Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
Purchased @ Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro VT
Price - $16/growler
A Winter Porter brewed with Coffee and Cinnamon…Aged on Vanilla Beans.
This is one dark beauty with a thin red edge noticeable only under the light near the top. A delicious looking beer with a half inch creamy tan head and patches of lacing.
Aroma is perfect for winter with vanilla, caramel, gingerbread, fresh roasted coffee and cinnamon spices.
The flavor mirrors the nose with the addition of dark chocolate but the spicey cinnamon steals the attention and takes center stage. A definite sweetness is noted from start to finish.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a medium body and slightly sticky. The bitter/dryness is held in check keeping it very much a dessert beer. Very low in carbonation, pretty much nonexistent.
Overall this is a good example of the style and a perfect fit for the holiday season. An easy drinking porter and a candidate for a Christmas after dinner menu.
12-06-2011 01:15:58 | More by 05Harley
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from 64oz growler into 20oz imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Color of the body is an extremely dark brown with a thin one fingered cappuccino colored head that doesn't last terribly long. Bit of similar colored lacing dots the glass as the beer goes down.
Smell: Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. It's very nice, but not as complex as I expected given what is in this beer.
Taste: The complexity very much is here in the taste though. In addition to the typical roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavors expected from a porter, there is also a good touch of vanilla throughout the sips, and a nice sweet and creamy taste as well. Vague winter spices dance around as well. A little something different with every sip, which is always nice to see.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and silky. It's fairly full bodied, and the carbonation is on the low side.
Drinkability: Very high. The alcohol is almost nonexistent in the taste and even though it's a little high for a session beer at 7.5%, you could certainly throw back a couple of pints of this guy.
Overall: Another standout beer from Hill Farmstead. I think I like Everett better, but this is a very nice porter itself. Don't let the vanilla/spiced/winter angle scare you away - I'm not a huge "winter warmer" or sweet/vanilla fan but these additions are minimal and only add nice complexity in this beer.
12-04-2011 18:54:09 | More by cbeer88
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
Growler provided to me by kelp, the undisputed heavyweight champion of trading from the New England area. This guy rolls out great beers in trade after trade like a production line. I am a lucky fellow to have him as a regular trading partner.
A - Pours a rich dark brown or lightish shade of black without much head but with a decent amount of bubbles that go snack, crackle, pop and then they're gone.
S - I get the coffee front and center with a nice compliment of good bakers chocolate. I don't get the cinnomon and the vanilla is in the closet as well.
T - Hill Farmstead is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. JUst about everything that kelp has thrown my way from them has been top notch. Great coffee, chocolate, toffee, taste to this one. I think that I poured this one a bit too cold. As it warmed, the profiles increased. I would suggest letting this one warm a bit when you take it from the frig.
M - Very pleasant for a porter. As rich and thick as you would expect from this type of beer category.
O - Really nice beer from a great brewery. Wish I was local and could hit them up on a regular basis. I have to remember to never piss kelp off.
12-04-2011 15:42:04 | More by Beerisheaven
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
750 mL growler served in a HF wine glass.
Pours a rich chocolate black with a quickly dissipating mocha head. Dots of lacing and wet legs line the glass. Aroma starts with mild smoke, bread and burnt malt, and turns mildly sweet with molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla bean and light cream. Flavor has a bready and coffee base, more roasted malt and a baker's chocolate finish that isn't particularly sweet. Vanilla and molasses subtly blend in and out of the body without ever being cloying. Biggest knock on this is the slightly thin body and watery finish. Nowhere as robust as Everett and too thin for the style and ABV for my taste. Regardless, an excellent, unique porter but I'll just stick to Everett.
12-03-2011 21:48:31 | More by yourefragile
4/5 rDev -8%
Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 11/27/11.
Review taken from notes.
This beer pours a really dark brown color. There is a small finger of light tan head on top of it. The head sticks around for a bit, and it leaves behind a few specs of lace behind as it recedes. The nose is roasty and there are aromas of coffee, chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. There is also a bit of vanilla and molasses that comes out. The taste starts off with a strong roasted malt presence. There are some good flavors of milk chocolate and coffee that stand out. Also, there are flavors of vanilla, dark fruit, molasses, and a bit of cinnamon. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a rich velvety feel to it. There a good amount of roasted malt bitterness here, as well a nice dose of sweetness. It coats the mouth nicely and really lets you taste all of it. The roasted bitterness and sweetness sticks to the palate and lingers for a bit. This has good drinkability. It is a really tasty beer, and I could easily have a few glasses of it in an evening. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a good example of the style. This is a solid beer, and I recommend trying it out. I would buy it again.
12-02-2011 11:44:25 | More by JizackFH
4.55/5 rDev +4.6%
This beer pours a nearly pitch black color with minimal head. The smell is chocolately, roasty, with hints of vanilla and spice. The flavor is more roasty when cold, but as the beer warms you get wonderful notes of vanilla and chocolate with a good residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is full with low carbonation. I did sit on the full growled for a few days without opening. I wonder if it would have been more carbed if I had drank it fresh. Overall this beer is awesome, it really is one o the best porters I have had.
