Madness & Civilization #10
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.5 | pDev: 6.22%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Madness & Civilization #10 is comprised of Damon—aged in barrels from our favorite bourbon distilleries for over 2 years—and 2-year old barrel-aged Everett, along with a small portion of Genealogy of Morals aged for 27 months in rye whiskey barrels. The blend has been bottle conditioned for 6 months and is now ready for release.⠀⠀
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.
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PDXAmbassador from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im a big fan of Hill Farmstead stouts in general. They tend to be svelte rather than tick but taste is generally on point. This M&C10 however was not one of the better I’ve had. I tasted as part of a blind tasting and I rated it my #6 / 9. I found it dry, hoppy, with lots of raisins.

Nov 06, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stark black with an enticingly creamy dark tan bubbly head that retains well leaving some fluid dots of lace on the glass.

Taste first comes off as woody, nutty, ashy and splintery, but contrastingly feels smooth on the palate. This is aided by notes of chocolate and caramel, while accents of woody hops keep it firmly in a savory camp. The crisp bubbly but light body comes to a semi-dry finish that exhales a little smoky, but it's smoothly balanced.

I found this to be far more enjoyable and objectively better than straight up Damon. Whereas Damon is just way too woody and almost smoky with a sort of hickory character, this is more balanced and just delicious.

Oct 07, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon notes with some vanilla and woody notes is mix with some chocolate notes with some residual sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of bourbon, woody notes with light vanilla, huge chocolate notes with some residual sugar notes and light warming alcohol notes are also perceptible. Body is full with oily texture and good carbonation with some light arming alcohol notes. Great blended of BA stouts.

Mar 26, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted from bottle. Pours dark black with thick brown head. Aroma of complex. Bourbon notes with some tobacco, cocoa and coffee. Incredible mouthfeel. Thick and chewy. Very well balanced. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, molasses, coffee, bourbon. The way a BA stout was meant to be.

Jan 08, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has toffee, dark fruits, butterscotch and cacao biscuits. Taste has dark malts, some umami, savory notes, roasted malt bitterness on the finish. Medium plus body with medium minus carbonation. Really smooth, elegant beer.

Dec 08, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute perfection. Pours pitch black, impervious to light. With a semi aggressive pour, you can get a finger or two of delicious mocha foamy head. Big roasty chocolate aroma, loads of bourbon barrel, brown sugar. Creamy and soft, lots of chocolate, some molasses. Barrel aging is very present. Slightly bitter espresso finish. So creamy and delicious. So glad I was in the neighborhood for the bottle release. Overall an amazing example of the style - this should be the gold standard for the style. Sadly, this is probably a one-and-done.

500ml bottle dated 4/17/17
5 rating

9/17/19 update - still tastes amazing!!!

Sep 06, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour from the 500 mL bottle yields a half-finger of cocoa-colored foam that mostly vaporizes, leaving a thin layer of tiny bubbles behind. The liquid itself is viscous enough to leave some legs behind after each sip. The nose oozes oak, rye spice, wildflower honey, and sorghum, with lesser notes of cocoa, ripe avocado, and buttercream frosting. Similar on the palate, with the addition of a touch of peat smoke, darkly roasted malts, and baking chocolate. A great adventure, with complexity for days, particularly when approaching room temperature.

Mar 31, 2018
KEEPonPOURING from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark as night with a little creamy brown head. Oak, sweet/dark chocolate and some dark fruits on the tail. this has the body that I would have liked m&c11 to have. It was creamy and mostly full. Very nice beer.

Mar 20, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Devin.

Glugging a jet black with a dark brown head, this looks great. The nose is deep and brooding, with a noticeable sherry-like oxidized malt character, along with caramel, licorice, chocolate and coffee present. Bourbon is noticeable lending vanilla and an unabashed heat to the nose. The blend brings to mind beers like Dark Horizon (1st/2nd editions) or Putin. Chewy, mildly buttery and vinous, with just a whisper of rye barrel notes present. Quite excellent. Despite being sweeter than I typically like my stouts to be, this beer truly shines on the palate, Remarkably well integrated, the palate opens with a blend of dark chocolate syrup and coffee that actually reminds me of the Trader Joe's Coffee Syrup. Moderately spicy with anise and licorice. Along with this is a noticeable barrel character, with a big boozy note with mild char, moderate vanilla and bourbon present. That said, this beer is tastefully oxidized, allowing a rich fig note to complement the chocolate and the sweetness. Rye barrel notes appear on the finish, along with a mild buttery red wine note. Full in body, softly carbonated, this beer finishes long with sweetened coffee, toffee, butterscotch and booze. Quite excellent, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts with this beer

Nov 26, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, Batch #10 dated 04.17.17, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a very deep jet black color, thick, viscous, inky and immensely opaque with a thick finger of caramel head, incredible retention with great spots of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma is nice, tons of dark chocolate, lots of barrel character, charred oak, big bourbon, caramel, strong roasted grain, a bit of coffee, a bit of vanilla, warm alcohol lingers. The flavors are good, lots of chocolate, rich and dark, nice bittersweet character, smooth coffee, strong roasted grain, loads of barrel character, charred wood, licorice and molasses with hot alcohol that lingers. The mouthfeel is nice, thick and chewy, hefty full body that coats very well and finishes easily with a hot bite.

Verdict: A very good barrel aged beer from Hill Farmstead. Excellent depth of flavor, immaculate balance, really well integrated, each layer is quite distinct. The elements of Damon and easily found while the heat and barrel character from BA Everett is equally present with Genealogy offering nice nuanced flavors too. One of the best offerings in the series.

Nov 11, 2017
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle, stamped with a bottling date of "2017 04 17 BATCH 10". Bottle recommends to consume within 6 months of release.

Pours a pitch black in color with a finger of dense, dark brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film and leaves only small amounts of lacing. Aroma has lots of bourbon barrel, some chocolate, and some dark fruits. There is alcohol there but not all that much. Taste is very smooth and chocolatey with barrel notes of bourbon and vanilla as well as some dark fruits and a fig note. Finishes on a slightly syrupy, sweet note but does not come close to being cloying. Full bodied, with low-moderate carbonation and a light syrup note; this just feels perfectly attuned to the rest of the beer. Overall this is a great beer; I often find large bourbon barrel aged beers to be too sweet and cloying with too much bourbon and vanilla but this one struck a great balance. It's heavy on the chocolate, accented perfectly by bourbon and barrel, and has some interesting dark fruits playing in the background.

Oct 16, 2017
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Frudel from Canada

4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black, dark brown foam, ring mostly, leaving lacings.
Lots of barrel on the nose, coffee, boozy, bourbon.
Taste is very dark chocolate 90% and more, not very sweet, kinda smoky. Lots of barrel noticeable!
No carbonization, slick mouthfeel
Great blend!

Oct 11, 2017
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Fantome tulip.

A~ dark as night with a dark tan head that goes away quickly and no lacing.

S~ tons of caramel up front along with vanilla kind of like vanilla ice cream. bourbon, dark coffee and dark chocolate. hmmm...!!

T~ not quite as crazy here but still holds its own. less coffee but more vanilla that lingers.

M~ most carb i've had in a HF stout and not in a bad way! it actually works well! otherwise its silky smooth!

O~ from the description and the nose i was hoping this would blow me away... maybe i had too high of expectations but its still great and one of my favorite of the series. i think i would go #5 (fresh), #9, #10! with that said its really nice and i think it'll age well!

Sep 21, 2017
Madness & Civilization #10 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 71 ratings