Hill Farmstead Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #180
Ranked #862
4.34 | pDev: 6.68%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: One of our most coveted Nietzschean narratives, Genealogy of Morals, inspires our bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout of the same name. We present to you the opportunity to enjoy the non barrel-aged base beer, simply named Genealogy. brewed with malted wheat and locally roasted coffee, then conditioned in stainless steel. Dark, rich and smooth, its complex flavors belie the singular vision with which we create it - echoing the work that inspires it.
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 266
Reviews by Lone_Freighter:
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a black color with a slim less than finger’s white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. The smell had a nice crisp to sweet to bitter to roasty coffee/cocoa bean blissful sweetness. Light vanilla opens up the aroma nicely. The taste was moderately sweet with a delicate roasty, slightly wheaty/grainy flavor. Light grainy sweet roasty coffee aftertaste. Dry sweet wheaty/grainy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sweet/roasty balanced texture to feel. Good sipper, almost sessionable. Overall, I dig the wheat that HF put in this to give a bit more body and "oomph" that a lot of people tend to look for. Coffee portion gives a really nice aroma and taste. I’d have again.

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Photo of duceswild
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Good bit of coffee. There is a slight chocolate flavor. Roasted malt is there as well. However given that it is a Hill Farmstead beer, I was a tad disappointed, especially considering how great GoM is.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peensteen
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Gushue3
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass
2018 Vintage

A- pours pitch black in color with a two-finger creamy and silky khaki colored head that has great retention and leaves a bif of lacing behind

S- malty and rich aroma with notes of chocolate malt, caramel malt, bitter chocolate, herbal & earthy coffee that gives just a hint of green pepper. Undertones of toasted wheat, anise, vanilla creme & charred malt that compliments the coffee

T- charred malty notes up front gives notes of dark chocolate, caramel/toffee, molasses & anise, Mid-palate brings out the coffee addition and adds some earthy and green pepper notes, along with vanilla whipping cream. The finish gives more charred malt, as well as chocolate and caramel into the linger

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation produces a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky and velvety finish

O- in the flooded market of barrel aged beers, sometimes it is nice to have a simple, well made coffee stout. This is certainly one of them

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Photo of phingdong
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mttaylor1066
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Procured from the Hill Farmstead retail shop in October 2015.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an Ola Dubh snifter/tulip glass.

Dark as night with a cafe au lait head. Smells of coffee and Dutch process cocoa. The head dissipates after 10 minutes or so. The carbonation is low and barely detectable as the glass settles. Perfect for this style.

You can feel the alcohol on your lips as you drink. South American coffee flavors dominate the initial taste with dark, dark cocoa notes in the middle. There is a pleasant coffee and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. No heaviness, no cloying sweetness on the tongue. Perhaps the wheat in the grain bill helps maintain the dryness. Imperial often means a sweet beer... but not here. A well-made brew.

Overall an excellent, excellent imperial stout. It's part of their Philosophy series and it certainly inspires deep thoughts. Not a beer to be consumed quickly or in an offhand manner. If you can procure this ale, do so.

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Photo of KevSal
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml into a fw teku

looks great in the glass! nice thick head, completely dark

the nose is heavy roast and some malty sweetness. not much coffee

flavor follows the nose, lots of roastiness upfront followed by some sweetness and pretty good. faint coffee at the very end, definitly mellow coffee. comes out more as it warms

mouthfeel is real nice as usual for hf, no alch but i don't know the abv. thick in the medium category

overall this is pretty good, in glad i got to try it but won't be trading for it anymore. your better off grain g a 4pack of narwhal. it's well done tho. would make a nice extra. pretty crazy what this becomes out of the barrel tho!

i'm not sure what it is but hf hasn't been knocking them out for me lately

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and dark with 3 fingers of mocha head. Great retention and lace. The nose is loaded with molasses, pumpernickel and medium roast coffee. Licorice, molasses, burnt toast, and coffee through the flavored profile.

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Photo of DVMin98
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours an oily thick, jet black coloring, with a flurry of carbonation throughout the body feeding a low profile, bubbly, tan head. Aromas are robust, with roasted, bitter coffee, molasses, subtle char and woody notes, bitter cacao nibs, and a toasted grain characteristic. Very rich and heavy nose. Flavors are heavily roasted and richly sweet forward, with a huge blast of bitter roasted coffee blending amazingly with rich milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. All of this accented with notes of smoke and charred wood, as well as hints of molasses, toffee, and burnt caramel. Amazingly layered flavor profiles, opening more and more as you drink. The body is velvety smooth and heavy, almost chewy, but still remaining slick and drinkable. Wow! The aftertaste is a bit more of the coffee and char, but still with the heavy sweet and rich characteristics. Cloying, slick, coating finish, with an appropriately long linger on the palate. This is a fantastic beer!

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of goalie35
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Genealogy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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