11-28-2011 12:40:28 | More by rowingbrewer
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
750ml growler poured into a hill farmstead glass
A: Pours black with just over a finger of fluffy brown head, fairly good retention, good lacing.
S: Big roasted malt character with chocolate, coffee, and a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. Just a little hop character.
T: Robust roasted malts (heavy roast without becoming burnt), bakers chocolate, lots of caramel and molasses. Fresh coffee upfront with a little hop character. The vanilla and cinnamon come out in the finish (mostly vanilla, just a touch of cinnamon). Very rich and malty.
M: Medium to slightly full body (for style), slightly low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.
O: Like Clockwork, Shaun has managed to create another magnificent beer. Very rich and chocolaty with lots of depth and great coffee and vanilla highlights. As good as it gets for the style.
11-27-2011 22:45:13 | More by Satchboogie
4.35/5 rDev 0%
Growler shared by Sean, to cap off a day of debaucherous drinking. Served in an unknown vessel - probably a Darkness glass.
A - Late-rising tan foam settles to a thin collar, leaving minimal lace. Black body.
S - Huge, rich chocolate cake aroma, with notes of molasses, vanilla, high-end coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of smokiness.
T - The taste is also heavy on the chocolate and roasted malts, with light coffee and vanilla bean notes creeping in from time-to-time. The cinnamon finally makes its presence known in the finish, but it's exceptionally well-integrated. I don't really like cinnamon much (particularly in beer), but it works in this case.
M - Medium body, pleasant medium-low carbonation, chewy and sticky texture, with a viscosity that implies a bigger beer. No perceptible alcohol.
D - Delicious stuff that I would gladly drink again on any occasion. I'd like to get another growler, as I don't think my mental facilities were quite up for the complexity and depth of flavor when we drank this beer. I'm extremely hopeful for Birth of Tragedy.
11-27-2011 18:43:37 | More by MasterSki
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
From growler bought at the brewery. Shared with bpk59 that very night as I couldn't wait to drink more of it. This is a slightly different beast than from the tank.
A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich, oily black with a BIG dense two finger dark mocha head that hung around forever. Lots of thick, creamy side lacing. Stuff is masterful in a glass.
S - Deep, dark roasted malts and alot of oats. Powdered cocoa, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, fresh coffee grounds. This is very, very good.
T - Again, wow. Its the aroma, on my tongue! Roasted rich malts, TONS of chocolate (powdered, bars, bakers) with delicious fresh coffee. Slight hop bitterness towards the end mingles with the coffee.
M - Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Its creamy black velvet on my tongue.
O - Overall this beer is exceptional. This alone is practicly worth the drive up to Greensboro. A definate growler fill of this is needed again. Argh, I want to drink this every day!
11-26-2011 23:06:37 | More by rudzud
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours very dark, almost black with a layer of light tan head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Sweet and packed full or roast. Some mild dark fruit and chocolate in there as well.
Taste: This is a very smooth beer. Lots of roast, but it is smooth like silk. Dark chocolate shows up as well. The finish is a bit sweet.
Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with very mild carbonation. The finish is dry.
Overall: This is just a fantastic porter. Nothing I didn't like about it.
11-26-2011 18:51:30 | More by oline73
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
A-Pours solid black with 1/4 inch of mocha head. Sticky lacing.
S-Fresh ground coffee, baking chocolate, banana peel, dulce de leche. A hint of star anise.
T/M-Smoky and roasty, with a rich, velvety smooth body and a lightly warming finish. A little anise bitterness up front, followed by soft, mellow notes of drinking chocolate and foamed milk. The finish shows delicate notes of bittering hop and cocoa powder.A little warming alcohol on the back of the throat.
O-First beer I've had from Hill Farmstead and it's impressive. Totally worth driving to the middle of nowhere to pick up a growler.
11-25-2011 22:54:23 | More by DaveHS
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
A - black with a small mocha head.
S - typical porter aroma. Anise etc
T - far different than the nose. Coffee, cinnamon, a touch of vanilla, anise, molasses in the finish.
M - medium, good amount of carbonation.
O - awesome, my favorite non barrel aged porter. wish I had gotten a second growler.
11-21-2011 02:38:30 | More by s1ckboy
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
A- Smaller brown head with some retention that leaves little lacing. Body is deep dark brownish and black
S- Nice combination of roast, chocolate and coffee. Theres a lighter sweet scent thats different.
T- Coffee beans take the forefront with some chocolate that make a full nice tasting porter. Theres some slight holiday spice notes hiding that comes out in the end. Great flavor.
M- Full body with pretty much no carbonation makes this smooth as hell. almost like a milkshake.
O- This stuff is fantastic. Awesome taste and feel which compliment each other nicely. I wish this stuff was bottled.
11-20-2011 02:48:26 | More by Gushue3
Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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