Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
A - Black pour with a cream colored foam
S - Nice scent of chocolate, coffee, and rown sugar.
T - Hearty, robust porter with plenty of flavor. Malt tastes a bit more like an english porter, but the chocolate and coffee flavors are up front and consistent.
M - This one is very smooth for a hearty porter. Feels lighter than you would think.
O - Liked this one alot. Great example of a porter that could pass for a hearty stout.
06-07-2012 18:21:35 | More by socon67
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Growler fill from the source. Nice drive if you have the time!
A: Beautiful chocolate brown body with a dark brown head.
S: Nose is deep, dark, rich chocolate malt. Just scrumptious.
T: Flavor is smooth and rich chocolate with a noticeable spice contribution. Molasses, pumpkin pie, cinammon. Truly a wonderful sipper.
M: Slick and smooth. Even leaves a smooth residue.
O: Very nice porter. I'm sure I didn't get all of the complexity that is in there, but I really enjoyed this brew. One of my favorite porters ever.
04-21-2012 23:56:14 | More by ghostwalker
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
On tap at Cafe D'Alsace, and served in a tall thin glass.
Twilight of the Idols pours a solid black, with about a finger of mocha foam left crowning the beer. Head retention is just average, and there's a little bit of lacing left stuck around the glass. The nose is nice, dominated by milk chocolate with a strong spicy cinnamon presence. The flavor profile takes things to the next level though, starting with a creamy chocolate open. Cinnamon comes in for a short time in the mid palate, before coffee and more chocolate close things off. The finish is like the liquid equivalent of snacking on chocolate covered coffee beans. The mouthfeel is also top notch, very full and creamy for a 7.5% beer, with a subtle and understated carbonation. I'd be shocked if there weren't a healthy dose of oats in the grain bill, because the body is just that silky smooth. Twilight of the Idols was the first non hoppy beer I've had from Hill Farmtead, and it left me just as impressed with them as I was by their outstanding IPAs.
04-08-2012 02:51:04 | More by axeman9182
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Twilight of... was served on-tap in Worcester MA.
Appearance is black with a light brown head. Upon smelling this, you know right away that you are in for a treat. It has vanilla and coffee on the nose, some malts. Then, with a taste and there is more of the coffee and vanilla, along with some cinnamon and some other winter spices. Roasted malts continue in the taste too. This is very well balanced and drinks easy, a smooth texture and finish. It would be great to drink a glass of this alongside chocolate chip cookies. A fantastic porter and well suited to a cold night in New England.
02-29-2012 23:29:47 | More by mltobin
4.05/5 rDev -6.9%
On-tap, served in a HF stemmed tulip
Pours a near black with a thin dark khaki cap. Bit of a creamy cap as it clings to the sides and leaves faint sip marks.
The aroma is of roast, dark chocolate, vanilla beans, fresh coffee and a faint hint of cinnamon lays low. There is a fresh citrus hop presence that pokes through all of the other aromas.
Up front, the roast, dark chocolate, and fresh coffee take the lead before a rush of citrus and a finish of roast, vanilla, and cinnamon. Some citrus lingers, but the lingering flavors are mainly roast and cinnamon.
Full bodied porter, rich and creamy. The feel is really the best part of this beer. So smooth for how big it is.
This is a fine porter that I would seek out again. Rich, bold flavors, a nice hop profile and the added touch of cinnamon for a little flair.
02-25-2012 16:25:14 | More by ColForbinBC
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
On tap @ Lord Hobo (Cambridge, MA) on 2/3/12. Served in a cervoise.
Pours black, with a thin mocha colored head. This retains with some creamy ringing around the edges, leaving back a nice enough looking cascade of spotty lacing behind. Chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon sit right at the forefront, with flavorful roasted coffee flavors moving in next, before it is all undercut by a floral green citrus presence. There’s just a nice ebb and flow to the nose, with the flavors intertwining beautifully here.
The taste is just as rich, with chocolate, toffee, and dark burnt grains spreading out into more of a roasted espresso presence. Hops are bit more assertive here as well, with a profile of green citric bitterness. The vanilla addition really works nicely here, as it helps smooth out some of the rough edges from the hops and roast but they still return in the finish, with a combination of citric bitterness and a dry charred feel. Cinnamon is spread throughout, with me probably picking it up in backend and finish of the profile the most. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a big mouth filling firm creaminess to the carbonation which pops that roast and hops on the tongue. This gets a much more smooth and silky feeling along the back, combining with that ridiculously well hid ABV to get this a extra creamy feel that goes down effortlessly.
I’ve been anxious to try this one for a while now and man, I was impressed! I just loved the combo of flavors involved here, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, with roast and hops adding a bit of an edge to things. But this was so well balanced and smooth overall. Wow, I love their takes on American Porters from here. Just tremendous stuff!
02-07-2012 15:37:13 | More by Kegatron
4.6/5 rDev +5.7%
Drank on-tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a cervoise
The beer poured super oily and nearly pitch black. A tight, one-finger head of saddle brown froth topped the liquid. The head quickly dissipated to a clingy ring of foam.
Super strong notes of freshly ground coffee beans dominated the nose. A touch of roast was also noticeable. Hints of vanilla. Straightforward yet so amazing.
The flavor profile was rich and robust. Coffee notes were again quite apparent, but they was more bitter and roasty than in the aroma. Roasted malts came through strong on the front end. Some sweet caramel malts as well. Touch of vanilla and spice in the center. Faint notes of dark chocolate. The finish was roasty and moderately bitter. Overall, this was a very well balanced beer.
The mouthfeel was fuller bodied for the style. Quite slick and oily. Creamy and silky smooth on the palate.
After trying Twilight Of The Idols and Birth of Tragedy (which is the barrel-aged version of Twilight) on back-to-back nights, I can confirm that these beers are entirely different beasts. While I loved the bourbon notes and the overall intensity of Tragedy, Twilight definitely had more coffee and vanilla nuances (and more carbonation). Like nearly all of Hill Farmstead's offerings, this beer is fantastic.
02-03-2012 22:41:29 | More by Damian
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap at Crop. Served in a nonic glass with a small dark tan head. The color is very black.
The aroma is not very strong, but some mildly sweet chocolate.
The taste is excellently rounded with lots of sweet chocolate and vanilla. The finish has a nice coffee emphasis without leaving any harsh bitterness.
The body is medium with a nice soft carbonation; this is a little smooth.
The flavor is unbeleivable here. Hill Farmstead remains one of my all time favorites.
01-30-2012 01:54:09 | More by andrewinski1
Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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