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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Oh yeah! Dark pour. Great aroma! Chocolate, dark fruits, yeast, red wine, bourbon, oak, raisins, light tart smell. Flavor is rich and has lots of earthy chocolatey tones, dark fruit, vinous and oak abounds, light vanilla. WINNER.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Dark brown-red, tan cover. Aroma is red wine forward, light roast. The taste is a light smoke, roast mix, red wine, light oak and vanilla bourbon, smoky malt and wood char finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2517) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Tasted on 3/6/11 from a 500mL bottle, thanks Ryan. Pours an opaque oil black with a thin tan head that leaves thin tan lace. The nose is very smokey with dark malt, coffee, and a something vegetal as well. The flavor has the same smoke, but a little more subdued with burnt brown sugar, caramel, black pepper, and toasty vanilla oak. The body is full with light carbonation and a long black pepper and vanilla oak finish, along with some tannin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle. Thanks to the big homie Matt for bringing this over. Pours a deep, fairly viscous brown / black with a small creamy beige head. A good amount of smoke in the nose as well as barrel notes, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and faint herbal hops. Medium - heavy smoke in the finish. Not quite as smokey and the bourbon one, a bit more drinkable.

   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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12363) - 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.

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