Genealogy of Morals (Kieni: Nyeri, Kenya)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Genealogy of Morals (Kieni: Nyeri, Kenya)Genealogy of Morals (Kieni: Nyeri, Kenya)
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American Imperial Stout
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4.43 | pDev: 7.45%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Genealogy of Morals (Kieni: Nyeri, Kenya)Genealogy of Morals (Kieni: Nyeri, Kenya)
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Photo of Skrip
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

A~ black as night with the smallest head and no lacing.

S~ booze when it was cold and sweet cookie dough as it warmed! along with caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark chocolate and you can't forget the amazing rich coffee which is most likely contributing to this delicious combination of air.

T_ less booze here, which everyone was hoping for! most of the same flavors come through as in the nose but more rich amazingly smooth coffee.

M~ smooth as could be, silky with minimal carb but perfect for the style!

O~ Kieni wins again! i definitely prefer the BoT one as well. this was super well balance and all around executed. but please! let it WARM up!!!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a jet black color. Poured the same too, even had that "glub glub" sound like I was pouring motor oil. Tight cap of a small brown head. Remnants of a concave lace. The aroma had thick milk chocolate/fudge-like, black licorice sweetness, coffee creamer, sweet wood, and a nice roast to round it all out. The flavor seemed to bring everything together pretty nice, mainly the sweet at first and then wrapped together the roastiness in for a sly balance. Aftertaste seemed to have a touch of the "spiciness" from the black licorice and brought the sweet wood and chocolate in nicely. Finished somewhat sticky but acceptable, I was actually expecting that. The palate was medium bodied with a pure sipping quality about it. No ifs, ands, or buts, anything who gulps will wake up with diabetes, I’m guessing. Carbonation seemed a bit under but I was expecting that due to the other observations. Overall, well, damn, if that wasn’t a treat or what?

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Photo of edthehead
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at Hill in a share. My third of the 5 GOM series, and I think my favorite, although I'd have to try them again side by side to be sure. Rich dark brown with a golden brown sticky lasting pocky foam head that floats lightly on top as you enjoy this mocha chocolaty delight. Smooth and full on the tongue, awesome!

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Photo of kevanb
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 1.1.2017, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours an inky, jet black color, like motor oil filling the glass, incredibly opaque and thick with a thin, khaki head, low retention with spots of lace left clinging to the glass. The aroma is beautiful, insane barrel character, tons of oak and bourbon, chocolate, vanilla bean with layered fruit forward coffee beans, stone fruits, very light roast, a bit of char from the barrel, very complex, very rich and super inviting. The flavors are something to behold, tons of smooth chocolate, rich, decadent, bittersweet but the barrel character really shines and elevates this beer. Tons of soft oak, toffee forward bourbon, vanilla marshmallow character is wonderful balanced well by a moderate coffee roast, light acidity from the coffee beans which are again, much more fruit forward, some brown sugar and lingering grain keep this beer in a wonderful balance. The mouthfeel is great, chewy, thick, heavy body, coats very well with just a touch of bubbly carbonation, so soft and smooth at the finish that is lightly warm.

Verdict: A stunning beer from Hill Farmstead. Easily the best barrel aged stout or porter I've had from Hill Farmstead, so complex and delicious. This is definitely not the coffee explosion that many coffee stouts are becoming, it's subtle, nuanced and so well integrated.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle. Black body with a medium khaki head. Smells of coffee, bourbon, some licorice and lots of sugar. Tastes really sweet. Bright fruity sweetness. Coffee behind it. Sweet chocolate. Very sweet. Bourbon only comes through in the finish. Heavy and sweet. Too sugary for me.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an inky black with no head. Big nose - dark roast coffee notes, char, cocoa and a hint of ethanol towards the back. Taste reveals chocolate, char, hints of butterscotch and a trace of ethanol. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with an oily texture and an almost still carbonation. Overall, solid; however, a bit thin and the coffee is not as evident in the flavor profile as one would anticipate.

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Genealogy of Morals (Kieni: Nyeri, Kenya) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 23 ratings