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Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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781 Ratings
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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 385
Gots: 120 | FT: 8
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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California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-02-2012 02:13:41 | More by funkel81
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Beerlistman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-01-2012 19:35:40 | More by Beerlistman
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-01-2012 16:36:31 | More by InspectorBob
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-01-2012 16:24:39 | More by SPRichard
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EJLinneman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-01-2012 01:43:46 | More by EJLinneman
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-31-2011 19:07:28 | More by Reagan1984
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-31-2011 17:05:19 | More by rondufresne
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ggilman

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2011 03:59:03 | More by ggilman
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Jefe73

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-30-2011 16:02:12 | More by Jefe73
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Bardwashrind

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2011 16:20:47 | More by Bardwashrind
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-26-2011 06:00:22 | More by Mac19872
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sinister black pour into my Lift Bridge snifter.

Quarter finger of khaki colored head. Fades quickly. Zero lacing. Outer ring remains around the glass.

Smell consists of coffee, roast chocolate and some oak tones that linger in the nostrils. Even a touch vinous.

Chocolate and coffee roast are at the forefront. The woodsy smell doesn't translate to taste. Slightly sweet on the finish of the sip. Slight boozy exhale. I am struggling to find the vanilla.

Creamy in the mouth. Carbonation is a touch under. Thin. Drinks fairly well.

Very solid beer. As far as a porter goes, one of the better ones. A great tick.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2011 04:32:43 | More by TheDudeRules
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tugg407

Florida

4/5  rDev -8%

12-26-2011 00:35:19 | More by tugg407
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Rhode17

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml Growler. Thanks to Mike for bringing it back from his Vermont road trip.

Barely a wisp of foam on this one. Not really much carbonation but it still has fantastic color and just a hint of a ring of caramel head.

Smells slightly of cocoa, vanilla and coffee. Beautiful aromas that mix really well together. There is just a little bit of spice lurking in there too.

Well balanced flavors that echo the aromas. Velvety but lighter in body at the same time. Ever sip lasts for a minute or two on the tongue. I can't shake the little flavor on the finish that reminds me of gingerbread. This is just decadent without being overdone and artificial.

Man this is just a fantastic beer, totally worth the expectations. Too bad I have to wait for folks to drive north to get a second growler of this one.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2011 04:16:01 | More by Rhode17
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SMason

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-22-2011 04:04:40 | More by SMason
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smithmd4

New York

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-22-2011 00:46:49 | More by smithmd4
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sendsilk

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-21-2011 17:24:29 | More by sendsilk
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321jeff

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by Michael when the Stillwater stuff got boring, thanks!

A pour down the middle only yields a fingers worth of head, but the brew is a rich chocolate brown.

Aroma is is slightly roasty with some milk chocolate notes but I don't get much vanilla. Very mild but pleasantly so.

Taste hits with some vanilla up front and some slight roast. Finish is milk chocolate and a little sweet. The flavors each stand out in their own way but none tops the others.

Mouthfeel on this one is a homerun. Silky smooth and the alcohol is non-existent. Overall, a great take on a porter, rich without being over the top (yes, I'm looking at you, Southern Tier).

Serving type: growler

12-20-2011 23:07:22 | More by 321jeff
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wchris21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-18-2011 21:12:13 | More by wchris21
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zgunder

Vermont

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-18-2011 20:37:45 | More by zgunder
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DeltaFoxtrot

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-18-2011 00:58:31 | More by DeltaFoxtrot
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beenitty

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-17-2011 22:22:02 | More by beenitty
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrives in a snifter with a big ring of foam over a very dark brown liquid. Retention was quite good considering what little there was to start with.
Smell is malt, cocoa, spice that appears coffee at first glance and wet cardboard.
Taste is malt, coffee, cocoa, wet cardboard. Balance is good.
Somewhat smooth while still having a drying finish. Light effervescence with a fairly full body. 7.5% ABV is really well concealed. Not sure if that is a good thing. Overall, a pretty good beer considering my aversion to coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 18:30:32 | More by PorterLambic
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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW. I am lucky enough to have this brewery so close to me. I have had this on tap both at Hill Farmstead, and now at Parker Pie. I have purchased the 750ml bottle as well because I like this beer so much.

Beautiful dark brown color, tan lacing which sits at the top

The smell of the beer is very pleasing.

Vanilla and coffee. Yes. But also much more taste from spices, such a great balance of so much that is going on in this beer.
Delicious.

Smooth mouthfeel, very easy to drink a couple glasses of this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 21:36:08 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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New York

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-15-2011 20:40:49 | More by discord257
Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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