Jim - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.21/5 rDev -1.6%
A - Pours dark brown/black with a MASSIVE billowy, creamy caramel colored head.
S - Dark roasted malt, dark fruit, light smokiness, and some pine.
T - Mild roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, pine, light hints of wine, some light oak and char.
M - Medium body.
O - The overall blend is delicate roasty bitterness.
04-25-2013 21:05:14 | More by jzeilinger
4.19/5 rDev -2.1%
I was lucky enough to be invited over to try batch 1 and 2 side by side. Poured into a goblet.
Batch 1 - The smell is rather smokey with some wine notes as well. I'm getting some bacon and bbq sauce notes. The flavor it quite smokey as well. This is like a wine barrel rauchbier. There is a slight roast bitterness that builds towards the finish. Just a touch of cardboard due to the age. The body is smooth and dry with a ton of carbonation.
Batch 2 - This one is missing the smoke that made batch 1 so interesting. There is more of a hop bitterness to this one. Just a hint of roast with a higher bitterness level.
I enjoyed both of these, but the older version won the night in my opinion.
02-19-2013 00:32:51 | More by oline73
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
Batches 1 & 2 served side-by-side. Thanks Michael! Scores are for Batch 1.
The beers look nearly identical, both pour a very dark brown with fluffy white heads. This is pretty much where the similarity between the batches ends, however. Batch 1 smells excellent, it's got some roastiness and a bit of smoke which combines very nicely with some hints of red wine and oak. The Batch 2's smell is much more muted and sweet smelling. I'm getting more wine out of the batch 2, but that's really all I'm getting. Flavors on both follow the nose. The Batch 1 has y wou up excellently, and the mix of roast, smoke, red wine and even a little hops comes together in a really nice way. Batch 2 seems to have really fallen off, on the other hand. The flavors have really faded except for the roast and some wine barrel, and it's just not all that exciting. Batch 1 has a nice, medium-full bodied mouthfeel, where Batch 2 is a little thin and overcarbonated. Overall, it's pretty incredible how different these beers are and how much better Batch 1 has held up than Batch 2. We went to Shaun Hill for the answer, and he said that Batch 1 had a small amount of Fear & Trembling blended in which has worked as an excellent preservative (and was the source of the unexpected smoke flavor). I really wouldn't recommend seeking out Batch 2, but if you can get your hands on the original Jim, I would highly recommend it.
01-26-2013 18:22:15 | More by starrdogg
Jim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.