Genealogy Of Morals - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #39
Ranked #165
4.52 | pDev: 6.42%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Genealogy Of Morals - Bourbon Barrel-AgedGenealogy Of Morals - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: Aged in a mixture of Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace barrels.
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Photo of rand
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle into a snifter

2013 vintage

Damn, aging has done a little bottle of beer well. Decadent brew with aromas of vanilla bean, coffee and toasted oak, with an alcohol-warming tinge at the edge of the bouquet. Flavors are as smooth as a seven-year cellared wine (oh wait, that's basically what this is), as notes of milk chocolate, creamy lactose and oaky astringency make an eminently drinkable brew, masking all but a smidge of the alcohol. Creamy, viscous complexion is confirmed by its latte-like appearance. This is a good beer.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 vintage - drank on 7/14/2019. Unbelievable how much a barrel does to this beer. It's tremendously thick and the coffee is warm, lightly roasty, and sweet. Incredible beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black cholate, bourbon wood and some tobacco notes is very interesting. Taste is a great mix of black chocolate notes with some light residual sugar notes, some bourbon and woody notes with light vanilla and some dominant tobacco notes. Body is full with oily texture and good carbonation. Quite the extreme imperial stout with tobacco playing a bigger role then I was expected.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at GAB bottle share, 2013

Light fizzy head, thick black beer good legs

Nose sweet syrupy thick beer, little roasty cocoa, mild coffee and barrel

Taste mild sweet candy but oxidized cardboard, dark choc cocoa, roast and coffee, wet paper, little barrel

Mouth is fuller bod, decent carb, little alcohol

Overall meh, prob too old and oxidized, wish i could try it fresh

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

absolutely beautiful beer ... dark pour with a frothy mocha head that hangs around for a while and leaves sheets of lace on the glass. aromas are bourbon soaked chocolate, molasses, and roasty malt. opens up on palate with a huge blast of vanilla and delicate caramel character, sweet milky chocolate, toffee, candied wheat, mellow earthy coffee roast, molasses, and dark roasted malt. there is an assertive and slightly spicy bourbon flavor but its so well integrated into the rest of this robust and complex beer that it manages to be simultaneously bold and restrained. mouthfeel is medium+ and oh sooo lush ... not quite sludgy but just perfect for this brew. overall im blown away, this might be the best BA stout ive tasted.

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Photo of kevanb
3.72/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, 2017 release, poured into a Hill Farmstead 6oz tasting glass. Enjoyed on 12.10.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, thick and viscous with a thin finger of khaki head but no retention nor lace. The aroma is nice, smooth bourbon barrel, dark bittersweet chocolate, light coffee roast, a bit of green pepper detracts from the aroma a bit but there is a lingering smokiness as well. The flavors are good, lots of bitter dark chocolate, light coffee roast, rich bourbon and dark grains but as it warms, an unpleasant onion and green pepper flavor appears and is amplified by the smokiness of the beer. The mouthfeel is very good, super full bodied, coating and creamy with a rich and velvety texture and a smooth finish.

Verdict: A decent barrel aged coffee stout from Hill Farmstead. The green pepper sensation is certainly unwelcome, but there are enough other elements to the flavor profile that it doesn't completely ruin things.

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Photo of peterpunk15
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best stout I've ever had. Might be a bit biased because I had it while at HF and in a perfect scenery but the mouthfeel is unbelievable. As silky as can be, plus the nose just bursts with coffee notes. Glad I was able to get this vintage bottle on site.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass, GoM is a shiny black orb with a thin mocha blanket that settles to thin film in short order. A swirl stains the glass with oily brown legs that descend slowly.

On the nose, the oak and bourbon are combining flawlessly with the roasted malt to bring that rare and coveted marshmallow effect, while also providing notes of nutty, roasty coffee flowing into chocolatey mocha, as well as oak that's a touch waxy with a slight heat.

Taste features oak and bourbon with a spicy, dry and woody herbal redwood that brings a little heat but is also waxy and round with nuts, bitter roasted coffee, melted dark chocolate-esque malt, and a hint of vanilla. I just can’t get over the woodiness--this beer absolutely excels here, and finishes with a touch of mature dates.

Crisp with a thin fizz and a tongue-tingling round, slick heat, the body is thin and thins even more at the finish, preventing a dry finish from chalking up.

I've had a 2016 bottle, and then a 2018 bottle, both around a year or so old. Enjoyed the 2016 the most.

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Photo of BEEPOP
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not a BBA guy but this beer. Mother of god this beer is fantastic. Perfect amount of bourbon. The mouth feel is up there with Triple Shot as a chewy, thick stout. The only knock on this beer is the fact that I can't get more of it. A++ and a must trade for.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on site at HF 8/18/2017.

Decadent and smooth with just a hint of barrel (wish there was a little more). Extremely rich mouthfeel. So glad I was finally able to try this one. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Benish
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured jet black with very little head. The surface looked slick and oily. Noted sediment dispersed.

Smell: a lot to pick up from! Hazelnut coffee and some black licorice candy. Also tons of vanilla and then bourbon at the finish.

Taste: Cloyingly sweet throughout. There is ton of vanilla, burnt sugar, black licorice, and dark chocolate. Also a mocha coffee with a sharp whiskey finish. Mild maple at the aftertaste. All the flavors are blended well into a masterpiece.

Mouthfeel: very syrupy and viscous.

Overall: this is a big beer. Very glad this was split with another friend. It's a 500 ml bottle but half is more than enough. Pretty serious beer, no idea the alcohol content but I don't buy that it's 10.70% ABV on BA.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ho-ly cow! Had this on site today, splitting the bottle with a few friends. Un-be-levable. So thick, so rich. You would never guess the high ABV. Coffee. Could drink forever.

