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Jimmy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 129
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 54
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: silentjay on 07-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Black IPA (Society and Solitude #2) aged in French oak wine barrels for four months.
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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 129
Reviews by jaasen64:
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4.58/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Black throughout with a moderately sized, persistent dark brown head. This leaves irregular sheets and webs of brown stick down the glass. Gorgeous black IPA.

An interesting, complex aroma for a black IPA: the typical roast, some coffee, and piney hop notes are there, but they're nicely accompanied by mild wine and definite oak. I like it a lot.

The oak and wine characteristics are more present in the flavor than they are in the aroma, balanced nicely with big notes of roast, mild coffee, some chocolate, and piney hop notes. Complete.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Very good. Complex, as opposed to in your face.

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Photo of doremite
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Pours black with a nice mocha head. Excellent retention.

Smell - Simcoe hops are prevalent. Some citrusy hops. A touch of vinous notes, but not really a heavy barrel character.

Taste - Much better than the aroma. Hops first, less simcoe and more centennial-type hops. Good chocolate roast followed by vinous wine barrel. Oaky in the finish. Fascinating combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Maybe too much, really. Not heavy. Lingering bitterness and wine flavors.

Overall - Really good flavors. Harsh and astringent, but the flavors are great.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mikeburd1128
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of wesley14
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle to HF stemmed tulip glass.

A - Black with half a finger of medium brown head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Big bitterness up front with some citrus and pine aromas that gives way to roasted malts, oak and dark fruit. Very complex.

T - Bitter at first with grapefruit and pine flavours coming through. The middle adds a completely new layer to the palate with dark fruit, some oak and a slight tartness. The finish is where the roast shines, adding a nice sweetness with it. So may different layers to this one.

M - Medium, almost full body. Creamy and silky. Light carbonation.

O - This is an amazingly complex beer. The dark fruit and slight tartness that the wine barrels add to this really make it shine.

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Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jsilva for the bottle!

Pours very deep brown with a wonderfully sludgy coffee colored head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Roasty and chocolately malt along with some earthy hops and just a hint of cherry which I'm assuming comes from the wine barrels.

This one is amazingly complex. Big roasted malts hit up front. Good chocolate present throughout along with a ride along bitterness from the hops. Almost more a hoppy porter than black IPA. That cherry vinous quality kicks in a bit on the back of the palate. Not so much sour, but just providing some deep red wine flavors of leather and fruit.

Medium mouthfeel with spot on carbonation.

I feel I say this in every HF review, but masterfully done yet again. Black IPA isn't a style I'm usually fond of, but there is so much going on in this one and the wine notes are the perfect counterbalance to the roast and hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Drank this one summer of 2012 when it was fresh.

Pitch black viscous body topped by a lasting tan head. Pine, resin, roasted malt on the nose. A little tar and ash, too. Palate is full, somewhat viscous, big resinous hop flavors with a touch of citrus, though it leans greatly toward pine. Dark cocoa and vinous barrel notes. More barrel aged stout than DIPA to me, but a good beer nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a dark mahogany with just a small amount of head. The head disappears rather quickly. I'm getting a sweet wine note in the nose along with some roast and maybe a little oak. The sweetness has a dark fruit component to it as well. The taste is quite sweet with the dark fruit and wine notes standing out. There is an oaky quality to this beer as well. The beer is a bit flat with a very dry finish. Overall I'd say this is a very complex beer and I can't think of anything else I've had that I could compare it to.

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Jimmy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.