Beyond Good And Evil | Hill Farmstead Brewery

49 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Beyond Good And EvilBeyond Good And Evil

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 542
Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the perfect BA stout in my mind! Enjoyed with a good buddy tonight and this one didn't disappoint! 2012 vintage and it was smooth as silk and a nice slight barrel here

 184 characters

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark jet black hues with a thin 2mm cinnamon head and moderate lacing
S: Milk chocolate, bourbon, and a small hint of vanilla
T: Strong sting of alcohol (this is over two years old) is swiftly met by a thick chocolate fudge and evident maple notes
F: Decidedly thick and chewy mouthfeel with non-existent carbonation
O: This was an incredible BA stout that time seems to have served well. Despite being bottled in January 2014, I'm still getting a bit of heat, but that quickly recedes into a warm and sweet chocolate note. While coming into this I was for some reason expecting a stout closer to CBS, I truly believe this more closely aligns with Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord. There's a distinct sweetness and well crafted barrel aging. This was thoroughly enjoyable and one I hope HF chooses to release again sometime soon.

 829 characters

Photo of Hootie159
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bottle. Jet black but zero head. Showed very dark brown while briefly there. Unmistakable bourbon nose and getting that hint of syrup. Diving in deep there's some candied sugar smell. Well that's delicious. Maple sweet. Bourbon plays in perfectly. Zero bite. Carbonation is basically gone but this is super smooth and has a pleasant thickness.

 348 characters

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black oily color with little to no head. Smell is bourbon, maple, roasted malt. Taste is excellently balanced between the sweet maple, roasted malt and bourbon flavors. Very smooth mouthfeel. Just a fantastic beer with 2 years of age on it

 252 characters

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hits on all the BA stout qualities you love. Vanilla, maple, toasted coconut, marshmallow, milk chocolate, tobacco and dark fruits. Roasted malts in the way back. It's definitely sweet. Very smooth. Dry finish but not overly so. It's incredibly balanced for being in the barrels for almost 2 years. Really good.

 311 characters

Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maple explosion, 20 months in barrel makes it super pungent. Big vanilla oak, thick viscous mouthfeel. Had this after Prop '15 and this blew it out of the park.

 160 characters

Photo of thereal_adam
4.86/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Major maple flavor explosion going on in my mouth, with a marshmallow brownie thrown in for effect. Bottled Jan of '14, opened August '15. Had an older bottle of CBS a few months back, and it became an odd mess of maple sludge, but time has yet to take its toll on this beauty.

 277 characters

Photo of Wayne17
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, just wow. Big chewy chocolate covered raisin flavor. Marshmallows, sweet sticky slightly smokey maple syrup perfectly compliments the base beer. The 2 years in a bourbon barrels puts this beer into another level of complexity and flavor. It doesn't get any better than this.

 283 characters

Photo of jkrug5
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This truly is beyond good, and evil. Everything that CBS should have been, which is by no means a slight to a great beer, but Shaun is a master craftsman with such focus on balance. My first stout from Hill Farmstead, and if this is any indication, I need to try more.

 268 characters

Photo of EcoBrew
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drank 5-1-15. Loads of sweet thick maple syrup, perfect balance of bourbon & oak.. A tad thin, but not unusual for Hill farmstead stouts such as Double Barrel Damon. Quite a treat, fantastic. In the Top 10 without a doubt.

 224 characters

Photo of boredalready
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best stout I have ever had. Perfection. Excellent mouthfeel, great maple syrup flavor and sweetness layered with the barrel character and malty goodness of the base stout.

 190 characters

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet-maple flavors up front with dark chocolate in the middle followed by lingering bourbon/oaky/vanilla/tobacco flavors.... Very nice after dinner sipper... could be split amongst a couple of people due to the concentrated sweetness...

 242 characters

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Montrealbcr89, you light up my life.

Appearance. It's black and looked pretty thick as it poured out. Barely a skim of head, but a light brown collar formed and stayed the course.

Smell. Sweet chocolate syrup, maple, sweet boozy liqueur, a touch of coffee and sweet bourbon, a bit of toasted oaky coconut barrel wood.

