callmemickey (4549) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Consumed January 2011.
A: Black body with a medium sized khaki cap. Nice spotty lacing.
S: Mellow. Smoked, roasted, and charred malts. Some oak and dark, vinous fruits.
T: Similar to the nose, there is quite a bit of smoky roasted malts. The barrels do a bit more here to contribute some complexity and depth of flavor. Dark fruits, oak, chocolate, coffee, and all the malts.
M: Mellow, medium bodied. Smooth throughout with light carbonation. Clean finish.
D: Quite pleasant. The best of the Fear and Trembling series. fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
popped this the other day into HFS globe. pours just about black with a medium sized brown cap. smells rich with smoke and bacon. roasty but not too charred light vinous notes and hints of oak. the taste is rich with roast and smoke, though both are smooth and in harmony. not too much bacon as the nose insisted. vinous notes and hints of oak in the finish. a light bitter bite to even out. rich overall taste with smooth flavors. the feel is velvety smooth medium/full body with moderate carbonation lending creaminess. overall highly enjoyable beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Pours deep and black with a thin creamy head and heavy sheets of lace that stick to the sides of the glass. Strong smoke on the nose with a bit of coffee notable as well. Heavy roasted malts but the smoke is really rather powerful here with a small brush of anise, tobacco, and leather. Loads of smoke on the palate with oak and a tough of rich heavy tobacco and leater. Finish a little dry and lightly bitter. Leighton (21859) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle shared at The Kernel with Evin and Nate, thanks to Shaun. I was focused on enjoying this beer with the Kernel lads so didn’t focus on notes until the dust had settled, as it were. Some recollections, which don’t necessarily do the beer justice: Smokey nose. Wood and roast. Sweet flavor, notes of cocoa. Oily with some resin and dirt and earth. Unreal good. This was just a fantastic beer on every front. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle from buddy pantanap and shared with all at Woodshop. Pitch black color with with min tan top. Smoky burnt camp fire smells off the nose. Rich smooth body. Nice flavor once beyond the smoke of vanilla, caramel, toasty malt. In the back the oak barrel adds a subtle presence. Finishes well and tasty. Like it and obviously a very well crafted beer.
hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is an eddy of smoky bacon, vanilla, deeply roasted malts and modest acidity with a fruity component that was not evident in the other treatments. Medium to full-bodied and velvety with gentle carbonation. The dark, acrid flavor is of smoke, bitter chocolate, charcoal and black malt with a pronounced tart, vinous aspect missing in the other two versions. Finishes singed, medium bitter and moderately acidic. World class beer courtesy of Glouglouburp! thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(500ml bottle) espresso brown pour with a creamy/soapy tan bubbled head. Nose of mesquite smoke, chocolate and fudge. Taste of fudge, smoke, raisin, a bit briny. Medium to thick body with a salty linger. My least favorite of the 3, but still really nice. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2011
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! Tmoney99 (14766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt,smoke peat and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex toasted bittersweet flavor with a Medium to heavy dark smoke sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Very good and exceeded my expectations. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
Common rating for all 3 versions of Fear & Trembling
In short: Thick, heavy, meaty and earthy sweet porter with a lot of wood barrels. Good beer.
How: Bottles 500ml. All three versions consumed side-by-side approximately 6 months after the initial release (batch 1 of all three, only batch so far)
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head with average retention
In long, common to all: Strong nose with lots of wood barrel and some smoke. Obviously barrel character varied in the three versions but what remains true with all three versions is that it smelled like wood barrels and not like actual bourbon/carbernet. Taste is roasted grainy cereals, earth, burnt caramel, a touch of smoked peat, lots of wood. All three versions had a slight salty-meaty character reminiscent of beef jerky. With each sip my palate was initially overwhelmed by a high amount of residual sugars but the strong wood presence really dries out the beers and makes them somewhat easy to drink. For Barrel Aged beers these beers showed a relatively strong presence of leafy resinous hops in the finish. Almost no alcohol presence. Thick body with a low-medium carbonation
Bourbon version: More bourbon then the others (d’uh!). More chocolaty. Less of the salty-meaty character present in all three versions. Some roasted almonds that I didn’t find in the other two versions. (7-4-8-3-16) (3.8)
Cabarnet version: This one had a slice of raisin pie that the bourbon didn’t have. Less hops presence of the three. In this one the light smoke, meat and saltiness were going into smoked salmon territory. (7-4-7-3-15) (3.6)
Bourbon/Carbarnet blend version: Obviously had a bit of both the Bourbon version and the Carbarnet version but for some reason it was much more similar to the Bourbon version than the Carbernet version, as if the blend was a 1/3+2/3 blend. (7-4-8-3-15) (3.7)
Conclusion: The 3 versions of Fear and Trembling are good beers but among my least favorite Hill Farmstead beers. There is a lot of things going on here, these are complex brews, but just too heavy for me to give them my usual high Hill Farmstead score. The three versions pretty damn good beer. And with these beers finally now even Chuck Norris can experience Fear and Trembling.