Jim | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jim (1954-1998) is the name by which our Uncle was best known. Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his four siblings. In his honor, we barrel aged our Black IPA (James) in a French Oak Pinot Noir barrel for four months and dry hopped the beer with Simcoe. Naturally carbonated and hand bottled, this is one of only 300 bottles.

Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial, Columbus, and Simcoe hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

Added by sisuspeed on 10-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.41/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Purchased at the Autumn Festival. One of 216 bottles.

Pours a thick black with very little mocha-colored head. Nose is a bit dough-y, some mixed berry fruit, and a little roasted coffee.

Palate is round and then snappy with hop bitterness. Roasted black coffee notes, some citrus from the Simcoe and a whisper of raspberry. Some charred notes too. 90% cocoa dark chocolate-like bitterness.

Very low carbonation level. Finish is long and bitter like coffee.

*I had this on draft at the festival and found that version to be more expressive. The wine barrel spoke more loudly on draft and the carbonation level was much higher which I preferred. This score only pertains to my opinion of the bottle.*

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3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed January 2011

A: Pitch black body with a moderate sized off-white head. Decent lacing and a nice lingering skim.

S: Massive dark roasted malts, chocolate, pine and grapefruit from the hops.

T: As expected, the malts are quite dominant. A touch of earthy flavors as well as some oak. Unexpectedly though, the hops didn't contribute much in the way of flavor... mostly just bitterness. A little grapefruit creeps through.

M: Medium bodied with a nice effervescence and a lingering bitterness.

D: Eh. Just something wasn't clicking for me here. It might have been the fact that the malts and hops didn't play nicely for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours jet black with a nice one finger dark brown head that slowly fades into a nice ring of sticky head. The nose is fresh and hoppy. a bit sweet, and certainly oaky.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a let down, the carbonation is a bit low, making it feel a bit flat in the mouth (but this beer is NOT flat, just not highly carbonated). It's quite juicy and hoppy without bring too bitter at all. The wood flavors are there and balance it out nicely.

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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased @ Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro VT.

Price - $12.00/bomber

Pours near black with a moderate amount of lite tan foam and looks delicious. After sitting for several minutes a creamy film remains. Lacing is heavy and proves to be quite decorative.

The aroma is sort of mild at first, but after several minutes reveals citrus and pine followed by a very faint smell of smoked malt.

Wow, I can actually taste apricot, with out question. A piney resin is next followed by caramel, ash, burnt wood and alcohol. Individually I love all these flavors but for some reason together here somethings not right.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering bitter finish. Carbonation is lite and in the end very dry which puts the smoothness to bed.

Overall finishing the bottle by myself took a little bit of effort. Not to say it wasn't good, just not my flavor I guess. By far this one is my least favorite from Hill Farmstead. I'm not sure if it's the wine barrels or what. Definitely a unique experience for the style.

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3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obviously old. Awesome tick and glad to have it.

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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Nick.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with very little foam/head to speak of.

S: A good hoppy aroma to start out with. It seems to be mostly pine with some grapefruit peel in there as well. I get some smoke and ash, too. A definite oak presence as well as chocolate and roast.

T: The oak and specialty malt flavors are the strongest ones here. Lots of wood, peat, and smoke, with maybe a touch of ash. Grapefruit hops along with a pine bitterness and a touch of bitter chocolate.

M: Maybe it's just me, but the body seems a little thing. The carbonation is low to medium.

D: Not entirely sure how to feel about this one. It's quite complex, which is nice, but for some reason, not all the flavors really work all that well.

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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

John S's bottle, recently acquired. The aroma is chocolate and orange (reflecting the Simcoe). all in a very dark brown to black appearance. very smooth and understated carbonation, even less than many cask ales. The wine barreling overcomes everything, so that the hops are understated as well. A rich worthwhile beverage more akin to a wine itself.

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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sharing this last night. Served in a Rodenbach tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of light mocha foam that settle to a chunky collar and partial cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Dark brown body that's slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Barrel, earth, smoke, some light vinous notes, a sweet indistinct hop note that mingles with the vanilla from the oak, and a black patent malt backbone. It's quite unique and I kept returning to the aroma.

T - Taste is not quite as successful for me. There's the motley assortment of wine, sweet malt and cocoa, and a light smokey finish that features hoppy bitterness as well. The aftertaste is a little off-putting and reminds me of playdough.

M - Medium-light body, medium-low carboation, no alcohol, dry finish. Quite pleasant.

D - This was definitely unique, and I'd like to try it again in a slightly more relaxed setting (i.e. not immediately after Ephraim). That being said, I'd probably dig James more than Jim...or maybe El Jefe.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nickd717 for sharing this one on my recent trip to Cali. Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, smoke, and slight citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great. To me, the smoke drowned out a lot of the flavor and might have covered some up in the process. Just wish that aspect of the brew was a little more mellowed out. With that said however, this is a brew that you must at least try if you are a fan of smoked brews or Cascadian IPAs.

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