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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - Cabernet/Bourbon Blend



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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Fear and Trembling is Hill Farmsteadís 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 Denmarkís great thinker: SÝren 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown, almost black color with mahogany and plum colored edges. One finger beige head that slowly settles into lasting. Decent retention with some spotty lacing left behind. Spicy spirit barrel in the aroma with prominent dry oak/toothpick and spicy green peppers character followed by subtle smoke and robust dark malt notes. Oak and peppers overpower the smoke and dark malts and Iím not picking up much cab or bourbon. Phenols arenít as prominent as in the other variations but itís still there. Slight smoke with charcoal, BBQ meat and ash along with some burnt toast and fried green chilies. Smoke is subtle, barrel notes are weak and the peppers are too strong. On the fuller end of medium body with harsh spicy booze and lots of dry charred oak. Strong spicy spirit and boozy sweetness yet overwhelming dry with damp, burnt oak. Dry and one dimensional with harsh pepper flavor. Bland barrel character that doesnít add much to the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (538) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2015
500 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 10/6/2014. Deep brown, almost black. Small khaki head. Wispy surface and a chunky collar. Some wine in the nose, but itís faint. Light smokiness. Dark chocolate. A little sherry oxidation. Taste is sweeter than the fresh base beer, which I had just before this. The smoke has faded a lot. A bit of wine presence. Lots of sherry and oxidation. Some bitter chocolate and smoke in the finish. Low carbonation. Kinda thin. Tasting old. Itís a good beer, itís just old. Fresh batch of Fear and Trembling is a much better beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3584) - 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 (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle @ Steve_0ís 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 (3083) - 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 (569) - 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. Itís 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 (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle @ Richardís 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 (3387) - Cincinnati, 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 isnít 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 (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Found this old review from í11. Tried on tap at Mattís 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

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