Review: Hill Farmstead Everett Robust American Porter


I've had this beer in my fridge for almost two years, but I find that great porters can age well.. so I wasn't worried about having this beer spoiled. Hill Farmstead's Everett Robust American Porter. Everett tops out at 7.5% ABV. Bottled December 2, 2015.

Appearance: Just like any great porter, this pours a heavy, dark brown (near black) with a moderate amount of burnt caramel head. The head quickly diminishes, leaving behind only minimal amount of lacing and bubbles only near the glass.

Aroma: Absolutely solid porter! This has rich notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla, cocoa, a bit of woodiness, and earthy hops.

Taste: It has a bit of a boozy taste right at the beginning but gradually turns into a bit of a burnt wood flavour with a rich coffee bitterness to it. There's also dark chocolate, a good amount of caramel, and a rich earthy yet bitter hop presence that lingers on my palate long after the beer is finished.

Overall Thoughts: With it essentially being winter in my neck of the woods, this is pretty sweet, rich, and bitter - a great example of an American porter. It's a tad boozey but mostly rich, burnt and sweet. It will be probably a couple years until I return to Hill Farmstead, but they really do make some amazing beer!

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