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

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 391
Gots: 69 | FT: 6
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-22-2013

Aged in a mixture of Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace barrels.
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Ratings: 376 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Desp59
3.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid but not very special.

Photo of corby112
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black and nearly opaque in the glass with dark plum colored edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Smokey, robust aroma with a nice oak/barrel presence but the spirit has faded quite a bit. Charred oak/toothpick countered by burnt malt, ash and charcoal along with subtle bourbon and presence.

Viscous full body with prominent dark roasted malt that lingers throughout. Smokey with charcoal, burnt toast, dark chocolate and oatmeal countered by sweet, luscious dark fruit notes. Nice barrel presence with spicy bourbon, vanilla and oak along with wintery spice and seet chocolate notes. Well balanced and easy to drink with a slightly dry finish.

Photo of kojevergas
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Pry-off pressure cap. 500ml.

Shared at a bottle share courtesy of Collins. Thanks, man!

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: October 2013.
ABV: ?
Style: Imperial stout brewed with coffee and aged in oak bourbon barrels.
Serving temp: Cold. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.
Serving vessel: Tulip.
Expectations: Sky high; this is currently #160 in the top 250, and obviously the brewery has a great reputation.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger at best. Khaki colour. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention: Poor - 30 seconds at best.

BODY: Opaque dark brown-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks nice for an imperial stout. Far from unique or special. Wouldn't catch a blind eye.

AROMA: Bourbon is prominent here, and seems well-suited to the base. Toasted white oak, some barrel char. Barrel sugars. Decadent dark malts. Has a fragile vanilla presence and a chewy almost tobacco-like note indicative of stellar bourbon. It's also a bit leathery, and that's not a descriptor I use lightly. I don't find the coffee, and there's no chocolate or anything. But the barrel character is nothing short of fantastic. Though the barrel character seems to eclipse the base beer, I'm quite excited to try this.

Aromatic intensity: mild.

Suggests incredibly subtlety of execution. There's no booze, off-character, or inappropriate yeast notes.

I'm not getting coconut, but there is a bit of barrel char.

TASTE: The bourbon barrel character is obscenely intricate and shockingly subtly handled, melting seamlessly into the base such that one can't tell where the base beer begins and the barrel ends. The bourbon itself is nothing short of amazing, boasting paradigmatic notes of leather, toasted white oak, faint tobacco, a kiss of earth, etc. Boy, is that bourbon barrel fucking good. The vanilla couldn't be subtler.

It's a gestalt build, with a perfect malt backbone comprised of chocolate malt and dark malt. There's a kiss of roasted barley. The body is filled out with burnt caramel, light marshmallow, charred wood barrel, a kiss of burnt sugars, delicate wisps of dark fruit (I guess subtle-as-hell fig)...this has almost unparalleled nuance and intricacy, with humbling subtlety. Balance is pretty much perfect, and the build is a paragon of the style, though I will say the base could bring more to the table still, and the advertised coffee never appears.

Depth of flavour: Fantastic.
Flavour duration: Above average.
Flavour intensity: Elegantly restrained, teasing the drinker.
Flavour amplitude: Incredible.

An achievement of a brew. Truly excellent.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, with a delicate fragile silky feel on the palate that accentuates the subtle vanilla of the stellar bourbon incredibly well. Carbonation is perfect, and the weight and heft on the palate is perfect as well. Its velvety softness comforts the drinker, and lets the taste take the limelight, elevating the beer beyond the limits of its taste. A subtle leathery feel further coaxes out the nuances of the flavour profile. Wow.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This beer boasts a rare harmony of texture to taste.

OVERALL: I hadn't been truly impressed with Hill Farmstead's work until now. This cements their reputation as one of the country's best breweries, and has me lusting for more. Some might find it to be a sipper, but I have to fight myself as I drink because I just want to inhale it. The perfect velvety leathery soft mouthfeel harmonizes wonderfully with the obscenely subtle taste to form a true treat of a brew every serious drinker deserves to one day sample. Absolutely worth trading for, and one of the best uses of bourbon barrel aging currently on the market. Has zero alcohol presence.

To nitpick, there is room for further intricacy and depth (e.g. the promised coffee might be interesting; increased coconut presence would be nice, etc.), but this is a hell of a beer and I'd absolutely consider it world-class, but I have had better and can imagine this better. Definitely in the upper echelon of beers in the style.

Low A (4.3)

Photo of boredalready
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Simply put, this is one of the best stouts I have ever tasted. Ridiculously smooth, sweet, flavorful with no sign of the abv. Another winner from Hill Farmstead.

Photo of iong516
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks @trfd803

A: stouty

S: faint bourbon barrel and like, ice cream sandwitch

T: sweet n roasty with late onset full barrel, lingering chocolate with background espresso.

