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)
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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:
53
Ratings:
528
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.68%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 528
Photo of Boccu
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +9.4%
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 +11.4%
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 -10.9%
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 +5.6%
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 -7.3%
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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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.85/5  rDev +8%
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 tmbgnicu
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Lochnessmonster
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
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 edthehead
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Fireman_RK
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, quarter inch, mocha-colored head embedded with ringlets. Amazing nose on this beer - big coffee aromas, cocoa and the barrel notes are incredible - butter, vanilla and toffee. Taste consistent with nose; however, not as bold as suggested by the nose and toffee is more evident in the flavor profile; coffee and roast is less apparent. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a light, even carbonation. That said, it all comes off a little thin for the style. Overall, the nose is great; however, the taste and body are a little less impressive.

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Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey Stout fest.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a very nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to nothing.

S - Aromas of light bourbon barrels, the coffee is super faint, light vanilla too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of roast, faint bitter coffee, light malt sweetness. The bourbon is really soft with nice barrel notes .

M -Mouthfeel is nicely creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this is a solid beer with very nice barrel notes.

Serving Type: on tap

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
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 maxcoinage
4.58/5  rDev +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 bowzer4birdie
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
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 jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In review 10/13 bottle.

A - Jet black with a very thick toffee colored, lots of legs - thick looking viscous.

S - Dark chocolate and cocoa, bourbon, oak, vanilla.

T - Bourbon oak forward with vanilla, buried cherry, sherry.

M - Thick, full bodied, lip smacking sticky, moderate alcohol warming on the way down.

O - Well done, and not because everyone goes crazy over the HF name (yes, I said it). This is a very good beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.92/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black and nearly opaque in the glass with dark plum colored edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Smokey, robust aroma with a nice oak/barrel presence but the spirit has faded quite a bit. Charred oak/toothpick countered by burnt malt, ash and charcoal along with subtle bourbon and presence.

Viscous full body with prominent dark roasted malt that lingers throughout. Smokey with charcoal, burnt toast, dark chocolate and oatmeal countered by sweet, luscious dark fruit notes. Nice barrel presence with spicy bourbon, vanilla and oak along with wintery spice and seet chocolate notes. Well balanced and easy to drink with a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Pry-off pressure cap. 500ml.

Shared at a bottle share courtesy of Collins. Thanks, man!

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: October 2013.
ABV: ?
Style: Imperial stout brewed with coffee and aged in oak bourbon barrels.
Serving temp: Cold. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.
Serving vessel: Tulip.
Expectations: Sky high; this is currently #160 in the top 250, and obviously the brewery has a great reputation.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger at best. Khaki colour. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention: Poor - 30 seconds at best.

BODY: Opaque dark brown-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks nice for an imperial stout. Far from unique or special. Wouldn't catch a blind eye.

AROMA: Bourbon is prominent here, and seems well-suited to the base. Toasted white oak, some barrel char. Barrel sugars. Decadent dark malts. Has a fragile vanilla presence and a chewy almost tobacco-like note indicative of stellar bourbon. It's also a bit leathery, and that's not a descriptor I use lightly. I don't find the coffee, and there's no chocolate or anything. But the barrel character is nothing short of fantastic. Though the barrel character seems to eclipse the base beer, I'm quite excited to try this.

Aromatic intensity: mild.

Suggests incredibly subtlety of execution. There's no booze, off-character, or inappropriate yeast notes.

I'm not getting coconut, but there is a bit of barrel char.

TASTE: The bourbon barrel character is obscenely intricate and shockingly subtly handled, melting seamlessly into the base such that one can't tell where the base beer begins and the barrel ends. The bourbon itself is nothing short of amazing, boasting paradigmatic notes of leather, toasted white oak, faint tobacco, a kiss of earth, etc. Boy, is that bourbon barrel fucking good. The vanilla couldn't be subtler.

It's a gestalt build, with a perfect malt backbone comprised of chocolate malt and dark malt. There's a kiss of roasted barley. The body is filled out with burnt caramel, light marshmallow, charred wood barrel, a kiss of burnt sugars, delicate wisps of dark fruit (I guess subtle-as-hell fig)...this has almost unparalleled nuance and intricacy, with humbling subtlety. Balance is pretty much perfect, and the build is a paragon of the style, though I will say the base could bring more to the table still, and the advertised coffee never appears.

Depth of flavour: Fantastic.
Flavour duration: Above average.
Flavour intensity: Elegantly restrained, teasing the drinker.
Flavour amplitude: Incredible.

An achievement of a brew. Truly excellent.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, with a delicate fragile silky feel on the palate that accentuates the subtle vanilla of the stellar bourbon incredibly well. Carbonation is perfect, and the weight and heft on the palate is perfect as well. Its velvety softness comforts the drinker, and lets the taste take the limelight, elevating the beer beyond the limits of its taste. A subtle leathery feel further coaxes out the nuances of the flavour profile. Wow.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This beer boasts a rare harmony of texture to taste.

OVERALL: I hadn't been truly impressed with Hill Farmstead's work until now. This cements their reputation as one of the country's best breweries, and has me lusting for more. Some might find it to be a sipper, but I have to fight myself as I drink because I just want to inhale it. The perfect velvety leathery soft mouthfeel harmonizes wonderfully with the obscenely subtle taste to form a true treat of a brew every serious drinker deserves to one day sample. Absolutely worth trading for, and one of the best uses of bourbon barrel aging currently on the market. Has zero alcohol presence.

To nitpick, there is room for further intricacy and depth (e.g. the promised coffee might be interesting; increased coconut presence would be nice, etc.), but this is a hell of a beer and I'd absolutely consider it world-class, but I have had better and can imagine this better. Definitely in the upper echelon of beers in the style.

Low A (4.3)

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Photo of boredalready
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
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%
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 pmlondrigan
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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 DrunkAl
4.04/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle dated 6/13. Thanks Dany. Pitch black with a thin mocha color ring. Aroma is dark roasty malt. Taste is bitter euro roast. Unsweetened, licorice, smoke, burnt coffee. Favors are pronounced but still restrained. Taste actually builds after you swallow, bitter coffee comes through. Not much bourbon. Maybe a touch on the back. Super drinkable like every HF beer. A little thin for an imperial stout. Otherwise pretty tasty and unique.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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 papat444
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours a dense brown body, very thick dark brown head. Aroma is syrupy with coffee infused bourbon. Smooth feel, strong coffee mixes perfectly with bourbon, low roasted flavor profile.

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