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Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 171
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.66% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Madeira Barrel Aged Rye Coffee Imperial Stout.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-06-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

djrn2, Oct 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Moll for a pour of this one. Nose is quite interesting with some lightly-tangy fruit and nice barrel character beside roast and chocolate. Nice stout base and good barrel character. Really interesting. Smooth body. Quite good. Very happy to have been able to try this one.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oily pitch black appearance. The head is thin but lasting. Dessert wine and oak are strong on the nose, bringing a dark fruit sweetness that works well with roast, subtle tar, molasses and chocolate. The palate shows strong flavors of dark fruit, port and bittersweet chocolate. The body is chewy, carbonation low. Lingering dessert wine finish with mild bitterness. Very nice.

largadeer, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Todd - thanks dude! Served in a snifter.

A - Big mocha foam that lingers for quite a while, leaving behind spotty lace and a thick cap. Opaque black body with a hint of brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Interesting aroma - there's a mix of slightly stale coffee, oak, roasted malts, char, fruity yeast, and light chocolate and caramel. There's an aged quality to this and I'm not sure if it's from the Madeira, faded coffee, or light oxidation from the barrel-aging.

T - The taste has a bit more spicy rye, chocolate, oak, light coffee, and some sweet caramel malts mid-palate. A bit fruity, either from yeast, coffee, or Madeira. Quite nice, and a bit more vibrant than the aroma.

M - Surprisingly zesty and active carbonation. Medium-bodied, with an oaky, dry finish, and minimal alcohol presence.

D - I liked this quite a bit, as I wasn't sure the mix of Madeira and coffee would be a good fit. Somehow Shaun makes it work, and while this isn't my favorite Hill Farmstead beer I'd happily drink it again at any time were it offered.

MasterSki, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jlindros, Jan 07, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

drabmuh, Nov 19, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked a couple of these up at my last visit to HF, and opened one at a recent tasting.

Opaque brown-black pour with a small but sturdy cap of mocha head, that retained well and left some spotty lacing on the glass. In the nose, coffee, earth and oak, ash, with a slight vinous quality. A solid toasted rye profile came out in the taste, complimenting the barrel, coffee, and roasty malts, notes of ash, yeast, some vegetal hop bitterness; the wine was definitely present, but surprisingly subtle, with just a hint of grape-skin tartness coming through. The body was medium to full, though the mouthfeel was not as smooth as I prefer in a good stout. Overall, this was not quite what I expected, but I still found it quite enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to opening my other bottle soon.

Rifugium, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

mendvicdog, Aug 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

yourefragile, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Genealogy of Morals, batches 1 & 2.

The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a half inch of beige collar. The aroma offers roast, coffee, barrel character, red wine - smells great. Still lots of coffee presence. A hint of spice, perhaps cinnamon. Big barrel notes. Delicious beer. I prefer this to Damon and Port Damon, but Double Damon is superior IMO. Medium to full bodied and slick on the palate. Chocolate notes. hints of dessert wine. Very good.

Huhzubendah, Aug 09, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Almost completely black. Reddish brown at the edges. Mocha head that is well retained.

Smell - Intense coffee immediately. Almost a smokey aroma, too. Red wine. A little bit of tannins.

Taste - Burnt malt, almost smokey malt character. Coffee flavor lends itself to the burnt malts. Red wine flavor is more prevalent in the finish, along with a bitter malt aftertaste. Intense flavors.

Mouthfeel - Not thick, but a palate wrecker of flavor. Intense in every respect. Medium heavy with ample carbonation.

Overall - Excellent combination of flavors. The barrel is unique and adds to the barrage of flavors that is this beer.

Alieniloquium, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TurdFurgison, Feb 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

kscaldef, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a deep rich dark brownish black with a one finger mocha head that left nice legs and a light lacing with nice thin mocha blanket. Quite nice.

S - Very faint rye notes along with coffee. Soft chocolate with nice slightly biodegradable Madeira barrel notes. Pleasant.

T - Taste is not bad, more of the light coffee and light rye spice nice bakers chocolate with light vanilla from the barrel. The Madeira is there, nice and faint but it makes its presence known towards the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice with lightly sharp finish.

O - Overall this was not my favourite hill farmstead stout. Definitely prefer Damon and birth of tragedy to this as the barrel doesn't do much for me.

rudzud, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BMart, Dec 02, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

7.1/10

AlexFields, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

tom10101, Apr 29, 2013
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Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.