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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2341) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Taster at the source. Brown, beige head. Dark roast coffee nose, slight chocolate, pine. Flavor follows, pine heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Pours a deep burnt umber color with three fingers of eggshell foam. Lots of interplay of cocoa and pine with light citrus showing itself in the mid and late palate. Well balanced with layers of roast, toasted malt, cocoa dust and light earthy tar mingle with sappy pine, spruce and some citrus zest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pour is creamy black with a very tight light caramel head that just doesn’t move. Huge roasted malt presence with light notes of citrus behind. Taste has a rich malt balance with strong roasted flavors. Hops aren’t a huge centerpiece here at all. Some citrusy hops through the finish. Not acrid or bitter at all, good soft feel, a touch of creaminess to it. Carbonation is fairly strong with a good clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Berard (631) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Draft. Pours dark brown with thin creme head that lingers. Hop aroma with thin whit/creme head. Great complexity in a black ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2014
750 growler thanks to Chris in a recent trade, thank you! Pour is a nearly clear deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is light roasted malt with hints of coffee, pine hop, and light juniper. Roasty, coffee, faintly fruity. Flavor is roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. Also a resinous hop note with a dry coffee-like finish. Great, clean beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
veronneaupy (241) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
J'ai eu la chance de recevoir une James en growler de chez Hill Farmstead en cadeau. En la sentant avant de la verser, on jurerait qu'on s'apprête a voir une IPA. Le nez est puissant et annonce une bière goûteuse. Le goût est un mélange d'IPA , de stout et avec une finale plutôt torréfié/amère(trè intéressant). Je serais curieux de la boire non en growler, mais tellement bonne ainsi! Je m'attendais a une bière plus lourde, mais descend étonnement bien. Merci Benoit DesRoches pour le 4:30 de ta vie passé à niaiser debout chez Hill Farmstead...! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jool (198) - - DEC 26, 2013
Growler 750mL. Versée dans un ballon sur pied Hill Farmstead. Noire avec mousse pâle. Nez léger, houblon végétal. Bouche crémeuse: marc de café et houblons végétaux (branche, feuilles). Longueur respectable et finale asséchante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bellco33 (699) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2013
On tap at Prohibition Pig: pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma roasted with some hops coming through. Taste is well balanced, neither hop forward or overly malty. It’s a black ale and not a black IPA so don’t expect to be blown away with hops. This is really good still. Full body and lots of flavor and very smooth and clean for a darker beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onebigtymer11 (59) - Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Poured black with a tan head. Big hop aroma with a dark roasty scents. Has a nice bitterness that last through out. Pretty good black ipa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Draft. Beautiful full bodied black pour with tan head. Tons of roast, coffee, dark chocolate. Piney grapefruity bitterness. Great BIPA

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