Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - French Oak Cabernet

 
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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   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 aged in French Oak Cabernet 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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiver29 (1112) - 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!


4
skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
*5/17/2013 500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. A~ very dark brown with a slight tanish head, a little bit of lacing and bubbles that never stop! S~ whoa! smokey wine barrel funk, crazy different! lots of roasted dark malts, possibly some rye and a lot of oak. T~ lots going on here! you still get the smokey wine barrel funk from the smell right up front. keeps following the nose with dark roasted malts and heres where it changes, loads of maple syrup, which is my absolute favorite part of Fear & Trembling! M~ great carbonation, do i even have to say that any more? not as dry as i thought it would be considering the cabernet barrels. also some what thick, which adds to the syrup aspect. also as smoooth as could be! O~ the complexity here is out of control! this has aged incredibly as well! this is the first i decided to drink of the series, i can’t wait to break into the bourbon and then the blend which i’m sure is just gonna blow my mind. i’m very amazed with how high my expectations are yet they still manage to top that! i’m sure the Kissmeyer colab also contributes, older Kissmeyer brews are amazing!

3.9
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2016
500, capped. Pouts a murky ebony with a loose surging/falling dark tan head. Sweet nose, showing bacon, campfire, earthy roast, vanilla, and soft blackberry notes. Creamy thick heavy body, smooth, light carb. Campfire, bacon, oak, earth, dark chocolate, and tiny hints of blackberry on the mid palate. Long earthy bacony finish.

3.7
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with dark plum edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Some spotty lacing left behind. Nice color with decent retention but could use more lace. Slightly smokey aroma with very strong phenols and prominent roasted dark malt notes countered by vinous fruit. Lots of phenol/band aid along with acrid smoke, charcoal and ashtray. Smoke flavor isn’t pleasant but the oak and vinous wine notes are still holding up. Nice red wine character with dark grape, currant and other berries but the smokiness and phenols are overpowering. Medium body and much more interesting than expected. Lots of interesting barrel character nicely integrated into the smoked porter notes. Sweet and vinous with dark grapes, cherry, fig and dark berries followed by dark roast and great smoke flavors. Charcoal and smoked meat along with a slight phenol presence but it’s nowhere near as strong as in the aroma. Not harsh or tough or drink with a nice balance of complex flavors. Aside from the nose, this is a very enjoyable beer.

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cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle @ Steve_0’s HF party. Thanks André! Black appearance with a thin brown head. Lightly fruity, meaty smoky, mild plum, earthy flavor. Clean flavor. Maybe a touch astringent. Burnt malty, chocolate, a little ashy, grape/plum flavor. Great.

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Steve_0 (3818) - 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. Big smoky, bacon, meat drippings, some cocoa, roasty, light coffee, some oak and tannins in the aroma. Taste is smoky, roasty, some earthiness, lightly grassy, rye bread, vanilla, and oak with a big toasted bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Really nice smoked beer and held up really well.

4
50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Smoke and vinous aromas. The taste follows suit with chocolate and toasted malts. Good body and mouthfeel.

3.9
biggsbowler (629) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle - thanks 50belair, pours dark black. Smoke and wine in the nose. Dark chocolate taste with some vinous nuts. Quite good!

4
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head. The nose is burnt rubber, malt, smoke and coffee. The taste is roasted malt, light tar, campfire coffee and ashy cocoa with some faint wine notes. Medium bodied.

4
jredmond (8644) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle at Eric’s courtesy of Eric. Pours a deep mahogany brown with no head light off white lacing. Aroma is crisp bacon and pulled pork. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of meat, oak, wood, wine, roast and dark fruits.

3.9
shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

7/13/2011: Hill Farmstead Fear And Trembling (Frygt Og Baeven) Smoked Baltic Porter aged in Oak Barrels (French Oak Cabernet)... Aroma: Wonderful, intense meaty smoke aroma and charcoal with just a touch of . Appearance: Really dark brown like sarsaparilla, opaque; bubbly, tan-colored crown. Flavor: Complex blend of fine red wine, caramelized malt, vanilla, SMOKE, barred wood; dry in the finish. Palate: Medium-full body; mellow and smooth; milky texture. Overall: DAMN FINE SMOKED BEER that packs a great smokiness but allows many of the other flavors come through as well; beautifully crafted!

500 ML bottle (9.3% ABV) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #87 for this beer.


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