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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - Cabernet/Bourbon Blend



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RATINGS: 103   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..."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2507) - 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 (8962) - 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 (7902) - 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 (12150) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6231) - 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

   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.

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