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Genealogy Of Morals (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Genealogy Of Morals (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in a mixture of Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace barrels.

Added by MasterSki on 07-22-2013

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I acquired 3 bottles of this and will be playing with aging them and re-reviewing accordingly.

after aging 3 months:
A- the woods are lovely, dark, and deep and so is this beer. Pours a thin mocha head that dissipates to a ring around the glass leaving a small bit of lacing
S- you get those coffee and chocolate notes from an imperial stout, but the bourbon definitely is not bashful.
T- if I could have a birthday cake, I would want it to taste exactly like this, very thick roasted malt and coffee, a hint of chocolate, and that wonderful woody bourbon sensation
M- creamy, rich chocolate and coffee, lingering bourbon aftertaste
O- If only it were a 750mL bottle instead of 500...

after aging 5 months:
A- lot more lacing, head is a bit heartier
S- bourbon has mellowed out and you pick up more chocolate notes
T- still just as wonderful
M- still just as wonderful
O- split the bottle with my dad and it was so good that I no longer cared that it was only a 500mL

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Photo of KevSal
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big props to nick for hooking me up with a bottle in a math trade.

Gonna stray away from my usual way of reviewing. I wasn't going to review this beer, I told myself I was gonna be selfish with everything I get from the math bif, just sit back and enjoy a full beer without trying to pick out every detail to review. I wasn't going to share anything because I think there's something special about working your way through an entire bottle, like a long dance.

This is one of those beers. I came to read up on it, and with more gots than wants and 30 something reviews I had to write something. At 500ml it's not a very difficult task to drink through this alone, infact it may not be enough!

I'm a big advocate of 8-9% being the sweet spot for ba beers and looking at the base beer I'd say this guy is around there (although for all I know it can be much hight and drinks like a champ)

And the taste? Incredible. Washing it across the tongue brings out so many different flavors it's quite ridiculous actually. This beer is right uptime alley, it's got everything I want and I'm loving it. It feels like this beer was brewed for my taste buds. Mouthfeel is spot on, and probably a major player of why this guy is tastin so great.

Unfortunatly it's very easy to finish this, what now seems like the tinniest bottle possible alone, and I encourage you to do the same. Spend an evening with a bottle of this guy, it's the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Nick u rocked my world with this one. The next bottle I get Ill try to share... maybe

And damn u shaun for living up to the hype and making beer this delicious.

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Photo of DonFrap
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a Lawson's snifter

A: Jet black. The only thing that keeps this beer from being perfect is the lack of head and retention.

S: Amazing. Light coffee, huge barrel. Smells exactly like a bourbon barrel stout should.

T: Barrel characteristics are very present, but so smooth. rye is there, but subtle. I don't know how this beer can be this smooth on the taste, with so much barrel characteristics.

M: Perfect. Not too heavy, and so smooth.

O: Birth of tragedy has been my favorite HF beer since I got into craft beer. I need to try this again to be sure, but it might be better. Get this beer however you can. It's a lot better than last year's Madeira version.

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Photo of Pahn
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle (I think) split 2 ways into a wine glass.

Appearance: Dark tan head, good lacing despite the legginess. Black.

Smell: Sharply effervescent and boozy with tons of bourbon and cookie and malt aromas. Vanilla waifer drenched in caramel, some raisin. Distant echo of coffee. Powerful and perfect.

Taste: Even better than it smells. I hate giving out 5s but there is no flaw here. Just amazing. Perfectly melded coffee, infinitely deep bourbon, oak and malt. Tastes like caramel, has a tiny note of soy sauce in the background, some good, raisiny, aromatic espresso... There's a lot more going on here, and it's all amazing.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied; not really full bodied, but so creamy that it leaves a thickish impression. Neither dry nor sugary finish; just right.

Overall: There's nothing else you could ask for in s barrel aged stout.

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Photo of boredalready
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Simply put, this is one of the best stouts I have ever tasted. Ridiculously smooth, sweet, flavorful with no sign of the abv. Another winner from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of iong516
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks @trfd803

A: stouty

S: faint bourbon barrel and like, ice cream sandwitch

T: sweet n roasty with late onset full barrel, lingering chocolate with background espresso.

