Genealogy Of Morals - Rum Barrel-Aged - Duver Rojas
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 5.47%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
16
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  2
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: Genealogy of Morals, the name of one of our most coveted Nietzschean narratives, also happens to be our barrel-aged wheat imperial stout. After aging for more than 16 months in Privateer Rum barrels, we further conditioned the beer atop coffee from the Las Delicias farm in Huila, Colombia, owned and run by the Rojas family, and sourced and roasted by The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark. These friends long ago changed our worldview as to what coffee could be and continue to deeply influence us here at Hill Farmstead.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 16 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by eppie82:
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost pitch black with no foam even on an aggressive pour. Consumed at cellar temp (55F) which brought out rum barrel sweetness and some spice. Taste continued with the aroma but the coffee flavor played very well (rum BA and coffee can be a great combo like in this beer). The rum sweetness did cover the chocolate flavor until almost at room temperature at which both rum barrel sweetness and the chocolate were noticeable. Medium mouthfeel (was a bit under-carbonated and flat). But, among the better rum BA + coffee imperial stouts I’ve had.

May 28, 2019
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 15, 2019
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7irondave from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 20, 2019
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 27, 2019
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doremite from Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 17, 2019
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vfgccp from New York

3.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Feb 16, 2020
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 12, 2019
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acurtis from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 02, 2019
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Uconnelmo from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 27, 2019
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CSO from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 17, 2019
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edthehead from New York

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 05, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2019 Collected Works release, poured into a Hill Farmstead RONA wine glass. Enjoyed on 11.09.19, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and viscous with minimal khaki head that offers no retention and just a few spots of sticky caramel lacing. The aroma is delightful, lovely dark chocolate, light bitterness and a rich sweetness, subtle coffee roast that has a richness to it but offers more in the way of stone fruits and acidity that plays so well with the rum spirit and charred wood while there is a bit of vanilla marshmallow character. The flavors are great, dark chocolate and rum leap from the glass while the coffee is softer and more delicate, fruity and acidic but plays into the richness of the beer, dark grains, hearty oak with a nice char, vanilla and caramel and lingering plum and cherry. The mouthfeel is good, coating heavier medium body, not much in the way of carbonation but it doesn't feel still either, and it finishes easily with a nice boozy warmth.

Verdict: A very nice coffee stout from Hill Farmstead. Again, the subtleties rule the day with the Coffee Collective beers, but those subtleties really bring the beer into a balanced harmony and make for a very quaffable beer rather than a beer that asserts coffee with brute force.

Nov 11, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours two shades shy of black with ruby highlights. Nose is difficult to tease out but I definitely get some spicy notes. Taste is extremely rum forward and overshadows the coffee and cocoa. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light and somewhat thin). Overall, decent; however, not my favorite variant. Way too rum intensive for my sensibilities.

May 12, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a silky looking dark black, with a tiny head, and no lacing.

This smells like silky caramel, rum spice, oak, hazelnut, milk fudge, vanilla, and molasses.

This has a dark and bittersweet molasses and brown sugar spice to it, with melted high quality chocolate, rum, oak, and caramel. The coffee doesn't come across very much as standard coffee flavors - it more just melds with the rum barrels and emphasizes a caramel and spiced character, along with the deep fudgy chocolate. There's also vanilla creaminess on the back end here.

This has basically no carbonation, which does work for me. It kind of makes it feels more silky, more glossy, and more velvety for that. There's no booziness, and it's quite creamy.

I hope Hill Farmstead gets some more rum barrels. Those barrels work incredibly well with coffee.

Dec 20, 2019
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sep 09, 2019
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 17, 2020
Genealogy Of Morals - Rum Barrel-Aged - Duver Rojas from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 16 ratings