Taste. Sweet maple, sweet chocolate syrup (quality shit, not the hershey's), light tannic woodyness and a touch of coffee, some decent booze but goes okay with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Very sweet ...which I heard but still wasn't expecting quite so much. Excellent desert beer and quite unique. So awesome to get the opportunity to try these rarities thanks to handsome beardos like the man, montrealbcr89.

 775 characters

Photo of IrishColonial
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

This is an interesting beer in an interesting category. Basically a chocolate and maple bomb, supplemented by some decent bourbon heat but not as much bourbon flavor as I usually like. Oak comes out more. Milky and rich with toffee, caramel, and slight molasses flavor. Not much roast or coffee and slightly thin on the mouthfeel.

Hard to rate for me. Basically liquid chocolate bourbon maple candy. Very sweet but not as cloying to me as Chocolate Rain or Black Tuesday. Delicious in its own way but the sweetness and lack of bourbon and coffee/roast starts to take a toll. Gave half to my wife after an initial attempt at taking it to the face. IMO, far better than the Faystons I have had but not in the same realm as beers like Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and KBBS. Have not had Mornin Delight but doubt it approaches that either from the reviews. Definitely worth seeking out but definitely best split with others.

 928 characters

Photo of starrdogg
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%

A very unique BA stout with some fantastic maple flavor. Only complaint is that it's quite sweet and is not a beer that you really need more than ~6 oz of.

 155 characters

Photo of Seanniek91
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml bottle into a HF stemmed tulip.

Pours a motor oil black with quick mocha thin lacing. Smell is a little one dimensional honestly. Lots off bourbon, some light maple, a little bit of roast, and a bunch of milk chocolate. Taste is big bourbon with a good smack of maple and coffee. Caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolate are all prevalent. This is a thick beer. Drinks like maple syrup. medium carb, a little booze heat.

Overall this is a good stout. Not my favorite from HF, but this is still a treat to have all to my self.

 544 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%

From 09/08/14 notes. Poured from a 12.7 (I think?) oz. bottle into a snifter. Huge thanks to BeerLawyer85 for once again sharing a HF gem; this was my favorite beer of the night.

Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of chocolate, sweet bourbon, maple syrup, roasted malts, oak, toasted malts, and some alcohol. Taste has chocolate cake, not as much alcohol. Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy.

Overall really great, super easy to drink big BA stout....I loved this one. At first I thought the nose was a little boozy but the more I drank it and the more it warmed up the more it faded, and I was really surprised the taste wasn't too boozy. The maple makes this uper easy to drink, and it is just really well done. Highly recommend it, makes me want to travel up there for the next release.

 889 characters

Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%

Second time having this brew. First time was at the anniversary at Blackback on draft.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to three snifters. Thick, pitch black body with a light brown mocha cap rising up to half a finger. The frothy cap falls to a medium ring and spotty lace results.

S- Bourbon jumps out of the bottle as I open it and I can smell it from several feet away but a closer inspection brings on a deep sweetness along with decadent chocolate and malts. Dark cocoa really comes through with heavily roasted cereal grains to compliment the barrels.

T- The barrel feel in this beer reminds me of the other dark Bourbon ales from HF because the extended aging really relaxes the barrels pungency but a ton of quality wet oak and whiskey vanilla comes out. Deep cocoa mixed with the maple brings on the character of a decadent brownie or truffle of sorts. Just a bit raisiny and charred.

MF- Very thick bodied with a low end carbonation. The consistency overall is oily slick and silky with just a bit of creaminess. Finishes with a soothing warmness while big flavors linger for quite a while.

Big deep chocolate roast malts with plenty of balanced out barrel feel. The maple comes out with an earthy sweetness and some flavor but certainly not CBS level or overpowering in any way. Continues an excellence by HF using barrels with dark beers (BoT, BA Everett, Daybreak).

 1,382 characters

Photo of Jared14
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

This is a great beer very unique. First review using new ratings system.

A- Dark brown/black very very little head.

