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

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 268
Gots: 72 | FT: 5
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 Stevedore:
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4.51/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

10-23-2013 04:25:05 | More by Stevedore
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S- honey, candy sugar, molasses, coffee, bourbon
T- lots of coffee, sweet bourbon, chocolate, very well blended.
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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.

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