Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - Cabernet/Bourbon Blend

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RATINGS: 116   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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jc1762 (1610) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 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 (6265) - 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!

4
fiery1 (1665) - 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 (18979) - 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 (18851) - 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 (16521) - 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.

4.2
beerplace (2043) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2017
500ml bottle (thank you a lot, Jonathan J.!) at Matt's. Pours an almost black with a beige head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, dark fruits, wine barrel notes on the background. Similar taste. This one is very nicely balanced from bourbon and red wine standpoint, liked it.

3.7
Stoned99 (1674) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2017
Bottled on Dec 6, 2016. Not too sure if supposed to be rated here or not. Anyway. 500ml bottle shared with brother. Aroma: smoked peat, really woody, red wine, coffee, light roastiness. App: dark black, small frothy moka head leaving great lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, medium high sweetness, light bitter finish. Overall: good but a bit disappointed. For some reason thought it wouldn't be smokey anymore or at least less present. Kinda sweet as well. I must confess it's not my favorite style of beer though, well at least the smokey side of the beer. Anyway, still easy to drink despite the high sweetness.

3.7
skrip (230) - 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 (2813) - 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.


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