Madness & Civilization #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by justforrazors:
4.38/5 rDev -1.1%
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
More User Reviews:
4.46/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
A: Dark dark brown, large dark tan head
S: Very upfront sweetness, bourbon
T: Chocolate, bourbon, maple, an interesting layer of spiciness from the rye, vanilla. The overall flavor is pretty strong but well balanced and very smooth
M: Kind of thin. Not as thick as I would have liked it and the carbonation was also a little high.
O: Really delicious stout. I tend to prefer beers like this in the 13% range and I think a really good bourbon barrel aged stout at 9% is difficult to pull off. The mouthfeel wasn't perfect but the smell and complexity of the taste more than made up for it.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2014 04:48:30 | More by anteater
Madness & Civilization #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.