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

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320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 292
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

bikesnbeerFtc, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

NHbeerfishing, Apr 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

SwG237, May 15, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Skrip
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a huge Tired Hands wine glass.

A~ extremely dark brown, nice fluffy tan head, and surprisingly a lot of lacing.

S~ lots of booze, bourbon which of course adds some vanilla, caramel, and molasses aspects. i also get some burnt coffee, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and farts... oh wait that was me haha

T~ smooth oaky bourbon up front, just like licking the barrel! followed by a ton of chocolate, milk and dark. roasted malts linger through out along with some nice coffee. surprisingly no booze to be found on the pallet!

M~ an extremely smooth stout and exactly where i like the carbonation to be for this style.

O~ definitely tasty! i love picking out the different barrel aspects. more coffee then i detected in the last version but thats definitely because i'm having this fresh opposed to the last one which had been aged a year. i prefer the Madeira aged version over this but only cause it gave it way more funk and as i'm sure you can tell after all these HF review thats my thinggg!

Skrip, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from the bottle into a HF glass

A. Pitch black, small dark brown frothy head that quickly dissipates.

S. Bourbon, chocolate, coffee, dates.

T. Bourbon right away. Finishes with strong toffee, chocolate, and coffee.

M. A little bit of sting from the bourbon initially, but then subsides. Carbonating is good.

A little bourbon heavy in the mouthfeel, but that isnt a bad thing.

O. Not the best HF barrel aged stout, but it is up there.

HoppyKilaMonster, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  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.

KYGunner, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from jbeatty. Cheers man!

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter
Bottled June 2013
Imperial stout with coffee aged in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Thicker black pour yields a one finger, thicker, creamy, light mocha head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a full cap. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Good stuff.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, coconut, sweet milk chocolate with caramel and toffee. Some dark chocolate on the nose as well. Bold and quite barrel forward.

TASTE: Very flavorful. Bourbon, oak, coconut with some alcohol up front. Some roasted notes and caramel sweetness through the middle into a big and persistent finish of bourbon, oak, coconut, sweet molasses, bitter dark chocolate with coffee and some roasted grain. A bed of alcohol lies under the whole program. Very flavorful and lots of barrel, though the base still holds its own. Really wonderful stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly creamy, a touch prickly perhaps, goes down fine with a bit of a bite and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers. A light light perhaps and could be slightly smoother.

OVERALL: Another excellent beer. While the lighter, slightly abrasive feel keeps it back from being the legend it could be, the rest of the experience ranks up there with the best of them. Lots of great barrel aromas and flavors yet the base beer is not to be outdone. World class stuff for sure. Thanks again jbeatty. Always a pleasure.

Jeffo, Jan 21, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from the July 2013 release, poured into teku
Pours a fully opaque black with big chocolate colored head with small bubbles at the top leaving very little lace. Strong bourbon, vanilla, dark burnt chocolate in the nose with boubon leading the way. Taste very similar to smell with an initial hit of bourbon but less than the smell would suggest, no booze heat, abundant notes of coffee but a but too sticky sweet especially as I sipped for a while.

alaimoa, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Cynic-ale, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

mhenson42, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

campfirebrew, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Gfunk720, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

papat444, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Caudalie, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

clubarsky91, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

chippo33, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

michaeljstraub, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

BARFLYB, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

TheEvilGenius, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

illidurit, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

funkel81, Nov 02, 2013
Genealogy Of Morals (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.