M: soft HF thick stout, nice bourbon warming

O: fantastic

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Photo of edthehead
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it at HF, served from a bottle into a stemmed glass. Lots of chocolate, raisins, and cherries, and a little bit of oak, bourbon, And Cocoa. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. Nice earthy tones, and a nice brownish tan head.unbelievably smooth, with no bitterness, and very little alcohol flavor for the ABV. Great job Hill Farmstead!

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: 500 mL bottle chilled and poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Big thanks to Infinityontrial for picking me up a bottle.

Appearance: Pours a decent, medium to dark brown head that holds a pretty thick lacing. Dark brown to black in color.

Aroma: Light roasted coffee and dark chocolate upfront. Some light caramel and bourbon barrel notes add a nice backing to the strong malt backbone. There is some booze but it integrates almost perfectly in the base.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate fudge upfront create a really nice background for the barrel notes. Lots of marshmallow, oak, and bourbon tones. The barrel is really strong in this compared to other Hill Farmstead beers, yet it remains really balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth. Velvety on the tongue with some nice carbonation.

Overall, this might be my new favorite barrel aged Hill Farmstead stout. Incredible balance, great barrel tones, and off the charts drinkability. It is difficult to stop from drinking this too quickly. The sweetness and bourbon from the barrel is spot on and really takes a great beer to the next level. I had the other version of GoM and this version is definitely superior.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Deserving of its world class rating. It's a sitter; it sits heavy in the glass with that motor oil appearance and texture from restrained carbonation, that "tar pit" look. Not so far from the densest BBA stouts, like BCBS, and it definitely has that slickness on the tongue. The trick here, though, is that the oak from the barrel is as present as the bourbon, so it's not just a boozy hammer, it's oakey. Should make anyone's list of favorite BBA stouts.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Inky black hues with a thin khaki head and ample lacing
S: Coffee, vanilla, toffee, mocha notes on the nose
T: Milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla and subtle barrel notes
F: Medium, creamy mouthfeel with minor carbonation
O: Another solid BA stout from Hill Farmstead - incredible notes on the nose follow up with a delicious flavor profile with a bit of heat from the barrel. Nicely done.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet candy nose with coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and a pinch of spice.

The flavors on the palate follow the nose. Very sweet, lots of chocolate, just the right amount of barrel heat lingering in the back.

Definitely in the Top 3 of my favorite Hill Farmstead dark beers.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle poured into a bourbon county snifter. aggressive pour yielded moderate head, fairly minimal retention, lacing. smelling and tasting bourbon fudge chocolate brownies! The booze is holding up well at this point and provides some heat on the finish. Now I understand why this is such a great beer.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- black with a thin brown head. A ring of brown lacing remains around the glass.
S- honey, candy sugar, molasses, coffee, bourbon
T- lots of coffee, sweet bourbon, chocolate, very well blended.
M- super silky smooth with a bite of alcohol on the finish that fades as the beer warms.
O- a dangerously smooth and drinkable barrel aged imperial stout. It is a wonderful blend of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon.

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Photo of brewtechnik
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

06-2013 500ml bottle picked up from HF by a damn good friend. Thanks again Nate!

A: Minimal carbonation when poured into my glass...few seconds pass and light brown bubbles emerge from its depths. Jet black with no light penetrating. Off to a decent start...

S: I'm smelling dark roasted malts with chocolate covered bourbon figs...but little to no fruitiness (a good thing) which allows focus on the malt character and bourbon influences. The coffee is subtle...difficult to pick out but certainly there.

T: The chocolate and bourbon take over while the coffee lends a gentle hand to round the flavor profile. I feel like there may be nice flavor from the wood, but honestly not that noticeable (to me)...only when it has warmed up a bit do you really notice its awesomeness. The bourbon is extremely mellowed and well balanced in this beer...thought it would be too "hot" from the aroma, but real nice and warm in taste. Well done.

M: Come really doesn't get much better than this...I think the wheat plays a big part in giving this beer a Med - full mouthfeel without the cloying sweetness of other well known BA stouts. Perfect low carbonation...wondering if this was bottle conditioned? Finishes slightly bitter which I enjoy. This is how it's done folks...hats off.

