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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5552) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
Growler at Cam’s. 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Growler pour at Cam’s. 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9247) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Growler @ Rachel’s 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 grandparent’s house twenty years ago- that’s kind of cool. Fucken a bro, I love the coffee note in the nose. It’s not super overwhelming but once you get a whiff of it, it is really distinct. There’s 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 I’ve ever had. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by Hill Farmstead quality at this point, but it’s still truly an honor and pleasure to taste such beautifully crafted beer. I can’t wait for the day that this stuff is easily obtainable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3183) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Autre dégustation dans la file d’attente. James est noir et il porte un affro. Il s’est parfumé aux houblons de résineux et de pamplemousse. Il est passé par le torréfacteur ce qui lui confère un anti-sudorifique aux grains rôtis. James goute bon le chocolat, il est huileux et facile à boire. Merci James.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
750 mL, swing-top at home, courtesy of Frank. Thanks again man! Deep viscous, pitch black pour with a big brown head and great lacing. Grapefruit, citrus, light vanilla, cocoa, wood, grass, and graham crackers in the aroma. Taste is very smooth and juicy - chocolatey, roasty, woody, nice fruity notes, vanilla, grass, coffee, a touch of smoke, and resin with a medium bitter finish. Chewy mouthfeel with medium-to-high carbonation. Tasty Black IPA, but not my favorite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3219) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
En fût sur place. Un liquide profondément noir et sa coiffe digne des plus grands salons. Un nez discret en malts rôtis et tonitruant en aiguilles de pin, en résine d’épinette, en fleurs et en pamplemousse. Des saveurs intenses de houblons floraux et de pin : on dirait une forêt de conifères. Un caractère rôti qui ne s’affirme pas plus. Une sensation en bouche assez plaisante. Un corps de faible densité balayé par des bulles vives. Une texture légèrement huileuse. Une finale modérément amère et parfumée par une résine chocolatée. Difficile de trouver du négatif chez Hill Farmstead. La seule chose souhaitable pour moi est de reboire un jour cette bière et d’y retrouver un caractère malté plus affirmé.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Draft @ Prohibition Pig. Snifter shows nice pitch black color with crazy head retention.Smell is a bitter citrus hops and a solid dose of dark almost roasted malts. Taste is a fresh citrus hops with a rich roasted malt. Some floral notes. Slightly sweet but finishes with a bitter citrus slap. Mouthfeel medium body leaning on full. Carbonation gives a nice creamy texture. Overall falls right in place with Firestone Walker Wooky Jack, absolutely top tier.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
750 mL growler. Pours a clear dark brown, near black with a bubbly tan, ruby tinged head. Aroma is resin, pine, roast malt, and light citrus hops. Mouthfeel is suffering a little from sitting on this growler for too long. Light carbonation on a medium thick body with a slightly watery finish. Much less roast in the flavor than the nose, pine hops dominate, bitter and resiny with light citrus in the finish. Aftertaste lingers more malty than the body with soft roast and light chocolate. Having had this fresh, I won’t ding the mouthfeel from this sample; one of my favorite Black IPAs.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11299) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: APR 1, 2013 Growler shared at a ChrisO tasting, London. Pours black-brown with a creamy, rich beige head. Big sticky pine nose, good roasted malts, dirt, cocoa. Medium sweet flavor, super smooth, great pine character, cocoa, smooth roast, light mud. The hops are just stupidly fresh and smooth. Medium bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Lightly sticky, resinous finish with nice roast, more cocoa, mellow chocolate, pine. Just crazy drinkable. No abrasiveness to the bitterness. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Thanks to the Turd for sharing yet again. Changeup from the brightness surrounding this one, James was a surprisingly awesome black IPA. I’m less skeptical about the style than some, though I’m usually left underwhelmed at best. Unapologetically black pour, with a big foamy carbonation and abundant lacing. Citrus and pine in the nose along with faint roasted malts, chocolate and molasses shading into the pine. The balance is even more apparent in the taste, where the darker flavors come across more like added herbs in a bread made of bright hops or something like that. Pumpernickel IPA? It drank pretty awesome.


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