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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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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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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into HFS belgian sniffer (been waiting for this for a long time)

A: dark brown with a red hue and a ruby red head that thins quickly a d stays in a ring, looks good but id like to see imperial stouts black.

S: very boozy at first almost a red wine smell but it goes away as it Settles you can definitely smell the black coffee with a hint of oak and/or rye doesnt blow me away though

T: holy coffee imperial stout batman it starts off with a fiz but fades quickly and there is black coffee exprsso blast with basically no alc taste has definitely mellowed out this fades into a hop/rye bitterness that mixes with the bitterness of the coffee as both fade together for a fantastic finish, extremely well crafted.

M:the light carbonation is delicate and makes it taste lighter then a standard imperial stout. it is thick chewy almost like toffee but smooth and easy to drink on point for sure

O: I really like this one and it is dead on in terms of style and the oak aging definitely mellowed out the alc and made it really smooth. The coffee flavor is there in truckloads for those who love it (like me) but the rye does a great job of balancing everything out to make it taste like a beer. Hill farmstead amazes me once again almost perfect but can say its the best ever...yet.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous thick black. Lots of brown head. Looks great. Smells coffee heavy. Very European in its stout base. Dry.. Coffee heavy. Almost fruity. Very nice nose and taste. Overall thus beer is very solid. More European than most of Shaun's stouts. The coffee is very solid. Overall a very good brew!

Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Arbitrator
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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