O: My original Fave dark brew from HF was BoT, but after tasting this one I may have to realign. This truly is a great BA Imperial Stout...well balanced, good age, full flavor and extremely drinkable...I almost opened my second and last bottle!! I wouldn't say it's the best I've had, but def in my top 5. I think you need you get your hands on a bottle (or two) and enjoy!

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split Bottle (dated 10/2013) into 2 snifters on NYE with my neighbor. Poured like motor oil and smelled magnificent. Decent mocha colored head. Coffee seems to have faded but nonetheless it was superb. So smooth, dark chocolate fudge, some vanilla, bourbon finish

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with pressure cap.

bottle date of 10/2013.

Split 3 ways with my local beer crew into 3 HF Wine Stems.

Appearance:black bodied beer with thin brown cap from a moderately hard pour.

Smell:Milk chocolate bomb mixing with bourbon, dry oak, moderate roast, and light smoke notes. Overall the beer is a more sweet smelling dessert stout.

Taste: Milk chocolates, fudge, and caramel; rich, but mellow top shelf bourbon, vanilla beans, marshmellow, and coconut. Maybe a hint of coffee, but it seems like an after thought rather than being a pronounced flavor in this beer. Smoke comes out in the aftertaste. Such flawless balance and integration from this stout. All the flavors of this stout are deep, rich, and complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Perfect amount of bubbles that make this stout creamy and lucious; coating the palate after the first sip. Very very smooth drinking stout. Not a hint of booze at all.

Overall: This is definately my favorite BA stout from Hill Farmstead. The balance and deep complexity with a near flawless mouthfeel makes this a world class stout.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just finished my last bottle. 2013 vintage. Black, yup, check. Tan to khaki head, some lacing and the head does indeed stick around for a while. When is leaves a tight little ring is left around the glass like a lovely garter belt. Aroma for a one year old barrell aged beer is still amazing. Chocolate, vanilla, just a hint of toffee/coffee, wood. A little peppery from the rye in the mouth, but it melds with the vanilla and chocolate. Roast flavor is light. This beer is really about the nuance Hill Farmstead is able to create with there barrel program. The soft flavors that are added are difficult to translate in written word. The mouthfeel is exquisite, rye, it is the magic grain. The rye really adds so much body. At times I'd like to imagine HF as over-rated, then I drink one of their beers and remember.....oh yeah......

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic imperial stout blend from Hill Farmstead. Pours super dark with a beautiful tan head. Smells as good as it tastes, and is up there with one of my favorites from HF.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle generously opened up by Doug at our HF tasting together with my wife. Poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/22/2013.

Pours a thick, viscous black and opaque body, with a small <1cm mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly. As I drink this beer, there is actually a great bit of lacing left on the glass as it goes down. Really a beautiful, thick RIS that leaves a nice oily brown stain as I swirl it in the glass.

Smells very sweet, bourbony and roasty. At the same time, it reminds me of Buffalo Trace Black Magick (thanks again for that one, Doug) in how its so bourbony and sweet. Yet, there is a nice umami flavour that I really enjoy smelling. Honestly this holds up very well to BCBS Rare in terms of nose, though its not quite as sweet and decadent as Rare is.

I'm really enjoying the flavour profile. It is very roasty- like chocolate-vanilla marshmallows, and bourbon sweet, complemented by a bit of raw vanilla bean. It's a very complex beer that starts out smooth and roasty, and becomes more coffee bitter just a few minutes later. It ends up so complex, and this is probably one of the better BA stouts I've ever had.

True to Shaun Hill's beer whispering styles, this beer is thick and creamy with a nice carbonation that provides much of the mouthfeel. Aftertaste seems to vary with the temperature on this beer; it is rather sweet at first, becoming more bitter coffee-like, and ending up being so mellow.

This is one of the top ten BA imperial stouts I've had. I can think of at least 5 BA stouts I like better, but this definitely belongs in the discussion due to the nice tasty sweet bourbon presence and mouthfeel. Thanks again Doug for bringing this one over.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a pitch black with a thin layer of fairly thick, creamy, mocha brown head that slowly recedes to a thin layer leaving some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Appears to have decent carbonation that is fairly consistent.

