James Black Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Ratings: 257 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
4.23/5 rDev -0.2%
James on draft at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. 12oz poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 2/11/2014.
App- dark black body, two finger white head, good retention, solid lacing that looks like specks of sugar.
Smell- juicy citrus, earthiness and a bit of chocolate. Really smells like a hoppy IPA here.
Flavour- more of the roast malts show up here. Some espresso, roast, milk chocolate. Combine this with the juicy citrus hops and it's a fairly good combination.
Mouthfeel- medium bodied, creamy and rich. Good carbonation. Not a particularly bitter aftertaste, fairly sweet and dry on the finish, actually.
Overall- one of the better black IPAs I've had but certainly nowhere in the upper echelon of Shaun Hill brews.
02-12-2014 04:27:02 | More by Stevedore
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
Pour is creamy black with a very tight light caramel head that just doesn't move. Huge roasted malt presence with light notes of citrus behind. Taste has a rich malt balance with strong roasted flavors. Hops aren't a huge centerpiece here at all. Some citrusy hops through the finish. Not acrid or bitter at all, good soft feel, a touch of creaminess to it. Carbonation is fairly strong with a good clean finish.
02-10-2014 00:31:05 | More by cpetrone84
James Black Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.