Beyond Good And Evil - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 7.46%
Wants: 531
Gots: 67 | FT: 9
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 02-05-2014

Imperial Stout brewed with Maple Syrup. Aged in Bourbon Barrels for nearly 2 years.
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Ratings: 464 | Reviews: 42
Photo of jkrug5
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This truly is beyond good, and evil. Everything that CBS should have been, which is by no means a slight to a great beer, but Shaun is a master craftsman with such focus on balance. My first stout from Hill Farmstead, and if this is any indication, I need to try more.

Photo of EcoBrew
4.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drank 5-1-15. Loads of sweet thick maple syrup, perfect balance of bourbon & oak.. A tad thin, but not unusual for Hill farmstead stouts such as Double Barrel Damon. Quite a treat, fantastic. In the Top 10 without a doubt.

Photo of boredalready
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best stout I have ever had. Perfection. Excellent mouthfeel, great maple syrup flavor and sweetness layered with the barrel character and malty goodness of the base stout.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet-maple flavors up front with dark chocolate in the middle followed by lingering bourbon/oaky/vanilla/tobacco flavors.... Very nice after dinner sipper... could be split amongst a couple of people due to the concentrated sweetness...

Photo of Kevincredible
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best BA maple stout I've had. Excellent.

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Montrealbcr89, you light up my life.

Appearance. It's black and looked pretty thick as it poured out. Barely a skim of head, but a light brown collar formed and stayed the course.

Smell. Sweet chocolate syrup, maple, sweet boozy liqueur, a touch of coffee and sweet bourbon, a bit of toasted oaky coconut barrel wood.

Taste. Sweet maple, sweet chocolate syrup (quality shit, not the hershey's), light tannic woodyness and a touch of coffee, some decent booze but goes okay with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Very sweet ...which I heard but still wasn't expecting quite so much. Excellent desert beer and quite unique. So awesome to get the opportunity to try these rarities thanks to handsome beardos like the man, montrealbcr89.

Photo of IrishColonial
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

This is an interesting beer in an interesting category. Basically a chocolate and maple bomb, supplemented by some decent bourbon heat but not as much bourbon flavor as I usually like. Oak comes out more. Milky and rich with toffee, caramel, and slight molasses flavor. Not much roast or coffee and slightly thin on the mouthfeel.

Hard to rate for me. Basically liquid chocolate bourbon maple candy. Very sweet but not as cloying to me as Chocolate Rain or Black Tuesday. Delicious in its own way but the sweetness and lack of bourbon and coffee/roast starts to take a toll. Gave half to my wife after an initial attempt at taking it to the face. IMO, far better than the Faystons I have had but not in the same realm as beers like Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and KBBS. Have not had Mornin Delight but doubt it approaches that either from the reviews. Definitely worth seeking out but definitely best split with others.

Photo of starrdogg
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%

A very unique BA stout with some fantastic maple flavor. Only complaint is that it's quite sweet and is not a beer that you really need more than ~6 oz of.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml bottle into a HF stemmed tulip.

Pours a motor oil black with quick mocha thin lacing. Smell is a little one dimensional honestly. Lots off bourbon, some light maple, a little bit of roast, and a bunch of milk chocolate. Taste is big bourbon with a good smack of maple and coffee. Caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolate are all prevalent. This is a thick beer. Drinks like maple syrup. medium carb, a little booze heat.

Overall this is a good stout. Not my favorite from HF, but this is still a treat to have all to my self.

Photo of Suds_Suds
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Had a chance to try this at a bottle share while waiting for BA Abraxas release. Utterly delicious.

Photo of mdfb79
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%

From 09/08/14 notes. Poured from a 12.7 (I think?) oz. bottle into a snifter. Huge thanks to BeerLawyer85 for once again sharing a HF gem; this was my favorite beer of the night.

Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of chocolate, sweet bourbon, maple syrup, roasted malts, oak, toasted malts, and some alcohol. Taste has chocolate cake, not as much alcohol. Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy.

Overall really great, super easy to drink big BA stout....I loved this one. At first I thought the nose was a little boozy but the more I drank it and the more it warmed up the more it faded, and I was really surprised the taste wasn't too boozy. The maple makes this uper easy to drink, and it is just really well done. Highly recommend it, makes me want to travel up there for the next release.

Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%

Second time having this brew. First time was at the anniversary at Blackback on draft.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to three snifters. Thick, pitch black body with a light brown mocha cap rising up to half a finger. The frothy cap falls to a medium ring and spotty lace results.

