Genealogy of Morals - Edilfonso Espresso
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #294
Ranked #2,194
4.48 | pDev: 5.36%
Aug 26, 2023
Oct 30, 2021
As the foundation for our continuing series of single-origin coffee experiments, we chose a few barrels of our wheat imperial stout, Genealogy of Morals, that had rested in select bourbon barrels for more than two years. That beer was blended and then conditioned atop coffee beans grown and processed in the Huila region of Colombia by Edilfonso and Maribel Yara. The beans were sourced and roasted by The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark. These age-old friends long ago elevated our worldview as to what coffee could be. After months of bottle conditioning, the beer is now ready to enjoy.
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Rated: 4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Aug 26, 2023
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown appearance with a tight tan head and sparse lacing. Bourbon, barrel, roasty espresso, bitter chocolate. Thick body, medium carbonation. Robust and satisfying.
Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
#84 of a unique Hill Farmstead beer.

Label reads "bottle conditioning since January 30, 2020" ; consumed 4/26/22. 1 year and 3 months old at time of drinking this stout.

Side by side tasting with Genealogy from 2018. Both beers poured into Durobar Charente stemmed bulb glass sporting the Hill Farmstead logo because proper glassware is a must for these two beers.

Shared the side by side tasting with a friend as Hill Farmstead crew suggests on the beer label: "share, consider, enjoy".

Appearance: black bodied / lighter brown head that quickly fizzes away to a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing on the glass. Light booze legs.

Smell: Huge milk chocolate. Light barrel. Light coffee.

Taste: Huge milk chocolate notes. Light barrel. Very light coffee. Hints of mellow dark fruits and lighter yet smoke. Complex interesting stout for sure.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied with a lower yet adequate level of carbonation in this stout. Not a notable hint of booze. Lighter creamy yet slick stout body. Light dry finish.

Overall: Really chocolate forward stout; I would have liked more coffee and barrel yet they are present and strike a nice balance with each other. Genealogy of Morals - Edilfonso Espresso makes the "cut" for a well made stout by Hill Farmstead which I do hold at a very high standard as far as the quality goes. Always a treat drinking HF bottles.
Apr 26, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Apr 25, 2022
Rated: 5 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Apr 15, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Mar 07, 2022
Rated: 4.61 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Bottled Jan 30, 2020
Pours a dark brownish small creamy head with med to lower retention, lots of lacing, nice legs, pitch black color

NOse holy cow that's intense, rich rich dark chocolate and coffee, nutty, fudgey, fruity coffee, soft nutty with some nice smooth roast characters, nice fruity characters, dark chocolate, a bit of a toasted caramel note, sweet fudge and caramel on ice cream sundae,

Taste brings tons more rich cocoa and chocolate, super intense again, very dark chocolate fudge, Tiramisu notes into rich espresso, nutty, toasted caramel, toffee, some nougat notes, layers of chocolate ganache and dark chocolate, a bit fruity again, the coffee reminds me of kopi luwak, mild bitterness, smooth alcohol, drier finish

Mouth is thick fudgey rich chewy full bod, med lighter carb, light warming smooth alcohol

Overall phenomenal, holy cow I wasn't ready for this, incredible
Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The glossy black body builds a thin yet muffin-topped dark tan blanket that settles to a flat creamy collar.

The coffee is crazy forward, and also weirdly smooth and sweet, like a mocha with whip cream, but distilled into a single expression. I didn't expect quite this much coming from Hill. Barrel and stout components take their time to slowly roll in afterwards, but not without coffee's influence, transforming into espresso liqueur with toasted, candied cashew.

The slick body has a moderately light heft with a very fine, minimal carbonation running to an unusually semi-wet finish that's even a little sticky on the lips.

It's surprising to me that this is not more dry and bitter from all this coffee, although the exhale contains a little smoky bean towards the tail end.
Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 21, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like spicy and roasty coffee, vanilla, pecan, bourbon, and oak.

This tastes like roasty coffee, a sort of smoky and nutty flavor, dark chocolate truffles, vanilla, and oak. This is just an extremelty good marriage of barrel and coffee, like pretty much every beer in this series.

This is medium bodied, silky, with a low but present level of carbonation.

If you like stouts and you like coffee, there's not really any way you'd dislike this one.
Nov 22, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by acurtis from New Jersey

Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a 500ml bottle. ‘Bottle conditioning since 01/30/20.’ Served in a tulip.

Pours chestnut-black, unhighlighted in the glass. Minimal head formation, just a little rust-colored fizz and no retention at all to speak of.

Nose is clean, creamy and sweet. Creamed coffee and a nutty, earthy sweetness. Vaguely pudding-like.

Taste is soft, creamy and sweet. Creamed, sweetened bitter coffee, brown sugar, coffee ice cream and marshmallow creme - not quite sickly sweet but bellying right up to the line. Finishes with a smoky, caramel quality which I assume is the barrel character asserting itself.

Feel is smooth, thick and unctuous. Hefty bodied with fine, tingly carbonation and a boozy warmth in the gullet.

Overall, a well made beer which is just somewhat thicker, sweeter and more syrupy than what I personally prefer.
Nov 19, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Nov 07, 2021
Genealogy of Morals - Edilfonso Espresso from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 14 ratings