Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.58/5 rDev -15.6%
Big thanks to cbutova for sharing this rarity.
Black beer with a big brown head that started foaming out of the bottle upon opening...infected? Head sticks around well.
Smell is very unique and strong, lots of dark fruit and oak bring on a big red wine vibe here. Chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee meld surprisingly well but are on the weaker end.
Very wine/dark fruit forward, cherries, dark chocolate, caramel, some rye spiciness, light coffee and oak. Good mix of flavors but the wine barrels definitely have a strong grip on this one.
Lots of foaminess shows some light signs of infection, a bit boozy and thin as well, but not too bad of a mouthfeel. Good taste makes up for it more or less.
Definitely has lots of potential - the coffee stout/red wine barrel combo is pulled off well, maybe just needs some kinks worked out.
12-03-2012 18:43:09 | More by Chico1985
3.6/5 rDev -15.1%
Pours a beautiful complex dark brown, with a dark coffee brown head with a reddish tint.
Smell is definitely unusual, rye spiciness with malty dark chocolate, tangy dark fruits, bitter coffee. Maybe some woody smoke.
Taste is pretty similar. Not very coffee forward (probably my fault for drinking it some months after the release) but it's a pretty even balance of slightly faded coffee, wine/dark fruit, bitter dark chocolate and rye malt.
A pretty unusual beer, and it doesn't come off unambiguously as a success, but I did enjoy this even if I liked it better for being weird than for being really well integrated and drinkable.
02-20-2013 13:09:15 | More by AlexFields
3.65/5 rDev -13.9%
Thanks Starrdog for another HF tick. How do you do it? Amazing.
Beer served in a snifter. Beer is dark, low carbonation, lazy head, small bubbles, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation.
Aroma is sweet, oaky, vinous a little, fortified. I like the aroma.
Maybe it is the barrel, Madeira?, but I don't really care for this one. It is pretty sweet, not horrible, the wine character is pretty overpowering, almost making the beer solventy. I am being too harsh on this beer but it is a miss for HF. Saying that it is a B beer. I would try it again for sure but I won't be going out of my way for it.
11-19-2012 15:44:13 | More by drabmuh
3.83/5 rDev -9.7%
Reviewed from notes over the weekend. Shared with Chico1985.
A- Pitch black pour with a massive, foamy brown head that fills a large portion of the glass after a very loud hiss and even a slow gush of bubbles out of the bottle (something alive in the bottle/early infection? or just overcarbonation). Head has decent retention but it fizzes out after a while leaving a small creamy pillow which leaves nice blankets of lace.
S- Coffee and milk chocolate notes really open up nicely here, especially when allowed to warm up some. Other things include vanilla, brown sugar, wine. The barrels lend a nice wood and big dark fruit presence. Ends up being dessert-like.
T- The wine and fruit flavors take over more on the flavor than the nose. Dark grapes/raisins/cherries lead the way for the underlying stout which has dark chocolate, coffee and rye notes. Nice oak hints after some time. The coffee seems to take a back seat here. Slight vanilla and alcohol as well. No real signs of infection here.
MF- Creamy and moderately thick body with a LOT of carbonation. The feel really reminds me of other beers that had something alive in the bottle. Foam just fills the palate upon sipping. Alcohol warmth feels nice with the amount of wine flavor here.
A nice wine and cocoa flavor with a pretty big influence overall from the barrels it seems (unless it is a really dark fruity stout to begin with). Huge carbonation hurts just a bit and it seems like something might be alive in the bottle. A nice blend of flavors.
11-26-2012 16:35:50 | More by cbutova
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
Thanks to Rudzud for sharing this one.
Nice fluffy head, darker mocha colored, some lacing but tons of legs, pitch black no light.
Nose is explosive, booze right out, big malts, roasted malts galore, black malts with a hint of char and what used to be acrid but that seems to have faded. Light coffee, some dark cocoa and bakers choc, caramel, nougat, hint of vanilla barrel too.
Taste starts with dark roasty malts, light coffee, charred black malt and hint acrid, big fluffy malts, nougat, caramel, dark bakers choc and chalky powered cocoa. Syrupy and light acrid roast. Rye is there in the background and light, with light vanilla barrel but just a bit of the Madeira. Booze is fairly strong with warmth and even light booze taste. Bitterness from light earthy hops and the charred malts, and light sticky sweetness from the malts and wine. Finish is sticky and syrupy, some booze and big roasted malts, light vanilla and Madeira barrel.
Mouth is fuller bodied, rich syrupy, big fluffy carb.
Overall not what I expected, a bit of over roasted acrid, bitter char, syrupy, decent barrel but not a huge fan of Madeira barrels, light rye and coffee, not their best stout.
01-07-2013 22:13:26 | More by jlindros
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
500 mL bottle shared by Starr.
Pours a dark, thin chocolate brown with a retentive dark tan head, little lace. Aroma is reminiscent of Genealogy, with slight spice, roast coffee and malt, with the addition of the Madeira barrels adding a slight tangy fruitiness; very balanced. Barrel aging is much more prominent in the flavor and first thing noticed on the palate. Similar to the year old keg of Genealogy at the 2nd Anniversary party my first thought is that this beer is... old. After that, a slight tang, with port and dry oak, with spice from the rye and less malt or coffee than the nose or base. Medium thick and moderate carbonation; slightly thin and a light coffee acidity in the finish. Well integrated and unique, but doesn't live up to Damon or the base beer fresh. An unique, remarkable stout, would love to have the base beer fresh again.
11-17-2012 04:39:05 | More by yourefragile
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
Beer pours black with a thin off-white head. Smell is very interesting, there's certainly coffee happening here, but also a bit of red wine/vinousness. Flavor is very interesting , but doesn't quite nail it the way I had hoped it would. The beer seems to have gotten a bit oxidized while aging. That said, it certainly brings a unique flavor profile to the table. The coffee certainly is still present and the sweetness and tanginess of the madeira combines with the base in a very interesting way. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and carbonation is high. I like this beer, but I feel like it wasn't quite what it could've been. The oxidation and high carbonation distract from what could've been a very unique and well done flavor profile. You can tell what Shaun was going for here, but the base beer didn't hold up well enough.
11-17-2012 04:10:23 | More by starrdogg
Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.