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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
James (1954-1998) is our Uncle; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his four siblings. In his honor, this Black Ale is dutifully crafted from American and German malted barley, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from James’ well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and dry hopped. Roasty and smooth, with accents of chocolate and a balanced hoppy finish, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with James. 6.8% ALC/VOL 16º P Ingredients: Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial and Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2016
I basically hate black IPAs and I still think this beer is incredible. It balances the roasty elements with the resinous and slightly pithy hops well and doesn’t come out overly bitter, somehow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1757) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Pours black with a one finger tan head with excellent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, pine, citrus, burnt brown sugar, and tropical fruits. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Has a medium body with a semi-creamy mouthfeel and moderately bitter, long finish. Overall, a fantastic black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
knickskicks (1151) - - FEB 10, 2016
Black pour, beige head. Nose is roasted malts with hops in the background. Taste is roasted malts with very light coffee and chocolate, fruity and bitter hops to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2765) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Draft at Bru Craft. Opaque dark brown/black pour with a huge frothy top of khaki foam. Long retention and lots of lace. Very dark malts and a good amount of complex hops. Silky body. Much more bitter that sweet. Cocoa nibs. Coffee beans. Burnt pecans. Charred pinecones. Molasses. Sassafras. Grass clippings. Black peppercorns. Some bright citrus notes as well. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (5712) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2016
Tap at Jeffrey’s, New York. Colour is almost black with small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, grape, some pine, hops and malts. Very fresh black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5854) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Draught at Armsby, 1/30/16.
Another technically flawless beer from Hill. Appearance is perfect, the aromatics are all quite on-point, with coffee, various other roasted notes, earthiness, vanilla and some pine and citrus with a bit of juiciness breaking up the intensity.
Assertive in the mouth, it comes off as even more than 6.8% with a strong roasted element adding a ton of bitterness, especially in concert with the citric/piney hops. Perfect texture, with just a touch of slickness from the roasted barley and the same charming, rustic, fresh house yeast character we’ve all come to know and love from HF’s beers. Attenuation is good, of course and there’s still a ton of maltiness left to provide texture. Uncompromisingly bitter, roasty and hoppy through and through. Much too much for me, and I didn’t care for the beer one bit, but I’m sure this is exactly what most stout/hop heads want from this type of beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (1490) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2016
750ml growler shared thanks to oldp0rt! Pours black brown with big 2+ finger head. Nose is fruity melon, grassy, bubblegum, soft coffee and baker’s chocolate. Taste is super soft mouthfeel, fruity tropical melon, bubblegum, grass, light pine, nice roasty undertones of bitter dusty chocolate. Finishes with assertive yet balanced bitterness, nice long lingering roasty coffee and cocoa with some earthy piney soil. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bulk_Carrier (3829) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 26, 2016
On tap at Blackback Pub. They poured it into a tulip, yeah well. The appearance was a dark brown to black color with a thin off white foamy little head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was few and far between (barely there). The smell started off with grassy bitter and hop indulgent citrusy notes rolling into a light bitter cocoa and coffee bean, it’s good. The taste was mainly the same with the bitterness really taking the lead and amplifying the dryness rolling into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a nice sipping to almost sessionable sort of feel to it. Carbonation feels good allowing the bitterness hitting my tongue appropriately. Overall, Black IPA, well, it works, but it’s not the best one of the market, better ones. Nice to try but I’d seek other Black IPA’s before this, just saying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1400) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2016
Dégustée en compagnie des Marc-André. Cheers guys! La bière est bien noire et coule joliement dans mon verre. Le liquide semble jouir d’une belle densité. Formation d’une belle mousse claire et fraîche en surface d’un liquide stable. Des arômes bien balancés de torréfaction et de houblons floraux. La torréfaction prend tout de même le dessus. Beaucoup de café et de chocolat noir, tandis que les houblons me rappellent l’herbe mouillée. En bouche, le liquide est trop soyeux et manque de mordant à mon goût. J’ai presque l’impression que du lactose se trouve dans ce liquide au corps doux et à l’effervescence trop mince. Un café froid. Un houblon délicat. Finale longue colorée par une amertume douce de chocolat Belge. Black IPA ou porter houblonné?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2015
750 mL growler. Originally reviewed 5/11/2013. Black ody. Big khaki head. Eternal retention. Great lacing. Very nice looking beer. Nose is really citrusy. Some of the roast comes through, but it’s mostly citrus hop. Bright citrus hop flavor and roasted malt blended with the hops. Grapefruit hops. Roast is very strong, but the hops never let up. Lends a nice complexity. Slight bitter finish. Medium body. Very carbonated. Excellent. Love how hoppy it is. Really impressive.

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