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Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols

So, I’m pretty sure that readers are going to end up hating me, because I review beers that aren’t readily available on the East coast… or really, anywhere aside from relatively close to where they are brewed.  Much to your chagrin (or maybe happiness if you travel to places where it’s available…), this post is going to be the beginning of a mini series on beers from Hill Farmstead brewery in Greensboro, VT.

I was lucky enough to visit Hill Farmstead on a cross-country ski trip over MLK weekend.  It was a great break from classes (all four days of them), and I drank a lot of wonderful and local beer.  We were staying in Craftsbury Common, VT, a lovely village that is home to Sterling College.  Sterling College is very unique (and the opposite of my Big 10 heritage) in that it is the smallest accredited 4 year college in the country!  They’re also very unique in that they have organic gardens, a working livestock farm, multiple buildings powered by wind/solar power, and ~20% of the food consumed on campus is produced at Sterling.  If you would like a visual,  Craftsbury Common is  where Alfred Hitchcock shot “The Trouble with Harry.”  I’ll give more information about Hill Farmstead in the following posts, but for the sake of the back story, here’s a picture of us on the ski trails:

Caitlin, Emily, Nicole and I on the ski trails in Vermont. This picture is a fantastic illusion, because I'm actually 7 inches taller than all three of them.

Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols
Appearancewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Poured a dark black color with a beautiful coffee colored head from a 750mL growler into a snifter. (Even though the picture to the right is from the brewery). The head dissipated very quickly, and any lacing on the glass promptly slid down into the glass. Would have liked the head to stay longer. Side note: I would LOVE it if more breweries used 750mL growlers. It’s fantastic.
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A dark roasty smell, but with no hints of bitterness or burned malt. It smells rich and indulgent, in a somewhat intoxicating manner; undertones of chocolate.
Tastewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Dark coffee undertones, with a light balancing sweetness that has a hint of vanilla. As is warms, the vanilla gives way to the spiciness of cinnamon. The coffee lingers for a while, and the roast of the malt is there from start to finish. That description doesn't really do this beer justice.
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Twilight of the Idols has a moderate amount of body; it gets a little heavier as it gets warmer, but isn’t overwhelming. It has low carbonation, but this isn’t completely unexpected since it’ from a growler. It goes down smooth, though is not quite as indulgent feeling while drinking as it is in the nose. I think this is actually a plus, because more of a match may lead to it dangerously toeing the line of being too much. I think it could be really cool to try this on nitro in order to give it a bit more body and a creamier mouthfeel.
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The 750mL growler fill was $8, which to me is a price I've paid for a bottle of that size many times (and heck, I've paid more for beer of considerably lower quality.)
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This is a really wonderful porter; it’s well balanced in terms of the roast of the malt, coffee and vanilla and cinnamon present a beer that changes throughout the drinking experience, constantly revealing more layers of flavor and nuance.

Beer Stats
Style: American Porter
Serving: Growler
Size: 12oz
ABV: 7.5%
BA Score: 94
RB Score: 99

 

Twilight of the Idols from the Growler

 

 

 

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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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