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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 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Dark black, thick, viscous pour, has some legs. Aroma and flavor have lots of malts, strong alcohol, red wine, wood, hints of char and chocolate. Pretty complex, not too hot in the end. Rich full body, great. I liked the straight Bourbon better, to my taste. The red wine almost seems to give this a tang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
Common rating for all 3 versions of Fear & Trembling
In short: Thick, heavy, meaty and earthy sweet porter with a lot of wood barrels. Good beer.
How: Bottles 500ml. All three versions consumed side-by-side approximately 6 months after the initial release (batch 1 of all three, only batch so far)
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head with average retention
In long, common to all: Strong nose with lots of wood barrel and some smoke. Obviously barrel character varied in the three versions but what remains true with all three versions is that it smelled like wood barrels and not like actual bourbon/carbernet. Taste is roasted grainy cereals, earth, burnt caramel, a touch of smoked peat, lots of wood. All three versions had a slight salty-meaty character reminiscent of beef jerky. With each sip my palate was initially overwhelmed by a high amount of residual sugars but the strong wood presence really dries out the beers and makes them somewhat easy to drink. For Barrel Aged beers these beers showed a relatively strong presence of leafy resinous hops in the finish. Almost no alcohol presence. Thick body with a low-medium carbonation
Bourbon version: More bourbon then the others (d’uh!). More chocolaty. Less of the salty-meaty character present in all three versions. Some roasted almonds that I didn’t find in the other two versions. (7-4-8-3-16) (3.8)
Cabarnet version: This one had a slice of raisin pie that the bourbon didn’t have. Less hops presence of the three. In this one the light smoke, meat and saltiness were going into smoked salmon territory. (7-4-7-3-15) (3.6)
Bourbon/Carbarnet blend version: Obviously had a bit of both the Bourbon version and the Carbarnet version but for some reason it was much more similar to the Bourbon version than the Carbernet version, as if the blend was a 1/3+2/3 blend. (7-4-8-3-15) (3.7)
Conclusion: The 3 versions of Fear and Trembling are good beers but among my least favorite Hill Farmstead beers. There is a lot of things going on here, these are complex brews, but just too heavy for me to give them my usual high Hill Farmstead score. The three versions pretty damn good beer. And with these beers finally now even Chuck Norris can experience Fear and Trembling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3075) - 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 (5589) - 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 (12185) - 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 (6323) - 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 (4045) - 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 (5779) - 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 (8178) - La Mesa, 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 (2565) - 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.

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