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Jim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 134
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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

smithmd4, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

JohnQBeer, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

BrianTheBrewer30, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Kavon, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ixodus, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

rwmiscik, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

aapp, Nov 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

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
Photo of ororke5000
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

ejl4, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Satchboogie, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

rfgetz, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

rpstevens, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Gushue3, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

alalvarez75, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

s1ckboy, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Aberration, Nov 14, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

500mL bomber poured into a pint glass

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights around the edges when held up to the light. The cap is firm and thick, and has some great retention. A good amount of sticky lace all over the glass.

There is a nice balance in the aroma. Roast and smoke, vinous wine, oak, pine, orange peel and bit of an earthy aroma. Hops are bold, but so is everything else. The fruity notes from the pinot noir is readily noticeable.

This has everything you want in a black ipa. Roast and smoke up front with piney hops, while pinot noir and oak carry you through the middle. The wine lends a touch of fruity sweetness and the oak lends a welcome dryness. The finish is of pine, orange peel and a hearty burst of roast. Everything has its place in this guy.

The feel is medium to full. I found it to be a little prickly on the back end, or I would have rated this higher. It didn't hurt the drinkability, but detracted a bit from the overall smoothness.

This is the best black ipa I have ever had. It's a nice meld of roasty notes and hoppiness with the added kicker of being aged in pinot noir barrels. Everything works really well together.

ColForbinBC, Nov 10, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

John S's bottle, recently acquired. The aroma is chocolate and orange (reflecting the Simcoe). all in a very dark brown to black appearance. very smooth and understated carbonation, even less than many cask ales. The wine barreling overcomes everything, so that the hops are understated as well. A rich worthwhile beverage more akin to a wine itself.

Sammy, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Special thanks to Mtardiff for providing this beer in what was an insane box of Hill Farmstead goodies. Bottle says one of 300. Wow…

What a nice looking beer. Pours like a big stout and the head even erupts from within the beer like an Imp Stout. The head is wonderfully creamy and thick. Like a thick shake it sits atop the brew and starts depositing clumpy lace all inside the glass. The beer is the darkest brown and lets no light through.

Aroma is also really nice. A touch of coffee, some pine a lot of fruit just below the surface.

Good beer. Light roast coffee note to start, some more pine a rounded soft dark roasted malt and then a nice pine bitterness again. The label talks about wine (pinot) barrel aging and I have to admit I would not have picked up any notes here if I wasn’t told. Even after looking for it, there isn’t much. Perhaps this is contributing to the complexity of flavor and the almost earthy tones. Smooth cocoa, light coffee and cream with pine accents rule the day for me here. Melds nicely.

Mouth feel is wonderful. Velvety and so smooth. I have to decide if mouth feel gets a 4.5 or perfect 5.0. It’s that luxurious as you drink it.

Based on the dates of the other reviews, this appears to have a little age on it. I’d say the effects of the dry hopping have probably faded, but this has held up quite well. Very soft and rounded. Nice. Not a hint of oxidation.

Reagan1984, Oct 23, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

WanderingFool, Oct 16, 2011
Jim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.