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Madness & Civilization #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.43%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
It is a BLEND of very complex components - 2 year old Buckwheat Rye aged in Elijah Craig 18 barrels, 15 month Maple Wheat Imperial Stout, and a blend of Vanilla and Cacao Nib Bourbon Barrel aged Everett.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-02-2013)
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly darker than cola with a head that quickly dissipates towards the edges. Nose expresses cocoa, roast and a trace of cherry juice. The barrel really comes out in the flavor profile, as well as roast, char, cocoa, vanilla and tart fruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that is just a little too lively and some residual acidity. This is a great tasting beer with a fantastic barrel presence - the spirits are really well defined. That said, if the carbonation dropped off a bit more it would be greatly enhanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 23:54:09 | More by Jwale73
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle split two ways with Dustin. Thanks man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/3/2014.

App- pitch black motor oil, thick one finger brown head with fantastic retention for a stout. Must be the buckwheat in one of the threads. Lots of thick sticky lacing. Phenomenal as far as stouts go.. really have not seen a stout look this good in a long time.

Smell- strong smoky bourbon and milk chocolate which I attribute to Everett. Lots of dark chocolate, charcoal and more bourbon. Very bourbon-forward stout.

Flavor- fantastic bourbon. Lots of it in such a great mellow presence that is well-integrated into the rest of the beer. It's smooth bourbon that isn't hot at all, with its charcoal sweetness lingering a while in the aftertaste but not for long. Also a lot of milk chocolate that integrates well. Cocoa, dark chocolate comes out as it warms up. No maple notes; however if its there in the sweetness of this beer, it's a subtle contribution. Not super complex but everything integrates very well; it may be the time on this bottle.

Mouthfeel- the best I've had on a HF stout. Thick, creamy, decadent and finishes very smoothly without any harsh bourbon flavors. No heat at all, just full of bourbon flavor.

Overall- it's not quite Black Gold, but this is like it's mellow, sweet cousin. Well done integration of bourbon into a blended stout. Not complex, but very bourbon-forward in such an enjoyable manner.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:34:26 | More by Stevedore
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black with a tight creamy caramel head that sits and stays leaving a thick lace as it slowly dissipates. The nose is sweet with a nice bourbon backbone. A hint dark chocolate, some brown sugar, dark fruits, and and light coffee roast. The body is extremely soft and delicate with a very light carbonation and creamy texture. The taste is a bit sweeter than the nose. There is with brown sugar, caramel, plum, faint chocolate, and a berry malt sweetness. The whiskey and barrel play through the finish and linger in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 21:43:33 | More by cpetrone84
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mverity

Florida

4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up from a great BA trader @lhteacher. Shared at Proof for our little HH. Pours a very thick and viscous black. Good amount of deep tan head that faded into a medium collar. Aroma is of licorice, dark roasted malt, some charred oak, some bourbon. Taste is all of the aroma plus some coffee and vanilla. Maple is also present throughout. Super rich body, nice low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:11:39 | More by mverity
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another wonderful bottle from jbeatty. Thanks for all the stuff man!

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Black pour, clear, produces a 1+ finger, medium looking, fizzy tan head with pretty good retention. Fades to a foamy half wisp cap. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A ring remains leaving a few dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Oak and bourbon up front, with coconut and vanilla, milk chocolate, pure chocolate, some light coffee and coconut cream. Roasted notes with light toffee and caramel as well. Vanilla and coconut bourbon barrels are nice with the other flavors.

TASTE: Bourbon and oak with some alcohol up front. Caramel sweetness with lots of coconut and vanilla cream as well, then a big and lingering finish of more bourbon, oak, coconut, milk chocolate and bitter, pure chocolate as well. Caramel sweetness with a hint of roast as well. Very nice, flavorful and complex without a doubt. Lovely.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A touch light and prickly perhaps, goes down fine and finishes sticky on the palate. A bit of a burn at the swallow and some heat lingers. Needs to be fuller for top marks, but smooth enough.

