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Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 169
Hads: 965
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 21.03%
Wants: 455
Gots: 163 | FT: 22
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 10-28-2010

Twilight of the Idols is our winter porter. We brew Twilight each autumn, with a touch of locally roasted coffee and cinnamon, and age it on a blend of select vanilla beans. Originally conceived with a friend in 2009 while brewing in Denmark, the name of this annual release is inspired by the title of one of the last texts written by one of our philosophical idols, Friedrich Nietzsche.
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer with me! Thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes on 11/21/12.

poured into a Cascade snifter/tulip hybrid glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with thinn brown head.

Smell: light roast notes, chocolates, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla. The nose is very balanced.

Taste: Chocolate and mellow sweetness from the vanilla. Nice coffee note thats not overly roasty. Cinnamon on the back end of the beer. The cinnamon note seem to become stronger as the beer warms. Pretty awesome balance in this beer as noticed in the nose.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It got a little bit of silkiness to the beer as well. Its a bit thinner than Everett and I wish this beer had the same mouthfeel as everett.

Overall: Really awesome beer! As usual HF delivers another beer worth your time. Recomended!

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite having been filled three days before, and mostly consumed by others in the previous two days, the beer still had a semblance of a head, with enough carbonation to keep a thin ring around the edge supplied.

Coffee and chocolate are evident in the aroma, with hints of anise and vanilla.

A mouthful of the porter delivers sweet vanilla flavor in the middle of the rich coffee and roasted malts with a slightly bittersweet, dark chocolate aftertaste. Balanced by select hop additions and muted carbonation, the overall taste is meaty, with good depth of character.

Excellent brew for winter consumption. Almost too rich for dinner, a porter for pleasure.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt!

The beer is dark brown with a quarter inch of beige head. The aroma is roasty, with a touch of spice. Vanilla presence hits immediately upon the first sip. While vanilla presence is muted in the aroma, it is rather assertive in the flavor. Smooth, silky feel with lingering vanilla, chocolate. Delicious. Another fabulous beer from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really love the label, it is bad ass and ominous looking. As far as the beer inside the package..Porters don't come better looking then this one. Big billowing mocha colored head, it fades, but it leaves lacing. The beer itself is black, black. The nose gives you roast, earthy oh is this earthy, and cinnamon. As for the vanilla, not picking that up so much, but none the less the aroma is inviting and complex. Roasty, now I get the vanilla it comes on subtley but is perfect in its restraint. Cinnamon, I really never expected to be enjoying cinnamon as an ingrediant in a beer but it is so complementary to the flavors in this porter. The finish is lingering with the cinnamon, coffee and latte like charecter really hanging around, a little to long actually. Thick and rich somewhat milk shake like, its a good thing. I'd drink this every day of the winter, it is a perfect winter beverage.

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Photo of Duff27
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a light mocha cap. Minimal lacing.

First whiff is coffee, vanilla beans after a couple swirls.

Coffee dominates for me but there is a hint of vanilla. Roasty yeah stuff. 7.5%abv is about what it feels like.

Super smooth. Medium low carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Very good and I can see where the hype lies. Thanks egrace84!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger head that doesn't last, deep amber around the edges, some lacing.

S-Mainly coffee and roasted malt. Almost some burnt notes in there as well.

T-Starts with coffee, balanced with roasted malt, some burnt malt, vanilla creeps in. Chocolate as well. Great balance.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth with slight carbonation.

O-An amazing porter. HF can do no wrong.

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Photo of ggilman
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously from a HFS growler to a Sebago Brewing Company tulip glass.

Deep dark black, much blacker than Twilight! If I swirl the beer in the light I can pick out some faint chestnut around the edges. Minimal mocha head, with a little brook trout patterned lacing. Vanilla comes through big in the nose, followed by coffee grounds and then kahlua. Some coffee roast, but everything is overshadowed by vanilla bean. So silky smooth. Vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. Rich and chewy. Milk chocolate, root beer, amaretto. A little bit of booze and bitterness, but overall a creamy delicious beer. Not sure I could polish off a growler alone. A little heavy and rich. Ecstasy-inducing in small doses.

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Photo of larryi86
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bstyle for this!
500 ml bottle, dated 11/18/15, poured into teku

A- Black with a three finger khaki head.

S- Roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, vanilla, some mild cinnamon, nicely balanced.

T- Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some caramel malts, vanilla, hints of cinnamon, fairly coffee heavy.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid coffee Porter with a nice touch of vanilla and hint of cinnamon. Worth seeking out, definitely need more HF in my life.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black with a small mocha head.

