Madness & Civilization #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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:
331
Reviews:
44
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
7.31%
 
 
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3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewing the Madness & Civilization #1 from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont.

Score: 75

Spring 2013 vintage bottle served in a taster glass and enjoyed on 01/12/14.

Appearance: Pours a black color with one to two fingers of dark tan head that settles to a thin layer. Above average lacing, very good retention. 4/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, oak, hint of vanilla. Touch of brown sugar. Hint of booze too. Hot, but nice aroma. 4/5

Taste: Sharp, acidic oak-forward bourbon flavor. Chocolate and alcohol finish. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, more carbonation than necessary for the flavor profile. Bitter and acidic. 2.5/5

Overall: Supremely disappointing, particularly compared to Damon and Bourbon Barrel Aged Genealogy of Morals. This was not one of Shaun's better stouts. If you are going to spend big to acquire a Hill Farmstead beer, I recommend considering alternative possibilities.

Cost: $15 for a 500 ml bottle.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hill Farmstead third anniversary. Black pour with brown highlights, decent moka head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, maple and dark fruits. Taste has chocolate, vanilla and maple but seem a little muted . Medium bodied. Not nearly as decadent as Damon. The beer was so cold because of the weather, it might have opened up a little bit if it had warmed up a little bit.

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3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black with a tight creamy caramel head that sits and stays leaving a thick lace as it slowly dissipates. The nose is sweet with a nice bourbon backbone. A hint dark chocolate, some brown sugar, dark fruits, and and light coffee roast. The body is extremely soft and delicate with a very light carbonation and creamy texture. The taste is a bit sweeter than the nose. There is with brown sugar, caramel, plum, faint chocolate, and a berry malt sweetness. The whiskey and barrel play through the finish and linger in a good way.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: deep black and viscous looking, along with some of the best head retention I have ever seen.

S: chocolate, roast, slight cherry, and lightly sweet

T: a bit sweet, full of oak, dark fruits, and a bit too much cherry-like flavor for my liking. Still delicious, but it's not like Genealogy of Morals. Definitely has the wheat and dark fruit though.

M: thick and well carbonated, just fine for an imperial stout

O: pretty meh beer for Hill Farmstead standards, but excellent by other standards. Not sure if I'd buy it again at $15 per 500 ml bottle.

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Madness & Civilization #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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