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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - French Oak Cabernet



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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   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 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..."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
On tap at Matts. Pour is pretty much black with a nice brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is very smokey and grainy, notes of chocolate, almond, coffee. Taste is the same with more dark fruit presence along with sour from the cabernet. Lightly carb’s and smooth as can be. Cant decide is this or the utopia version was better. Too close.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A - Pours a dark black with a thin ring of frothy chocolate head. The head fades fairly quickly with nice lacing S - Aroma is full of smoke and burnt chocolate malts. The red wine barrel comes though with some oak and a touch of rye. T - Starts off with lots of smoke, deep roasted bitter chocolate, and some of the red wine barrel flavor. Through the middle some more oak comes through with some dark fruit, a bit of bacon, and some vanilla. The finish is a mix of smoke, burnt malts, red wine, oak, and touch of tannin. M - Medium-plus bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with a big smokey warming finish. D - Very drinkable. The smoke is super strong here, but there are so many other bold flavors that it all works nicely together. The barrel also adds a nice dimension.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2631) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a big head. The aroma has got notes of smoke, chocoalte and red berries, Taste is quite vinous, with notes of red berries and smoke. Smooth creamy and big bodied. Great mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden. Elegant beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (2643) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle. Great balances beer with big smooth and elegant body. Lightly smoked and light tartness, licorice and red berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (830) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (10551) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2687) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3891) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (185) - 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

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