Beyond Good And Evil
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #27
Ranked #102
4.57 | pDev: 7.22%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
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Notes: Beyond Good and Evil is one of Nietzsche’s most powerful works, challenging conventional wisdom and urging us transcend good and evil while confronting the very nature of knowledge. This challenge both informs and inspires our work.

Beyond Good and Evil is also the name of our bourbon barrel-aged maple imperial sweet stout. Brewed in May of 2012, we crafted this beer with a touch of Vermont maple syrup and then allowed it to rest quietly and contentedly in hand-selected bourbon barrels for over 18 months.
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Sandis from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2018 version poured from the bottle into a snifter. I find this tremendously tasty. The viscosity coats the glass nicely. Wonderful maple flavor without being over the top/too sweet.

Apr 21, 2021
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally trying this one, march 28 2021, bottled 10-3-18. For me the feel is just outstanding, full and creamy and smooth, approaching syrupy, but still with enough carbonation to keep it drinkable. It’s Hill Farmstead, of course the feel is going to be exceptional. The aroma is strangely mild but the flavor explodes with maple syrup and whiskey notes and has to be the sweetest of any HF beer I can recall. Just lean enough to stay in balance. Very nice drinking.

Mar 28, 2021
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

18 November 2020 - Beer #207 - BA Top 250 Alert!

Acquired via trade
Current Rank: #105 on Beer Advocate

Appearance: 5 - blacky black but a bit thin at the edges. The head remains as a thin halo.

Nose: 4 - not very intense, but what is there is divine. Pure maple and barrel.

Taste: 4 - nothing mind-blowing here, just a straight up barrel aged maple stout. Maple is tough to do well, and this is done well.

Mouth: 5 - this is where the beer really shines. It's thick and sticky, and I don't want to swallow it; I just want to chew it for a while.

Overall: 4 - very excited to have tried this one. Not obsessed but satisfied.


Nov 23, 2020
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Cyoung1313 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with minimal head. Smell of chocolate, barrel and slight vanilla. Taste of chocolate, maple and coffee. Neither the coffee or maple overwhelm the base stout. Feels thick and decadent but cohesive. Another great HF brew.

Sep 20, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of acurtis.
October 2019, roughly 10 months old.
L: black with dark mocha head.
S: vanilla, chocolate, bourbon.
T: chocolate, oak, vanilla, maple, caramelized sugar. Pancakes.
F: fairly thick, bourbon/boozy burn.
Overall: solid bba stout. Fair amount of heat.

Aug 27, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a review of the 2015 version that was on tap in October 2019 @ Hill Farmstead.

Pours black, 1/3" brown head. Aroma reveals that both the coffee and maple have melded/faded into the bourbon notes. I like that sweet spot where things gel more than being led by one dominant aspect generally. Equal parts.

Taste, oh shit, now we're about to get heavenly up in here. This is why sometimes you ignore that "drink fresh" notion. Fresh maple dominates seeming too sweet sometimes, fresh coffee just dominates and that is largely all you taste. But here, 4 years later, you get this full fledged bourbon accentuated with maple and coffee. Again, the notion of equal parts, but it tastes even better than it smells. Of course the damn mouth feel is silky and luxurious, the maple seems to be best here, smoothing out double digit abv into a delight to drink, never oppressive, hot, bitter etc. . .

Shit man, this beer is a prime example of how a barrel aged stout w some adjuncts can get even better with age.

Apr 20, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of intense notes of chocolate mix in with some maple syrup and bourbon with vanilla notes also noticeable. Taste is also a mix of sweet chocolate notes, maple syrup with some woody notes, bourbon and vanilla notes also perceptible. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with some light warming alcohol notes. World-class imperial stout from a great brewery.

Feb 01, 2020
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had been wanting to try this one for a long time and finally got to during FoFA weekend as on on-site offering at the brewery. Tremendous. Not too sweet - perfectly balanced.

Aug 05, 2019
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow just incredible.

Pitch black darkest of nights.
*disclaimer that I'm a cologne man and a touch may be creeping into the nose* But I pick up honeysuckle, maple, chocolate, toffee, almond, fig, black coffee.

Taste follows nose very well.

Motor oil thick. very viscous. Love It.

Incredible barrel stout that blows many a mainstay out of the water.

I was fortunate to be in VT for work, but to not have to plan and hunt for such a beer was a real treat.

Jun 13, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is classic stout - poured with an opaque head left minimal lacing. Nose is of chocolate, roasted malts/coffee, maple syrup. Taste follows the nose. Very, very well balanced between roasted malts, maple syrup. additionally, get notes of coffee and bakers chocolate. Feel has a good viscosity. Coats the tounge but leaves the pallet easily. Overall, excellent stout. This is what I wish stouts were moving towards - not something cloyingly sweet. Taste would be near perfect if I was able to get barrel.

Jun 07, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite sweet - maple tastes just a bit granular and overly saccharine. But, it tastes natural all the same. An odd conflicting mouth-experience.

It's just a bit thinner than I'd like, but drinks very easy. Barrel isn't all that present, if at all - my palate had trouble discerning any wood, bourbon, or dryness. It's just sweet!

A good beer, but up against the likes of Canuckley or Mornin' Delight even, this beer doesn't really shine. Again - good, but showing some age.

Jun 04, 2019
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle, drank 2019. Pours dark. Aroma chocolate, bourbon & oak. Tastes amazing with the sweet chocolate, oak and bourbon. Barely taste the maple. Medium body. Incredible stout.

