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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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2396) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Black (deep brown) with tan head. Smoked malt is the dominant aroma with lighter wood notes. Smooth and roasty with wood tones and hints of the bourbon/cab that complement without overshaddowing the beer. A nice complex porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
500ml bottle, aged several months. Consumed last in the 3 part series. The pour gives a deep and extremely dark mahogany colored body with a small head of bubbly, milkshake-like, mocha tinted froth. The foam sticks around for a good while, leaving a skinny, broken arch and trailing micro-spots of semi-hard lacing on the glass. The nose shows a malt base of blended chocolates, both bittersweet dark and lighter, creamy milk varieties, suggesting of well made French truffles. Some raw cacao lends an earthy feel, while coffee roast leads in to the smoky, oaky overtones. Dark fruit and Belgian style yeast round things out, completing what is a complex and inviting nose. Flavors are equally well constructed, expertly balancing the sweet tendencies of the bourbony blackened caramel and rich chocolate with roasty coffee, earth, and semi-dry, lightly charred, vinous oak. Dried dark fruit skins lend some tannins, bringing further fruity dryness, as sweet smoke imparts a smooth, maple-kissed meatiness. The palate, while still big and ultimately a bit too sugar-laden, seems lighter than both the bourbon and wine barrel versions on their own. Carbonation is soft, yet active, and the yeast lends a drying sensation that is welcomed. Chocolate and smoke linger for ages after the swallow. This was my favorite version of the beer, without a doubt. The balance is spot on for a brew of this heft. This really shows Mr. Hillís talents off nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10350) - 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 (2528) - 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.

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