Genealogy of Morals: Coffee Collective Kieni
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #234
Ranked #1,061
4.45 | pDev: 6.74%
Apr 03, 2022
Sep 30, 2016
Genealogy of Morals: Coffee Collective KieniGenealogy of Morals: Coffee Collective Kieni
Notes: Genealogy of Morals, the name of one of our most coveted Nietzschean narratives, also happens to be one our barrel-aged imperial stouts.

After extended aging in select bourbon barrels, we condition the beer atop Kenya Kieni coffee beans sourced and roasted by The Coffee Collective in Denmark.

After aging 28 months in select Bourbon barrels, we conditioned the beer atop Kenya Kieni coffee beans sourced and roasted by The Coffee Collective in Denmark.

For this batch, we aged our wheat imperial stout for more than 29 months in select Bourbon barrels, then further conditioned the beer atop Kieni coffee from Nyeri, Kenya, which was sourced and roasted by The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen.
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Rated: 4.5 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2019 batch onsite at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT.

This one pours a very dark black color, with basically no head, and not much lacing.

This smells like caramel truffles, dark chocolate, espresso, oak, leathery bourbon, tobacco, and cookie dough.

This is absolutely ridiculously tasty. The coffee is wonderful - tastes like a really high quality caramel truffle dunked in espresso, with some cookie dough and a bit of dark fruit, along with a drying oak, and some light vanilla.

This is medium bodied, and silky, with a lower level of carbonation. It's super velvety and wonderful - the lower level of carbonation helps make this feel more decadent.

Hill Farmstead really knows to mess around with coffee, and this is one of their best efforts ever.
Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Truly amazing stout - with hints of bourbon and tastes of coffee. One of the best stouts I’ve had. Smooth with a mocha head. Very tasty and enjoyable to drink.
Jul 07, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by EMH73 from New York

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

May 24, 2020
Rated: 4.61 by ScottP from New Hampshire

May 24, 2020
Rated: 4.59 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Apr 08, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
on nose is very robust bourbon barrel character that brings sweetness of thick chewy caramel and toffee, chocolate, mellow dark fruit and roast. the palate is much the same with a bourbon soaked fudge quality throughout that is complimented by a roasty coffee note that brings just a touch of bitterness and some dark fruits. there is chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, and molasses in abundance, some raisin, dark fruit, and mellow acidity hinting at blueberry in there.

as it warms and has been open for an hour or so, it becomes insanely complex - bittersweet coco powder, chocolate covered blueberries, thick chewy vanilla, roasty bitterness and a spicy hit of bourbon leading the way. again hill farmstead manages to brew an incredibly robust and complex beer that still manages to come off as balanced and drinkable because of how well integrated the flavors are, just perfect!
Jan 11, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by t2grogan from Arizona

Jul 05, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by stevec32 from New York

Apr 11, 2018
Rated: 4.66 by Samact from Vermont

Sep 08, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by Trio2shine from California

Aug 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Skrip from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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!!!
Jul 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
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?
Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 4.69 by AussieActor from California

May 14, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

May 14, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia

Apr 19, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by Gushue3 from Massachusetts

Apr 08, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by scotv from New York

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Masters from Massachusetts

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina

Mar 09, 2017
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Reviewed by edthehead from New York

4.85/5  rDev +9%
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!
Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by emerge077 from Illinois

Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 4.6 by Rifugium from North Dakota

Mar 03, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by doremite from Vermont

Feb 09, 2017
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
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.
Feb 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -26.3%
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.
Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by Jhfinn from New York

Jan 01, 2017
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jan 01, 2017
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
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.
Dec 24, 2016
Rated: 4.4 by chippo33 from Vermont

Nov 30, 2016
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