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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Fear and Trembling is Hill Farmstead’s first collaboration - a Baltic Porter brewed with malt that was hand smoked over maple wood by our Danish friend, and former colleague, Anders Kissmeyer. This bottled version was blended from beer aged in both American Oak Cabernet barrels and Bourbon barrels. As a student of philosophy and former resident of Copenhagen, it is fitting that our brewer named our first collaboration after Denmark’s great thinker: Søren Kierkegaard. All three contemplated absurdity, faith, and salvation while wandering the shores of the Baltic Sea... "...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling..."


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10605) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle @ Richard’s Tasting. Black in color with a khaki head. Nice roasted malt, some smoke, and a lot of oak. Nice vanilla, some dark fruit, and cocoa powder. Notes of licorice and coffee. Slight umami/savory taste. Slightly peaty, and certainly smokey. Roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Oak, vanilla, and licorice. Maybe some dark fruit. Pretty solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

7/13/2011: Hill Farmstead Fear And Trembling (Frygt Og Baeven) Smoked Baltic Porter aged in Oak Barrels (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)... Aroma: Sadly, not much smoke, but some char and lightly smoked wood chip undertones; almost a dark berry and soft vanilla bean pairing. Appearance: Brown, a touch darker than the previous two version; really night dark tan head that lasts. Flavor: Bittersweet chocolate; roasted malts/coffee bean; cherry/vanilla creaminess; good level of smoke and chocolate; the Cabernet dryness and fruitiness comes through with lots of warming bourbon alcohol venting, but the bourbon isn’t overkill, which is good thing. Palate: Medium-full to full body; super smooth, milky, and creamy. Overall: Really well-blended and well-balanced, but I do miss the intense smokiness found in the Cabernet version.

500 ML bottle (9.3% ABV) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #99 for this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Found this old review from ’11. Tried on tap at Matt’s with Scott. Poured deep brown with light coffee head. Aromas are smoke, cocoa, blueberries, wine barrel, and toasty malt. Flavor is roast, darrk pitted fruit, ash, and dark chocolate. Medium to full. Another winner from HF. 4.1

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2013
On draft at the Hill Farmstead Harvest festival, shortly after opening a bottle of the first (only) release. Dark brown, near black with a dark tan head that settles in to a finger thick head with abundant webs of lacing. Much more bourbon and vanilla presence on the nose from the barrel than the bottle. Smoke is still present, but not as overwhelming. Roast malt, oak, smoke, and dark fruit blend in the aroma and flavor. Blend of the barrel and smoke is smooth and interesting; bourbon is still present, but the wine barrel has fallen out of the flavor. Very smooth, silky body with light carbonation. Having had bottles fresh and aged, and kegs at multiple stages, I’d say there isn’t much point in aging bottles longer, but still an interesting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
on tap at Hill Harvest Festival ’12. pours black with creamy tan head. aroma has caramelized nuts, red win, vanilla, port notes, toasted marshmallows. flavors have a more straight forward caramel, port, bourbon, and nutty vanilla character. really tasty stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14304) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
21st April 2012
Opaque dark brown beer. Big pale tan head. Smooth palate a little dry. Lovely smooth dark malt with well integrated wood. Whisper of vanilla. Mellow bourbon. Mild minerals. Just a trace of red wine. Semi dry finish. All flavours in good balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5260) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012
500 ml bottle from glouglouburp. Pours a clear dark brown color with reddish hints and a small beige head. The aroma is roasted malts, oak, smoke with a combo from the two; I get more bourbon than Cab barrel though. The flavor has the roasted malts, smoke, etc. with a nice combination of the tannins from the Cab barrel and the bourbon and cherry from the other. This was my favorite of the three. All consumed side by side in mid 2011.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10466) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle generously shared by Wallace in NH. Pours clear, rich brown with a creamy, beige head. Rich, roasty nose with dark and sweet malts, some bourbon poking through. Big sweet flavor with restrained smoke, raisins, ham, soft brown sugar, light burnt wood, dark bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with lovely smoke, some raisins, subtle roast and cocoa, mild dark wood notes. Excellent beer. Just great from beginning to end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sarro (121) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2012
On tap at HF Harvest Fest 2012. Pours a deep black with a thin mocha head. Nose is smoke, roast, a bit of licorice and chocolate. Taste is more subdued since I last had it out of the bottle, but the smoke has died down making it more enjoyable for me. Lots of roasted dark chocolate, toasted malts, and oak notes. Medium to full bodied. Very good, but definitely a sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
tap at harvest fest. notes of cocoa, plum, dusty old smoked wood. hints of red wine add complexity. touch of vanilla and soft bourbon. nice hefty body. dry. light-moderate bitter roast finish. pretty good.


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