Genealogy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
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 KevSal
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with the guys.

Dark brown body with a quarter inch of beige collar. Roast, chocolate. Hill Farmstead truly has a unique aroma and flavor profile. Coffee rind, roast, chocolate. Delicious.

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Photo of Mpontiakos
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bottle into a Teku glass by BrianS52 at thebluejerzzzz's house. Clever mix of malt, wheat, and coffee. Very balanced. BrianS52 great recommendation.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz. capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Really a luscious looking beer. Nose is coffee, fudge, cocoa powder, chocolate and roasted malt. Deep and chewy. Flavor is of anise, logan, chocolate, fudge and molasses. Some dark fruit mixed with cocoa sweetness throughout. Syrup and more fudge at the end. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and soft going down. A velvety finish.

Geneaology reminds me of what Hill Farmstead is capable of even though some of their regular offerings have started to fall off a little bit in recent years. Certainly a beer worth trying.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle from trade, bottled 2/10/2016 per label.

Dark black, opaque elixir poured into snifter. Two finger mocha head, thick, large bubbles, maintains rim as brew is tasted. Thick lacing.

Chocolate, char, earth, oat and subtle pine with mild coffee. Really the malted wheat crushes the aroma.

The chocolate, oat, malt and char predominate. Dark fruits and molasses in the middle. There is coffee at the back end but subtle.

Smooth, medium body, mildly carbonated. Slick.

This is a nice complex brew but isn't my style. The malt, oat and char are here in spades but the coffee is muddled.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Roasted malts, figs, bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate and coffee. Soft mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Balanced sweet and bitterness. Dry. Not bursting with flavor, but it's balanced. Think a European style stout.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really liked this beer. While it was overshadowed at a recent bottle share, I thought it had a lot going for it.

The beer pours a blackish brown color, with good head retention and lacing. The beer was viscous looking, and that was replicated on the palate as well. On both the nose and palate, I picked up plenty of coffee, vanilla, and light dark chocolate. The beer smelled as if it would be pretty rich and sweet, and in fact it was. However, the sweetness wasn't over the top, and the mouthfeel was fairly full, very smooth, and almost creamy. The finish was long, with no sense of heat or bite from the alcohol.

Really an impressive effort from the folks at HF.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Black color with mocha head. Aroma has dark fruits and dark malts, chocolate, coffee but also a good dose of hops. Taste follows with sweet coffee and dark fruits but finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness. Body is heavy with smooth carbonation. A really well done imperial stout with some good coffee and hops.

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Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head. Black color.

Typical hf house stout flavors. Roasted malts and some char. Chocolate. Caramel and toffee. Molasses.

Medium to full bodied.

The hf stouts haven't been my thing and this one doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'll admit, my first impression of this beer was one of disappointment. It pours beautifully with a black body and mahogany head that laces the glass nicely. However, the wheat flattens the aroma when you first pour it, but it opens up once the beer nears room temp. At that point you pick up coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruits. The taste was difficult at first as well, indicating that this beer really needs to be a little warmer to fully enjoy (not like that's super unusual). Once it was an appropriate temp the coffee really shines and it finishes with really fruity dark chocolate flavors. Love the body on this beer—it's thick and full but drinkable. Overall this isn't my favorite imperial stout but it's still an excellent brew. I'm going to cellar one and am hopeful it will improve.

Update: Drank one a year later and found it to be phenomenally better. The flavor profile didn't change a lot, but I would describe it as much rounder and smooth.

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Photo of pants678
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black with a light brown foam.

Malty, vanilla-y.

Rich but easy going. Coffee's not harsh, sorta leaning toward mocha and milk chocolate. Little licorice and cream, vanilla.

Viscous, very smooth, probably attributing that to the wheat. I do look for some more bite in stouts.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a 2 finger creamy caramel head. Solid retention and lacing.

The aroma is very grainy with lots of oats and malt up front. I also get notes of coffee, vanilla and just a touch of alcohol. There's even a sweet, underlying cream note. Love the aroma on this beer.

The taste brings lots of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. There's a bit of sweet, creamy vanilla followed by the oaty wheat malt character.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with light carbonation. Velvety and smooth, yet a bit of alcohol burn on each sip.

