Genealogy Of Morals: Coffee Collective Buena Vista & Cacao Nibs
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
4.5 | pDev: 4.44%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Imperial Wheat Stout Brewed with Coffee and Cacao Nibs and Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Genealogy of Morals, the name of one of our most coveted Nietzschean narratives, also happens to be one our barrel-aged imperial stouts.

We have chosen three barrels as the base for this single country origin coffee and cacao nib variation. After aging more than 26 months in select bourbon barrels, we conditioned the beer atop organic Buena Vista beans from Caranavi, Bolivia, sourced and roasted by our friends at The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as organic Bolivian cacao nibs.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, bold, yet balanced. The cocoa and coffee add a nice mild harshness and bitterness to the smooth, chocolatey base with a nice warming oaky presence. Delicious.

Jul 31, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Received in trade with rodmanfor3. Thanks, Rick. It's been a while since a beer made me smile on the first sip.

A jet black with a dark brown head with excellent retention and little lacing, this looks great. The nose is a stunning expression of coffee and cacao nibs. Bright roasted coffee notes, with freeze dried berries, a noticeable barrel note with vanilla, bourbon and a little heat, deep cacao notes with dark chocolate, all layered on top of an impeccable base stout. I gather this is a wheat stout, and there is a hefty grain bill here. Bitter roasted malt, dark fruit with plum and raisin, a little brown sugar, a little burnt sugar. There's also a hint of rum present. Booze is clearly present, lending a pleasant warmth to the nose, along with a nice, toasted oak character.

The palate opens lush and creamy , soft and boozy with a warming heat that brings forth flavors of vanilla, a little coconut. It does taste and feel a little hotter than 10%. A remarkably well integrated flavor palette is clear, though. The fruity flavors of the coffee with hint of floral notes blends harmoniously with the dark chocolate and toasted cacao nibs. These flavors segue into notes of plum, cocoa, dark fruit, a little fudge and charred oak bitterness . The mouthfeel is ridiculous on this beer. Creamy and appropriately and tastefully so, with soft carbonation ( I was worried given how vigorous of a pop I got when I opened it). Booze is well integrated into the palate, this is hedonic yet refined. The extensive time in the barrels lends what I can only call Grace to the palate, a soft, shimmering depth. Fantastic stuff, it's a shame this is so hard to get and as pricey as it is, but this comes with highest recommendations

Apr 20, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, 2019 release, poured into a Hill Farmstead RONA etched wine glass. Enjoyed on 2/23/2020, reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and viscous with a finger of khaki head that has modest retention and a nice layer of film with excellent lacing. The aroma is wonderful, bursting with rich chocolate, dark and bittersweet with a nice fudge quality that is complimented by a mild roast, smooth coffee, toasted oak, hearty grains, a touch of bourbon with light vanilla and a great lingering caramel character. The flavors are excellent, continuing the rush of chocolate with a big fudge brownie flavor, bitter dark chocolates, rich coffee, soft roast that brings out a nice toasted dark grain flavor along with charred oak, vanilla, mild bourbon and a great caramel finish. The mouthfeel is good, thick, creamy with a nice medium heavy body that is smooth and finishes warmly but easily.

Verdict: An excellent stout from Hill Farmstead. The chocolate character is just wonderful and the coffee adds a nice richness without being too acidic or overdone that allows for layers of barrel, vanilla, grain and caramel to flourish.

Mar 01, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There’s a quarter inch of brown around the rim and covering the majority of the top. Moderate, soapy lacing. There’s a lot of chocolate and a bit of oily, pungent, dark roasted coffee in the nose. I’m tasting a wallop of milk chocolate with some faint dark roasted coffee undertones. The mouth is silky smooth and viscous. This is the perfect after dinner beer in a glass.

Dec 21, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like roasty and bright coffee, dried raisin, hazelnut creamer, milk chocolate fudge, oak spice, bourbon, and dark chocolate.

This is basically as good as it gets for coffee beer - the coffee has so much fruitiness and nuttiness. The addition of the nibs gives you a melted dark chocolate sort of thing. There's also milk hot chocolate, with some oak spice, and just a hint of bourbon. It all melds well extremely well.

This is silky, and velvety, with a creamy and rich body, but not something that's incredibly thick. There's no booze here at all.

There was almost no chance of failure here. The coffee used is obviously extremely high quality. I don't always love beers that have chocolate added, but it works quite well here.

Dec 20, 2019
Genealogy Of Morals: Coffee Collective Buena Vista & Cacao Nibs from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 13 ratings