Hill Farmstead James
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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 Jamesí 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 16ļ 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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Big growler in a Hill Farmstead glass. Pours near black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of a lot of citrusy and resinous hops with a nice roasted, chocolate, and pale malt note. Flavor the same with a decent blend of the two. Average texture. A really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle... Dark brown ale with a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Great retention. Dank, roasty, bong-like aroma. Light to medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor offers burnt, tannic and rindy bitterness. Finishes scorched, bitter, sandy and bone-dry. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2113) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
A: Black Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Brown Hue, Some Lacing S: Dark Malts, Mild Chocolate, Mild Coffee T: Dark Malts, Mild Chocolate, Mild Floral M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter Overall, kind of a boring beer from a supposed great brewer. Was this a tap filler? I just donít get the whole Black IPA with weak hop notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2997) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2013
Pours. A dark brown with a khaki colors head. Aroma is herbal and piny with a bitter chocolate. Taste is bittser and herbal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10675) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2013
Growler shared by phaleslu. Poured clear black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted dark malt and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5458) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013
Swing top to taster (thanks phaleslu). Looks good; black with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes solid; dark malt and hops with a bit of chocolate and roast. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. A good example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2013
Sample from a growler. Mostly clear dark brown color. Thin off-white grayish light brown head. Decent lace. Herbal earthy piney hop character in the nose. More light chocolate, more roasty malt in the flavor. Medium to bigger body.. Smooth, crisp carbonation. More dry texture. Mostly bitter taste. Light sweet. Good stuff. Very nice, smooth, and enjoyable. Versus the 3F In the Name of Suffering Black IPA that I just sampled prior to this one, I feel like James is a little more piney, and less herbal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5425) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
Growler at Camís. Pours a very dark brown color with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma has a nice mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate with ample resiny, earthy and perhaps a touch of citrus hops. Definitely smells good. The flavor has much of the same; nice to drink a true black IPA and not something made to look like one. Roasted malts and dark chocolate take a bit of a back seat to the resiny, earthy and light citrusy hops. Good bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Growler pour at Camís. Pours an opaque dark brown with a medium-sized foamy beige head. Good amount of lace in the glass. Aroma of earthy and piney hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dust, toast, and some lighter orange rind. The flavor starts more bitter (citrus, dark chocolate, earth) and becomes more roasty, finishing dry. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter, roasty mouthfeel. Excellent black IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9108) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Growler @ Rachelís place, generously shared by Steve_0. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a brown head. Huge amount of roast in the nose along with a ton of coffee that for some reason reminds me of waking up to a fresh pot of coffee at my grandparentís house twenty years ago- thatís kind of cool. Fucken a bro, I love the coffee note in the nose. Itís not super overwhelming but once you get a whiff of it, it is really distinct. Thereís also some pine, citrus fruits, chocolate, and herbal notes in the aroma. Fucken abroma 9/10. Soft mouth feel. Rich dark chocolate, somewhat bitter, fairly resiny, piney hoppy, coffee, very roasty malty, slightly charred flavor. Once of the best Black IPAs Iíve ever had. I guess I shouldnít be surprised by Hill Farmstead quality at this point, but itís still truly an honor and pleasure to taste such beautifully crafted beer. I canít wait for the day that this stuff is easily obtainable.

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