S - typical porter aroma. Anise etc

T - far different than the nose. Coffee, cinnamon, a touch of vanilla, anise, molasses in the finish.

M - medium, good amount of carbonation.

O - awesome, my favorite non barrel aged porter. wish I had gotten a second growler.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From Growler dated Dec. 8th 2013 – NYC bottle share with mdfb79.
Huge thanks to Beerlawyer85 for bringing this – Cheers Ross!
12/12/13 – Served in a Duvel tulip glass

My very first HF Brew!

A: Black coffee look with a dark brown edge. Completely opaque. Thin layer of light brown sugar cream on top. Takes some conjuring and settles out to a crown relatively quickly leaving behind a few swirls and dotting across the glass.

S: Smells rich with a melted chocolate medley, roasted malts, scorched caramel, and some vanilla infused coffee beans. I get a light warming spice and maybe a touch of licorice but nothing too discernibly cinnamon here. Has a good dose of earthy hops mixed in. Incredibly rich and chocolaty nose which is great in a Porter.

T: Immense chocolate roast flavor. I get creamy milk chocolate mixed with some lightly toasted cocoa nib, vanilla bean, dark caramels, and premium roast coffee mostly. Much like a mocha frappe. Has a real nice green coffee earthiness to it with some light warming spice on the back end. There is a pretty low perceived bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is kept well in check. Touch of licorice and some charred grain on the finish but this beer is never harsh. Very smooth rather and balanced all the way through. Really tasty. Nice complexity with loads of chocolate and dark roast flavors.

M: Semi-thick and heavy but with an incredibly smooth consistency makes the mouth feel on this one a creamy delight. Slick and clean with a light drying finish.

D: Deliciously roasty with flavors full of decadent chocolates and a wonderful creamy mouth feel. I get the sense I would love just the base beer minus any special adjuncts here. They don’t seem to heighten an already great Porter for me. Has a supreme balance of flavors and easy drinkability. Would love to start trying some more of their offerings. Really great stuff!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into a snifter. Courtesy, I believe, of Mike. Thanks buddy!

Holy gusher...this bottle would make Vesuvius blush. Big piping flowage just rises and bubbles and oozes and puffs its might chest. Once in the glass there's equal pars beer and head for quite a spell.

The initial scent of plastic tubing really pissed me off. I've had a flat Birth of Tragedy and was going to shake my paws at the sky in a vain attempt at remedying the situation if this beer had qc issues. Upon settling a light creaminess emerges. Smooth mocha mingles with the perfect cup of coffee where the half and half meets the roast and just copulates like the filthy bitches they both know they are. You dirty, dirty...I digress. The smell is quite enticing. Vanilla beans join the now gentle menage a trois, as the first two combatants lie in a sweaty embrace.

What we have here is an incredibly smooth drinking porter. Rather than suffering from waif-like body, as some porters are bound to disappoint, the body is both creamy and fluffy. The light creamed coffee, mocha, and vanilla beans are soft in their presentation. However, each delicately plays nicely together allowing one another to shine in their respective competencies. The finishes shows a spike of cinnamon and a flash of alcohol that belies a vanilla fade. Thank god this doesn't fall prey to that fake off putting extracty vanilla abomination that can absolutely piss all over an otherwise good beer.

I'm not sure what's not to like about this. Judge on its merits as a porter, this is an amazing beer. I enjoyed this far more than Birth of Tragedy.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to dujayhawk for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 500 mL bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: This one pours essentially black, opaque, with a one finger tan head, and a low level of visible carbonation.

S: Dark mocha, mild roasted coffee, dark leather that's almost dank, with hints of dark fruit sweetness.

T: Follows the nose, though with more dark fruit than I get from the aroma. Bittersweet roasty cacao, maybe a touch of smoke, leather, and tobacco.

M: Amazing. Velvety smooth. This is what a porter should be like on the tongue. Medium carbonation sensation, but the alcohol presence is a smidge hotter than it should be.

O: A solid, quite enjoyable porter, and another good beer from HF. However, I did not find it to be quite as good as Everett.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at my tasting.

Fall/Winter 2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee beans, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with a rich cocoa, coffee, and vanilla flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a dark glossy black, with a quarter inch mocha-reddish head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like bitter earthy roasted coffee, roasted malt, light cinnamon, and some chocolate. Not really getting any vanilla bean.

The taste run fairly similar to the aroma. The dominant flavor is a refined, elegant bitterness from the earthy coffee, along with the roasted barley. There's a light touch of cinnamon, and just the smallest smidgen of vanilla bean. It's delicious and runs counter to the usually super sweet adjunct stout game most breweries play when presented with this ingredient list.