OVERALL: This one is quite tasty. The barrel flavor is a bit more forthcoming and overpowering than a lot of other HF barrel aged offerings, but the base beer still makes an appearance. Very flavorful and wonderful aroma as well. The feel needs to be fuller and the heat could mellow, but this is a treat non-the-less. Worth checking out if you can. Thanks again jbeatty. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 20:09:34 | More by Jeffo
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Pahn

New York

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle split with Morningthief. Served in pint glasses.

Appearance: Black with a frothy tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: Oak aged chocolate chip cookie dough. Powerfully strong. Come on; this is too good.

Taste: Tastes red wine barrel aged. Deeply integrated oak. Nice cookie dough malt flavor. Pretty deep, but could go further (other HF BBA stouts do).

That's about my only complaint; other 1-off amazing beers by this same genius brewery are MORE amazing than this.

...well, and it's not deep enough relative to the best BBA stouts. Really great, but could benefit from some more complexity.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. A touch overcarbonated (more than a touch). Full side of medium bodied and creamy. Beautiful dry finish. Most elements are maximally good, with one flaw (bit overcarbonated).

Overall: I'd drink this all day every day, but it's not *the best*. If that's a flaw, there you go.

To put it in perspective, the mouthfeel and overall balance are better than Bourbon County Stout, and the aroma is equal or better, but flavorwise, BCBS (garish and unbalanced as it may be) delivers a lot more.

Trifling complaint.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:45:43 | More by Pahn
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a decent khaki head. Nice collar. Islands of bubbles.

Smell - Bourbon and vanilla. More blended into the flavor than #2. Oak and vanilla blend well. Chocolate, but not fudgy.

Taste - Bourbon is very sharp and not as well integrated. Chocolate. Vanilla. Oak comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Slightly boozy. Medium body, not very thick.

Overall - Doesn't seem as rich as Madness #2. Just as good though.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:35:23 | More by Alieniloquium
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Deep black when pouring and practically motor oil. One finger deep tan head.

S-Moderate amount of bourbon, some dark fruits, chocolate, tad bit of coffee, roasted malt and vanilla.

T-Amazing balance. Starts with a moderate amount of bourbon. Then comes dark fruits and chocolate. Finally there is some coffee, roasted malt and best of all vanilla.

M-Heavy, slight carbonation, velvety feel.

O-Another knock out from HF. An absolutely wonderful beer, glad I could share it other.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 18:31:36 | More by rlee1390
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langchops

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter

A- Pours a very dark brown with one finger tan head

S- Right off the bat, vanilla hits you, really nice. Subtle notes of chocolate and dark fruit, Vanilla and oak really dominate the nose.

T- Follows the nose, but with more subtle notes of chocolate, dark fruits and roasted tones. Well balanced, not too boozey.

M- A little thin, but does the trick for this style. A touch more carbonation than I was expecting, but being picky here.

O - A very well made beer. No one flavor takes over the show, just a joy to drink. It's so nice now.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 17:09:12 | More by langchops
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koopa

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours black and opaque with a 2 finger dark brown crown that some retention and little lace. About what you'd expect for barrel aged imperial stout.

Smell: Oh man the nose is truly the highlight of this beer. Oak, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, and almost a fruit wood like characteristic. Hints of maple over lush malt.

Taste: Even more nuanced than the nose, although not as appealing imho. Bourbon and a hint of vanilla up front, malt and "powdery" cocoa in the middle, with an alcohol tinged finish that is aided by a touch of rye. Neither the oak nor the maple is as prevalent in the taste as it is in the aroma for me.

Mouthfeel: Thick borderline syrup like body with low carbonation. The bourbon helps wash it off of the palate at the end of each sip though.

Overall: An interesting blend I wouldn't mind having another bottle of.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 23:30:53 | More by koopa
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A huge thank you to hoppypocket for this and many other awesome brews!

Appearance. Pours a very deep chestnut brown, close to black. Topped with a finger and a half of thick and creamy tan head. Very impressive.

Smell. Dark chocolate and bourbon barrels, earthy and spicy scents as well (maybe the hops, maybe not...) and some smooth darker malts. Unique and nice.

