Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - Cabernet/Bourbon Blend

 
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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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..."

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3.7
skrip (189) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
*7/19/2013 500ml bottle poured into a Funkwerks snifter. A~ extremely dark brown with a slightly bigger head then the other 2 versions and a tiny bit of lacing. S~ mostly smoked meat, bacon, and dark malts. then some sweetness from the bourbon and a tiny bit of wine barrel funk. T~ bourbony caramel, vanilla up front. followed by smokey bacon, more dark malts and some zesty rye. a tiny bit of wine barrel funk on the finish. bourbon and maple syrup sticks with you for what seems like forever! definitely not a bad thing! M~ honestly its probably the smoothest of the series. carbonation of the bourbon version, so not bad but it could use a little more. maple syrup thickness from start to finish! O~ surprisingly not my favorite of the series. i have a feeling this version got more bourbon than cabernet or it could have something to do with the age. the bourbon might have just taken over a bit. no real complaints about that though haha, i was just hoping for a little more funk.

2.6
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown, almost black color with mahogany and plum colored edges. One finger beige head that slowly settles into lasting. Decent retention with some spotty lacing left behind. Spicy spirit barrel in the aroma with prominent dry oak/toothpick and spicy green peppers character followed by subtle smoke and robust dark malt notes. Oak and peppers overpower the smoke and dark malts and I’m not picking up much cab or bourbon. Phenols aren’t as prominent as in the other variations but it’s still there. Slight smoke with charcoal, BBQ meat and ash along with some burnt toast and fried green chilies. Smoke is subtle, barrel notes are weak and the peppers are too strong. On the fuller end of medium body with harsh spicy booze and lots of dry charred oak. Strong spicy spirit and boozy sweetness yet overwhelming dry with damp, burnt oak. Dry and one dimensional with harsh pepper flavor. Bland barrel character that doesn’t add much to the beer.

3.4
ctipping (2059) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2015
500 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 10/6/2014. Deep brown, almost black. Small khaki head. Wispy surface and a chunky collar. Some wine in the nose, but it’s faint. Light smokiness. Dark chocolate. A little sherry oxidation. Taste is sweeter than the fresh base beer, which I had just before this. The smoke has faded a lot. A bit of wine presence. Lots of sherry and oxidation. Some bitter chocolate and smoke in the finish. Low carbonation. Kinda thin. Tasting old. It’s a good beer, it’s just old. Fresh batch of Fear and Trembling is a much better beer.

3.8
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle at my Hill Farmstead Tasting, courtesy of Andre. Huge thanks for this one man!! Pour is deep brown with a small tan head and no lacing. Bready, smoke, cocoa, some coffee, bacon/meaty, woody, and toasted malty aroma. Taste is smoky, meat drippings, some caramel notes, tangy, soy sauce, vanilla, woody, leather, and dark fruits with a tangy finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Held up really well.

3.9
cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle @ Steve_0’s HF party. Thanks guys. Black appearance with a thin brown head. Meaty smoke, mild tannins, cured meat, wood in the nose. Dull carbonation. Burnt caramel, chocolate, meaty smoky, quite oaky flavor. Super smooth. Maybe a hint of fruit. Great.

4
50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Vinous and chocolate aromas. Lots of chocolate with vinous notes. Oak and dark roasted malt lowlights. Complex with a good body and mouthfeel

3.9
biggsbowler (625) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle, big thanks 50belair - pours dark black with brown hue. The nose is smoky, oaky, and a light wine note. The taste is rich chocolate, some bacon, and some grapes. It’s good but a little old I think at this point.

4
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours dark brown with a thin head. The nose is pepper, smoked malt and coffee. The taste is roasted malt, light vanilla, lactose and ashy cocoa. Medium bodied.

3.8
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle @ Richard’s Tasting. Black in color with a khaki head. Nice roasted malt, some smoke, and a lot of oak. Nice vanilla, some dark fruit, and cocoa powder. Notes of licorice and coffee. Slight umami/savory taste. Slightly peaty, and certainly smokey. Roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Oak, vanilla, and licorice. Maybe some dark fruit. Pretty solid.

3.9
shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

7/13/2011: Hill Farmstead Fear And Trembling (Frygt Og Baeven) Smoked Baltic Porter aged in Oak Barrels (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)... Aroma: Sadly, not much smoke, but some char and lightly smoked wood chip undertones; almost a dark berry and soft vanilla bean pairing. Appearance: Brown, a touch darker than the previous two version; really night dark tan head that lasts. Flavor: Bittersweet chocolate; roasted malts/coffee bean; cherry/vanilla creaminess; good level of smoke and chocolate; the Cabernet dryness and fruitiness comes through with lots of warming bourbon alcohol venting, but the bourbon isn’t overkill, which is good thing. Palate: Medium-full to full body; super smooth, milky, and creamy. Overall: Really well-blended and well-balanced, but I do miss the intense smokiness found in the Cabernet version.

500 ML bottle (9.3% ABV) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #99 for this beer.


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