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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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Photo of abuliarose
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Luk13
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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 ;)

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Photo of yourefragile
4.58/5  rDev +6%
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). :)

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Photo of jaasen64
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 sisuspeed
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of Gosox8787
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 mL bottle my friend bought from the release yesterday. Served chilled and split into two tulip glass. My pour was a little less than 8 oz.

Appearance: Really nice deep dark brown, almost black with a nice brown, one finger head. Pretty good retention.

Aroma: Some nice earthy and piney hop notes shine through upfront. Definitely some coffee and and chocolate backing from the malt. Not overly hoppy as it feels if they faded a touch. Really strong oak presence as well.

Taste: The combination of the hops and the oak start this out with a nice, earthy flavor. It's very sharp, almost spicy when together. The background feels a lot like a hoppy stout. The coffee and espresso hold up well and pair nicely with the earthiness of the hops. There is a sweetness in the background that I might attribute to the wine barrels, but the oak is really what shines through there. The rest is a bit muddled behind the strong hop and malt notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. As it settles, it does have a nice creamy coating around the mouth.

Overall, a really interesting variation on a black IPA. The flavors added from the oak do the most to transform this. This is not always my favorite style but I really enjoyed the interplay of the oak and hops. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of silentjay
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours similar to Society and Solitude #2, the base for this beer, jet black with a huge light mocha head that sticks around for a bit and laces in droves.

hoppy aroma with plenty of wood behind that. tree bark, tobacco leaf, sweet malts. definite oak, but no red wine character... just the woodiness.

starts boozy and earthy. lots of wood and dark malts start off sweet before the hops take over and linger through the finish. a bit citric, herbal, and dank, the columbus hops really shine on the back end.

medium bodied with great bottle-conditioned mouth-feel with a bit of sweetness and some resiny hops lingering.

Not sure that I like it a whole more than the original Society and Solitude #2, but it definitely adds a woodiness and some more complexity to what was already a complex brew.

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Jimmy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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