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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 16 P Ingredients: Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial and Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9776) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Growler pour at Cams. 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 (10580) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Growler @ Rachels 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 grandparents house twenty years ago- thats kind of cool. Fucken a bro, I love the coffee note in the nose. Its not super overwhelming but once you get a whiff of it, it is really distinct. Theres 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 Ive ever had. I guess I shouldnt be surprised by Hill Farmstead quality at this point, but its still truly an honor and pleasure to taste such beautifully crafted beer. I cant 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 (4415) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Autre dgustation dans la file dattente. James est noir et il porte un affro. Il sest parfum aux houblons de rsineux et de pamplemousse. Il est pass par le torrfacteur ce qui lui confre un anti-sudorifique aux grains rtis. James goute bon le chocolat, il est huileux et facile boire. Merci James.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3745) - 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 (5352) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
En ft sur place. Un liquide profondment noir et sa coiffe digne des plus grands salons. Un nez discret en malts rtis et tonitruant en aiguilles de pin, en rsine dpinette, en fleurs et en pamplemousse. Des saveurs intenses de houblons floraux et de pin : on dirait une fort de conifres. Un caractre rti qui ne saffirme pas plus. Une sensation en bouche assez plaisante. Un corps de faible densit balay par des bulles vives. Une texture lgrement huileuse. Une finale modrment amre et parfume par une rsine chocolate. Difficile de trouver du ngatif chez Hill Farmstead. La seule chose souhaitable pour moi est de reboire un jour cette bire et dy retrouver un caractre malt plus affirm.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6684) - 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 (140) - 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 wont 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 (19802) - 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. Im less skeptical about the style than some, though Im 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle shared by the one and only TURDFERGUSON. Gotdam, these beers are in someways so well done it seems pointless to talk about them. Like "yup, they got this right" is enough said. Pours dark brown, think foamy head. Nose is hoppy but not skunky or overdone like many of the style. Citrus notes and cocoa malts. Taste is similarly balanced between sweet and bitter; malt and hops. Light palate. Refreshing and not confrontational at all for this sometimes too-big style.


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