A few weeks ago I went to Vermont for Hill Farmstead’s Harvest Festival (recap here) and brought home at least one bottle of everything they had available on Friday and Saturday. Many of the beers that were served at the VIP session were not available in growlers / bottles but I was able to score 6 different 750s as well as a few saisons in labeled bottles.
This was the first of the beers that I tried since it shares my name and I like the Black Ales. The beer pours black with a nice thick tan head. Aroma is a bit more subtle than other beers from Hill Farmstead but still has plenty of citrus and pine hops with a hint of roasted malts. This beer starts with the malts; roasted and a bit of cocoa but the hops quickly kick in and finish with a nice bitterness. Overall a little more bitter than I expected but not in a bad way.
If you have not been to Hill Farmstead yet plan a trip, you will not be disappointed.
Pros: Appearance, balanced taste
Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Description: James was our Uncle (Edward James Hill Jr.). 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.
Ingredients: Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial and Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.