fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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!
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
biggsbowler (436) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks 50belair, pours dark black. Smoke and wine in the nose. Dark chocolate taste with some vinous nuts. Quite good!
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jredmond (5836) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
dmac (4438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
pineypower (2635) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.