Beyond Good And Evil - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
4.79/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Thanks to Resuin for this beer in a trade. Beyond Good and Evil is Hill Farmstead's tribute to Nietzsche's work of the same name. They brewed the base beer back in May of 2012 and allowed this imperial stout with maple syrup to age in bourbon barrels for 18 months. This 375ml bottle was filled in January of 2014. Served chilled in a Hill Farmstead stemmed balloon glass.
An extremely viscous pour. Dark brown and black in the glass. I could tell that the carbonation would have a hard time being coaxed into a head, so I opted to pour slowly and from a great distance. A perfect two-finger tall mocha-colored head developed on top with a buttery soft, whipped cream texture and amazing retention. It even left some decent spotty lacing.
Even when chilled, the aroma of this beer is rich and delicious. The smell invites the comparison to a dessert wine. It is filled with notes of toffee, nuts, nutella, chocolate, boysenberry, maple sugar, oak, and alcohol. It's an incredible smell for sure, and even if I wished the intensity was more amplified, it's near perfect.
The first thing of note is the body and texture of this beer. Beyond Good and Evil is extremely thick, with a full, almost chewy body. It's viscous, sticky, and yet the carbonation smooths everything out perfectly, until it feels like the beer is just melted chocolate truffles. Everything about this beer is so well balanced. Instead of being syrupy, it's smooth. Instead of being cloying, it's more evenly balanced. The maple sweetens the palate, especially up front. The barrel character blends in seamlessly with the imperial stout base, and there is only a hint of alcohol on the back of the tongue and in the swallow. Flavors of maple, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and to a lesser extent, espresso, all mingle together in the taste and finish. It leans more towards being sweet, but like I mentioned before, comes nowhere close to being sickly sweet.
This beer is incredible. It's such a decadent dessert beer. Full-flavored, rich, and it drinks like melted chocolate. There is no booziness at all. It would pair very well with chocolate truffles or some dense pancakes drenched in butter and Blis maple syrup. This beer was inspiring, and it reminded me of the first time I tried Dark Lord. I was so impressed with the sheer viscosity of that beer. This also impressed me, but with how well-crafted it was.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 16:40:38 | More by MusicaleMike
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4.3/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 15:57:54 | More by cpetrone84
Beyond Good And Evil from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.