Madness & Civilization #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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. Each release will include multiple threads and is likely to approximate the style of an imperial stout.

Release #1 A blend of multiple barrels: Buckwheat Rye Porter (aged 24 months in Elijah Craig 12 year barrels), Imperial Stout brewed with Maple Syrup and Wheat (aged in select barrels for 16 months), and Everett aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cacao Nibs and Vanilla Beans. Anticipated ABV: 12+%

Added by MasterSki on 05-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
334
Reviews:
44
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
7.31%
 
 
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138
Gots:
54
For Trade:
4
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Straight pour from a 500ml pry-off bottle to a 10oz stemmed tasting glass (TH small stemware). This beer is about three (possibly four?) years old. It was sitting in my basement for the past couple of years, but it recently migrated to my fridge, where it’s been for the couple of weeks.

Appearance (4.0): A fairly aggressive pour yields about two fingers of dense, resilient, hot chocolate-colored foam that crackle away slowly at the surface of a dense-looking, pitch black body. Sure looks like a stout, I’ll give it that. The head leaves only a thin coating of lacing that leaves fine collars that dissolve after a few minutes.

Smell (3.75): Bourbon is definitely a prominent note here, not so much in the booze (though it is there, too) as in the simple syrup, vanilla custard, and oak shavings. There's a very subtle maple scent in here, too . . . Underneath that, however, is a subtly mixed body of slightly smoky, lightly charred, French roast coffee-like notes blended with blakstrap molasses. A lighter, very soft cocoa aroma bridges the gap between malt and barrel, though I personally don’t find these characters to be particularly well-blended. Still smells great—it just feels like there’s a divide there. Fortunately, it does smooth out a bit as it warms.

Taste (4.75): In contrast to the nose, the flavors on the palate are much more well-blended but still manage to “pop.” Slightly syrupy, caramel-tinted bourbon with a modest oak character jumps out first, but it’s quickly overtaken first by an almost citrusy bitterness, which turns into an odd combination of dark pit fruits and black currants, a mild dose of anise, and cold brewed coffee. All of this slides into a series of more classic stout notes, starting with a charred, slightly acrid, coffee-driven flavor, followed by strongly earthy, somewhat smoky, peaty notes, and finishing with a dark cocoa flavor in the finish lightened up with just a tiny bit of maple-like sweetness, a modest, tingly booze character, and finally a light roast coffee flavor to cap it all off. This tastes fantastic, but it sure is goddamned busy.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Somehow, this beer manages to feel very full and even syrupy without being too heavy. How, I’m not entirely sure, but it might have to do with the very fine, moderately tingly bubbles that make up the beer’s carbonation. They usher in that dark, creamy body before yielding to its syrupy heft, and then with the levity of this beer’s high-ish booze capacity loosen it all up and let it wash out fairly cleanly.

Overall (4.5): Can somebody explain to me what the fuck is going on here? This beer has so many different things going on in it, and it’s not even a sherry barrel-aged/brewed with grape must/half barleywine-blended/Mexican chocolate stout. That said, I understand that this IS three different beers aged in three different barrels, prior to blending. Either way, it manages to cram in a very diverse set of dark beer characteristics without being distasteful. It’s just very, deliciously, busy. And as I noted wth the 2012 Twilight of the Idols and Birth of Tragedy bottles I reviewed recently, I can’t believe how gracefully this has aged. This is an outstanding beer.

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Madness & Civilization #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.38 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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