Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
Fall/Winter 2012. Bottle says 7.2% ABV.
A: Deep, dark brown. Nearly black. A light-to-medium brown foamy, soapy, pillowy head that fades into a bit of lace and a ring of retention.
S: Sweet, roasted malt, some bourbon, vanilla beans, a bit of earth/wood, molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of sweet booze. Very complex. Almost the nose of an Imperial Stout.
T: Vanilla hits the tongue right away. A great balance of sweetness and roasted flavor from the malt. All the aromas in the nose come through in the flavor. A seriously delicious beer that is more enjoyable with each sip. When a Porter is done well, it's a great thing.
M: Super smooth. Like, really damn smooth. Huge flavor, great body for a Porter, and the right carbonation. As is expected from the style and the amount of sweetness in this beer, it can be a tad cloying in the finish. Just a bit, though.
O: A killer beer. A killer AP. HF can craft a great brew from any end of the spectrum. Of this I am convinced.
01-02-2013 02:57:02 | More by Gatch
3.93/5 rDev -9.7%
A- pours black with a thin cap of dark espresso crema colored head. Pour head retention.
S- roasted malt with notes of caramel and chocolate blend with a rich coffee aroma. Nice hint of vanilla on the finish.
T- tastes like an iced vanilla latte. Notes of caramel, oily coffee bean and semi-sweet chocolate play on the palate as well. Lingering vanilla bean and roasted malt on the finish.
MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Mild carbonation with a nice creamy texture.
D- very drinkable and smooth.
01-01-2013 04:01:10 | More by Viciousknishs
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
01-01-2013 01:58:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
12-30-2012 02:56:08 | More by HopHead84
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
12-25-2012 01:55:36 | More by pmlondrigan
4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
12-24-2012 06:50:10 | More by HuskyinPDX
Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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