Beyond Good And Evil
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #43
ABV:
10%
Score:
100
Ranked #129
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 7.27%
Ratings:
769
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 02, 2022
Added:
Feb 05, 2014
Wants:
  593
Gots:
  74
SCORE
100
World-Class
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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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4.5 by Affinity from Missouri on May 02, 2022
 
4.71 by MJSFS from Florida on Mar 31, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Holderness from Massachusetts

L -- Jet black in the glass with a surprisingly robust two finger head produced with aerated pour. Hard to believe this has been bottle conditioning for a year and a half
S -- Waves of rich milk chocolate, wet bourbon barrel, prune, fig, chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, maple, and light smoke. Smells like a pastry stout without being a pastry stout
T -- Incredible how much of a difference 18 months of barrel aging makes over the usual 10-12. The bourbon barrel presence is heavy here -- both in the notes of oak from the barrel itself but also the boozy bourbon heat. Very rich, mapley base stout that has both an espresso/dark chocolate character and a sweet fudginess. The bourbon is just a hair on the hot side
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Lasting, sweet finish. Oily and slick, less velvety than expected
O -- One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had. Patience is the name of game when it comes to barrel aging, and Hill Farmstead has it in spades. Very pricey @$25/17 oz, but it's worth it

91/100

Mar 27, 2022
 
4.27 by notchucknorris from California on Jan 29, 2022
 
4.5 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 19, 2022
 
4.43 by Travitten from Iowa on Sep 06, 2021
 
4.59 by DaveCash from New York on Aug 31, 2021
 
4.75 by Ajlvt from Washington on Aug 07, 2021
 
4.74 by paresis from Massachusetts on Jul 10, 2021
 
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Sandis from Minnesota

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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4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by tobelerone from New Jersey

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
 
4.5 by dleiner from New York on Mar 12, 2021
 
4.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Mar 07, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by OfficerKramitz from Pennsylvania

2018 Vintage

Feb 06, 2021
 
4.58 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
 
4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 03, 2021
 
4.5 by tblack4d from Georgia on Jan 21, 2021
 
3.84 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 12, 2021
 
4 by Lare453 from Florida on Jan 04, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ckgibu from Hawaii

Had high expectations for this beer but ultimately found it average, especially when compared to top tier stouts.

Jan 02, 2021
 
4.68 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Dec 15, 2020
 
4.75 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Nov 29, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

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.

Cheers!

Nov 23, 2020
 
4.5 by Ciocanelu from Romania on Oct 22, 2020
 
4.58 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Oct 05, 2020
 
4.52 by David_Menendez from Pennsylvania on Oct 03, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Cyoung1313 from Ohio

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
 
4.49 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Sep 14, 2020
 
4.6 by AlltheBacon from Massachusetts on Sep 01, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

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
 
4.43 by ChittyChambers from Maryland on Aug 24, 2020
 
4.5 by motoxrdr21 from Pennsylvania on Aug 16, 2020
 
4.37 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Aug 02, 2020
 
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on Jul 30, 2020
 
4.5 by dheldman from Minnesota on Jul 03, 2020
 
4.46 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Jul 03, 2020
 
4.75 by sordyl from Illinois on Jun 30, 2020
 
4.92 by thampel09 from New Jersey on Jun 21, 2020
 
4.94 by Naughead from Massachusetts on Jun 04, 2020
Beyond Good And Evil from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 769 ratings