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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 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..."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle daknole. Again, that smokey nose causes hard-ons. Dark light allowing browin, swirly head. Smokey flavors again, but compared to cabernet barrell, this one seems to have a tart edge that the other didnít. The underlying beers smokiness is already amazing though...I donít see much of a crazy influence of the barrel but as Iíve never had this un barrel aged, I know nothing. Whatever, its fuckiing tasty as fuck...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
Deep black-brown pour with a tight brown head. Less boozy than the bourbon-barrel aged version. Soft and chewy with loads of cocoa and chocolate. Richly malty. The wood is more muted here than in either of the individual treatments - but itís still awesome. A bit of light fruit. Thick, chewy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Thanks to whomever brought this to Beachwood BBQ last nite (BMan1113VR?) This black pour has roasty, chocolatey and vanilla flavors. Itís nicely complex.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Near black color - it was very interesting to taste all 3 versions of this back to back. This one had a great balance of bourbon and smoky aromas and flavors. My favorite of the three, very complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours with a tan head and a near black body. Aroma of maple, chocolate, smoke, charcoal, dark fruits and caramel. Flavors of smoke, maple, wood and dark fruits. Medium bubbles.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
(500ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a dark amber-brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, and vinous. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, vinous, dark chocolate, and bourbon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6016) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2011
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, dark brown pour with no foam, chocolate , fruit and meaty smoke, the best of the three , flavors mesh well and have more predominance of smoke and oaky meats, balanced finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Pours a seal brown, with a quarter-finger burnt umber head. Thorough, exiguous lacing that quickly slides down the glass.

As with the other iterations, tons of salty, meaty smoke overwhelms the rest of the aroma at first. A decent bit of dark grape, then brandy sweetness, oak, old coffee, and bittersweet chocolate.

Smooth cabernet sauvignon dark grape spiciness, smoke, sweet maple syrup, and a soft oakiness. There isnít much Utopia character at all, just some salted caramel and accompanying sweet berriness.

Less carbonation than the other versions, which helps the lighter body feel creamy. Alcohol is hidden, but I feel it upon the second pour.

Nicely balanced (the vinous and sweet notes) compared with the other two versions, but not as challenging as the aforementioned. I still get the sense that one must fight through the smoke - overcome it - to taste much else, but the smoke and char bitterness on the finish defeats me. Great, but not superb.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the other two Fear and Trembling beers. The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is pretty similar to the other two beers from this series. I get a lot of smoked malt, chocolate, oak and roasted malt. Not real surprises. The flavor is not surprisingly, a blend of the other two beers. The chocolate is the predominant flavor, but I also get some oak, bourbon, smoke, roasted malt and peet. There is also some dark fruit notes. Easy to drink. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
big thanks to baldwizard for this one, terrific extra! i liked this more than most smoked beers, not big on the overly smoked stuff. this one is one of the better ones, lots of bacon and meats in there, very hearty. fuck liquid bread, this shit is liquid brisket, wrapped in bacon and blackened on an open pit grill. a very well rounded and fine brew. sort of bringing me around to smoked beers maybe....


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