Taste. Sweet dark malts with a good hit of milk chocolate, smooth bourbon and plenty of barrel, vanilla, dark cherry, and some interesting malty flavours.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium (maybe slightly less) smooth and creamy carbonation.

Overall. Very interesting stuff. Sweet, lots of barrel, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 02:35:54 | More by Rutager
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thank you Michael!

The beer is dark brown with a thin cap. Aromas of oak, vanilla, whiskey, bread, sweet booze, chocolate. Smells great. Fantastic flavor. Smooth and easy on the palate. Complex and beautifully blended. Sweet whiskey notes, almost like a brandy. Low carbonation, although the bottle had been sitting out for a while by the time I arrived at the tasting. Another stellar beer from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 03:22:17 | More by Huhzubendah
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Holland

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: deep black and viscous looking, along with some of the best head retention I have ever seen.

S: chocolate, roast, slight cherry, and lightly sweet

T: a bit sweet, full of oak, dark fruits, and a bit too much cherry-like flavor for my liking. Still delicious, but it's not like Genealogy of Morals. Definitely has the wheat and dark fruit though.

M: thick and well carbonated, just fine for an imperial stout

O: pretty meh beer for Hill Farmstead standards, but excellent by other standards. Not sure if I'd buy it again at $15 per 500 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:13:03 | More by Holland
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous velvety dark black ink liquid. Pours not as slow as molasses but still seems viscous and inviting. There is a delicious half-inch head that forms like a nice foamy espresso. The head is dense and a light tan. The head is sticky.

Aroma is perfect. Just perfect. There are notes of fresh fudgey chocolate. Mild notes of coffee and some nuttiness. Then there is some nice slight dark bitter cocoa notes as well. There is also a nice molasses and caramel sweetness that is present. However, the sweetness is not overwhelming. Nice woody barrel notes are also present.

Now for the taste. Wow. Fudgey but balanced. Starts off with some mild milk chocolate sweetness also mixed in with bourbon barrel notes. Woody notes with molasses are present and give the brew a bourbon hint to the brew. Notes of oat and also some dark fruits. Slight maple syrup notes and a mild vanilla finish. Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Smooth and yummy.

Great yummy fudge notes beautifully intermingled with more caramel and straight up candy sweetness that is balanced out by some oat and barrel heat. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 23:15:50 | More by JoEBoBpr
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Don for sharing this!

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque jet black in the glass, a thin creamy mocha brown head forms that recedes fairly fast to a flat top, leaves some sparse spotty lacing.

S- Sweet bourbon, integrated creamy chocolate, hints of oak, slight fairly hidden booze, very subtle dark fruits hiding in the back.

T- Creamy chocolate, hints of fudge, dark fruits, maple syrup, some vanilla on the backend, a tiny bit of wheat, finishes with fudge, creamy chocolate, and dark fruits with a nice lingering aftertaste. Nice complexities that balance nicely.

M- Smooth, lightly creamy, abv very well hidden, fairly low carbonation but fits the style nicely.

O- This was a nice, complex barrel aged stout blend that did not disappoint from HF. The cocoa nibs, vanilla, dark fruit tastes, and bourbon all came out very nicely. I feel like MC2 might have had a slightly better taste, but MC2 definitely wins in aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:30:32 | More by jaasen64
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Kinsman

California

4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fills the glass with a viscous black body and capped by a creamy and rich looking tan head. Wonderful head retention too... something I often don't find in barrel aged beers.

Lots of vanilla and oaky bourbon notes right up front. Cocoa comes through a bit more as it opens up.

First sip has quite a lot going on and it's hard to wrap my head around it all. Definitely the barrel notes play a significant role with sweet vanilla and boozy bourbon. Add in a nice touch of maple and rich cocoa notes and I'm simply amazed by this beer.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and oh so rich and creamy. Overall, this is an absolutely excellent barrel aged beer. Deserves to stand right up there with the best of them.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 01:08:23 | More by Kinsman
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justforrazors

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed live 7-30-13

Poured from bottle into HF glass.