S- Sweet bourbon (with barley any booze coming through) and light oak balanced perfectly with rich espresso, creamy dark chocolate, faint hints of roasted espresso beans. Awesome balance between the bourbon barrel and the coffee presence of the base beer. Fairly aromatic.

T- Sweet creamy dark chocolate with rich espresso, a touch of cream, and just a slight hint of bitterness all rounded out perfectly with sweet bourbon, vanilla, and a touch of oak. Finishes with smooth chocolate and a lingering lightly rich espresso presence. Overall not too sweet, perfectly balanced, very tasty, and easily one of the better tasting barrel-aged Imperial Stouts I've had.

M- Decently thick yet not overly thick and still maintaining a perfect velvety smooth finish. Just a hint of carbonation but perfect for the style. Incredibly drinkable without hardly any booze poking through.

O- All I can say is this is another fantastic beer from HF. From what I remember I enjoyed this slightly more then the Madeira version, although that one was fantastic as well. Easily on the same level as the other HF BA stouts/porters with this one containing a little bit more coffee but still has the same perfect barrel balance. I highly recommend trying this beer as it ranks among the top American Imperial Stouts in my opinion.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Genealogy of Morals, batches 1 & 2.

The beer appears dark brown, near black, with a thin, bubbly, tan head. The aroma offers oak, vanilla, bourbon, roast, chocolate. Lighter in body than the Madeira version. brighter on the palate as well. Wow, super easy to drink. Moderate to soft carbonation with bourbon and dark chocolates. Delicious!

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Photo of jegross2
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged Genealogy of Morals from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont.

Score: 96

2013 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead bulb glass and enjoyed on 02/22/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Black body. Pours a half finger of khaki head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Average lacing, good retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, roast, oak, bourbon and coffee. A kiss of vanilla too, which amplifies in the nose as the beer breathes and warms. 4.5/5

Taste: Lovely bitterness and residual coffee. Milk chocolate, bourbon and a kiss of hops. Really well integrated. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, appropriate low/mild carbonation for style. Dry, bitter finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Light years superior to the prior batch, which was aged in Madeira wine barrels. This is one of those excellent Hill Farmstead stouts that reminds you why you keep seeking our their barrel aged dark beer bottle releases.

Cost: $15 for a 500 ml bottle.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass and while pouring, one finger deep brown head.

S-Bourbon. Complex bourbon. This isn't just a booziness but rather the notes of the bourbon itself are there with oak, earthy notes and vanilla. There is chocolate and roasted malt some burnt notes as well.

T-Starts off with this amazing bourbon flavor with oak, vanilla and charred notes to go along with it. Then the chocolate and roasted malt take over. Slight coffee in there as well. The balance is amazing.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Another amazing beer from HF, that is all I can say.

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Photo of justforrazors
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a HF fest glass 9/26/13.

A- Pours pitch black with a dense brown to mocha head about a half inch thick. Some alcohol legs present and good retention as well as lacing. Falls to a ring with several large foam islands over the period of several minutes.

S- Creamy decadent vanilla mixed in with a bourbon bite. Coffee, chocolate, roast malt, some alcohol and oak at the end.

T- Not as bourbon forward as the nose. Chocolate and Roast malts are fairly balanced, a touch of vanilla and bourbon with a big bite of astringent oak and bitterness at the end. Smells much better than it tastes.

M- Thick, chewy, spot on carbonation sitting on the lower end of things. Medium-High Body. The astringency at the back end detracts, but overall this feels delightful.

O- Solid barrel-aged delight from Hill Farmstead. Wish I had a bunch more!

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Photo of Luk13
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown black pour with decent moka head. Aroma is intense and very well integrated showcasing coffee along with chocolate, vanilla and maple. The barrel treatment is very well done and dose, it complements the base beer without being the principal feature.

Taste is very rich and intense, I definitly get a lot of barrel. The high alcool content prevents from being it feels like a fortified imperial stout. The relatively light body accentuates this feeling. Nice balance between the richness and intensity of flavors and the alcool burn, both caracteristics seems to complement each other and enhanced drinkability of this big beer.

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