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

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

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
539
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
6.7%
 
 
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459
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96
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Photo of KingdomBobcat
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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 SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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 KevSal
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +11.4%
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 +11.4%
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 +10.7%
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 MLDucky
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
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 YodersBeerEmporium
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Split this with a buddy at room temp this weekend. Very tasty notes of chocolate and slight vanilla and some oak barrel. Boozy but smooth....very impressed with this one!

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Photo of iong516
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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%
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%
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%

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 fireazzi
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Fireman_RK
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +5.1%
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 Dankacheese
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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. Vermonthiker...you're awesome! Trade with this man!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
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.
Ohhh...like 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 +3.8%
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 RAlmeida77
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
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 tmbgnicu
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An amazing experience, one of the best BA stouts I've ever had. Look is standard and the smell doesn't begin to give any credit to what lies inside the glass. Taste is almost pure bourbon chocolate cake with an extraordinary mouthfeel. Cannot wait to track down another bottle, this one was just insanely great.

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Photo of brewtechnik
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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 on...it 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!
Cheers!

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.3%
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 +0.9%
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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