A- Pours a thick black with a long lasting mocha head with high carbonation visible. Over the 5 or so minutes I left it to sit before drinking, the head has not dropped at all, and you can clearly see bubbles rising from the bottom to the top. A nice thick half-finger head made it all the way down to the point where I finished with the review.

S- Bourbon, chocolate, some subtle roast and vanilla along with a caramel sweetness.

T- The taste follows the smell. Bourbon followed by vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. The vanilla really stands out and provides a nice marshmallow sweetness to the beer. On the back end, alcohol is evident as well as some oak. There is also a bitter note that lingers for a while after the other flavors disappear.

M- Definitely a bit over carbonated for a RIS in my opinion. Maybe this was an attempt to make sure this one didn't end up like BoT? I could literally hear the carbonation when I went to take a drink, although it didn't feel as overly carbonated as it appeared. The beer has a full body, although it is very smooth and easy to drink. There is a lingering bitter note, as well as some drying qualities on the finish, most likely from the oak.

O- Interesting beer for sure. This isn't the greatest Barrel-Aged stout I have had, but very good either way. The alcohol was still a bit too upfront for me, although hopefully it will mellow a bit with time.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 23:52:44 | More by justforrazors
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

thanks to pjl44 for this fantastic extra!
poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of medium tan colored head. Good head retention that drops slowly. Thick and sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of milk chocolate, vanilla, and rye notes. Mellow oak, earthy and roasty grain. Everything has a nice balance in the nose. Fairly sweet smell nose on this beer.

Taste: A quick blast of chocolate and cocoa sweetness that is quickly interupted by huge rye notes. Middle of the beer is roasty and oaky. Mild roasty flavor that trancends through out the entire flavor profile of the beer. Then the sweetness returns and takes of vanilla and a hint of marshmellows. More rye notes in the finish with a touch of warming booze and a slightly bitter cocoa flavor that make the beer have a slight dryness. Great balance and complexity. As the beer warms the rye intensifies considerably and some smokiness emerges as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, slick, smooth, slightly oily, and creamy. All the flavor just coats your mouth in richness. Just a touch boozey for a 9% beer, but its nothing that is distracting.

Overall: This is the first stout that I have tried from Hills Farmstead. It is a wonderful blend beer, but its biggest crutch is that it has just a little to much rye for my personal taste. It is very complex and rich beer. It has a very nice mouthfeel as well. I have only dabbeled in a few Hills Farmstead beers, but every beer I have tried so far from Hills Farmstead tells me that they flat out brew fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 02:10:33 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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lovindahops

New York

4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thought the mild weather tonight would be the opportune time to crack open a madness and civilization 1

A- dark as dark can be. A massive darkened mocha foam with a creme brûlée type frosting stocking to the edges. Floating foam is fuzzy and refuses to recide. Essentially perfect look for a double stout

S- bourbon laced marshmallow scent blends with oak, dark chocolate nibs, sugar, and brown sugar. Very sweet with alcohol present at the forefront. A sweet a tasty bold scent profile no doubt dominates. Very luring with the scent of maple towards the end. This is amazing

T- a creamy onslaught of unfermented sugars, lactose, marshmallows, bourbon, and of course oak blasts the palate. Incredible stout that has a desert profile that calls for a sipper, but delivers with a beastly stout taste. The barrels enhance this stout to the extent that its truly up there with the best of the best. Incredible

M- creamy and coating flavor slaps itself all over. Firm a detailed flavor components enrobe the tongue.

O- BCBS and KBS.... You have been out done. Madness and Civilization #1 is a delicious treat

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:49:00 | More by lovindahops
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger dark mocha head with moderate to low retention. Beer is thick and pitch black. Lacing is patchy with good stick. Decent.

Aromas of wine grapes, bourbon, dark chocolate, roast, and cocoa. Some molasses and chocolate sweetness wafts through the layers of booze. Solid though I could go for a bit more oomph here.

