Madness & Civilization #2 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Madness & Civilization #2Madness & Civilization #2

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

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 #2 A single bourbon barrel that housed fractions of the following: Buckwheat Rye Porter, Everett, Damon, Birth, and Port Barrel Damon.

Added by MasterSki on 06-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Jeffo:
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4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part two of the M&C series from jbeatty. Thanks again man!

From a 37,5cl bottle into a snifter
Drunk right after part one of the series.

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a 1+ finger, fuller looking, creamy head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a bubbly cap and wisp. Black body with no carbonation evident. A bubbly ring and a light swirly wisp remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Oak, bourbon, coconut, sweet vanilla cream, with both milk and dark chocolate on the nose. Caramel notes as well. Similar to part one in the series but slightly milder.

TASTE: Really nice. Bourbon, oak, vanilla cream and coconut up front. Caramel sweetness wraps it all up as well. Big finish of alcohol, bourbon, coconut, vanilla cream, some milk chocolate and heat from the alcohol as well. Very flavorful and the aftertaste lingers and lingers.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Fuller on the palate, enough weight, creamy and smooth going down and finishes sticky. A touch of heat lingers. Fuller, creamier and more weight than part one.

OVERALL: Really good. This was similar to part one for sure, though the nose was a little milder while the feel was definitely superior. Since feel is more important to me than nose, I'd probably take this one over part one if given the option. Nevertheless, both are fantastic and I'm happy to have had the chance to try them. Thanks again jbeatty. World class stuff.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-black with a thick creamy brown head with great retention.
S- bourbon, sweet candy, and caramel, cocoa, and fudge brownies.
T- bourbon, tons of chocolate, honey, licorice, a sweet finish.
M- low to moderate carbonation. It is not super thick like comparable beers but syrupy and creamy, alcohol is present as it washes down.
O- This beer is surprisingly not dominated by bourbon but it is pleasantly sweet.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours some coarse mocha colored bubbles that dissipate quickly into a thin ring atop the brew. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick and stringy with good stick and oily legs. Decent.

Nose is chocolate, cocoa, fudge, roasted malt and a bourbon booze with just a touch of molasses at the end. Moderately aromatic. Simple and straight to the point.

Opens chocolate, fudge, and molasses. Cocoa and roasted malt bitterness balances the sweet notes nicely. Some sweet raisin and plum in the middle. Bourbon booze at the finish with more molasses and sweet dark fruit. Aftertaste of honey and bourbon. Great balance and complexity.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and soft in the mouth and goes down mildly hot. Finishes messy and boozy with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Great feel but a bit thin.

The body is a bit thin here and the nose doesn't blow me away. However, the flavor has great balance and this is just a well-rounded beer all things considered. The bourbon presence is there but not overwhelming and complements the dark fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt notes perfectly. Worth seeking out.

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4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black but not inky. Medium khaki head.

Smell - Bourbon is strong. Distinct bourbon aroma. Vanilla and oak.

Taste - Bourbon is the strongest flavor. Chocolate. Vanilla. Super oaky. Coffee.

Mouthfeel - Sharp alcohol. Not really heavy. Aids in drinkability.

Overall - Had this before Madness & Civilization #1. Maybe shouldn't have, but this is great.

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4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to UncleJazz for the bottle share. Delicious blend of beers to produce a tight final product, smooth, rich and creamy with no one component overpowerinig another. The barrel is a big component from start to finish but still allowed the subtle complexity of the grains and hops to shine through. Delicious!

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A-Black when pouring and in the glass, one finger deep brown head that leaves some lacing.

S-Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, earthy notes, roasted malt.

T-Amazing balance. Starts with a great bourbon flavor, oak, smoke, roasted malt. Chocolate, slight coffee, vanilla. Mild bitterness. Molasses and caramel

M-Medium to heavy bodied, tad creamy as well.

O-Wow. Just wow. An absolute knockout. One of the best beers I've ever had. The balance is amazing with some of the best bourbon flavors around.

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Madness & Civilization #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.43 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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