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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2756) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Big thanks to Anthony for sharing this over at Dmac’s. Pours out a moderate brown color with a small white head. Aroma is of roast, winy Cabernet, oak, and slight alcohol. Taste is complex with a lot of wine notes, oak, roast, light chocolate, some dried fruits and some alcohol in there also. Very complex with lots going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4743) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle shared by EZ and Dean, thanks Anthony. Poured a deep dark blackish body underneath a medium sized slightly foamy beige head. Aroma of red wine, wood, chocolate, band aid, wet bread, alcohol, smoke. Body is only medium and smooth with light carbonation and a quickly disipating after taste. Flavor of smoke, wine, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate malt, burnt toast, dried out hops. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2011
on tap @Capones RBSG-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is sweet dark malt, oak/vinuous. Taste is sweet dark malt-roasty/chocolate, oak/vinuous, earthy hops with some bite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (5396) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2011
This poured a medium to dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was very very complex, with lots of smoeky leather, dark fruits and some roasted malts, all laden with chewy bourbon, yum. Flavor was just as impressive as the aroma, lots of dark fruits and smoke, roast is subdued, the perfect amount of boubon to add flavor but not heat. The cab is there a bit as well. Another winner from Hill Farmstead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2011
tap at capones, rbsg. Deep reddish brown with no head. Nose is light bourbon, vanilla, some vinous notes, roast. Flavor is quite vinous, roast, cocoa, light hops. Thick body. A very unique offering that I enjoyed like every HF beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5489) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of large esspresso and light sour malt. Sweet chocolate, espresso with a milk chocolate finish nice malt bitter with hinto sour. Full bodied with good carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (7084) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Smokey and dark fruity aroma with some light bourbon. The flavor has smoke, roast, light dark fruits, and light bourbon. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2429) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a tiny very light beige head. Aroma of light smoked meat, roasted malt, blackberries, red wine and hints of bacon ? Taste is much the same as the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2011
On tap at Capones. Dark brown with a trace of beige suds. Nose is smoke and chocolate with a hint of bourbon. Almost full body with a tingle. Taste is smoked sausage, dark chocolate, red wine, espresso and bourbon. Hints of dark fruits and blackberry. Absolutely beautiful integration of the smoke and two barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Deep black pour with no head. Aroma of smoke and berries. Very complex flavor-mostly smoke initially, but as the bee warms and amazing combination of smoke, blackberries and cabernet with hints of chocolate and maple. One of the best I’ve had in a long time!

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