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James Black Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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James Black Ale
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 29
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
James was our Uncle (Edward James Hill Jr.). Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his four siblings. In his honor, this Black Ale is dutifully crafted from American and German malted barley, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from James’ well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and dry hopped. Roasty and smooth, with accents of chocolate and a balanced hoppy finish, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with James.

Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial and Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 06-27-2010)
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Juicy, a little roasty, great smell. This tops Blakkr as my favorite ipa. Usually not a huge fan of these. This is good.

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Poured from a 750 mL growler into a stemmed glass. This was filled a week ago today (stamped best consumed by 10/31/14 - today).

Appearance: Pours very dark brown/black and leaves a light tan head of a finger which fades relatively quickly to a tan layer atop the beer. (4.5)

Smell: Light coffee, earthy hops, light citrus, peach, grapefruit - not as in your face an aroma as other HF's I've had but not exactly light. Subtle and pleasant aroma. (4.25)

Taste: Piney hops, citrus, peach, chocolate malts, mild coffee. Nice and balanced. Very interesting mix between the juicy hops and the deep, roasty malts. (4.5)

Mouth-feel: Medium carb with a light to medium body. Finishes smooth. (4.5)

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James Black Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.