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

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Genealogy Of Morals (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Genealogy Of Morals (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 393
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 22.47%
Wants: 413
Gots: 68 | FT: 8
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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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4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
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)

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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.

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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.

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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

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