Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - Cabernet/Bourbon Blend

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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 blended from beer aged in both American Oak Cabernet barrels and Bourbon 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..."

Newest Batch released October 2017

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4.3
voyageurmike (521) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2018
500 ml bottle from the brewery. Very dark brown and full bodied. Red wine, bourbon and licorice taste. Roasted malt finish. Exquisite.

3.7
djd07 (16317) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2017
Bottle thanks to Jeremy. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong oak, roast, smoke, raisin, licorice. Slick body, peat, smoke, roast, dark chocolate, oak, bitter finish, very good.

4.2
Boutip (6633) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2017
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with black chocolate notes with some bourbon and vanilla notes is quite exquisite. Taste is also a mix roasted malt, black chocolate with some bourbon, vanilla notes with oak and subtle smoked presence. Body is full with oily texture and good carbonation with no overly apparent alcohol notes. Quite the complex porter with great drinkability level.

4
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2017
Bottle shared at Al's with Vinny, Paul and Peter. Pours a deep blackish brown body with thin tan lace. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of sweet chocolate, melted brownie, vanilla marshmallow and great oak character.

3.9
jc1762 (1652) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2017 Thanks Brennan for sharing the bottle! Poured into a snifter showing amber brown with thin translucent rims and sparse white foam lacing. The nose shows strong notes of oak barrel, smoke, molasses, and sweet raisin. The palate is light bodied and well carbonated. Strong flavors of smoke with an oak and lightly tannic wine background followed by a moderately coffee bitterness.

4.3
tom10101 (6298) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2017
A flavorful barrel-aged Baltic Porter with a flavor profile built around red wine notes from the barrels that enhance the smoke, chocolate and roasted malts from the regular version. Really good!

Bouteille (500 ml), partagée par JulienHuxley, merci! Couleur noire opaque avec un col beige de moyenne taille qui reste en place assez longtemps. Au nez, c'est décadent sans être lourd avec des notes vineuses qui volent la vedette dès le part suivie par du bourbon, des malts fumés, du chocolat à la pelletée, des malts rôtis et des fruits rouges qui sont peut-être simplement un rappel des notes vineuses du départ. Au goût, c'est un brin sucré sans jamais être lourd, la complexité des saveurs est impressionnant, mais le tout s'enchevêtre élégamment avec les notes vineuses comme toile de fond présente tout au long de chaque gorgée. Le corps est moyen. La carbonatation est modérée à moyenne. La texture est vineuse. La finale débute avec des notes de vin rouge, mais se termine par une délicate présence fumée et chocolatée ainsi qu'un léger réchauffement provenant de l'alcool. Une belle création d'Hill Farmstead qui est infiniment plus complexe et agréable que la version régulière de cette bière. Du grand art!

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fiery1 (1817) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2017
500ml bottle @ Matt's. Pours an opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is bourbon with hints of smokey mouth watering malts. Flavour is sweet bourbon, muddled smokey character, lots of oakey barrel, hint of sourness maybe even salty, very interesting... it's quite complex, rich and complex. As it warms I'm getting a subtle red wine influence in the finish.

3.9
mcberko (19883) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2017
500mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out smoked malt, with light bourbon, and a touch of vinous notes. Flavour is similar, with smoked malt, light bourbon, and some red wine tannins. Nicely balanced, with a smoky finish. Very good.

4
Oakes (19434) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2017
12/6/16 bottling. Dark brown. There's a smokey aroma, with a subtle bourbon note, a compelling dark malt sweetness, toast, On the palate, again it leads with smoke, and sweet brown sugar, with dark chocolate accents. There's a good body, and it finishes with sugars, red wine and alcohol.

3.9
Ferris (17153) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2017
Bottle - Bourbon and red win notes come through with some dark malts. Jet brown with a small beige head. Subtle barrel, coconut and dark malt notes. Very elegant and subtle. Well done.


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