Madness & Civilization #9 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.36/5
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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:
79
pDev:
5.5%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
10
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Skrip:
Photo of Skrip
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Russian River oversized wine glass.

A~ black as night with a tiny tan head and no lacing.

S~ burnt caramel, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and a lot of coconut. whoa! little bourbon/booze on the end too.

T~ follows the nose some how more coconut here! its like a fresh coconut/vanilla stout at first followed by nice smooth older bourbon pulling it all together!

M~ silky smooth! and nice carb for the style.

O~ i didn't really know what to think of this one since i haven't been thrilled with HF adjuncts but this was spot on and very well balanced! once that booze dies down a little more this is gonna be out of this world as long as the coconut and vanilla stick around!

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraigMack61
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Pours black with no head and a filmy surface. Smells of coconut, chocolate, coffee, nutty malts, and some bourbon. Tastes of coconut, sweet chocolate, honey, coffee, hefty sugar. Bourbon in the back end. Pretty sweet. Medium heavy. Smells really good, but extremely sweet.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samact
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

The coconut is pretty subtle here- which is not surprising. I wouldn't think Mr. Hill would want to make a coconut bomb- it's not his style. There's some chocolate syrup, roast, dark fruit, coffee, and oak.

There's a lot of little subtle complexities that make this a very fun beer. You get a little bit of coffee from Genealogy, that great dark fruit character I get in a lot of HF stouts, slight roast, vanilla cream, and oak. There's not a ton of bourbon. It tastes super silky, and it's incredibly well blended.

This is medium bodied, not very thick, but very silky smooth. It's got a lower level of carbonation.

This is really quite good. There's not much that could ever convince me that Hill Farmstead isn't the best brewery in the world.

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Photo of oline73
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
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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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a 2-finger light-mocha head that is thick and creamy, and retains indefinitely. The head leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is super roasty and chocolaty. There's char, oaky tannins, hints of vanilla, and just a touch of cinnamon and coconut in the end. As it warms bitter baker's chocolate and dark roast coffee become more prevalent. I also get sweet, smooth bourbon the more it warms. Really a treat to smell!

The flavor is much of the same. Very smooth, velvety chocolate balanced by roasted malts, roasty coffee, and charred oak. The slightest hint of cinnamon and vanilla can be detected in the middle of the palate, but the coconut doesn't really make itself known. Sweet bourbon is noticeable throughout, and there is a slight booziness that it contributes, but it's not overpowering. The more I drink of it the more I notice a nice honey note throughout. Incredibly tasty, and my only deduction is due to the lack of coconut and, for the most part, vanilla that it was aged on.

The mouth feel is super velvety, with only hints of sharp alcohol around the edges of the tongue. Fairly thick considering the abvs of the the beers blended in this. There's nice light carbonation that keeps the beer alive on your tongue, but it doesn't stop it from being viscous and sticky, leaving the flavor in your mouth for quite some time after you swallow.

This is another great addition to the M&C series! They played it safe with the amount of vanilla and coconut uses, which is understandable as HF is known for it's restraint and subtlety, not it's heavy-handedness. However I would have preferred just a bit more coconut at least. Nevertheless a great beer!

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Madness & Civilization #9 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 79 ratings