Madness & Civilization #1
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Madness & Civilization #1Madness & Civilization #1
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
9%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 6.95%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
337
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
98
World-Class
Madness & Civilization #1Madness & Civilization #1
Notes: 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+%
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 337
Reviews by Stevedore:
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4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle split two ways with Dustin. Thanks man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/3/2014.

App- pitch black motor oil, thick one finger brown head with fantastic retention for a stout. Must be the buckwheat in one of the threads. Lots of thick sticky lacing. Phenomenal as far as stouts go.. really have not seen a stout look this good in a long time.

Smell- strong smoky bourbon and milk chocolate which I attribute to Everett. Lots of dark chocolate, charcoal and more bourbon. Very bourbon-forward stout.

Flavor- fantastic bourbon. Lots of it in such a great mellow presence that is well-integrated into the rest of the beer. It's smooth bourbon that isn't hot at all, with its charcoal sweetness lingering a while in the aftertaste but not for long. Also a lot of milk chocolate that integrates well. Cocoa, dark chocolate comes out as it warms up. No maple notes; however if its there in the sweetness of this beer, it's a subtle contribution. Not super complex but everything integrates very well; it may be the time on this bottle.

Mouthfeel- the best I've had on a HF stout. Thick, creamy, decadent and finishes very smoothly without any harsh bourbon flavors. No heat at all, just full of bourbon flavor.

Overall- it's not quite Black Gold, but this is like it's mellow, sweet cousin. Well done integration of bourbon into a blended stout. Not complex, but very bourbon-forward in such an enjoyable manner.

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4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this brew.
Deeply dark and earthy in appearance. The smell is somewhat shy unless encouraged out with a strong swirl. Noticeable hot alcohol esters, with wet barrel, brandy booziness, sweet dark malts and smoothing of vanilla over the top of it all. The flavour leans to the sweet verse hoppy bitters, with burnt toffee, dark honey, vanilla and a full bourbon warmth. The barrel aging assertively adds depth to this brew.

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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle split with Morningthief. Served in pint glasses.

Appearance: Black with a frothy tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: Oak aged chocolate chip cookie dough. Powerfully strong. Come on; this is too good.

Taste: Tastes red wine barrel aged. Deeply integrated oak. Nice cookie dough malt flavor. Pretty deep, but could go further (other HF BBA stouts do).

That's about my only complaint; other 1-off amazing beers by this same genius brewery are MORE amazing than this.

...well, and it's not deep enough relative to the best BBA stouts. Really great, but could benefit from some more complexity.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. A touch overcarbonated (more than a touch). Full side of medium bodied and creamy. Beautiful dry finish. Most elements are maximally good, with one flaw (bit overcarbonated).

Overall: I'd drink this all day every day, but it's not *the best*. If that's a flaw, there you go.

To put it in perspective, the mouthfeel and overall balance are better than Bourbon County Stout, and the aroma is equal or better, but flavorwise, BCBS (garish and unbalanced as it may be) delivers a lot more.

Trifling complaint.

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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Don for sharing this!

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque jet black in the glass, a thin creamy mocha brown head forms that recedes fairly fast to a flat top, leaves some sparse spotty lacing.

S- Sweet bourbon, integrated creamy chocolate, hints of oak, slight fairly hidden booze, very subtle dark fruits hiding in the back.

T- Creamy chocolate, hints of fudge, dark fruits, maple syrup, some vanilla on the backend, a tiny bit of wheat, finishes with fudge, creamy chocolate, and dark fruits with a nice lingering aftertaste. Nice complexities that balance nicely.

M- Smooth, lightly creamy, abv very well hidden, fairly low carbonation but fits the style nicely.

O- This was a nice, complex barrel aged stout blend that did not disappoint from HF. The cocoa nibs, vanilla, dark fruit tastes, and bourbon all came out very nicely. I feel like MC2 might have had a slightly better taste, but MC2 definitely wins in aroma.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

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Madness & Civilization #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 337 ratings