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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Pours a very dark brown almost black with a small head of off white foam that quickly fades to a thin film with sudsy lacing left behind. Dark chocolate roast, bold piney hops, and smooth dark malt in the aroma. Flavor is of darkly roasted grain, bitter chocolate, and piney hops that add ample bitterness, but smoothed out nicely by the choco caramel malt. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation that leads to a roasty, bitter finish. Excellent black ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
1 liter growler thanks to the lu. not sure what happened to my rating though but anyhow.... growler opens with a hiss while yielding a turbid dark mahogany brown hued elixir, lighter at the edges, and topped with a two-finger frothy light beige that lingers for a bit but eventually retreating as it settles down... assertive aromatic green citrusy pine hops abundant in the nose with intermingling notes of roasted malt and a softer sense of smoke. solid to say the least.... flavors thrive and remain consistent with the nose. a very balanced and nuanced offering that provides enough of a roasted malt character that graciously melds with its equal hopped up partner. lighter essence of smoked meat exist moreso in the background. medium bodied with adequate level of carbonation. Clean dry finish enhances the experience by small margin one of the last beers of the evening and thoroughly enjoyed, if only by two people. could’ve consumed the entire growler myself. damn you other person for being here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Pour from a 750 ml. growler revealed a dark black brown beer with a tan mocha like head. Aromas off it were roasted toasted malt and earthy pine needles. Really nice feel on your palate. Blend of flavors was exceptional with coffee, cocoa, and bitter citrusy hops. Grassy earthiness and purity of flavors as well. The finish was long long and extremely good leaning on the dry balanced side. Definitely one of the top IPA’s of this style I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by Kan! Thanks. Pours a rich blackish brown hue, near opaque with brownish edges, lighter, a frothy beige head dies to a loose bubbly tiny film, light lacing. Aromas are a rich huge blast of citrusy hops, grapefruit envelopes the nose, with lemons, grass, and florals bringing up the rear. Touches of resiny pine. Dry and bitter, very. Some touches of roast, smoke, and toffee, gentle roast, toast, faint cocoa. Nice. Initial is medium bodied offering a heavy handed citrusy hopping with smokey malts, roast and ash, touches of smoked essence, toast, and roast. Mellow sweetness, a blast of hops and smoke play well. Really works well. Top notch AGAIN from the crew at HF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3315) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2011
My expectations are so high from Hill Farmstead that a 3.8 was actually a bit of a dissapointment. Hugely bitter finish on this one. Relatively fizzy and thin tasting but the hop flavors are very very good and citrusy flavorful. Slight roasted character that could be stronger. Overall a great black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours dark brown with a red tint and a bubbly tan head. Aroma of piney hops, orange peel, caramel malts and some citrus in there too. Flavour is bitter, caramel malts, orange peel and lots of hops. Very fresh tasting, bitter, well balanced. Gorgeous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (14406) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pours pitch black with a small tan head and tons of sediment. Aroma is a perfect rich balance between intense hops and roasted malts, with a bit of espresso and piney / resinous hops. Flavour begins intensely roasty and burnt, with beautifully roasted / woody / espresso-y malts, followed by intense piney / resinous hops, leaving a rich roasty and hoppy finish. Little bitterness, as the hops are simply incorporated to expel their flavour without the associated bitterness. Excellent black IPA - one of the best I’ve had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 Growler I picked up from last event, huge bitter bomb. Not much black malt characteristics really. The flavors are delicious but a little one dimensional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9840) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2011
2011-11-24. Black body with a small tan head. 4+ Massive hop aroma explodes out of the glass a couple feet away from your glass. Mild, odd roasty undertones. 9+ Flavour is a bit disappointing at first after such a big aroma, roasty dark malt is fairly bitter and don’t entirely work with the hops at first. The hops grow exponentially from the first sips, eventually providing a much more pleasing balance with the roast, at least for my tastes. Lots of fresh leafy green hops. 7+ Smooth average bodied palate is softly carbonated. 3+ Really nice, it took me a while to get into it but it grew on me a lot by the end of the glass. Bottle shared by Blankboy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Uber black pour with a vivacious white froth. Monstrous earthy grapefruit, orangepeel, and a beautiful soft roast cocoa nib bitterness that tails off with cream and herbal dankness. Righteous dark chocolate earthen grassy hops in the flavor culminate with citrus resin and caramel hints. Rich palate with a caressing mouthfeel and roast finish. Another epic HFS beer.

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