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

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 292
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in a mixture of Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace barrels.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-22-2013)
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Reviews by Jeffo:
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4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Jeffo, Jan 21, 2014
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S- honey, candy sugar, molasses, coffee, bourbon
T- lots of coffee, sweet bourbon, chocolate, very well blended.
M- super silky smooth with a bite of alcohol on the finish that fades as the beer warms.
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Appearance - Jet black. Inky with a small mocha head. A few islands and a medium collar.

Smell - And there's a ton of bourbon. Sweet, vanilla bourbon. Coffee comes through behind it all as well as some chocolate. But holy hell it's a lot of bourbon.

Taste - Still just a bucket of bourbon. Quite sweet. Deep roasted malts offer a slight counterpoint. The coffee is faint here, but there's a little bit of acidity from it. Chocolate malts throughout, but it's always sweet. A bit of smoke in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and sweet. Heavy with medium carbonation.

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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.

KYGunner, Mar 26, 2014
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Genealogy Of Morals (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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