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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - French Oak Cabernet



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RATINGS: 95   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2010

Bottle 500ml. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #4. ]

Unclear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lastin, off-white to beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate malt, smoke. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, licorice. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20101102]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2010
50 cL bottle, courtesy of BearsOnAcid. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malty and slight fruity. Smoked ham and bacon. Sweet roasted malty. Wineous fruity and smoked. Smooth fruity and dark roasted malty. Lingering dark malty fruity and subdued smoked. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2010
Bottled. A black beer with a slight red shine under a tan head. The aroma has strong notes of smoke combined with medium notes of malt and wood. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of smoke as well as medium notes of malt, alcohol, wood, and hints of bacon, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26157) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle at Papsø, thanks Jesper. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted flavour of smoke and caramel with notes of bacon. Roasted flavour of smoke, caramel and dark chocolate. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2010
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours pitch black with a small rough beige head. Quite some fat bacon smoke in the nose – and hard roast malts. Medium body, roasted dark malts and dark fruits, bacon smoke and a little metal. A little ashes. Hard roast finish with no real bitterness. 021110.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22309) - , 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Owen - thanks! This was my favorite of the series. Almost completely black. Aroma of campfire and ashtray, with flavors of chocolate and bitter cocoa. Great character and complexity. Heading in a good direction!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (18700) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
A: The pour is almost black in color with a finger or so of a sturdy, soapy, khaki colored head. S: Lots of smoke to open up the nose, sort of what I expected. Like most smoked beers, I get a distinct salty and meaty aroma, though not as "bad" as some examples. The roasted malt and chocolate aromas are still pretty decent, and there’s a bit of wine -bal character, too. T: The flavor is still quite heavy on the smoke, but the other flavors are allowed to shine through. Good roasted malts, oak, vanilla, red wine, and a slight meaty character. Fairly good for a smoked beer... M: The body is medium with the carbonation being a bit on the low end of medium. D: I’m not the biggest smoked beer person, but this was pretty good. I don’t think I’d rush out to drink it again, but wouldn’t turn it down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle shared by beerloco. Pours black. Nose of smoke, light peat, cooked pork and chocolate malts. Taste of smoked bacon, roasted chocolate malts, smoke and light oak. Slight vinous notes add to the overall complexity. My favorite of the three versions.

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