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Jimmy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.02%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Black IPA (Society and Solitude #2) aged in French oak wine barrels for four months.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 07-15-2012)
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle picked up in-person at the HF release yesterday (900 bottle count). Poured into Hill Farmstead stemware.

A- Pours an opaque dark black with about a quarter finger of creamy mocha brown head that recedes slowly to leave a very thin swirly mocha brown head. From what I can tell about average, maybe slightly below average carbonation (too dark to really see). Leaves some spotty lacing.

S- First thing that hits you is the heavy presence of dark fruits from the red wine (plums, cherries, etc.), followed by roasted malts, hops, some oak. Pleasant smelling, but a little bit too dominated by the dark fruits.

T- Roasted malts, a little bit of dark chocolate, some light hops, red wine, mildly acidic dark fruits, with some more red wine and oak on the finish. Just the right sweetness- not overly sweet, but sweet enough. A lingering aftertaste of a little bit of chocolate, red wine, and oak. Complex, delicious, and incredibly well balanced.

M- Medium bodied, creamy, not too much carbonation, drinks incredibly smooth, can't tell it's 10% abv in the slightest bit.

O- I definitely appreciated this beer. Perfect balance between the hops, red wine, oak, roasted malts, etc. with a very nice lightly creamy mouthfeel. This is definitely one of my new favorites from Hill Farmstead, and probably one of the best beers in general I've had. I wish I could compare it to Society and Solitude #2.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 01:40:44 | More by jaasen64
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A - Poured black with one finger of tan head. Good lace and film retention.

S - Strong roast, sweet chocolate, vinous, citrus.

T - Vinous, dark malt, chocolate, some alcohol, obvious wine notes. Complex.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, sweet then vinous finish.

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A~ dark as night just how it should be! nice tan head with a good amount of lacing.

S~ lots of wine barrel funk, roasty dark malts, and slight citrus notes from the hops.

T~ holy shit this is nice! this is about a year old now so theres a lot more wine funk coming out and over powering the hops slightly. which i don't mind at all, its very complex yet still very balanced if i do say so myself. bitter chocolate and roasty malts up front. followed by some nice, what seems like simcoe hop bitterness and a tiny bit of coffee. lots of red wine funk on the finish that just keeps on giving! the after taste lingers for a while, like a tart glass of red wine.

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O~ one of my favorite black ales for sure! not saying much caused it was aged in wine barrels. i love everything in a wine barrel put some prune juice in a wine barrel and hell, i'll drink it haha. i would really like to try Jim to see how it is before the funk. so you know... ISO!

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Jimmy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.