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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Photo of cbutova
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Starrdog for another HF tick. How do you do it? Amazing.

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is dark, low carbonation, lazy head, small bubbles, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, oaky, vinous a little, fortified. I like the aroma.

Maybe it is the barrel, Madeira?, but I don't really care for this one. It is pretty sweet, not horrible, the wine character is pretty overpowering, almost making the beer solventy. I am being too harsh on this beer but it is a miss for HF. Saying that it is a B beer. I would try it again for sure but I won't be going out of my way for it.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle shared by Starr.

Pours a dark, thin chocolate brown with a retentive dark tan head, little lace. Aroma is reminiscent of Genealogy, with slight spice, roast coffee and malt, with the addition of the Madeira barrels adding a slight tangy fruitiness; very balanced. Barrel aging is much more prominent in the flavor and first thing noticed on the palate. Similar to the year old keg of Genealogy at the 2nd Anniversary party my first thought is that this beer is... old. After that, a slight tang, with port and dry oak, with spice from the rye and less malt or coffee than the nose or base. Medium thick and moderate carbonation; slightly thin and a light coffee acidity in the finish. Well integrated and unique, but doesn't live up to Damon or the base beer fresh. An unique, remarkable stout, would love to have the base beer fresh again.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours black with a thin off-white head. Smell is very interesting, there's certainly coffee happening here, but also a bit of red wine/vinousness. Flavor is very interesting , but doesn't quite nail it the way I had hoped it would. The beer seems to have gotten a bit oxidized while aging. That said, it certainly brings a unique flavor profile to the table. The coffee certainly is still present and the sweetness and tanginess of the madeira combines with the base in a very interesting way. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and carbonation is high. I like this beer, but I feel like it wasn't quite what it could've been. The oxidation and high carbonation distract from what could've been a very unique and well done flavor profile. You can tell what Shaun was going for here, but the base beer didn't hold up well enough.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into HFS belgian sniffer (been waiting for this for a long time)

A: dark brown with a red hue and a ruby red head that thins quickly a d stays in a ring, looks good but id like to see imperial stouts black.

S: very boozy at first almost a red wine smell but it goes away as it Settles you can definitely smell the black coffee with a hint of oak and/or rye doesnt blow me away though

T: holy coffee imperial stout batman it starts off with a fiz but fades quickly and there is black coffee exprsso blast with basically no alc taste has definitely mellowed out this fades into a hop/rye bitterness that mixes with the bitterness of the coffee as both fade together for a fantastic finish, extremely well crafted.

M:the light carbonation is delicate and makes it taste lighter then a standard imperial stout. it is thick chewy almost like toffee but smooth and easy to drink on point for sure

O: I really like this one and it is dead on in terms of style and the oak aging definitely mellowed out the alc and made it really smooth. The coffee flavor is there in truckloads for those who love it (like me) but the rye does a great job of balancing everything out to make it taste like a beer. Hill farmstead amazes me once again almost perfect but can say its the best ever...yet.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous thick black. Lots of brown head. Looks great. Smells coffee heavy. Very European in its stout base. Dry.. Coffee heavy. Almost fruity. Very nice nose and taste. Overall thus beer is very solid. More European than most of Shaun's stouts. The coffee is very solid. Overall a very good brew!

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Arbitrator
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch-black body with a pinky finger of short-lived beige head. No lace.

S: A spicy chocolate nose leads the way; I was under the impression this was a coffee porter while consuming it, so I didn't realize that the spicy aroma was from rye. It's well-integrated, lending the earthy coffee a little kick on the back end of the nose. The kick was initially mistaken for alcohol, but the taste doesn't have any of that. Great oxidation (which could really be the madeira influence); I couldn't tell.

T: Genealogy of Morals is well-crafted in flavor. The use of rye gives it a prickly bite from start to finish, contrasting neatly against the earthy coffee and soft grape notes of the madeira barrels. The base beer imparts chocolate, roast, and a touch of smoke in the mid-taste.

M: Full-bodied and flavorful up front. The finish is a little weak, leaving only a spicy character (initially mistaken for heat). Some chocolate in the aftertaste.

O: I was comparing this to Birth of Tragedy and found BoT much more impressive, in part due to the better integration, a tighter finish, and more nuance (I particularly liked what appeared to be cinnamon in BoT). This one has a lot going on, but it falls a bit short on the finish. Nonetheless, it's an excellent beer, and it will not disappoint.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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