1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Twilight Of The Idols - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
Twilight Of The IdolsTwilight Of The Idols

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

848 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 848
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 404
Gots: 123 | FT: 7
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 848 | Reviews: 154 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

oldp0rt, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of egrace84
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

egrace84, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from jbeatty and hotpipes a while back. Cheers for the bottles gents!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Fall/Winter 2012

APPEARANCE: A clear, dark pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with great retention. Black body with lower amounts of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full foamy cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. A half, swirly wisp remains leaving some good lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Dark malts, caramel notes, coffee and hints of vanilla as well. Quite a bit of vanilla with some lactose and milk chocolate as well. Pretty big nose for sure.

TASTE: Dark and roasted notes with coffee flavors, espresso and sweet cream. Lots of flavor here. A big finish with vanilla, sweet cream, milk chocolate and roasted espresso bitterness as well. Flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very velvety and creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch sticky. Nice stuff.

OVERALL: Surprising that this is the base beer to Birth of Tragedy actually, as the abv difference is quite large. Nevertheless, this is an excellent beer and quite drinkable for it's size. Perhaps a little more bitterness at the finish would make this perfect, but it is a really tasty and enjoyable treat as it is. Another great porter/stout from Hill Farmstead. Cheers again for the bottles guys!

Jeffo, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of CRJMellor
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

CRJMellor, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger head that doesn't last, deep amber around the edges, some lacing.

S-Mainly coffee and roasted malt. Almost some burnt notes in there as well.

T-Starts with coffee, balanced with roasted malt, some burnt malt, vanilla creeps in. Chocolate as well. Great balance.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth with slight carbonation.

O-An amazing porter. HF can do no wrong.

rlee1390, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

vonnegut21, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev -8%

Stinger80OH, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of mrebeka
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

mrebeka, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to grassrootsvt.

Pours a very dark brown color with a one finger tan head that fades to swirls.

Big rich chocolatey aroma, along with vanilla and roasty notes. Some spice evident.

Chocolate - Tootsie Roll or Hershey's bar - is big on the flavor. Behind that is roast, coal, cinnamon, and vanilla. Tasty.

Medium-bodied and fairly dry on the mouthfeel with a good long finish.

Really good porter, impressive and easy to drink.

nickd717, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -8%

dfhhead25, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of mklisz
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

mklisz, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -8%

mdillon86, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of RedneckBeerz
5/5  rDev +14.9%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -8%

beergorrilla, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Satchboogie
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Satchboogie, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

ThePorterSorter, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

jzeilinger, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -31%

Adamostella, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

seeswo, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Smarty_Pints, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Brew33
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Brew33, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Arbitrator
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled growler into a glass. I think this was shared by nickd717. From long-ago notes.

A: The growler was a bit cold, so the beer (black body) initially poured flat and eventually generated a tan head that lasted briefly before receding into a thin collar. No lace.

S: This is more chocolate-forward than Everett (which to me is primarily roasty). Vanilla, coffee, roasted grain, and some smoke are noted.

T: Again, chocolate-forward, but roasted grain is stronger here than the nose implied it would be. Coffee and vanilla are also weaker than the nose implied. There is a nice spice kick (cinnamon?); that and a nutty molasses flavor give the beer a wintry feel.

M: Medium-bodied, with low-medium carbonation. It has a little lingering stickiness, but it's not oily.

O: An outstanding porter. I think Everett takes the cake for me, but this is a fine entry in Hill Farmstead's recipe book...

EDIT: In retrospect, uploading this review maybe 2 years later, I realized that this must have been the base beer for Birth of Tragedy. Nice. No wonder that beer turned out to be so exceptional.

Arbitrator, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

2beerdogs, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

baybum, Apr 29, 2013
Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.