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Jimmy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 59
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-06-2012 00:17:04 | More by koopa
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Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-30-2012 21:12:06 | More by jaminjohnson
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

08-31-2012 00:44:37 | More by ehammond1
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-13-2013 20:22:54 | More by doremite
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-24-2012 14:03:20 | More by SPRichard
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-10-2013 02:05:01 | More by stereosforgeeks
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-30-2012 02:56:32 | More by acurtis
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

12-28-2012 19:23:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

08-01-2012 14:09:29 | More by trevorpost
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-11-2013 15:23:19 | More by mikeburd1128
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-15-2012 23:33:38 | More by wesley14
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Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +14%

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.

08-03-2012 12:49:11 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-01-2013 01:57:28 | More by rondufresne
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-27-2013 04:24:13 | More by jegross2
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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.

08-02-2012 21:59:45 | More by jmarsh123
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-30-2013 00:33:53 | More by CraftEyeDoc
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-01-2013 17:46:15 | More by beernut
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

03-04-2013 21:09:16 | More by largadeer
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-26-2013 02:39:46 | More by jmilo64
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

07-22-2012 15:27:37 | More by billyshears
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-24-2012 21:58:48 | More by HopsHopenstein
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New York

3/5  rDev -29.9%

02-04-2013 00:24:49 | More by BGsWo22
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4.14/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

02-19-2013 00:37:10 | More by oline73
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-10-2012 02:27:43 | More by DarthKostrizer
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

12-25-2012 20:35:49 | More by Massbmx
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Jimmy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.