S- Cocoa, Maple, booze

T- Much like smell but with a touch of barrel and molasses?

MF- a touch like but drinks very well.

Overall a fantastic stout from HF and in general. Would drink this again.
Shout out to markgugs for this long time want

 362 characters

Photo of homebrew311
4.23/5  rDev -6%

Pours a thick black with minimal head and no light passage. Nose presents sweet malt notes paired with noteable maple syrup character. This is partnered with some barrel char, light vanilla, black licorice, and deep roasted chocolate. Taste leans towards the sweet side of things and has a slick, heavy mouthfeel. The maple presents itself nicely and pairs with chocolate. The oak and bourbon are in the back and the bourbon is very well integrated. Overall, an enjoyable experience, albeit a little bit on the sweet side.

 530 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is near black with a small, brown head of broken bubbles. The aroma offers oak, bourbon, roast. The flavor takes everything up a notch. Absolutely delicious. Not sure what it is, but this beer is blowing me away. Noticeably better than Damon, Port Damon, M&C #3, etc. Possibly the best Hill Farmstead stout. Worth trading / traveling. Yes.

 396 characters

Photo of SadMachine
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 5/5/14

A- Pours a thick oil slick black with a small dark tan head of small bubbles that retains well, leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S- The aroma is bursting with maple syrup sweetness, rich roasty malt, and oak tannins. There are some more subdued dark fruit aromas, especially fig. Molasses, brown sugar, and sweet chocolate come out more as it begins to warm. That distinct hint of tartness that is present in so many Hill Farmstead barrel aged beers is there. Finally a slightly vinous note. Surprisingly low booziness.

T- If I had to use one word to describe this beer it would be decadent! It is so rich and sweet, but maintains balance throughout. The maple syrup is present from start to finish. Dark chocolate and raspberry flavors are huge and delightful. Vanilla, tons of roasty malt, and oak are all strong supporting flavors. Hints of bourbon, a vinous tartness, and only the slightest bit of astringent alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouth feel is super thick, creamy, smooth as silk, with perfect carbonation for the style!

O- Wow! Hill Farmstead has done it again with this one! Yes, it's very sweet, and I'd recommend sharing the bottle, but this is one of the best dessert beers ever made!

 1,237 characters

Photo of cpetrone84
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is jet black with a thin amount of light brown head. Nose is vanilla, fudge, milk chocolate, light roast and bourbon with a good bit of syrup. Taste is rich, tons of maple sugar, lots of fudge and milk chocolate, the roast isn't really there. Bourbon is moderate in the finish. Full bodied, soft carbonation, very creamy and drinkable.

 340 characters

Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from jbeatty a while back. Cheers man! Always happy to see some HF stout brew.

From a 37,5 into a snifter.
Bottled January 2014

APPEARANCE: An opaque black pour yields a two finger, medium-thick, creamy, light mocha head with great retention. Pitch black body and basically no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full, creamy wisp. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Classic HF stout look. Excellent.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut and maple syrup for sure. Bold and intense. A bit of milk chocolate as well. Impressively bold nose.

TASTE: Maple syrup and bourbon up front with oak and more sweet maple at the swallow. Big and boozy finish of maple syrup, bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate lingers on the palate. Bold and boozy for sure, but still lots of sweet maple and barrel flavors are there. Good, but boozy stuff here.

PALATE: Thinner body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Prickly on the palate, goes down fine with a scratch and finishes sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is good, but it's slightly too light on the palate and a touch boozy for top marks. Very barrel heavy for sure with a decent amount of maple syrup. Little base stout left, unfortunately. Good, but not great. Cheers jbeatty! Love seeing these guys show up on my doorstep.

 1,359 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a medium khaki head. Wispy surface. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Maple syrup. Vanilla. Oak. Pretty chocolatey. More bourbon before it gets fudgy.

Taste - Lots of maple syrup. Very sweet. Chocolate. Bourbon. More maple. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and very sweet, but worth the sugars. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Maple really helps this transcend other HF stouts.

 440 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Beyond Good And Evil from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.5 out of 5 based on 542 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.