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Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 377
Gots: 123 | FT: 9
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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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-31-2012 16:47:04 | More by fdig23
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

12-31-2012 03:05:51 | More by Schmuckles
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HopHead84

California

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12/29/2012

2012 Fall/Winter release 500ml bottle poured into Hill Farmstead stemware.

A: The essence of black, possessing neither brown nor crimson tones when held to light. The khaki head is mousse-like and lingers for a few minutes before settling to a bubbly froth. Sheets of lacing are scattered.

S: Firm roasted malt presence (slightly charred) with soft vanilla notes and earthy coffee. Dark chocolate is pervasive and there's a little licorice in there. I'm not really getting cinnamon in the aroma, despite the site's description of the beer. I'm not sure if this batch has it.

As the beer opens up I detect a nutty quality to the coffee, and now I'm getting some cinnamon. Very nice.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate blends with roasted grains and a little licorice. Coffee is potent, bringing to mind earth and char. Vanilla is soft up front but a bit stronger on the back end and it tastes quite nice. There's a moderate level of bitterness and a little alcohol in the charred coffee finish. Cinnamon becomes apparent when the beer warms to room temperature, bringing to mind Mexican chocolate.

M: Lower full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, silky, and viscous. Hill Farmstead nailed this aspect of the beer.

Overall: I'm really enjoying this. The beer has a nice blend of flavors that go well with the base Porter. It really opens up when allowed to breathe.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 02:56:08 | More by HopHead84
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diverite

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-30-2012 01:45:51 | More by diverite
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N3ptune

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-29-2012 23:04:21 | More by N3ptune
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juliusseizure

New York

4/5  rDev -8%

12-29-2012 18:14:43 | More by juliusseizure
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

12-29-2012 03:49:45 | More by Dactrius
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-28-2012 18:46:08 | More by mavbrew
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cfh64

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-27-2012 21:07:33 | More by cfh64
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raffy313

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-27-2012 20:56:43 | More by raffy313
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LambicKing

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-27-2012 04:48:37 | More by LambicKing
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bum732

Lesotho

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-26-2012 21:10:03 | More by bum732
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laxer8811

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-25-2012 19:53:37 | More by laxer8811
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-25-2012 15:07:50 | More by Patrickbrusil
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 01:55:36 | More by pmlondrigan
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 12.14.12

A - Pours a dark brown with a one inch medium brown-tan head with great retention.

S - Coffee mostly, then roasted chocolate malts, some very faint vanilla.

T - Smooth chocolate up-front, then bitter coffee and finishes with nice vanilla.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice layers of chocolate, coffee then some vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 06:50:10 | More by HuskyinPDX
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JPortillo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-23-2012 13:22:57 | More by JPortillo
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CummingsK21

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

12-23-2012 04:07:41 | More by CummingsK21
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-23-2012 00:19:19 | More by bootdown21
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Florida9

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, but still a little translucent with a slightly reddish note around the edge. Forms a small tan colored head that sticks to the edges on the glass. No lacing. Aroma is strong and full of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor is lightly sweet, with notes of chocolate, molasses, coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla. Medium bodied with a very mild bitterness. Overall, a good beer, but considering how good of a beer Everett is, this one was not exactly up to what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 02:15:06 | More by Florida9
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kevanb

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass.

Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols

Named for the famed Nietzsche text, Twilight of the Idols is Hill Farmstead's annual Winter Porter, brewed with coffee and aged on vanilla beans. It pours a delightful jet black color, very opaque, hues of deep brown and dark amber when held to the light. A nice thick, tightly packed caramel colored head rises about 2 fingers high, has moderate retention with some light spotted lacing. A nice chocolate forward aroma leaps out of the glass, strong roasted coffee follows with nice dark rich grain and a light smokiness with just a touch of sweet vanilla at the end. The flavors are great, milk chocolate and mild vanilla with just the lightest of cinnamon lead to some nice dark grains that are chewy, add some sweetness but have a nice savory character to them as well. There is a nice amount of smokiness and roasted espresso in this beer as well, balanced very well with the sweeter flavors. The body is perfect, very rich and creamy with a lightly dry finish that really compliments the chocolatey and coffee forward flavors.

Verdict: Delicious porter from Hill Farmstead, a really nice treat to have as desert. Rich and complex flavors complimented by a nice roast character, what else could you ask for in a porter?

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 02:04:37 | More by kevanb
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UnderJoath

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle. Aroma is a bit bitter with hints of coffee. Vanilla smell could be confused as a smokey character. Nice dark brown with a quickly disappearing tan head. Nice malty porter with a perfect balance of coffee. Sweet subtle vanilla finish. Doesn’t taste nearly as bitter as the aroma. Very nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 23:10:31 | More by UnderJoath
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-21-2012 21:17:39 | More by duceswild
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billab914

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. Black in color with a huge frothy head to it. Nice head retention and great lacing. Great looking porter overall.

Aroma has very nice notes of both chocolate and vanilla. There is a herbal almost piny presence to it as well. Vanilla is pretty good, but the aroma doesn't seem to quite come together as well as the taste does.

The taste has some really nice roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla flavors to it. The vanilla lingers into the finish. There is a little coffee to it as well. Very smooth and drinkable and the vanilla compliments it perfectly.

Mouthfeel is creamy and somewhat thick with carbonation being moderate. Great mouthfeel for the style. Overall, it was a very good beer. The aroma was a little off but the taste completely made up for it. Very good beer overall, I especially loved the vanilla component.

Serving type: growler

12-21-2012 17:21:03 | More by billab914
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-21-2012 15:35:36 | More by mendvicdog
Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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