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

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280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 247
Gots: 71 | 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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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-27-2013 19:46:41 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-27-2013 12:56:13 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 17:23:54 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-14-2013 01:08:59 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-14-2013 01:40:12 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-20-2014 01:58:43 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-13-2013 02:14:35 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

08-15-2013 06:56:46 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 00:42:53 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

08-13-2013 04:23:42 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

08-21-2013 13:08:53 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

08-12-2013 13:25:05 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

08-11-2013 18:52:41 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 01:22:46 | More by orangesol
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-12-2013 23:46:10 | More by zestar
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

08-13-2013 13:28:05 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-29-2013 16:08:35 | More by BARFLYB
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

02-14-2014 20:05:19 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-28-2014 16:22:38 | More by xnicknj
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

05-02-2014 21:58:13 | More by jrallen34
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

09-24-2013 12:52:03 | More by ShanePB
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:01:45 | More by Alieniloquium
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Genealogy Of Morals (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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