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Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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846 Ratings
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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 404
Gots: 123 | 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 AndyAvalanche
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ML bottle poured into a grand service glass. Liquid comes out dark brown and is black in the deepest parts of the glass with brown highlights around the edges. The hard pour came out with dark tan cap that leaves better than average lacing.

Smells is very, very good. Lot's of dark roasted, to slightly charred grains. In additions there are hints of a of coffee with a back aroma of vanilla. All of the aromas mesh together nicely and even gives a slight liquorish smell to it as well, overall it's pretty robust.

Taste is also very good, maybe a slight but not as strong as I expected based on the smell. Immediately you can taste the earthy sweet grains. A little bready similar to toast that got left in a little too long with some molasses. Definitely a coffee flavor a darker roast than the smell would indicate. At the end there's a slight hint of the vanilla.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's certainly full with a good carbonation level. It's very smooth, almost silky then leads to a nice dry finish that's pretty clean. Very drinkable, one to slowly enjoy and/or even share, but anybody who likes porters could very easily polish this one off. A well done seasonal brew. Huge props to BBG for sharing this one.

AndyAvalanche, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At the time of this review, this beer is #8 on the "Top Beers - American Porter" list on beeradvocate.com. Impressive, at least to me for sure. Served in a stemmed tulip from Hlil Farmstead. This has been a long time want and brings me slightly closer to finishing the BA top 250 list. So that's pretty sweet (four to go).

Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, head needs coaxing to come out but once it does it is made up of tiny bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, mild chocolate, no cinnamon unfortunately.

Beer is medium in body and fairly sweet, the finish isn't bitter or spicy at all, it is super drinkable and makes me happy. I really enjoy this beer and hope to have it again in the future, perhaps on draft or fresher when the spices are still dominant.

drabmuh, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of dhbiker0889
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

dhbiker0889, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of joel66
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

joel66, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Takeanotherswing
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Takeanotherswing, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of ms11781
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ms11781, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

DonFrap, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev -8%

patm1986, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of itsthepleats
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

itsthepleats, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

n2185, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

drewone, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
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.

macrosmatic, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of jlindsey
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

jlindsey, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bpfrush, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

MrVonzipper, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
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

AlexFields, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev -8%

Stinger80OH, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

2beerdogs, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
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.

dirtylou, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Efay
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Efay, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

bradfordjohnson, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -8%

AngusOg, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

oldp0rt, Feb 15, 2013
Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.