Madness & Civilization #7
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
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4.39 | pDev: 5.69%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Madness & Civilization is a panorama of our barrel aging program—oak aged beers that emerge from their individual silences to find structure and voice as a unified composition. This is the result of an unpredictable state of permanent happenstance—a dialogue with our evolving approach to blending that challenges convention and circumstance. Each release will include multiple threads and is likely to approximate the style of an imperial stout.

Release #7: A blend of Everett, Birth of Tragedy and Genealogy of Morals aged in Bourbon and Rye Whiskey barrels for more than 20 months, then further conditioned on select vanilla beans prior to bottle conditioning.
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Photo of Radcpa
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with little head. Aroma is a slight vanilla with a prominent oak barrel that is quite pleasant. Taste is also a pleasant vanilla and oak barrel with a nice mild whisky accent.

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Photo of kevanb
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 2.6.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, very thick and oily, viscous and quite opaque with a firm finger of tan head, good retention and spotted lace. The aroma is soft but complex, lots of stone fruit, mild roast, light vanilla bean with charred oak, a touch of bourbon, dark chocolate and roasted grain, certainly a nice expression of Everett in the nose. While complex, rich and intriguing it doesn't quite leap out of the glass. The flavors are complex and elegant with plenty of stone fruits, dark chocolate, a touch of sweet marshmallow with smooth bourbon that really amplifies the beer, strong roasted grain, charred oak with a lingering cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is great, coating, heavy body that's creamy, soft and smooth with a very easy finish.

Verdict: A very nice barrel aged stout from Hill Farmstead. The blend of beers offers a really nice diverse set of flavors and the balance is excellent. It's a touch on the roasty side for what I like, but the body is great and showcases a variety of flavors that Hill Farmstead has to offer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Pours a dark black body, oily with a one finger mocha head, good retention, minimal lacing as expected. Smell is rich chocolate brownie, sweet bourbon, oak, vanillin, a bit of smoke, slightly boozy. Flavour is something else, though. The brownie and bourbon are there, oak, rich milk chocolate, distinct vanilla bean flavour on the finish along with a bit of oak. Wow. The vanilla makes this a bit more fluffy, like a bit of marshmallow. Certainly this isn't Marshmallow Handjee in terms of vanilla; I invite you to consider this to be akin to Abnormal's M3. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, perfectly substantial, great flavour and solid carbonation, fudge and fluffy vanilla on the finish. A really nice beer, nicely crafted, great mouthfeel and vanillin finish to go along with the chocolate and bourbon flavours up front.

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Photo of KevSal
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

really excited about this guy, all those components plus vanilla has to be good right?

500ml into a fw tulip

looks good in the glass. completely dark with a nice chunky head

aroma is real nice. rich vanilla and chocolate. roast and barrel sweetness in the back end

flavor is good! nice tough of vanilla in the back end. beers come together well. slight artificial flavor in the back. hoping it getting warm would bring out more richer vanilla. unfortunately as it warmed the artificial flavor became stronger in the tast and the
nose. still tasty

mouthfeel is good, i do t know the abv but it's not there

overall this was a pretty good beer, the artificial flavor was a bit of a bummer. hf has a high standard and this isn't there best, but any other brewery would consider this a hit. in the end it's just not as good as each component individually. was really hoping for FO

edit: this guy got worse and wosrse as i finished it. alch became much more apperently, dropped taste and mouthfeel a bit. maybe the hf blends just arnt for me

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Photo of mrbosworth
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So complex. Toasted vanilla, bitter chocolate, light coffee, thickens to a mouse like consistency when you slosh it around with your tongue. So chewy and rich with some plumb and fig, red wine like flavors - alcohol is present, but more on the nose than palate. You can't improve on this blend of already superlative imperial stouts. This is the best you can get.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Black body with an ample khaki head. Nose is very roasty. Boozy. Heavy oak. Vanilla. Tastes of vanilla. Roasted malt. Bitter oak throughout. Earthy with almost no sweetness. Bourbon is less intense, but it permeates. Medium body. Not a heavy blend. Low sweetness, too. Intense malts and oak are the dominating flavors. It's an intense stout.

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Photo of Skrip
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

A~ dark as could be with a slight tan head and no lacing.

S~ a lot of burnt bitter chocolate up front, followed by some spicy rye, finishing with vanilla, caramel and booooozeee.

T~ pretty well rounded here with thankfully less of an alcohol presence! other than that theres a little more vanilla on the pallet which adds to this nicely!

M~ little thinner than i expected but not too bad. hardly any carb and slightly silky.

O~ definitely not my favorite of the series but it holds its own. reminds of one and two for sure! five is probably my favorite but i'm sure i'm not alone on that one haha!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottled on 09/29/2016; batch 7

Appearance: Black body with a massive frothy light brown head. Great staying power with this stout. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass. The beer eventually drops down to a thick ring around the glass.

Smell: Loads of rich chocolate chocolate. Flawless barrel notes oak, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel with a hint of spicy rye. Just a dab of black licorice and breakfast blend coffee.

Taste: Rich premium chocolates and a light to medium roast coffee with huge rye bourbon flavors which echo throughout this beer from the first sip to the lingering aftertaste. Dry and earthy oak adds nice complexity that weaves itself throughout all other flavors of this stout in an effortless manner. Undertones of raw vanilla beans and molasses permeate this brew. A hint of black licorice and cola are also randomly dispersed in this brew. Roasty coffee and rye whiskey notes are the main players in the finish. The spice and the bitterness meld together very well and really seem to compliment each other. Great balance of roasted malt character and coffee, the rich sweetness of chocolate/bourbon/vanilla, and the spiciness of the rye whiskey. As is the case with every M&C series stout that I have tried...the balance is always the humble brag. Their are not any flavors in this beer that tend to dominate the other flavors; such fantastic integration which make this beer so effortlessly complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied stout with low carbonation level. The carbonation is adequate and on point as expected. This may be the silkiest stout that I have ever drank. While I prefer substantial and thick stouts... there is something to be said about how this silky mouthfeel adds so many dimensions to this beer. This is the art of blending and barrel aging at its finest. Bravo!

Overall: The Hill Farmstead M&C series had churned out some world class blended stouts. M&C 7 is another personal favorite in this series. It is also another an unforgettable blended and barrel aged stout experience. Shawn Hill has always had some serious attention to details and this stout showcases that strength. The rye barrels really adds a lot of depth and complexity to this stout.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7 drank fresh on 11/26/2016

Really nice beer here and the combination of ales blended it here makes it very easy to grasp. This is nice fresh roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and smooth barrel all mixed together wonderfully. The bourbon and oak come through nicely, however, the vanilla is pretty minimal. Still a great beer!

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Photo of jtb0608
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Man what a beer. Has a nice black color with tan head. Smells of roasted chocolate and bourbon. Has a wonderful balance of chocolate and roasted smoky malt and amazing smooth bourbon finish. A +

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Photo of lupercmda
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick, black, dark color with minimal tan head of about 1/4 inch. Smells of a kind of sour dark roasted beer.Taste is freaking unbelievable with a wonderful balance of the dark roasted malts and the nice smooth vanilla bourbon taste. Well balanced throughout the whole palate. Another wonderful beer from HF.

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Madness & Civilization #7 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 81 ratings