GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2010
On tap and in growler from the brewery, the flavors vary slightly between the two tastings in interesting ways.
It pours a rich, dark brown with a tan head, dissipating slowly into a nice thin foam. Aroma on tap is slightly sharper with a bit more coffee, while from a growler it was a little more vanilla balanced with the coffee.
Taste is outstanding both on tap and in growler, with medium sweet malt backbone, a touch of hop bitterness and coffee, vanilla and just a hint of the cinnamon in the finish, with no discernible alcohol or indication of its ABV. Carbonation is on the money for the style, and itís full bodied without being heavy.
Exceedingly well balanced, this is a wonderful beer. dnstone (3386) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Great cinnamon aroma with lighter vanilla and coffee notes. Deep brown in color with a nice light brown head. Nice roasty malt body accented by the cinnamon spiciness and the more subtle coffee and vanilla tones...really well balanced. To me this is the perfect holiday beer. thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Growler from brewery. Pours black with thick tan head and nice lace. Aroma of coffee, vanilla. Taste is rich coffee, vanilla, slight cinnamon. Full body, sticky, and slightly dry,coffee and vanilla slight sweetness on the finish. PhillyCraft (7113) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle brought to Tim/Bills for Alenís birthday tasting. Split with 5-6 heads. Pours a pitch black with small coffee head. Aromas and flavor of wood, mollases, perfect amt of roast, earth and light vanilla. One of the most balanced and drinkable porters I have had to date. Medium to fuller bodied. Another winner from Seany Hill. whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
bottle to pizza port strong ale snifter poured a jet black slicky oil wounderland
since it was shared it had a little tan head it lased the glass aftrer sip
strong cinnamon nose leather wood some coffee taste was robust with vanilla this beer was out of hand i wish i had a case
Itsme_timd (4) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2014 does not count
I got this in a 500ml bottle in a trade. Shared with some friends at a mini-tasting.
Itís hard for me to find fault with this beer. I hate to use the generic term "balanced" but it applies very well here. Itís an excellent and very smooth porter. You get the coffee, vanilla and cinnamon notes in perfect harmony. Not one flavor dominates over the other. This is one of the best beers Iíve had. MetalNHopHead (1901) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 12, 2017
Twilight of the Idols showcases Hill Farmsteadís mastery of restraint. You get whispers of the added cinnamon, vanilla, and coffee but never so much that they overstay their welcome. This near-black brew puts bright, rich, and bitter toasted grains at the fore of the mouth and finishes with slight sweetness. The vanilla and cinnamon add a subtle layer of spiciness to the brew. The mouthfeel is creamy - velvety smooth. This is some damn fine stuff. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On draft at Cigar City. I am simply blown away by this beer. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose is massive chocolate, some vanilla, some spices, roasted coffee, some earth, roasted malts, and all manner of dark flavors with complexity. Flavor is similar- first sip is a burst of chocolate followed quickly by vanilla, roasted malts, roasted coffee, hints of cafe con leche, cinnamon, spices, more dark chocolate and more cocoa. Medium to full in body and one of the finest beers I have had in a while. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Fall/Winter 2012 vintage. 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. The HF website lists this beer as being brewed with coffee and cinnamon, but the ingredient lists and description on the label has no mention of cinnamon. Recipe change perhaps?
A - Pours a very dark black body. Holding it up to the light lets just a bit shine through to show a very dark brown color. Dense and creamy two finger mocha head forms and dissipates rather slowly into a thin cap with thick edging. Lacing and retention is just insane on this beer. Super sticky and clinging foam.
S - Roasty and smoky with intense espresso beans and rich vanilla. Finish is of sweet milk chocolate and a touch of spice. Excellent aroma, very dark and roasty.
T - Roasted malts lead into a strong vanilla presence. Notes of coffee and sweet milk chocolate intertwine. The intense roastiness of the beer is cut by an almost syrup like level of sweetness. Extremely decadent and delicious but slightly cloying.
M - Creamy and silky with a perfect level of carbonation. Swishing the beer in your mouth causes it to instantly froth up. It finishes surprisingly dry which helps with the intense syrupy sweetness of the beer. The mouthfeel is just perfect here.
O - An exceedingly complex and intense porter. I assume Everett is the base beer due to matching abvís. I do prefer Everett in that its much simpler and basic while perfecting all the qualities that make a world class porter. The addition of ingredients seems to make a great thing a bit less great. Still a world class porter that is exceedingly enjoyable on a cold ass night.
Falconmarine3 (4) - - AUG 14, 2014 does not count
smells of vanilla and cinnamon, pours very dark with minimal brown head, sweet multiple layer taste that finishes smooth, full bodied with low carbonation. outstanding porter this brewery is sick