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Jim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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: 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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JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Harvest Festival. Waited until opening a bottle from this release before writing up both.

Dark, near black with a creamy tan head. Nice retention and a large amount of sticky lacing. Extremely hoppy aroma, pine and wood, with light roast that easily overwhelmed. Flavor is similar, a robust, creamy body with light roast and chocolate malt but the pine hops dominate every aspect of the flavor. Very little oak or wine present in this version. A very pleasant dry hopped black IPA, but lacking the complexity of fresh or aged versions in the bottle.

yourefragile, Nov 23, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first review! thanks to Jon for a surprise package!

French oak aged black IPA, then dry hopped with simcoe and bottled by hand. (from the label)

pours dark brown/black, when held up to light it is a nice brown/red sienna edge. thin tan head of tiny bubbles. smells of oak, earth, sage bush and hops, with rich earthy leather/sage being the most noticeable.

tastes of resiny hops and the soft earthy leather upfront, melds with a dry sage/smudge (all the hippies know what i mean) coming in last, with some roasted malt bitterness hitting the back of the tongue. with a soft and clingy mouth feel.

this beer if great! i was skeptical of the the whole thing but i love this beer. wouldn't mind having another bottle and sharing it with friends.


ororke5000, Nov 23, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, near black with thin cap of brown froth, little retention save for a ring of brown that leaves good, sticky lacing the first half of the glass. Scent brings heavy roasted malt with notes of char and smoke, strong grapefruit and pineapple notes come through almost as strong, hints of oak and leather. Taste brings a complete balance of roasted malt and fruity hops not found in many Black IPAs i've had. The oak keeps the hops fruity without too much bitterness. Roasted malts and hops both very strong in flavor but the balance makes it fantastic. Medium bodied, lightly oily. dry on the finish. A fantastic barrel aged IPA, would have loved to have sampled fresh and this aged version side by side.

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Jim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.