Opens sweet chocolate and molasses. An extremely mellow wine-y tartness floats in the background covered by layers of booze, fudge and chocolate. Very sweet throughout. Some woodiness at the back end adds some depth. Finishes chocolate with some slight roast coarseness. Aftertaste of booze and molasses. Very complex but a touch sweet for my taste.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and goes down warm and slick. Finishes messy with a sticky sweet, lingering aftertaste. Nice.

An extremely well made beer, this is certainly one of the most complex imperial stouts I've had in a while. The flavors work well together too but there's just a touch too much sweetness for my liking at times. Still, definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:36:35 | More by SpeedwayJim
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Pours a semi splashy black with two and half fingers of deep khaki head. Head hangs around for a decent while, and leaves some nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Burnt toffee and rich milk chocolate up front. Some sticky vanilla bean, rye whiskey, and caramel. A touch of oak. Awesome.

Taste: Rich, roasted marshmallow and creamy milk chocolate up front. Some toffee and coffee, with a touch of spicy oak through the middle and end. Definite mellow rye whiskey presence. Simply amazing.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side for a imperial stout - akin to Birth of Tragedy b2. Fantastic coating throughout however... like milk chocolate melting in your mouth. Lightly boozey, but not real burn. A great sipper.

Overall: Fantastic. Ready to drink now. Can't wait to try #2.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 15:29:51 | More by cfrances33
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of a tasting with the NWIBDU. Thanks for sharing!

S - Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, light astringency from the alcohol and oak

T - Caramel, chocolate, good amount of vanilla sweetness. Light booze and alcohol comes through as well as oak to give it a slight heat. Well balanced and delicious stout.

M - Medium smooth body with light astringency from the oak and the bourbon

O - Really a great stout that is right up my alley with the great balance between the sweet chocolate, vanilla and caramel flavors balanced with the slight heat from the booze and astringency from the oak. Another great HF beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 21:28:23 | More by jeonseh
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Black with one finger of cocoa brown head.

S - A huge sweet bourbon aroma up front with a vanilla notes. Chocolate fudge, toasted oak and a touch of coconut.

T - Big barrel notes initially - bourbon, vanilla and charred oak with a big sweetness. Chocolate fudge mid-palate with some roast and vanilla in the finish.

M - Full body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:49:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Skrip

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Noda snifter.

A~ black! obviously! with a nice tan head and a good amount of lacing for a stout.

S~ lots of bourbon and booziness up front. all followed by some chocolate, caramel, and vanilla beans.

T~ a ton of chocolate and cocao nibs. spicy rye malts, vanilla and caramel as you start to swallow. all followed by bourbon boozy goodness, which literally tastes like a glass of Elijah Craig on the rocks. i've never experienced so much bourbon barrel presence, like as if it was the actual thing. total hybrid stout/porter. the Everett aspects give this a baltic style, which adds a fantastic roasted sweetness.

M~ heres where the maple comes out, very rich and thick. also has some what of a cocao nib feel, if you know what i mean. still very smooth and nicely carbonated.

O~ definitely an all around complex, completely balanced stout. which comes as no surprise! could definitely use a little age though to let the booze fad a bit, but if you like Elijah Craig i'd dive right in!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:14:03 | More by Skrip
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ehammond1


4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Very close to black in color with a somewhat persistant, slightly creamy, small-bubbled dark brown head. Gorgeous lacing left down the glass. A simply gorgeous stout. Hill Farmstead always makes beautiful beer.

Layered, complex, and delightful aroma. Coffee, chocolates, marshmallow, and integrated, fine bourbon integrate into something truly special. Some dark fruit emerges as the beer warms some along with a toasted, nearly burnt, fresh out of the oven pie crust character. Exceptional.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, though the bourbon takes a touch more of a firm presence upfront--but not in a stinging, harsh way. The bourbon is flavorful, integrated, and complementary to the chocolate, vanilla, and pie crust flavors. Incredibly drinkable.

Medium to nearing full in body with moderate carbonation. Not an overly heavy or viscous stout.

Fantastic. So much better than Damon, and I had to beg, borrow, and steal to taste that one. This one just showed up unexpectedly. Thanks again, Adam!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 04:26:16 | More by ehammond1
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Madness & Civilization #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.