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Jim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 117
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 126
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: sisuspeed on 10-03-2010

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.
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3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Purchased at the Autumn Festival. One of 216 bottles.

Pours a thick black with very little mocha-colored head. Nose is a bit dough-y, some mixed berry fruit, and a little roasted coffee.

Palate is round and then snappy with hop bitterness. Roasted black coffee notes, some citrus from the Simcoe and a whisper of raspberry. Some charred notes too. 90% cocoa dark chocolate-like bitterness.

Very low carbonation level. Finish is long and bitter like coffee.

*I had this on draft at the festival and found that version to be more expressive. The wine barrel spoke more loudly on draft and the carbonation level was much higher which I preferred. This score only pertains to my opinion of the bottle.*

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Photo of abuliarose
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead goblet glass, revealing thick, tall and slightly tanned head over an essentially black body. Pretty lacing. Smells like intense, fresh floral hops with a little smokiness and a slight fruity, woody sweetness maybe derived from the barrel. Nice smells that intermingle well on the nose to make it a complex bouquet.

Tastes very well-hopped, but with a lingering just-sweet fruity finish (sangria-type fruity) and a tannic astringency that mingles well with the hoppy bitterness. Nice fresh citrus rind presence, grapefruit and orange. Mouthfeel is a little creamy with a tickling of carbonation that adds volume. Medium to heavy-bodied. Very drinkable, very well-layered flavors and no trace of the alcohol. I would say this is quaff-able but it's just so tasty.

The best black IPA I've ever had, for sure.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Pure black in color with a thick, creamy, off-white head on top. Waves of lacing left behind. Looks beautiful.

Earthy hops on the nose mixed with wood and light wine notes. Grassy herbal notes resting on top of well roasted malt. The Pinot Noir barrels really add a nice level of complexity to the nose. Juicy, alcohol-laced, grapes, hops and wood.

Tipping back the glass reveals a fairly unique taste that is new to me. Oaky, hoppy and vinous. Upon further sipping I'm pulling out some tannin and subtle vanilla. Like the nose, the flavor really opens up the more you explore it. The malt character is obviously dark with some nice bitterness and even a touch of dark chocolate. Really interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth with perfect carbonation. Leaves a mixture of hop and tannin on the tongue.

Drinkability is great. More of a sipper, but one that is hard to put down. A Hill Farmstead tasting glass or wine glass is probably the best way to appreciate this beer. Shaun has really created a unique brew that is both complex and delicious. I'm wishing that I had picked up more of these. Highly recommended.

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Jim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.