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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Jim (1954-1998) is the name by which our Uncle was best known; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his four siblings. In his honor, we barrel aged our Black Ale (James) in a French Oak Pinot Noir barrel for 4 months and dry hopped the beer with Simcoe. Naturally carbonated and hand bottled, this is one of only 300 bottles. 7.5% ALC/VOL 16.8º P Ingredients: Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial, Columbus hops, and Simcoe hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
djensen47 (11) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
By the time I got around to drinking this (I don’t know what took me so long) some of the Simcoe had dropped out but it’s still there with notes of fresh cut grass and grapfruit. More dominant in the nose is the French Oak barrel, a charred wood aroma, and hints of pinot noir with dried fruit. The aroma of this beer is quite complex and very pleasurable. Th flavor of the beer has a smooth roasty flavor with a nice spicy and herbal hop bitterness. This beer is not noticeably sweet but there is some malt backbone to balance both the bitterness and the crisp roasted flavor. Jim is obsidian black in color with a dusty beige colored frothy head, which has very tiny bubbles. The head has average retention. Due to the natural bottle carbonation and a full body, this beer has a creamy, velvety texture. Hill Farmstead has created another masterpiece that is well worth trying if you can get your hands on a bottle.


3.9
skrip (188) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
*6/21/2013 batch 1, 500ml bottle poured into a Gandhi Bot snifter. A~ as dark as can be with a huge siberian desert tan head and soooo much lacing! S~ lots of smokey roasted dark malts. bacon, bbq, and mesquite like smoke. all followed by lots of what smells like charred fresh leaf hops and a little citrus from them as well. T~ huge sweet caramel, roasted dark malt flavor up front that explodes on the palet opening up to some smokey hop bitterness. all followed by amazing sweet citrus, that lingers with the mesquite style smoke for what seems like forever! M~ super nice carbonation, smooth, and has a slight maple syrup like texture. which is what i love about some of their "smokey" brews like Fear and Trembling. O~ really nice! now once again black IPA’s are one of my favorite styles so take that into consideration when reading this review. but this one just packs a punch that delivers so much flavor its kind of unreal. every sip is seriously like an overwhelming yet super balanced explosion of flavor. the complexity never stands in the way for Mr. Hill.

3.8
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
500ml bottle, big thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Dark brown color. Thin khaki brown head. Good, thicker lace. Nice roasty nose. Good smoke, kind of savory. Actually, much smokier and peatier than expected. So over-smoked. What? Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate to bigger bitter taste. Minimal sweet. Some brown sugary sweet notes. Decent black IPA, but a little sharp.

3.9
phaleslu (10264) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
500 ml bottle via BA trade. Pours a deep coffee brown with a big tan head that fizzes up and then down quickly before leaving a lasting cap atop the beer. Aroma of dark chocolate, orange peel, smoked and roasted malts, brown sugar, coffee, pine, charred wood, and a faint vinous note. The flavor is a bit more vinous than the nose and not as smoky and roasty. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation. Smooth and balanced, with a nose that really does the trick. Really nice black IPA.

3.7
shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

4/07/2011: Hill Farmstead Jim Black India Pale Ale... Aroma: Lots of sugary, juicy citrus; hints of roasted malts in the backgroud. Appearance: Near black color with a frothy beige crown. Flavor: Caramel sweetness; grassy citrus (GRAPEFRUIT) bitterness; hints of darker roasted malts; hops witha bit of the roasty malts in the background. Palate: Medium body; calm and smooth. Overall: This is a really nice Black IPA; good representation of the style.

500 mL bottle (7.5% ALC/VOLL, 16.8°P, 300 Bottles) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #88 for this beer.

3.7
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2013
500mL bottle. Poured deep brown with a very nice, dense beige head. The aroma picked up toasted black and cocoa malts with fairly fresh oak and peppery accents around.. quite a bit of juniper as it warmed up.. solid stuff. The flavor found black and nutty malts at the core with pine, juniper, and peppery bitterness around.. more bitter toward the finish, with alright balance. Medium-bodied and fairly tangy on the palate.. good balance.. solid stuff.

4.1
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Thanks jason for sharing. The beer pours to a black body with a tall creamy dense tan head. The aroma is deep black malt and simcoe hops with subtle oak. The flavor is oaky black malt with some delicious citrus hops. Easy drinking medium body.

3.6
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle at a bottle share. Pours a very dark, near black color. Nose has just a hint of sourness to it with some grains in there. Taste is much the same, though it feels very heavy, but still remarkably easy to drink.

4.2
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
On tap at the Harvest Festival. Waited until opening a bottle from this release before writing up both. Dark, near black with a creamy tan head. Nice retention and a large amount of sticky lacing. Extremely hoppy aroma, pine and wood, with light roast that easily overwhelmed. Flavor is similar, a robust, creamy body with light roast and chocolate malt but the pine hops dominate every aspect of the flavor. Very little oak or wine present in this version. A very pleasant dry hopped black IPA, but lacking the complexity of fresh or aged versions in the bottle.

3.9
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle... Poured near black with a thin, light tan head. Nose had roast with citrus and pine-like hops. Quite balanced. Loads of roasted malts but didn’t seem too sweet. Nice hop flavors but not too bitter. Some other dark fruits flavors. I detected some wood, but I couldn’t totally that it was wine barrel.

4
mikem409 (2026) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2012
on tap at parker pie. pours black with nice white head. big ass grassy hop aroma. big ass citrus and grass taste very well balanced medium body not at all sweet


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