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RATINGS: 142   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 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 (11115) - 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 (5128) - 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 (9154) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
On draft at the brewery. Pitch black with a decent white head. Great hop aroma. Fresh piney hop taste. This beer us well made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2127) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2012 Pint shared two ways at Black back.
Appearance : Deep brown with small head.
Aroma : Citrusy and piny hops with some coffee. Light caramel.
Taste : Piny and citrusy hops. Quite hoppy.
Overall : Well balanced. A bit more hops than malt but fairly elegant. Would have given it a 3.9 but my last rating was more complete and done on a better palate so rating stays the same.

12oz on tap at Black Back.
Appearance : Pitch black with small creamy brown head.
Aroma : Great citrusy and fruity hops, nice chocolate notes.
Taste : Great citrusy and fruity hops. Nice roasted malt. Finish is citrusy with chocolate and light coffee.
Overall : Great beer. Nice hops with a great roasted malt presence. Not too much hops so you can still taste the nice flavors imparted by the malt. One of the better balanced black IPA I’ve had. Still this is not my favorite style. November 8th 2011. 9,4,8,3,17;4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2897) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Thanks to Inspectorbob for sharing at BA gathering. Pours out a dark brown color with a tiny off white head. Aroma is of citrus hops, some dark roasty malts and light chocolate. Taste is nice citrus hops coming through with roast, light sweetness and some chocolate with a bitter finish. Another winner from HFS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbm115 (186) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Had this one from a growler brought back from the brewery. Poured into a HFS curved pint. a dark black color with moderately tinted head that holds for a minute. Smell is a potent bouquet of citrus bitter tropical hops and a good dose of dark almost roasty malts. taste is a rich floral hop citrus bitter bite with a chocolatey roasty malt. slightly sweet but finishes with a bitter bite. mouthfeel is rich medium body. moderate carbonation a bit creamy. overall an enjoyable dark ipa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5086) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Growler shared by InspectorBob at the 2011 South Jersey BA gathering. Poured a medium density super dark brown-blackish body under a smaller foamy light beige head. Aroma of malts, light chocolate, some grapefruit. Medium body with average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Flavor of malts, nice chocolate, and bread. Solid but after Ephraim and Heady Topper this one just seemed above average and not great.

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