Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From bottles, on draught, this is one beer thatís always been a show in itself. No matter what I was drinking before or after, it is a rare day the one in which you drink an Everett that is not the highlight of the day. And for what itís worth, dark malt flavours are certainly not among my favourite features in the broad universe of beer... So cracking up an Everett and drinking it in front of the screen, here are my impressions. A vigorous beige cap stays above the close to blackness. Ashes blend lovingly around fudge in this complex malt nose where all kinds of chocolatey nuances dominate the caramel found in many a porter. Toasted pumpernickel, cigar leafy/smokiness, leather.. the flavours are broad, varied, complementary, never heading too much toward sweetness nor toward bitterness. Hops are not subtle, but are kept under control by the sheer malt presence. Round, luscious palate, never feeling heavy and certainly not syrupy, but straightly dense and compact, stealing a vanilla kiss toward the finish, but otherwise remaining disciplined, adding woodsy, truffle, coffee laden layers and inspiring the drinker to expand its dark malt aroma descriptors range. The texture is simply flawless, with just the right carbonation dosage, soft bubbles enhancing drinkability while never bringing forth more acidity and bite than required, leaving the rich maltiness the grounding area it needs to land its intricacies on the palate. Tough to imagine anything I would change.
harrymel (515) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice black with a sheet of mocha foam. Smells robust son! Chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, coffee (faint), cocoa powder, graham and more toasted malts. Flavor follows suit with a good earthy roasted character, a strong cocoa flavor, nice bits of coffee nib, and a sweetness Iím surprised at that is transient in nature and does not linger. Great flavor. Full bodied with tight and sharp carb loosely scattered, this leaves your mouth coated and satisfied, yet wanton for the next sip. This is a world class beer, and I think the best porter Iíve ever had. Sincerely wish I had a clone recipe.
Serving type: bottle
want1DIPA (148) - - DEC 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour. This Hill Farmstead brew is all itís cracked up to be. The best porter Iíve ever had. Strong chocolate aromas with silky smooth flavors of coffee and vanilla.
jcr (2084) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque black body. Brown head. Big aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, tobacco. Hint of coffee and pine and dark fruit. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, soft carbonation. Rich and complex with lots of flavor: Coffee, roasted grain, pine, caramel. Hint of herbs.
SpongeRuiner (418) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to tectactoe. My first from the brewery and I was not let down. Huge milk chocolate taste and feel. Really really good. Perfect alcohol background.
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml...wish it was a liter bottle thanks to bytemesis . Pours a awe inspiring jet black color with a large tan mocha head. A rich nose of chocolate, lactose, big caramel. Big flavor abound with mocha, caramel, dark fruit, woody, some yeasty dry flavors, big sweetness almost balanced by bitter metallic roast and milky lactose. Lovely art here. This is a hefty brew, and brings the total package. Umm. Awesome. Roast and sweet caramel in the finish. A bit like a Baltic Porter, anise and licorice evident. Wonderful.
ClassyBeagle (291) - USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. From notes, July 26, 2012.
A: Roasted coffee, chocolate, toasted malt and white bread crust.
A: Pours deep brown, practically black, with a nice one and a half finger width mocha-colored head leaving thin trails of lace down parts of the glass.
T: Follows the nose with smokey roasted chocolate. Toffee, light caramel and plenty of dry dark/raw chocolate with a smooth chocolatey finish. The beer is not very complex, but itís a luscious symphony of creamy chocolate flavors throughout.
P: As with all Hill Farmstead beers, the mouth-feel is very near perfect. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation.
O: Worldclass for sure. Fantastic flavor profile, complimented immensely by the rich mouth-feel. Quite possibly the best porter on the planet.
JBPortland (186) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2L growler, pours dark brown, black in glass with big fluffy gorgeous mocha head. Nose is bitter roasty coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, creamy. Taste is big roasted coffee, chocolate, cream. Finish is coffee, sweet malty notes, some nuttiness. Easily the best porter Iíve tried so far. Amazing. (From 11/15 notes)
tectactoe (656) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: thanks to LostGringo! Super dark, almost completely back with a nice layer of mocha-tan foam that settles to a nice collar. Aroma is milky chocolates, smooth roast, light coffee, a mild underlying sweetness, a touch of borderline campfire smokiness, & a beautiful, nutty finish. Taste follows right along, beautiful roasted malt profile with hints of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, burnt brown sugar, faint char, a kiss of dark fruit, & a slightly roasty, char finish. Robust & roasty with a smooth, creamy sweetness undercurrent that balances perfectly. A damn fine porter, in all aspects.
Rrauth (896) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from canon. I like it because it's not stupid coffee flavor. Subtle flavor. Smooth. Yet still rich. Nice. Glad I got to try it.
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TimsRatings (266) - - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with brown head. Mild aroma of caramel. Smooth caramel flavor with a touch of coffee bitterness.
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