Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Jim | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
JimJim
BA SCORE
4.26/5
Outstanding
119 Ratings
JimJim
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
119
pDev:
9.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
8
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of RSchaeffer
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of rtepiak
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is on another level with so many nice subtlety it actually makes me think of the potential with a style i never much cared for. pour is like a porter with a good retention and a bit off black brown. nose is very different. roastiness and raspberry cheesecake. simcoe fused with wood. there is two levels to this beer. the delicate and aromatic wine barrel notes that give you a creaminess, interesting fruit, and a very distinct but not forward rosewater. and the foundation of beer and well placed hopping. roast, chocolate, and bittering is a dry feeling on your tongue. creamy sweet start like a full body wine with a moment of fruit cobbler to a bitter hint of ash at the end. i beer i would recommend is had without food and sipped.

 747 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of nevins
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of emdawg
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Beerdster
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of smithmd4
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of JohnQBeer
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of BrianTheBrewer30
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Kavon
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of ixodus
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of rwmiscik
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of aapp
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Harvest Festival. Waited until opening a bottle from this release before writing up both.

Dark, near black with a creamy tan head. Nice retention and a large amount of sticky lacing. Extremely hoppy aroma, pine and wood, with light roast that easily overwhelmed. Flavor is similar, a robust, creamy body with light roast and chocolate malt but the pine hops dominate every aspect of the flavor. Very little oak or wine present in this version. A very pleasant dry hopped black IPA, but lacking the complexity of fresh or aged versions in the bottle.

 564 characters

Photo of ororke5000
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first review! thanks to Jon for a surprise package!

French oak aged black IPA, then dry hopped with simcoe and bottled by hand. (from the label)

pours dark brown/black, when held up to light it is a nice brown/red sienna edge. thin tan head of tiny bubbles. smells of oak, earth, sage bush and hops, with rich earthy leather/sage being the most noticeable.

tastes of resiny hops and the soft earthy leather upfront, melds with a dry sage/smudge (all the hippies know what i mean) coming in last, with some roasted malt bitterness hitting the back of the tongue. with a soft and clingy mouth feel.

this beer if great! i was skeptical of the the whole thing but i love this beer. wouldn't mind having another bottle and sharing it with friends.

bravo!

 755 characters

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of ejl4
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of rfgetz
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, near black with thin cap of brown froth, little retention save for a ring of brown that leaves good, sticky lacing the first half of the glass. Scent brings heavy roasted malt with notes of char and smoke, strong grapefruit and pineapple notes come through almost as strong, hints of oak and leather. Taste brings a complete balance of roasted malt and fruity hops not found in many Black IPAs i've had. The oak keeps the hops fruity without too much bitterness. Roasted malts and hops both very strong in flavor but the balance makes it fantastic. Medium bodied, lightly oily. dry on the finish. A fantastic barrel aged IPA, would have loved to have sampled fresh and this aged version side by side.

 714 characters

Photo of rpstevens
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Jim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 119 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.