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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)

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RATINGS: 101   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..."


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2252) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 30, 2011
A bottle shared at the Utah holiday tasting. Notes of smoke, raisins, malty, red wine, and roasted malts. This was a surprise and a treat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Geoff, thanks man! Pours a totally black color with a medium tan head. The aroma is huge smoke, like smoked fish, some roast and wood. A big Baltic Porter; roast, chocolate and huge smoke, cocoa, the wine comes in and drys it out and adds just a hint of sour fruit. Caramel and light sweetness that might come from the bourbon- not much barrel as much as a smoked porter here which is fine. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4654) - Utah, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz bottle shared at the 2011 Christmas Party
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma:Roasted malts and smoked fish
Taste: Roasted malts, smoked meat, salty with a mild bitter finish
Very nice and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
500mL bottle. Poured deeper cola brown with a tall cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up warm maple, ashy smoke, and chocolate surrounded by soft oak, deep bourbon sugars, and more smoke.. the barrel was secondary, and worked well with the base beer. The flavor found a lot of warm smoked malts the whole way through.. again maple and chocolate sugars for support.. dry, grainy edges with oak, bourbon, and smoky remnants.. a little vinous sourness around there too.. finished very dry and grainy, carrying through warm sugars, smoked malt, and just a touch of barrel. Medium-bodied and dry as mentioned on the palate.. a little too much focus on the smoked malts.. nice level of roast to it.. overall a very tasty brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2557) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Smells like straight smoked malts, almost bacon. Pours dark chestnut brown with a nice light tan head. The flavor of smoked malts dominates with some bitter notes as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
bottle at rbwg 3/5/11. orange-y dark porter color with a few bubbles for a head. sweet smoky aroma... almost like teriyaki jerky mixed with wood barrel, vinous fruit, vanilla and spiciness. sweet warming flavor with a nice level of smokiness. additional notes from the aroma of maple and black pepper. it is fuller bodied and rich but not thick... actually, it is quite quaffable. 8/3/8/4/16

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Another bottle I had a hard time resisting. Pours black colored liquid that gives a medium sized brown head. The foam cap is smooth and recedes patiently. Much like the other two… Though the smell definitely contains slight vinous oak with a mild spirit component. There is a good deal of roasty smokey chocolately malt. Clean smokey smell. Taste is rich with roasty chocolate smoke with a bit a sweetness cleaned up by a touch of bitterness. The vinous oak comes through a bit more than the spirit. Mouthfeel is super smooth, rich, creamy low carbonation. I thought I didn’t like smoked beers before these. The smoke is there but it’s all in balance.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4280) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
on tap at hill farmstead harvest festival. very dark brown, red tint, with a decent medium beige head, retention and lacing. nose is malted sweetness, tons of bourbon, roasted maple sweetness - never cloying, light smoke. soft carbonation, full body, medium long bitterness. just awesome!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2296) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2011
On draft at Harvest festival. What a unique and fantastic beer. Reminds me of a good scotch based on all of the complexity of the various flavor components. The smoked malts add a wonderfully deep flavor that doesnt overtake the beer and the barreling process adds delightful woody notes and vanilla sweetness that is welcomed in such a roasted smokey beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2689) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Consumed January 2011. A: Black body with a medium sized khaki cap. Nice spotty lacing. S: Mellow. Smoked, roasted, and charred malts. Oak and dark fruits from the Cab barrels and just the slightest hint of bourbon. T: Yup, you guessed it. Lots of smoked malt. Slight vinous notes from the Cab barrels (but not a s pronounced as in the Cab Barrel verison). Chocolate, and just a dash of vanilla and bourbon. Similar to the nose, there is quite a bit of smoky roasted malts. M: Smooth with a medium body and a nice gentle carbonation. D: The bourbon didn’t really do any thing for me to improve what the French Oak Cab barrels did. The second best of the Fear and Trembling series.


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