Madness & Civilization #16
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Madness & Civilization #16Madness & Civilization #16
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Strong Ale
Ranked #28
Ranked #3,680
4.4 | pDev: 4.32%
Aug 26, 2023
Sep 25, 2022
For this sixteenth entry in our continuing exploration of blended barrel-aged stouts and porters, we chose from a diversity of bourbon barrels exhibiting sympathetic characteristics, including those containing Beyond Good & Evil, Everett, Genealogy of Morals and Damon—all of which rested more than two years in oak from our favorite distilleries. The curated blend was then conditioned atop Kieni coffee from Nyeri, Kenya—sourced and roasted by our age-old friends at The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark—as well as vanilla beans from both Agrofloresta de Mesoamerica in Teapa, Tabasco, Mexico, and Madagascar Vanilla Co. in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
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Rated: 4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Aug 26, 2023
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottled on 1/5/2021; consumed on 3/23/2023

Pours a stark, motor-oil black body capped with a finger and a half of creamy, hazelnut-hued foam; solid head retention yields a paper-thin layer of cap, large, frothing collar, and a haphazard spatter of soapy, webby lacing draping down the walls of the glass.

Aromas of soft, creamy vanilla underscore heavily roasted coffee and baked walnuts, with caramel and black licorice accents finding a subtle dark fruit inflection over time.

Taste shows burnt marshmallow upfront as black licorice imbues a charry roast sweetened softly with coffee edges, leaving milk chocolate through the mid-palate as bourbon coats the back end of the profile.

Mouthfeel brings a body on the lighter end of medium along with a rounded fluff of moderate carbonation easing into a glossy acridity; the mid-palate embraces a creamy overtone while an airy prickle lingers through the back end into drying roastiness on the finish.

An understated, thoughtful blend exuding the subtle intermingling of coffee and vanilla alongside a deft fusion of barrel-aged styles; the exact sort of high-end nuance expected of Hill Farmstead.
Mar 24, 2023
Rated: 4.54 by johnlatona from New Jersey

Feb 11, 2023
Rated: 4.54 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Feb 11, 2023
Rated: 4.62 by chippo33 from Vermont

Dec 29, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like vanilla, sweet but earthy maple, with lots of creamy and nougaty milk chocolate, some roast, and a hint of coffee.

There’s a type of coffee in this that honestly sounds quite good, but it really blends into the overall flavor profile of this beer. Maybe the coffee gives off a fairly maple and vanilla type flavor, or maybe that’s the bourbon barrels and the fact that Beyond Good and Evil is a maybe big part of this blend. There’s tons of rich chocolate here, with a touch of roast as well.

This is medium bodied, and super creamy, with a great drinkability, and basically no booziness.

Even though the coffee is relatively subtle here, it’s still one of the better entries in this series in a bit now.
Nov 15, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Nov 13, 2022
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark dark brown with bountiful and sticky tan head. Big coffee and cocoa nose, with a pleasing and balanced background sweetness on the palate. Rich smooth mouthfeel with moderate to minimal carbonation.
Nov 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
8 ball black with a short but persistent tan head that retains well as a flatly level chocolate milk-colored blanket.

One of the most bourbon forward beers I've had out of Hill, the nose is exceptionally woody, charred and caramelized, but also nutty and chocolatey.

Taste immediately starts with smoothing vanilla that extends beyond the start all the way through to the finish, while allowing chocolate to rise in the middle and drying oak in the swallow.

The body is moderately light yet softly crisp, finishing paper dry and exhaling fudgie brownie crust.

It really is amazing how chocolatey this is considering it is coffee that was added here, and not chocolate.
Oct 31, 2022
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Oct 24, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Holderness from Massachusetts

Oct 11, 2022
Madness & Civilization #16 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 12 ratings