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Madness & Civilization #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
98
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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 151
Gots: 67 | FT: 7
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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2.75/5  rDev -37.9%

HitchSlap, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of jegross2
2.93/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewing the Madness & Civilization #1 from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont.

Score: 75

Spring 2013 vintage bottle served in a taster glass and enjoyed on 01/12/14.

Appearance: Pours a black color with one to two fingers of dark tan head that settles to a thin layer. Above average lacing, very good retention. 4/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, oak, hint of vanilla. Touch of brown sugar. Hint of booze too. Hot, but nice aroma. 4/5

Taste: Sharp, acidic oak-forward bourbon flavor. Chocolate and alcohol finish. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, more carbonation than necessary for the flavor profile. Bitter and acidic. 2.5/5

Overall: Supremely disappointing, particularly compared to Damon and Bourbon Barrel Aged Genealogy of Morals. This was not one of Shaun's better stouts. If you are going to spend big to acquire a Hill Farmstead beer, I recommend considering alternative possibilities.

Cost: $15 for a 500 ml bottle.

jegross2, Feb 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

montrealbcr89, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Hophead717, Jul 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

chippo33, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

VAbdoyan, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Sean9689, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

cbgoods, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Luk13
3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hill Farmstead third anniversary. Black pour with brown highlights, decent moka head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, maple and dark fruits. Taste has chocolate, vanilla and maple but seem a little muted . Medium bodied. Not nearly as decadent as Damon. The beer was so cold because of the weather, it might have opened up a little bit if it had warmed up a little bit.

Luk13, Jun 03, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

cpetrone84, Feb 11, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Holland, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

acurtis, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Sammy, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

tdm168, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

HoldenDurden, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

campfirebrew, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

largadeer, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

BGsWo22, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

cosmonick, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

greenspointexas, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Thorpe429, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

zadams1, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

bird22, Jun 24, 2013
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Madness & Civilization #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.