Madness & Civilization #8 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.22/5
Exceptional
105 Ratings
Madness & Civilization #8Madness & Civilization #8
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 #8 is a blend of whiskey and bourbon barrels ranging from 20 to 24 months. Components include Aaron, Double George, Genealogy of Morals, and Everett.


Added by ThatsThatDude on 01-19-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
105
pDev:
6.4%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like slick dark chocolate, bourbon, caramel, toffee, vanilla, nuttiness, and coconut.

There's a lot going on here. The Aaron and Double George parts of the blend add some interesting nuances, as I definitely get some toffee, and a touch of caramel, almost like liquid peanut brittle or something. There's some light roasted malt, and a silky whiskey character. There's toasted oak, too, and lots of chocolate. This has aged and mellowed out really well.

This medium bodied, silky and clean, with no hint of the (probably) high ABV. It's got such a soft mouthfeel to it.

This is pretty excellent. It's a unique blend and it works well.

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Photo of happyreefer
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of raspy22
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kidzord
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arusso13
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TBonez477
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of stevec32
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

insane blend, what a beer! huge thanks to my brother for being willing to share this (and other hill beers) with me! some crazy whiskey and barrel to this one, about is saturated and mature as it gets, but so refined, relaxed in feel, and layered in complexity without being kitchen sinky. its sludgy black from the bottle, high luster, without very much head at all but a ton of viscosity and really leggy as i swirl it. to begin to dissect this is almost intimidating with how much is happening, especially considering the balance and the slow unfolding of it all. i dont know the base threads here well enough to say how they all impact this beer individually, but what i do know, is that i get an insane degree of roast, like over roasted or over extracted coffee, chunky barrel char, bitter bakers chocolate, and a toasted nuttiness, the low end here is about as deep as it gets. what interests me most is how it somehow remains balanced without being at all sweet. how do they do it? i get very little caramel or sweet malt despite the obvious concentration of flavors, some milk chocolate or even lactose, a vanilla note but more from the whiskey than anything, and a ton of the bourbon all the way through. faint smoke in the bitterness but not acrid or anything, and heaps of oak both scorched and new and fresh soft of tasting in here, even lending a light coconut note, this goes on forever, cigar and raisin at times, bitter at the end, warming alcohol but its enhancing. very little carbonation but i dont miss it, i am enjoying the silky weight of it gliding down each sip, as complex after the swallow as while its in my mouth. insanely good!

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. An opaque dark brown color with a thick tan head. Nice aroma with balanced bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa. The taste was as expected - well-balanced whiskey with the roasted malt. A fruity undertone. The feel was outstanding. Not too sweet but not thin. Overall an outstanding BA stout.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

God, I hate these bottles. This mostly dull black blend pours unwillingly, bursting out in obnoxious, splashy spurts no matter how careful you are. A medium tan head accumulates slowly, then settles to a thin bubbly film with a thin creamy collar leaving a short, thin wavy curtain of lace.

Smell is toasty, roasty and nutty, melding to woody and oaky with hints of dark fruit and very mature bourbon. Sticky notes of mapled nuts linger on the rim as it warms.

Taste brings complexity. Very well developed and aged Stouts and Barleywines come together beautifully, with dark roasted malt, wood, fig, toffee, toast and graham. The swallow brings caramel, Tootsie Rolls, honey, and a hint of red fruit.

Medium of body with a crisp but lightly bubbly carbonation and a chewy dry, woody finish.

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Madness & Civilization #8 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 105 ratings