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Photo of Frudel
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh batch released on May 2017. Bottle splitted 4 ways. Black as night liquid with a foamy dark beige head. Nose is coffee, some notes of acidity (cherries or simply coming from the coffee?), chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, lovely! I can’t stop smelling the beer. Astonishing taste of well dosed coffee, residual sugar, milk chocolate, vanilla and bourbon, everything is so balanced, the glass clearly doesn’t last long, I would grab another bottle and drink it all! Abv% is hardly perceptible, medium to full body. One of the most amazing imperial stout I had the chance to drink!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 2016. Released a few months ago AFAIKT.

A: Pours black with a smattering of espresso-like tan head and dots of lacing. A fine ring persists for most of the glass.

S: Rich, very dark roast coffee, light roast, and dark chocolate bar meld effortlessly with toasted oak, vanilla bean, sweetish bourbon, and a soupçon of cola. Slight spirit-y note.

T: Sweetish dark chocolate, light bourbon, and dark coffee (less prominent than the nose). Mild tannic and toasted oak alongside light vanilla. A pretty hefty dose of sweetness positions this more as a dessert beer than anything else. Hides the alcohol remarkably well.

M: Full, thick body with light carbonation. Slight warming note.

O: An absolutely delicious, flavorful dessert beer. Dialing back the sweetness, which limits how much of this I can drink in one session to about 8 oz, just a bit would put this alongside the best BA Speedway variants in terms of world class BA stouts.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage drank on 7/8/17

really great ba beer from HF as expected. Their ba stouts have a unique creaminess to it that really impresses me. Something among the likes of being a milk stout combined with an oatmeal stout to some extent. Whatever it is, I enjoy it. The coffee is not too strong here, but it's presence is felt. The barrel are heavily noticeable and absolutely delicious with the sweet dark chocolate.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a dark-ish black color, with a small head, and a small amount of lacing.

This smells like sweet fruity coffee, with some milk chocolate, bourbon, slight toasted oak, etc.

This is absolutely delicious. It's so creamily delicious, with vanilla, raisins, chocolatey coffee, caramel, sweet bourbon. The coffee is obviously a star here, but it's also just so delightfully chocolate-forward as well.

The mouthfeel on this great, thick, but also velvety and silky, with a soft and lower level of carbonation.

Nobody in the United States, and honestly the world, is making beer as good as this.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

BIG thanks to my new friend Vermonthiker for generously trading this one to me! This was one of the better BA stouts I've had in some time. Really fantastic beer. Happy to share this with my best friend and brother. Unfortunately, the Blackhawks sucked in Game 1 and didn't make this experience complete with a win as we hoped. This was our first Hill Farmstead offering and it did not disappoint!

Bottle date 6/2013

Pours as a stout should, black as night and no signs of light getting anywhere near this ferocious beast. A beautiful espresso colored head forms and disperses into a solid ring and lacing that stays until the last drop. NOSE BOMB! Wow, still a ton of bourbon in the nose with this much time. Was really taken back by the aroma on this. Tons of deliciousness; bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla,oak and malt. Flavor matches the nose with more tongue coating mouthfeel than I was expecting. Lots of sugary sweetness on the finish. Overall, this is a beauty. Really impressed with this beer and how well it sat.'re awesome! Trade with this man!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a taster. Thanks Brandon for sharing this.

Sweet coffee, vanilla, cocoa, caramel roasty , a little plastic on the aroma. Lighter body than expected.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this. Poured very dark...almost pitch black. Smell has some sweetness and coffee notes. Flavor is a wonderful medley of coffee followed by subtle sweetness (from the barrel?). Feel is excellent, good carb. Overall, another magnificent beer by HF.

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Photo of Boccu
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a nice two finger brown head. With very little lacing. Aroma is booze. Taste is is sweet marshmallow, huge maple syrup,and booze.
Mouth feel is very light for a bourbon stout and super sweet. Had a hot booze finish. I'm a huge bourbon stout fan and this sadly falls off. Big fan of hill IPAs.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really quite enjoyed this beer. First open, pour khaki colored head, lovely bourbon notes and subtle coffee. Taste for me was oak, spice from the barrel, bourbon and roastiness of the stout, not a whole lot of coffee though. I found it to be very balanced and well made, one I will always seek out.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this next to Genealogy (On tap in Lincoln, Nebraska)

Look - Jet black, little bit of khaki head.

Smell - Chocolate, dark fruit, a hint of the barrel. Really nice.

Taste - Really exceptional. Perfection. So smooth, just a hint of coffee. One of the best Barrel Aged Stouts I have ever had.

Mouthfeel - Thick, chewy, wonderful. Perfection!

Overall - (A+) This one really belongs on Beer Advocates Top 250. A lot of impostors out there, this one is The Real McCoy. Highly recommended!

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

Overall this was very underwhelming. Jan 2016 bottling. Pretty weak in a lineup of modern big barrel aged stouts. Much tamer in character. Raisins, nuts and mild bourbon dominate the flavor, not sweet at all. Medium body. Very minimal coffee flavor

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Photo of fireazzi
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lots of bourbon notes on this. Nice black color. Very thick and has a nice smoky taste. Not much of a coffee note for me or vanilla taste. Very smooth taste.

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Photo of mothman
4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better hf stouts. Black in color. No head.

Lots of bourbon and oak. Silky chocolate with some char. Roasted malts. Belgian yeast notes. Burnt rubber in finish.

Medium to full bodied. Fairly smooth. Ends roasted.

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Genealogy Of Morals - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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