Madness & Civilization #11
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
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4.46 | pDev: 4.93%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Eleventh in our ongoing series of experimental stout blends, this version of Madness and Civilization is constructed with a few barrels of two-year-old Damon (brewed with honey) and a larger quantity of an imperial stout brewed in honor of batch 1,000. Batch 1,000 (or 1k, as we refer to it), is a 33º American-style sweet imperial stout that spent more than a year in bourbon barrels. The beers were then married on organic Ecuadorian cacao nibs and organic Ethiopian coffee beans before packaging. After a satisfactory period of bottle conditioning, the beer is ready for release.
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4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, Batch #11, dated 12.20.2017, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and oily with a finger or so of khaki head that has solid retention and yields a few spots of lacing. The aroma is wonderful, tons of barrel character, lots of oak, char, strong bourbon, lots of rich chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, sweet fruits come out as well, lightly acidic from the coffee but rich and dark plum, cherry and fig with some vanilla and caramel. The flavors are excellent, luscious chocolate, smooth and fruit forward coffee, light acidity that brings out a ton of stone fruits, mild roast, charred oak, smooth bourbon, light spice with some vanilla and caramel. The mouthfeel is great, thick and coating heavy body, rich with great legs and a creamy and warm finish.

Verdict: An incredible Barrel-Aged Stout from Hill Farmstead. Elegant, delicate, balanced, refined and nuanced with a great chocolate expression and such a great layering of coffee, showcasing roast, acidity, richness and real depth that brings out all the great elements of an imperial stout. World class beer.

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kevanb from Illinois, Nov 07, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near pitch black pour, thumb sized mocha head, no lacing. Sweet aroma, dark chocolate, whiskey, molasses, coffee, honey sweetness. Nice balance of flavor, dark roasted malt, whiskey, oak, molasses, honey, medium roasted coffee. Medium to thicker body, light carbonation and quite smooth.

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yasky from Ontario (Canada), Aug 18, 2018
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4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours with a very dark black and forbidding hue, with a tiny head and no lacing.

This smells decadent- with rich and high quality chocolate, bittersweet honey, roasty espresso, vanilla bean, milk chocolate syrup, oak, and very light dark fruit.

I didn't even know at first that this had coffee + cacoa nibs added to it. It's done subtly, as the base Damon/B1K blend is already super rich and chocolate-heavy to begin with. There's some oaky bitterness, a deep and dark roast flavor, some light smoke, and marshmallow/vanilla flavors. I'm really interested to see if they ever release the B1K component of this, because it's intriguingly sweet and creamy in this iteration.

This has a very soft mouthfeel to it, creamy and rich, but not too thick, with a lower level of carbonation. It's definitely an enjoyable slow sipper.

Blah blah, Hill Farmstead is great, tell me something I don't know!

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Jul 04, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of booze, roasted malt, chocolate, and a little coffee. Tastes of strong alcohol throughout. Chocolate. Roasted malt. Coffee. Bourbon and oak round it out. Extremely boozy, but it's really good.

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4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nicely in the glass and had a decent amount of visible carb but the small head didnt hang out long. I could smell the oak and chocolate before sticking my nose in. Sweet milk chocolate, burnt coffee beans and oak to taste. Id have liked a little more body but was satisfied with it. In the end this iteration was too sweet for me personally. The sweet and burnt bitter flavors were coliding in a bad way. By all means a solid offering but far from my favorite M&C.

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4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Motor oil black with thin khaki head that recedes immediately. Has low carbonation.
Smell: Chocolate, marshmallows, molasses, and a little oak.
Taste: Chocolate, Licorice, marshmallows, faint honey, with a touch of oak.
Mouthfeel: On the thinner side. Silky smooth.
Overall: A good blend, but not much Barrel on this one.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Feb 14, 2018
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4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500mL bottle at the Hill Farmstead brewery taproom on 2/7/18. Bottle split into two bulb glasses.. thanks Brian for the birthday beer!

Looks awesome on the pour, inky black body with a one finger dark brown head that reduces to leave half a finger of retention and spotty lacing. Pretty oily, slick body.

Aromas are subtle but inviting, but become more prominant as it warms. Bourbon-chocolate, sweet molasses, hints of coffee come through.

One the tongue is an excellent medly of fudgy chocolate and bourbon notes, the follow through is rich with lots of sweet flavors including honey and molasses, some vanilla and I even get a hint of maple in there. The finish is lightly roasty with hints of coffee. Super silky, smooth mouthfeel, very easy drinker. Low carbonation.

This beer was stunning! The combination of balanced, complex flavors and silky mouthfeel make it a real winner.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Feb 08, 2018
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4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Balance of this beer is exceptional. Black stout poured into a snifter and get a wonderful dark chocolate smell. Very nice sweet taste with balance of the bourbon on the back in. Would love to have this again.

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lupercmda from North Carolina, Feb 08, 2018
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4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

pours out black with a thin creamy head, one or two streaks of lacing left behind. light aromas of bourbon, oak, chocolate, mellow roast. on palate is thick, creamy chocolate, molasses and syrupy sweetness reminiscent of honey, big oak note, some fruity notes reminiscent of cherry and plum, vanilla and caramel coming through as well, some spice and a mellow hit of booze and on the finish but the abv (?) is so well hidden throughout. mouthfeel is thick and has a velvety smooth quality to it, very creamy and lush. overall i thought this was excellent, well rounded display of pungent flavors, and a thick creamy mouthfeel to accentuate it all!

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Jan 28, 2018
Madness & Civilization #11 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 61 ratings