S- Bourbon jumps out of the bottle as I open it and I can smell it from several feet away but a closer inspection brings on a deep sweetness along with decadent chocolate and malts. Dark cocoa really comes through with heavily roasted cereal grains to compliment the barrels.

T- The barrel feel in this beer reminds me of the other dark Bourbon ales from HF because the extended aging really relaxes the barrels pungency but a ton of quality wet oak and whiskey vanilla comes out. Deep cocoa mixed with the maple brings on the character of a decadent brownie or truffle of sorts. Just a bit raisiny and charred.

MF- Very thick bodied with a low end carbonation. The consistency overall is oily slick and silky with just a bit of creaminess. Finishes with a soothing warmness while big flavors linger for quite a while.

Big deep chocolate roast malts with plenty of balanced out barrel feel. The maple comes out with an earthy sweetness and some flavor but certainly not CBS level or overpowering in any way. Continues an excellence by HF using barrels with dark beers (BoT, BA Everett, Daybreak).

Photo of Jared14
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

This is a great beer very unique. First review using new ratings system.

A- Dark brown/black very very little head.

S- Cocoa, Maple, booze

T- Much like smell but with a touch of barrel and molasses?

MF- a touch like but drinks very well.

Overall a fantastic stout from HF and in general. Would drink this again.
Shout out to markgugs for this long time want

Photo of homebrew311
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a thick black with minimal head and no light passage. Nose presents sweet malt notes paired with noteable maple syrup character. This is partnered with some barrel char, light vanilla, black licorice, and deep roasted chocolate. Taste leans towards the sweet side of things and has a slick, heavy mouthfeel. The maple presents itself nicely and pairs with chocolate. The oak and bourbon are in the back and the bourbon is very well integrated. Overall, an enjoyable experience, albeit a little bit on the sweet side.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is near black with a small, brown head of broken bubbles. The aroma offers oak, bourbon, roast. The flavor takes everything up a notch. Absolutely delicious. Not sure what it is, but this beer is blowing me away. Noticeably better than Damon, Port Damon, M&C #3, etc. Possibly the best Hill Farmstead stout. Worth trading / traveling. Yes.

Photo of SadMachine
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 5/5/14

A- Pours a thick oil slick black with a small dark tan head of small bubbles that retains well, leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S- The aroma is bursting with maple syrup sweetness, rich roasty malt, and oak tannins. There are some more subdued dark fruit aromas, especially fig. Molasses, brown sugar, and sweet chocolate come out more as it begins to warm. That distinct hint of tartness that is present in so many Hill Farmstead barrel aged beers is there. Finally a slightly vinous note. Surprisingly low booziness.

T- If I had to use one word to describe this beer it would be decadent! It is so rich and sweet, but maintains balance throughout. The maple syrup is present from start to finish. Dark chocolate and raspberry flavors are huge and delightful. Vanilla, tons of roasty malt, and oak are all strong supporting flavors. Hints of bourbon, a vinous tartness, and only the slightest bit of astringent alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouth feel is super thick, creamy, smooth as silk, with perfect carbonation for the style!

O- Wow! Hill Farmstead has done it again with this one! Yes, it's very sweet, and I'd recommend sharing the bottle, but this is one of the best dessert beers ever made!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is jet black with a thin amount of light brown head. Nose is vanilla, fudge, milk chocolate, light roast and bourbon with a good bit of syrup. Taste is rich, tons of maple sugar, lots of fudge and milk chocolate, the roast isn't really there. Bourbon is moderate in the finish. Full bodied, soft carbonation, very creamy and drinkable.

Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from jbeatty a while back. Cheers man! Always happy to see some HF stout brew.

From a 37,5 into a snifter.
Bottled January 2014

APPEARANCE: An opaque black pour yields a two finger, medium-thick, creamy, light mocha head with great retention. Pitch black body and basically no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full, creamy wisp. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Classic HF stout look. Excellent.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut and maple syrup for sure. Bold and intense. A bit of milk chocolate as well. Impressively bold nose.

TASTE: Maple syrup and bourbon up front with oak and more sweet maple at the swallow. Big and boozy finish of maple syrup, bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate lingers on the palate. Bold and boozy for sure, but still lots of sweet maple and barrel flavors are there. Good, but boozy stuff here.

PALATE: Thinner body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Prickly on the palate, goes down fine with a scratch and finishes sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is good, but it's slightly too light on the palate and a touch boozy for top marks. Very barrel heavy for sure with a decent amount of maple syrup. Little base stout left, unfortunately. Good, but not great. Cheers jbeatty! Love seeing these guys show up on my doorstep.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.24/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a medium khaki head. Wispy surface. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Maple syrup. Vanilla. Oak. Pretty chocolatey. More bourbon before it gets fudgy.

