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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 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..."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10613) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is a swirl of applewood-smoked bacon, vanilla, deeply roasted malts and nearly undetectable acidity. Medium to full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. The dark, carbonaceous flavor is of smoke, bitter chocolate, charcoal and black malt. Finishes burnt, medium bitter and lightly acrid. World class beer courtesy of Glouglouburp!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle generously shared by Wallace in NH. Pours clear, rich brown with a creamy, beige head. Rich, roasty nose with dark and sweet malts, some bourbon poking through. Big sweet flavor with restrained smoke, raisins, ham, soft brown sugar, light burnt wood, dark bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with lovely smoke, some raisins, subtle roast and cocoa, mild dark wood notes. Excellent beer. Just great from beginning to end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle pours a deep almost black with a creamy/bubbly tan head that laced. Aroma of tart cherries, floral notes, wine notes, light smoke, caramel, chocolate and some tropical fruit notes. Flavor of lightly smoked malts, a little earthy, red wine, cherries, hints of caramel and chcolate. Flavor has the smoked character coming through a bit more then aroma. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2010
[Draft @ Kennett] Opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malts, cabernet, wood, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and light alcohol. Taste of meaty smoked malts, roast, cabernet, light maple, light alcohol, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 Poured on tap at the hill farmstead fall festival. This is an extremely well made baltic porter like everything I’ve had at the festival. Wine and Bourbon aromas balanced with big roasted baltic malts. The flavor started bourbon, goes wine grape sweet with a big cab type flavor profile and then finishes back bourbon and hops. The roastedness of saw smuttynose baltic porter throughout. This is a fucking LASER SHOW.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle at our bud’s apartment in SF from a trade. Nose is wonderful--smoke and barrel smells. Flavor is really nicely balanced--smoky, but well offset by the barrel flavors. Really fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (11560) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Black/Brown pour. bacon, smoke, very vinous, chocolate bar, tobacco leaf, cured meat. Vanilla, tobacco, bourbon wood are major components of the flavor, The smoothest of the 3, yet my least favorite. Still damn good, sandal wood, relatively dry, subtle cab flavor. I love the barrel aging of these beers, subtle and damn good.

   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.

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