Madness & Civilization #6 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Madness & Civilization #6Madness & Civilization #6
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Average: 4.24 | pDev: 6.13%

Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 49

American Imperial Stout | ABV not listed

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. Aged in a 500 liter port barrel that previously held Damon. Refilled with a blend of six beers including Damon and Everett. Aged for 25 months.
Madness & Civilization #6Madness & Civilization #6
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 49
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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice roasty, dry, bourbon / port-forward stout. Fairly heavy on roasty bitterness, not a thick sweet stout if you're expecting that.

Smells like booze, tastes like bourbon-soaked cherries, medium-full mouthfeel with a mouthfeel of wine tannins, lingering roasted malt flavor.

Enjoyable, intense, roasty, bitter, boozy. Maybe could mellow after another year or two.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Warpigs, pre-CBC. Pitch black. Smells like dark cherries, sherry, whiskey, raw almonds. Taste follows the same notes, together with cocoa, chocolate and coffee.

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4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Talkbeer tulip.

A~ dark as night to be expected, tiny head and no lacing not to be expected... haha!

S~ sweet roasted malt up front blending in a little burnt coffee and slightly boozy.

T~ extremely sweet! little nutty here, kind of like walnuts. otherwise not much going on. like a slightly boozy, roasty port.

M~ smooth but clawing. hardly any carbonation...

O~ you would think the port barrels they used would be pretty spent by now with everything else thats been in them... think again! this is a port bomb! if you like really sweet port you'll enjoy this. hoping the sweetness dies down a bit with a little age.

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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle. Inky black body. Not much of a head. Oaky, alcoholic with some port in the aroma. Strong roasted malt. Dark chocolate. Tastes oaky with a light twang up front. Port is rich. Then becomes very roasty and bitter. Finishes pretty sweet, though. Medium heavy. Low carbonation. Very impressive blend.

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

Pours blacker than my ex-girlfriend's heart. Has a thin caramel colored film that is gone quicker than my ex-girlfriend and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma brings oak, bourbon, and some bitter dark chocolate. I also get a touch of fig.

Taste has a pretty nutty pecan flavor, with some dark chocolate and a hint of roasted coffee.

The mouth is full-bodied with low carbonation. Chewy, smooth, and lightly boozy.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Not worth the $20 price point but still very well done. Not the most complex beer ever but the flavors and aromas are well done, and it goes down smoother than velvet.

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4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into flute glass, dark black color with no head despite being poured down middle of glass, when swirled it clings to side of glass almost syrup like.

I love port so maybe I'm a bit biased but it's obvious from the smell that this was aged in a port barrel, lots of port wine aroma with some yeasty bread thrown in on the finish.

As I said, I love port and you can definitely taste port initially, then it mellows with some slightly bitter coffee and then stout.

No detectable carbonation in the mouth at all despite small bubbles on the side of the glass, but that's a good thing. Most noticeable is the silky smooth, almost syrupy (not sweet - think viscous) mouth feel.

This is by far some of the best I've ever had! I wish I was better able to convey exactly what I am seeing, smelling, tasting, etc. My descriptions are not doing this any justice at all. My only regret is that I only have 2 bottles of this and I just spent the last two hours savoring one of them.

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Madness & Civilization #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 49 ratings