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
Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! A: Dark brown hue with a thin, tan head that recedes rapidly, leaving but a little lacing. S: Roast, smoke (rauchbier), hints of oak. This beer was less smoky than the French Oak Cabernet version. In general, I found the aroma to be a bit weaker in this blend. T: A very good beer, with notes of bourbon, oak, subtle smoke, and a tannic / wine characteristics that adds depth and complexity. M: Medium to thin bodied with moderately low carbonation. D: Prior to sampling the three variants, I surmised that this would be my favorite of the Fear and Trembling beers. I preferred the French Oak Cabernet to this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-20-2010

4.4
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle at our bud’s apartment in SF from a trade. Nose is wonderful--smoke and barrel smells. Flavor is really nicely balanced--smoky, but well offset by the barrel flavors. Really fantastic beer.

4.1
Plovmand (8311) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours jet black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is mainly bacon smoked malt with some dark fruity notes. The flavour is sweet malt, light chocolate, smoke, bacon, oak, light vanilla and a touch of the wine barrel that really is a good balance from the heavy smoke. Lovely.

3.7
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Hill farmstead Fear and trembling Cabernet bourbon blend - pours dark brown with thin tan head. Rather smokey nose with some rich chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is similar, less smokey but still present. Rich chocolate and hint of roasted coffee. Light bourbon towards back with a hint of sweetness. Full body, smooth, good finish.

4.2
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Pour from a bottle that was chillin in the cellar for awhile and thanks to Kan’s generosity. Black brown color with a whispy off white head. The aromas are fantastic and complex of cabernet , smoke, bourbon , and cherry. Medium bodied brew. Complexity of flavor is an understatement and meld together really well. Roasted smoky malt, oak, coffee, bitter hops, and nuts all are there. The red grape character is intermingled nicely. The finish is dry without of predominance of the barrel characteristics. Great beverage.

3.9
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Served from a bottle at Capone’s during the Hill Farmstead party during Philly Beer Week. A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall off white head leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass. S - Smells of charred wood, chocolate, vanilla, smoked dark malt, and some dulled dark berry sweetness. I only detect the faintest hint of bourbon but I do get a bit more of the Cabernet. T - Taste is pretty similar to the nose with hints of chocolate, smokey malt, and a very interesting dulled grape/wine taste from the Cabernet barrels. I don’t detect too much of the bourbon but I suspect it was swallowed up by all the dark flavors going on in this one. Finish has a good bit of smokey dark malt, lingering for some time. i liked this one, it is complex yet enjoyable. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, feel with plenty of lingering smokey roast in the finish. I expected more burn but I didn’t get too much. Very nice feel. O - Pretty good. I have been very impressed with most of the beers I have had from Hill Farmstead so far, and I told Shawn Hill as much. This one was a tiny bit too smokey but the rest of the flavors were spot on and the blending was very well done. Glad I finally got to try one of the Fear And Trembling treatments.

4
piscator34 (2529) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
Bottled sample via Fred82, shard with oakbluff. Inky black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of smoked meat, caramelly bourbon barrel, dark chocolate, and a hint of red grapes. Strong flavours of pale and caramel malts, smoke, vanilla caramels, and more red wine.Lots of bourbon and wine flavour without being overly boozy. Heavy bodied with a lengthy finish. Potent yet balanced. Very nice.

4
Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 30, 2011
A bottle shared at the Utah holiday tasting. Notes of smoke, raisins, malty, red wine, and roasted malts. This was a surprise and a treat.

4
douglas88 (9187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Geoff, thanks man! Pours a totally black color with a medium tan head. The aroma is huge smoke, like smoked fish, some roast and wood. A big Baltic Porter; roast, chocolate and huge smoke, cocoa, the wine comes in and drys it out and adds just a hint of sour fruit. Caramel and light sweetness that might come from the bourbon- not much barrel as much as a smoked porter here which is fine. Very drinkable.

4
Sledutah (7526) - Utah, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz bottle shared at the 2011 Christmas Party
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma:Roasted malts and smoked fish
Taste: Roasted malts, smoked meat, salty with a mild bitter finish
Very nice and enjoyable.


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