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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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2012
On tap at my farewell to NY party at Blind Tiger. Black pour. Slightly smoky with robust coffee notes and a slight fruity juiciness. Mild citrus notes, particularly grapefruit, and coffee. No chalk presence that I commonly get. What I really like about Hill Farmstead is they not only do flavors I like but get rid of the ones I don’t. This is no exception.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Keg @ The Ginger Man, NYC. Pours deep brown with a deliciously tight, thick mocha tan head. The nose is subtle roasted espresso bean, light bitter chocolate. Hints of pine, oak, lemon and spicy baked bread. The taste is a wonderfully harmonious balance of rich chocolate-dipped espresso and floral, spicy hops. The bitterness of the roasted flavors doesn’t dominate like in many black IPAs. More subtle bucolic herbs and sweet fruits are present, too. The body’s medium, the mouthfeel’s luxurious. The carbonation soft. Overall, a really great beer (served in excellent condition, too!). Hill Farmstead just keeps making great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3472) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2012
On draft at the Blind Tiger in NYC. The beer appears black with a thick, tan head. Long lasting retention with copious lacing. Hill Farmstead beers are beautiful. The aroma brings roast, pine, a hint of chocolate. Nice flavor. Well balanced, with a healthy pine bitterness on top of a roasted malt bill. Medium bodied with lingering chocolate in the finish. A solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3439) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2012
So I finally try the ever elusive hill farmstead, and I call myself a beer man. Anyways tap at the blind tiger prior to checking out a show at the comedy cellar this Monday night. Pours dark brown with thin head and nose of evergreen forest, coffee, and tropical fruit. Tastes of pine, earth, cocoa, coffee, grapefruit, and resin. Nice round finish and easy drinking. Quite pleasant

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1982) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2012
on tap at parker pie. pours light black with off white head. big citrus aroma. taste is medium body and loads of hop. semi dry

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11159) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back Pub. An IPA that happens to have a shwartzbier element, chocolate stoutish. Average mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (5736) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 On tap at Gingerman. Pours a deep murky black with medium to large bubbly beige head, good lacing patterns. Aromas of unbelievable citrus from the Centennial, roasted malts, chocolate, and bread. Taste is chocolate up front, followed by some sweet caramel malts and finishing with a nice juicy hop bite. Notes of grapefruit, pine, cocoa powder, smoked malts, and very subtle vanilla. Aftertaste is all ipa with an earthy grassy quality. Overall a delicious black ipa but I still prrefer the less roasty blacks like the ugly from Alpine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Draft at the ginger man in NYC. Black IPA with citrus aroma. Brown head with nice lacing. Smells like it was dry hopped or it's fresh. It's a really nice beer to end our trip on. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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