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Jim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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JimJim

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BA SCORE
94
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
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: 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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Big thanks to whoever brought this to the Top Hops tasting in NYC; second new HF beer of the day.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of roasted malts, pine hops, wood, light smoke, peat, dark fruits, and light chocolate. Some decent pine with lots of roasty notes...pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, pine hops, dark fruits, oak/wood, smoke, toasted malts, and a tiny bit of sourness almost. Nice taste; very heavy on the roasted notes again.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink; pretty smooth.

o - Overall I thought this was a pretty good Black IPA. Tons of roasted malts to it and some decent pine hops, and I thought the wood came through a decent amount, and added a little smokiness to it. Very nice and worth checking out.

mdfb79, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

xenjoiii, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

DJButters, Jul 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

millerbuffoon, Jul 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

EJLinneman, May 10, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing IrishColonial. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured black in color with a thin, creamy head sticking to the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot o citrusy hoppiness to it. I get a good dose of smoke to it along with the roasted malts. The wine barrel gives it a little bit of a fruity and oaky quality. Really nice aroma to it, lots of complexity to it but it comes together well.

The taste show a little more bitter roasted favors to it with a good amount of smoke still showing up. The hoppiness is pretty bold in it as well with some juicy citrus qualities. It tastes a little like burnt, smoky hops, which sounds bad but I'm really kind of liking it. A little bit of the oaky fruity wine barrel smooths it out an brings it together.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and seems fitting for the style. Overall I really liked it, especially the smoke. The hoppiness seemed to work pretty well for it as well, which is impressive to me as I usually think hops and roasted favors clash. The wine barrel was a little reserved in the taste but did seem to smooth it out with the oak and fruit favors. Very good version of the style.

billab914, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

IrishColonial, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 500mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 4/5/12
*From notes

-- Another winner pulled from the cellar of IrishColonial --

A: Dying autumn leaf brown. A good pour yields a .75 finger head. It lingers for some time, and a thick collar and above average lacing follow. A lovely beer.

S: Quite a bit of smoke. As I swirl it in my glass and allow it to warm a bit, I get a lot of freshly picked garden herbs and crushed rose petals. Wildly unique.

T: Extremely complex, and not too far off from the bouquet. It comes off a little salty up front, followed closely by a massive amount of natural smoke. A touch of red vine fruit rides in on the mid. The charred and smoked malts tone down on the back, revealing a vinous, wine-like finish. This literally keeps evolving in my glass like no other beer I've come across.

M: A bit odd. It sort of washes over my palate instead of sticking to it. Oily yet ever-so-slightly velvety. It lacks what I would call proper carbonation. It just feels thin.

O: Hill Farmstead's Jim. What a great beer, folks. I'm not a smoke beer guy in the slightest, yet I found this so inspired and one-of-a-kind. Almost unclassifiable in it's flavor profile. Worth seeking out. My HF sleeper pick.

Rhettroactive, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks ramnuts.

Appearance- Black with some brown hightlights around the edges. Tan head and decent lacing. 4

Smell- Pine tree hop aroma and a small amount of dry Pinot Noir grape aroma. 4

T- Pine and some coffee flavors. Good bitterness. It finishes with a Chardonay dryness. 4

M- Good. Style appropriate.
4.5

O- An interesting beer to be sure. I am not a big fan of barrel aged IPAs, but this has an interesting twist with the wine barrels. Even though this is a black IPA I would enjoy it in the summer. 4

MADhombrewer, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle into HF tulip (bottle is a few months old, hops are expected to be reduced.)

A - Beautiful. Translucent, light can barely peek through. Nice 1-2 finger tan-brown head develops and lingers for a while. Excellent lacing.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, subdued pine hops.

T - Definite vinous and oaky characteristics. Pinot noir, chocolate, roasted malts, some pine hops. Again, very wine-like in complexity and subtlety, but beer-like in intensity and bluntness of some flavors. I imagine it tastes even better fresh, when the Simcoe dry hopping can really shine.

M - Medium body, a bit wet initially. No real sharpness to speak of, it is rounded out and smooth, even the carbonation is smooth. Perfect drying finish.

O - A fantastic, complex, and interesting beer from a wonderful brewery. I will be sure to drink it fresh next time around. The beer with some age on it is clearly exhibiting some hop fading, but it still remains a delicious and complex brew. Wine fans should enjoy this beer. I think the barrel aging really rounds this out compared to James. Whereas James is a fantastic black ale, this becomes something beyond that when it is aged in barrels. Go Jim!

greenmonstah, Feb 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

sincereNc, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

grahambo, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

RSchaeffer, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of rtepiak
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is on another level with so many nice subtlety it actually makes me think of the potential with a style i never much cared for. pour is like a porter with a good retention and a bit off black brown. nose is very different. roastiness and raspberry cheesecake. simcoe fused with wood. there is two levels to this beer. the delicate and aromatic wine barrel notes that give you a creaminess, interesting fruit, and a very distinct but not forward rosewater. and the foundation of beer and well placed hopping. roast, chocolate, and bittering is a dry feeling on your tongue. creamy sweet start like a full body wine with a moment of fruit cobbler to a bitter hint of ash at the end. i beer i would recommend is had without food and sipped.

rtepiak, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Jim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.