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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (2251) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle. Great balances beer with big smooth and elegant body. Lightly smoked and light tartness, licorice and red berries.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a solid black with a tan head. Aroma of smoke and wood. Flavour of red wine, smoke., oak, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and well-balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
500mL bottle, sent from gn0sis (thanks Eric!), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked malts, dark fruits and dry red wine - dominated by the smoke though. Flavour of smoked / burnt malts upfront, candied dark fruits, red wine / dry vinous characteristics and oak barrels. Finishes semi-sweet, oaky and smokey. Very full-bodied and wonderfully balanced. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Medium sized tan head with fair retention and some spotty lace. Black in color. Nose is smokey, roasty with an ever so faint hint of wood. smoke dominating. Body is medium, velvetty on the palate, coating and oily, lil chewy also. Smoke rules in the flavor dept. along with roast and some dark fruits. Maybe a hint of lumber shining through the smoke screen. Nice smokey, woody finish.ABV well hidden. Props to jleblanc for the bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Thanks to beerchugger for sharing this. Pours black with a black tinge and a little tan halo of bubbles. Smell: smoke, coffee, leather and charred wood. Taste of smoke and charred oak are extreme and overpowering with a hint of leather. Mouthfeel is medium thick and the finish is bitter with smoke and dark roasted smoke with a touch of smokey smoke in the smokey finish!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Consumed January 2011. A: Black body with a medium sized khaki cap. Nice spotty lacing. S: Mellow. Smoked, roasted, and charred malts. Some oak and dark, vinous fruits. T: Similar to the nose, there is quite a bit of smoky roasted malts. The barrels do a bit more here to contribute some complexity and depth of flavor. Dark fruits, oak, chocolate, coffee, and all the malts. M: Mellow, medium bodied. Smooth throughout with light carbonation. Clean finish. D: Quite pleasant. The best of the Fear and Trembling series.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
popped this the other day into HFS globe. pours just about black with a medium sized brown cap. smells rich with smoke and bacon. roasty but not too charred light vinous notes and hints of oak. the taste is rich with roast and smoke, though both are smooth and in harmony. not too much bacon as the nose insisted. vinous notes and hints of oak in the finish. a light bitter bite to even out. rich overall taste with smooth flavors. the feel is velvety smooth medium/full body with moderate carbonation lending creaminess. overall highly enjoyable

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Pours deep and black with a thin creamy head and heavy sheets of lace that stick to the sides of the glass. Strong smoke on the nose with a bit of coffee notable as well. Heavy roasted malts but the smoke is really rather powerful here with a small brush of anise, tobacco, and leather. Loads of smoke on the palate with oak and a tough of rich heavy tobacco and leater. Finish a little dry and lightly bitter.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (11860) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle shared at The Kernel with Evin and Nate, thanks to Shaun. I was focused on enjoying this beer with the Kernel lads so didn’t focus on notes until the dust had settled, as it were. Some recollections, which don’t necessarily do the beer justice: Smokey nose. Wood and roast. Sweet flavor, notes of cocoa. Oily with some resin and dirt and earth. Unreal good. This was just a fantastic beer on every front.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle from buddy pantanap and shared with all at Woodshop. Pitch black color with with min tan top. Smoky burnt camp fire smells off the nose. Rich smooth body. Nice flavor once beyond the smoke of vanilla, caramel, toasty malt. In the back the oak barrel adds a subtle presence. Finishes well and tasty. Like it and obviously a very well crafted beer.


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