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Madness & Civilization #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 149
Gots: 64 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours slightly darker than cola with a head that quickly dissipates towards the edges. Nose expresses cocoa, roast and a trace of cherry juice. The barrel really comes out in the flavor profile, as well as roast, char, cocoa, vanilla and tart fruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that is just a little too lively and some residual acidity. This is a great tasting beer with a fantastic barrel presence - the spirits are really well defined. That said, if the carbonation dropped off a bit more it would be greatly enhanced.

03-14-2014 23:54:09 | More by Jwale73
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

03-09-2014 21:36:25 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

03-07-2014 04:06:46 | More by kayna7x
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-04-2014 03:41:20 | More by WVUbrew
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-04-2014 02:45:45 | More by williamjbauer
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4.48/5  rDev +1.1%

500ml bottle split two ways with Dustin. Thanks man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/3/2014.

App- pitch black motor oil, thick one finger brown head with fantastic retention for a stout. Must be the buckwheat in one of the threads. Lots of thick sticky lacing. Phenomenal as far as stouts go.. really have not seen a stout look this good in a long time.

Smell- strong smoky bourbon and milk chocolate which I attribute to Everett. Lots of dark chocolate, charcoal and more bourbon. Very bourbon-forward stout.

Flavor- fantastic bourbon. Lots of it in such a great mellow presence that is well-integrated into the rest of the beer. It's smooth bourbon that isn't hot at all, with its charcoal sweetness lingering a while in the aftertaste but not for long. Also a lot of milk chocolate that integrates well. Cocoa, dark chocolate comes out as it warms up. No maple notes; however if its there in the sweetness of this beer, it's a subtle contribution. Not super complex but everything integrates very well; it may be the time on this bottle.

Mouthfeel- the best I've had on a HF stout. Thick, creamy, decadent and finishes very smoothly without any harsh bourbon flavors. No heat at all, just full of bourbon flavor.

Overall- it's not quite Black Gold, but this is like it's mellow, sweet cousin. Well done integration of bourbon into a blended stout. Not complex, but very bourbon-forward in such an enjoyable manner.

03-04-2014 02:34:26 | More by Stevedore
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-03-2014 18:53:56 | More by brother_kenneth
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

03-02-2014 21:07:04 | More by Kreko7
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

02-28-2014 14:36:40 | More by MastaShonuf
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-24-2014 22:29:33 | More by blklabel
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2.93/5  rDev -33.9%

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.

02-20-2014 02:29:02 | More by jegross2
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.89/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.64/5  rDev +4.7%

Picked this bottle up from a great BA trader @lhteacher. Shared at Proof for our little HH. Pours a very thick and viscous black. Good amount of deep tan head that faded into a medium collar. Aroma is of licorice, dark roasted malt, some charred oak, some bourbon. Taste is all of the aroma plus some coffee and vanilla. Maple is also present throughout. Super rich body, nice low carbonation.

01-26-2014 05:11:39 | More by mverity
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4.18/5  rDev -5.6%

Another wonderful bottle from jbeatty. Thanks for all the stuff man!

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Black pour, clear, produces a 1+ finger, medium looking, fizzy tan head with pretty good retention. Fades to a foamy half wisp cap. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A ring remains leaving a few dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Oak and bourbon up front, with coconut and vanilla, milk chocolate, pure chocolate, some light coffee and coconut cream. Roasted notes with light toffee and caramel as well. Vanilla and coconut bourbon barrels are nice with the other flavors.

TASTE: Bourbon and oak with some alcohol up front. Caramel sweetness with lots of coconut and vanilla cream as well, then a big and lingering finish of more bourbon, oak, coconut, milk chocolate and bitter, pure chocolate as well. Caramel sweetness with a hint of roast as well. Very nice, flavorful and complex without a doubt. Lovely.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A touch light and prickly perhaps, goes down fine and finishes sticky on the palate. A bit of a burn at the swallow and some heat lingers. Needs to be fuller for top marks, but smooth enough.

OVERALL: This one is quite tasty. The barrel flavor is a bit more forthcoming and overpowering than a lot of other HF barrel aged offerings, but the base beer still makes an appearance. Very flavorful and wonderful aroma as well. The feel needs to be fuller and the heat could mellow, but this is a treat non-the-less. Worth checking out if you can. Thanks again jbeatty. Recommended.

01-21-2014 20:09:34 | More by Jeffo
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Madness & Civilization #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.