Twilight Of The Idols | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Twilight of the Idols is our winter porter. We brew Twilight each autumn, with a touch of locally roasted coffee and cinnamon, and age it on a blend of select vanilla beans. Originally conceived with a friend in 2009 while brewing in Denmark, the name of this annual release is inspired by the title of one of the last texts written by one of our philosophical idols, Friedrich Nietzsche.

Added by kingcrowing on 10-28-2010

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#778
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
1,124
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rogacks
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leantom
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not quite as good as Everett despite the addition of a few additives. Still a tremendous beer, though. Here goes:

A: Pitch black, pours a great white head with fantastic lacing. Great.

S: Chocolate and coffee not as robust as they were in Everett. However, there are hints of vanilla and cinnamon, which add to the complexity and depth of the smell.

T: Chocolate and coffee. Vanilla and cinnamon are in the aftertaste, but they are not particularly robust. Pretty creamy despite the light, soft Vermont water - perhaps some lactose was added.

F: Rich and creamy despite the soft water. Great.

O: Very good. Not quite Everett, but still very good.

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Photo of eddiefl
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ralph45
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours wonderfully, huge head. Pour slow, feel is smooth/creamy. Wish I had more.

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Photo of JPeterson17
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phurley2
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psweendogg
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peterpunk15
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KT123
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcel371
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dizzy242
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlvinLin
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Choppin-Banana
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, great aroma of coffee, vanilla, malt......sweet taste nice finish .... great on a cold night sitting by the fire

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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A slappy black pour yields a large, soft creamy tan foam that settles to a bubbly blanket leaving tons of holey sheets of lace.

Smell is that classic Hill Farmstead Porter, very much in the realm of Everett, with that almost smoky, heavily roasted malt. Easing my concerns that this was going to be one-note Porter, the aromas of banana skin-like vanilla, cinnamon bark and cola come in. Then, some astringent, woody hops crash the party, and are a bit off-putting.

Taste exhibits bitter coffee, smoky roast, tangy metallic hops (almost as though they are stale), and the slightest hint of vanilla. This is not so great, and a bit underwhelming actually. The cinnamon wasn't detectable on the palate to me, and something with the hop presence just wasn't pleasant.

A smooth, slick, medium to light body has a semi-dry to dry finish with a medium to thick carbonation.

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Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Twilight Of The Idols from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1,124 ratings