May 18, 2019
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gbiello from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1/2 finger of head on a fairly aggressive pour. Pitch black, but effervescent bubbles give it a thin appearance. Aroma/Taste of rich roasted malt, bourbon and light maple syrup. Mouthfeel a bit thin but that is balanced by the good amount of carbonation.

May 05, 2019
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jhavs from New York

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark and thick pour, thin tan colored head settles quickly into ring around glass.
Aroma and flavor consists of light bourbon, sweet and earthy maple, bittersweet baking chocolate and some deep, dark fruits.
Smooth, rich and creamy. Perfect mouthfeel for style.
Overall excellent and refined brew.

Mar 10, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nose is dark fruits and chocolate, rich oak. On palate is spice, plum, dark chocolate covered cherries, oak, sticky sweetness hinting at maple, dark roastyness, mellow vanilla and caramel, not a huge spirit quality but some mellow bourbon flavor in there to compliment the barrel notes, very rich and thick mouthfeel throughout.

Jan 12, 2019
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 bottle shared by Dan (@1up), thanks!

Not much head. Sweet flavor, but not a thick mouthfeel. Not a ton of barrel either. Good but not world class.

Nov 26, 2018
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wellsnb from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Hill Farmstead. Reminds me of a more refined Morning Delight. It doesn’t smack you in the face with maple like MD. I am a really big fan.

Oct 12, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

07/2015 - Bourbon, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, dark fruit, notably cherries; luscious, nice roastiness, super chocolaty, maple syrup for dayzzzz. Very tasty, very satisfied.

Sep 27, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with nice tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice bourbon maple. Taste is a slightly sweet bourbon and maple that is exceptionally smooth with a molasses touch

Sep 10, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours Pitch Black with a medium khaki head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of maple syrup, baker’s chocolate, molasses, caramel, and bourbon. It tastes of baker’s chcolate, maple syrup, molasses, caramel, with some bourbon heat. The feel is thick, but smooth on the back end. A good barrel aged stout from Hill Farmstead, pretty light on the maple.

Sep 09, 2018
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raspy22 from Arizona

5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. Dark brown to black appearance. Aromas are of sweet cocoa/bourbon/maple stout. Flavors are same. Very sweet, but not cloyingly so. Super pillowy soft mouthfeel. Perfect dessert beer. Would certainly revisit this!

Aug 21, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2018 release, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 06.09.18, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, thick and oily, very viscous with a thin tan head that has no retention nor any lacing. The aroma is pleasant, lots of rich maple, sweet and sappy, tons of fudge brownie, light stone fruits, oak, bourbon, toffee, dark grains with a lingering marshmallow vanilla fragrance. The flavors are very good, intense fudge brownie, lots of rich dark chocolates with some underlying sweet maple, oaky bourbon with a nice vanilla sweetness, char and roast with brown sugar that plays well with the maple and finishes warmly with a light fruity acidity. The mouthfeel is great, coating medium/full body, not quite chewy but very smooth and gentle, velvety with an effortlessly easy finish that has nice legs and a warming sensation.

Verdict: A very good barrel aged imperial stout from Hill Farmstead. Rich flavors, balanced well that is very easy going. The maple adds a nice amount of sweetness to the beer but it brings with it some nice depth and complexity.

Jun 29, 2018
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kylesobrien from Canada (QC)

4.14/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared with a friend while in Europe, bottle dated 2017, which I purchased in January 2018.

Pours an inky, thick opaque back, with coffee-and-cream head that dissipates relatively quickly. Some faint, light lacing on glass.

Aroma is earthy malt and dark bread, hint of molasses. Something very vaguely like tequila, which is probably woody character from the barrel aging, but a little spicier than most bourbon barrel stouts I've sampled.

Flavour is complex, incredibly smooth and balanced -- hit of dark malty goodness up front, slightly bitter, but immediately followed by a sweet undercurrent of maple and spice, which finishes with a hint of licorice. A big difference with this versus other big barrel-aged beers I've enjoyed is that even the barrel character seems balanced -- this is a pretty solidly crafted brew. No element is over the top.

I'm honestly pretty amazed that there is still a slight residual maple flavour here, often the taste of the syrup is lost when the yeast ferment it away.

No indication of its strength on the label, but going on taste alone I'd say it's well north of 8-9%. My guess is 10% ABV. The price of the bottle was a bit steep for 375 mL, but this stout was years in the making and I'm glad to have shared it with a friend.

Jun 02, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL June 2017 bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead balloon glass. Thanks Ryan for sharing this with me.

Pours a deep brown body, once it’s in the glass it’s opaque and black, thick. Small brown head reduces fairly quickly.

Aromas are sweet and fudgy, cocoa and dark fruit, biscotti, vanilla, and subtle maple. On the tongue it’s quite sweet but not cloying or “pastry”-like, more malty that sugary with rich chocolate fudge, vanilla-maple liquor, bourbon, dark fruits, molasses and roasty coffee on the follow through. Maple shows up as it warms up. The finish is roasty as well, bittersweet chocolate / charred malt sticks on the tongue for a bit. Mouthfeel is rich and thick with low carbonation. Definitely a sipper.

A fantastically crafted beer. More complex than similar stouts. The barrel works wonders here.

May 21, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a HF bulb. Brownish/Black in color with a small mocha head. Smells of dark fruit, some maple, oak and bourbon. Taste is exactly as the nose but more prominent. Not as much maple as one might think but it’s there. Just a treat to sip on. Feel is slick and mouth coating, almost chewy. Overall, this is really great. HF just makes everything well and this is no exception.

May 21, 2018
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