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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - French Oak Cabernet



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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (14784) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10215) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is an eddy of smoky bacon, vanilla, deeply roasted malts and modest acidity with a fruity component that was not evident in the other treatments. Medium to full-bodied and velvety with gentle carbonation. The dark, acrid flavor is of smoke, bitter chocolate, charcoal and black malt with a pronounced tart, vinous aspect missing in the other two versions. Finishes singed, medium bitter and moderately acidic. World class beer courtesy of Glouglouburp!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5849) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(500ml bottle) espresso brown pour with a creamy/soapy tan bubbled head. Nose of mesquite smoke, chocolate and fudge. Taste of fudge, smoke, raisin, a bit briny. Medium to thick body with a salty linger. My least favorite of the 3, but still really nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Thanks Brian for sharing! My first beer from this brewery. Pours brown color with off white head. Aroma is dense smoke. Really dense. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is dominated by smoke and not much else. I didn’t get the barrel or the booze. It was just overdone with the smoke. Glad I got to try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12237) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt,smoke peat and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex toasted bittersweet flavor with a Medium to heavy dark smoke sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Very good and exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
Common rating for all 3 versions of Fear & Trembling
In short: Thick, heavy, meaty and earthy sweet porter with a lot of wood barrels. Good beer.
How: Bottles 500ml. All three versions consumed side-by-side approximately 6 months after the initial release (batch 1 of all three, only batch so far)
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head with average retention
In long, common to all: Strong nose with lots of wood barrel and some smoke. Obviously barrel character varied in the three versions but what remains true with all three versions is that it smelled like wood barrels and not like actual bourbon/carbernet. Taste is roasted grainy cereals, earth, burnt caramel, a touch of smoked peat, lots of wood. All three versions had a slight salty-meaty character reminiscent of beef jerky. With each sip my palate was initially overwhelmed by a high amount of residual sugars but the strong wood presence really dries out the beers and makes them somewhat easy to drink. For Barrel Aged beers these beers showed a relatively strong presence of leafy resinous hops in the finish. Almost no alcohol presence. Thick body with a low-medium carbonation
Bourbon version: More bourbon then the others (d’uh!). More chocolaty. Less of the salty-meaty character present in all three versions. Some roasted almonds that I didn’t find in the other two versions. (7-4-8-3-16) (3.8)
Cabarnet version: This one had a slice of raisin pie that the bourbon didn’t have. Less hops presence of the three. In this one the light smoke, meat and saltiness were going into smoked salmon territory. (7-4-7-3-15) (3.6)
Bourbon/Carbarnet blend version: Obviously had a bit of both the Bourbon version and the Carbarnet version but for some reason it was much more similar to the Bourbon version than the Carbernet version, as if the blend was a 1/3+2/3 blend. (7-4-8-3-15) (3.7)
Conclusion: The 3 versions of Fear and Trembling are good beers but among my least favorite Hill Farmstead beers. There is a lot of things going on here, these are complex brews, but just too heavy for me to give them my usual high Hill Farmstead score. The three versions pretty damn good beer. And with these beers finally now even Chuck Norris can experience Fear and Trembling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5535) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Brown/black pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of coffee and sour malt. Coffee and chocolate dominate the flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation. nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6451) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 29, 2011
Courtesy of thirdeye11. Black color/ tan head. Nice smoked meat, campfire, dark malt aromas. Good smoked meat, chocolate milk, campfire, black malt flavors--good--

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 15, 2011
Smokey-dominated aroma, with oak tones. Smokey, roasty flavors with an interesting woody note, probably the wine, lightly sweet finish. Black with a small tan head. A nice complex beer. A bit smokey for my taste but nice.

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