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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling (French Oak Cabernet)

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   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 aged in French Oak Cabernet 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Smoke and vinous aromas. The taste follows suit with chocolate and toasted malts. Good body and mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggsbowler (374) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle - thanks 50belair, pours dark black. Smoke and wine in the nose. Dark chocolate taste with some vinous nuts. Quite good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head. The nose is burnt rubber, malt, smoke and coffee. The taste is roasted malt, light tar, campfire coffee and ashy cocoa with some faint wine notes. Medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5610) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle at Eric’s courtesy of Eric. Pours a deep mahogany brown with no head light off white lacing. Aroma is crisp bacon and pulled pork. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of meat, oak, wood, wine, roast and dark fruits.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

7/13/2011: Hill Farmstead Fear And Trembling (Frygt Og Baeven) Smoked Baltic Porter aged in Oak Barrels (French Oak Cabernet)... Aroma: Wonderful, intense meaty smoke aroma and charcoal with just a touch of . Appearance: Really dark brown like sarsaparilla, opaque; bubbly, tan-colored crown. Flavor: Complex blend of fine red wine, caramelized malt, vanilla, SMOKE, barred wood; dry in the finish. Palate: Medium-full body; mellow and smooth; milky texture. Overall: DAMN FINE SMOKED BEER that packs a great smokiness but allows many of the other flavors come through as well; beautifully crafted!

500 ML bottle (9.3% ABV) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #87 for this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4199) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared by Dean. Poured a medium density pitch black body with a smaller soapy dark beige head. Aroma is loads of smokey camp fire, smokey sweet barbeque, earth, chocolate. Medium body with stronger carbonation that finishes dry with a touch of lingering heat. Flavor is chocolate, smoke but not as smokey as the aroma, slight sweetness in the middle, burnt toast, earth and a hint of red wine. Good stuff but the base is so smokey the French Cabernet is barely there.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2538) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2013
Pours almost black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of lots of smoked malts, earth, light chocolate, mild wood. Taste is dark dried fruits, light earthy smoke, chocolate, light wine notes, oak and a touch of alcohol on the finish. Body slightly thin for the ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sampled March 2011; RBWG
The beer pours with a dark, browned head that sits on top of a concentrated brown, leaning towards black color; it shows a clearish brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a big, salty, peat like smokiness to it that is backed by a dark, burnt grain character, notes of spicy wood, and even a bit of hot alcohol.

Sweet molasses flavors up front lead into big, burnt grain roasted notes, and a smoke character that is really the dominant note in the flavor; the last is almost oily in its intensity, sort of peat like, lots of umami like savory notes, with a woody smoky character. There is a bitterness in the finish that is derived from both the roast character and the hops; the burnt notes really linger on in the plate, and really help to dry out the finish significantly. Woody flavors contribute an astringency, a subtle spicy oak character, and a definite tannic edge. The body is fairly chewy, thick even, with a nice viscosity to it. This is quite nice in the end, it is definitely a sipping beer, and I had no idea what to expect when I was poured this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2013
500 mL bottle. Sampled with the bourbon and blended versions. This was my favorite of the 3. Pours a darker brown with thin, frothy mocha head that gradually fades away. Mild smoke presence in the nose, with the cab barrels dominating; vanilla, oak, chocolate, fruit, spice and roast. Bitter chocolate and roast malt start flavor with spicy smoke throughout. Slightly tannic finish of red wine and bitter chocolate. Excellent balance and loads of complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16088) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
20th April 2012
Opaque dark brown beer. Tidy tan head. Palate has body and is semi dry with fine carbonation. Nice dark malt - it has weight but avoids roast or bitterness. Very mild smoke and mellow coffee. Unsweet dark chocolate and mild wood. Subtle red wine presents itself at the end and lingers in to the aftertaste. Goods stuff - charms with it’s balance.


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