Madness & Civilization #9 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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:
This batch of Madness & Civilization is composed of Barrel-Aged Everett and Birth of Tragedy, each aged in our favorite bourbon barrels for 2 years, blended with fresh Genealogy, and then conditioned further with coconut and vanilla. After months of bottle conditioning, this beer is now ready for release and enjoyment.

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.


Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-10-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
80
pDev:
5.5%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
9
Trade:
2
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4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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4.36/5  rDev 0%
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Got this one from rutger a couple summers back

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Batch #9
Bottled 11 January 2017

APPEARANCE: Pours our clear dark brown, almost black, yielding only a thin half wisp that vanishes right away. Black body with no carbonation evident. Only a faint ring is there for a while but ends up looking flat by the end.

SMELL: Oak, bourbon, plenty of coconut and vanilla cream, milk chocolate, chocolate fudge brownies and some booze. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, vanilla cream and coconut up front. Boozy at the swallow with more bourbon barrel and milk chocolate. Bold and boozy finish of more barrel, vanilla and coconut, milk chocolate and chocolate covered cherries lingers nicely. Decadent for sure.

PALATE: Medium – fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight, creamy as well, goes down fine with a bit of a bite and finishes mouth-coating. Decent heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really good. Head isn’t great but the rest is excellent. Decadent aroma and flavor with a good feel to support the show. HF always does great with its barrel aged big boys and this is no exception. Thanks again, rutger!

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4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Used motor oil black, pouring slappy and splashy out of this totally obnoxious bottle--I've never liked the bottles that HF uses for their dark beers. M&C 9 has a surprisingly large mocha head that slowly settles to a thin blanket and creamy ring, leaving short sheets of lace. OMG, what's this?! There are some dabs of coconut lipids that emerge, floating on the surface. I never thought I'd see an imperfect looking HF beer (and I don't usually ding them for their hazy beers because they make them gorgeous!).

Smell starts waxy, oaky and woody, but shortly after develops into peanut butter with chocolate fudge-dipped marshmallows.

Taste is much sweeter than the aroma indicates, but still in the same vein, bringing vanilla-sweetened coconut in first, which quickly fades to make room for cocoa, nutty smoky roast and bourbon with a touch of mapley-molasses and raisin on the swallow. Nutty oak and a peppery, splintery woodiness emerge as it warms, and even still, more creamy coconut develops on the end to finish with a damn near German chocolate cake decadence, for just a split second.

Body is thin and fluid with a crisp, thin carbonation but dry finish.

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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Madness & Civilization #9 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 80 ratings