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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 16 P Ingredients: Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial and Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (42183) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (35904) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
Draft. A black beer with a lazing dark brown head. The aroma has notes of citrus fruits, hops, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, caramel, bread, and chocolate, leading to roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26845) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
Draught at Mikkeller & Friends. Black colored with a small off-white head. Light roasted aroma of hops and pine needles. Fruity flavor of hops and pine needles with roasted notes. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (24732) - Malm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
Draft @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty piney hoppy chocolate aroma. Roasted malty piney hoppy bitter caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty piney hoppy bitter citrus finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (23683) - , 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (22965) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 (19854) - 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois (18250) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Growler at Chriso - 25/09/12 thanks to Leighton for this one. Very dark mahogony brown pour with a thinnish tan head than soon departs to the edge of the glass. On the nose - pine, pine, pine on the nose. Lovely ! Add some hops and bitter grapefruit. A little light smoke also. Taste follows nose, great piney hoppy black IPA with bitter grapefruit and other tropical fruit tones. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A Rolls Royce of black IPAs !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (16054) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pours pitch black with a small tan head and tons of sediment. Aroma is a perfect rich balance between intense hops and roasted malts, with a bit of espresso and piney / resinous hops. Flavour begins intensely roasty and burnt, with beautifully roasted / woody / espresso-y malts, followed by intense piney / resinous hops, leaving a rich roasty and hoppy finish. Little bitterness, as the hops are simply incorporated to expel their flavour without the associated bitterness. Excellent black IPA - one of the best Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (15777) - 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 freakin fuckin fantastic!

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