Beyond Good And Evil | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Beyond Good And EvilBeyond Good And Evil
597 Ratings
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: 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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 597 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Resuin for this beer in a trade. Beyond Good and Evil is Hill Farmstead's tribute to Nietzsche's work of the same name. They brewed the base beer back in May of 2012 and allowed this imperial stout with maple syrup to age in bourbon barrels for 18 months. This 375ml bottle was filled in January of 2014. Served chilled in a Hill Farmstead stemmed balloon glass.

An extremely viscous pour. Dark brown and black in the glass. I could tell that the carbonation would have a hard time being coaxed into a head, so I opted to pour slowly and from a great distance. A perfect two-finger tall mocha-colored head developed on top with a buttery soft, whipped cream texture and amazing retention. It even left some decent spotty lacing.

Even when chilled, the aroma of this beer is rich and delicious. The smell invites the comparison to a dessert wine. It is filled with notes of toffee, nuts, nutella, chocolate, boysenberry, maple sugar, oak, and alcohol. It's an incredible smell for sure, and even if I wished the intensity was more amplified, it's near perfect.

The first thing of note is the body and texture of this beer. Beyond Good and Evil is extremely thick, with a full, almost chewy body. It's viscous, sticky, and yet the carbonation smooths everything out perfectly, until it feels like the beer is just melted chocolate truffles. Everything about this beer is so well balanced. Instead of being syrupy, it's smooth. Instead of being cloying, it's more evenly balanced. The maple sweetens the palate, especially up front. The barrel character blends in seamlessly with the imperial stout base, and there is only a hint of alcohol on the back of the tongue and in the swallow. Flavors of maple, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and to a lesser extent, espresso, all mingle together in the taste and finish. It leans more towards being sweet, but like I mentioned before, comes nowhere close to being sickly sweet.

This beer is incredible. It's such a decadent dessert beer. Full-flavored, rich, and it drinks like melted chocolate. There is no booziness at all. It would pair very well with chocolate truffles or some dense pancakes drenched in butter and Blis maple syrup. This beer was inspiring, and it reminded me of the first time I tried Dark Lord. I was so impressed with the sheer viscosity of that beer. This also impressed me, but with how well-crafted it was.

 2,395 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of IrishColonial
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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 DanGeo
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Photo of Jared14
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of LGB362
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

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

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of brians52
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | 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 twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tywhite
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Beyond Good And Evil from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 597 ratings