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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - Cabernet/Bourbon Blend



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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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 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..."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3424) - 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. Bready, smoke, cocoa, some coffee, bacon/meaty, woody, and toasted malty aroma. Taste is smoky, meat drippings, some caramel notes, tangy, soy sauce, vanilla, woody, leather, and dark fruits with a tangy finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Held up really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle @ Steve_0’s HF party. Thanks guys. Black appearance with a thin brown head. Meaty smoke, mild tannins, cured meat, wood in the nose. Dull carbonation. Burnt caramel, chocolate, meaty smoky, quite oaky flavor. Super smooth. Maybe a hint of fruit. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2968) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Vinous and chocolate aromas. Lots of chocolate with vinous notes. Oak and dark roasted malt lowlights. Complex with a good body and mouthfeel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggsbowler (546) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle, big thanks 50belair - pours dark black with brown hue. The nose is smoky, oaky, and a light wine note. The taste is rich chocolate, some bacon, and some grapes. It’s good but a little old I think at this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours dark brown with a thin head. The nose is pepper, smoked malt and coffee. The taste is roasted malt, light vanilla, lactose and ashy cocoa. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13679) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3296) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (4074) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourefragile (139) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3902) - 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.

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