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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%
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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..."


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Side by side with all 3 versions. Black pour with a beautiful frothy light tan head. Aroma smells just what one would expect from a blend of the other two; more smoked meat, but the vinous notes remain. Also some tobacco leaf. The blend isn’t quite as good as the two separate versions. Has lots of vanilla and more wood presence and the palate is very smooth, but it is the least bold of the 3. Still, awesome take on the style.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Horizontal tasting. Epic black pour with a tan head. The aroma holds loads of bacon, cabernet grapes, smoked salmon, cocoa nib, chocolate, and roasted barley. The flavor holds vanilla, vinous grapes, peat, bacon, cocoa nib, and slight tannic barrel notes. The palate is rich thick, creamy, and decadent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2010
500ml bottle. Head to head comparison between the cabernet and the cabernet/bourbon blend so this review will encompass both versions.... pours of both look very much of the same. the cab tends take on a darker profile but that’s attributed to the thinner-based glass. mostly porter-like stout pour with edges veering towards a reddish hue. a fairly thin light khaki head tops both but is quick to recede to a thin wispiness while the edges tended to have more retention... aroma is fairly similar but the bourbon being more prominent in the blend which of course is expected. both incorporate an attractive beefy smokiness from the smoked. i really liked it in Jim and the same holds true here. the cab doesn’t necessarily jump out at you but seems to add a red fruit subtlety. as for the blend, the bourbon is more assertive and less fruit surfaces...from a flavor perspective, both exhibit adequate aspects of smokiness and smooth roasty chocolate notes. vinous red fruit qualites are fairly distinct in the cab version. mouthfeel of the cab had less body than the other and carbonation was lively in nature where as the blend had more body as well as an added creaminess which i enjoyed a bit more. both seemingly have an earthy bitterness on the backend.... overall i think i would give my preference to the blend. the wine notes came through a bit too much and took away from the body. the bourbon added another layer and complexity that i had more of an affinity to.

blend: 8/4/8/4/16 cab: 7/4/7/3/15

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1832) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
bottle at Joe’s goodbye tasting - dark brown pour, oaky, woody and roasty, rich, chocolate, complex body with a note of smoke.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
I enjoyed the cabernet aged version much better than the bourbon. I think the bourbon in the blend really ruins the beer. I very hot, boozy, smoky beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Deep smokey black cherry notes, minerals and drying. Smoked malt, coco hints, a vinous bourbon and cab blend. Nice offering. Really delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (30676) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2010
Bottled. A black beer with a red shine under a lazing brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, and whiskey. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of alcohol and roasted malt , as well as lighter notes of smoke, roasted malt, and soy sauce, leading to a dry, alcoholic, and roasted finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8331) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle thanks to Paul, shared with others! Pours dark grown with a brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma has a nice combination of smoke, roasted malts and a slight dry wine note, nicely balanced. Flavor begins with roasted malt and becomes slightly smokey with a bit of a dry roasted finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Dark sepia, reddest of three, light tan bubbles. Nose is lightly meaty, smoke and cab mixing in arsenic, lightly oxidized in flavor, palate a bit chalky, more malt through sticky, sweet finish. Definitely seems like a collection of flavors, my lease favorite F&T.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, lighter cab, some smoke, caramel, and chocolate. Tastes of lighter cab, dark fruits, vanilla, smoke, chocolate, roast, and caramel.


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