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

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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 307
Gots: 70 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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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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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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.

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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.

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Genealogy of Morals, batches 1 & 2.

The beer appears dark brown, near black, with a thin, bubbly, tan head. The aroma offers oak, vanilla, bourbon, roast, chocolate. Lighter in body than the Madeira version. brighter on the palate as well. Wow, super easy to drink. Moderate to soft carbonation with bourbon and dark chocolates. Delicious!

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Genealogy Of Morals (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.