Madness & Civilization #11 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.44/5
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50 Ratings
Madness & Civilization #11Madness & Civilization #11
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:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 01-23-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
9
Ratings:
50
pDev:
4.73%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Phurley2
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peterpunk15
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of yasky
4.44/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of TheEpeeist
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cp45
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rdoggg
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreenMind
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Trio2shine
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of American_Hawk
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bkwhoppa66
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of stevec32
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of user785335
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Madness & Civilization #11 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 50 ratings