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Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 400
Gots: 122 | FT: 7
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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Photo of Dope
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fall/Winter 2012 batch. About 6 months old.

A: Pours a very dark brown but not quite black. Tall and dense chocolate-milk colored head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Nice chunks of thick lacing left behind.

S: Creamy coffee and a little vanilla. Decent chunk of smoke to balance it out. Maybe a hint of bittersweet chocolate?

T: This is nice. Mild bitter coffee and dark chocolate up front. Sweetening vanilla gives it a milk chocolate flavor for just a moment. Kinda has a bit of toasted malt flavor in the finish, like a barely burnt slice of bread. Lingering spiciness in the aftertaste in the aftertaste - the cinnamon I assume?

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: Perfect porter for a cold winter's day (though it is July presently). Very smooth, creamy and goes down nice. I prefer the beginning if this beer better, lots of nice coffee and chocolate and vanilla. The toastiness and spice in the aftertaste is a nice balancing point but prevents this one from being perfect. I'm being nitpicky of course, but I feel like I should given the brewer. Very flavorful and very complex. Nicely done.

Dope, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of eggs
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

eggs, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of roodie
4/5  rDev -8%

roodie, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Clonies720
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Clonies720, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

stereosforgeeks, Jun 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ArchEnemyBrew, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Hanzo, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

ThePorterSorter, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

jaylib, Jun 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

TobiasG, Jun 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bierdabbler, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hill farmstead twilight

A - pours a deep velvety black color with a hint of chocolate brown. A fingers worth off white foam caps the liquid which dissipates slowly to just a thin film and ring around the glass.

S - roasty notes of oily espresso beans, burnt grains and a wisp of charcoal at first. As it warms more notes of sweet melted chocolate, mocha and a dusting of cocoa powder. Maybe a hint of smoke and vanilla as it warms further.

T - big flavors of roasted grains and smooth city roast coffee up front. Mid palate the chocolate comes through bringing out a mocha note. Slight hint of smoke and iron on the backend. Bright spice character on the finish. Finish is long with a lingering chocolate flavor.

M - a round and supple medium body. Texture is like freshly spun silk. Medium carbonation.

O - I love how it really changes and opens up when consumed over a long period of time. A great beer to sip and savor.

Teleweizen2, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Drock325
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Drock325, Jun 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

gueuzedreg, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

chase2634, Jun 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

savagepm, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

grachdar, Jun 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Mscarpen, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

wyatt13, Jun 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

nmann08, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

dkw0063, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

ncaudle, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

pisano, May 28, 2013
Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.