge, adding more malty depth, but all the while, the roast and hops keep things in balance. Clean, wonderfully balanced and vibrantly aromatic stuff, with no sign of flaw or alcohol.
The flavor displays all of the porter character from the nose, dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla, on an almost silky bed of rich malts. Much like the Mystic The Hum I just had, the flavors are all well-balanced; neither hop or roast bitterness dominates, nor does any gooey chocolate or pale malt sweetness build up. Considerably more dry than The Hum, though, without compromising any texture.
Between this and Cisco Moor Porter, it’s close in my book. Both have the delightful house yeast character and while this is probably a little more flawlessly executed, I did love Cisco’s massive oily, vinous roast/char and cigar notes; it just seemed to have even more complexity than this (though from recent reviews, it looks like Moor Porter is a shell of its former self that I remember (2005/2006)).
ben4321 (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewery, 7/13/15
Strong aroma of roasted malts, some burnt notes, and some unsweetened/dark chocolate. The pour is more black than brown with a thick, frothy brown head and heavy lacing. The flavor is similar, but the chocolate comes out more and the roast is more tame. Slightly sweeter than the nose would suggest, with a lightly bitter finish. It feels fairly creamy and smooth with a really nice mouthfeel, soft carbonation, and a somewhat dry close. I think I’m getting more sweetness from this one than I have on the past, but otherwise it just displays as a beautiful, well balanced, highly drinkable Porter.