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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 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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
Growler: Poured a clear deep black color ale with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of piney hops is incredibly intense with great floral qualities. Taste is a mix between roasted malt notes with light bitter and dry notes submerged by a huge amount of piney hops with some citrus notes. Body is average with good carbonation. This a great demonstration on how dry-hopping should be done to limit the bitterness of hops but ensure floral piney notes are prevalent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
My Bottom Line :
This cuddly Black IPA proffers lemon pie over humid earth, before coniferous hop resins kick in, massaged by roasted cocoa allusions.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy head of foam covers the darkness.
-The soft, natural-feeling carbonation does wonders for the mouthfeel.
-The hop intensity was relatively low for a Hill Farmstead brew, but this might only be because of the keg’s age. No idea when this was last brewed...
-Bready undertones are tasted as well.

On tap at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (898) - Vermont, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Had on tap in my stemmed HF glass at Harvest. Poured a muddy coaly dark brown with a leggy, frothed head. Smells of liquorice, coffee dregs, roast and hops. No booze detected. Nice tintermingling of hops, roast, sourdough, and wet tobacco. Not as good as either Jim or Jimmy, I’d have to say.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois (8381) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Growler at Chriso - 25/09/12 thanks to Leighton for this one. Very dark mahogony brown pour with a thinnish tan head than soon departs to the edge of the glass. On the nose - pine, pine, pine on the nose. Lovely ! Add some hops and bitter grapefruit. A little light smoke also. Taste follows nose, great piney hoppy black IPA with bitter grapefruit and other tropical fruit tones. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A Rolls Royce of black IPA’s !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6726) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2012
Growler, many thanks to Leighton at ChrisO. It pours hazy, very dark brown, with a thin-medium light tan head. The nose is big on the citrus: zesty lime, orange, grapefruit, lemon peel, as well as pine, potpourri and roasted malt in the background. The taste is roasted malt, charcoal, light ash, zesty lime peel, grapefruit, light charcoal, chocolate and pine, with a bitter, roasty finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Flavoursome and well-balanced. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4292) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 on tap at hill farmstead harvest festival. black pour with a very nice crema cap, very good retention and lacing. dark roastiness, hint of sweetness, light lactic notes, resin and pine along with bright citrus notes. some earthiness. average to soft carbonation, medium body - fairly oily, lightly boozy, very nice coffee-piney medium long finish. balanced and very aromatic. excellent!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2746) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
On tap at Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. Dark (almost black) with a medium mostly lasting beige head and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, pine/resinous and malt. Taste is sweet and bitter with citrus, pine and roasted malt. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Medium to full body. Nice complexity and correct balance but way heavier than expected. Not a really sessionnable Black IPA though still a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1754) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
On tap at HF. Pours black with medium head. Good lacing. Aroma is of malt, pine, resinous, citrus, roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt, bitter, somewhat acidic. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3020) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2012
Day old growler at home. Nice dark almost black pour with rocky off white head. Aroma is hoppy - all pine, deep woody sap character, roasted grain, burnt toast. Taste is very bitter, sharp pineyness, long lingering roasty character and a bit of alcohol warmth. Palate is rich, silky carbonation. More of a sipper than I expected but good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
November 24, 2011 - with blankboy, jerc and mabel. 750ml swing-top bottle. Clear but extremely deep firebrick red-black with a large and lasting pillowy tan head. Smells like .................... hops! Taste is equal parts toasty dry grain malt and pungent resin bitterness, but there’s a little too much malt for me, it detracts some from the fresh bitterness - not much alcohol. Fairly thick, mildly carbonated, quite astringent (there must be a ton of hops in this recipe) - dry long pithy resin bitter finish, dry and palate-drying aftertaste. This one’s all about the aroma.


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