This is medium bodied, very creamy, with a normal level of carbonation.

This is another slam dunk from Shaun Hill.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ilovevermont, poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Completely pitch black with the slightest dark brown edges to the glass. This glass is completely black. A finger and a half of khaki white head forms, that sticks around nicely and leaves solid lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted chocolate, with a significant coffee presence. A light smokiness, followed by some vanilla, but only just.

Taste: Really nice clean dark chocolate. Roasted coffee beans are present throughout, and provide a nice bitterness. Sweet milk chocolate then comes which mellows out any harshness from coffee bitterness. Finishes with an ever so slight touch of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Holy amazing. Super velvety and creamy. This beer is amazingly drinkable, yet decadent to savor. Nailed the mouthfeel with this one.

Overall: Another incredible beer from Shaun Hill. Not sure if I prefer this over Everett or not. For now I'll say "yes."

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Photo of pkalix
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

guy below nailed it- subdued aroma and very settled and balanced flavors. slight on the coffee although it is present. cinnamon follows in on the coffee's heels and a blanket of soft vanilla throughout. very little bitterness. the pour is beautiful with a nice creamy topping and some cinnamon color. around the edges. very nice; i should have been more prepared to enjoy this.....

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Photo of Clonies720
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into taster glass. No freshness date, but is marked "Fall/Winter 2012". This beer is marked as 7.5% ABV on BeerAdvocate, however is labeled 7.2%ABV for this vintage.

Appearance: Pours an abyss black color. This beer absorbs the light! 2-finger creamy mocha-colored head.

Smell: The first smell that hits my nose is a sweet chocolate fudge cake followed by freshly brewed espresso. Wonderful backdrops of supporting vanilla. Slightly bready yeast that brings me to a chocolate-covered donut.

Taste: Freshly brewed espresso is dominant on the palate. Faint notes of woodiness. Stronger vanilla comes out than was apparent in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Lightly carbonated. Medium-full bodied.

Overall: Very delicious. World class. However, Vanilla Bean Framinghammer porter has ruined me for life and this beer pales in comparison to it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap twice at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. One 10oz pour each on 11/23 and 11/25, into a black lettered Hill Farmstead stemmed wine glass. The first time, I didn't know the full details of this beer, only that it was a porter.

Pours a fairly standard black body, with a minimal mocha coloured head that dissipates relatively quickly. Lacing consists of very small bubbles, but not quite lacy foamy, that slowly sink into the glass quickly. It really looks like a barrel aged stout, to be honest.

Smells fantastic and incredibly intense. Honestly, at first it smells like mint chocolate vanilla ice cream. I don't know how else to describe it. Remember, the first time I had this beer, I only knew it was a special porter but didn't know it had cinnamon, coffee and vanilla beans in it. So in that respect, this was a very surprising nose. As it warms up, more of the chocolate and roast qualities come out, but it is still very much dominated by that intense mint chocolate vanilla flavour. Very unique, have never smelled a beer like this.

Tasting this is an unique relevation. More of the bitter black coffee comes out in the taste, but it continues to taste like what it smells: mint chocolate vanilla ice cream. I'm sure there are better ways to describe it, but this is unique and incredibly flavourful.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Its very smooth and foamy yet not fizzy or prickly. Aftertaste is a nice vanilla ice cream flavor, a bit less of the mint. Lingers quite a bit in the palate, a very creamy brew.

This beer is as close to ice cream as I've ever tasted. I'm not going to lie, this might be a beer that you either don't care for or really enjoy. I would have given it a 4.25 overall had I reviewed it after the first time, but having it a second time gave me even greater appreciation for it. Remember, mint chocolate vanilla ice cream.

Re-review: Had this again out of the bottle, from the 11/2013 release. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass on New Year's Eve, 1/1/2014. Thank you FleetwoodMatt, for sending me a bottle.

Basically, this beer's flavour profile is very similar but the mouthfeel is definitely thinner bodied in comparison to what I recall on draft (and from the original review above). My guess is that it isn't as well carbonated as it was on draft. I'm going to conclude here that I certainly prefer this beer on draft, so if you've had it out of the bottle and thought it was good but not great, I encourage you to try it out on draft on your next visit to Vermont.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this bottle! F/W 2012 bottling. Poured in to HF tulip.

A - Black with one finger of cocoa coloured head.

S - Sweet vanilla up front with espresso, roast and milk chocolate aromas. Fairly sweet overall nose.