M: soft HF thick stout, nice bourbon warming

O: fantastic

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just finished my last bottle. 2013 vintage. Black, yup, check. Tan to khaki head, some lacing and the head does indeed stick around for a while. When is leaves a tight little ring is left around the glass like a lovely garter belt. Aroma for a one year old barrell aged beer is still amazing. Chocolate, vanilla, just a hint of toffee/coffee, wood. A little peppery from the rye in the mouth, but it melds with the vanilla and chocolate. Roast flavor is light. This beer is really about the nuance Hill Farmstead is able to create with there barrel program. The soft flavors that are added are difficult to translate in written word. The mouthfeel is exquisite, rye, it is the magic grain. The rye really adds so much body. At times I'd like to imagine HF as over-rated, then I drink one of their beers and remember.....oh yeah......

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4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle dated 6/13. Thanks Dany. Pitch black with a thin mocha color ring. Aroma is dark roasty malt. Taste is bitter euro roast. Unsweetened, licorice, smoke, burnt coffee. Favors are pronounced but still restrained. Taste actually builds after you swallow, bitter coffee comes through. Not much bourbon. Maybe a touch on the back. Super drinkable like every HF beer. A little thin for an imperial stout. Otherwise pretty tasty and unique.

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Deserving of its world class rating. It's a sitter; it sits heavy in the glass with that motor oil appearance and texture from restrained carbonation, that "tar pit" look. Not so far from the densest BBA stouts, like BCBS, and it definitely has that slickness on the tongue. The trick here, though, is that the oak from the barrel is as present as the bourbon, so it's not just a boozy hammer, it's oakey. Should make anyone's list of favorite BBA stouts.

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a dense brown body, very thick dark brown head. Aroma is syrupy with coffee infused bourbon. Smooth feel, strong coffee mixes perfectly with bourbon, low roasted flavor profile.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Genealogy of Morals, batches 1 & 2.

The beer appears dark brown, near black, with a thin, bubbly, tan head. The aroma offers oak, vanilla, bourbon, roast, chocolate. Lighter in body than the Madeira version. brighter on the palate as well. Wow, super easy to drink. Moderate to soft carbonation with bourbon and dark chocolates. Delicious!

Photo of Kendo
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: I split the bottle with a friend. Poured into a pint glass, the body is black with a small brown head.

S: Bourbon is clearly noted, along with modest roasted barley malt. Pleasant, not too heavy on the bourbon.

T: Nice balance of roasty barley malt, bourbon and chocolate malt.

M: Medium- to full-bodied in heft.

O: Great stuff. Thanks to MRMOJORISIN for the road trip to Hill Farmstead that allowed us to try so many great beers.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with pressure cap.

bottle date of 10/2013.

Split 3 ways with my local beer crew into 3 HF Wine Stems.

Appearance:black bodied beer with thin brown cap from a moderately hard pour.

Smell:Milk chocolate bomb mixing with bourbon, dry oak, moderate roast, and light smoke notes. Overall the beer is a more sweet smelling dessert stout.

Taste: Milk chocolates, fudge, and caramel; rich, but mellow top shelf bourbon, vanilla beans, marshmellow, and coconut. Maybe a hint of coffee, but it seems like an after thought rather than being a pronounced flavor in this beer. Smoke comes out in the aftertaste. Such flawless balance and integration from this stout. All the flavors of this stout are deep, rich, and complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Perfect amount of bubbles that make this stout creamy and lucious; coating the palate after the first sip. Very very smooth drinking stout. Not a hint of booze at all.

Overall: This is definately my favorite BA stout from Hill Farmstead. The balance and deep complexity with a near flawless mouthfeel makes this a world class stout.

Photo of scottfrie
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into tulip. Thanks for hooking it up, Kevin.

Pours black with almost no head. Caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar easily come through alongside hints of bourbon, coffee, and warm booze. Smooth and clean mouthfeel, thick body, fine carbonation. Goes down smooth, very drinkable and rich overall. Well done. Thanks again AutumnBeerLove!

Photo of orangesol
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at the brewery last year.

A - Pours jet black with a dense one and a half finger tall tan head, slowly dissipating down to a nice film, leaving sticky trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of rich chocolate malt, fresh brewed coffee, toasted nuts, vanilla, oak and plenty of warm bourbon. Fairly well balanced nose, maybe a bit too much bourbon but it has definitely smoothed out since the last time I had it.

T - Starts off with a beautiful mix of vanilla and dark chocolate sweetness quickly being joined by the coffee, oak, nuts, toffee, dark fruits and the ever present warming bourbon. Finish is a mix of mild sweetness and bourbon burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, smooth feel with plenty of bourbon warming after each sip. Wasn't to keen on the feel of this one last time but this bottle was much better.

