Genealogy Of Morals - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #57
Ranked #173
4.51 | pDev: 6.43%
May 10, 2022
Jul 23, 2013
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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4.6 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on May 10, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Bottled December, 2016

Color on the pour is an interesting reddish brown. Once in the glass it settles into a deep, deep brown with just the faintest of red. Almost no head, but a mocha colored ring persists. Excellent legs.

Aroma is rich and boozy. The bourbon / barrel are both there, but so are notes of chocolate, molasses, figs and more. . Very nice smelling beer.

As for taste, unsurprisingly the coffee has faded and I honestly can't even detect it. That said, I'm not sure it matters all that much, as what's still there is great. For my first few sips I was getting lots of barrel / bourbon, but as my palate has adjusted the depth of the beer became more noticeable. Nothing is in your face. The chocolate, roast, barrel etc. are all subtle enough that each sip leaves a slightly different impression.

Nice light alcohol warmth and amazingly full, chewy mouthfeel. Maybe I've given a 5 on feel before, but if so, I don't know when. For my tastes, this has a perfect feel.

Overall, while I wish I'd tried one of these fresh, it's clear that this is a very well-crafted beer that has held up well over time, even without the coffee element.

Apr 17, 2022
4.5 by Lucoli from New York on Feb 21, 2022
4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Feb 13, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

2016 vintage poured into a HF wine glass

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a film, leaving some lacing behind

S- aroma jumps out of the glass with barrel character; bourbon, wet oak, caramel vanilla, toasted coconut and toffee. The base beer provides notes of nutty fudge, black licorice, dark chocolate, charred malt, molasses, brown sugar & leather. Also picking up a hint of orange truffle

T- sweet and malty initially, with a bit dark chocolate note, along with black strap molasses and brown sugar. Mid-palate brings out a bold barrel note, adding barrel juice, oak, caramel and vanilla. As it nears the close, notes of chocolate fudge, caramel, walnut and charred malt emerge. The linger gives more oaky bourbon and chocolate

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into a silky, slightly warming finish

O- bold barrel notes are complimented by a fantastic base beer, well done

Feb 01, 2022
4.54 by PSanger from Connecticut on Dec 24, 2021
4.5 by Jkolls from Ohio on Nov 19, 2021
4.23 by Travitten from Iowa on Sep 13, 2021
4.2 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jul 24, 2021
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4 by Bugsmcl from Ohio on Feb 12, 2021
4.77 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
4.27 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Dec 13, 2020
4.35 by farnold from New York on Nov 15, 2020
4.28 by Hopelessly0 from California on Oct 29, 2020
4.21 by 22Blue from Kansas on Oct 12, 2020
4.68 by khoff5 from Connecticut on Oct 01, 2020
4.53 by MTKATL from Georgia on Aug 11, 2020
4.6 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Jul 18, 2020
4.5 by dheldman from Minnesota on Jul 03, 2020
4.5 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Jun 13, 2020
4.75 by sordyl from Illinois on Jun 10, 2020
4 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on May 09, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
4.6 by Kurmaraja from California on Apr 20, 2020
4.75 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jhavs from New York

Bottle pour is deep and almost fully opaque brown with thin tan head.

Rich and roasted coffee aroma with smooth and sweet bourbon.

Layers of roasty malt, coffee bean and toffee, smooth bourbon layers of flavor.

Moderate and soft carbonation and rich and medium body.

Excellent, loads of flavor depth which evolves as the temperature changes.

Mar 06, 2020
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3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by aleigator from Germany

Pours night black with a beautiful light brown colored head, which slowly fades to a coating layer of lacing atop the liquid.

Smell is of spicy, toasty bourbon barrel, earthy coffee and a good amount of burned rock sugar atop.

This has a silk, lighter mouthfeel mouthfeel, featuring a heavier, yet well balanced beer.

Tastes of bakers chocolate, boozy pralines and warming, oaken bourbon among layers upon layers of milk chocolate and accompanying licorice. This gets enhanced by chocolaty, wooden coffee, which inherits a gently, well dosed sweet peak, adding to the rich malt foundation of the beer. Finishes with less roast, more whipped cream covered milk chocolate and a light dryness, resulting from burned malts and a more pronounced coffee presence.

Sweet, smooth and well balanced - this drinks almost too easy for what it is. The coffee in this does not stand out too much on its own, but rather enriches the beer in a pleasant way.

Mar 01, 2020
4.48 by Greeny87 from Pennsylvania on Jan 24, 2020
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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by rand from California

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.

Jan 20, 2020
5 by Jmalo from Ohio on Dec 09, 2019
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Nov 13, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Aroma has sweet malt syrup and some woody notes. Taste has bittersweet wood, malt syrup and roasty coffee bitterness on the finish.

Oct 29, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Vidblain from Minnesota

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.

Sep 30, 2019
4.5 by PugsandBeer from Florida on Sep 23, 2019
4.49 by jrenihan from Canada (ON) on Aug 14, 2019
5 by dmb987 from New York on Aug 12, 2019
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4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Hard to get. Just got lucky by being there for a release. Freekin’ unreal taste with my favorite style of beer. Yum

Aug 06, 2019
4.4 by tobelerone from New Jersey on Jul 21, 2019
4.5 by JonB25 from Delaware on Jun 30, 2019
Genealogy Of Morals - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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