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

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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.68%
Wants: 386
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of kojevergas
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
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 AdamF625
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- black with a thin brown head. A ring of brown lacing remains around the glass.
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.
O- a dangerously smooth and drinkable barrel aged imperial stout. It is a wonderful blend of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon.

Photo of iong516
4.76/5  rDev +6%
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 Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

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.

Overall - This is nothing like I remember the Madeira version. Nowhere near as harsh. The sweetness can't possibly be from just the bourbon barrels.

Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of boredalready
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
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 DrunkAl
4.04/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of jegross2
4.49/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.04/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle out of my Hill Farmstead stemware.

A- Pitch black with a nice dark mocha colored head. Pretty standard for the style.

S- Smells of chocolate and bourbon, hints of vanilla and coffee. a little bit of heat on the nose but pretty well balanced. It does smell a bit sweet...

T- Holy crap this is sweet. While it does taste of chocolate and vanilla, I am a bit overwhelmed by the sweetness. The malt is somewhat lost in the bourbon and sweetness that primarily comes through.

M- Carbonation is pretty solid, could be a bit thicker. For the style it is definitely a bit thin.

O- This is the first Hill Farmstead beer that has let me down in a while. While it is certainly tasty, it lacks the balance and complexity I've come to know from Hill Farmstead. Borders on cloyingly sweet at times, but does integrate the bourbon nicely. The base beer just gets a bit lost behind the barrel.

Photo of rlee1390
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
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 papat444
4/5  rDev -10.9%

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 KevSal
4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big props to nick for hooking me up with a bottle in a math trade.

Gonna stray away from my usual way of reviewing. I wasn't going to review this beer, I told myself I was gonna be selfish with everything I get from the math bif, just sit back and enjoy a full beer without trying to pick out every detail to review. I wasn't going to share anything because I think there's something special about working your way through an entire bottle, like a long dance.

This is one of those beers. I came to read up on it, and with more gots than wants and 30 something reviews I had to write something. At 500ml it's not a very difficult task to drink through this alone, infact it may not be enough!

I'm a big advocate of 8-9% being the sweet spot for ba beers and looking at the base beer I'd say this guy is around there (although for all I know it can be much hight and drinks like a champ)

And the taste? Incredible. Washing it across the tongue brings out so many different flavors it's quite ridiculous actually. This beer is right uptime alley, it's got everything I want and I'm loving it. It feels like this beer was brewed for my taste buds. Mouthfeel is spot on, and probably a major player of why this guy is tastin so great.

Unfortunatly it's very easy to finish this, what now seems like the tinniest bottle possible alone, and I encourage you to do the same. Spend an evening with a bottle of this guy, it's the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Nick u rocked my world with this one. The next bottle I get Ill try to share... maybe

And damn u shaun for living up to the hype and making beer this delicious.

Photo of Luk13
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown black pour with decent moka head. Aroma is intense and very well integrated showcasing coffee along with chocolate, vanilla and maple. The barrel treatment is very well done and dose, it complements the base beer without being the principal feature.

Taste is very rich and intense, I definitly get a lot of barrel. The high alcool content prevents from being cloying.as it feels like a fortified imperial stout. The relatively light body accentuates this feeling. Nice balance between the richness and intensity of flavors and the alcool burn, both caracteristics seems to complement each other and enhanced drinkability of this big beer.

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
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 BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -4%
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 Gosox8787
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: 500 mL bottle chilled and poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Big thanks to Infinityontrial for picking me up a bottle.

Appearance: Pours a decent, medium to dark brown head that holds a pretty thick lacing. Dark brown to black in color.

Aroma: Light roasted coffee and dark chocolate upfront. Some light caramel and bourbon barrel notes add a nice backing to the strong malt backbone. There is some booze but it integrates almost perfectly in the base.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate fudge upfront create a really nice background for the barrel notes. Lots of marshmallow, oak, and bourbon tones. The barrel is really strong in this compared to other Hill Farmstead beers, yet it remains really balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth. Velvety on the tongue with some nice carbonation.

Overall, this might be my new favorite barrel aged Hill Farmstead stout. Incredible balance, great barrel tones, and off the charts drinkability. It is difficult to stop from drinking this too quickly. The sweetness and bourbon from the barrel is spot on and really takes a great beer to the next level. I had the other version of GoM and this version is definitely superior.

Photo of scottfrie
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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 brewtechnik
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

06-2013 500ml bottle picked up from HF by a damn good friend. Thanks again Nate!

A: Minimal carbonation when poured into my glass...few seconds pass and light brown bubbles emerge from its depths. Jet black with no light penetrating. Off to a decent start...

S: I'm smelling dark roasted malts with chocolate covered bourbon figs...but little to no fruitiness (a good thing) which allows focus on the malt character and bourbon influences. The coffee is subtle...difficult to pick out but certainly there.

T: The chocolate and bourbon take over while the coffee lends a gentle hand to round the flavor profile. I feel like there may be nice flavor from the wood, but honestly not that noticeable (to me)...only when it has warmed up a bit do you really notice its awesomeness. The bourbon is extremely mellowed and well balanced in this beer...thought it would be too "hot" from the aroma, but real nice and warm in taste. Well done.

M: Come on...it really doesn't get much better than this...I think the wheat plays a big part in giving this beer a Med - full mouthfeel without the cloying sweetness of other well known BA stouts. Perfect low carbonation...wondering if this was bottle conditioned? Finishes slightly bitter which I enjoy. This is how it's done folks...hats off.

O: My original Fave dark brew from HF was BoT, but after tasting this one I may have to realign. This truly is a great BA Imperial Stout...well balanced, good age, full flavor and extremely drinkable...I almost opened my second and last bottle!! I wouldn't say it's the best I've had, but def in my top 5. I think you need you get your hands on a bottle (or two) and enjoy!
Cheers!

Photo of orangesol
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
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 justforrazors
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a HF fest glass 9/26/13.

A- Pours pitch black with a dense brown to mocha head about a half inch thick. Some alcohol legs present and good retention as well as lacing. Falls to a ring with several large foam islands over the period of several minutes.

S- Creamy decadent vanilla mixed in with a bourbon bite. Coffee, chocolate, roast malt, some alcohol and oak at the end.

T- Not as bourbon forward as the nose. Chocolate and Roast malts are fairly balanced, a touch of vanilla and bourbon with a big bite of astringent oak and bitterness at the end. Smells much better than it tastes.

M- Thick, chewy, spot on carbonation sitting on the lower end of things. Medium-High Body. The astringency at the back end detracts, but overall this feels delightful.

O- Solid barrel-aged delight from Hill Farmstead. Wish I had a bunch more!

Photo of KingdomBobcat
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 ronricorossi
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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 cpetrone84
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
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 DonFrap
4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a Lawson's snifter

A: Jet black. The only thing that keeps this beer from being perfect is the lack of head and retention.

S: Amazing. Light coffee, huge barrel. Smells exactly like a bourbon barrel stout should.

T: Barrel characteristics are very present, but so smooth. rye is there, but subtle. I don't know how this beer can be this smooth on the taste, with so much barrel characteristics.

M: Perfect. Not too heavy, and so smooth.

O: Birth of tragedy has been my favorite HF beer since I got into craft beer. I need to try this again to be sure, but it might be better. Get this beer however you can. It's a lot better than last year's Madeira version.

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Genealogy Of Morals (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.