Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.23/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 500 mL bottle chilled and poured into my Kate the Great tulip glass. Opens a foams up ever so slightly right before being poured.
Appearance: Initial pour is about two thirds head, but settles down pretty quickly into a lacing. The head is medium to dark brown in color. The beer itself is a nice dark brown, almost black as well.
Aroma: I'm usually not that sensitive to rye notes in beer, but there is definitely a really noticeable rye spice note here that is amplified nicely by the coffee. Definitely some sweet chocolate and caramel notes to balance out the bitter and spice. The ABV is pretty subdued. There is also a sweet character from the Madeira barrel that stands out.
Taste: There is definitely a nice coffee presence that stands out here more than in the aroma. It also gives this beer a slightly acidic edge that I wasn't really expecting. The bottle states this was in barrels for 15 months and the base stout definitely has an aged feel to it. A touch of oxidation is present, but the chocolate and caramel of the base beer does well to diguise it. The rye adds another layer. The barrel presence is light and definitely adds a nice complexity throughout.
Mouthfeel: Definitely lighter in body than most imperial stouts. I find coffee stouts can be a tad thin and this follows that. The carbonation is definitely on the lower end but it works well with the beer in this case.
Overall, a really complexing and fascinating coffee stout. The rye does add a really nice dimension, especially to the aroma, that elevates the coffee tones. As I have never experienced any other beer in Madeira barrels, I can say that the barrels balance the beer out and add a nice layer but it is not overwhelming in the slightest. Another really solid HF beer that I'm glad to have tried. Definitely unique and complex but not my favorite.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2012 01:46:23 | More by Gosox8787
4.23/5 rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks!
A: Pours a pitch-black body with a pinky finger of short-lived beige head. No lace.
S: A spicy chocolate nose leads the way; I was under the impression this was a coffee porter while consuming it, so I didn't realize that the spicy aroma was from rye. It's well-integrated, lending the earthy coffee a little kick on the back end of the nose. The kick was initially mistaken for alcohol, but the taste doesn't have any of that. Great oxidation (which could really be the madeira influence); I couldn't tell.
T: Genealogy of Morals is well-crafted in flavor. The use of rye gives it a prickly bite from start to finish, contrasting neatly against the earthy coffee and soft grape notes of the madeira barrels. The base beer imparts chocolate, roast, and a touch of smoke in the mid-taste.
M: Full-bodied and flavorful up front. The finish is a little weak, leaving only a spicy character (initially mistaken for heat). Some chocolate in the aftertaste.
O: I was comparing this to Birth of Tragedy and found BoT much more impressive, in part due to the better integration, a tighter finish, and more nuance (I particularly liked what appeared to be cinnamon in BoT). This one has a lot going on, but it falls a bit short on the finish. Nonetheless, it's an excellent beer, and it will not disappoint.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2012 01:09:43 | More by Arbitrator
Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.