Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
Had a glass at the Farmhouse in Burlington VT. Damn, that's a porter. The coffee and vanilla are wonderfully blended into the beer. So many coffee porters and stouts go too heavy on the java, and even get a stale taste. This beer takes a great cup of joe, adds a dash of subtle vanilla, and still brings a great porter. The malt brough a dark, chocolate character with a sharp roasted edge that's balanced by the sweet vanilla. The beer is formidable, but never too heavy. Find this porter.
01-16-2012 03:41:35 | More by tempest
4.15/5 rDev -4.6%
750 ml growler courtesy of dciBA. Much appreciated!
A- Pours a deep black with a small light mocha head that dissipates into a thin cap. Some spots of lacing are left behind.
S- Freshly roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla.
T- Coffee beans with dark chocolate, vanilla, start anice and some roasted malt in the finish.
M- Low to medium carbonation with a smooth rich body.
O- A smooth and easy to drink porter. The flavors complement each-other as nothing was too dominant. The spices weren't as evident as I thought they would be, but still another solid offering from Hill Farmstead.
01-12-2012 04:22:19 | More by iadler
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured into a sampler from a 750mL swingtop. Pours jet black with a thin head. Nose is roasty and sweet. Taste is mildly smokey with a nice tinge of bitter ess. Mouthfeel is pretty decent. Well carbonated, slightly astringent. Im not a huge porter fan, but this is one of the beat examples of the style I've had.
01-06-2012 01:50:05 | More by Retail1LO
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
750 ml growler. review from notes from a week or so ago.
pours black as a starless night with an avg mocha head that laces well while quickly settling to a thin film.
coffee, vanilla, molasses, a touch of cinnamon as it warms (though I'm not sure I would have noticed it without reading it had it in there). sweet, roasty, and balanced.
smoooth. vanilla, molasses, day-old coffee. a touch of a cinnamon cuts through the sweetness on the finish.
velvety smooth, medium bodied with a subtle carbonation.
an easy-drinking beer that has plenty of flavor, is well balanced, and is slightly complex. A very good beer, but it doesn't wow me as much as a few other Hill Farmstead beers.
01-04-2012 06:19:20 | More by silentjay
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to Kels bf for picking this up for me.
750ml growler poured into a snifter.
A: Pours pitch black with no light. Moderate head with only some retention. Decent lacing.
S: lots of fresh brewed coffee with a hint of vanilla but with a pepper/chili kind of spice... Though I don't think there's any in this beer. Some light roast.
T/M: Coffee is big but not dominate. Vanilla is mild and not very sweet, as well as the spices. Roast is slightly bigger. Body is medium full to full and creamy with medium to mild carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable for the weight of the body, but everything is very balanced and pretty tasty.
01-03-2012 01:54:49 | More by pwoods
3.95/5 rDev -9.2%
On- tap at Armsby. Reviewed from notes.
A- Black pour into a pint glass. Tan head with good size and retention. A decent amount of lace.
S- Porter base with a pretty big dark fruit, cinnamon and general holiday spice feel. Roast malt, cocoa and coffee in the background.
T- Holiday spiced porter with a nice earthy cinnamon bark and vanilla flavor. The dark fruit flavor is big here once again over cocoa and roast malt.
MF- Silky feel with low but smooth carbonation. Oily and warm feel.
A good porter with very noticeable cinnamon bark, vanilla and spiced feel.
01-02-2012 16:44:07 | More by cbutova
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured vigorously from a HFS growler to a Sebago Brewing Company tulip glass.
Deep dark black, much blacker than Twilight! If I swirl the beer in the light I can pick out some faint chestnut around the edges. Minimal mocha head, with a little brook trout patterned lacing. Vanilla comes through big in the nose, followed by coffee grounds and then kahlua. Some coffee roast, but everything is overshadowed by vanilla bean. So silky smooth. Vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. Rich and chewy. Milk chocolate, root beer, amaretto. A little bit of booze and bitterness, but overall a creamy delicious beer. Not sure I could polish off a growler alone. A little heavy and rich. Ecstasy-inducing in small doses.
12-31-2011 03:59:03 | More by ggilman
4.72/5 rDev +8.5%
Reviewed from notes. Shared with the lady of the house and our good pal, Rake. Thanks to RSchaeffer for always coming through.
Drank while listing to Gorgoroth's Twilight of the Idol's. Crushingly appropriate.
Grower was filled to the point of nearly overflowing, full is a good descriptor of it's condition. Mocha colored bubbles arose from the glass and a delicious aroma of sweet chocolate and vanilla wafers followed. Almost black in color with just the slightest hint of light making it's way at the beer's edges. More aromas of burnt sugar, fresh brewed coffee, toasted bread and a little bit of charcoal. Insanely inviting.
The first sip was full of a harmonious balance of sweetened chocolate ganache, espresso, raisins, vanilla beans and black pepper. Quite amazing, the balance of richness with the drying finished left me speechless. The charred flavor of the darkened malts tied everything together and made for one seamless drinking experience.
Unreal. The subtle flavors and the sheer level of rounded integration of each component was just remarkable. These beers speak so softly and yet they say so much. I swear it, my bags are nearly packed, I'm just about ready to drop everything and lurk in the woods around Hill Farmstead with hopes for more tastes of these beers. World class for sure.
12-28-2011 16:20:47 | More by Bardwashrind
Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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