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Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 377
Gots: 124 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Winter Porter brewed with Coffee and Cinnamon…Aged on Vanilla Beans.

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 10-28-2010)
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Fall/Winter 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Black with a khaki head. Chunky bubbles unbalanced around the edge. Slightly transparent at the edges.

Smell - Lots of vanilla. Coffee, but not the most interesting or intense coffee flavor. Sweet malt and some roast.

Taste - Still lots of vanilla. Chocolate and coffee. Lacking the roast I'd like from it. Bitter chocolate and a slight herbal character. Tastes like spices in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Slick and chewy for its size. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Lots of vanilla. Needs more roast. Good without being Hill Farmstead's best beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:37:28 | More by Alieniloquium
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

03-04-2013 14:41:09 | More by patm1986
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itsthepleats

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-04-2013 03:15:25 | More by itsthepleats
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n2185

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

02-28-2013 01:11:13 | More by n2185
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-26-2013 05:59:53 | More by drewone
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:14:49 | More by macrosmatic
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jlindsey

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-23-2013 01:11:27 | More by jlindsey
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-22-2013 02:37:06 | More by bpfrush
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MrVonzipper

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-21-2013 18:28:32 | More by MrVonzipper
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz tasting in January. Chocolate and fresh coffee aromas, some vanilla and honey as well. Big coffee notes in the flavor, firm roastiness balanced by sweet dark malts. Smooth vanilla bean finish. A really nice rich mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 23:49:25 | More by illidurit
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown, not much of a head, just islands of creamy foam on top of the beer.

Smells of lots of sweet vanilla, espresso/latte style coffee, chocolate and other rich malt.

Basically the same--delicious vanilla, creamy coffee without much bitterness, sweet milk chocolate. HF definitely lean toward the sweet and malty end of the spectrum with their porters/stouts.

Very good porter, but again am slightly disappointed in that I expected something really special and got something merely very good. I like Victory at Sea a lot better than this.

8.1/10

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 13:18:03 | More by AlexFields
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8%

02-19-2013 23:13:10 | More by Stinger80OH
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2beerdogs

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

02-19-2013 05:53:52 | More by 2beerdogs
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dirtylou

Washington

4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, split

Note: Despite the description on this page and the claims of some reviewers, there does not appear to be cinnamon in this beer. It's not listed in the description or ingredients list, nor is it detected anywhere in the beer.

A good porter, but not really stand-out. Dark and roasty with a big dry roast finish. The vanilla beans are subtle, cocoa and cocoa dust seem to permeate. Heavy on the dark chocolate, chocolate malt, and a secondary blast of coffee. I liked, but not really an upper class porter to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 00:12:23 | More by dirtylou
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Efay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-17-2013 20:00:48 | More by Efay
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

02-17-2013 05:09:13 | More by bradfordjohnson
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8%

02-17-2013 04:02:06 | More by AngusOg
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-15-2013 23:01:10 | More by oldp0rt
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-14-2013 14:42:21 | More by celticfutblclub
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harrymel

Washington

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 07:14:11 | More by harrymel
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-13-2013 04:23:42 | More by Urbancaver
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Shilt

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-11-2013 16:21:58 | More by Shilt
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RWNay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-10-2013 23:48:53 | More by RWNay
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dman5400

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-10-2013 19:58:35 | More by dman5400
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-10-2013 04:37:53 | More by eawolff99
Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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