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Jim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 131
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-10-2014 03:49:03 | More by bobv
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-03-2014 21:25:30 | More by zestar
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-10-2014 22:24:37 | More by doremite
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Paul68

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-30-2014 12:27:44 | More by Paul68
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-16-2014 02:47:19 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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pisano

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-14-2014 12:56:33 | More by pisano
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bullywee

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11%

10-07-2013 19:14:34 | More by bullywee
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -29.9%

10-07-2013 19:13:33 | More by BGsWo22
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Lunch

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-06-2013 15:54:05 | More by Lunch
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mjohnson17

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

09-16-2013 16:49:50 | More by mjohnson17
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cfrances33

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.9%

09-15-2013 21:08:00 | More by cfrances33
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kif

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

08-13-2013 20:08:50 | More by kif
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Skrip

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 1, 500ml bottle poured into a Gandhi Bot snifter.

A~ as dark as can be with a huge siberian desert tan head and soooo much lacing!

S~ lots of smokey roasted dark malts. bacon, bbq, and mesquite like smoke. all followed by lots of what smells like charred fresh leaf hops and a little citrus from them as well.

T~ huge sweet caramel, roasted dark malt flavor up front that explodes on the palet opening up to some smokey hop bitterness. all followed by amazing sweet citrus, that lingers with the mesquite style smoke for what seems like forever!

M~ super nice carbonation, smooth, and has a slight maple syrup like texture. which is what i love about some of their "smokey" brews like Fear and Trembling.

O~ really nice! now once again black IPA's are one of my favorite styles so take that into consideration when reading this review. but this one just packs a punch that delivers so much flavor its kind of unreal. every sip is seriously like an overwhelming yet super balanced explosion of flavor. the complexity never stands in the way for Mr. Hill.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:01:29 | More by Skrip
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jbarletto

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-18-2013 14:28:26 | More by jbarletto
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-07-2013 23:32:28 | More by cadaugherty
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 21:05:14 | More by jzeilinger
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-06-2013 11:44:27 | More by rondufresne
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oline73

Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 00:32:51 | More by oline73
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 18:22:15 | More by starrdogg
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jbuddle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

01-22-2013 21:30:46 | More by jbuddle
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Quackus

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-18-2013 22:44:09 | More by Quackus
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-17-2013 22:44:29 | More by HopsHopenstein
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-14-2013 19:38:59 | More by Kelp
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-09-2013 18:52:58 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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BeerCosmonaut

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-05-2013 04:51:40 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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Jim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.