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Madness & Civilization #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.43%
Wants: 150
Gots: 66 | 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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

seblp, Jul 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

nootch23, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Mopps, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 28, 2013
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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

lovindahops, Jul 28, 2013
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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.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

polishkaz, Jul 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

heffnate77, Jul 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

JSBILK, Jul 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

claaark13, Jul 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

LincolnHawk, Jul 24, 2013
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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.

cfrances33, Jul 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

1424IpA, Jul 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Rau71, Jul 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

twenty5, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

TurdFurgison, Jul 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

DIPAFAN, Jul 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

SupremePie, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

BeerWorld, Jul 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

kdmcguire10, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Hophead717, Jul 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

nh2032, Jul 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Kelp, Jul 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jbuddle, Jul 17, 2013
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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.

jeonseh, Jul 16, 2013
Madness & Civilization #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.