Madness & Civilization #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.43%
Wants: 148
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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Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jaasen64
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.

Photo of s1ckboy
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Kinsman
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.

Photo of justforrazors
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.

Photo of seblp
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nootch23
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Mopps
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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!

Photo of lovindahops
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

Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

Photo of polishkaz
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of heffnate77
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JSBILK
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of LincolnHawk
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cfrances33
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of BeerWorld
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Madness & Civilization #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.