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Madness & Civilization #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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world-class

242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 144
Gots: 62 | FT: 6
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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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +12.9%

04-30-2014 12:42:16 | More by BuckTuckian
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mendvicdog

Maryland

5/5  rDev +12.9%

10-07-2013 19:59:54 | More by mendvicdog
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Jacob007

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +12.9%

07-07-2013 15:27:44 | More by Jacob007
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +12.9%

07-08-2013 12:25:16 | More by MinorThreat
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nh2032

New York

5/5  rDev +12.9%

07-20-2013 01:34:58 | More by nh2032
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JRod1969

New York

5/5  rDev +12.9%

12-13-2013 21:12:59 | More by JRod1969
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robwestcott

Indiana

5/5  rDev +12.9%

04-04-2014 01:35:55 | More by robwestcott
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SupremePie

Vermont

5/5  rDev +12.9%

07-21-2013 23:19:05 | More by SupremePie
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bcm75

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-17-2013 01:39:21 | More by bcm75
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camartin27

Ohio

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-08-2013 21:53:13 | More by camartin27
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ari32

Georgia

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-01-2013 02:03:34 | More by ari32
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Miamilice

Vermont

5/5  rDev +12.9%

10-27-2013 15:37:13 | More by Miamilice
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.9%

08-19-2013 02:12:36 | More by ferrettman687
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Kreko7

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

03-02-2014 21:07:04 | More by Kreko7
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

5/5  rDev +12.9%

01-10-2014 14:22:15 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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mjw1200

Ohio

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-11-2013 21:55:11 | More by mjw1200
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 9oz snifter thick, rich & black. The aroma precedes and leads the nose with its rich chocolate, maple...hints of rye...promises. The taste is full-on luxurious like an initiation into a secret society...decadence (but not in an elitist way) a warmth that reaffirms one's abiding(in this case abiding means something well beyond an addictive attraction) love of beer. Fulfillment in a glass...By this point you've realized that I really LIKED (if liked meant something like sensuously contented) this beer. Clearly something special...keeping in mind that all the adjectives are lacking the definition necessary to convey just how enjoyable this glass of beer was. Thank You HF!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:08:54 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Kinsman

California

4.83/5  rDev +9%
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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amnesia85

Connecticut

4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle purchased at release. Chilled to 45 deg, served around 47deg F in a Hill farmstead stem. The bottle is nice, Im really liking the new labels ive seen on these past few bottles. Plain black and white on this one. Not much info about the contents of the bottle, but interesting back ground info regarding it. Instructions to check website for full details of the contents.

A: the Beer is jet black. No light will pass through. But the head, the head is fruitful. Nice dark molasses, thick with huge frog eyes peaking through. This head truly complements the color of the beer and when swirled in the glass it chokes right up. Watching the beer run through the head as it settles on the bottom you get a good idea of how thick it really is.

A: Bourbon, raw cacao, hints of vanilla, a nice roasty robust smell from the porters. The bourbon smell is really powerful and I can definitely pick up the Elijah Craig barrel.

T: WOW! This beer packs a powerful punch. The alcohol is right out front, and not fooling me. The flavors in this beer are all so strong and there is so much going on here that it takes a long time to get a good idea of what im tasting. Again the Elijah craig is the first thing I can put my finger on. As this beer warms the other flavors take the stage. Next is the cacao. The cacao flavor is fighting with the bourbon flavor and starts to win. There is a slight subtle vanilla flavor and maybe a slight taste of maple syrup. I really had to dig for the maple syrup though. The cacao comes back into play moments after the beer is gone from your mouth. Then you can try and point to brownie, chocolate cake like flavors.

M: soft yet thick. This beer is viscous and moves slowly in your mouth. The carbonation is perfect, and I really love these naturally carbonated beers when they are fruitful. Syrupy, milkshake like.

O: This beer is huge, simply HUGE. First of all to say the alcohol is well hidden is subjective, and quite an understatement here. All of these ingredients are really strong and pungent so even if it was 5% it would still have boozy qualities. I enjoy the flavor of bourbon so I could hang with it. My wife however drank possibly 2-3oz. If you have some hair on your chest im sure youll be fine. I cant say enough how much I enjoyed the treated Everetts. With this blend however The cacao really overpowered the vanilla and battled constantly with the bourbon throughout the entire show. I would not say this beer is sweet what so ever. Not any sweeter than bourbon is on its own anyway. I loved this Complex blend of powerful flavors and wonderful porters. This beer will keep you company, and I would not share if I were you. With the amount that has been released you will have plenty to lay down for years to come and enjoy some over this winter. Whom ever blended this beer was a genius.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 14:44:18 | More by amnesia85
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

08-28-2013 16:23:17 | More by doremite
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

05-01-2014 12:00:12 | More by whatname
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

07-14-2013 15:34:57 | More by Psychmusic
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uncccegr

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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dipaguy

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

07-01-2013 17:58:11 | More by dipaguy
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danwho

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

01-28-2014 01:37:12 | More by danwho
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Madness & Civilization #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.