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Jim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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JimJim

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 133
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Jim (1954-1998) is the name by which our Uncle was best known. Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his four siblings. In his honor, we barrel aged our Black IPA (James) in a French Oak Pinot Noir barrel for four months and dry hopped the beer with Simcoe. Naturally carbonated and hand bottled, this is one of only 300 bottles.

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

(Beer added by: sisuspeed on 10-03-2010)
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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

prepping myself for hobo tasting number 3 or 2.5, i sit here eating pizza with a bottle of Jim(somneone please send me more!) served in a pint glass and enjoyed on 1.16.11.

the pour is dark as night, black with a nice little head of dark tan that falls to a quarter inch and hangs there throughout the entire session, just sitting and mocking me as i drink.

then i take a whiff, one of the best smells i have ever come across, deep pineapple and citrus hops, roasted malts, ash and campfire, tobacco, leather, and a wonderful warming alcohol. my god this is what dreams are made of. the flavor does not dissapoint. creamy and luscious feel is spot on not too heavy at all. first flavor to hit is pineapple and ripe citrus which folds into heavy smoke and ash. roasted malts everywhere with tons of wonderful favors, dark fruits, rich leather like back lash, amazing beer. i am not sure what to call this except amazing. finishing with a smack of grapefruit and smoke that dries the palate and leaves a smokey flavor at the same time, this was quite simply an amazing beer,

overall honestly one of the best beers i have ever had. every sip was better then the one before. each smell better then before, just simply awe inspiring and amazing. top notch in every way.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitchy black color with a khaki head that holds well and laces nicely. Abundant hop aroma and a hint of resin from the dry hopping. Definitely a Vermont black IPA in both body and flavor with plenty of hop bite and a nice sharpness in the finish. Not a lot of the barrel comes through initially, but as it warms, more of the character of the barrel emerges.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead goblet glass, revealing thick, tall and slightly tanned head over an essentially black body. Pretty lacing. Smells like intense, fresh floral hops with a little smokiness and a slight fruity, woody sweetness maybe derived from the barrel. Nice smells that intermingle well on the nose to make it a complex bouquet.

Tastes very well-hopped, but with a lingering just-sweet fruity finish (sangria-type fruity) and a tannic astringency that mingles well with the hoppy bitterness. Nice fresh citrus rind presence, grapefruit and orange. Mouthfeel is a little creamy with a tickling of carbonation that adds volume. Medium to heavy-bodied. Very drinkable, very well-layered flavors and no trace of the alcohol. I would say this is quaff-able but it's just so tasty.

The best black IPA I've ever had, for sure.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased my bottle of Jim at the Hill Farmstead harvestfest.

Jim pours black into the glass with a small light tan head on top. The foam fades slowly to a sheet on the beer, leaving behind lots of lacy spots on the glass.

The aroma has notes of oak. chocolate, and piney hops. Some roasty malt notes are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied brew is slick and oily with light carbonation. The flavor is rich and malty. Chocolate, oak, toffee and dark fruits are followed by piney hop notes. Once gone the pine and oak linger on the palate.

This is an easy drinking, delicious beer. Get it if you can.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from growler into Saison DuPont glass. Black body with a mocha tan head and excellent laving and retention. Huge hop aromas, pine balanced with roasty malts and amazing bitter combination, some molasses sweetness. Bitter hopiness, herbal, thyme, roasted malts, not overpowering in any way. Black malts make their presence known in the finish while the hops take over everywhere else. Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Drinkability is exellent - the balance of flavors and the smells are wonderful.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Pure black in color with a thick, creamy, off-white head on top. Waves of lacing left behind. Looks beautiful.

Earthy hops on the nose mixed with wood and light wine notes. Grassy herbal notes resting on top of well roasted malt. The Pinot Noir barrels really add a nice level of complexity to the nose. Juicy, alcohol-laced, grapes, hops and wood.

Tipping back the glass reveals a fairly unique taste that is new to me. Oaky, hoppy and vinous. Upon further sipping I'm pulling out some tannin and subtle vanilla. Like the nose, the flavor really opens up the more you explore it. The malt character is obviously dark with some nice bitterness and even a touch of dark chocolate. Really interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth with perfect carbonation. Leaves a mixture of hop and tannin on the tongue.

Drinkability is great. More of a sipper, but one that is hard to put down. A Hill Farmstead tasting glass or wine glass is probably the best way to appreciate this beer. Shaun has really created a unique brew that is both complex and delicious. I'm wishing that I had picked up more of these. Highly recommended.

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Jim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.