O - A very nice bourbon barrel stout, probably one of my favorites from HF thus far. It has all of my favorite flavors from a barrel aged stout and it uses two of my favorite barrels to accomplish it. Looking forward to trying this one again in the future and seeing how it develops.

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery.

Poured at cellar temperature into a HF white logo taster. Opaque black color, with a small cap of mocha head; good retention and minor lacing. In the nose, sweet vanilla and chocolate notes, dark malts with a low-key roastiness, light aroma of smooth coffee, bourbon as an undertone. Bourbon-soaked oak comes out more in the taste, layers of vanilla and coconut, smooth coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, subtle hints of dark fruits and marshmallow root, some neutral alcohol came out in the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium-full body, lower carbonation. With the base beer coming in at 9.5%ABV, I'm guessing this one was about the same, maybe inching closer to 10%. Overall a very good brew, and I liked this much better than the Madeira version.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With eighteen months of barrel-aging, it takes a whole lotta complexity to balance out those intense flavors of bourbon and wood. Hill Farmstead's Genealogy has the roast, sweetness and strength to do just the trick.

As its inky-black body cozies up the the glass, its ominous darkness intimidates the spirit as much as it does the eye. Its mocha-laden head pulls from the beer and billows with a tall and creamy column of foam. As its head relaxes, the creme-like froth simmers in the glass like espresso.

Its boastful and toasted aroma claims high notes of french-press coffee, burnt toast and dark chocolate. A bready, nutty and seared toffee sweetness provides an undercurrent of malt to support its lavish roast character. An aura of bourbon then wafts over the session with charred oak, toasted coconut, vanilla and caramel in not-so-subtle fashion.

The stout's taste takes a similar trek as the roasted sweetness wraps around the tongue like roasted marshmallow. Even its smoky chocolate and graham cracker toastiness offers up a whimsy of campfire while strong coffee flavors ribbon through its taste. Intensifying bourbon commands the beer's finish with all those drunken, oaken and vanilla sweetness that the nose suggests; all the while introducing grilled fruit and sherry glimpses here and there.

Its creamy but dry body is a surprising blend. Vast in its carbonation the stout portrays a sense of fullness and roundness. After the carbonation dissolves, so does much of the beer's sweetness, leading to a finishing feel of char, bourbon spice and wood-derived powdery texture.

Genealogy of Morals is a highly bourbon-forward stout that, for an imperial version, is softer and smoother as it rolls gently across the palate. This allows for fuller command of bourbon taste with coffee accompaniment.

Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black hue with a touch of radiance this created a light brown head that collared with considerable thickness.

The aroma has a ton of coconut, sweet vanilla, butterscotch, malts, oak wood and the tell tale scent of bourbon.

The flavor is a bit thin, as if the base beer was weak and so the barrel takes overs. The oak, wood and bourbon lead the way. The flavor is creamy with a stiff coconut and vanilla finish.

The feel is thick on the tongue, creamy and smooth but then appears thin at the back of the throat.

I must plead ignorance to what Hill Farmstead used in the barrel but I'd guess it doesn't matter as the barrel was showcased.

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4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged Genealogy of Morals from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont.

Score: 96

2013 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead bulb glass and enjoyed on 02/22/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Black body. Pours a half finger of khaki head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Average lacing, good retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, roast, oak, bourbon and coffee. A kiss of vanilla too, which amplifies in the nose as the beer breathes and warms. 4.5/5

Taste: Lovely bitterness and residual coffee. Milk chocolate, bourbon and a kiss of hops. Really well integrated. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, appropriate low/mild carbonation for style. Dry, bitter finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Light years superior to the prior batch, which was aged in Madeira wine barrels. This is one of those excellent Hill Farmstead stouts that reminds you why you keep seeking our their barrel aged dark beer bottle releases.

Cost: $15 for a 500 ml bottle.

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4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is black with dark sepia head. Nose is light roast, faint chocolaty notes, gentle bourbon and coffee notes with a very light peat aroma. Taste is much more rich, lots of cake and bourbon, some wood with very light coffee. Subtle malt sweetness, assertive carbonation with a relatively full body and creamy feel.

Photo of rlee1390
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass and while pouring, one finger deep brown head.

S-Bourbon. Complex bourbon. This isn't just a booziness but rather the notes of the bourbon itself are there with oak, earthy notes and vanilla. There is chocolate and roasted malt some burnt notes as well.

T-Starts off with this amazing bourbon flavor with oak, vanilla and charred notes to go along with it. Then the chocolate and roasted malt take over. Slight coffee in there as well. The balance is amazing.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Another amazing beer from HF, that is all I can say.

Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from jbeatty. Cheers man!