Overall, a very good stout yet not quite as mindblowing as expected. It has a great aroma and good flavor profile. Just an all around great stout.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle courtesy of BabyTree. Dark black, good head. Aroma is strange, roasted malts and plastic. Flavor has a nice coffee component but a very strange malt component, maybe it is the wheat. I think this reminds me of some imperial stouts I've had from scandinavia, possibly nogne o.

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Photo of SABERG
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Light fails to penetrate, soft and sexy carbonation meanders to support a thin mocha cap.
S - Cocoa, toffee, vanilla bean, dark fruit aged on wine. complex and compelling.
T - Dark sugar, roasted molasses, fig all run across the palate.
M - Thick and beautiful, palate coating will require scraping, viscous treat.
O - A wonderful, full stout, big and striking.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Oct-14-2016

Pours a thick, smooth-looking black with a tight finger of brown head that quickly drops to a patchy film/ring. Meh retention; thin, spindly lacing arches. (3.75)

Nutty roast with a touch of licorice. Coffee, cocoa, licorice, sweet cream, wood smoke. (4.25)

Rich, sweet mocha milkshake. Tight little waves of coffee, chocolate, sweet creamy mocha, and thin a lingering dissipation of the smooth, not-quite-sticky sweetness. (4.25)

Full-bodied velvet cream with light carbonation and a lingering sweet roast afterglow. (4.5)

Really tasty, sweet coffee stout.
This is a hearty, thick (but not heavy) stout with a decent, clean dose of coffee and a really sweet, creamy character to it. It looks nice enough, smells a little better, tastes a little better than that, and feels great. Like a smoked mocha milkshake. Very tasty, very drinkable. A little sweet for me, but not cloying and not near as bad as it could be. Enjoyable to the fullest.
Would absolutely have this one again if I ever had access again. (4.5)

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Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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 rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Black.

S: Coffee and banana bread.

T: Sweet molasses, vanilla, coffee, then a hit of roasted malt and bitterness that takes over the back end of the beer.

F: Full bodied.

O: The best Hill Farmstead non-barreled shelf stout.

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Photo of cvm4
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Oct. 14, 2015

L - Pours a pitch black body with a two finger dark khaki head. Tight bubbles in the carbonation lead to great retention and lacing.

S - Freshly roasted coffee, dark chocolate and roast malts assault the nose. Really awesome to just sit back and sniff on.

T - It's like a sweet creamed coffee at first. Really excellent! Develops into some bitter roasted malts and dark chocolate along with vanilla midway and to the end.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. The silky beer just coats your mouth.

O - An awesome sipping dessert (per say) beer. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle. Inky black. Big khaki head and a thick collar. Smell has a bit of green pepper to the coffee aroma. Roasted malt. Nutty malts. Tastes better. Sweet. Bright coffee. Nutty malts. Chocolate. Kinda fruity. Heavy and sweet. A little boozy. Not Hill Farmstead's best stout.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pitch black.

Smell - Huge coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste - Follows the nose, a little sweet, very good!

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium attenuation.

Overall - Very nice brew. Highly recommended.

Grade (A+)

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Photo of Skrip
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead fest. glass.

A~ dark as night with a nice tan head and no lacing at all!

S~ tons of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, caramel! and slight green pepper...

T~ just like a latte! pretty much follows the nose with a little booze here. a lot of vanilla and slight black pepper on the back end but no green pepper!

M~ extremely silky! nice carb and lingers for a long time!

O~ if the flavor was a little more balanced and it didn't have the slight green pepper thing going on this would be perfect! still a very solid stout! i'm excited to see what barrels this batch goes in =]

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle received in a trade recently and shared by Curran, thanks man.

This pours a dark, oily looking black, with a small fleeting mocha colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like wonderful sweet freshly roasted coffee, vanilla creamer, roasted malt, dark chocolate, etc.

This is a really top notch coffee stout. It's got the perfect level of sweetness mixed with bitterness. The coffee tastes like sweet creamy coffee, but is also a bit earthy with bitter roast as well. There's also a bit of vanilla cream, some roasted malt, and dark chocolate as well. Everything comes together so well. It'd be a great stout even without the coffee, but the coffee pushes this one over the edge.

This is pretty thick and lustrous in the body, silky creamy and wonderful, with a lower level of carbonation.

A luxurious delight from Hill Farmstead- just a treat to drink.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
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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