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 17/20
yespr (30913) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
From tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a thick creamy off-white head. Aroma is crisp citrusy to almost grapefruity hoppy yet also with a distinct dark roasted malt. Smooth fruity swept in roasted medium dry breadish malt flavours. Crisp fruity, dominant citrusy into a fresh and crisp hoppy finish. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
25th September 2012
The ChrisO small midweek tasting. Cheers Leighton for this rare treat. Opaque black brown beer, little tan head. Light piney nose. Mellow dark malts with big fruity and piney hops. All very well integrated. A really smooth black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (13803) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2013
750ml. Growler. Pours Black With a creamy beige head and lacings. Lovely roast, coffee, chocolate, mild ash and grapefruity hops. Smooth and really soft. Absolutely freakiní fuckiní fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Shenandoah Throwdown, growler, thanks peregrinari. Medium tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some chocolate, orange, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pine, orange, chocolate, light caramel. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11115) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Growler courtesy of ygtbsm at DC Epic Sour Tasting 2010. Solid dark brown, large bubble edge head, scant lacing. Aroma of wood splinters from fresh pine 2x4s. Taste is pine resin and burnt cocoa. Interesting and unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10773) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10581) - 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 14/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9013) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus and floral hops. Toasty. Tastes of citrus, floral, lighter roastiness, and nice and hoppy.

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