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

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Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged)Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged)

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 169
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Madeira Barrel Aged Rye Coffee Imperial Stout.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into HF glass split two ways.

A- Pours an opaque jet black with a thick 1-finger mocha brown head that has excellent retention but doesn't leave much lacing. About average carbonation. Excellent appearance, doesn't leave as much lacing as other HF beers but that definitely doesn't detract from the appearance.

S- Red wine, coffee, roasted malts, light chocolate fudge. Fairly aromatic, the first scent that hits you is the dominant red wine however as the beer warms it balances out a little bit more but the red wine is still very prevalent.

T- Coffee balanced with red wine that gives it a very slight wine acidity taste. A hint of spicy rye on the finish that doesn't dominate the beer too much but adds a nice presence to it. After 15 months in the barrel not only is it amazing how well the coffee held up but also how well it balances with the rye and red wine characteristics to give it a very nice complexity.

M- Fairly thick, a little bit fudge-like, definitely one of the thicker beers that I've experienced. Decent carbonation (slightly more carbonated then I was expecting). Very easy to drink.

O- This might not have been my favorite HF beer, but overall it was a very nice barrel-aged coffee stout that had nice red wine notes balanced with a nice presence of coffee and very subtle rye spiciness. While the red wine dominated the nose a bit too much, it had a nice balance in the taste. I feel like I always say this, but this yet another fantastic beer from HF. I highly recommend trying this beer out if you get the chance, it is full of flavor and you will not be disappointed.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.