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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of Wowcoolman at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form all around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some slight wood and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours near black with a good beige head and nice lacing. Some roast followed by great wine barrel character. Hops come through in bitterness and flavor. Some resin and fruit. Pine. So smooth.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just finished a terrible beer review, so now the other direction to what I expect to be a great one.

Pours a huge thick creamy rich looking cocoa colored 1.5 finger head that fades, or I should say doesn't fade and just sticks around forever, and leaves lots of nice notched lacing.

Nose is pretty much as I expected, starting with some roasted malts, a nice roasty quality with hint of coffee and cocoa, and a light creamy milk chocolate. That goes side by side with nice hops, a bit of pine and spicy hop, but also some light citrus and fruity hops, with a nice bitterness even on the nose. A light toasted malt and caramel. The aromas never seem to fade.

Taste starts rich and creamy again, bit malty base with lots of milk chocolate and creamy cocoa goodness. A light roasty quality with some roasted malt and coffee, It brings a bit more of the toasted malt and caramel, as well as a slight vanilla like taste. The malts are quickly overpowered by a myriad of hops, starting with a big spicy and piney bitter hop kick. Eventually even that gives way to the citrus and little tropical fruity flavor. The crazy bitterness of the hops combine with the light roasty bitterness to get just slightly astringent, but it's balanced fairly well by the big creamy lush malts. The fruitiness ramps as it finishes, but then the hops really kick back in with spicy and a bit piney hop flavors. Quite bitter on the finish, and not really dry but a bit creamy still which helps it from getting too astringent actually, and a bit of cocoa and slight metallic from the roast.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and creamy, good carb, just a touch of warming booze.

Overall, good, but no matter how good you make it, it's still a black IPA. The roasty chocolate malts are nice but never play well with hops, despite the nice blend of spicy, piney, citrus, tropical fruit, etc, etc. It's a well done beer but nothing can really save a black IPA I think, the style is just not designed to be great. All that said, it might be the best you can get for a black IPA, or at least up there.

Photo of oline73
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from gn0sis. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Generous tan foam slowly settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacing. Very dark brown body.

S - Baker's chocolate, oak, lingering tropical hops and citrus from the base beer, some molasses, dark bread, and a very mild and complementary vinous flavor from the barrel-aging.

T - The taste is quite similar, with a hefty dose of chocolate and dark bread malt flavors, some tropical fruit sweetness, as well as mild grapefruit and herbal hop bitterness. Wine barrel flavors shows up in the finish, but they're fairly mild.

M - Smooth, soft, medium-full body, with the typical Hill Farmstead creamy texture and soft carbonation. There's a hint of oak dryness and warmth but nothing excessive for the listed ABV.

D - I could have used a bit more wine barrel presence, as I think I liked the hop character of the base beer (Society & Solitude #2) better when it was fresh. Still, another excellent offering from Hill Farmstead - just maybe not in the exact flavors proportions to match my personal tastes. Curious how this will age.

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile, thanks. Served in a snifter. Beer is black and has a nice brown head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, aggressive carbonation, nice retention.

Aroma is oaky with a sweet roast malt and piny / earthy hops. Smells nice, mild alcohol.

Beer is sweet and medium to light in body, hoppy but not hop bitter. It is oaky on the finish, mild vanilla, nice malt body, a little boozy but not distracting. I really enjoyed it and look forward to my bottle of this soon.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 Kelp
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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