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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - Bourbon Barrel



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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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 aged in 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..." **Note: This beer was aged in barrels that previously held Samuel Adams Utopias...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with dark plum edges and a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Spicy bourbon barrel aroma with an earthy green pepper presence, dry charred oak, sweet vanilla beam and toasted coconut. Subtle phenols but kind of tame with subtle hints of smoke, charcoal and bbqed meat. Some band aid and off notes but the nose on this beer has some nice bourbon character. Not as pleasant of an aroma as the French oak variant but still good. On the fuller end of medium body with a spicy bourbon and damp oak/toothpick character. Spicy green peppers along with boozy bourbon and toasted oak followed by subtle phenols, barbecued meat and charcoal. Smoke is a bit overpowering for my preference and the green chili flavor is too strong but it has nice bourbon barrel flavors integrated into the smokier elements.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2015
500 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 10/6/2014. Dark brown body. Small off-white head. A bit of a collar. Smoke aroma is much more prominent than it is in the Blended version. Oak. Some dark chocolate. Smoke flavor is still pretty rich. Lightly sweet up front. Some light bourbon, but not a lot. Oak. Very slight red wine acidity. Oxidation is light, but creeping up. Medium carbonation. Medium body, maybe lacking a little bit. This one aged much better than the Cab/Bourbon blend. Less oxidized and the smoke is still very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle at my Hill Farmstead Tasting, courtesy of Andre. Huge thanks for this one man!! Pour is deep brown with a small tan head and no lacing. Big smoke, cocoa, meat dripping, somewhat tangy, light spices, caramel, and brown sugar in the aroma. Taste is tangy, tannic, brown sugar, light oxidation, some caramel, brown sugar, smoke, and light vanilla. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Solid, but not better than the french oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle @ Steve_0’s HF party. Thanks André! Black appearance with a dark brown head. The aroma isn’t overly potent with light smoke, chocolate, cookie/graham cracker, mild whiskey aroma. The body is a touch thin. More whiskey in the mouth. Dry. Meaty smoke. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10483) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle thanks to Phil. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong smoke, ash, bourbon, wood. Medium mouth, rich malt, cocoa, roast, smoke, dark fruit, wood, maple, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
Sampled alongside the other two variants, thanks me. Pours a dark, cola brown with a smoked, bourbon and oak nose, slightly meaty. Less smoke in flavor as bourbon barrel sweetness covers up that part of the nose. Caramel, leather, oak and a nice boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
500 ml bottle via BA trade. Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown color, kind of hazy, with a minimal beige head that settles quickly into a ring. Aroma of smoked and roasted malts, charred oak, dark chocolate, toasted sugar, peat, and vanilla. The flavor seemed weaker initially but eventually outshines the nose as it warms and shows more sweetness, including vanilla and brown sugar. Same smoky, roasty quality, though. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation. Good treatment but didn’t blow me away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle at Eric’s courtesy of Eric. Pours a deep brown with light off white lacing. Aroma is molasses and sweet bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium to full, sticky with notes of molasses, maple, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

7/13/2011: Hill Farmstead Fear And Trembling (Frygt Og Baeven) Smoked Baltic Porter aged in Oak Barrels (Bourbon)... Aroma: Subtle smoke/char (nothing like what’s in the Cabernet version, unfortunately), charred bourbon barrel with vanilla and bourbon alcohol coming through as well. Appearance: Surprisingly, there is just a slight difference in color and appearance in this version from the Cabernet version, but it’s definitely subtle... Beautiful dark brown, a bit murky; tan-colored head with a touch more yellow to it than the Cabernet version. Flavor: Semi-sweet chocolate; roasted malt, vanilla, barrel char, smooth bourbon; smoky, warm, DRY finish. Palate: Medium-full body; really silky smooth and mellow; Overall: The bourbon comes through but doesn’t dominate; many of the base smoked beer is retained, but the bourbon definitely seems to suppress or subdue much of the smoke that I would love to come through more.

500 ML bottle (9.3% ABV) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #78 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Dark brown pour, brown head. Smoke, charred oak, bourbon, peat, vanilla, prunes dominate the aroma and flavor. Its obvious that it was barreled, but youd never know it was utopias. Glad to finally have tried all three in this series.

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