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Jimmy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 58
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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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Photo of abuliarose
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass, producing a creamy tan head over black body. Smells... wow. Juicy, grassy hops mingling with an even roasted aroma with a tinge of barrel at the back end. Hard to beat that for a barrel-aged imperial black IPA. Tastes sweet, almost fruity, with a rich hop character and a pleasant warming finish. Body is just thick enough to hold the flavors to the tongue after swallowing. Relaxed, creamy carbonation. It’s very, very easy to drink a whole bottle of this. Overall I’m having a hard time imagining how a black IPA can get much better than this.

Photo of Lledd
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is nothing short of phenomenal. Considering the variety of flavors and alcohol content, this beer is incredibly balanced. There is a considerable amount of aroma which is always attractive in a beer. It has an aroma of bourbon which is strange since it is aged in oak wine barrels.

The taste is just pure perfection. As a black ipa, it has more of a porter body and taste. The wine flavor is so balanced and plays beautifully with the oak and malt flavors. The aftertaste from each sip evolves over the course of a minute if you allow it. The mild sourness of the wine fades into a sweet oaky malt profile. Simply unbelievable.

Overall this beer almost couldn't be any better. I didn't even want to drink it, it was THAT good. Thanks to Dan for sharing.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.88/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle, 2012 release, gifted to me by huhzubendah. Thank you, Matt. starrdogg was also kind enough to share a bottle with me at his birthday party last weekend. Thank you, Matt.

The pour is black, and the beer is capped with a dense, brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is excellent. I'm bummed I didn't get to try the base beer (S&S #2), but its contribution is evident. A very fruity hop character is present, juicy, mildly tropical with some stone fruit as well. Along with it is a fantastic roast character, potent, dark, but not acrid or burnt. The wine barrel character rather *perfectly* bridges the gap between the two prominent notes. A bit of a big, brooding red wine character, a little fruity, mildly jammy, and a little sweet, this is a wonderfully well-structured nose.

If the nose gave a sense that this was well-structured, the palate cements it. Exceptionally harmonious, the dark malt base, the red wine barrel expression and the fruity dry hop character span the flavor continuum in a breathtaking way. A blend of roast, a little bit of burnt malt and red wine are most noticeable up front, before the fruity notes come through. Juicy, fruity, there's ripe yellow nectarines, a little bit of mango and some buckwheat honey flavors present. The wine picks up again immediately after, with the fruity, jammy notes melding well with the hops. No oak tannins are noticeable, but there is a soft oak flavor present. Roasty on the finish, with a little sweetness, this beer is medium in body, medium-low carbonation, and has a fantastic blend of flavors, especially with the wine and the roast coming together particularly well.

This is, IMO, the best beer I've had from Hill Farmstead. Arguably questionable in conception but near-flawless and remarkably cogent in execution, this beer is simply marvelous. Well done, Shaun, well done.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.75/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of xenjoiii
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figured that this would be the best way to celebrate #IPADay.

500ml poured into HFS Stemware.

A: Poured black with about a finger of off white head that faded to about a CM of thick film that hugs the walls of the glass.

S: The aroma reveals notes of oak and pinot noir sweetness from afar. As I bring the glass closer to my nose, I am picking up roasted malt, chocolate and faint notes of tart cherry. Upon plunging my nose into the glass, I am greeting by a fortified aroma of juicy hops. There is a lot going on here.

T: Upfront in the taste there is a bunch of chocolate and touch of toasted malt character that is followed by a pleasant tartness; the tartness gives way to a balanced bitter caused by a piney hop character. Balanced, complex and delicious.

M: Silky smooth. Light carbonation and a medium body.

O: The best example of the style that I have come across to date. The French oak and wine really add a wonderful layer of depth to this beer.

Photo of Luk13
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Nice black pour with off white foam and tons of lacing. Aroma is absolutely enticing - tons of roasted malts, burnt oak, vanilla, piney hops, pepper, five spice, ginger and tons of raisins and plums complete this über layered aroma. Taste is roasty, hops and wine barrel flavors coexist remarkably well - I wasn’t expecting it to be this harmonious. Palate is quite dry, well carbed, medium bodied, long lasting winey finish. Surprising, and amazingly good. This is one of many beers that I wish to have not shared with Fred ;)

Photo of jaasen64
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of jvillefan
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It has a black body that light has some ability to pass through. There is a one finger mocha colored head.

S: There is a simultaneous bitter hop bite with a sweet red wine aroma that come off throughout the nose of this beer. There is hint of roasted chocolate in the background. Very unique.

T: Very complex. It starts with a deep roasty chocolate and then transitions into a very oaky red wine flavor. The hops creep up at the end so it finishes with the tannins from the red wine and the bitter pine bite of hops. Well done.

M: Great body but it could be a little heavier. The carbonation is a little low.

O: Great Black IPA. One of the best I've had to date.

Photo of yourefragile
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, 2012 batch out of 900 bottles. An Imperial Black IPA (aka SS2 aka Imperial James) aged in French Oak wine barrels for four months and double dry hopped with Simcoe, Columbus and Centennial (aka Imperial Jim). Served in a HF tulip because drabmuh would want it this way.

Pours an opaque mahogany tinged black with a rich, fluffy light tan head. Excellent retention and creamy streaks of lace. Oak and pine (simcoe) hit the aroma immediately and are followed with a subtle blend of roast and chocolate malt with a vinous red wine character drifting in and out of each whiff. Remarkably balanced and complex, yet each time I nose the beer I settle on a different dominant note. Creamy body, medium thick with soft carbonation and a smooth, oaky and vinous finish. Remarkably no alcohol present throughout (though finish has a strong "warming" sensation) and this strikes me as more subtle and balanced than Jim is with age or fresh. Oak and chocolate malt dominate the flavor with light caramel, roast, red grape, and citrus throughout. Finish is drier and more hoppy though not bitter. Probably my least favorite bottle of this weekend's releases (Ann and CD 4). :)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles acquired from the release last weekend. Couldn't wait any longer. Shared this with Brad while watching Le Tour de France.

Served in my new Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer has a beautiful appearance. Dark brown with a thick, lasting, oily beige head. Seemingly everlasting retention with a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.

The aroma offers roast, pine, malt, caramels, wine, oak. Fabulous.

The flavor is fabulous as well, imparting an elegant sour and tart character. Gracefully balanaced. Oak, pine, hops, caramel malt, wine, sweet and sour.

The feel on the palate is ridiculous. Alcohol...where?!? Silky smooth and wonderful.

Overall, this is without question the best black IPA I have ever had, although this is a bit of a diversion from that style. Regardless, a phenomenal brew. So glad I made it to this release.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into some Hill Farmstead stemware. Beautiful dark brown body with a fingers worth of creamy tan head. Nice lacing. Looks great. Lots of chocolate and oak on the nose with a hint of alcohol. Earthy pine hops with a touch of citrus and grape. Really nice aroma. Taste follows the nose, but adds in some vanilla and toffee. Wine profile from the barrels comes through bit more in the flavor. Body is super smooth and creamy. Touch of hop resin. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Overall, another stunning brew from the Hill Farmstead.

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Jimmy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.