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter
Bottled June 2013
Imperial stout with coffee aged in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Thicker black pour yields a one finger, thicker, creamy, light mocha head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a full cap. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Good stuff.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, coconut, sweet milk chocolate with caramel and toffee. Some dark chocolate on the nose as well. Bold and quite barrel forward.

TASTE: Very flavorful. Bourbon, oak, coconut with some alcohol up front. Some roasted notes and caramel sweetness through the middle into a big and persistent finish of bourbon, oak, coconut, sweet molasses, bitter dark chocolate with coffee and some roasted grain. A bed of alcohol lies under the whole program. Very flavorful and lots of barrel, though the base still holds its own. Really wonderful stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly creamy, a touch prickly perhaps, goes down fine with a bit of a bite and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers. A light light perhaps and could be slightly smoother.

OVERALL: Another excellent beer. While the lighter, slightly abrasive feel keeps it back from being the legend it could be, the rest of the experience ranks up there with the best of them. Lots of great barrel aromas and flavors yet the base beer is not to be outdone. World class stuff for sure. Thanks again jbeatty. Always a pleasure.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I acquired 3 bottles of this and will be playing with aging them and re-reviewing accordingly.

after aging 3 months:
A- the woods are lovely, dark, and deep and so is this beer. Pours a thin mocha head that dissipates to a ring around the glass leaving a small bit of lacing
S- you get those coffee and chocolate notes from an imperial stout, but the bourbon definitely is not bashful.
T- if I could have a birthday cake, I would want it to taste exactly like this, very thick roasted malt and coffee, a hint of chocolate, and that wonderful woody bourbon sensation
M- creamy, rich chocolate and coffee, lingering bourbon aftertaste
O- If only it were a 750mL bottle instead of 500...

after aging 5 months:
A- lot more lacing, head is a bit heartier
S- bourbon has mellowed out and you pick up more chocolate notes
T- still just as wonderful
M- still just as wonderful
O- split the bottle with my dad and it was so good that I no longer cared that it was only a 500mL

Photo of Pahn
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle (I think) split 2 ways into a wine glass.

Appearance: Dark tan head, good lacing despite the legginess. Black.

Smell: Sharply effervescent and boozy with tons of bourbon and cookie and malt aromas. Vanilla waifer drenched in caramel, some raisin. Distant echo of coffee. Powerful and perfect.

Taste: Even better than it smells. I hate giving out 5s but there is no flaw here. Just amazing. Perfectly melded coffee, infinitely deep bourbon, oak and malt. Tastes like caramel, has a tiny note of soy sauce in the background, some good, raisiny, aromatic espresso... There's a lot more going on here, and it's all amazing.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied; not really full bodied, but so creamy that it leaves a thickish impression. Neither dry nor sugary finish; just right.

Overall: There's nothing else you could ask for in s barrel aged stout.

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4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle generously opened up by Doug at our HF tasting together with my wife. Poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/22/2013.

Pours a thick, viscous black and opaque body, with a small <1cm mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly. As I drink this beer, there is actually a great bit of lacing left on the glass as it goes down. Really a beautiful, thick RIS that leaves a nice oily brown stain as I swirl it in the glass.

Smells very sweet, bourbony and roasty. At the same time, it reminds me of Buffalo Trace Black Magick (thanks again for that one, Doug) in how its so bourbony and sweet. Yet, there is a nice umami flavour that I really enjoy smelling. Honestly this holds up very well to BCBS Rare in terms of nose, though its not quite as sweet and decadent as Rare is.

I'm really enjoying the flavour profile. It is very roasty- like chocolate-vanilla marshmallows, and bourbon sweet, complemented by a bit of raw vanilla bean. It's a very complex beer that starts out smooth and roasty, and becomes more coffee bitter just a few minutes later. It ends up so complex, and this is probably one of the better BA stouts I've ever had.

True to Shaun Hill's beer whispering styles, this beer is thick and creamy with a nice carbonation that provides much of the mouthfeel. Aftertaste seems to vary with the temperature on this beer; it is rather sweet at first, becoming more bitter coffee-like, and ending up being so mellow.

This is one of the top ten BA imperial stouts I've had. I can think of at least 5 BA stouts I like better, but this definitely belongs in the discussion due to the nice tasty sweet bourbon presence and mouthfeel. Thanks again Doug for bringing this one over.

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4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from the bottle into a HF glass

A. Pitch black, small dark brown frothy head that quickly dissipates.

S. Bourbon, chocolate, coffee, dates.

T. Bourbon right away. Finishes with strong toffee, chocolate, and coffee.

M. A little bit of sting from the bourbon initially, but then subsides. Carbonating is good.

A little bourbon heavy in the mouthfeel, but that isnt a bad thing.

O. Not the best HF barrel aged stout, but it is up there.

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Genealogy Of Morals (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.