Finally got around to opening the Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization set with some friends the other day. It started out really well…ended less well.
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization 1: Probably my second favorite Hill Farmstead stout after Beyond Good and Evil. Not too boozy, with super creamy mouthfeel, nice bourbon character, and a coffee and cocoa nib finish. A+
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization 2: This one was a bitch to get my hands on, but did it live up to the hype?! Maybe? I’m torn between saying whether or not this beer is better than MC1 or not. Much less carbonation, but the beer itself is lighter, so it doesn’t need a whole lot of bubbles. It’s super good too, with an even drier finish than MC1. I should have just blended the two beers and called it a day. A+
Things get ugly from here on out.
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization 3: This beer is infected, and terrible. One of my friends was checking Ratebeer for reviews and this one stuck out in particular, “hint of maple syrup, resinous and peppery, oaky and almost a vinous character with red wine tannins, some earthy angles. light carbonation, medium body – oily, piney and almost overwhelming boozy finish. a tad hot but overall a nice blending integration. tasty and good.”
Okay, let’s get this straight, you say you tasted red wine tannins? I wonder where those tannins came from, considering that this beer was aged in A GOD DAMN BOURBON BARREL YOU IDIOT. Apparently beer infection tastes like red wine tannins, and that it’s tasty and good. Well sir, if you want to come over and drink the rest of my Midnight Sun Barrel Aged TREAT, then be my guest.
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #4: I’m sorry, but putting chili peppers in your beer is not going to do you any favors unless your name is Westbrook or Cigar City. B
I’m going to go home and read shitty reviews on BeerAdvocate now.