Beyond Good And Evil | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#89
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
604
pDev:
7.24%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Dizzy242
4.02/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samact
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rothobinide
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylesobrien
4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dankacheese
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gcamparone
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh batch drank at dark lord day 2018. Really a special beer. The barreling is perfectly done here. The maple was strong but balanced at the same time. The base stout is simply fantastic and the sum of all parts was exquisite. Heck of a beer here.

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Photo of nfedas
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

HOw is this not higher on the list? THis is literally one of the best stouts I have ever had. Very smooth with a slight maple flavor and bourbon. Amazing beer

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Photo of Ken_P
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CSO
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pmarlowe
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2018 release (bottled June 2017).

A: Pours black, viscous, with a thin ring of tan colored head. Some dots of lacing. Decent retention for what’s there.

S: Big, rich dark cacao chocolate, vanilla bean, light roast, and a bit of coconut and bourbon. Wisp of blackcurrant as it warms.

T: Liquid, mouthcoating dark chocolate, oak, light roast which offsets some of the desserty-ness, and a bit of bourbon and vanilla. Hint of plum as it warms to room temp. Medium-light sweetness really ties the dessert-like flavors together.

M: Full bodied and chewy with medium carbonation. Medium alcohol warmth.

O: Really delicious and drinkable for such a big beer. Pretty good complexity. The oak treatment is fairly light but well integrated. Alcohol is not terribly prominent.

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4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nuggetz
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KT123
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phurley2
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beyond Good And Evil from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 604 ratings