Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged)Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.66%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Madeira Barrel Aged Rye Coffee Imperial Stout.

Added by MasterSki on 09-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Gosox8787:
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 mL bottle chilled and poured into my Kate the Great tulip glass. Opens a foams up ever so slightly right before being poured.

Appearance: Initial pour is about two thirds head, but settles down pretty quickly into a lacing. The head is medium to dark brown in color. The beer itself is a nice dark brown, almost black as well.

Aroma: I'm usually not that sensitive to rye notes in beer, but there is definitely a really noticeable rye spice note here that is amplified nicely by the coffee. Definitely some sweet chocolate and caramel notes to balance out the bitter and spice. The ABV is pretty subdued. There is also a sweet character from the Madeira barrel that stands out.

Taste: There is definitely a nice coffee presence that stands out here more than in the aroma. It also gives this beer a slightly acidic edge that I wasn't really expecting. The bottle states this was in barrels for 15 months and the base stout definitely has an aged feel to it. A touch of oxidation is present, but the chocolate and caramel of the base beer does well to diguise it. The rye adds another layer. The barrel presence is light and definitely adds a nice complexity throughout.

Mouthfeel: Definitely lighter in body than most imperial stouts. I find coffee stouts can be a tad thin and this follows that. The carbonation is definitely on the lower end but it works well with the beer in this case.

Overall, a really complexing and fascinating coffee stout. The rye does add a really nice dimension, especially to the aroma, that elevates the coffee tones. As I have never experienced any other beer in Madeira barrels, I can say that the barrels balance the beer out and add a nice layer but it is not overwhelming in the slightest. Another really solid HF beer that I'm glad to have tried. Definitely unique and complex but not my favorite.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Almost completely black. Reddish brown at the edges. Mocha head that is well retained.

Smell - Intense coffee immediately. Almost a smokey aroma, too. Red wine. A little bit of tannins.

Taste - Burnt malt, almost smokey malt character. Coffee flavor lends itself to the burnt malts. Red wine flavor is more prevalent in the finish, along with a bitter malt aftertaste. Intense flavors.

Mouthfeel - Not thick, but a palate wrecker of flavor. Intense in every respect. Medium heavy with ample carbonation.

Overall - Excellent combination of flavors. The barrel is unique and adds to the barrage of flavors that is this beer.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oily pitch black appearance. The head is thin but lasting. Dessert wine and oak are strong on the nose, bringing a dark fruit sweetness that works well with roast, subtle tar, molasses and chocolate. The palate shows strong flavors of dark fruit, port and bittersweet chocolate. The body is chewy, carbonation low. Lingering dessert wine finish with mild bitterness. Very nice.

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3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes over the weekend. Shared with Chico1985.

A- Pitch black pour with a massive, foamy brown head that fills a large portion of the glass after a very loud hiss and even a slow gush of bubbles out of the bottle (something alive in the bottle/early infection? or just overcarbonation). Head has decent retention but it fizzes out after a while leaving a small creamy pillow which leaves nice blankets of lace.

S- Coffee and milk chocolate notes really open up nicely here, especially when allowed to warm up some. Other things include vanilla, brown sugar, wine. The barrels lend a nice wood and big dark fruit presence. Ends up being dessert-like.

T- The wine and fruit flavors take over more on the flavor than the nose. Dark grapes/raisins/cherries lead the way for the underlying stout which has dark chocolate, coffee and rye notes. Nice oak hints after some time. The coffee seems to take a back seat here. Slight vanilla and alcohol as well. No real signs of infection here.

MF- Creamy and moderately thick body with a LOT of carbonation. The feel really reminds me of other beers that had something alive in the bottle. Foam just fills the palate upon sipping. Alcohol warmth feels nice with the amount of wine flavor here.

A nice wine and cocoa flavor with a pretty big influence overall from the barrels it seems (unless it is a really dark fruity stout to begin with). Huge carbonation hurts just a bit and it seems like something might be alive in the bottle. A nice blend of flavors.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Moll for a pour of this one. Nose is quite interesting with some lightly-tangy fruit and nice barrel character beside roast and chocolate. Nice stout base and good barrel character. Really interesting. Smooth body. Quite good. Very happy to have been able to try this one.

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Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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