Taste - Lots of maple syrup. Very sweet. Chocolate. Bourbon. More maple. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and very sweet, but worth the sugars. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Maple really helps this transcend other HF stouts.

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 375ml bottle a few months back, and just pouring now into a tulip glass. This is an absolute pitch black pour with a non existent head. Smells like I might be in trouble...but also has a great maple coffeeish scent. What is the ABV of this again? The taste is much the same, but with almost a sweet bourbon trace included. This is so good. A very smooth drink ....can't say more than 1 would be a good idea, but a perfect beer on a drizzly night. Hill Farmstead makes a great beer...not the most original posting ever

Photo of Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 5/31/2014.

A- Dark black body, half finger mocha head with great retention, spotty lacing. Looks a lot like Damon did.

S- A lot of milk chocolate, roast malts and more importantly, a sweeter graham cracker bourbon presence. Bourbon is a bit more subtle than I'd like. But this is clearly sweeter than any typical imperial stout, which is saying a lot. I don't get a ton of maple, though it is there. Some dark fruit and oak rounds out the nose.

F- More of the milk chocolate sweetness, hints of maple syrup, a bit of smoky bourbon complexity but not as much as nearly 2 years in bourbon barrels would suggest. Graham crackers, earthy bitterness. This is a great, unique beer & I have not tasted anything similar to this.

M- Nearly full bodied, well carbonated and jam-packed full of flavour. I enjoyed drinking this one, and it disappears faster than a 10% ABV beer ever should.

O- Met expectations, not perfectly mindblowing but very impressive in its own right.

Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours one shade shy of black with a loose head that dissipates into a skim. Nose expresses roast, cocoa and ethanol. Taste reveals maple, booze, dark malts and a hint of soy sauce. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a still carbonation and a silky/oily consistency. This is a fantastic stout! The maple flavors really coalesce nicely.

Photo of jaasen64
4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a taster. Sampled a couple of times alongside several other HF stouts, finally writing a review.

A- Pours a very dark black, very minimal carbonation, a faint mocha head forms towards the end of pouring that quickly recedes to a flat top. Like a lot of HF stouts I can already tell the carbonation on this is definitely on the lacking side.

S- A decent amount of roast, some oak, integrated bourbon, very subtle maple syrup that blends in with the rest of the beer. Aroma wise this is very similar to a lot of the other HF stouts with similar roast, nice integration of barrel, overall pretty solid but not mindblowing and the maple presence could be a little bit stronger.

T- Sweet maple, light chocolate, integrated bourbon that plays nicely with the sweet maple presence but isn't overly sweet or sugary, hints of oak. Taste has the nice maple sweetness that I was looking for in the nose. Nice integration of flavors and just the right level of sweetness.

M- The time mellowing out in barrels has made this extremely smooth, almost no alcohol present, nice medium body leaning on being slightly on the thicker side, very minimal carbonation but doesn't detract from the flavors.

O- BGE is a very tasty stout and definitely world-class however it doesn't quite compare to some of the heavy maple stout hitters such as Kentucky Brunch which has a lot more complexity and a better body. Beyond Good is definitely worth seeking out though and I wish I had more bottles.

Photo of anteater
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The darkest brown, minimal head

S: Rich coffee, chocolate, bourbon and maple

T: So ridiculously smooth. Layers of boubon, oak, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, maple all integrated into one very smooth, very balanced taste but very rich taste.

M: Thick

O: I was not let down by this one at all. It actually reminded me a little bit of BCBS (at least in terms of thick mouthfeel and smooth taste) with the noticeable but not overpowering addition of maple

Photo of jegross2
3.99/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Beyond Good and Evil from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont. This maple-brewed imperial stout was aged for close to two years in bourbon barrels.

Score: 91

2014 vintage bottle served in a snifter and enjoyed on 04/12/14. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a brown syrupy color with virtually no head. Splotchy bubbles cling to side of the glass, but no head or retention otherwise. 3/5

Smell: Boozy caramel with a kiss of vanilla. Wood and a hint of molasses/maple syrupiness. 4/5

Taste: Boozy caramel, oak and a touch of vanilla. Molasses/maple towards the finish, growing as it warms, but never super intense or bold. Fiery booziness. Nice sweetness without being fatiguingly sweet. Lingering syrup flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, under-carbonated (there is virtually none). Creamy mouthfeel with a nice sweetness. 3.5/5

Overall: A good, but not great stout from America's most sought after brewery.

Cost: $15 for a 375 ml bottle.

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Beyond Good And Evil from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.