T - A huge espresso flavour up front that is immediately followed by sweet vanilla and milk chocolate. Some roast is also present in the background. The finish is sweet vanilla. A great overall flavour profile.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from the source. Nice drive if you have the time!

A: Beautiful chocolate brown body with a dark brown head.

S: Nose is deep, dark, rich chocolate malt. Just scrumptious.

T: Flavor is smooth and rich chocolate with a noticeable spice contribution. Molasses, pumpkin pie, cinammon. Truly a wonderful sipper.

M: Slick and smooth. Even leaves a smooth residue.

O: Very nice porter. I'm sure I didn't get all of the complexity that is in there, but I really enjoyed this brew. One of my favorite porters ever.

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Photo of harrymel
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2012-13 winter. It's relatively fresh is what I'm saying.

It's black with a nice solid sheet of tan foam. Smells nice, coffee, cocoa, rich toasted graham crackers, bits of burnt toffee and a good dose of vanilla - but not overbearing. Flavor is rich with the tone of the nose and a little hint of pepper and almost a waxy crayon note. The bitterness is well matched with rich dark gooey chocolates and a little bit of dust. Full and smooth body with low carb and an off dry, but mucous producing finish. Nearly perfect mouthfeel for my money. nice beer as usual.

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Photo of mltobin
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twilight of... was served on-tap in Worcester MA.

Appearance is black with a light brown head. Upon smelling this, you know right away that you are in for a treat. It has vanilla and coffee on the nose, some malts. Then, with a taste and there is more of the coffee and vanilla, along with some cinnamon and some other winter spices. Roasted malts continue in the taste too. This is very well balanced and drinks easy, a smooth texture and finish. It would be great to drink a glass of this alongside chocolate chip cookies. A fantastic porter and well suited to a cold night in New England.

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Photo of SABERG
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a modified tulip. Growler from the brewery within 24 hrs.

A - Dark, some light head and short lacing. The color of caramel.

S - Vanilla, caramel, roast malts, some spice winter based, cinammon, cocoa. What a pleasure.

T - All those smells come roaring through, what a smorgashbourg Difficult to track but a pleasure to enjoy. Vanilla, cocoa, a hint of bourbon?

M- Smooth feel with a moderate oils, not a dry ending. The lingering is spiced, vanilla, a touch of coffee, and cocoa.

O - This is a fabulous winter treat. The balance is spot on. Delicate and well defined. Thanks to the fine folks who crafted this remarkable offering.

Cheers

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Photo of jaasen64
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Poured into HF glass, served slightly below cellar temperature.

A- Pours a dark jet black with about a finger's worth of light mocha creamy head that has decent retention but fades to a very thin layer and leaves some spotty lacing. Nice consistent carbonation.

S- Coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, a tiny bit of nutmeg, nice aroma strength. Aromas are extremely well balanced with the coffee and cinnamon blending very well together and neither dominating.

T- Light coffee with creamy vanilla and a hint of subtle cinnamon on the finish. Very well balanced and nice level of spices without anything that dominates too much. Very flavorful.

M- Medium bodied, pretty average body for a porter, nice carbonation for a porter, very easy to drink.

O- This was another fantastic porter from Hill Farmstead. Twilight was very flavorful and extremely well balanced. In my opinion the subtle spices and vanilla were perfect in this beer and it was very easy to drink. Overall I like the chocolate and coffee that come out a little bit more in Everett (the vanilla takes a little bit of that away), but this is also a fantastic porter that I'm glad they are making a regular seasonal offering. I definitely recommend trying it out.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the NYC Gingerman into a goblet. Reviewed from notes.

A: Black body with a finger of creamy light brown head; average retention and good lacing. Solid.

S: Rich roasted notes of espresso and dark chocolate, along with some oak, dark candied fruit, and spice - anise and cinnamon. Lovely.

T: Opens with huge, authentic-tasting cocoa, molasses, and anise. Vanilla oak and candied fruit come on strong midway through, leading to a smoothly bittersweet finish. Absolutely decadent.

M: Robust medium body with light, soft carbonation. Pleasant enough.

D: I don't know the ABV, but I could drink tons. Very rich and yet supremely smooth.
[edit: I originally gave this a 5 for Drinkability, but in light of the change to Overall I've lowered the score to a 4.5]

Notes: This was just a fantastic porter. The spice, roast, and sweetness all worked together beautifully, making the whole package one of the most enjoyable and satisfying winter beers I've had. I wish this were more readily available, and count myself lucky to have gotten to try it.

Cheers!

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Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.